Lake Tahoe’s Battle Over Housing, Short-Term Rentals

Lela Hill sits in her family’s moving truck after returning to South Lake Tahoe, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. Mid-move, her family was among thousands of people who were evacuated from the resort town due to the Caldor Fire last week. (AP Photo/Samuel Metz)

With California’s housing crunch affecting tourist spots like Lake Tahoe especially hard, the Morning Show with Nikki Medoro asks if more government regulation would actually be helpful.

“I feel like I’ve been squeezed out. Like you’re at the bottom of the barrel and you’re being dumped,” said Flor Andrade, who has lived in the north Lake Tahoe area for 10 years and is being forced to relocate.

“What I would view as success five years from now is a diverse economy and a year-round economy where we’re not seeing such ebbs and flows on a seasonal basis,” said Dave Polivy, who was the mayor of Truckee during the period of upheaval in 2020. 

Besides breathtaking views and outdoor activities, Lake Tahoe is also known for its casinos. ABC News Correspondent Jim Ryan joins Nikki Medoro to detail how gambling addictions have been on the rise during the pandemic.

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