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FIERCE WINDS AND TRAMPOLINE CAUSE

POWER OUTAGE!

Strong winds Friday afternoon, April 22 caused a trampoline to

become airborne and lodge in power lines on Matterhorn Drive near

St. Bernard Lane. Lines were severed causing a large power outage. 

Fire Department personnel secured the area as Edison crews arrived

on the scene. Some power was restored around 8:40 PM.

Highway 18 Barrier Project Begins April 11

UPDATE:      With   the   long   awaited   Thrie- Beam   Safety   Barrier   Project   on   Highway 18,   CHP   and   Cal   Trans   have   clarified   the work     hours     and     specific     work     zone locations    for    the    reduced    speed    limit from    55    to    45    mph.        Construction    is slated   to   begin   Monday,   April   11,   2016 towards   the   bottom   of   the   mountain   with   the   full   barrier   installation from   Sierra   Way   to   just   below   the   Crestline   Brid ge.      In   order   to   simplify the    effect    on    motorists,    the    reduced    45    mph    speed    limit    will    be restricted   during   construction   hours   Monday-Thursday   8AM-5pm   and Friday   from   8AM-3PM.      This   reduced   45   mph   speed   limit   is   reported   to be   enforced   only   during   the   work   hours   in   the   actual   work   zone,   which will be designated and signed each work day Monday - Friday. It   appears   that      the   55   mph   speed   limit will   be   allowed   at   the   end   of   the   work   day, when   the   crews   will   cover   the   45   mile   per hour   signs.   With   no   road   work   scheduled   for weekends,   the   speed   limit   will   be   back   to   55 mph.      The   entire   Thrie   Beam   Safety   Barrier Installation   is   expected   be   completed   by   the end of Summer 2016. According   to   CHP   sources, the     Highway     18     Thrie-Beam Barrier      Safety      Project      will commence      construction      on April     11th,     2016     after     a     3 month         delay         due         to winter/weather    concerns.        As soon   as   Saturday,   April   1,   2016, the   speed   limit   on   Highway   18   will   be   reduced   from   55   mph   down   to 45mph.      Speed   limit   signs   are   to   be   posted   to   assist   motorists.   Traffic fines    will    be    doubled    throughout    the    construction    zone    during construction. Residents    and    visitors    are    being    cautioned    to    slow    down    and drive    cautiously    through    the    proposed    construction    zone    starting down   the   hill   at   Sierra   Way   and   ending   just   south   of   the   Crestline Bridge   on   Highway   18.      Any   additional   questions   or   concerns   from motorists may be directed to Cal Trans (909) 383-4646.

PAY UNDER PROTEST, BUT PAY YOUR FIRE

FEE!

During    the    Saturday    April    16 th Town   Hall   Meeting   at   the   Tudor House,    State    Assemblyman    Jay Obernolte   passionately   spoke   to mountain     residents     about     the California     Fire     Fee,     which     he refers    to    as    a    TAX.    Obernolte presented       some       background information   about   how   the   Legislature   didn't   have   the   2/3   majority vote   for   it   to   pass   as   a   Tax,   so   it   was   deemed   a   "fee"   leaving   residents living   in   unincorporated   areas   of   California   having   to   pay   ever   since. Within   the   30   days   allotted   to   pay   your   bill,   Obernolte   explained   that residents    need    to    file    a    Petition    of    Re-Determination    along    with    a reason   for   protesting   the   fire   Fee.   He   suggested   residents   visit   The Howard   Jarvis   website   and   download   the   protest   form   and   paragraph explaining   the   basis   for   your   protest   to   be   included   with   the   protest form.   He   also   advised   residents   not   to   mail   the   protest   form   with   their Fire   Fee   payments,   as   the   protest   form   needs   to   be   mailed   separately, also   within   the   30   days   from   date   of   mailing.      Interested   Residents need   to   file   this   protest   form,   so   they   may   become   covered   under   the Class   Action   lawsuit   that   the   Howard   Jarvis   group   has   filed   challenging the   Fee/Tax.      Back   in   August   2015,   Class   Action   status   was   granted   to the   lawsuit,   and   it   was   certified   as   a   Class   Action   last   fall.      Obernolte stressed   how   important   it   is   to   file   the   protest   form   in   order   to   make   a claim   for   repayment   later,   if   the   lawsuit   proves   successful.   Cal   Fire men   and   women   who   work   for   us   are   doing   a   great   job,   and   they aren't   to   blame   for   this   Fee/Tax   he   said.   Residents   were   also   offered assistance filling out the Protest forms by Obernolte's office staff.  State    Senator    Mike    Morell    also    spoke    at    the    Town    Hall    about citizens   becoming   involved   and   making   sure   governmental   agencies work   for   its   citizens.      Morell   also   offered   to   assist   residents   with   their dealings with any governmental agency.    Obernolte   also   asked   any   residents   who   had   a   huge   increase   in their   homeowners   insurance   premium   to   contact   his   office,   so   they can    open    a    case    file.    It's    a    complex    issue,    but    under    state    law insurance   companies   can   use   “risk   for   fire”   scores   to   raise   premiums.     Obernolte   explained   that   these   outrageously   high   insurance   rates   for homeowners    and    businesses    can    have    a    negative    impact    on    our mountain   economy   if   this   situation   continues,   and   he   wants   to   help prevent that from happening  

SPRING SNOW STORM BLANKETS LOCAL

MOUNTAINS!

                                   

VILLAGE SURRENDERS TO ALA!

BACK FEES PAID AND DOCKS GIVEN UP

As   of   March   1,   2016,   the   Lake Arrowhead    Village    surrendered to        the        Arrowhead        Lake Association   ownership   of   37   of their   slip   rights,   after   3   years   of refusing   to   pay   their   dock   fees, late     fees,     transfer     fees     and interest    totaling    over    $87,000 owed    to    the    ALA.        The    Village chose   to   keep   only   2   docks   and dock    rights    to    accommodate    The    Arrowhead    Queen    and    for    the McKenzie    Water    Ski    School.        Now,    the    Village    has    the    contractual obligation   to   pay   ALA   for   only   2   docks   annually.   ALA   filed   a   lawsuit against   the   Village   for   their   delinquent   dock   fees,   but   both   parties came    to    an    agreement    without    incurring    court    costs.    The    Village reportedly   paid   ALA   $70K   and   surrendered   37   slip   rights   and   docks   to the   Association.   Though   ALA   gave   the   Village   permission   to   utilize   the junked   38   slip   Yacht   Club   dock   back   in   2013,   the   Village   never   had   any rights   to   these   slips.   Since   its   relocation   to   the   McDonald’s   area,   the dock   has   posed   a   problem   for   all   concerned,   even   though   the   Village got   the   benefit   of   its   use,   ALA   members   complained   about   the   dock being in bad condition and the Village failing to properly maintain it.  A    big    issue    for    the    Village    now,    is    that    they    have    chosen    to surrender   their   37   dock   rights   along   with   the   physical   slips,   and   now,   it appears    that    the    value    of    their    property    has    declined    by    several hundreds   of   thousands   of   dollars.      It   is   difficult   to   put   a   valuation   on   a commercial   slip   right   as   they   can't   rent   the   slip   overnight   per   ALA rules.   There   is   also   the   loss   of   valuable   assets   to   the   Village   when   it surrendered   their   physical   docks,   as   large   multiple   docks   can   cost   over $200,000.      Documents   from   the   Village's   recent   refinancing   indicate that   they   claimed   to   own   49   slips,   while   according   to   a   reliable   source, the     Village     has     had     only     39     slip     rights     since     2009     after     they surrendered   10   slip   rights   back   to   ALA,   ironically,   for   nonpayment   of dock fees.  A   big   issue   for   ALA   is   that   now   that   they   have   possession   of   all the   Village   docks,   the   recent   Member   Advisory   Ballot   made   it   clear   that their   Boating   Members   voted   2-1   overwhelmingly   that   they   didn't   want to   pay   for   the   Village   Docks   operation   and   maintenance.   The   question now   is   how   will   ALA   pay   for   all   the   newly   acquired   Village   Docks,   their associated   costs   and   loss   of   dock   revenue   from   the   Village?   It   does   not appear   that   there   are   funds   allocated   for   this   new   expense   in   the 2016/17   Operating   Budget   which   was   just   approved   by   the   ALA   Board in    a    4-3    vote    at    the    February    20th    ALA    Special    Board    Meeting. Additionally,   as   part   of   the   same   4-3   Board   vote,   ALA   members   are going   to   be   hit   with   a   15%   increase   in   dock,   overnight   boat,   beach   club, general   membership   fees   and   $200.00   increase   for   Day   use   boat   fees within   a   $4.2   Million   Dollar   Operating   Budget,   putting   ALA   in   the   red   in the   amount   of   $118,000.00   starting   their   fiscal   year   as   of   April   1st, 2016. 

ALA  BOARD VOTES 4-3 TO RAISE FEES 15%

At   a   special   “Member   Hearing”   held   Saturday   February   20th,   the   ALA Board   of   Directors   voted,   after   hearing   from   Members   in   attendance, to   approve   the   Proposed   Operating   Budget   2016/17   with   fee   increases of   15%,   which   even   with   the   fee   raises   will   still   leave   an   unbalanced budget, in the red, in the amount of $118,089.00.   The   vote   was   a   narrow   4-3 in      favor.            Directors      Ralph Wagner,   Roberta   Rindenow   and Brian    Hall    voting    NO    and    Vice President        Samantha        Allen- Newman,         Treasurer         Steve Hollstein    and    Director    Jane    St. John    voting    YES.    The    tie    was    broken    by    President    Patti    McGonigle casting the final vote of YES. This    all    comes    after    pleas    by    the    Members    to    reconsider    the budget    and    go    back    and    make    cuts    in    order    to    reduce    any    fee increase,   reduce   the   greatly   increased   employee   costs   and   produce   a balanced   budget   for   the   years   2016/2017.   Only   two   of   the   12   ALA Members   who   spoke   during   the   Member   Comments   portion   of   the meeting,   approved   of   the   budget   and   increases   as   presented.      There were 35 - 40 ALA Members in attendance.   Member   Marie   Simmonds   stated   “by   approving   this   15%   with   the   increased   Day Use   Fee   it   would   not   give   a   balance   budget -   cuts   need   to   be   made.”   Simmonds   went on   to   say   that   the   increase   will   not   cover projected       additional       employee       costs projected      at      $354,182      and      projected additional      operating      expenses      projected      at      $286,426      totaling $640,607.      Simmonds,   later   in   the   meeting,   said   that   in   the   cover   letter to   the   Proposed   Budget   on   the   website,   it   did   not   include   the   “full”   ALA Mission   Statement   which   includes   “To   protect,   operate,   and   improve Lake   Arrowhead   and   ALA   properties,   to   provide   reasonable   and   safe recreational     facilities     in     a     fiscally     responsible     manner,     with appropriate   planning   for   the   future. "   The   Finance   Committee   did not   have   input   on   100%   of   the   Proposed   Budget,   Simmonds   told   the Board. Past   ALA   President   Jeff   Altmeyer   was   very   vocal,   choosing   not   to use   the   microphone   and   instead   using   his   booming   voice   to   state   his objection   to   the   Proposed   Budget.   He   insisted   on   speaking   longer   than the   allotted   3   minutes   per   comment   because   he   wanted   his   points   to be heard by the Board. Following   Member   Comments,   President   McGonigle   put   Director Rindenow   and   her   raised   hand   on   hold   and   asked   Treasurer   Hollstein if   he   “had   anything   to   say   at   this   time.”   After   a   brief   restatement   of   his position,   Hollstein   moved   to   transfer   $85,000   from   the   Legal   line   item to   the   Liability   Insurance   line   item   and   approve   the   Proposed   Budget with   a   15%   increase   in   Dock   Fees,   Boat   Fees   (overnight),   Beach   Club Fees,   General   Membership   Fees,   Late   Fees   and   increase   the   Day   Use Boat   Fee   from   $300   to   $500.      Director   Jane   St.   John   seconded   the motion.  Following   the   motion,   each   director   was   given   the   opportunity   to speak.   Director   Roberta   Rindenow   spoke   against   the   fee   increases,   the budget   and   budget   process   in   a   highly   impassioned   speech.   Rindenow presented    facts    about    the    budget    process    used    to    create    this Proposed   Budget,   saying   that   if   the   Board   approved   this   budget   as presented,   they   would   not   be   doing   their   fiduciary   responsibility   to   the Members    and    the    Association.    Rindenow    condemned    the    budget review   process,   fee   increases   and   inflated   expenses   in   the   budget   as being manipulated. “It   is   with   much   disappointment   that   I   stand   apart   from   several   of my   fellow   Board   Members   today,   and   will   not   vote   to   approve   any increases    in    members’    fees    or    inflated    expenses    throughout    this Proposed   unbalanced,   flawed   and   bloated   Operating   Budget.”      She also   said   that   she   would   move   to   table   the   budget,   send   it   back   to Finance   and   then   have   a   Finance/Board   Workshop   with   the   General Manager   next   week   to   come   up   with   a   balanced   budget   that   they could    feel    proud    of    knowing    they    were    working    diligently    for    the members   and   the   Association.   Rindenow   received   a   standing   ovation from    the    members    who    kept    their    applause    going    to    show    their approval of her strong stance for the membership.  Director   Ralph   Wagner   stated   he   feels   there   is   a   need   to   increase   fees, however,    before    that    can    be    done,    there    must    be    a    decrease    in expenses, and have a balanced budget. Vice   President   Samantha   Allen-Newman   sat   down   in   a   chair   in front    of    the    seated    Members    and    explained    they    needed    the    15% increase and was even willing to go to a 20% increase. Treasurer   Steve   Hollstein   restated   his   past   comments   on   why   this budget must be approved. Director   Brian   Hall   spoke   against   the   budget     as     presented,     and     specifically focused     on     the     huge     legal     expenses rehashing    his    lawsuit    against    ALA,    and how     the     Judge     stated     that     President McGonigle      violated      ALA      bylaws      by campaigning    early.        At    that    point,    the    Members    in    the    audience became   vocal   and   President   McGonigle   used   her   gavel   to   end   the discussion. Director   Jane   St.   John   stated   that   she   has   wanted   this   increase   for years. President   Patti   McGonigle   stated   this   budget   had   to   be   approved, saying   that   we   need   to   take   care   of   staff   and   that   if   we   lower   benefits, we   will   lose   good   employees.      Many   of   the   Member   comments,   earlier in   the   hearing,   were   against   a   large   amount   of   the   fee   increases   and budget   items   going   to   the   employees   and   not   to   the   benefit   of   the Members. Comments   by   the   Members   present   and   through   member   emails and   phone   calls   seemed   to   have   little   impact   on   the   Board   as   they voted   narrowly   to   approve   the   Proposed   2016/2017   budget   with   the 15% increase.   

            YES VOTE                     NO VOTE

Jane St. John                                    Roberta Rindenow Steve Hollstein                                Ralph Wagner Samantha Allen-Newman             Brian Hall Patti McGonigle (tie breaker) As   one   Member   stated   at   the   meeting,   “Members   are   going   to   get   a big surprise when they open their ALA bill and see the fee increases.” LINK TO NEW ALA FEES   Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council  The   next   meeting   of   the   Lake   Arrowhead   Municipal   Advisory   Council, (MAC)   will   take   place   on   Thursday   May   5,   2016    at   6:00   pm .      It   will   be held   at   Fire   Station   91   in   the   Community   Room.   The   MAC,   is   our   local community    forum    created    to    provide    a    monthly    meeting    for    our residents    to    hear    about    and    comment    on    a    number    of    local    and countrywide    topics.    County    officials,    staff    and    other    non-county agency   staff   utilize   MAC   meetings   as   an   opportunity   to   provide   the community with information or updates. Matters   of   public   health,   safety,   welfare,   public   works,   planning   or issues   that   may   affect   the   community   are   among   the   concerns   for   the MAC.  Everyone is invited to attend and encouraged to get involved.    
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