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Highway 18 Barrier Project Update

UPDATE:         A    Caltrans    Representative will   be   at   the   next   meeting   of   the   Lake Arrowhead   Municipal   Advisory   Council (MAC)    on    February    4th,    to    give    an update   on   the   upcoming   Highway   18 Thrie-Beam   Barrier   Safety   Project.      The project    was    slated    to    begin    in    early January   2016.   As   always,   all   members   of   the   community   are   invited   to attend. Barrier Project Update Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council February 4th, 2016    6:00 PM    Fire Station 91

ALA PROPOSES DOUBLE DIGIT INCREASES!

MEMBER HEARING TO BE FEBRUARY 13, 2016

ALA        Members        should expect   a   major   increase   in fees        based        on        the Association’s           proposed 2016/2017   Budget,   which   was   discussed   at   the   January   23 rd    ALA   Board Meeting.      In   an   unprecedented   move,   the   Arrowhead   Lake   Association has     a     proposed     budget     that     includes     double     digit     increases throughout.      Fee   increases   that   the   ALA   Members   will   feel   the   most are   in   membership   fees,   boat   fees,   dock   fees   and   beach   club   fees.     Calculations   based   on   the   current   budget   compared   to   the   proposed budget    show    increases    up    to    30%    and    more    to    the    membership.      Included   in   those   figures   are   equally   high   increases   to   staff   wages   and benefits    including    medical    insurance,    401K    benefits,    and    retention bonuses.      Legal   expenses   are   proposed   to   jump   from   $65,000   a   year to   a   whopping   $150,000   a   year,   which   amounts   to   roughly   a   132% increase.   What   is   not   apparent   in   the   Proposed   2016/2017   Budget   are any    significant    cost    cutting    measures.    Several    ALA    Members    have suggested    that    a    simple    letter    of    explanation    of    fee    increases    by percentage,    be    given    to    the    members    to    review    before    any    Board voting takes place. A practice that members say was done in the past. The    ALA    Board    of    Directors    will    be    holding    a    Closed    Session Budget   Workshop   on   February   5th   to   review   and   finalize   its   Proposed budget.      That   budget   will   be   voted   on   Saturday   February   13 th    at   a Special   Board   Meeting   held   at   Burnt   Mill   Beach   Club   at   9:00   am.      Prior to    the    Board    vote,    a    Member    Hearing    will    be    held    for    the    ALA Membership   to   comment   on   the   Proposed   Budget.   According   to   the ALA   website,   that   proposed   budget   will   be   available   online   at   the   ALA website, ala-ca.org when available.   The   Board   of   Directors   is   soliciting   comments   from   the   members regarding   the   Proposed   2016/2017   Operating   Budget .   If   ALA   Members cannot    attend    that  meeting,   you    are     encouraged   to  email  your  comments to the  Board of Directors  on  the  ALA website, www.ala-ca.org/Page/24073~395068/Board-of-Directors     or    call    the   ALA office at (909) 337-2595.  ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION WEBSITE LINK

FIRE TAX:  JUDGE GRANTS MOTION FOR

CLASS NOTICE

UPDATE:   In   a   Sacramento   Superior   Court,      a   judge   has   approved   the Class   Notice’s   contents   and   the   ways   it   will   be   publicized.      This   is   an important   step   in   the   class   action   because,   once   notice   is   given   and the   time   has   passed   for   people   to   opt   out,   everyone   who   has   not opted   out   will   be   a   plaintiff   in   the   lawsuit,   and   therefore   be   entitled   to a   refund   if   the   Jarvis   Taxpayers   Association   wins   the   case.      They   will begin   the   official   notification   process   the   week   of   January   25,   2016.     The   Court   certified   the   class   as   “[o]wners   of   property   with   habitable structures   thereon,   whose   property   has   been   designated   part   of   the State    Responsibility    Area,    who    have    paid    the    fire    prevention    fee imposed    by    disputed    ABX1-29,    and    who    completed    and    timely submitted    to    [Respondent]    CalFire    a    Petition    for    Redetermination disputing the validity of the fee.” LINK TO COURT DECISION Original    Story:         There    will    be    a    court    hearing    January    22,    2016 regarding    the    Fire    Tax.    The    Howard    Jarvis    Taxpayers    Association    is asking   for   the   Judge’s   approval   of   their   class   notice.   This   “class   notice” is   how   they   plan   to   notify   people   that   they   will   be   legally   representing them in court. This    is    an    important    step    in    a    class    action    lawsuit.    In    a    class action,   the   court   authorizes   a   small   group   to   represent   the   interests   of a   larger   group.   In   this   case,   HJTA   is   representing   the   interests   of   all property   owners   who   have   paid   and   protested   the   Fire   Tax.   The   next steps   after   giving   notice   to   the   class,   will   be   gathering   the   remaining information needed to go to trial.

San Bernardino Shooting Victim’s Widow

Files $58M Claim Against County

According   to   the   San   Bernardino   Sun,   the   widow   of Lake   Arrowhead   resident   Michael   Wetzel   who   was killed   in   the   December   2,   2015   mass   shooting   at   the Inland   Regional   Center   has   filed   four   claims   with   the county and is seeking damages totaling $58 million. The   claims,   filed   on   behalf   of   Renee   Wetzel   and her    three    minor    children,    were    served    with    the county   Clerk   of   the   Board   of   Supervisors   on   Dec.   22 and   stamped   filed   by   the   county’s   risk   management   division   on   Dec. 28. Renee   Wetzel   is   seeking   $3   million   from   the   county   for   loss   of wages   and   $25   million   in   general   damages,   in   addition,   she   is   also seeking $10 million in general damages for each of her three children. According   to   the   claim,   Wetzel   alleges   that   her   husband’s   death was   preventable   and   caused   by   the   negligent   and   careless   actions   of respondents   which   lists   the   county   and   25   unidentified   individuals   as respondents.

Slippery Roads Ahead: Be Prepared!

With   icy   roads   and   freezing   weather   upon   us,   be   aware   of   rapidly changing   road   and   weather   conditions   in   our   mountains.      Vehicles traveling   on   mountain   roads   are   required    to   carry   snow   chains.      Don’t attempt    to    travel    icy    or    snowy    roads    in    two    wheel    drive    vehicles.      Doing so, you become a danger to yourself and others. Be   sure   to   bookmark   LakeArrowheadNews.com    for   all   your   mountain Weather and Road conditions, updated 24/7.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Awards

$60,000 Grant to Hearts & Lives

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Highway 18 Barrier Project To Begin

Lake    Arrowhead    residents    in    attendance    at    the Lake      Arrowhead      Municipal      Advisory      Council (LAMAC)    meeting    on    November    5th    heard    from contractor,    Bob    Gibson,    of    the    Acorn    Fence    Co, important   details   about   the   upcoming   Highway   18 Thrie-Beam   Barrier   Safety   Project.      The   plan   calls for   the   installation   of      96,000   feet   of   steel   barrier   from   North   of   Sierra Way     to     the     junction     of     Highway     138,     replacing     the     temporary delineators   which   were   installed   by   Caltrans   in   2014.      The   projected start   date   is   January   3rd   or   4th,   2016   and   is   scheduled   to   be   completed within   70   working   days.      However,   adverse   weather   conditions   may have   a   huge   impact   on   this   schedule,   especially   with   El   Niño   expected for    this    winter.    The    road    work    is    scheduled    for    8AM-5PM    Monday –Thursday,   8AM-3PM   Fridays   with   no   work   on   weekends.      The   project will   begin   on   top   at   SR   138   and   progress   down   to   Sierra   Way.   Bridges on   SR18   will   be   worked   on   last.      To   anchor   the   thrie-beam   barrier,   they will   be   driving   metal   posts   3   feet   into   the   ground.         Caltrans   has   been consulting     with     first     responders     to     identify     and     recommend     5 openings    in    the    barriers    for    Emergency    Responders,    so    firetrucks, ambulances,   etc.,   will   have   space   to   turn   around   whether   Northbound or Southbound on SR 18. For   safety   concerns,   the   2   inside   lanes   will   be   closed   off   in   both southbound   and   northbound   directions,   with   the   2   outside   lanes   open to   traffic   in   both   directions.      The   plan   is   for   1,500   to   2,000   feet   of roadway   to   be   closed   at   a   time.      As   safety   for   road   workers   is   a   major concern,    Caltrans    Senior    Public    Information    Officer,    Terri    Kasinga, urges    mountain    drivers    to    cooperate    and    reduce    driving    speeds through   the   SR18   work   zones.      Additional   updates   will   be   available   on LakeArrowheadNews.com   and   at   the   LAMAC   monthly   meetings,   held on   the   first   Thursday   of   each   month   at   Fire   Station   91   at   6PM.   For more    information,    Contact    Caltrans    District    8    Public    Affairs    at    909 383.4631   Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council Meeting The   next   meeting   of   the   Lake   Arrowhead   Municipal   Advisory   Council, (MAC)   will   take   place   on   Thursday   February   04,   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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