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ALA PRESIDENT MCGONIGLE SHUTS DOWN

MEMBERS

In    an    unprecedented    move    in    recent ALA   history,   President   Patty   McGonigle has      removed      the      “Questions      and Answers”   section   of   the   monthly   Board Meeting   Agenda.      Q   and   A   has   been   on   the   Board   Meeting   Agendas   for years   now.      A   member   asked,   “What’s   going   on   here?”   In   McGonigle’s new   agenda   format,   there   will   continue   to   be   Member   Comments   on Agenda   Items   and   on   Non-Agenda   Items,   however,   members   will   no longer    receive    any    answers    to    their    questions    from    the    President, Board   or   General   Manager.   When      a   member   questioned   President McGonigle about the Agenda change, she had no response. Ironically,    later    that    day    at    the    ALA    Candidate    Forum,    the prevailing   theme   expressed   by   all   the   candidates   was   “openness   and transparency.” 

BRIAN HALL STEPS UP IN WEST DISTRICT

FOR 2016 ALA ELECTION

Less    than    24    hours    after Arrowhead   Lake   Association emailed             a             formal announcement              to       its members   listing   qualified      candidates   in   the   West   District   and   At-Large A   Office,   who   had   been   verified   by   their   Election   Committee   for   the 2016   Election,   there   was   an   updated   formal   announcement      from   ALA listing   a   new   candidate,   Brian   Hall,   who   was   also   qualified   to   run   in   the West District, making it a contested race against  Jane St. John. On   Friday,   August   19th,   St.   John’s   name   was   listed   as   the   sole candidate   in   the   West   District.      Then   on   Saturday,   August   20th,   Hall’s name   was   added   as   a   candidate   in   the   West   District.      The   West   District hasn’t   had   a   contested   election   for   ALA   Board   of   Director   for   over   6 years.      This   district   includes   ALA   members   who   live   in   Point   Hamiltar, Meadow   Bay   Condos,   Meadow   Shores,   and   other   streets   in   the   West, beginning   at   North   Bay   Road   and   Highway   189   in   Blue   Jay   and   running up   North   Bay   through   Peninsula   Drive.      The   ALA   website   provides   a map   of   districts,   so   members   may   determine   where   their   Arrowhead Woods   property   is   located,   and   if   they   will   be   receiving   a   ballot   for   the West District Election. H all   and   St.   John   both   attended   ALA’s   first   Candidates’   Meet   and Greet    Event    on    Saturday, August    20th        at    the    ALA Marina,      along      with      3 additional                qualified candidates      for      the      At- Large     Office     A     position, which   incumbent   Hall   had chosen   to   now   run   in   the   West   instead.         The   3   challengers   for   Hall’s   At- Large   A   seat   include   Jack   Tingley,   Gene   Jennings   and   Bob   Donaldson.     In    this    informal    atmosphere,    candidates    introduced    themselves    to members,   talked   about   their   qualifications   and   their   position   on   issues and   handed   out   their   Candidates’   Statements,   which   will   be   mailed   at the    beginning    of    September,    along    with    a    ballot    to    all    voting Residential   members.      Some   candidates   also   provided   refreshments for the members. There   will   also   be   a   second   event   for   ALA   members   to   learn   more about   the   candidates   which   is   being   held   this   Saturday,   August   27th,   at the   ALA   Candidates’   Forum   at   Burnt   Mill   Beach   Club   at   1PM,   where members   may   ask   candidates   questions   about   issues   important   to them.      Prior   to   the   Candidates’   Forum,   members   may   attend   ALA’s August Board meeting at 9AM also at the BMBC. 

LACSD GENERAL MANAGER LET GO

In   a   short   press   release   issued   on   June   17,   2016,   LACSD   issued   the following   statement:   The   Board   of   Directors   of the   Lake   Arrowhead   Community   Services   District released   Mr.   Leo   Havener   from   his   contract   today, without   cause.   The   District   wishes   to   thank   Mr. Havener   for   his   service   to   the   District.   The   Board wishes   to   thank   the   staff   of   the   District   for   their hard   work   and   loyalty.   The   District   looks   forward   to   continued   success   as part of our community. Just   two   days   before   releasing   Mr.   Havener   from   his   contract,   the Board   of   directors   approved   changes   to   Havener’s   contract   modifying his   pension   plans   to   include   a   401   (a)   plan   to   allow   payments   that exceed   the   limits   of   his   CALPERS   plan.      In   addition,   Havener   was   given a cost of living adjustment effective January 1, 2016.  UPDATE  The LACSD Board of Directors has hired Interim General Manager Catherine Cerri as the district’s new general manager. effective Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

ALA DEMONSTRATION GARDEN  RE-DEDICATED

Saturday,   June   11 th ,   2016   a   rededication   ceremony   was   held   at   the Arrowhead   Lake   Association’s   Demonstration   Garden   in   honor   of   the late     Lori     Pearson, who    designed    and helped         maintain the    garden.        Now known    as    the    Lori Pearson     Memorial   Garden,       a       large crowd     of     friends, family,                    the Soroptimists   and   members   of   the   community   gathered   to   honor   Lori. In   attendance   was   Lori’s   son   Brian,   sister   Elaine   and   life   partner   Jack Cooperman   who   spoke   about   Lori’s   dedication   to   this   garden.      Located at   ALA’s   Tavern   Bay   Beach   Club,   the   garden   is   open   to   everyone.   Lori’s knowledge                and   expertise   in   creating   a beautiful             garden, provides    visitors    with a    setting    of    available native     and     adaptive trees,       shrubs       and ground       covers       for planting    in    our    area. The   garden   also   has   a holding/nursery   area   for   native   trees   to   be   used   for   reforestation   on ALA property.

FIRE INSURANCE PREMIUMS TOO HIGH?

If    you    own    your    full    time    home    or    second    home    in    Lake Arrowhead      or      the      surrounding      communities,      and      had      your homeowner's   fire   insurance   policy   either   canceled   for   no   cause   or   had your   fire   insurance   premiums   doubled   or   tripled,   State   Assemblyman Jay   Obernolte   wants   to   hear   from   you.      Insurance   companies   under California   State   Law   may   use   "risk   for   fire   scores"   to   raise   homeowners premiums.   Recently,   some   locals   have   experienced   huge   increases   in their   fire   insurance   rates.      Unfortunately,   a   number   of   homeowners have    been    notified    by    their    insurance    companies    that    they    are canceling their homeowners' policies with no specific cause.  Obernolte   is   requesting   that   if   you've   experienced   these   huge increases,   contact   his   office   to   open   a   case   file.   Obernolte   is   collecting data   to   highlight   this   troubling   situation   in   our   Mountain   communities in   an   effort   to   stop   these   unfair   practices.   If   this   situation   is   allowed   to continue,   Obernolte   is   concerned   that   these   unjustified   high   insurance rates   for   homeowners   and   businesses   may   have   a   negative   impact   on our     Mountain     economy.          Please     be     advised     that     only     those homeowners    and    businesses    who    have    been    unjustly    raised    or canceled   should   call   his   office   to   obtain   a   form   to   open   a   file   to   help him   help   our   community.      If   homeowners   aren't   being   invoiced   to   pay these   outrageously   high   rates,   or   haven’t   been   unjustly   canceled,   then there's   no   need   to   contact   his   office.   To   open   a   case   file   and   obtain   the form   to   fill   out   for   Assemblyman   Obernolte,   call   his   office   at      760   244- 5277.    Obernolte's    staff    members    are    ready    to    assist    his    Mountain constituents,    if    help    is    needed    filling    out    forms    or    for    any    other concerns.  

WILDFIRE AWARENESS: DEFENSIBLE SPACE

Each   year   California   highlights   the   importance   of   wildfire   prevention and   preparedness   by   declaring   the   first   full   week   of   May   as   “Wildfire Awareness   Week”.   This   year   during   the   week   of   May   1–7,   CAL   FIRE   and fire   departments   across   the   state   will   remind   residents   of   the   dangers posed   by   wildfires   and   the   simple   steps   that   should   be   followed   to prepare   for   and   prevent   them.   Despite   getting   some   much-needed rain   this   winter,   we’re   not   out   of   the   woods   yet   when   it   comes   to   the drought.    Because    droughts    increase    the    risk    of    wildfires,    being prepared    is    as    important    as    ever.    Protect    your    family,    home,    and property by creating and maintaining defensible space now. Creating   defensible   space   is   essential   to   improve   your   home's chance   of   surviving   a   wildfire.   It's   the   buffer   you   create   between   a building   on   your   property   and   the   grass,   trees,   shrubs,   or   any   wildland area   that   surround   it.   This   space   is   needed   to   slow   or   stop   the   spread of   wildfire,   and   it   protects   your   home   from   catching   fire-either   from direct     flame     contact     or     radiant     heat.     Defensible     space     is     also important for the protection of the firefighters defending your home.

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                                 Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council  The   next   meeting   of   the   Lake   Arrowhead   Municipal   Advisory   Council, (MAC)   will   take   place   on   Thursday   September   8,   2016    at   6:00   pm .      It will    be    held    at    The    Lake    Arrowhead    Resort.    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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