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ALA Sues Village Over Unpaid Dock Fees
UPDATE: On November 6th, 2015, The Arrowhead Lake Association filed suit in the San Bernardino Superior Court against the Lake Arrowhead Village for “Breach of Contract/Warranty.” Trial setting conference is set for April 1, 2016. The ALA Board of Directors voted unanimously, with Director Ralph Wagner absent, and directed its attorney to file suit against the Lake Arrowhead Village Owner to collect 3 years of delinquent dock/slip fees and related charges in the amount of over $87,000.00. According to ALA, they have had numerous meetings and conversations with the Village Owner and its’ representatives over the last 3 years in an attempt to get payment and to discuss the Village Owner’s future use of their docks. Prior to this current 3 year period of delinquent dock payments and related charges by the Village Owner, there was an additional 2 year period of nonpayment by the Village to ALA. In good faith, ALA credited the Village for these 2 years of non-payments. In October 2015, ALA corporate counsel sent one final demand letter giving the Village Owner the ability to remit payment, without the cost and expense of litigation, but the Village Owner never responded.
Remembering Lori Pearson
Lake Arrowhead and the mountain communities remember resident Lori Pearson who passed away Monday, November 2, 2015. Always with a smile on her face and purpose in her heart, Lori was known as the consummate volunteer. A member of Soroptimist International Rim of the World, former president of the Arrowhead Arts Association auxillary, volunteer at Lake Arrowhead Elementary School, Board Member and Volunteer Coordinator of Mountain Meals on Wheels, past Arrowhead Lake Association committee member, volunteer at the Mountain History Museum and the list goes on. While on the Forest Planning Committee of ALA, Lori designed and helped to build the Demonstration Garden at ALA’s Tavern Bay Beach Club, which serves to showcase native and adaptive plants along with sheltering and raising seedlings gathered from local pine cones along the Lake Arrowhead shoreline. Lori is survived by her son, Brian, her sister, Elaine, and life partner, Jack Cooperman.A celebration of Lori's life is planned for Sunday, November 22 at the Lake Arrowhead Resort at 1:00 PM.
ALA SUBMITS DREDGING PROJECT FOR
Lake Arrowhead, CA, November 10, 2015 – Arrowhead Lake Association has submitted environmental documentation and is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Region to obtain a dredging permit in an effort to streamline future work. ALA is proposing to obtain a General Maintenance Permit which is a master, long-term permit from State and Federal regulatory agencies which will allow the Association to conduct its maintenance dredging activities in all drainage inlets of the lake.The permit application will be available for public review for a 30-day period. Any comments received will need to be addressed by December 11, 2015 and then submitted as part of the public record. If the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District (the CEQA Lead Agency) finds no significant issues with the report finding, they will adopt the report at a public meeting. The date of the meeting is unknown at this time.This General Maintenance Permit will allow ALA to move quickly to drainage areas that have been impacted by storm water runoff providing much quicker response times for repair. ALA has identified 27 different drainage areas that receive runoff from roadway drainages. ALA will be able to rapidly maintain and/or repair drainage inlets with only a notice to the regulatory agencies.If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jim Grant at 909-337-2595 or email at email@example.com.
ALA Appeals Court Ruling-
Judge Cuts Hall’s Attorney Fees in HALF
UPDATE:On October 27, 2015 The Arrowhead Lake Association filed an Appeal in San Bernardino Superior Court stating on its website, “Mr. Hall is not entitled to any attorney’s fees.” October 21, 2015 San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Donna Gunnell Garza reduced the granted motion for legal fees by ALA Board Member Brian Hall by 50% stating that, “The case was not so legally complex or factually complicated as to warrant the amount of fees sought by Plaintiff in this Motion.” Garza stated that 53 hours was “more than sufficient time to file a complaint and prepare for a 5-hour Court Trial/Evidentiary Hearing.” The 50% reduction, in the amount of $52,965.00, ordered by Judge Garza means that Hall’s attorney, Gregory Garrison,a Lake Arrowhead part time resident, over charged by double what she felt was appropriate for this case. The Judge confirmed that the attorney fees to be paid are not subject to the Davis-Sterling Act, which Garrison argued should be paid because ALA is an HOA. However, ALA is not an HOA, and Judge Garza validated that fact. The Judge also denied Hall’s argument that his attorney’s fees be paid under a provision found in the ALA Slip Ownership Rules, due to the fact that Hall did not own a Boat Slip. In 2014, ALA Director Brian Hall filed a lawsuit against his own Association over ballot instructions affecting approximately 60 ALA Members, resulting in a new election.ALA has responded to Judge Garza’s ruling by stating “ALA is disappointed in the Judge’s ruling and believes that Mr. Hall is not entitled to any attorney’s fees.” They further stated “ALA has instructed its attorneys to file an appeal.”
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
LAFCO REPORT ON CITYHOOD:
“INCORPORATION MAY BE POSSIBLE”
In a report made public on October 13th on the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) website, the short paragraph labeled Conclusion stated, “The Incorporation Feasibility Analysis, in the LAFCO staff view, identifies that incorporation may be possible depending on the service shifts and the level of service and operations the proponents would propose.” In other words, the determination was that it is possible that Lake Arrowhead and the Rim Communities could incorporate, depending on what it wants to be included in its cityhood. At first glance, that is a pretty broad statement. What the community needs and what it wants, are a very long way from being determined. One of the primary roles of LAFCO according to its website is to “Encourage Orderly Growth.” If that is the case, the obvious question is, was it a conflict of interest to have LAFCO produce this study? The LAFCO Report contains assumptions of data compiled and based in many cases on the City of Big Bear as a comparable reference.For more information on LAFCO, go to their website at www.sbclafco.org. To view the full report on the Feasibility Study for Rim of the World Incorporation go to: www.sbcounty.gov/uploads/LAFCO/AgendaNotices/20151021/Item_7.pdfLake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council MeetingThe next meeting of the Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council, (MAC) will take place on Thursday December 03, 2015 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.On Tuesday November 3, 2015 the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors approved Supervisor Janice Rutherford’s appointment of Michelle Ambrozic to the Lake Arrowhead MAC replacing David Caine who is now serving on the S. B. County Behavioral Health Commission.