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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 UpdateLake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory CouncilFebruary 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 23rdALA 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 13that 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-Directorsor call the ALA office at (909) 337-2595. ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION WEBSITE LINK
FIRE TAX: JUDGE GRANTS MOTION FOR
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 DECISIONOriginal 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 requiredto 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.comfor all your mountain Weather and Road conditions, updated 24/7.
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Awards
$60,000 Grant to Hearts & Lives
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 909 383.4631Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council MeetingThe next meeting of the Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council, (MAC) will take place on Thursday February 04, 2016at 6:00 pm. It will be held at Fire Station 91in 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.