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SR 18 EMERGENCY REPAIRS UPDATE
JUNE 17, 2022
At this time, the repair estimate is still 2-5 months. The reason the time frame is so large is due to the potential for material shortages. So far, crews have not suffered from the shortage, but incase this project is affected by this, we are planning for it. The contractor is making excellent progress on the project and will continue to move forward.
JUNE 11, 2022
Caltrans crews continue work at locations 1, 2 and 3 of the 4 sections. Work includes excavation, demolition and awaiting installation of soil nails and concrete pouring. At this time, the repair estimate is 2-5 months.
MAY 27, 2022
Detour: Regular vehicles are advised to use State Route 189 (SR-189) through Twin Peaks.
Oversized vehicles such as semi’s, buses, and RVs are restricted from using SR-189 as the detour due to limited clearance. Commercial and oversized vehicles must use State Route 330 (SR-330) as a detour to SR-18 for mountain deliveries above Pine Avenue.
San Bernardino - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is providing updated information for the closure on State Route 18 (SR 18) near “Red Rock Wall” (area of Post Mile 21.42) in the San Bernardino mountains. On Friday, April 22, Maintenance crews noticed that a section of SR 18 at the above location was beginning to erode on the lower slope under the northbound SR 18 traffic lane. As a result, the route was closed in both directions for the safety of the motoring public between Lake Gregory Drive and Pine Avenue.
Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 84. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 65. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 81. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 62.
Thursday Sunny, with a high near 78.
Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 59.
Friday Sunny, with a high near 77.
Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 58.
Saturday Sunny, with a high near 77.
Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 57.
Sunday Sunny, with a high near 77.
LAKE ARROWHEAD MAC MEETING: JULY 07, 2022
The next meeting of the LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL (MAC) is:
THURSDAY, JULY 07, 2022, AT 6:00 PM AT FIRESTATION 91 AND ONLINE VIA ZOOM.
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 811 4394 8110
EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND THIS IN PERSON AND ONLINE MEETING. HEAR FROM AND ASK QUESTIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS. PUBLIC COMMENT IS WELCOME. GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY.
JUNE 27, 2022
Full Lake Elevation: 5106.70'
Current Lake Elevation 5103.04'
Lake Level BELOW Full: -3.66'
Water Surface Temperature: 71.1°
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UTILITY PARTNERSHIP - PSPS OUTAGES
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON
PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC
Utility Partnership With 211 Enhances Support, Access to Customer Resources During PSPS Outages
Media Contact: Ben Gallagher, (626) 302-2255
ROSEMEAD, Calif., June 28, 2022 — With the height of fire season around the corner throughout California, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, in partnership with the 211 California Network, have ramped up their emergency preparedness support for customers in preparation for Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS).
California’s two largest utility companies are doing this with 211 Care Coordination, which assists individuals with Access and Functional Needs (AFN) who live in high fire risk areas by creating a plan to connect them to local community-based organizations before PSPS outages. Organizations may assist with transportation and shelter, portable backup power, home meal delivery, bill assistance programs and other support.
Care Coordination is available for individuals with Access and Functional Needs who live in high fire risk areas. This includes those with various disabilities or chronic conditions, older adults and others who use medical equipment that requires electricity. Customers who are interested in services can call 211 or text “PSPS” to 211-211 before, during and after PSPS events to discuss assistance available to them.
“We absolutely understand the hardship that any extended power outage, including PSPS, can cause our customers, particularly those with Access and Functional Needs,” said Lisa Cagnolatti, SCE senior vice president of Customer Service. “Our collaboration with the 211 California Network and PG&E offers meaningful support for these customers, helping them to prepare for potential emergencies and assisting with their critical needs if a shutoff is necessary to protect their community.”
California continues to experience drought, increased wildfire risk and a longer wildfire season. The combination of dry conditions with high winds can increase the risk of wildfires. Energy companies like SCE and PG&E have many programs in place to mitigate the possibility of wildfires caused by electrical equipment, like grid hardening, situational awareness and PSPS. While PSPS are a measure of last resort, they will still be a tool energy companies may need to use.
“Our partnership with 211 and SCE brings communities and services together. We encourage customers to call 211 today to learn more about the resources and services available to them ahead of a potential PSPS or emergency. Now is the time to prepare,” said Marlene Santos, PG&E’s executive vice president and chief customer officer.
To connect and get help through the free, confidential referral hotline, dial 211 or text “PSPS” to 211-211. 211 is available 24/7 in more than 300 languages.
With 24/7 availability from trained specialists and a dedicated resource management team, 211 is a powerful resource for households. The 211 California Network is comprised of 13 contact centers throughout the state working together to connect the community to all available health and social service resources.
About Southern California Edison
An Edison International (NYSE: EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of approximately 15 million via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square miles in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.
COUNTY SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON URGENCY ORDINANCE: A TEMPORARY PAUSE ON NEW SHORT-TERM RENTAL PERMITS AT 6/14/22 MEETING
UPDATE JUNE 14, 2022
At the June 14, 2022, regularly scheduled San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting, the Supervisors voted unanimously to put into place immediately a 45 day "Pause" on the issuance of new Short-Term Rental Permits. This was done under an "Urgency Ordinance." At the end of the 45 day pause, the Board will determine whether an extension of that pause will be needed. The Urgency Ordinance can be extended up to 2 years by the Board. Only two local Lake Arrowhead residents spoke to the Board of Supervisors regarding the proposed ordinance modifications and the 45 day pause on new STR permits. Roberta Rindenow urged the Board to include requiring noise monitoring devices on the STR properties and Scott Rindenow spoke in favor of the "Pause," encouraging a 6 month or 12 month period. The Supervisors also made several changes to the proposed new revisions to the current Short-Term Rental Ordinance, which will be voted on at their next meeting on June 28, 2022.
Supervisors Pause STR Permits, Revise Rental Ordinance
In response to resident concerns, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors made several amendments to the County’s short-term rental (STR) ordinance and imposed a 45-day moratorium on the approval of new STR permits during its regular meeting on June 14.
The temporary pause on permits was taken to give County staff time to study zoning proposals to increase enforcement efforts, hire additional code enforcement staff, study enforcement activities and zoning proposals of other jurisdictions, and implement the approved amendments.
The County’s Department of Land Use Services will continue accepting and processing applications for STRs during the moratorium, but no new permits will be issued. The pause does not apply to applications submitted before the moratorium took effect or to applications to renew existing short-term rental permits.
Prior to the Board action, the Planning Commission considered the proposed STR ordinance amendments on February 3 and again on March 3 after County staff made additional revisions to the rules. Commissioners voted 4-0 (with Vice Chair Allard absent) in favor of recommending approval of the amended ordinance.
The amendments approved by the Board:
• establish a limit of one STR for parcels under two acres and a limit of two STRs for parcels over two acres;
• clarify that STR permits do not run with the land and identify a permitting procedure for alternative shelters;
• cap occupancy at two persons per bedroom plus two additional guests;
• limit total occupancy in an STR to 12 persons regardless of the number of bedrooms;
• establish an annual permit rather than previous biennial permit;
• provide $150 permit fee credit for STR owners who install noise monitoring devices;
• mandate that hosting platforms require STR permit numbers for all listings in the County’s unincorporated communities.
In addition, Supervisors agreed to limit individual and corporate owners of STRs to two permits. The limit does not apply to previously issued permits. The ordinance changes go into effect July 28, 2022.
Supervisors also discussed other potential changes to the STR ordinance, including placing a cap on the total number of permits issued by the County and requiring hosting platforms to not accept a booking transaction unless the hosting platform can confirm the host has the required STR permit at the time of the transaction.
In addition, the Board asked County staff to look into rules banning landlords from evicting long-term tenants to establish an STR and allowing for some wiggle room in the application of the STR ordinance. The County could, for example, allow a very large STR with only two bedrooms to host more than six occupants.
Supervisors also directed staff to look into whether the STR ordinance should apply to unincorporated areas in the Valley Region, which includes Oak Glen, Mentone, Bloomington, and other unincorporated communities.
These changes and other possible revisions will be heard by the Planning Commission before being presented to the Board of Supervisors for a final determination.
Prior to developing the amendments, County staff conducted a survey of residents that garnered more than 2,000 responses. Respondents expressed concerns about trash, noise, and the loss of community due to an over concentration of STRs in their neighborhoods.
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, STR numbers increased substantially in the County. In 2020, there were 1,404 permitted STRs in the County; in 2021, the number increased to 2,905. Today, there are more than 5,300.
The last revision the Board made to the STR ordinance substantially increased fines for noncompliance. Previously a first offense within a year was $100, a second offense was $200, and third offense was $500; those fines are now $1,000, $2,000 and $5,000.
Residents can report STRs in violation of the County’s ordinance, including operating without a permit, by calling (800) 205-9417. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
STR owners and residents can access additional information about short-term rentals in the County, including a map of permitted locations and the updated STR ordinance, at https://str.sbcounty.gov.
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will vote on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at the regularly scheduled open Supervisor's Board meeting, to approve an Urgency Ordinance which would put a temporary pause on approving any new Short-Term Rental Permits.
INTERIM URGENCY ORDINANCE An interim urgency ordinance of San Bernardino County, State of California, to preserve the status quo and place a temporary pause on the approval of new short-term residential rental unit permits.
Due, in part, to the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism has increased dramatically in the mountain and desert regions of the County, resulting in a surge of new short-term residential rental (STR) listings and STR occupancy rates in unincorporated areas of the region. With the increase in occupancy rates, the community has expressed increased concern with the behavior of STR guests, including noise, parties, disruptive events, over-occupancy, parking problems, and safety issues.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the San Bernardino County Code: (a) No application for a permit or entitlement that would authorize the operation of a new short-term residential rental unit authorized pursuant to Chapter 84.28 of the San Bernardino County Code shall be approved while this interim urgency ordinance, and any extension thereof, is in effect.
(c) Notwithstanding Section 2, subdivision (a), the County will continue to accept applications for a permit filed after the effective date of this ordinance. However, any application submitted shall be at the applicant’s sole cost and risk with the understanding that no permit for operation of a new short-term residential rental unit shall be issued while this interim urgency ordinance, and any extension thereof, is in effect.
TO VIEW THE ENTIRE TEXT OF THE PROPOSED URGENCY ORDINANCE, CLICK HERE!
AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY 2022
MOUNTAIN SPECIAL EVENT
SATURDAY JUNE 25, 2022
Amateur Radio Field Day 2022
Tracy Lenocker, WM6T
This Saturday, June 25th, the Mountain Top Amateur Radio Association (MTARA) will hold their Amateur Radio Field Day at the Masonic Lodge in Twin Peaks on Saturday, June 25th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The public is invited to this free event.
There will be three radio stations set up. There will also be eleven special educational presentations and demonstrations put on by club members. These presentations will showcase emergency radio equipment, trying your hand at Morse Code, learning to solder, how to throw a wire antenna over a tree branch, solar power, radio operations at a mountain summit or a park.
Learn more about how these club members provide emergency communications during extreme weather conditions, reporting fires, accidents and provide safety communications for special events like the ALA 4th of July fireworks, Tour de Big Bear, Gran Fondo and many other events.
CALTRANS INITIATES EMERGENCY REPAIRS ON SR 189 - COMMUTER ALERT
State Route 189
Emergency Repair Project
San Bernardino - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has initiated an emergency project with a $1.9 million Director’s Order to make repairs to State Route 189 (SR 189) near State Route 18 (SR 18) in the San Bernardino Mountains.
On Friday, June 3, a portion of SR 189 near post mile 0.2 eroded on the vertical slope below the route that resulted in the closure of one of two lanes. The route is currently under one way traffic control and remains open to motorists. SR 189 is currently the detour route for a full closure on SR 18 which is under construction with an emergency project for slope repair.
The emergency project contractor is Skanska, which is also overseeing the work on SR 18. The contractor will take over traffic control from Caltrans tonight and repairs will begin tomorrow. The emergency repairs are expected to take up to a month and the work hours will be from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Traffic control will remain in place with one lane open and one lane closed to traffic with automatic flagging. There may be times during the repairs that will require traffic holds or full closures and those periods are expected to be minimal. Caltrans will alert motorists in advance for full closures.
Caltrans is making every effort with the contractor to ensure that there is availability for detour on SR 189 during the closure of SR 18. Motorists are advised to use SR 330 to Lake Arrowhead, Running Springs, and Big Bear communities and avoid using SR 189 as a detour. Motorists are advised to use SR 330 to avoid delays.
MOUNTAIN SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB ANNUAL AUCTION - JUNE 4, 2022 SNOW VALLEY MOUNTAIN RESORT
Get ready to start bidding!
What’s your pleasure? A thrilling Jeep ride at Zion National Park? A relaxing sail complete with drinks and hors d’oeuvres? Ski lessons? A motor scooter? Dining gift cards? Family passes to Lake Gregory or SkyPark at Santa’s Village?
All these – and more! – can be yours at the auction sponsored by the Mountain Sunrise Rotary Club on June 4 at Snow Valley Mountain Resort.
But you don’t have to wait until June 4 for the fun to begin. This year, Mountain Sunrise Rotary is using Greater Giving as their bidding platform. Bidding on silent auction items will begin on May 28, with bidding on the bigger ticket live auction items opening on June 2.
To register with Greater Giving and to get a preview of auction items, visit www.mountainrotaryauction.com and click on the green Get Started square. Enter your name, address and credit card information and you’re ready to go.
FREE CURBSIDE CHIPPING
MOUNTAIN RIM FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
Thanks to a new grant from CAL FIRE's California Climate Investment Program, we are able to again offer free curbside chipping.
To register your request for Curbside Chipping go to www.FREEchipping.org. Click on "Request Chipping" in the middle of the header. Then, find your community/zip code and click on that button.
There are new guidelines and criteria this year. New criteria includes:
1. Chip disposition options: contractors will blow the chips back on your property or leave them in a pile at no charge. If you want the chips hauled away there is now a $25 fee, which must be paid at the same time you register. To pay the fee, go to www.PayPal.com, remit $25 payment to MountainRimFSC@gmail.com. You will receive a payment confirmation along with your formal chip request acknowledgement from MRFSC.
2. Pile size: pile size is limited per cycle. We are trying to keep the piles to less than 150 cubic feet. This is estimated by the length and height and depth of the piles. The contractor will reach out to you if there are any issues and special arrangements will be considered, which may include multiple cycles and/or payment for the excessively large piles.
3. Pile access: This year we will be much more restrictive about the location of the piles on slopes (up or down hill), piles that are more than 3 ft from the road and piles that are on access roads that are not easily accessible with a truck and chipper. If the truck cannot turn around, it is likely the pile will be deemed inaccessible. The contractors will not back up or down a road to get to piles. If you want to verify your location, please contact us in advance for a site review at 866-923-3473 or via MountainRimFSC@gmail.com.
The deadlines for registering this season are May 22, June 26, July 24, August 21 and September 25. You must register by 6pm on those dates or be bumped into the subsequent cycle. You cannot register until the piles are ready and therefore you should not register more than a month prior to the month you want the chipping done. Example - If you register in May for the June cycle you risk being cited by the County for your slash piles. We only notify them of piles for the current cycle.
Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for your efforts to make our communities more fire safe.
Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council
41 HOME PROJECT PROPOSED FOR DEVELOPMENT IN LAKE ARROWHEAD
At a public meeting held on March 19, 2022, at the North Bay Resort Clubhouse, real estate developer Jesse Wright briefly explained his proposed 41 single family home project. The entire project is slated for the 15 acres behind Arrowhead Lake Estates off of North Bay Road. The current stage of the project involves petitioning the county to change the zoning of the proposed development site from multifamily residential condos to single family residential. Wright said that if for some reason the county does not approve the re-zoning, he will move ahead with development of roughly 60 multifamily condos.
Of the roughly 50 residents in attendance, the majority of questions for the developer, dealt with the nature of the project itself and not the current rezoning request which is coming before the county. Wright told the sometimes highly vocal residents, that the project will be done in 3 phases. The first phase will be to construct 7 single family homes between 2 – 4 thousand square feet each on a 14,000 square foot sloped lot with a price tag of approximately $1.4 Million Dollars. Being built on a hillside, these homes will be built using a step-down foundation construction which would follow the terrain of the land.
Speaking on behalf of the project was Bruce Buchser, the home builder/contractor, Jeff Altmeyer, the grading contractor and Allan Hillwig and Bradley Brier, the land surveyors. An improved road will be constructed by developer Wright to access the 7 new homes. Phase 2 of the development project will be the development of 9 more lots, and then Phase 3 will be the final development of 25 lots. According to Wright, he will be using local workers on this project. Wright’s company, California Retail Properties, Corp. specializes in retail property development, according to its website and is located in Torrance California. Wright stated several times that there will be additional meetings like the one held on March 19th, as the project moves forward.
ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION FACES LAWSUIT
ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION (ALA) PROPERTY RIGHTS LAWSUIT
On March 10, 2022, the Arrowhead Lake Association through its law firm Best, Best & Krieger LLP filed a Notice-Register of Actions to the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino Appeals Division.
On January 19, 2022, the ruling was made final with the plaintiffs being ordered to post a $100,000 bond. The next hearing on the matter is set for May 4, 2023, for a Trial Readiness Conference followed by a Jury Trial beginning on May 8, 2023 at
10:00 AM in Department S24.
On January 19, 2022, Judge Gilbert G. Ochoa issued a Tentative Ruling on two motions. The first motion/Demurrer was filed by defendant Brian Hall, former ALA Board Member. The court ruled against Hall's Demurrer and it was taken off calendar. The second ruling by Judge Ochoa was as follows:
(1) GRANT in part and DENY in part Plaintiffs Vertical, McKinley, Karakaya, and Lee’s Preliminary Injunction and
ENJOIN Defendants ALA, Clifford, Mattison, Kaitz, Hall, Heissler, O’Keefe, and Wilson from (a) precluding short-term lessees within Arrowhead Woods’ property from accessing the Lake and surrounding shoreline area and (b) precluding Arrowhead
Woods’ property owners, whether ALA members or not, and their lessees and guests from accessing the Lake and surrounding shoreline area;
(2) ORDER Plaintiffs Vertical, McKinley, Karakaya, and Lee to post a reasonable bond within 10 days of the Order;
(3) GRANT Plaintiffs’ request for judicial notice filed on November 8, 2021, but DENY Plaintiffs’ request for judicial notice filed on December 1, 2021;
(4) DENY Defendants Clifford, Mattison, Kaitz, Hall, Heissler, O’Keefe, and Wilson’s request for judicial notice;
(5) GRANT Defendant ALA’s request for judicial notice of the pleadings and Exhibits 4 and 6, but DENY Defendant ALA’s request for judicial notice of Exhibits 2-3, 5, and 7;
(6) Movant to give Notice and provide Order.
On November 9, 2021, the Superior Court of San Bernardino ruled on the defendants motion to Compel Arbitration in this case. Both the plaintiffs and defendants submitted their arguments to the court regarding their positions. In the public notice filed by Judge Gilbert G. Ochoa, the following decision was rendered:
"The Association's Bylaws, at Article II (Members), Section F (Enforcement of Bylaws and Rules), paragraph 9, states, "Any disputes between ALA or ALA Members regarding any pier site, dock, or fixture on the reserve strip or reserve strip additions or any property owned by ALA or pertaining to any membership in ALA shall be resolved by binding arbitration." [Hereinafter "Arbitration Clause"] (Defendant's Exh. 5.)
Under the Arbitration Clause, arbitration is mandated for disputes between the Association and its members concerning (a) pier site, dock, or fixtures on the reserve strip or reserve strip additions, (b) property owned by the Association, and (b) the membership in the Association. None of the limiting scopes is at issue in any of the causes of action pled in the
FAC. The causes of action concern the Association and Individual Defendants' actions in violation of a 1964 Agreement and engagement in discriminatory, harassing, or retaliatory behavior. Plaintiffs Vertical, McKinley, or Karakaya are not asserting any claim associated with the rights as members of the Association. They are not asserting any rights associated with a pier site, dock, or fixture. They are not asserting claims concerning the Association's property. Again, they are asserting rights under a different contractual agreement providing certain rights to Plaintiffs and other Arrowhead Wood residents. Thus, Defendant Association fails to establish the Arbitration Clause in the Bylaws covers the claims pled in the FAC. Therefore, the Court denies Defendant Association's Motion to Compel Arbitration. Movant to provide Notice and Order."
The ALA has 30 days from this decision to respond.
On November 8, 2021, the Plaintiffs filed a lengthy Motion for Preliminary Injunction against Defendants Arrowhead Lake Association, its General Manager and 5 of its Board Members. Details of the motion can be found at the County Superior Court website under case #CIVSB2120604 - VERTICAL WEB VENTURES, INC., ETAL -v- ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION, ETAL. The hearing on this motion originally scheduled for December 8, 2021, has been continued until January 19, 2022 at 9:00 AM in Department S24.
On December 8, 2021, the Plaintiffs filed the follow request for injunction against the ALA:
NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION
TO ALL PARTIES AND THEIR COUNSEL OF RECORD HEREIN:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on December 8, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, before the Honorable Gilbert Ochoa in Department S-24 of this court, located at 247 West Third Street, San Bernardino, California 92415, Plaintiffs Vertical Web Ventures, Inc., Jackie McKinley, Seline Karakaya, and Christopher Lee (“Plaintiffs”), will, and hereby do, move for the issuance of a preliminary injunction enjoining Defendant Arrowhead Lake Association (“ALA”), its employees, agents, and/or anyone acting on its behalf, from:
1. Enforcing Article II, Section C of the ALA’s Bylaws or any other regulation prohibiting Arrowhead Woods’ guests and lessees from accessing Lake Arrowhead (the “Lake”) and its surrounding shoreline area (“Reserve Strips”) as permitted by paragraph 3 of the 1964 Written Agreement entered into between the Arrowhead Woods property owners, the Lake Arrowhead Development Co., and Arrowhead Mutual Service Co. (“‘64 Agreement”);
2. Restricting Arrowhead Woods property owners, their guests and their lessees who are not members of the ALA from accessing the Reserve Strips and the Lake permitted by paragraph 3 of the ‘64 Agreement;
3. Enforcing rules that violate paragraph 3 of the ‘64 Agreement by unreasonably and arbitrarily limiting the number of radio frequency identification (“RFID”) cards issued to Arrowhead Woods property owners;
4. Enforcing rules that violate paragraph 3 of the ‘64 Agreement by unreasonably requiring Arrowhead Woods property owners to register their guests by name;
5. Permitting ALA enforcement personnel to stop and demand that Arrowhead Woods property owners, their lessees, and their guests provide identification;
6. Erecting any new fences or gates restricting access to the Lake and the Reserve Strips; and Plaintiffs also request an order that the ALA remove all new fences and gates and RFID access sensors installed in 2020 and 2021.
On November 23, 2021, Defendants filed an eight page response in Opposition to the Plaintiffs Motion for Preliminary Injunction.
The Motion for Preliminary Injunction will be heard on January 19, 2022 at 9:00 AM in San Bernardino Superior Court Department S24 by Judge Gilbert Ochoa.
On July 28, 2021, notice was filed on the San Bernardino Superior Court website that a group by the name of Vertical Web Ventures, Inc., in addition to Jackie McKinley, Seline Karakaya and Christopher Lee have filed a lawsuit against the Arrowhead Lake Association (ALA) and several members of the Board of Directors. Named in the lawsuit, as defendants, are the Arrowhead Lake Association, ALA Board Members Gary Clifford, Eran Heissler, Alan Kaitz, Anthony O’Keefe, Christopher Wilson and Brian Hall (former ALA Board Member), Does 1 to 10 and General Manager Robert Mattison. Representing the Plaintiffs is the law firm of Arent Fox LLP of Los Angeles. Representing the Defendants are Greg Garrison and Michael Scafiddi for the ALA and the Law Office of D. Wayne Leech APC, for the named Board Members and General Manager. As to the former Board Member, as of 9/24/21, no legal representation has been listed on the court website.
On September 3, 2021, Plaintiffs filed their First Amended Complaint.
*The plaintiffs have filed an Unlimited Civil complaint for:
BREACH OF CONTRACT
INFRINGEMENT OF PROPERTY RIGHTS
BREACH OF COVENANT OF GOOD FAITH AND FAIR DEALING
INTERFERENCE WITH EASEMENT
RACE AND NATIONAL ORIGIN DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT
GENDER DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT
RETALIATION IN VIOLATION OF PUBLIC POLICY
In anticipation of the lawsuit, the ALA issued the following statement to its Members: “Since learning of the threatened STR litigation, ALA has assembled a legal team and taken all other appropriate action to prepare for the lawsuit. Your ALA Board of Directors will each do everything in their power to protect our private Lake and ensure that your children, and your children’s children, will be able to enjoy the same Lake Arrowhead experience ALA members enjoy today. Your Board thanks you for your continuing support.”
Upon further examination of the lawsuit, there appears to be much more to it than just a Short Term Rental issue. ALA recently promulgated a new rule, which appears to impact all Arrowhead Woods Property Owners, by requiring membership in the association in order to use the lake and trails. According to the Plaintiffs' filing, these property rights/lake rights are protected under the 1964 Agreement. In addition, the Plaintiffs' filing also includes allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and more.
At the August 28, 2021 ALA monthly Board meeting, President Gary Clifford spoke of the lawsuit and told the members “If you haven’t looked at the lawsuit, I suggest you do.”
To view the court filing, go to the ALA website at www.ala-ca.org and click on the link on the front page to read or download the document. The 123 page complaint filed, is scheduled in the San Bernardino Superior Court for a hearing on January 28, 2022 in Department S24 with Judge Gilbert Ochoa. Further information on this case can be found on the San Bernardino Superior Court website under Case Number: CIVSB2120604.
Lake Arrowhead News will update this story as it develops. You can also CLICK HERE to see the Amended Lawsuit.
*From the First Amended Filing by Plaintiffs dated September 3, 2021.
STATE ROUTE 189 SLOPE AND EMBANKMENT REPAIR PROJECT
PUBLIC AWARENESS MEETING
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans District 8) initiated a project in 2018 to conduct studies and prepare engineer plans for the repair of embankment slopes between State Route (SR) 189 and SR 18 near the intersection of SR 18 and Lake Gregory Drive. The approximate postmile (PM) on SR 189 is from PM 0.16 to PM 0.26 and on SR 18 from PM 20.6 to PM 20.9.
The purpose of this project is to repair the embankment slopes, the proposed sidehill viaduct will also improve safety within the limits of the project by wider lanes (11-foot lanes) and wider shoulders (2-4 feet). The wider lanes and shoulder are also anticipated to improve visibility around the curves. The proposed improvement will also upgrade existing barriers.
Caltrans is eager to deliver this important project information directly to you! We will be hosting a special virtual meeting to update you about the project and get your feedback. If you want to know how this project is going to affect you, now is your chance to participate.
The meeting will be on March 24, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. via Webex.
To register, please click the link below:
UPDATE TO SHORT-TERM RENTAL ORDINANCE
Updates To Short-Term Rental Ordinance
County Planning Commission Continues STR Ordinance Consideration
March 4, 2022
The County Planning Commission voted to approve their current red-lined version of the proposed County STR Ordinance revisions. It will now be sent to the County Board of Supervisors for final discussion and a vote.
February 03, 2022
The San Bernardino County Planning Commission's draft Short Term Rental (STR) ordinance agenda item on February 3 was continued to the next meeting, or more likely to a Special meeting to be determined at the next meeting (February 17). Over 5 hours were devoted to the topic, including the staff presentation, more than 60 public comments, and lengthy dialogue among the Commissioners. Key issues of further consideration included whether to allow an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) to be an STR, whether different desert and mountain conditions should dictate different ordinance details for those areas, allowing up to 12 guests per night stay, allowing ownership of up to two STR's, and many other complex issues.
The San Bernardino County Planning Commission has released a redline draft update of the County’s Short-Term Rental (STR) Ordinance, in advance of their next meeting on Thursday, February 3. The redline draft can be found HERE. At that meeting, the public will have an opportunity to make comments on the proposed draft to help improve the County’s policies and address community impacts resulting from the rise in popularity of short-term rentals.
The Planning Commission will consider all public input and decide if further revisions are necessary before they forward the STR Ordinance to the Board of Supervisors for consideration, where the public will once again be able to provide their input. The Commission’s meeting agenda will be available on Friday, January 28th on their website HERE. This agenda will provide further information on how you can participate in the meeting. If you wish to submit comments regarding the draft ordinance ahead of the meeting, please submit them at PlanningCommissionComments@lus.sbcounty.gov.
The San Bernardino County Planning Commission is an independent entity that advises the Board of Supervisors on the County’s General Plan, and sometimes recommends amendments to the General Plan and the County Development Code.
GROUPS CHALLENGE THE CHURCH OF THE WOODS "SONRISE" PROJECT
Three San Bernardino mountain environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the County's approval of the Church of the Woods "Sonrise" project in Rimforest. If and when Lake Arrowhead News receives a response from the Church of the Woods, we will publish that response on this website. The following is the Press Release issued by the environmental groups:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov 23, 2020
Contacts: Hugh Bialecki, Save Our Forest Association, (909) 336-7504
Peter Jorris, San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society, (909) 867-3536
Steven Farrell, San Bernardino Mountains Group, Sierra Club, (951) 777-9150
San Bernardino Mountain Environmental GroupsnChallenge Destructive Project in Rimforest
Rimforest, CA – On Friday, November 20, 2020, the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society, the San Bernardino Mountains Group of the Sierra Club and the Save Our Forest Association, Inc, (SOFA) filed a legal action against the County of San Bernardino’s approval of the destructive “Church of the Woods” development in Rimforest, CA. The lawsuit cites numerous violations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the project’s inconsistency with the County’s General Plan and Lake Arrowhead Community Plan.
The project would devastate a tranquil forest refuge just east of Rimforest. A wooded hilltop along scenic State Route 18 would be graded flat. Old-growth trees and habitat for rare and sensitive wildlife would be permanently lost. Hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of dirt would be dumped across the headwaters of Little Bear Creek, which drains into Lake Arrowhead. The project’s massive grading across steep slopes in this headwaters area raise serious water quality concerns. The County also ignored independent experts’ warnings that the project would create traffic hazards and add to wildfire evacuation problems.
"We appreciate the Church's efforts in support of our community; but not with this project, at this location. It is too disruptive. The County is violating the law by accepting this proposal's flawed Environmental Impact Report (EIR)," said Steven Farrell of the Mountain Group Sierra Club. "Even with its significant shortcomings, the EIR identifies severe impacts to the public and to the site that are wrongly declared to be of no consequence."
"We support the Church of the Woods congregation in their desire for a larger facility, but cannot allow the County to ignore the laws and policies designed to protect public safety, quality of life, our unique forest environment and imperiled plants and animals," said Peter Jorris of the Audubon Society. "The County of San Bernardino needs to follow its own guidelines more faithfully and to accurately assess the full impacts of this project to avoid permanent harm to our community, visitors, the forest and its wildlife."
After the San Bernardino County Planning Commission approved the project on January 23, 2020, Audubon, Sierra Club, and SOFA appealed the approval to the County Board of Supervisors. The Board voted on October 20, 2020, to deny the appeal and grant final approval for the project in spite of its many significant environmental impacts.
The County’s final approval leaves no alternative for those opposing the project except to seek a legal remedy. A legal defense fund has been established to fund this legal challenge, and the local environmental protection groups are seeking the public's help to support this critical effort. Donations to the Save Rimwoods Fund can be made at uxstrategy.wixsite.com/saveourforest/sonrise and by mail to Save Our Forest Association, Inc., PO Box 126, Rimforest, CA 92378.
STATE ROUTE 18 EMERGENCY REPAIR PROJECT UPDATE
HIGHWAY 18 IS NOW OPEN IN BOTH DIRECTIONS FOR MOUNTAIN TRAFFIC NEAR SR-138 AND CRESTLINE!
January 20, 2022
San Bernardino - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues repairs on an emergency project at a washout section of State Route 18 (SR-18) near Panorama point between 40th St and SR-138 near Crestline.
The southbound SR-18 lanes have been closed since December 24, 2021, but ARE OPEN NOW!!! Crews were able to finish it earlier than anticipated on January 20, 2022. The piloting program has ended, and traffic will be able to use the newly fixed road that has been repaved and restriped.
Crews will continue to work in the area Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during which time, lane closures may be needed to assist in the repairs that are ongoing. No work will be conducted on Saturdays or Sundays. Remaining repairs include excavation, guardrail replacement, inlet modifications, and plant establishment.
January 14, 2022
San Bernardino - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues repairs on an emergency project at a washout section of State Route 18 (SR-18) near Panorama point between 40th St and SR-138 near Crestline.
Crews continue to make repairs by performing excavation and slope repairs on the southbound lanes of SR-18.
At this time, the anticipated reopening of the southbound lanes is the first week of February 2022. This date is weather dependent and may be delayed due to significant weather impacts.
Piloting escorts began south of Mormon Rd to just north of Upper Waterman Canyon (approx. 1.5 miles length). Motorists must wait for the pilot car to escort you through the active work zone. The piloting will be utilized 24/7 but may be adjusted over time to assist in construction efforts.
Please be aware, motorists may experience long wait times this weekend due to the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. It is advised that travelers seek a detour route, such as SR-138 or SR-330, travel during non-peak hours, or make arrangements to come to the mountains during a different weekend.
January 7, 2022
Starting Today at 3pm. Caltrans Will Open Hwy-18 Upbound Lanes for Travel Under Pilot Car Program. Travelers Will be Escorted Up and Down the Mountain, 24/7
Caltrans will be opening up the Northbound lanes for travel under a Pilot Car Program, which means that they will be able to have people use Hwy-18 and be escorted up and down the mountain 24/7.
December 31, 2021
San Bernardino - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues repairs on an emergency project at a washout section of State Route 18 (SR-18) near Panorama point between 40th St and SR-138 near Crestline.
The contractor, SKANSKA and Caltrans crews continue to make repairs and bring in necessary equipment and materials. Currently, crews work on excavation and demolition, along with keeping the area as dry as possible with additional winter weather incoming.
To expediate the repairs, the route will remain closed to the public until further notice so crews can utilize the full roadway. We are evaluating all traffic handling situations and will have more updates on this in the future. At this time, the duration of this project is unknown. Due to the rain and snow event that just ended, the estimation is difficult to determine. Emergency responders will have access for emergency situations.
Residents of Waterman Canyon are being allowed to their residence with valid ID. No access is allowed north of Upper Waterman Canyon. Residents of Crestline, Twin Peaks, Lake Arrowhead and Blue Jay must utilize a detour route such as SR-138 to I-15 or SR-330 to SR-18 to get up and down the mountain.
CLICK HERE FOR THE CALTRANS DISTRICT 8 WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION
COUNTY SUPERVISORS VOTE ON NEW DISTRICT BOUNDARIES
UPDATE: On Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at its regularly scheduled Board Meeting, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors held a final vote on the proposed new County District map. The vote was 4 - 1 to approve the revised County district boundaries, with Supervisor Janice Rutherford voting no.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE NEW DISTRICT MAP
On Tuesday, December 7, 2021, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted 4 - 1 on a proposed new district map. County Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford was the dissenting vote.
Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford voted no since she believes all supervisors need to have significant rural constituencies so that their interests are well-represented on the board.
As of 2022, Lake Arrowhead will be in the third supervisorial district under Supervisor Dawn Rowe.
Every 10 years, the boundaries of the five county supervisorial districts are redrawn based on the latest census data.
Three proposed supervisorial maps were drawn up by a non-partisan county redistricting committee. Additional maps were submitted by community groups.
December 7, 2021, the supervisors chose a revised version of a map presented to the board in November. Each of the five supervisor districts will retain the primary communities they currently represent, with some communities on boundaries of the existing districts will be changing hands including Lake Arrowhead.
The Board has endorsed a map that will be voted on December 14, 2021 which includes:
• The expansive First District, currently represented by Supervisor Paul Cook, will lose most of the High Desert south of Interstate 40. That area will be added to the Third District, including the area around Needles.
• The Second District will be much more compact and focused on the cities of Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, and will acquire portions of Fontana previously in the Fifth District.
• The Third District, now represented by Supervisor Dawn Rowe, will also pick up land north of San Bernardino that’s currently part of the Second District.
• The Fourth District, represented by board Chairman Curt Hagman, will acquire more of Upland.
• The Fifth District, currently represented by Supervisor Joe Baca Jr., loses Fontana to the Second District and Loma Linda to the Third District, but picks up mountain communities north of San Bernardino, which are currently part of the Third District.
Each district must have roughly the same number of people and protect minority voters.
For more information about the redistricting process, visit SBCountyRedistricting.com, email email@example.com or call 909 387-3841.
ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION
WEST DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION
According to the Arrowhead Lake Association (ALA) website, they will be holding a Special Election to fill the West District Vacancy. The Vacancy occurred when on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, it was announced that ALA Director Brian Hall has resigned his position as a Board Member.
ONLY members who reside in the West District are eligible to vote and will receive an "Online Ballot." Accommodation will be made in the ALA office for members who wish to vote, but do not have online access. NO PAPER BALLOTS WILL BE AVAILABLE!
JANUARY 5, 2022 You must have a membership as of this date to be eligible to vote
JANUARY 7, 2022 Candidate packets available. Pick up in person or by email
JANUARY 21, 2022 Candidate packets MUST be returned by 5:00 PM on this date
JANUARY 22, 2022 CANDIDATE MEET & GREET - 1:00 PM at BURNT MILL BEACH CLUB
JANUARY 29, 2022 CANDIDATE FORUM - Will be broadcast on ALA website
FEBRUARY 2, 2022 Electronic voting begins
FEBRUARY 23, 2022 Electronic voting ends at 5:00 PM. Results tallied and announced
FEBRUARY 26, 2022 New West District Director seated at Board Meeting
CALTRANS SLOPE STABILIZATION PROJECT ON HIGHWAY 173 - MAY 17, 2021
State Hwy 173 Solider Wall & Realignment Project
Project Begins Monday, May 17, 2021 in Lake Arrowhead, CA
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin work on a $10.7 million project to construct a soil nail wall, replace the guardrail with a concrete barrier mounted to a 15’ solider pile wall along with a slight roadway realignment. Work will occur on State Route 173 (SR-173) near Cedar Glen, just south of Hospital Road.
The contractor, Stronghold Engineering from Perris, will begin construction starting May 17, 2021. Work will be Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. At this time, weekend work is not anticipated but can be allowed under special emergency circumstance.
Traffic will be controlled with flagging operations during certain stages of the project and at a later time, a solar signal will be placed to control traffic. Work is anticipated to be completed as early as October 2023 or as late as summer 2025 due to anticipated winter weather suspensions that occur.
During construction, it is advised to not use Torrey Rd as a detour to keep traffic open to the hospital and first responders.
Caltans District 8 Public and Media Affairs Chief Terri Kasinga has issued the following Press Release regarding the Slope Stabilization project on Highway 173 in Lake Arrowhead:
SAN BERNARDINO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) began preliminary work in advance of a slope stabilization project on State Route 173 (SR 173) between Hospital Road and Cedar Glen Road in Lake Arrowhead. The purpose of the project is to stabilize the slope below SR 173, which is eroded and failing above Lake Arrowhead. The project will realign the roadway, construct a soil nail wall, rebuild the slope below the road, and replace guardrail mounted on a fifteen-foot concrete barrier.
The $11.6 million project will begin in spring 2020 and will be complete in fall 2022. Preliminary work was required in advance of the actual beginning of the construction project to remove twenty-five identified trees to make room for the slope repairs. Caltrans Maintenance crews began work this week to expedite the tree removal in advance of the actual project start date to avoid the bird nesting moratorium, which takes place each spring into summer, and to avoid delays to the project start date.
The remainder of the tree removal will be completed the week of January 27. The tree removal work and actual construction project requires lane closures with flagging for the duration of the project, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Caltrans staff have coordinated with the nearby hospital for emergency response.
The contractor, Stronghold Engineering from Perris, will begin placing construction signs from now until mid-April in preparation of the coming work. Work will be Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. At this time, weekend work is not anticipated but can be allowed under special emergency circumstance. Traffic will be controlled with flagging operations during certain stages of the project and at a later time, a solar signal will be placed to control traffic. Work is anticipated to be completed as early as October 2023 or as late as summer 2025 due to anticipated winter weather suspensions that occur. During construction, it is advised to not use Torrey Rd as a detour to keep traffic open to the hospital and first responders.
Know before you go! To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to Caltrans District 8 and sign up for commuter alerts. Follow us for the latest information on Facebook and Twitter. To assist in planning your commute, view live traffic conditions using QuickMap and planned lane closures.
For those with sensory disabilities requiring alternate formats (i.e. Braille, large print, sign language interpreter, etc.) and those needing information in a language other than English, please contact Emily Leinen at (909) 383-4631 or TTY 711 by January 31, 2020.
DARK SKIES ORDINANCE APPROVED
A final approval vote of the newly revised ordinance was reached by the Board of Supervisors at their December 14th meeting. On December 7, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the San Bernardino County Light Trespass Ordinance. The ordinance was first introduced to the San Bernardino County Planning Commission on February 4 of this year. Since that time there have been several workshops and meetings and on September 9, the San Bernardino County Planning Commission recommended approval to the Board of Supervisors. This initiative will regulate light trespass and outdoor lighting to minimize direct glare and light pollution that interfere with residents’ ability to enjoy the benefits of our night sky. To protect dark skies, the ordinance establishes reasonable outdoor lighting curfews and enforces limits on how bright lighting can be.
The initiative will gradually take effect over the next two years. Commercial and industrial properties must comply within 18 months, while all other properties will have 24 months.
For additional information, please call 909-387-8311 or you may visit the San Bernardino County Land Use Services website.
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES NEW DARK SKY ORDINANCE
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., — September 09, 2021. After much discussion and input from concerned residents and members of the County Staff, the San Bernardino County Planning Commission voted 5 to 0 to approve the new proposed County Ordinance on Light Pollution. The proposed new Ordinance will now be sent to the County Board of Supervisors for its approval. If approved by the Supervisors, the new Ordinance will replace the current Ordinance on Light Pollution in the County. Lake Arrowhead News will update this story when more information becomes available.
Click Here For The Link To The Ordinance
COUNTY ISSUES NEW STR COMPLAINT HOTLINE NUMBER
Public Information Officer
New Short-Term Rental Complaint Hotline Available
With the increase in short-term rentals in areas of our county, many have experienced some of the secondary impacts. Trash left outside, cars blocking the driveway, late-night music – it’s all a nuisance and it’s also a code enforcement violation.
Those who know of short-term rentals creating a nuisance or operating illegally can call the new complaint line toll-free at 1-800-205-9417. This replaces the County’s prior hotline and comes with new and improved tools.
San Bernardino County has integrated its short-term rental complaint system with a system that tracks unpermitted short-term rentals in the unincorporated areas. This gives the County an edge in addressing complaints quickly and effectively while also cracking down on illegal rentals.
San Bernardino County Code Enforcement opened the 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week-hotline with the help of Deckard Technologies. The vendor is also providing the County with a new software application, Rentalscape, which identifies unpermitted short-term rental properties in the unincorporated areas of the county allows Code Enforcement to quickly identify unpermitted short-term rentals and to track complaints against all short-term rentals.
The new hotline and the Rentalscape software will integrate and work together to register complaints from the public, leading to more efficient enforcement of unpermitted short-term rental operators.
San Bernardino County strives to ensure that short-term rentals are licensed and operated in strict accordance with County ordinances so that they aren’t a nuisance to county residents. We want to make sure San Bernardino County is always a great place to live as well as a great place to visit.
“We want short-term rental operators to be successful with their operations but we also want our neighborhoods to be safe and clean,” said Curt Hagman, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “We believe this new software and hotline will offer better customer services for these types of complaints.”
Deputy Public Information Officer
County of San Bernardino
Our job is to create a county in which those who reside and invest can prosper and achieve well-being.
EARLY MORNING BLAZE DESTROYS SEVERAL BOATS ON LAKE ARROWHEAD
ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION OFFERS REWARD
From the ALA website and Facebook page:
$10,000 Reward for Boat and Dock Fire Information
In an effort to identify and convict the perpetrators of the July 16th boat and dock fire at the North Shore Multiple 4 dock, the ALA is creating a reward fund for information resulting in the conviction of the person(s) who broke into numerous boats in the area and started the fire. The ALA will get the reward fund started by contributing $10,000 to the fund. We encourage others in the community to join this effort by contributing to the reward fund to make it even bigger to create an incentive for someone to come forward with information. The reward will be given to the person who provides information resulting in a conviction for this crime.
If you have information, or if you are able to donate to the reward fund, please call the ALA at 909-337-2595 and speak to a Customer Service staff member at the front desk. You are also welcome to visit the ALA office in person. The ALA will provide information on our website regarding the size of the reward fund as it grows.
Let‘s all join together on this community effort!
We will be updating the dollar amount of the fund on a regular basis
Current donations as 10/5/2021 $14,790.00
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY FIRE
Lake Arrowhead Boat Fire Suspicious in Nature, causes an estimated 2 Million in Damages
Investigators continue to work on investigating the fire that damaged several boats and a large section of dock in Lake Arrowhead yesterday. Due to the suspicious nature of the fire, anyone with information is urged to contact our fire investigation unit. Twenty-four hour contact information is provided below, including an anonymous tip line.
Additional Damage & Theft:
While completing their investigation, investigators found boats that were the victim of theft and vandalism nearby. San Bernardino County Sheriff also responded to assist. For those boat owners not impacted by the fire, but by vandalism and theft, please contact San Bernardino County Sheriff (Twin Peaks Station) at 909-336-0600 to report stolen items.
Investigators worked with local boat owners and Arrowhead Lake Association (ALA) to complete a damage/loss assessment. The current loss estimate is valued at 2 million dollars. Firefighters were successful in saving more than 30 boats & multiple docks from fire damage. The boats that caught fire burned through their dock lines, allowing them to float freely, many floating to adjacent docks and causing an immediate exposures to additional docks/boats. The coordinated fire attack from land and lake kept the fire from causing additional damage.
Reporting Arson Crimes
Because of the destructive nature of fire, not all arson fires are successfully prosecuted. Anyone with information of an arson crime is urged to contact the Fire Investigation Unit at 909-386-8400 and ask to speak with an investigator, as any information received may help achieve a conviction in an arson case.
After business hours, on holidays and/or weekends, an individual may call our 24 hour dispatch center @ 909-356-3805, and leave a contact name and phone number. Dispatch will then have the duty investigator respond to this individual’s request.
We request that if you report a crime that you also supply complete contact information so that we may get in touch with you again as we conduct our investigation. Please note that we are forbidden by law to release your information without a court order. We will accept anonymous information if anonymity is requested.
Anonymous Crime Report
You may also anonymously contact We-Tip at 800-47-ARSON (800-472-7766), 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or via the Internet by visiting the We Tip website.
Other Related Phone Numbers
San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department Arson/Bomb Detail 909-890-4840
Incident - Boat & Dock Fire, 7/16/21
Contact - Battalion Chief Mike McClintock, firstname.lastname@example.org
Multiple Boats Burn on Lake Arrowhead
Just after 4:00 AM Friday, July 16, 2021, San Bernardino County Fire crews were dispatched to a reported boat fire in the 800 block of Highway 173. 911 callers stated smoke and fire from boats docked on Lake Arrowhead near Peninsula Park on the northeast shore.
Arriving crews found multiple boats well involved and the dock immediately threatened. Firefighters manned nearby Boat 92, working off the fire boat platform to make a safe and immediate fire attack. Utilizing the fire boat’s pumps, hose compliment and unlimited water supply, the fire was knocked down in approximately 20 minutes. Multiple boats on fire also burned through their dock lines, causing them to float freely, while on fire. Firefighters worked to extinguish & corral the free-floating boats before they caused additional damage. In total seven boats were destroyed and five boats were damaged. The dock also received major damage. Crews remained on scene for multiple hours working on overhaul, salvage and investigation. It was reported that
Arrowhead Lake Association (ALA) was notified for a response as they manage lake operations and the boat docks. San Bernardino County Haz-Mat personnel also responded due to potential fluids and other hazards that may impact the lake. Haz-Mat personnel will continue to support ALA in their clean-up efforts. The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation by #SBCoFD investigators.
Boat & dock fires pose a hazard for firefighters as both can sink, making the fire boat a vital resource to suppress the fire. Firefighters are specially trained in shipboard firefighting, fire boat operations and cross-staff the boat from nearby Station 92.
San Bernardino County Fire responded with two Engines, a Fire Boat, a Hazardous Materials Team, Battalion Chief, & a Fire Investigator.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that it was North Shore Marina 4, a 20 slip multiple slip dock that was the location of the fire. It was also reported that there may have been vandalism on North Shore Marina 3 multiple dock. One boat owner on North Shore Marina 4 wrote on Facebook, "My dock, boat and all lake toys destroyed. Heartbreaking …. I don’t understand people who do this kind of thing …. The only positive is that no one was hurt💔"
Initial reports stated that 7 boats were destroyed and 5 others were damaged.
When Lake Arrowhead News has an update on the fire, its cause and damage sustained, we will post that information on the website.
Incident - Boat & Dock Fire
Date / time - 7/16/21, 4:06AM
Location - Boat Docks near 800 block of Highway 173, Lake Arrowhead.
Contact - Mike McClintock, Battalion Chief /
COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS AT MCH
MOUNTAINS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Every Friday
The Rural Health Clinic is holding COVID-19 vaccine clinics every Friday through November 19. Additional clinics may be added based on demand. Please check myturn.ca.gov to view the clinic schedule.
COVID-19 booster shots are available for the following Pfizer vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago and are:
65 years and older
Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
Age 18+ who work in high-risk settings
Age 18+ who live in high-risk settings
We will let you know when the Moderna and J&J booster shots are available. For any questions, please call the Rural Health Clinic at (909) 336-9715.
If you are still unsure about getting the vaccine, please scroll down and watch a very informative presentation by Dr. Christian Ramers.
MCH Foundation Replaces Annual Gala with Successful Sweepstakes
MCH Foundation's annual fundraising gala, Le Grand Picnic, was unable to take place in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, MCH Foundation hosted it's first-ever sweepstakes fundraiser. Over the six-week fundraising campaign, the Foundation raised an astonishing $135,000 and welcomed 200 new donors to the Foundation's family. Twelve people won fabulous prizes valued at over $15,000 and one lucky person won a gold coin valued at almost $2,000!
THE LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL (MAC) MEETING
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2021
The Lake Arrowhead MAC met on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 6:00 pm via Zoom.
The community was invited to attend this online MAC Meeting. Our First Responders, Local Community Group representatives and more were in attendance.
LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
Board Members in Attendance:
Scott Rindenow, Chair
Jim Grant Sr., Vice Chair
Board Members Absent:
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 6:04 pm by Chair Scott Rindenow, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Introductions: Scott Rindenow asked the MAC Board members to introduce themselves.
Approval of Minutes: September 2, 2021 meeting: Motion to approve, Grant. Second, Stowe. Approved, 4/0/0
Announcement from MAC Board Members:
Community & Government Updates:
San Bernardino County Sheriff: Cpt. Don Lupear shared information on new deputies arriving at Twin Peaks. They recently held a coordination meeting with other first responders addressing snow play issues. They will once again be doing enforcement and writing tickets for illegal parking. Lt. Harris also discussed homeless issues in the mountain communities and what the SBSD is doing to address the issue. He also shared the protocol they use when responding to a Short Term Rental complaint.
CHP: Officer Griede discussed the first responder meeting regarding winter conditions in the mountains. He thanked everyone for attending the recent open house at the CHP station in Running Springs
Rim of the World Recreation and Park District: Rim of the World Recreation and Park District: GM Jenny Hueter introduced herself as the new General Manager. She discussed upcoming events. Most of which were Halloween related.
SCE: Jennifer Cusack gave an update on Edison projects currently underway in the mountain communities.
San Bernardino County Fire: Bryan James shared that it has been quiet. They continue to train and prepare for winter conditions.
Cal Fire: Tony Jones said that they are starting to get a handle on the big fires in the state. He shared some statistical information.
Rim of the World Historical Society: Marilyn Mayes shared that they are closing for the season on October 17th. She discussed upcoming events.
Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council: Laura Dyberg discussed the grants they receive to perform specific projects in the mountain communities. The MRFSC will be expanding into Big Bear. They have received over $1 million in grants so far this year, specifically for roadside chipping and hazardous tree removal. Laura also discussed the concern with the Gold Spotted Oak Bore beetle.
LACCC: Robin Bull discussed the recent Chamber events, including the Home Tour, the Brewfest, and mixers. They are planning for the fall and winter.
LACSD: Catherine Cerri reminded everyone that landscape irrigation ends on October 15th. They are very concerned with the current drought conditions. They have started drilling a new well in Blue Jay. Ms. Cerri announced that Bridgett Ortiz will be their new community liaison.
Senator Ochoa Bogh’s office: Sydney Sonck gave a State Legislative update, discussing several bills. He mentioned the Senator would be at the Sunrise Rotary meeting tomorrow.
Rim of the World Education Foundation: Marilyn Mayes shared that they are currently holding a membership drive.
Unfinished Business: None
New Business: None
Lewis Murray shared the following links:
Murray discussed the current status of redistricting. So far, all map proposals show the mountain communities (Inc. ROTW) moving to the 3rd District – Supervisor Rowe’s district. He encouraged members of the public to attend. There will be a meeting on October 27, 2021 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at the San Moritiz Lodge. The final draft of the Dark Sky Ordinance is tentatively scheduled to come before the Board of Supervisors on November 16. There is a new website for all things related to Short Term Rentals. https://str.sbcounty.gov/. The new Phone Number for complaints is 800-205-9417. Also, the Lake Arrowhead MAC is looking to fill a vacancy on their board.
Community Input: This is an opportunity for the Council to hear public comments on items not specifically included on the Agenda. Members of the community desiring to address the Council are asked to give their name and subject on a Speaker Form provided at the meeting and give to the Chair. Comments are limited to 3 minutes. Speakers will be called upon by the Chair at the appropriate time to speak.
Next Meeting: November 4, 2021 Via Zoom
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 7:13 pm.
THE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS
MCH Foundation Board Welcomes its Newest Members
Mountains Community Hospital Foundation is proud to welcome four new members to its board of directors.
Leslie Marks Founder and Principal, Marks Management Group LLC Leslie and her husband, Norton, have lived in Lake Arrowhead for the past 31 years and have been active community members. Leslie has received the “Woman of Distinction” award from Soroptimist International Rim of the World and has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations. In 1994, Leslie founded Marks Management Group LLC, a homeowner association management firm based in Lake Arrowhead.
Norton Marks Retired, CSUSB Professor of Marketing Emeritus Dr. Marks has enjoyed mountain living for the past 31 years with his wife, Leslie. Dr. Marks has an extensive background in marketing and marketing research. His last position at CSUSB was as Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration and he has served as a marketing consultant for several national marketing and transportation companies and local non-profit organizations.
Bob Mattison General Manager, Arrowhead Lake Association Bob has over 30 years of consulting experience with Deloitte Consulting in areas of financial planning, operations management, customer relations, communications, and long range strategic planning. He has a graduate degree in engineering and previously owned a design and construction company. Bob and his wife, Kathryn, have enjoyed building roots in Lake Arrowhead for the past 9 years.
Dennis Popka Attorney at law, Dolen, Tucker, Tierney & Abraham Dennis attended the University of La Verne Law School and has been practicing law for nearly 45 years. He has tried over 100 jury cases to verdict in areas including wrongful termination, sexual harassment and legal malpractice. Dennis and his wife, Aylene, are full-time Lake Arrowhead residents for the last 35 years. Every person who joins the Foundation’s board loves the hospital and is deeply committed to making it a better place. They are also very generous of their time and money.
The rest of the Foundation board members are as follows: Executive Committee: George Medak, President Rob Roy, Past President Charlie Harrison, MCH CEO Kim McGuire, Secretary Yvonne Waggener, Treasurer Bob Beeman Bill Johnson Bob Malone Peter Venturini Andrea Willerth Board Members: Tom Bachman Dennis Brown Kieth Burkart, O.D. Steve Cerecedes Pat Davis Barbara Doutt Leslie Marks Norton Marks Bob Mattison Howard Miller Grania Murray Neale Perkins Cecilia Ponce de Leon Dennis Popka Midge Reisman Barry Robinson Lawrence Walker, M.D. Ronalyn Walker Gloria Wolen
Since 1991, the MCH Foundation has raised millions of dollars to help the hospital meet the demands of an ever-changing healthcare environment. Today, donations are more important than ever. Patient volume is at its highest level and expenses have gone up over 50% in just the past 10 years. The problem is simple, the majority of MCH patients depend on Medicare and Medi-Cal and these insurers do not reimburse the hospital for all of its costs. MCH relies on the generosity of donors to help make improvements that would not be possible with patient revenue alone.
ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION TO ENFORCE NEW RULE FOR "ARROWHEAD WOODS" PROPERTY OWNERS
The Arrowhead Lake Association, (ALA) has issued a statement to its Members from its Board of Directors on its website that effective immediately, there is a new Rule pertaining to accessing ALA properties by Arrowhead Woods residents. For the full text of the letter to the ALA Membership, the newly enacted Rule and supporting Recitals, go to the ALA website at www.ala-ca.org.
This rule is effective immediately, but will not be enforced by ALA until August 1, 2021:
"ANY PROPERTY OWNER OF A RESIDENTIAL LOT IN ARROWHEAD WOODS (“PROPERTY OWNER”) WHO WISHES TO USE, OR TO ALLOW GUESTS AND/OR LESSEES TO USE LAKE ARROWHEAD AND/OR THE ASSOCIATION PROPERTIES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE RESERVE STRIP AND/OR RESERVE STRIP ADDITIONS, TRAILS NEAR LAKE ARROWHEAD AND ANY OTHER PROPERTY OWNED BY ALA) MUST BECOME AT LEAST A GENERAL MEMBER OF ALA. SHOULD ANY PROPERTY OWNER CHOOSE NOT TO BECOME AN ALA MEMBER, THAT PROPERTY OWNER AND THAT PROPERTY OWNER’S GUESTS AND/OR LESSEES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO USE LAKE ARROWHEAD AND/OR ANY OTHER ASSOCIATION PROPERTIES."
MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL FOUNDATION RECEIVES $400,000 DONATION!
This generous donation is one of the single largest gifts in MCH Foundation’s History
Lake Arrowhead, California – January 21, 2021 – Mountains Community Hospital Foundation is thrilled to announce that it has received an incredible gift of $400,000 from the Bloye Charitable Trust, which will be used to renovate the hospital’s main public entrance and create a central registration and waiting area for patients.
“We thank the Bloyes for this important gift which will be used for our central registration project,” said Charlie Harrison, CEO. “Right now, everyone that comes for a non-emergent service, such as blood work, mammograms, ultrasound, etc. must register in a space adjacent to our ER waiting area, potentially exposing themselves to sick patients. This project will not only improve safety, but it will enhance the patient experience by creating a comfortable waiting room and privacy for registration.”
The renovation includes:
– New central registration and waiting area
– Relocation of important services such as insurance eligibility
– Gift shop relocation
In 2000, the Bloyes were getting ready to leave their vacation home, when Mrs. Bloye experienced a medical emergency. She was treated at MCH and the Bloyes followed the physician’s recommendation for surgery and since then, everything has been fine. Around this time, the couple set up their charitable remainder trust. They have added and removed charities over the years, but MCH has always stayed on the list due to the great care they received.
Two or three years ago, the couple began conversations with CEO Charlie Harrison and Kim McGuire, the Director of Community Development, about making their donation. Those discussions became more serious several months ago. “I looked to them for suggestions as to how the funds could best be used,” Mr. Bloye said. He was impressed with the hospital’s plans to upgrade the entry area, create a waiting room and dedicated central registration area. “Mountains Community Hospital is small enough that it treats everyone like an individual. They are very concerned about their patients. At the same time, they are progressive enough to acquire the most current equipment. MCH seems like a small, personal hospital that has the desire and capability to provide big-time service. I have been very happy and impressed with their attention to detail, their follow-up and concern.”
“Their extraordinary philanthropy is going to improve Mountains Community Hospital for the entire community and we are so grateful to them,” Director of Community Development, Kim McGuire, said in a statement. “The plans for the renovation are moving through engineering, then architecture, and finally the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. We hope to begin construction in six months. There is urgency to getting this completed, so we will endeavor to make sure it happens as soon as possible.”
For more information about the project, please contact Kim McGuire, Director of Community Development at email@example.com.
By: Abby Savich
Courtesy MCH Foundation Website
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON
Southern California Edison's in-house meteorologists and fire scientist (https://energized.edison.com/stories/groundbreaking-technology-accurately-predicts-wildfire-spread) are once again forecasting extreme fire weather conditions in 2021 that will affect our communities located in high fire risk areas as early as May. SCE is committed to completing more grid hardening work and improving operations that would result in reducing the number of customers impacted by PSPS events. They would also like Mountain Residents to know about their Medical Baseline program that provides reduced electricity rates to qualified customers to help offset the cost of operating medical equipment or devices. In addition, they are increasing enrollment in their Critical Care Back-up Battery (CCBB) program that offers eligible Medical Baseline customers a free portable backup battery to power medical devices in the event of a power outage.
SCE representatives are available to answer any questions you might have related to their customer programs including California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) and Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) as well as our clean energy efforts. They have identified 72 circuits for expedited grid hardening; these circuits experienced four or more de-energizations since 2019. There are circuit-specific plans for these circuits and have identified work that will be completed by October to reduce the need for PSPS events.
Here are some links for background information on PSPS:
Learn about SCE's wildfire mitigation efforts and where customers can sign up for alerts at: https://www.sce.com/safety/wildfire, https://www.sce.com/wildfire/wildfire-mitigation-efforts
Public Safety Power Shutoffs interactive map for information during emergencies: https://www.sce.com/wildfire/psps
Tips for customers to prepare for a power outage: https://www.sce.com/outage-center/preparing-for-outages
ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR BRIAN HALL RESIGNS
On the front page of the Arrowhead Lake Association website, Wednesday, January 27, 2021, it was announced that ALA Director Brian Hall has resigned his position as a Board Member. The reason for his sudden resignation is unknown at this time. Hall was re-elected to a four year term last September by a slim margin over candidate Dr. George “Bud” Macer for the West District seat.
ALA President Gary Clifford issued the following statement on the ALA website:
To our Valued ALA Membership,
The Board of Directors announces that our West District Director Brian Hall has resigned from his position as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Arrowhead Lake Association. As a collective group, we thank Brian for his years of service especially as it relates to our fishing programs and our forest improvements. We also wish Brian well on his further endeavors.
As we are in the winter there is no immediacy in filling this position, and we will update you as soon as practical on the process for members that may be interested in serving on the board from our West District. If you have any questions please contact our General Manager Bob Mattison. Your Board of Directors values your continued support as we move forward.
Respectfully Submitted on behalf of the Board of Directors,
Gary M. Clifford
Lake Arrowhead News will update this story as more information becomes available.
LAKE ARROWHEAD ANNUAL LABOR DAY WEEKEND LIGHTED BOAT PARADE
Lake Arrowhead Lighted Boat Parade
On Saturday, September 5, 2020, Lake Arrowhead held its annual Labor Day Weekend Lighted Boat Parade. With over 50 boats participating, the event was a huge success. Beginning at 8:00 PM in the Marina, the lighted boats and their ALA Lake Safety Patrol boat escort circled the lake. There were countless undecorated boats who also joined in following the parade of lighted boats as they made their way around the lake in the 5 mile an hour zone. All along the shoreline there were cheering crowds on docks, at their lake front homes and at the Village cheering on the parade boats as they passed by. In spite of the lack of promotion by the Arrowhead Lake Association, the annual Labor Day Weekend Lighted Boat Parade was enjoyed by hundreds on the lake. With so many part time residents staying at their mountain homes, this was a great event during these times of isolation. Participants commented that next year, with more promotion, this event will be even bigger and better.
RIM OF THE WORLD SPECIAL ATHLETES FOUNDATION
The primary objective of Rim of the World Special Athletes Foundation is to provide a recreational experience that is safe and positive for adaptive individuals. It provides year round activities for adaptive athletes, serving veterans and individuals from our mountain communities and beyond.
Founded by Lake Arrowhead resident Jack Cooperman, Rim Special Athletes are individuals with visual and hearing impairments, amputations, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain Injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Down Syndrome, Autism, as well as many other cognitive and physical disabilities.
At Snow Valley Mountain Resort during the winter Rim Special Athletes provides Adaptive skiing and snowboard lessons, including bi-ski and mono-ski. During the Spring, Summer and Fall we have weekly golf clinics. Year round we provide yoga. During the summer Rim Special Athletes’ water sports program includes kayaking, aqua biking, stand up paddle boarding, boating, biking, fishing, hiking and outings. Our objective is to have the adaptive athletes have fun, learn a new skill, and develop self-confidence from the experience.
There are many ways you can get involved and help the Rim of the World Special Athletes Foundation:
If you would like to volunteer in any of our programs, we would like to hear from you. If you are a PSIA instructor certified in adaptive techniques please contact us.
The Rim of the World Special Athletes Foundation is a qualified 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Our funding for the specialized equipment and many of the activities comes from donations. If you would like to be a financial spons