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Thursday Sunny, with a high near 78. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 62.
Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.
Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 62.
Saturday Sunny, with a high near 75.
Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 61.
Sunday Sunny, with a high near 74.
Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 59.
Monday Sunny, with a high near 72.
JIMMY SWIMS ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT SEPT, 4th
In partnership with the Making Spirits Bright Foundation, JIMMY SWIMS and the Arrowhead Lake Association (ALA) will hold the Second Annual charity swim across Lake Arrowhead on Saturday, September 4, 2021.
The event took place at Burnt Mill Beach Club (27910 Lakes Edge Road, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352) from 6AM-7AM to raise awareness and funds for UCLA cancer research. The route will be across Blue Jay Bay and back, approximately 3/4 of a mile (1,320 yards).
Jimmy has battled a rare form of metastasized Stage 4 papillary thyroid cancer since 2012. Since his first Jimmy Swims on September 9, 2020, Jimmy has undergone an unprecedented 4th round of Radioactive Iodine Therapy (RAI) to help manage his incurable cancer. This year, the Arrowhead Lake Association has opened this event to others who may want to swim, canoe, paddle board, or kayak across the Lake to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
LAKE ARROWHEAD MAC MEETING:
OCTOBER 7, 2021 6:00 PM
THE NEXT MEETING OF THE LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL (MAC) THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2021 AT 6:00 PM.
EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND THIS ONLINE MEETING. HEAR FROM AND ASK QUESTIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS. PUBLIC COMMENT IS WELCOME. GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY.
The next MAC Meeting will be held online ONLY via Zoom.
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 832 3110 0989
SEPTEMBER 23, 2021
Full Lake Elevation: 5106.70'
Current Lake Elevation: 5099.98'
Lake Level BELOW Full: -6.72'
Water Surface Temperature: 70.1°
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DARK SKY ORDINANCE
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.
NATIONAL FOREST CLOSURE
National Forest Closure. USDA Forest Service Temporarily Closing All California National Forests for Public Safety
VALLEJO, Calif., — August 30, 2021. To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfire crisis, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. This closure will be in effect from Aug. 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. through September 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. This order does not affect the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, which is not in the Pacific Southwest Region.
San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust Preserves/Reserves will remain open to hiking, as they are private property and not part of the National Forest.
Factors that led to this decision include:
1. By temporarily reducing the numbers of people on national forests, we hope to minimize the likelihood that visitors could become entrapped on National Forest System lands during emergency circumstances.
2. The closure order will also decrease the potential for new fire starts at a time of extremely limited firefighting resources, and enhance firefighter and community safety by limiting exposure that occurs in public evacuation situations, especially as COVID-19 continues to impact human health and strain hospital resources.
3. Due to state-wide conditions, any new fire starts have the potential for large and rapid fire growth with a high risk to life and property. The Forest Service and our partners are absolutely doing all we can to fight these fires and will continue to do so, but the conditions dictate the need for this region-wide closure order.
4. Forecasts show that conditions this season are trending the same or worse as we move into late summer and fall.
5. Although the potential for large fires and risk to life and property is not new, what is different is that we are facing: (a) record level fuel and fire conditions; (b) fire behavior that is beyond the norm of our experience and models such as large, quick runs in the night; (c) significantly limited initial attack resources, suppression resources, and Incident Command Teams to combat new fire starts and new large fires; and (d) no predicted weather relief for an extended period of time into the late fall.
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.
BIRD AND MOSQUITOES TEST POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS IN LAKE ARROWHEAD
San Bernardino County Public Health officials are urging residents to take precautions after a bird carcass collected in Lake Arrowhead and a collection of mosquitoes from Needles tested positive for West Nile virus. The Steller’s jay, collected on July 5, is the first positive case of 2021 within the area served by the County Environmental Health Services Mosquito and Vector Control Program (MVCP). In the same week, a collection of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus in the city of Needles. MVCP is taking steps to eliminate mosquito breeding hazards.
People bitten by an infected mosquito may develop West Nile fever and experience flu-like symptoms which may include fever, body aches, skin rash, and fatigue. In some people, West Nile fever can develop into a more serious form of the disease. If you have been bitten by mosquitoes and are experiencing these symptoms, contact your medical care provider as soon as possible.
Residents can protect themselves from West Nile virus by following these tips:
DRAIN OR DUMP – Remove all standing water around your property where mosquitoes can lay eggs such as birdbaths, green swimming pools, ponds, old tires, buckets, flower pots, clogged gutters, or even puddles from leaky sprinklers.
AVOID SPENDING TIME OUTDOORS AT DAWN AND DUSK – this is when mosquitoes are most active.
DRESS APPROPRIATELY WHEN OUTDOORS – Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeved shirts that are loose fitting and light colored.
APPLY INSECT REPELLENT – Check that your insect repellent contains DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus and apply it according to manufacturer’s directions.
DOORS – Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
Property owners with pools/spas are encouraged to keep them clean. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in unmaintained green pools and can fly up to 20 miles, potentially transmitting the virus and impacting entire neighborhoods.
As birds are susceptible to West Nile virus, any dead birds (e.g. crows, jays, magpies, raven, sparrows, finches or raptors) found in local areas should be reported to assist in monitoring for the virus.
To learn more about West Nile virus or to report a dead bird please visit westnile.ca.gov. For more information
or to report a green pool or mosquito breeding source, contact the San Bernardino County Department of
Public Health Environmental Health Services at (800) 442-2283 or visit our website.
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 8/24/2021 $14,400.00
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, email@example.com
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 /
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."
NEW SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SHERIFF APPOINTED
Board Appoints Undersheriff Dicus to Complete Sheriff Term
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
The Board of Supervisors today unanimously appointed Undersheriff Shannon Dicus to serve as San Bernardino County Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator during the remaining 18 months of retiring Sheriff John McMahon’s final term in office.
In 11 months, the county’s voters will decide who will serve as sheriff for four years starting in January 2023.
McMahon announced last month that he would retire on July 16 after 36 years of service to the Sheriff’s Department, more than eight of those years as sheriff. The Board of Supervisors was obligated to appoint someone to complete McMahon’s term after determining that a special election would not be possible prior to the regularly scheduled June 2022 sheriff’s election.
“Undersheriff Dicus has been with the Sheriff’s Department for 30 years and clearly led the field of applicants in experience and knowledge,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “He has overseen or served within virtually every division in the department. This county must have someone who is ready to step into the role of sheriff in nine days.”
Board Vice Chair Dawn Rowe and Supervisors Janice Rutherford, Joe Baca, Jr., and Col. Paul Cook (Ret.) all enthusiastically supported the appointment of Dicus.
Dicus joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1991 after serving in the U.S. Army as a military police officer and with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police in Loma Linda.
As undersheriff, Dicus oversees the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Department as well as the Internal Affairs, Civil Liabilities, and Bureau of Administration divisions.
His past assignments include corrections at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation and West Valley Detention centers; patrol duties in Apple Valley and Victorville and the Barstow and Victor Valley stations; specialized Investigations (Narcotics, SWAT, and Criminal Intelligence); and support services (Technical Services, Communications, Records, and the Bureau of Administration).
Dicus has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Cal State San Bernardino and a Master’s Degree in Communications from Cal Baptist University.
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.
A MESSAGE FROM
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
THE LAKE ARROWHEAD COMMUNITIES MOURN THE PASSING OF CAROL BANNER
On March 23, 2021, our mountain communities lost one of its' beloved citizens in the passing of Carol Ann Banner. A resident of Lake Arrowhead for nearly 50 years and a Real Estate Agent for 25, Carol devoted countless hours to bettering our community. Former State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly wrote "Carol was an extraordinary person, an icon in our community, who always got involved and made things better. Her smile was infectious and every time we saw each other, she made me laugh. Carol knew and loved our community with an unmatched passion. She leaves behind an amazing legacy, which I know Duane and Alison (and hopefully all of us) will carry on in her name."
On Carol's Facebook page, she wrote, "Giving back to our wonderful community is a priority for the Banner Family. As President of the Rim of the World Association of Realtors, I have the opportunity to travel all over California representing Realtors in our area at the California Association of Realtors meetings. I have had the privilege of chairing the Government Affairs Committee of the Chamber for the past five years. There’s never a lack of things to do here in Lake Arrowhead - hospital and church volunteers, our Historical Society, Rotary, Soroptimist's, Lions - all work together to make this the great community my family and I have enjoyed for the past several years."
Lake Arrowhead News shares in the mourning of the passing of Carol Banner and sends condolences to Carol's husband Duane, daughter Allison and the rest of her family. Should Lake Arrowhead News receive information of a Memorial for Carol Banner, we will update this page.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE:
Sky Park @ Santa's Village
06/15/2021 1PM Reception/2PM Ceremony
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IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, MAKE DONATIONS TO MOUNTAINS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL:
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.
THE LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL (MAC) MEETING
THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2021
The Lake Arrowhead MAC met on Thursday, June 3, 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
Chair Scott L. Rindenow made an announcement about the tragic loss of San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff, Sgt. Dominic Vasa and LA County Fire Department Firefighter/Engineer, Tory Carlon. Condolences were sent on behalf of the LAMAC to both the Sheriff’s Department and the LA County Fire Department. SBC Fire Chief Dan Munsey who was on the phone for the meeting, stated he was affected by the deaths of both Fire Fighter Carlon and Sgt. Vaca and that all first responders were affected by these two tragedies.
Fire Chief Dan Munsey, SBCFD, was the first speaker of the evening and he spoke about the Fire Department working with Code Enforcement in the mountains. He also discussed another issue which is not only affecting the mountain communities, but across the country, and that is the Fire Department is not seeing the kinds of numbers of applicants to serve as fire fighters. There is a real need for candidates to apply, so he wanted to get the word out that hiring is a priority and encourage applicants to apply.
He also reported that the inmate firefighters’ program through the criminal justice system who were very helpful to our fire department is shutting down. However, there is a new US Military Program which will last 6 months to provide firefighting training and pay for salaries through the government. This program will create a pathway for new careers.
Chief Munsey also spoke about the Community Risk Reduction Program focusing on wildland preparation and clearance around houses and not waiting for a fire event. The Residential Assessment Program will visit homes and make recommendations, with no fear of reporting to authorities. The Red Cross is also doing a door to door visit in neighborhoods to check for installation and working smoke alarms and will help install them as well. The Fire Department is also getting grants to add paramedics. Out of the yearly 150,000 incidents such rescues, structure fires, wildfires, etc., Chief Munsey would like to reduce that number and would like the community to help.
Chair Rindenow thanked Chief Munsey for attending the meeting as he was on his way to a postponed anniversary trip. Chief Munsey indicated he wants to attend LAMAC meeting regularly to keep the communication open.
The next speaker was Jennifer Cusack from Southern California Edison, who gave a presentation about wildfire mitigation on behalf of Edison. She talked about Grid Hardening, situation awareness cameras, routine inspections on ground and with drones, trimming or removing trees to prevent the #1 cause of fires, which is vegetation falling into trees, Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) program during high humidity and strong winds events She spoke of installation of fire resistant poles and remote control switches so power can shut off and turn back on more quickly, monitoring real time windspeed via weather stations, rebates for generators, battery back-up devices, hotel discounts for those effected by power shut-offs, etc. Ms. Cusack reported that the mountain community is a priority for Edison, and they are working with preparedness organizations like County Emergency Services, Red Cross, CERT, etc. to prepare for any incidents. She also stated that there were fewer power outages last year 2020 from 2019 due to their coordinated efforts and technology. Ms. Cusack stated that Edison has stepped up their communications especially on social media specifically NextDoor.com to communicate to customers about pending power shutoffs, information, etc. She encouraged all Edison customers to go to Edison’s website and sign up for power alerts via email, text, etc. in order to keep up to date and to learn more about what Edison has already done and will be doing to help prevent wildfires. SCE.com/wildfire
Chair Rindenow thanked Ms. Cusack for her presentation and encouraged her to return when there’s updates or other news from Edison.
The third speaker was Terri Rahhal, SBC Director of Land Use Services, was introduced by Chair Rindenow as Lake Arrowhead’s “new best friend,” as she presented an update on Short Term Rentals (STR’s). She reported that Code Enforcement STR special use permits (which are good for 2 years) and STR usage have increased this year. She admitted that Code Enforcement is stretched too thin and hopefully there will be a pause so that staff can review and re-evaluate permitting standards and procedures, non-compliance and place more people in the field.
Code Enforcement officers are located on the Rim, Bear Valley and Joshua Tree. Though not completely approved there are plans to add 2 full time Code Enforcement officers to do quick verification of complaints even prior to STR Owner/agent/manager showing up.
Ms. Rahhal stated that over Memorial Day Weekend, there was rowdy, noisy behavior and the STR owner immediately evicted them. In Joshua Tree, there was a suspension of the STR permit due to large house which was functioning more like a hotel than an STR, plus it had parking issues.
Currently, the county is working on sharing important information about the STR’s with an online tool, so neighbors can view the STR permits which states how many guests are allowed, how many parking spots are allowed, etc.
Members of the community commented about the STR’s:
1. So many cars and STR’s in our neighborhood that it’s overwhelming. Too much saturation of STR’s.
Ms. Rahhal stated that there may be a way to limit the number of days a month the STR can be rented out. She also encouraged neighbors to contact managers in the Code Enforcement Department if there is no satisfaction after a contact.
2. Question about unpermitted STR’s in neighborhood.
Ms. Rahhal advised not to call the Hotline for Code Enforcement to report unpermitted STR’s, but neighbors should call the Code Enforcement office directly. She also hopes to get approval for increase in fines for operating an STR without a permit.There’s a third-party vendor who researches on line for unpermitted STR’s as well.
3. Question about who to contact for noise complaints or public safety.
Ms. Rahhal and Captain Lupear said the Sheriff’s Department may be called for those issues.
4. Improve Code Enforcement website to have an interactive button to chat on line and report any STR issues.
Ms. Rahhal agreed that improvements could be made to their website to improve communications with the community.
5. The ordinance has many requirements already for STR’s to meet such as number of guests allowed, having a one-hour response from STR owner/agent/manager for complaints, mandatory trash pickup, etc.
Ms. Rahhal described the current formula for number of guests allowed in a specific residence based on square footage of home, number of parking spots and size of lots. It’s spelled out in the ordinance.
Chair Rindenow thanked Ms. Rahhal for her participation and hopes she will come back to the LAMAC meetings to keep the community informed as to updates and/or changes to the STR situation and code ordinance.
Next on the agenda was SBC Sherriff Captain Donald Lupear, who sadly reported that there was a drowning at Lake Silverwood and a death of a hiker at Keller Peak. He also stated that there were 37 arrests for distribution of “garage pills” mixed in with fentanyl which is responsible for deaths. There is an overdose response team, and they are focusing on bringing federal charges instead of state drug charges for sentencing purposes. He reported that violent crime in SBC, not just the mountains, is up 20% and assaults on deputies up 14%. Captain Lupear answered a question about the incident at Jensen’s in Cedar Glen providing information about the attempted break-in by an adult and 2 juveniles and violent assault on an employee. They were quickly arrested at the Lake Arrowhead Village. In conclusion, Captain Lupear stated that no official “GoFundMe pages have been set up by the family of Sgt. Vaca, and if anyone wishes to make any donations for Sgt. Vaca’s family, to please go the SBC Sheriff’s website.
Next Speaker was CHP Sgt. Porter, who reported on Memorial Day Weekend arrests, tons of traffic and parking complaints. He also invited the community to Coffee With A Cop event which includes CHP and Sheriff’s officers meeting with the public on June 16, 2021 at 8 AM at SkyPark.
Cindy Gardner, Board Member of Rim of the World School district, who reported that the high school seniors had their grad night at Universal Studios, and though the location of their senior prom changed due to weather at the last minute, the high school gym served its purpose and the students had a great time. June 8th is graduation. There will be summer school with volunteer teachers. There is no covid guidelines yet from Governor Newsome.
Mike O’Bier, SBCFD, reported about the plane crash in Cedar Glen and the access issues it created. They had special vehicles and their knowledge of rescues to bring the survivors to safety. He also talked about the training on the SBCFD boat and that Station 91 would be getting a new truck engine in August.
Travis Lemm, Cal Fire Battalion Chief, also reported about the statewide shortage of firefights due to the inmates’ program being shuttered.
Brian Grant, U.S.Forest Service reported that the campgrounds are open and there are lots of campers.
Bob Mattison, GM ALA, reported that the lake is down 3’7” with a low temperature of 66 degrees. The Memorial Day Weekend Fish Derby had 88 participants but due to Covid, there were no lunch or gift bags this year. Seasonal staff began on the holiday weekend and many are new to the ALA. Upcoming events is the Fireworks and Flyovers on July 4th with planes starting at 5PM. At Tavern Bay Beach Club, they’ll have a Brass Quartet playing as well.
Marilyn Mays and Cindy Burnett, Rim of the World Historical Museum, reported that the museum opened on the holiday weekend after being closed all last year. They have a new multi-purpose room to accommodate 50 people for community events, meetings, lectures, etc. They invited all to come and check out the new exhibits.
Robin Bull, Executive Director of Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce, invited the community to Carol Banner’s Memorial on June 15, 2021 at 1PM at SkyPark. There’s also a Chamber mixer at Pine Rose Cabins on June 23, 2021 at 5:30PM, Brewfest is scheduled for September 11, 2021 at Tavern Bay Beach Club and the Chamber Home Tour is on September 18, 2021. Additional homes are needed, so if anyone knows of a great home in Lake Arrowhead and surrounding communities, please notify Robin.
Theresa Grant, President of Rim of the World Realtors, reported that there are over 300 realtors in their organization. She stated that Open Houses are back though they do limit the number of people in the home at one time. There’s low inventory of homes for sale and big demand. Lots of money is coming into the community with these new buyers.
Lewis Murray, Representative for Supervisor Janice Rutherford, reported that the Board of Supervisors will be meeting on June 22, 2021 at 10 AM to discuss enacting a county Moratorium on STR’s, but nothing is guaranteed. Janice Rutherford and Supervisor Rowe, who represents Joshua Tree are the proponents of establishing a Moratorium. Also, staff would be looking into possible solutions such as increasing fines for violations. Currently, the first notice of a violation is no fine, just a warning. The second violation is $100.00. Then the third violation notice is $200.00. Not sure how high the fines will be but something to get the STR’s owners’ attention.
It is hopeful that there will be a joint MAC/Town Hall meeting with Lake Arrowhead and Crestline to get the communities input regarding STR’s.
Mr. Murray also stated that the new management at Lake Gregory reported a very successful opening on Memorial Day Weekend with big crowds. It appears that with tightened up regulations for Lake Arrowhead STR guests, Lake Gregory is benefitting with increased visitors from Lake Arrowhead.
The next LAMAC meeting will be July 1, 2021 at 6PM on Zoom.
LAKE ARROWHEAD VILLAGE GETS READY FOR SUMMER
EVENTS UPDATE FROM THE LAKE ARROWHEAD VILLAGE
Summer Night Concerts at the Village "Your Golden Ticket to Entertainment"
Spring has officially arrived and Lake Arrowhead Village is working hard to plan for a great Summer.
If all goes well and our State continues to progress forward on the path to recovery, our new "Summer Night Concerts" could begin as early as Memorial Day weekend!
How will the "Summer Night Concerts" be different? Well, you'll enjoy some of the same great bands we've come to love here in Lake Arrowhead. But be prepared for some changes.
There will be limited capacity and assigned, pre-reserved seating via online reservations only. The grass area will still be free seating, but you must reserve a "Family Pod" ahead of time. (No more having to bring your lawn chairs at 6am to reserve your spot!) This means more elbow room for all attendees.
Also, no more waiting in line for beverages. We'll come to you! Table service and pre-purchased drink tickets will allow you to enjoy the music instead of waiting in line.
These changes and others will provide guests with a fun and safe "Golden Ticket" experience. Subscribers to our Golden Ticket email list will be the first to be notified when reservations are made available online. Please do not call the Village Management office, but check our website Events page often for new information. More details will be posted there as they are solidified.
Sadly, the Mountain News' New Boat Show and the Historical Society's Classic Wooden Boat and Car Show are cancelled for this year. We are not yet certain that the popular Rotary Classic Car & Motorcycle Show will happen in July, but stay tuned. Oktoberfest in Sept/Oct (including the Porsche Timeline Car Show) are moving forward, too.
All concerts and events are subject to cancellation at any time, of course. So, always check our website for last-minute news and updates. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
We can't wait to see you!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
By: Abby Savich
Courtesy MCH Foundation Website
AFTER SCHOOL & ENRICHMENT CENTER PROGRAM STATUS FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
A recreation program that involves the care for children requires several months of preparation. The Park District cannot run our Before and After School Program as it has run in the past before the coronavirus pandemic hit for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year. On top of preparing a program that was closed for a year, we must also prepare the program’s portable for the COVID-19 procedures per CDPH guidelines, and since our After School programs are located on the School District’s LAE and CHE campuses, we must adhere to the School District’s COVID-19 policies and procedures as well.
School ends for summer in less than two months (June 9th). Due to this time constraint the Park District cannot meet the requirements in this short of a timeframe. The School District requires our program to have trained staff and trained back-up/additional staff (whose positions would end at the start of summer) during the program at all times in case someone gets sick. All new staff members working for the Park District, especially recreation staff who work directly with children, will need to be processed and trained (CPR and First Aid certified and background check/Live Scan) and need to understand and abide by the COVID guidelines presented by the Park District and also by the School District. This is very important.
Park District staff are still working in every capacity to try to meet these requirements in the limited amount of time with the current staff we have now, but in order to keep the already established Enrichment Center Program open for those families who still need full time care and distance learning help we must remain open to try to accommodate both, even though this option may not be perfect for everyone.
The Enrichment Center Program is open for K-5th grade and now offers care for after school periods and non-campus school days. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide transportation, as we do not know if the school bus system can take children to these locations. The Kindergarten Enrichment Center is located in Rimforest next door to the Park District Office and the 1st - 5th grade center is located at the Lake Gregory Education and Community Center in Crestline.
Registration for the Enrichment Center program will open Friday, March 19th. There is limited amount of space since this program follows the CDPH COVID-19 guidelines. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and now offers drop-in after school care and drop-in all day care (you pick the days you need). The Enrichment Center still offers the distance learning and day camp weekly schedule with the option for extended care. Click on the “Register Online” tab on the Park District website, www.rim-rec.org.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com. The Park District Office is still currently closed until further notice.
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY UPDATE ON
UDATE ON SHORT-TERM RENTALS
The State has now added short-term lodging to its language regarding hotels under the new regional stay-at-home order. The language states hotels and short-term lodging operators "cannot accept or honor out-of-state reservations for non-essential travel, unless the reservation is for at least the minimum time period required for quarantine and the persons identified in the reservation will quarantine in the hotel or lodging entity until after that time period has expired." It also limits in-state reservations to essential purposes.
Here is a link to the information from the State: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-foressential-needs/#regional-stay-home-order
As to enforcement of the State's orders, the County will continue to educate and engage with businesses and organizations on a cooperative basis on safe practices and current health orders, and respond to complaints about violations as appropriate on a case-by-case basis.
If you have any questions about the State's orders with regard to short-term rentals, please contact the State of California or your state representative. The State's COVID-19 website is https://covid-19.ca.gov/.
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.
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.
QUESTIONS ABOUND OVER PROPOSED AQUACULTURE PROGRAM
At the February 27, 2021 ALA Open Board Meeting held online, President Gary Clifford announced that the proposed ALA Aquaculture Program is being placed on hold.
LAKE ARROWHEAD DAM ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Questions abound over proposed aquaculture program
By Mary-Justine Lanyon
When Bob Mattison, general manager of the Arrowhead Lake Association, made a preliminary presentation to the Lake Arrowhead Dam Advisory Committee (CSA 70 D-1) about ALA’s proposed aquaculture program on June 22, several questions arose.
ALA was invited back to the committee on Aug. 17 to make a more comprehensive presentation. Mattison was accompanied at the Zoom meeting by Brian Hall, chair of the ALA Fish Committee; Tony Vaught, a fishery consultant; and Emil Marzullo, a retired director of county Special Districts who advises ALA county-related matters.
ALA had been granted an aquaculture registration by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to place two pens in Lake Arrowhead in which to raise fingerlings. After concerns were raised about the location of the pens, ALA turned its sights on Papoose Lake as a more appropriate location. Since the June 22 meeting, ALA received a registration from Fish and Wildlife to place four pens in Papoose Lake.
In addition to concerns raised about fish waste and food possibly contaminating Papoose Lake, two of the main questions revolve around who owns the water and whether ALA can use a taxpayer-funded facility for private use.
Committee member Jim Grant Jr. asked if ALA has the right to the water or only the land underneath it. “ALA does not own the water,” was Mattison’s reply. “We stock state-owned water with fish. The land under the water is owned by ALA.”
Committee chair Nancy Noble added that “nine different water agencies have had claim to that water over time.”
Committee member Jeff Rigney said that, when he was involved with Special Districts, “We tried to keep Papoose Lake separate with no activities on it.” The issue that needs to be looked at, he said, is the public-private concern. “The dam is public,” Rigney said, “owned by the people, put in by public financing, which turned into property tax collected to maintain the lake. If there was no dam, there would be no Papoose Lake. We need to know if this is even something that is possible. This would be a private entity using a public entity to make a profit.” Rigney went on to note that, under the proposed project, ALA would grow fish in Papoose Lake and move them to Lake Arrowhead, where ALA members would have access to them. “There would be no public benefit from this. I think it would take more agreements to make this happen. It’s premature for anyone to make a recommendation one way or the other on this.”
Scott Rindenow, chair of the Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council, echoed Rigney’s concerns. “I heard great concern from many residents in the community about placement of a private fish farm facility on a property paid for and constructed with public funds. There are many unanswered questions on this project: ecology issues, safety issues, legal issues. There are many hurdles to jump over before the project can become a reality. “The Fish Committee has been moving forward with plans as if it’s a done deal,” Rindenow added. “It’s a case of the proverbial cart before the horse.” Rindenow also expressed concerns about the health of the fish being raised when fire helicopters draw water from Papoose Lake. “I have to believe the amount of turbulence and wake created when the fire choppers hover over the water to fill their tanks would be detrimental to the small fish being raised in pens.”
THE AQUACULTURE PROJECT
Aquaculture, Hall told the committee, “is the cleanest way to raise fish, the most ethical, sustainable and responsible way.” The need for ALA to have a sustainable supply of fish is the driving force behind the project, he said.“ As a private lake, we cannot get fish from the state. We are left with private hatcheries as the only source.” Those hatcheries, Hall noted, have been beset with bacteria that has caused them to euthanize their fish.
Four net pens – each approximately 20 feet long and 10 feet wide – would be suspended from a dock to be built on ALA property just off Highway 173. ALA owns 20 percent of the land at Papoose Lake; the rest is owned by the county. The fish, Hall said, would be confined to the steel pens, which would have plenty of water flowing through them.
Consultant Vaught, noting he has been working on aquaculture for four decades, said this would be “good for the fish, the community and the environment. Concerns here should be very low. It would not be a big farm, polluting, creating problems.” Mattison agreed, adding that “the number of fish we would be raising are so far below limits, it shouldn’t raise environmental concerns. If we were threatening the environment, we wouldn’t want to do that.” The registration issued by Fish and Wildlife has a cap, Vaught said, of 20,000 cold-water fish.
Marzullo added that this project is designed as a demonstration project – a feasibility study – to last five years or maybe a few years longer. The idea, he said, is to determine the efficiency and commercial viability. “ALA is looking at, do we buy fish or raise our own. Will the fish live?”
Currently ALA is purchasing fish from the Lake Shasta area so the fish have to be transported hundreds of miles in a tanker truck. The die-off factor is expensive, considering ALA pays $5 a pound for the fish.
Under CEQA, Marzullo said, this demonstration project is exempt from any environmental review. However, baseline studies of preexisting conditions before any fingerlings are put into Papoose Lake would be conducted, collecting data on chemical components and oxygen levels.
As the fingerlings grow, Marzullo noted, they would be moved up to the next pen so like-sized fish are housed together.
Mattison said there is “a lot of excitement in people wanting to use this as an educational platform.” ALA brought to the meeting letters from Dylan Matteson, director of the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center, saying they are interested in the program “both from sustainability and educational standpoints,” and from Rim High science teacher April Maier, who wrote they would like to provide student volunteers to help with the project. “This possible aquaculture project would further support learning for science and engineering practices such as collecting and analyzing data, asking questions and defining problems,” Maier wrote.
Trevor Leja and Luther Snoke of the county’s Special Districts department both said their concern is the safety of the dam.
“It is not our responsibility to opine on whether it’s a good or bad idea,” Snoke said. “That’s what you guys are here for.” Snoke also raised concerns about downstream impacts. “If there were some unintended consequences, people may try to get financial relief. We need to protect the dam, CSA 70 D-1 and the county. “I don’t think there’s a clear path as to the right process,” Snoke said. “Fish and Wildlife plays a role. Feedback from the Division of Safety of Dams would help us feel more comfortable. The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board is another agency that should chime in on ownership of the water and whether this is an acceptable use.”
Grant raised concerns about the “number and variety of people intended to be on the dock at different times – members, members’ children, college students, high school students. I’m really concerned about liability.”
He went on to say that “you are calling it a trial project. We have seen a lot of warm, fuzzy letters. We have not seen a single document that outlines the timeline and goals of the project. It sounds like you have the pieces. It would be nice to have a full project plan so the public can be aware.”
As the meeting drew to a close, Noble noted that “for nearly 50 years, Papoose Lake has been pristine. It’s easily monitored because no one belongs there.” A lot of people have asked for access to Papoose Lake – canoes, row boats. “This is one of those proposals, asking us to open the lake for the first time – with a dock. “Where there’s a dock, there’s a boat. The whole character of Papoose Lake would change. In its understated way, Papoose Lake has been doing its job.” Noble listed three purposes the lake serves: To shore up the Lake Arrowhead dam. To provide water for firefighting efforts. To defend the private designation of Lake Arrowhead. “Papoose Lake is a public lake,” Noble said. “Anything we open the lake for must be opened to the public. As long as the waters are not comingled, Papoose Lake stays public, Lake Arrowhead private.”
Mattison took exception to Noble saying that ALA had gone ahead with the project without the Dam Advisory Committee weighing in on it. “We had an application in to Fish and Wildlife that was approved,” Mattison said. “Even if we didn’t legally require your approval, we want to be good neighbors. “if this is going to be really problematic, we can go back and rethink Papoose Lake. I’m a practical guy. I don’t want to say two years from now we’re still in the process. ALA will consider going back to Lake Arrowhead.”
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 sponsor of the Foundation or would simply like to donate to the foundation, you can go to this link: https://www.givedirect.org/donate/?cid=14108 or send checks payable to:
Rim of the World Special Athletes Foundation
PO BOX 1914
Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352
Call: 909 336.1535 Fax: 909 582.2800
LACSD: SIGN UP FOR DROPCOUNTR
To help residents save water, LACSD has partnered with Dropcountr to provide an app for homeowners to track water usage and reduce leaks. The free Dropcountr app will allow LACSD customers to track their hourly water use, receive leak alerts, connect with utility alerts and rebates and receive direct support. Dropcountr is available as an app on Android and Apple phones and on the web.
Track Your Usage
Dropcountr helps you keep track of your hourly, daily, weekly and monthly water use and compares usage to peers and your historical usage.
Setting goals and measuring performance is the best way to manage your water use. Dropcountr helps you set goals based on historical usage, similar homes, and efficiency standards.
Dropcountr is your one-stop destination for staying on top of tips and rebates.
Sign Up Today
LACSD residents can set up a free Dropcountr account today by downloading the app from the Android and Apple App Store, or signing up online. You will need your name and account number as it appears on your LACSD bill.
Customer support: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Register today for Dropcountr at www.dropcountr.com/lacsd or by downloading theAndroid/iOS app.