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SAN BERNARDINO COVID-19 DASHBOARD

IMPORTANT LOCAL INFORMATION!

Click on the link above to view the

San Bernardino County Covid-19 Dashboard. 

 

Here, you can see the latest information on local statistics relating to the Coronavirus.

You will be able to view the following:

Case Summary  

Location List

Demographics 

Overall Test Counts and Results

Details

This Dashboard is updated regularly.

MOUNTAIN SNOWFALL:

ROAD UPDATE

CLICK HERE FOR LIVE CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS

It is advised not to travel on the mountain roads without chains during winter months.  Roads and walkways will freeze overnight and pose slippery conditions. Be aware of "black ice" which highly slippery. You can check road conditions by clicking HERE. Power is out in several areas. You can check on outages on the Edison App or the Edison website at sce.com/outage.

Winterize your house and boat for the cold weather.  Disconnect and drain hoses from hose bibs.  Insulate pipes of faucets in unheated areas.  Seal off access doors, air vents and cracks.  Don't rely on your heater to prevent frozen pipes. Locate your master water shutoff. Shut off your water if you are going to be away from your home for an extended period of time. 

 

Go to lakearrowheadcsd.com for more information on winterizing.

NEXT LAKE ARROWHEAD MAC MEETING

The next Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) Meeting will be held on: 

POSTPONED

6:00 PM | FIRE STATION 91

The MAC Meetings are open to all mountain residents and are held the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at Fire Station 91. 

 

This is your opportunity to hear from Elected Officials, First Responders, Community Leaders and their representatives.  The monthly meetings provide updates on current issues in our community. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions or suggest issues that that are of concern. This is a great opportunity to get to know other members of the community.

 

The MAC reports directly to our County Supervisor, Janice Rutherford. 

You can email the Chair of the MAC, Scott L Rindenow, at LakeArrowheadMAC@gmail.com.

 

LAKE LEVEL
APRIL 3, 2020
Full Lake Elevation:              5106.70' 
Current Lake Elevation:       5106.99'
Lake Level ABOVE Full:          + 3.48"
Water Surface Temperature:    50.6°

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AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM BURRTEC WASTE INDUSTRIES

 

Burrtec Waste Provides Uninterrupted Service Through COVID-19 Crisis

FONTANA, CA (March 27, 2020) – Burrtec Waste is committed to continuing to serve customers throughout Southern California during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“As a community partner in the region, we will maintain trash and recycling collection every day,” said Cole Burr, the company’s President and CEO.

 

As an essential public service that remains operational, the company has taken steps to protect employees and customers from COVID-19 and is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to minimize potential transmission.

 

Customers are encouraged to use alternatives to in-person bill payments by using Burrtec office drop boxes, U.S. mail, or going online at burrtec.com. Customer service representatives remain available by phone to answer questions and address concerns.

 

“Waste collection is an essential service, especially during these difficult times when people don’t need one more thing to worry about,” Burr said. “Our company’s mission is ‘We’ll take care of it,’ and that hasn’t changed with the current situation.”

 

Burrtec is continuing to work with communities it serves throughout Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Imperial counties, to provide residential and commercial recycling and solid waste services. 

 

About Burrtec Waste Industries

Burrtec provides curbside service to residential, commercial, and industrial customers in 109 communities across Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Imperial counties, and operates five recycling and transfer facilities and a landfill. The company also provides event and customized services and is an expert on California regulation and legislation regarding recycling, refuse, and the environment.

MESSAGE FROM THE COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO

COVID-19

For Immediate Release
March 17, 2020

Contact:
David Wert
Public Information Officer
(909) 387-4842
dwert@sbcounty.gov

County orders cancellation of all gatherings

In an effort to protect the public from further spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, the County's Acting Health Officer today ordered the cancellation of gatherings of any number of people within the county starting tomorrow through at least April 6.

The order also requires, starting tomorrow, the closing of all movie theaters, gyms, health clubs, bars, adult entertainment establishments, and other businesses that serve alcohol but do not serve food. Food and beverage establishments must follow guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health on Monday (www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-024.aspx).

The order does not apply to activities "essential to the functioning of our state" including work, public transportation, airport travel, grocery stores, charitable food distribution, certified farmers' markets, and shopping at stores or malls. The order also does not apply to congregate living situations, including dormitories and homeless encampments. All San Bernardino County public schools have voluntarily closed as part of the effort to stop the spread of the virus, according to the County Superintendent of Schools.

"I understand this creates hardships for many families and businesses. But at the end of the day I believe we all understand that we are in this together, and that together, we will get through this," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman, who announced the order today in a video, which can be seen here. "The county is taking every step we can to stay in front of this threat."

"The health risk from COVID-19 to the general public in San Bernardino County remains low at this time, but everyone is strongly urged to engage in practices that reduce the risk of spread," said Acting County Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson.

The order also strongly cautions that persons aged 65 years and older and person of any age with certain underlying health conditions are at increased risk should they contract COVID-19, and encourages them to self-quarantine. 

The order came amid confirmation today of the third reported case of novel coronavirus infection within San Bernardino County, a woman in her 50s. The county has no fatalities attributable to novel coronavirus.

On March 10, the County Public Health Officer and the Board of Supervisors declared a local health emergency to help ensure county government and the public are prepared for the possibility that COVID-19 will appear within the county.

Various appropriate County departments and agencies have been working together since Jan. 25 to prepare for the possible arrival of the virus within the county. The County Department of Public Health activated its Department Operations Center on Feb. 13.

County Public Health continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health to respond to reports of COVID-19.

As with any virus, especially during the cold and flu season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

--Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
--Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
--Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
--Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
--If someone does become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, they should stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness and seek assistance from their healthcare provider if symptoms become severe.
--N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs to others.

For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County's coronavirus website at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus, contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 909-387-3911, or email coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov. The public information line is not equipped to handle medical questions or requests for medical care. Medical questions or requests for medical care should be made to medical care providers only.

LAKE ARROWHEAD VILLAGE ADJUSTED STORE HOURS AND CLOSURES

Store Hours


Following is a list of adjusted store hours and closures. This page will be updated whenever changes occur. If the store or business you are interested in is not listed here, we suggest you give them a call! Phone numbers are listed on the Village website at www.thelakearrowheadvillage.com.

Alexandra’s Emporium – Open M-F noon-5pm; Sat-Sun 10am-5pm
Alpine Jewelers – Open Wed & Sat only 10am-5pm through 3/28
Arrowhead Fitness – Closed through 3/31
Arrowhead Queen – Closed for repairs
Bank of America – Open
Belgian Waffle – Closed through 3/19
Big on Bears – Closed through 3/31
Coach – Closed through 3/27
Claire’s – noon to 5pm
Craig Aaron Designs – Open
GH Bass – Closing 3/18 – 3/27
Grapevine – Open Fri & Sat only from 4-6pm for retail products, wine, beer and cheese to go, and member allotment pickup 
Grill at Lake Arrowhead – Sushi served in main dining room 4:30pm-8:30pm through 3/22
Heart’s Desire Bookstore – Open
Joanne Dickenson Realty – Office Closed
Jockey – closed through 3/29
Lake Arrowhead Brow & Beauty Bar – Closed this week
Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce – Office Closed, checking emails
Lake Arrowhead Dental – Open normal hours, 8-5 Tues-Thur
Lake Arrowhead Pizza Deli – Take out delivery only 11am-8pm
Lake Arrowhead School of Dance – Open
Lakefront Taproom – Close 3/18, opening 3/19 for Take-out only
Lollipop Park – closed until further notice; plan to open 4/3
Leroy’s Board Shop – Open 
Mr. G’s Toys – Closed through 3/28
Mountain Arts Network – Closed
Mountain News – Open M-Th. All business being conducted thru email or fax only until further notice
Dr. Nisco, Orthodontis- Closed except for emergencies through 3/31
Papagayos – Open noon – 11-1-5pm 3/18 – Take-out & curbside delivery only – 20% discount! Hours may vary day to day, call 909-337-9529 
Pendleton- Closed through 3/29
Pharmacy of the Woods – Open
Pepper Palace – Closed through 3/19, Opening 3/20
Play Mountain – Closed through 3/29
Playground – closed until further notice 
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory – Open
Sondra’s/Tattle Tales- Open
Stater Bros. – Open 7:45am for Seniors 65+ and to public 8am – 9pm
Subway – Open
Studio Boutique – Open
Tea & Coffee Exchange – Open 9am-6pm
Van Heusen – closed through 3/29   
Victory Tae Kwon Do – Closed through 3/29
Wilson’s Leather – Closing 3/18 – 3/27

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM RIM OF THE WORLD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AND STATER BROS. MARKETS

THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT INFORMATION COMES FROM THE RIM OF THE WORLD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AND STATER BROS. MARKETS:

 RIM OF THE WORLD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

UPDATE

Hello Rim of the World Unified School District Families and Employees,

 

After much deliberation with all San Bernardino Superintendents, State and County agencies we are extending school closure for students until May 4, 2020. Staff will return on May 1, 2020. This extension of school closure is subject to further extension should directives change from any Federal, State or County agencies. Meals will continue to be distributed on Wednesdays.

 

A supplemental instructional plan will be provided to families Monday, March 23, 2020, for the next 2 weeks. Additional learning materials will be provided following spring break and for the remainder of the closure. More detailed information about distance learning resources will be provided in a separate email.

 

Rim of the World Unified School District will not be providing daycare during this time as it is not feasible for us to do so while adhering to recommendations of no gatherings and keeping sites closed with support from the San Bernardino County Department of Health.

 

We will continue to update families during this National emergency. Please follow public guidelines to keep your families safe. Thank you for your ongoing support during these difficult times for our nation.

 

Michelle Murphy

Superintendent for Rim of the World Unified School District

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Dear Rim of the World Unified School District Families:

As you know, the health and safety of our students, staff and our surrounding community is a priority. With the evolving 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 situation has caused educational institutions and organizations of virtually all industries to make difficult decisions about their business operations.

While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any of the schools in the Rim of the World Unified School District or anywhere in San Bernardino County, we are taking this step to help protect public health.

We have decided to act with caution and remain ahead of a potential outbreak that could result in further spread of the coronavirus. In collaboration with the Mountain/High Desert Superintendents the Rim of the World Unified School District and other Mountain/High Desert School Districts will suspend in-class instruction and all school activities, effective Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 20, 2020. Schools are scheduled to reopen on Monday, March 23, 2020. A decision about any possible future school closure will be announced based on circumstances as they develop. Extensions of this closure are possible.

Since schools will be closed, please consider alternate care for your student or talk with your employer about sick leave and telework options in case you need to stay home with your child. Please discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places while school is dismissed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Please encourage your child to read and write daily.

There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include washing hands with soap and water, coughing into sleeve/tissue, staying home if sick, and getting a flu shot. If your child is exhibiting signs of illness such as fever, cough, sore throat or difficulty breathing, please contact your healthcare provider.

The Rim of the World Unified School District has remained in constant contact with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and local health officials about the most current developments. We are following guidance provided by the California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health, and we will continue to share that information immediately with staff, families and students via email, text, phone, websites and social media.

Up-to-date information about Rim of the World Unified School District can be found at our website https://www.rimsd.k12.ca.us/. More information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 can be found at SBCSS COVID-19 information.

Sincerely,
Michelle Murphy
District Superintendent

STATER BROS. MARKETS

UPDATE

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all 169 Stater Bros. locations will open at 7:45 AM for Senior shopping (65+). This will allow our most vulnerable customers time to shop  for essential items in a less crowded environment. We are in this together to keep our community safe!

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Effective Sunday, March 15, 2020 all 169 Stater Bros. Markets locations will temporarily modify their operating hours to

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Temporary store hours will be effective until further notice and are due to the unique circumstances COVID-19 has created nationwide.

The reduced hours allow us sufficient time to thoroughly clean our stores, restock merchandise and ensure a safe and healthy shopping experience for our customers and employees.

Our team is working hard as we keep up with customer demand. Our CEO Pete Van Helden has even stepped in to help!

Due to high demand and to ensure products are available for everyone in the community there are limits on some products. We are receiving some product, but it is sporadic. Our team is getting product to our stores as quickly as it becomes available.

Calling the stores will not help, they will not be able to tell you what is coming in or when. Be assured that all of our merchandise is being sold at its everyday price.

We are in this together to keep our community safe.

ALA MEMBERS TO VOTE ON BAN OF SHORT TERM RENTERS

ACCESS 

STORY UPDATE:

ALA IS POSTPONING THE VOTE OF WHETHER SHORT TERM RENTERS SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO LAKE ARROWHEAD. THIS DECISION IS MADE BECAUSE OF AN ERROR MADE BY THE PRINTER IN PRINTING THE WRONG BALLOT, COMBINED MORE IMPORTANTLY, WITH ALA CONCERNS OF CONDUCTING A VOTE IN THE MIDST OF THE EXISTING COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNORS RECENT STAY-AT-HOME DECLARATION. THE VOTE WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE.NOTICE OF REVISIONS FOR VOTE ON WHETHER SHORT TERM RENTERS SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO LAKE ARROWHEAD.
 
Based on feedback from the ALA membership, the upcoming vote on Short Term Renter access to Lake Arrowhead has been revised and will now begin on March 13, 2020.  (See updated proposed By-Law by clicking on the link below)

 

The Arrowhead Lake Association (ALA) is asking its members to vote on whether or not to ban or partially ban Arrowhead Woods Short Term Renters from having access to Lake Arrowhead and its properties. Click here to see the proposed By-Law Ballot.


Notice of a Member vote was recently sent by email, mail and was posted on the association's website. On February 27, 2020, a written ballot will be mailed to all ALA Members with two questions to vote on. First, the Members will be asked to either vote YES, if they want to limit or stop the use of ALA Property by Short Term Renters, or to vote NO, if they do not want a new Bylaw to define regulations for Short Term Renter use of ALA Property.


Additionally, members will be asked to choose between two By-Law change options. The first will completely ban Short Term Renters from any use or access to ALA properties or the lake. The second By-Law change option grants Short Term Renters the ability to use the Beach Clubs and the trails as long as the property owner of the rental, pays an annual fee to the ALA. The renters will still not be able to access Lake Arrowhead, ALA parks, any dock or pier site or receive ALA boat operator licenses, use kayaks, paddle boards, boats, sail, fish or swim in Lake Arrowhead or Grass Valley Lake.


Reading the association's By-Laws and governing documents, ALA’s ballot explanation and directions to the membership, appears to be contradicting existing By-Laws and most importantly, the 1964 Agreement of Settlement and Compromise. The 1964 agreement which ALA is a successor to, specifically addresses the rights of Property Owners in the Woods, their Lessees and House Guests relating to the use and access of Lake Arrowhead and its properties.  The By-laws state that if there is a conflict between the ALA By-Laws and the 1964 Agreement, the 1964 Agreement rules. The complete 1964 agreement can be found on the ALA website at http://www.ala-ca.org/docs/1964_Agreement_complete_ocr_ver.pdf.  


Should a member decide to vote NO on the first question, meaning they don’t want any changes to the current By-Laws, they are still being required to vote on the second question of the ballot as to which proposed By-Law change they would prefer. This requirement appears to be in conflict with a NO vote. As one ALA Member told Lake Arrowhead News, “I am really confused by this ballot.”
Ballots are due back by mail or in the ALA office by April 1, 2020.

At the November 23, 2019 ALA Board Meeting, the agenda included a Board vote on a full ban on Short Term Renters access to Lake Arrowhead and ALA’s properties. It was announced by President Clifford that no vote would be taken that day, and a Town Hall Meeting for the Members to address the Short Term Rental Issues would be held on January 11, 2020. That Town Hall Meeting was cancelled and not rescheduled. Notice was then sent to the Membership that a Ballot Vote by the Members would be taking place.

At the February 22, 2020 ALA Board Meeting, well over 100 members attended the standing room only monthly meeting on a cold and wet morning. Members entering the meeting, were asked to show their Membership Cards and photo ID. Also present were two uniformed Sheriff Deputies and ALA’s Corporate Counsel. 


The majority of the Members were there to address the upcoming ALA ballot vote on the Short Term Rental ban. The usual “Questions and Answers” item was missing from the agenda while “Member Comments” were moved to the end of the agenda allowing Members to make statements to the Board. ALA President Gary Clifford left the meeting early during the roughly 90 minutes of Member Comments thereafter, Vice President Eran Heissler presided. Of the nearly 40 Member comments, only a handful spoke in favor of the proposed ban. The majority who addressed the Board, shared their concern with the confusing language of the upcoming Ballot, their opposition to ALA taking away property rights to Lake Arrowhead which they claimed are provided for in the 1964 Agreement to their Lessees. Many stated that a ban would have a major impact on their ability to rent their properties. Many Members claimed they do not make very much money on these rentals and need the rental income to allow them to afford their houses in Lake Arrowhead. Without the additional income, they would be forced to sell their homes. The Ballot “is a stacked deck” in favor of the ban said one Member. One Attorney Member who spoke, made it clear to the Board, that if a ban was approved, there would be a lawsuit filed against the association and an injunction filed to stop any implementation of the ban. Several Members also shared their concern that if this ban was implemented, it could lead to racial discrimination in order to enforce the ban. ALA Corporate Counsel stood up and stated that that would not happen. Members in favor of the ban spoke of their experiences with bad behavior in their neighborhoods, on the lake and at their docks by Short Term Renters.


If you have any questions regarding this Ballot, contact the Arrowhead Lake Association at 909 337-2595. The next meeting of the ALA Board will be held on March 28, 2020 at 9:00 AM at the Burnt Mill Beach Club Clubhouse.

ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION BOARD APPOINTS TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS

At the ALA January Board Meeting, it was announced that the two open Board seats (At Large A and At Large B would be filled by Board appointment. A 3-week period was open for Members to submit applications to the Association. It was reported that 13 applications were received and reviewed.

 

ALA announced that Tony O’Keefe will fill the At Large A seat and Kathy Rothner will fill the At Large B seat. Both new board Members currently serve on ALA committees and will hold their seats on the Board until October 2020. The next Board election will take place this Summer where O’Keefe and Rothner will have to run as incumbents and win in order to retain their appointed seats. In addition to these two At Large seats, there will be elections in the North District, West District and the Grass Valley District for a total of 5 open Board seats.

 

At Large seat A was vacated with the passing of long time Board Member Ralph Wagner and At Large B was vacated when newly elected Board Member Bob Mattison resigned from the beginning of his 4-year term in order to take the position of Arrowhead Lake Association General Manager. 

ALA BOARD APPROVES NEW $100.00 FISHING FEE

At the Saturday, January 25, 2020 Arrowhead Lake Association Board Meeting held at the Burnt Mill Beach Club, the Board voted to approve an "Annual Fishing Pass."  The Pass will be required for all Arrowhead Woods property owners including but not limited to ALA Members who wish to fish on Lake Arrowhead. The fee for the annual Pass will be $100.00. This is the first time in ALA's history that a fee will be charged by the association for fishing on the lake. The State of California will still require a State issued Fishing License for those 16 years of age and over.


The Pass will be required to be worn while fishing on ALA property. At the meeting, the majority of members who spoke to the Annual Fishing Pass were against the proposal while only one member of the ALA Fishing Committee spoke in favor it. There was discussion between the Board and members regarding the lack of notification to the membership concerning the Fish Pass proposal and funding for the Aquaculture Program (fish farm). Both the Fishing Committee and the ALA Finance Committee recommended approval to the Board.


Only 1 Pass will be issued per Membership or APN. According to ALA, all fees from the Fishing Pass will go towards the “ALA Aquaculture Program.”  All Passes are valid from April 1st to March 31st.  There will be a Grace Period until June 30, 2020, thereafter, all individuals must have an ALA Fishing Pass while fishing on ALA property. A $50.00 fine may be imposed for fishing without a Fishing Pass. A violating member will be required to purchase a $100.00 Fishing Pass within 30 days. The Fine Schedule does not address Arrowhead Woods property owners who are not members. A $25.00 fine may be imposed for a Fishing Pass purchased, but not in possession.


In material provided by ALA at the January 25th Board Meeting, it stated that the Aquaculture Program is necessary to insure a supply of fish will be available for stocking Lake Arrowhead. It also stated that the fish hatcheries available to ALA is limited, because it is a private lake. Members at the meeting also expressed concern that if the hatcheries are unable to provide fish to Lake Arrowhead for stocking, how can they provide fingerlings for the proposed fish farm? The Board stated that it will evaluate the Fish Pass program and Aquaculture consultant contract in 6 months, in order to ascertain the level of interest by the members.


A complete set of the Fish Pass informational materials which includes its rules and fines are available on the ALA website at www.ala-ca.org or call 909 337-2595.

APPEAL FILED IN CHURCH OF THE WOODS "SONRISE" PROJECT 

As expected, an appeal has been filed with the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors regarding the approval by the Planning Commission on the proposed Church of the Woods "Sonrise" construction project. Below, is the full Press Release issued by the Save Our Forest Association, The San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society and the San Bernardino Mountains Group, Sierra Club.  For more information on the proposed project, see the Lake Arrowhead News story following this Press Release. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


February 3, 2020


Conservation Groups Appeal San Bernardino County’s Approval Of Church of the Woods’ Sonrise Project in Rimforest


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


On Thursday, January 30, 2020, the Save Our Forest Association, The Sierra Club Mountains Group Of the San Gorgonio Chapter, and the San Bernardino Audubon Society, filed an official appeal to the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors, requesting a thorough reexamination of the validity of the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Church of the Woods proposed project. The appeal calls into question the proposed project’s consistency with the General Plan, Development Code, the Lake Arrowhead Community Plan and state environmental laws.


The administrative appeal challenges the Planning Commission’s approval, on January 23, 2020, of the project based on significant unavoidable impacts to traffic and circulation (up to seven new traffic signals), biology (riparian habitat destruction, clearcutting 16.9 acres of forest, harm to threatened and endangered species), noise, and esthetics (massive earthmoving of hillside at Daley Canyon/Hwy 189, and degradation of US Forest Service designated Scenic Byway).


“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.”


Many residents in our community have expressed concern that the proposed project, with over 300 new parking spaces, will create traffic circulation problems from Rimforest to Lake Arrowhead, while increasing the risk of downstream erosion and water quality degradation in Little Bear Creek, the headwaters of Lake Arrowhead.


"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) and making an unsupported, inadequate Statement of Overriding Consideration,” 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 the Planning Commission has misleadingly declared to be of no consequence.”

RIMFOREST - CHURCH OF THE WOODS "SONRISE" PROJECT HEARING JANUARY 23, 2020

UPDATE

UPDATE:  The County Planning Commission hearing was held on January 23, 2020. The hearing began at 9:00 am and lasted until 3:15 pm. Roughly 60 members of the community spoke to the Commissioners in support or opposition of the proposed project. This was the first time residents were able to attend locally via a two way video feed from the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Station Community Room. After a relatively short deliberation by the Commissioners, they voted unanimously to approve the Church of the Woods "Sonrise" project.

 

The San Bernardino County Planning Commission will review the Church of the Woods “Sonrise” project proposed for a 15 acre facility in Rimforest on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the Board Chambers in San Bernardino at 9:00 am.  Residents can also attend and comment on the proposed project at the county’s satellite location at the old Courthouse in Twin Peaks, which is now equipped with two-way video feeds.

The proposed Church project has been in the planning stages for several years and has the community divided on its value to the mountain residents. The church proponents believe that the new facility will offer residents a community-oriented place for families and children. Opposition proponents to the proposed facility are concerned with the need for the facility, and the potential negative impact on the environment and wildlife with the construction of a 15 acre facility.

The Final EIR for the Church of the Woods Project has recently been updated, and is now available.  You can view the Final EIR Here:

http://www.sbcounty.gov/uploads/LUS/Environmental/FinalEIR%20ChurchoftheWoods20200110.pdf

The Church of the Woods issued the following press release regarding the January 23, 2020 hearing:

Mountain Project to go before County Planning Commission

Lake Arrowhead, California (January 2020) --- The Sonrise in the Woods Project will go before the San Bernardino County Planning Commission on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 9:00 AM. Experts will conduct presentations before commissioners and county staff. Time will be allotted for public comments and questions.

Sonrise is being developed by Church of the Woods and while it’s being built on private land, it will be a regional resource. From meetings to marriage counseling, the multifaceted facility will be a place for families and friends. There’ll be multiple sports fields, a gym and assembly hall. It will be a park, a retreat, and a preserve. Sonrise in the Woods will sit on 15 acres of land in Rimforest, framed by nature trails, wildlife sanctuaries and undeveloped forest. It will serve Lake Arrowhead and surrounding communities.

Church of the Woods Pastor Rod Akins says a show of support at the public hearing will make a significant impact. “We’re asking all mountain residents who realize the blessings the project will provide to please attend the hearing,” he says, adding, “If anyone needs a ride down the hill, we can help.” While the hearing officially begins at 9:00 AM, Akins strongly recommends people get there no later than 8:30.

Where
Board Chambers, Offices of San Bernardino County
385 N. Arrowhead Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415

 

When
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 9 AM (arrive by 8:30)

 

Opponents to the “Sonrise In The Woods” project believe that this project poses a significant negative impact on the environment and violates many of the conditions set by the Community Plan.

 

Hugh A. Bialecki, Dmd, Pres., Save Our Forest Association Inc., issued Lake Arrowhead News the following statements regarding the proposed project:

Church of the Woods proposed project Hwy 18, Rimforest

review and discussion of Final Environmental Impact Report released January 10, 2020. 

 

Are you aware that this project would result in:

-  Mountain top removal of the Hwy 18 / Daley Canyon corner filling in of a natural valley with stream and riparian habitat

- Seven new stoplights on Hwy 18 and \Hwy 189 / Daley Canyon project will contribute to and cause significant and unavoidable traffic impacts.  Your travel on Hwy 18 through Rimforest will be negatively altered forever. See pages Feir-423 and Feir-424, master responses for details

-  Chain link fencing along Hwy 18 and 10 ft retaining walls obstructing wildlife movement

-  County identified wildlife corridors between Strawberry Creek and Grass Valley will be significantly damaged

-  Little Bear Creek begins on this property and provides 50-66% of the water into Lake Arrowhead.  311 parking spaces will likely result in contamination of our water supply

- Disturbed/graded area of project involves removing all trees and vegetation from 16.9 acres.

-  Significant and unavoidable impacts due to construction noise which could last for 435 days, table 2-2, page 2-25, Dreir

-  January 23, 2020, Planning Commission hearing at 9 am, would result in final approval or denial of project.  there is no intention of having a Board of Supervisors public hearing as in most projects.

-  Requiring extensive fuel modification zones due to high fire risk

Community Meeting  Sunday, Jan 19, 4-6 Pm

ROW Community/Senior Center, Grandview Road, Twin Peaks

 

LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING:

MARCH ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMUNITY UPDATES

The Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council held their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 5th at Fire Station 91. The community was updated on the following subjects of interest:

Special Presentations:  Chair Scott Rindenow introduced John Ferdon, Emergency Services Officer for the County of San Bernardino. Mr. Ferdon provided information on the SB County Office of Emergency Services and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). When local resources need help during a major earthquake, fire or weather incident, volunteer teams are there to coordinate and offer assistance to first responders. CERT Teams are organized teams of trained volunteers in our community.  They are trained in fire safety, disaster preparedness, disaster medical operations and light search and rescue operations. The training is free to anyone in the community with no obligation to become a volunteer.  The basic training is to become more prepared and resilient during times of disasters. In our mountain region, there are 70 CERT volunteers.  There are two training's per year running about 16 - 20 hours.  They are planning to offer training to middle and high school students. Chair Rindenow suggested that a Town Hall Meeting could be held for community residents to learn to be more prepared and resilient during times of disasters, so they could take care of themselves, their families and their neighbors. Lewis Murray will be looking into setting up this community event.

 

Supervisor’s Report – Lewis Murray:  Murray announced that Supervisor Rutherford just returned from a trip to Washington D.C. for a National Association of Counties gathering. Rutherford met with Senator Diane Feinstein to lobby for fire safety in our forests.  Murray also report the the Church of the Woods "Sonrise" project appeals hearing at the Board of Supervisors meeting will take place on August 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM. Residents may attend the hearing in San Bernardino or at the satellite remote office in Twin Peaks at the Sheriff's Station.

S.B. County Sheriff: Captain Don Lupear announced that he has been promoted to Captain. On Memorial Day weekend, the Sheriff will start patrol Lake Arrowhead on their boat. Lupear explained that the cost for the Sheriff to patrol the lake is provided by a grant from the California Department of Boating and Waterways.  As July 4th is on a Saturday this year, the community should expect a major influx of visitors to enjoy all the fireworks displays. Also, he encouraged everyone to sign up for Neighborhood Watches programs.

California Highway Patrol: Sergeants Porter and O'brien reported that they are down 5 officers. They then answered questions from the community members.

Lake Arrowhead Village: Chair Rindenow reported that the Village General Manager Erin Willey confirmed that a CVS Store will be coming to the Village. Also, the Village will soon announce their Concert lineup for this year.


County Fire:  It was announced that they have purchased 3 new OHV's (Off Highway Vehicle) for rescues in the back country. April 1st the new County Fire Boat will be on Lake Arrowhead.  They are also prepared for dealing with the Corona Virus. Protocols are in place to prevent the spread of the virus by personnel, and they have the capability to test for the virus.

 

Cal Fire: It was reported that they are preparing for spring.  If you have problems with bug infested trees, Cal Fire can help if you contact them at Pilot Rock 909 338-2812.  

Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce: Robin Bull reported the honorees for the 52nd Chamber Awards have been chosen. They are Bill and Michelle Johnson Citizens of the Year, the Mountain News as Business of the Year, and Wildhaven Ranch as Non-Profit of the Year. The Ball this year has a disco theme and will be held at the Lake Arrowhead Resort on Friday, April 24, 2020. 

Arrowhead Lake Association: General Manager Bob Mattison reported that the lake is now about one foot below full. He promoted the Junior Trout Rodeo in April. A Member vote is coming on whether or not to allow Short Term Rental guests to have access to the lake and its properties.  According to Mattison, 544 Members' homes are being rented for short term stays. 

Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council will be on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 6:00 PM at Fire Station 91 in the Community Conference Room.  Everyone is invited to attend.  The MAC requests that the community email any topics of concern or any comments to lakearrowheadmac@gmail.com.  

ALA NAMES NEW GENERAL MANAGER

The Arrowhead Lake Association has named a new General Manager effective January 13, 2020. Bob Mattison, who was recently re-elected to a 4-year term on the ALA Board of Directors last October has assumed the position. Mattison resigned his board seat in order to accept the GM position. Mattison served as Chair of the Lake Operations and Maintenance Committee and the Ad-Hoc Short Term Rental Committee and was a member of the Shoreline Improvements Committee and Finance Committee. He will continue to serve as a non-voting Chair of the Lake Operations and Maintenance Committee.

 

Mattison brings 30 years of experience in financial planning and control, operations management, customer relations and communication, and long-range strategy.  He is a graduate Engineer from Kettering College, with business administration studies at the University of Houston. He also has extensive experience in managing contractors.


Former General Manager Wayne Austin held the position since 2017. The Board of Directors now has two open seats, At-Large A and At-Large B.

LAKE ARROWHEAD VILLAGE 

SOLD UPDATE

UPDATE: Lake Arrowhead News has learned that the sales price for the Lake Arrowhead Village was $49,400,000.00. The sale was on December 16, 2019 and recorded with the County on December 19, 2019. The new owner is listed as Lake Arrowhead Village Retail Owner Lp. located in Thousand Oaks, California.

 The Lake Arrowhead Village has been sold.  It has been confirmed by the Lake Arrowhead Village that they now have new owners. The new owners are reported to be U.S. Realty Partners based in Westlake Village, California.  According to their website, U.S. Realty Partners is a privately held real estate investment company specializing in the acquisition, asset management, development and redevelopment of quality retail properties located in strategic metropolitan areas of the western United States. They focus on anchored retail properties in markets with strong demographics and achieve competitive risk adjusted returns for investors and partners.  U. S. Realty Partners is currently acquiring and managing properties in mature submarkets throughout the western United States as a principal and in partnership with institutional and individual investors. Jay Kerner is the President and CEO of U.S. Realty Partners, a regional commercial real estate operating company and consulting firm focused on high quality retail properties located in the western U.S.  He has over thirty years of experience in the acquisition, operation, development, leasing and management of retail, multi-family, office and mixed use properties.

 

The Village is now being managed by JLL Management (Jones Lang LaSalle IP, Inc.). Former Village General Manager Josh Martin has transferred to the Blue Jay Village which is still owned by Pacific Capital.

At the November 7, 2019 Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) meeting, Lake Arrowhead Village General Manager, Josh Martin, announced during his monthly report that the Village is now in escrow to be sold.

 

The purchase of the Village does not include Blue Jay Village which will remain the property of Pacific Capital. Martin did not disclose the name of the buyer, but did say that they own about a dozen west coast shopping centers.

 

When escrow closes and the sale is complete, Lake Arrowhead News will announce the name of the new owner and any other details of the sale that become available.

CALTRANS SLOPE STABILIZATION PROJECT ON HIGHWAY 173

 

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.

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.

ALA MEMBERS FACE FEE INCREASES IN 2020

At the December 14, 2019 Board of Directors Meeting held at the Burnt Mill Beach Clubhouse, the Arrowhead Lake Association board voted unanimously to increase members' fees. Some fees will rise as much as 300%. The 2020 fees and their percentage of increase are listed below.

NEW 2020 FEES

DOCK MEMBERSHIP - $660  (10% INCREASE)

BEACH CLUB MEMBERSHIP - $265  (10% INCREASE)

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP - $100  (43% INCREASE)

POWER BOAT STICKER - $250  (9% INCREASE)

POWER BOAT DAY USE STICKER - $600  (17% INCREASE)

KAYAK - $35  (40% INCREASE)

PADDLE BOARD - $25  (150% INCREASE)

ALA DOCK RENTAL - $4,250  (9% INCREASE)

BOAT OPERATOR’S LICENSE EXISTING RENEWAL - $30  (100% INCREASE)

BOAT OPERATOR’S LICENSE NEW - $60  (300% INCREASE)

GAS FEES - $.75/gallon  (50% INCREASE)

If you have any questions, contact the ALA at 909 337-2595.

THE FAA MAKES IT OFFICIAL:

THE FLIGHT PATH OVER LAKE ARROWHEAD WILL MOVE ON DECEMBER 5, 2019

UPDATE!

DECEMBER 4, 2019

 

FAA MESSAGE TO ELECTED OFFICIALS, REGARDING JCKIE TWO
 
Good afternoon –
 
On behalf of Raquel Girvin, Regional Administrator, I’m writing to remind you that the FAA plans to publish and start using the JCKIE TWO arrival for Ontario International Airport on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. We expect to start using the new route in the pre-dawn hours.
 
Aircraft that currently use the JCKIE ONE and the EAGLZ will be assigned to the JCKIE TWO at all times of day. It will provide both nighttime and daytime overflight reduction to the Lake Arrowhead community. The FAA will cancel the EAGLZ arrival route when it publishes the JCKIE TWO.
 
As I believe you know, detailed information about the JCKIE TWO is posted on the FAA’s Ontario Community Involvement website here: https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/community_involvement/ont/
 
If you have any additional questions about the route, please do not hesitate to call my office at 424-405-7000.
 
Sincerely,
 
Faviola Garcia, Senior Advisor, on behalf of:
 
Raquel Girvin
Regional Administrator, AWP-1
FAA Western-Pacific Region
777 S Aviation Blvd Suite 150
El Segundo, CA 90245
T 424 405 7000
E raquel.girvin@faa.gov

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In a News Release issued on November 6, 2019 from Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford, it was announced that the FAA will be moving the current flight path over Lake Arrowhead on December 5, 2019

It has been a two year process to convince the FAA to relocate the current flight path which is directly over the highly populated Lake Arrowhead community. 

"It took us a few years to get to this point, but by talking and working with the FAA rather than tying this matter up in the courts, we were able to get this flight path changed sooner rather than later, San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford said. "I appreciate residents' patience as the FAA finalized the flight path it promised us earlier this year, and I am also thankful for the support of Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Kamala Harris and Congressman Paul Cook provided throughout our discussions with the FAA."

The local community group "Friends of Lake Arrowhead Mountain Communities" (FLAMC) lead by mountain residents David Caine, Mathew Kallis and Anthony St. John, was very active and vocal in the effort to get the message to the FAA that the residents of Lake Arrowhead were greatly effected by the current stream of aircraft flying loud, low and often over our community. 

 

In an effort to ease the ongoing disturbance by the flights over Lake Arrowhead, the FAA did implement a night time restriction on flights that currently remains in effect. The new flight path will be located near the Heaps Peak area similar to the original path used prior to the FAA moving flights directly over Lake Arrowhead.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL RUTHERFORD NEWS RELEASE

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL FAA DECISION TO MOVE THE FLIGHT PATH

IMPORTANT INSURANCE NEWS FOR MOUNTAIN HOMEOWNERS

UPDATE

On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara will be meeting with elected officials and invited guests to discuss issues related to rising premiums and cancellations in high fire prone communities of San Bernardino County. There will also be an update regarding the California Fair Plan.

California Commissioner Orders FAIR Plan to Increase Homeowners Coverage Options

California’s property insurer, the California Fair Plan will soon be offering more homeowners coverage options as directed by the state’s insurance commissioner. This is in response to pressure by homeowners throughout the state. These new options are a positive step by the State Department of Insurance to provide some relief to mountain homeowners who find it difficult to obtain insurance for their homes from one provider. 

California Commissioner Ricardo Lara has ordered the California Fair Plan Association to begin offering a comprehensive policy, known as HO-3 coverage, in addition to its current dwelling fire-only coverage by June 1, 2020. The comprehensive plan will include traditional homeowner features, such as coverage for water damage, personal liability and theft.

Lara also ordered the FAIR Plan to increase coverage limits and to offer a no-fee monthly payment plan, as well as allow for policyholders to pay by credit card or electronic funds transfer without any fees. The new payment options should be available to policyholders no later than Feb. 1, 2020, the commissioner’s order states.

Effective April 1, 2020, the FAIR Plan will increase the combined dwelling coverage limit from $1.5 million to $3 million. In many areas where people are forced to turn to the FAIR Plan for coverage, they find the current $1.5 million coverage limit is not enough.  

The California Department of Insurance said the growing lack of availability of homeowners and fire insurance has touched virtually every county in the state and threatens home values, real estate transactions, tax revenues, emergency services, and the integrity of California communities.

In a press release, Lara said he has met with “with thousands of California homeowners across the state who are struggling to find coverage to protect their homes.”

Property owners who have no choice but to use “the FAIR Plan as temporary insurance deserve the same coverage provided by traditional insurers. This crisis requires the FAIR Plan to provide a comprehensive option for Californians who have no other option for homeowners insurance,” he added.

The above changes are in addition to others the FAIR Plan undertook earlier this year. Those operational adjustments include providing more transparency in their meetings and allowing the CDI to participate in those meetings. The FAIR Plan also must obtain the approval of the insurance department prior to disbursing operating profits back to participating insurers.

The FAIR Plan, established under California law, is intended as a temporary solution. However, it is important that its product mirrors traditional coverage as much as possible, according to the CDI.

Many of the affected California homeowners have already been inconvenienced by planned power outages by utilities, mandatory evacuations, and repeated wildfire threats year after year. Requiring these same homeowners to have to piece together multiple policies to achieve full coverage is needlessly burdensome, Lara said.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ORDER BY COMMISSIONER LARA

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

Website:   rimspecialathletes.org

RimSpecialAthletes@gmail.com

Call:  909 336.1535   Fax:  909 582.2800


 

 

MOUNTAIN WINTER STORM WATCH!

A MESSAGE FROM CALTRANS DISTRICT 8

There is always the possibility of snow in the mountains.  We want to remind everyone of a few things when you are planning your commute. So listen up!

Do not trespass onto private property. CHP is in close contact with property owners who have been advised to contact Law Enforcement immediately of trespassers. The CHP and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will respond in haste to cite or possibly arrest trespassers.

Do not leave your trash, keep our mountains clean! Take what you bring with you or find a trash can and throw it away. Law enforcement will issue you a citation and make you pick up your trash.

Do not park in the roadway or no parking zones. Parking citations will be issued. If you leave your vehicle parked in a roadway, your vehicle will be towed, or pushed by emergency personnel if there is exigency to render aid.

Do not pull over into turnouts to play in the snow. Only play in designated snow play areas. A lot of these turnouts are for emergency situations or where we are setting up chain control. They also assist emergency personnel in getting around traffic to a scene.

Do not ask us if you should bring chains. BRING THEM. It’s winter, and weather can be a little difficult/unpredictable. No matter the vehicle - BRING. YOUR. CHAINS. If chain control is issued, you will be prepared since you have them.

DO NOT try to pass and go around a snow plow. You will not win this battle. You are endangering the lives of our workers, and yourself. We are plowing the roads to help you! Be patient so we can do our jobs and get you to your destination safely.

Anytime you make a trip to the mountains or remote desert areas always bring the following: food, water, cell phone with charger, warm clothing, emergency blankets and first aid kit.

Try not to drive during inclement weather. If you have to drive during that time, make sure you slow down and leave enough space between vehicles.

Use #Quickmap when planning your travels. It can display all sorts of stuff like road conditions, traffic, chain control and more!

Enjoy your travels! Stay dry!

HELPFUL DRIVING TIPS FROM CALTRANS

  • Before you start your journey, check travel conditions using QuickMap.

  • Check tires and wipers to make sure they are in good condition.

  • Have a full tank of gas.

  • Slow down when driving in adverse weather conditions. Reduce your speed when roadways are icy or wet and your sight of distance is affected.

  • Avoid travel during heavy rain or snow events.

  • Never drive impaired! Always designate a driver.

  • Bring chains if you are traveling to the mountain areas. Weather in the mountain areas is often unpredictable. Be smart by having chains in your vehicle in case chain control is issued.

  • Chain installers are available on most mountain routes during chain control. Please, use the Caltrans approved chain installers with authorized bibs for your safety and to protect your vehicle.

  • Never use turnouts or park in the middle of the roadway for snow play. Only park in designated areas and do not trespass on private property.

  • For long trips bring water, warm clothing, blankets, a charged cell phone and charger, medications, snacks and other necessary items.

  • Do not attempt to pass through road closure signs. Never drive through running water or flooded roadways. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.

  • Be a safe and courteous driver. It only adds a few minutes to your travel time and make it a more enjoyable drive for everyone

LINK TO WEATHER FORECAST

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DEALING WITH THE HUMAN ISSUES OF HATE SPEECH

By Mary-Justine Lanyon

 

After the Mountain Jewish Community held a picnic with Our Lady of the Lake last June, one of the MJC members received a hate message on their phone, telling that person that, as a Jew, they should drop dead.  “It brought to mind,” that person said at a recent gathering of the MJC, “that we can live up here and feel somewhat secure but we’re kidding ourselves if we think it’s not there.”

To help folks deal with anti-Semitism and other expressions of hate, the MJC invited Matt Friedman, the senior associate regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of Los Angeles, to address its members at its annual bagel brunch.  “What can you do if you see or hear things that are anti-Semitic, racist or homophobic,” Friedman asked. “That’s the question we get all the time: What do I do?”

The ADL was founded in 1913 in Chicago, Friedman explained. Its mission has been to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. The founders, Friedman said, “understood it couldn’t be just for their own community. It had to be for all people who are discriminated against.”  As the leading anti-hate organization, the ADL has 26 regional offices with its headquarters now in New York City.  “What we do,” Friedman noted, “is protect, educate and investigate.” The organization keeps a tally of hate crimes in a given year.  “People think we are focused on Nazis and neo-Nazis,” Friedman said, “but we are concerned with anyone trying to subvert the democratic process.”

The ADL works closely with law enforcement, training officers on how to recognize a hate crime, how to respond and how to treat a victim.  “We know people are not born hating,” Friedman said. “It’s a learned behavior. It can be unlearned and a person can be inoculated against hate if we get to you early enough.” The ADL does a lot of work with students in kindergarten through 12th grade on accepting differences and being inclusive.  “We fight all sorts of bias: homophobia, anti-trans, racism, sexism, bullying, cyberbullying,” he said. “How do parents and schools deal with those issues? There is still a lot of gray area.”

Friedman gave an overview of recent anti-Semitic events: the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, the Poway incident six months later. “This is the type of thing we are dealing with,” he said. “How people are getting radicalized has changed in the last 20 years.”  In the last few years, he noted, “we have seen an increase in anti-Semitic incidents. Law enforcement,” he added, “focuses on hate crimes. The ADL looks at non-criminal activity.”

In its “Murder and Extremism” report (available on the ADL website, ADL.org), the organization details the number of incidents by year. From 2009 to 2018, right-wing extremists were responsible for 73 percent of the incidents; left-wing, 3 percent; and Islamist extremists, the rest.

White supremacists, Friedman said, have been energized. “They feel like their backs are against the wall and they need to act out. They feel like middle-class whites are victims, an endangered species. They feel white genocide is going on. And they hold Jews responsible for the rising tide of people of color through immigration.”  Why is that? “Because Jews are for diversity, tolerance and increased immigration,” Friedman said. “And so, the white supremacists feel violence is justified to save the white race. They believe a nefarious Jewish cabal is behind it.”

What strategies does Friedman suggest to respond to hate crimes, hate incidents, hate speech, hate found online?  First, contact law enforcement so they can record the incident. Reach out to your elected officials. Connect with the ADL.  When something happens, he said, even if you’re not sure it’s a crime, report it.  Perhaps most importantly, use your voice to speak out against all types of hate. Encourage others to speak out. Use social media, traditional media. Provide educational materials.

The ADL has a lot of resources available to use with children, to help discuss any such incidents with them.  “Use the ADL as a resource,” Friedman said. “My office is your office. We can act as your advocates.”

As for speaking out, Friedman cautioned folks to pause before sending or forwarding something on social media. “Is it a reputable source? Report offensive things you find online to the ADL.”  He recognizes that using your own voice can be tough. “What are your opportunities for intervention? When should you say something? Maybe the person wasn’t thinking. You want to engage in respectful dialogue but need to let people know they have hurt you.”  What the ADL tells children, Friedman said, is to just say “ouch.”

To report an incident to the ADL, go to www.adl.org/reportincident. Those reports go into the ADL’s data base.

These incidents are pervasive, Friedman noted. “It’s not a Jewish issue – it’s a human issue.”

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LAKE ARROWHEAD LEGEND RALPH WAGNER PASSES AWAY AT 89

Lake Arrowhead legend Ralph L Wagner passed August 15, 2019 at age 89.  Wagner was one of the founders of Arrowhead Lake Association in 1974. He was first elected president of ALA in 1975 and was also one of the founders of LACSD in 1978 being elected president of LACSD in 1978. At one time, he served as president of ALA, LACSD, and Lake Arrowhead Property Owners Association (LAPOA) at the same time (1975 - 1979). Over the years, Ralph has served in all of the official positions of ALA, twice as president, and was currently serving on the Board of Directors of ALA and Chair of the Lake Operations and Maintenance Committee.  Wagner was an Officer in the U.S. Navy.


Ralph and his wife, Ianita, are long-time members of both the Lake Arrowhead Water Ski Club and the Lake Arrowhead Yacht Club. Ralph was formerly a member of the Lake Arrowhead Country Club.


He graduated from Stanford University in 1952 with a BSCE, Hydraulics Option. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1959 with a MSCE, Sanitary Option. Owner of Ralph Wagner Consulting Engineer, Inc., located in Lake Arrowhead since 1977, specializing in consulting engineering services related to water resources, water supply, water quality, wastewater treatment and disposal, hydrology, drainage, and erosion control.

His career accomplishments are impressive and include employment with WED Enterprises, the design arm of Walt   Disney Productions. Ralph was in charge of coordinating, planning and managing all utility and environmental system designs for the Walt Disney World complex in Florida. Recently, he served as a consulting engineer on the redevelopment and restoration of Santa’s Village in Skyforest, CA.

UPDATE:

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM at the Burnt Mill Beach Clubhouse.  The community is welcome to attend.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PICTURES REMEMBERING RALPH WAGNER

 

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CALENDAR

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

DUE TO COUNTYWIDE RESTRICTIONS, EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED OR POSTPONED.

PLEASE CHECK WITH EVENT SPONSORS.

MARCH 5  THURSDAY

LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL 

   FIRE STATION 91 MEETING ROOM   

EVERYONE IS WELCOME | 6:00 PM

MARCH 10  TUESDAY

BUSINESS OVER BREAKFAST NETWORKING MEETING 

   BILL'S VILLAGER | BLUE JAY

 7:30 AM

MARCH 17  TUESDAY

CHAMBER MIXER AT THE GRAPEVINE 

   LAKE ARROWHEAD VILLAGE

 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

APRIL 2  THURSDAY

LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL 

   FIRE STATION 91 MEETING ROOM   

EVERYONE IS WELCOME | 6:00 PM

APRIL 7  TUESDAY

CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK MOBILE OFFICE HOURS

28200 HWY 189, SUITE O1-270 | LAKE ARROWHEAD

909 336-1547 | 10:00 AM

APRIL 7  TUESDAY

SENATOR MIKE MORRELL MOBILE OFFICE HOURS

28200 HWY 189, SUITE O1-270 | LAKE ARROWHEAD

909 336-1547 | 11:00 AM 

APRIL 14  TUESDAY

BUSINESS OVER BREAKFAST NETWORKING MEETING 

   BILL'S VILLAGER | BLUE JAY

 7:30 AM

APRIL 19  SUNDAY

UCLA MOUNTAIN BRUINS OPEN ON BROADWAY 

   UCLA CONFERENCE CENTER   

WWW.UCLAMOUNTAINBRUINS.ORG

 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

APRIL 24  FRIDAY

ARROWHEAD BALL | 52ND CHAMBER AWARDS 

   LAKE ARROWHEAD RESORT & SPA

909 336-1547   5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

APRIL 25  SATURDAY

REBUILDING TOGETHER - REBUILDING DAY

909 336-3910

APRIL 25  SATURDAY

ARROWHEAD ARTS ASSOCIATION GOES HAWAIIAN

LAKE ARROWHEAD COUNTRY CLUB

RSVP: ARROWHEADARTSASSOCIATION.ORG

 909 337-4296  |  6:00 - 9:00 PM

APRIL 26  SUNDAY

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF

RIM OF THE WORLD

 THE JOY OF GIVING BACK

MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON

562 244-5974.

 

MAY 16 - 17  SAT - SUN

ROTARY ART AND WINE FESTIVAL

TAVERN BAY BEACH CLUB

10:00 AM

MAY 28 - 31  THU - SUN

LAKE ARROWHEAD FILM FESTIVAL

LAKE ARROWHEAD RESORT AND SPA

JULY 19  SUNDAY

LE GRAND PICNIC

MOUNTAINS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

29101 HOSPITAL ROAD, LAKE ARROWHEAD

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

SEPTEMBER 12  SATURDAY

BREWFEST

TAVERN BAY BEACH CLUB

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 19  SATURDAY

CHAMBER HOME TOUR

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

DECEMBER 2  WEDNESDAY

TASTE OF LAKE ARROWHEAD

LAKE ARROWHEAD RESORT & SPA

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

  

DECEMBER 5  SATURDAY

BLUE JAY HOLIDAY PARADE

BLUE JAY VILLAGE

1:00 PM – 8300 PM

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