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SR 18 CULVERT REPAIR AND REALIGNMENT
SAN BERNARDINO, CA – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues operations on a culvert repair project on State Route 18 (SR 18) from 48th St in San Bernardino to the State Route 138 Crestline Bridge.
Crews have completed work on the northbound (NB) lanes located at PM 8 and PM 11. Work will now begin on the southbound lanes (SB) at the same locations. These new switches are anticipated to be in place on November, 21 and 22.
The traffic switch will be at the same locations as before, at PM 8 (near 48th St) and PM 11 (north of Lower Waterman Canyon). Each traffic switch will be a length of approx.1.5 miles each. The only things that are changing are the directions of the traffic switches. The southbound (SB, downbound) and northbound (NB, upbound) lanes will be brought down to one lane in each direction approaching the traffic switch areas. Traffic in the SB Lane will then be pushed onto the other side of the highway where the guardrail will be removed, so that motorists can drive safely around construction crews and the culvert that is being repaired. Traffic will then be brought back to their original side with all lanes open in both directions.
Please follow all advanced warning signs that will be placed to indicate the traffic split and merges. Additionally, please slow down in the work zone regardless of crew’s presence. These traffic switches will be in place for approximately 3 months and remain overnight.
Traffic going SB (downbound) will be go through the removed center guardrail and onto the new traffic configured lane. NB (upbound) will merge to the right most lane and once past the work zone, it will reopen back to two lanes.
Traffic going SB (downbound) will then be routed around the construction zone, and then guided back into the original SB lanes. NB (upbound) traffic will be merged over, with only 1 lane open going down to accommodate the new traffic switch through the work zone.
Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. South wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Saturday A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday Night A chance of showers, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday A chance of showers, mainly before 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Sunday Night A slight chance of showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.
Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.
Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 42.
Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 43.
LAKE ARROWHEAD MAC MEETING: DEC. 01, 2022
The next meeting of the LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL (MAC) AND THE CREST FOREST MAC is:
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 01, 2022, AT THE TWIN PEAKS SHERIFF STATION CONFERENCE ROOM AND ONLINE VIA ZOOM.
EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND THIS IN PERSON AND ONLINE MEETING. HEAR FROM AND ASK QUESTIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS. PUBLIC COMMENT IS WELCOME. GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY.
Meeting ID: 827 3187 0892
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DECEMBER 02, 2022
Full Lake Elevation: 5106.70'
Current Lake Elevation 5101.94'
Lake Level BELOW Full: -4.76'
Water Surface Temperature: 48.7°
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ALA ELECTION RESULTS:
3 CANDIDATES WIN BY LARGE MARGINS
On Saturday, October 29, 2022, the ALA Board held a Special Meeting to approve amongst other items, appointment of Committee Chairs. The following Committee Chairs were appointed and approved by the Board: Lake Operations & Maintenance - Jim Hannon, Shoreline Improvements - Bud Macer, Lake Safety - Denise Loxton, Fish - Kathi Rothner, Forest & Vegetation - Henry O. Johnson, STR Ad Hoc - Chris Wilson. A Legal Counsel Appointment Committee was also approved as well as a Bylaws proposal to re-instate the Executive Committee was approved to be posted for member comments. President David Dahl also confirmed that the next Regular Board Meeting, which the Board voted to approve, will take place on December 3, 2022, at 9AM and will be a hybrid meeting with zoom and in person. There will be no November Board Meeting.
At the October 22, 2022, ALA Board Meeting, the new Board members were seated, and officers were elected. David Dahl was elected President, Jim Hannon was elected Vice President and Alan Kaitz was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer.
On Thursday, September 22, 2022, just after 5:00 pm, the Arrowhead Lake Association (ALA) announced the winners of the current Board of Directors elections. This was an online only election with the electronic results tabulated and revealed by ALA Inspector of Elections Mark Guitheus, who was the only person with access to the results. These results were displayed on monitors at the Burnt Mill Beach Club Clubhouse where dozens of members were present.
There were 3 districts up for election and all eligible ALA members were allowed to vote. In the At-Large "A" election, 3 candidates were in the running. Those candidates were Meghan Hardin-Griffiths, Denise "Dee Anne" Loxton, and the incumbent, Tony O'Keefe. In the East District, it was incumbent, President Gary Clifford and Jim Hannon. Finally, in the South District, it was incumbent, Treasurer Alan Kaitz, Scott Craft and Jack Tingley. The newly elected Directors will be seated following the October 22, 2022 Board Meeting. The elected directors will serve for a 4-year term until 2026. The next ALA Directors election for At-Large "B", West District, North District and Grass Valley will be held in 2024.
ELECTION RESULTS (4-YEAR TERM)
AT LARGE "A"
Meghan Hardin-Griffiths 322 23.6%
Denise "Dee Anne" Loxton 886 64.9%
Tony O'Keefe 158 11.6%
Gary Clifford 78 28.5%
Jim Hannon 196 71.5%
Scott Craft 74 22.6%
Alan Kaitz 194 59.3%
Jack Tingley 59 18.0%
LAKE ARROWHEAD ANNUAL LABOR DAY WEEKEND LIGHTED BOAT PARADE SATURDAY SEPT.3,
2022 AT 8 PM @ THE ALA MARINA
Lake Arrowhead Lighted Boat Parade
On Saturday, September 3, 2022, Lake Arrowhead will hold its annual Labor Day Weekend Lighted Boat Parade. With an anticipated 50 - 60 boats participating, the event will begin at 8:00 PM in the ALA Marina. The stream of lighted boats and their ALA Lake Safety Patrol boat escort will be circling the lake for all to see. In past years, countless undecorated boats also joined in following the parade of lighted boats as they made their way around the lake in the 5 mile per hours zone. All along the shoreline, the lighted parade will be greeted by cheering crowds on docks, at their lake front homes and at the Village. The annual boat parade Labor Day Weekend Lighted Boat Parade is always enjoyed by hundreds of onlookers on and around the lake. With so many full time and part time residents staying at their mountain homes for the holiday, this looks to be another great event. Every year, this event grows bigger and better.
The event is FREE to participate and there is NO SIGNUP required. Power inverters are recommended for boat lights.
CALTRANS QUICKMAP PUSH NOTIFICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
August 17, 2022
Contact: Will Arnold
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 956-0633
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Caltrans QuickMap Push Notifications Now Available
New App Feature Alerts Drivers to Nearby Road Closures and Emergencies
SACRAMENTO — Caltrans has launched a new push notification feature on its QuickMap app that allows drivers to automatically receive real-time notifications about nearby road closures, emergencies and other traffic updates.
“With this new QuickMap upgrade, Californians now can receive instant traffic notifications based on their location,” said Caltrans Director Tony Tavares. “Drivers can use this information to adjust their plans when needed, compare route options, save time and travel safely to their destinations.”
Caltrans’ QuickMap is a mobile app and website available to the public at no cost for travel planning. QuickMap provides immediate traffic information, including traffic speed, lane and road closures due to construction and maintenance activities, emergency incidents, electronic highway message sign content, rest area locations, camera snapshots, and active chain control requirements.
The new QuickMap push notification feature allows travelers to opt-in to receive location-based alerts on their mobile devices. When a device with the QuickMap app enters an area within 10 miles of a road closure or other traffic-related event, a pop-up message will appear alerting travelers of the incident, including time, location and reason for closure.
Caltrans reminds drivers to use their mobile device responsibly, including only in hands-free mode when operating a vehicle. Using your cell phone while driving is not only dangerous, but also illegal. In California, drivers 18 and older can only use their phones in a hands-free manner, such as speaker phone or voice commands, but never while holding it.
UTILITY PARTNERSHIP - PSPS OUTAGES
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON
PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC
Utility Partnership With 211 Enhances Support, Access to Customer Resources During PSPS Outages
Media Contact: Ben Gallagher, (626) 302-2255
ROSEMEAD, Calif., June 28, 2022 — With the height of fire season around the corner throughout California, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, in partnership with the 211 California Network, have ramped up their emergency preparedness support for customers in preparation for Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS).
California’s two largest utility companies are doing this with 211 Care Coordination, which assists individuals with Access and Functional Needs (AFN) who live in high fire risk areas by creating a plan to connect them to local community-based organizations before PSPS outages. Organizations may assist with transportation and shelter, portable backup power, home meal delivery, bill assistance programs and other support.
Care Coordination is available for individuals with Access and Functional Needs who live in high fire risk areas. This includes those with various disabilities or chronic conditions, older adults and others who use medical equipment that requires electricity. Customers who are interested in services can call 211 or text “PSPS” to 211-211 before, during and after PSPS events to discuss assistance available to them.
“We absolutely understand the hardship that any extended power outage, including PSPS, can cause our customers, particularly those with Access and Functional Needs,” said Lisa Cagnolatti, SCE senior vice president of Customer Service. “Our collaboration with the 211 California Network and PG&E offers meaningful support for these customers, helping them to prepare for potential emergencies and assisting with their critical needs if a shutoff is necessary to protect their community.”
California continues to experience drought, increased wildfire risk and a longer wildfire season. The combination of dry conditions with high winds can increase the risk of wildfires. Energy companies like SCE and PG&E have many programs in place to mitigate the possibility of wildfires caused by electrical equipment, like grid hardening, situational awareness and PSPS. While PSPS are a measure of last resort, they will still be a tool energy companies may need to use.
“Our partnership with 211 and SCE brings communities and services together. We encourage customers to call 211 today to learn more about the resources and services available to them ahead of a potential PSPS or emergency. Now is the time to prepare,” said Marlene Santos, PG&E’s executive vice president and chief customer officer.
To connect and get help through the free, confidential referral hotline, dial 211 or text “PSPS” to 211-211. 211 is available 24/7 in more than 300 languages.
With 24/7 availability from trained specialists and a dedicated resource management team, 211 is a powerful resource for households. The 211 California Network is comprised of 13 contact centers throughout the state working together to connect the community to all available health and social service resources.
About Southern California Edison
An Edison International (NYSE: EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of approximately 15 million via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square miles in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.
COUNTY SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON URGENCY ORDINANCE: A TEMPORARY PAUSE ON NEW SHORT-TERM RENTAL PERMITS AT 6/14/22 MEETING
UPDATE JUNE 14, 2022
At the June 14, 2022, regularly scheduled San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting, the Supervisors voted unanimously to put into place immediately a 45 day "Pause" on the issuance of new Short-Term Rental Permits. This was done under an "Urgency Ordinance." At the end of the 45 day pause, the Board will determine whether an extension of that pause will be needed. The Urgency Ordinance can be extended up to 2 years by the Board. Only two local Lake Arrowhead residents spoke to the Board of Supervisors regarding the proposed ordinance modifications and the 45 day pause on new STR permits. Roberta Rindenow urged the Board to include requiring noise monitoring devices on the STR properties and Scott Rindenow spoke in favor of the "Pause," encouraging a 6 month or 12 month period. The Supervisors also made several changes to the proposed new revisions to the current Short-Term Rental Ordinance, which will be voted on at their next meeting on June 28, 2022.
Supervisors Pause STR Permits, Revise Rental Ordinance
In response to resident concerns, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors made several amendments to the County’s short-term rental (STR) ordinance and imposed a 45-day moratorium on the approval of new STR permits during its regular meeting on June 14.
The temporary pause on permits was taken to give County staff time to study zoning proposals to increase enforcement efforts, hire additional code enforcement staff, study enforcement activities and zoning proposals of other jurisdictions, and implement the approved amendments.
The County’s Department of Land Use Services will continue accepting and processing applications for STRs during the moratorium, but no new permits will be issued. The pause does not apply to applications submitted before the moratorium took effect or to applications to renew existing short-term rental permits.
Prior to the Board action, the Planning Commission considered the proposed STR ordinance amendments on February 3 and again on March 3 after County staff made additional revisions to the rules. Commissioners voted 4-0 (with Vice Chair Allard absent) in favor of recommending approval of the amended ordinance.
The amendments approved by the Board:
• establish a limit of one STR for parcels under two acres and a limit of two STRs for parcels over two acres;
• clarify that STR permits do not run with the land and identify a permitting procedure for alternative shelters;
• cap occupancy at two persons per bedroom plus two additional guests;
• limit total occupancy in an STR to 12 persons regardless of the number of bedrooms;
• establish an annual permit rather than previous biennial permit;
• provide $150 permit fee credit for STR owners who install noise monitoring devices;
• mandate that hosting platforms require STR permit numbers for all listings in the County’s unincorporated communities.
In addition, Supervisors agreed to limit individual and corporate owners of STRs to two permits. The limit does not apply to previously issued permits. The ordinance changes go into effect July 28, 2022.
Supervisors also discussed other potential changes to the STR ordinance, including placing a cap on the total number of permits issued by the County and requiring hosting platforms to not accept a booking transaction unless the hosting platform can confirm the host has the required STR permit at the time of the transaction.
In addition, the Board asked County staff to look into rules banning landlords from evicting long-term tenants to establish an STR and allowing for some wiggle room in the application of the STR ordinance. The County could, for example, allow a very large STR with only two bedrooms to host more than six occupants.
Supervisors also directed staff to look into whether the STR ordinance should apply to unincorporated areas in the Valley Region, which includes Oak Glen, Mentone, Bloomington, and other unincorporated communities.
These changes and other possible revisions will be heard by the Planning Commission before being presented to the Board of Supervisors for a final determination.
Prior to developing the amendments, County staff conducted a survey of residents that garnered more than 2,000 responses. Respondents expressed concerns about trash, noise, and the loss of community due to an over concentration of STRs in their neighborhoods.
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, STR numbers increased substantially in the County. In 2020, there were 1,404 permitted STRs in the County; in 2021, the number increased to 2,905. Today, there are more than 5,300.
The last revision the Board made to the STR ordinance substantially increased fines for noncompliance. Previously a first offense within a year was $100, a second offense was $200, and third offense was $500; those fines are now $1,000, $2,000 and $5,000.
Residents can report STRs in violation of the County’s ordinance, including operating without a permit, by calling (800) 205-9417. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
STR owners and residents can access additional information about short-term rentals in the County, including a map of permitted locations and the updated STR ordinance, at https://str.sbcounty.gov.
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will vote on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at the regularly scheduled open Supervisor's Board meeting, to approve an Urgency Ordinance which would put a temporary pause on approving any new Short-Term Rental Permits.
INTERIM URGENCY ORDINANCE An interim urgency ordinance of San Bernardino County, State of California, to preserve the status quo and place a temporary pause on the approval of new short-term residential rental unit permits.
Due, in part, to the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism has increased dramatically in the mountain and desert regions of the County, resulting in a surge of new short-term residential rental (STR) listings and STR occupancy rates in unincorporated areas of the region. With the increase in occupancy rates, the community has expressed increased concern with the behavior of STR guests, including noise, parties, disruptive events, over-occupancy, parking problems, and safety issues.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the San Bernardino County Code: (a) No application for a permit or entitlement that would authorize the operation of a new short-term residential rental unit authorized pursuant to Chapter 84.28 of the San Bernardino County Code shall be approved while this interim urgency ordinance, and any extension thereof, is in effect.
(c) Notwithstanding Section 2, subdivision (a), the County will continue to accept applications for a permit filed after the effective date of this ordinance. However, any application submitted shall be at the applicant’s sole cost and risk with the understanding that no permit for operation of a new short-term residential rental unit shall be issued while this interim urgency ordinance, and any extension thereof, is in effect.
TO VIEW THE ENTIRE TEXT OF THE PROPOSED URGENCY ORDINANCE, CLICK HERE!
AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY 2022
MOUNTAIN SPECIAL EVENT
SATURDAY JUNE 25, 2022
Amateur Radio Field Day 2022
Tracy Lenocker, WM6T
This Saturday, June 25th, the Mountain Top Amateur Radio Association (MTARA) will hold their Amateur Radio Field Day at the Masonic Lodge in Twin Peaks on Saturday, June 25th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The public is invited to this free event.
There will be three radio stations set up. There will also be eleven special educational presentations and demonstrations put on by club members. These presentations will showcase emergency radio equipment, trying your hand at Morse Code, learning to solder, how to throw a wire antenna over a tree branch, solar power, radio operations at a mountain summit or a park.
Learn more about how these club members provide emergency communications during extreme weather conditions, reporting fires, accidents and provide safety communications for special events like the ALA 4th of July fireworks, Tour de Big Bear, Gran Fondo and many other events.
CALTRANS INITIATES EMERGENCY REPAIRS ON SR 189 - COMMUTER ALERT
State Route 189
Emergency Repair Project
San Bernardino - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has initiated an emergency project with a $1.9 million Director’s Order to make repairs to State Route 189 (SR 189) near State Route 18 (SR 18) in the San Bernardino Mountains.
On Friday, June 3, a portion of SR 189 near post mile 0.2 eroded on the vertical slope below the route that resulted in the closure of one of two lanes. The route is currently under one way traffic control and remains open to motorists. SR 189 is currently the detour route for a full closure on SR 18 which is under construction with an emergency project for slope repair.
The emergency project contractor is Skanska, which is also overseeing the work on SR 18. The contractor will take over traffic control from Caltrans tonight and repairs will begin tomorrow. The emergency repairs are expected to take up to a month and the work hours will be from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Traffic control will remain in place with one lane open and one lane closed to traffic with automatic flagging. There may be times during the repairs that will require traffic holds or full closures and those periods are expected to be minimal. Caltrans will alert motorists in advance for full closures.
Caltrans is making every effort with the contractor to ensure that there is availability for detour on SR 189 during the closure of SR 18. Motorists are advised to use SR 330 to Lake Arrowhead, Running Springs, and Big Bear communities and avoid using SR 189 as a detour. Motorists are advised to use SR 330 to avoid delays.
MOUNTAIN SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB ANNUAL AUCTION - JUNE 4, 2022 SNOW VALLEY MOUNTAIN RESORT
Get ready to start bidding!
What’s your pleasure? A thrilling Jeep ride at Zion National Park? A relaxing sail complete with drinks and hors d’oeuvres? Ski lessons? A motor scooter? Dining gift cards? Family passes to Lake Gregory or SkyPark at Santa’s Village?
All these – and more! – can be yours at the auction sponsored by the Mountain Sunrise Rotary Club on June 4 at Snow Valley Mountain Resort.
But you don’t have to wait until June 4 for the fun to begin. This year, Mountain Sunrise Rotary is using Greater Giving as their bidding platform. Bidding on silent auction items will begin on May 28, with bidding on the bigger ticket live auction items opening on June 2.
To register with Greater Giving and to get a preview of auction items, visit www.mountainrotaryauction.com and click on the green Get Started square. Enter your name, address and credit card information and you’re ready to go.
FREE CURBSIDE CHIPPING
MOUNTAIN RIM FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
Thanks to a new grant from CAL FIRE's California Climate Investment Program, we are able to again offer free curbside chipping.
To register your request for Curbside Chipping go to www.FREEchipping.org. Click on "Request Chipping" in the middle of the header. Then, find your community/zip code and click on that button.
There are new guidelines and criteria this year. New criteria includes:
1. Chip disposition options: contractors will blow the chips back on your property or leave them in a pile at no charge. If you want the chips hauled away there is now a $25 fee, which must be paid at the same time you register. To pay the fee, go to www.PayPal.com, remit $25 payment to MountainRimFSC@gmail.com. You will receive a payment confirmation along with your formal chip request acknowledgement from MRFSC.
2. Pile size: pile size is limited per cycle. We are trying to keep the piles to less than 150 cubic feet. This is estimated by the length and height and depth of the piles. The contractor will reach out to you if there are any issues and special arrangements will be considered, which may include multiple cycles and/or payment for the excessively large piles.
3. Pile access: This year we will be much more restrictive about the location of the piles on slopes (up or down hill), piles that are more than 3 ft from the road and piles that are on access roads that are not easily accessible with a truck and chipper. If the truck cannot turn around, it is likely the pile will be deemed inaccessible. The contractors will not back up or down a road to get to piles. If you want to verify your location, please contact us in advance for a site review at 866-923-3473 or via MountainRimFSC@gmail.com.
The deadlines for registering this season are May 22, June 26, July 24, August 21 and September 25. You must register by 6pm on those dates or be bumped into the subsequent cycle. You cannot register until the piles are ready and therefore you should not register more than a month prior to the month you want the chipping done. Example - If you register in May for the June cycle you risk being cited by the County for your slash piles. We only notify them of piles for the current cycle.
Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for your efforts to make our communities more fire safe.
Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council
ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION FACES LAWSUIT
ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION (ALA) PROPERTY RIGHTS LAWSUIT
On March 10, 2022, the Arrowhead Lake Association through its law firm Best, Best & Krieger LLP filed a Notice-Register of Actions to the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino Appeals Division.
On January 19, 2022, the ruling was made final with the plaintiffs being ordered to post a $100,000 bond. The next hearing on the matter is set for May 4, 2023, for a Trial Readiness Conference followed by a Jury Trial beginning on May 8, 2023 at
10:00 AM in Department S24.
On January 19, 2022, Judge Gilbert G. Ochoa issued a Tentative Ruling on two motions. The first motion/Demurrer was filed by defendant Brian Hall, former ALA Board Member. The court ruled against Hall's Demurrer and it was taken off calendar. The second ruling by Judge Ochoa was as follows:
(1) GRANT in part and DENY in part Plaintiffs Vertical, McKinley, Karakaya, and Lee’s Preliminary Injunction and
ENJOIN Defendants ALA, Clifford, Mattison, Kaitz, Hall, Heissler, O’Keefe, and Wilson from (a) precluding short-term lessees within Arrowhead Woods’ property from accessing the Lake and surrounding shoreline area and (b) precluding Arrowhead
Woods’ property owners, whether ALA members or not, and their lessees and guests from accessing the Lake and surrounding shoreline area;
(2) ORDER Plaintiffs Vertical, McKinley, Karakaya, and Lee to post a reasonable bond within 10 days of the Order;
(3) GRANT Plaintiffs’ request for judicial notice filed on November 8, 2021, but DENY Plaintiffs’ request for judicial notice filed on December 1, 2021;
(4) DENY Defendants Clifford, Mattison, Kaitz, Hall, Heissler, O’Keefe, and Wilson’s request for judicial notice;
(5) GRANT Defendant ALA’s request for judicial notice of the pleadings and Exhibits 4 and 6, but DENY Defendant ALA’s request for judicial notice of Exhibits 2-3, 5, and 7;
(6) Movant to give Notice and provide Order.
On November 9, 2021, the Superior Court of San Bernardino ruled on the defendants motion to Compel Arbitration in this case. Both the plaintiffs and defendants submitted their arguments to the court regarding their positions. In the public notice filed by Judge Gilbert G. Ochoa, the following decision was rendered:
"The Association's Bylaws, at Article II (Members), Section F (Enforcement of Bylaws and Rules), paragraph 9, states, "Any disputes between ALA or ALA Members regarding any pier site, dock, or fixture on the reserve strip or reserve strip additions or any property owned by ALA or pertaining to any membership in ALA shall be resolved by binding arbitration." [Hereinafter "Arbitration Clause"] (Defendant's Exh. 5.)
Under the Arbitration Clause, arbitration is mandated for disputes between the Association and its members concerning (a) pier site, dock, or fixtures on the reserve strip or reserve strip additions, (b) property owned by the Association, and (b) the membership in the Association. None of the limiting scopes is at issue in any of the causes of action pled in the
FAC. The causes of action concern the Association and Individual Defendants' actions in violation of a 1964 Agreement and engagement in discriminatory, harassing, or retaliatory behavior. Plaintiffs Vertical, McKinley, or Karakaya are not asserting any claim associated with the rights as members of the Association. They are not asserting any rights associated with a pier site, dock, or fixture. They are not asserting claims concerning the Association's property. Again, they are asserting rights under a different contractual agreement providing certain rights to Plaintiffs and other Arrowhead Wood residents. Thus, Defendant Association fails to establish the Arbitration Clause in the Bylaws covers the claims pled in the FAC. Therefore, the Court denies Defendant Association's Motion to Compel Arbitration. Movant to provide Notice and Order."
The ALA has 30 days from this decision to respond.
On November 8, 2021, the Plaintiffs filed a lengthy Motion for Preliminary Injunction against Defendants Arrowhead Lake Association, its General Manager and 5 of its Board Members. Details of the motion can be found at the County Superior Court website under case #CIVSB2120604 - VERTICAL WEB VENTURES, INC., ETAL -v- ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION, ETAL. The hearing on this motion originally scheduled for December 8, 2021, has been continued until January 19, 2022 at 9:00 AM in Department S24.
On December 8, 2021, the Plaintiffs filed the follow request for injunction against the ALA:
NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION
TO ALL PARTIES AND THEIR COUNSEL OF RECORD HEREIN:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on December 8, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, before the Honorable Gilbert Ochoa in Department S-24 of this court, located at 247 West Third Street, San Bernardino, California 92415, Plaintiffs Vertical Web Ventures, Inc., Jackie McKinley, Seline Karakaya, and Christopher Lee (“Plaintiffs”), will, and hereby do, move for the issuance of a preliminary injunction enjoining Defendant Arrowhead Lake Association (“ALA”), its employees, agents, and/or anyone acting on its behalf, from:
1. Enforcing Article II, Section C of the ALA’s Bylaws or any other regulation prohibiting Arrowhead Woods’ guests and lessees from accessing Lake Arrowhead (the “Lake”) and its surrounding shoreline area (“Reserve Strips”) as permitted by paragraph 3 of the 1964 Written Agreement entered into between the Arrowhead Woods property owners, the Lake Arrowhead Development Co., and Arrowhead Mutual Service Co. (“‘64 Agreement”);
2. Restricting Arrowhead Woods property owners, their guests and their lessees who are not members of the ALA from accessing the Reserve Strips and the Lake permitted by paragraph 3 of the ‘64 Agreement;
3. Enforcing rules that violate paragraph 3 of the ‘64 Agreement by unreasonably and arbitrarily limiting the number of radio frequency identification (“RFID”) cards issued to Arrowhead Woods property owners;
4. Enforcing rules that violate paragraph 3 of the ‘64 Agreement by unreasonably requiring Arrowhead Woods property owners to register their guests by name;
5. Permitting ALA enforcement personnel to stop and demand that Arrowhead Woods property owners, their lessees, and their guests provide identification;
6. Erecting any new fences or gates restricting access to the Lake and the Reserve Strips; and Plaintiffs also request an order that the ALA remove all new fences and gates and RFID access sensors installed in 2020 and 2021.
On November 23, 2021, Defendants filed an eight page response in Opposition to the Plaintiffs Motion for Preliminary Injunction.
The Motion for Preliminary Injunction will be heard on January 19, 2022 at 9:00 AM in San Bernardino Superior Court Department S24 by Judge Gilbert Ochoa.
On July 28, 2021, notice was filed on the San Bernardino Superior Court website that a group by the name of Vertical Web Ventures, Inc., in addition to Jackie McKinley, Seline Karakaya and Christopher Lee have filed a lawsuit against the Arrowhead Lake Association (ALA) and several members of the Board of Directors. Named in the lawsuit, as defendants, are the Arrowhead Lake Association, ALA Board Members Gary Clifford, Eran Heissler, Alan Kaitz, Anthony O’Keefe, Christopher Wilson and Brian Hall (former ALA Board Member), Does 1 to 10 and General Manager Robert Mattison. Representing the Plaintiffs is the law firm of Arent Fox LLP of Los Angeles. Representing the Defendants are Greg Garrison and Michael Scafiddi for the ALA and the Law Office of D. Wayne Leech APC, for the named Board Members and General Manager. As to the former Board Member, as of 9/24/21, no legal representation has been listed on the court website.
On September 3, 2021, Plaintiffs filed their First Amended Complaint.
*The plaintiffs have filed an Unlimited Civil complaint for:
BREACH OF CONTRACT
INFRINGEMENT OF PROPERTY RIGHTS
BREACH OF COVENANT OF GOOD FAITH AND FAIR DEALING
INTERFERENCE WITH EASEMENT
RACE AND NATIONAL ORIGIN DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT
GENDER DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT
RETALIATION IN VIOLATION OF PUBLIC POLICY
In anticipation of the lawsuit, the ALA issued the following statement to its Members: “Since learning of the threatened STR litigation, ALA has assembled a legal team and taken all other appropriate action to prepare for the lawsuit. Your ALA Board of Directors will each do everything in their power to protect our private Lake and ensure that your children, and your children’s children, will be able to enjoy the same Lake Arrowhead experience ALA members enjoy today. Your Board thanks you for your continuing support.”
Upon further examination of the lawsuit, there appears to be much more to it than just a Short Term Rental issue. ALA recently promulgated a new rule, which appears to impact all Arrowhead Woods Property Owners, by requiring membership in the association in order to use the lake and trails. According to the Plaintiffs' filing, these property rights/lake rights are protected under the 1964 Agreement. In addition, the Plaintiffs' filing also includes allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and more.
At the August 28, 2021 ALA monthly Board meeting, President Gary Clifford spoke of the lawsuit and told the members “If you haven’t looked at the lawsuit, I suggest you do.”
To view the court filing, go to the ALA website at www.ala-ca.org and click on the link on the front page to read or download the document. The 123 page complaint filed, is scheduled in the San Bernardino Superior Court for a hearing on January 28, 2022 in Department S24 with Judge Gilbert Ochoa. Further information on this case can be found on the San Bernardino Superior Court website under Case Number: CIVSB2120604.
Lake Arrowhead News will update this story as it develops. You can also CLICK HERE to see the Amended Lawsuit.
*From the First Amended Filing by Plaintiffs dated September 3, 2021.
STATE ROUTE 189 SLOPE AND EMBANKMENT REPAIR PROJECT
PUBLIC AWARENESS MEETING
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans District 8) initiated a project in 2018 to conduct studies and prepare engineer plans for the repair of embankment slopes between State Route (SR) 189 and SR 18 near the intersection of SR 18 and Lake Gregory Drive. The approximate postmile (PM) on SR 189 is from PM 0.16 to PM 0.26 and on SR 18 from PM 20.6 to PM 20.9.
The purpose of this project is to repair the embankment slopes, the proposed sidehill viaduct will also improve safety within the limits of the project by wider lanes (11-foot lanes) and wider shoulders (2-4 feet). The wider lanes and shoulder are also anticipated to improve visibility around the curves. The proposed improvement will also upgrade existing barriers.
Caltrans is eager to deliver this important project information directly to you! We will be hosting a special virtual meeting to update you about the project and get your feedback. If you want to know how this project is going to affect you, now is your chance to participate.
The meeting will be on March 24, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. via Webex.
To register, please click the link below:
STATE ROUTE 18 EMERGENCY REPAIR PROJECT UPDATE
HIGHWAY 18 IS NOW OPEN IN BOTH DIRECTIONS FOR MOUNTAIN TRAFFIC NEAR SR-138 AND CRESTLINE!
January 20, 2022
San Bernardino - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues repairs on an emergency project at a washout section of State Route 18 (SR-18) near Panorama point between 40th St and SR-138 near Crestline.
The southbound SR-18 lanes have been closed since December 24, 2021, but ARE OPEN NOW!!! Crews were able to finish it earlier than anticipated on January 20, 2022. The piloting program has ended, and traffic will be able to use the newly fixed road that has been repaved and restriped.
Crews will continue to work in the area Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during which time, lane closures may be needed to assist in the repairs that are ongoing. No work will be conducted on Saturdays or Sundays. Remaining repairs include excavation, guardrail replacement, inlet modifications, and plant establishment.
January 14, 2022
San Bernardino - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues repairs on an emergency project at a washout section of State Route 18 (SR-18) near Panorama point between 40th St and SR-138 near Crestline.
Crews continue to make repairs by performing excavation and slope repairs on the southbound lanes of SR-18.
At this time, the anticipated reopening of the southbound lanes is the first week of February 2022. This date is weather dependent and may be delayed due to significant weather impacts.
Piloting escorts began south of Mormon Rd to just north of Upper Waterman Canyon (approx. 1.5 miles length). Motorists must wait for the pilot car to escort you through the active work zone. The piloting will be utilized 24/7 but may be adjusted over time to assist in construction efforts.
Please be aware, motorists may experience long wait times this weekend due to the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. It is advised that travelers seek a detour route, such as SR-138 or SR-330, travel during non-peak hours, or make arrangements to come to the mountains during a different weekend.
January 7, 2022
Starting Today at 3pm. Caltrans Will Open Hwy-18 Upbound Lanes for Travel Under Pilot Car Program. Travelers Will be Escorted Up and Down the Mountain, 24/7
Caltrans will be opening up the Northbound lanes for travel under a Pilot Car Program, which means that they will be able to have people use Hwy-18 and be escorted up and down the mountain 24/7.
December 31, 2021
San Bernardino - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues repairs on an emergency project at a washout section of State Route 18 (SR-18) near Panorama point between 40th St and SR-138 near Crestline.
The contractor, SKANSKA and Caltrans crews continue to make repairs and bring in necessary equipment and materials. Currently, crews work on excavation and demolition, along with keeping the area as dry as possible with additional winter weather incoming.
To expediate the repairs, the route will remain closed to the public until further notice so crews can utilize the full roadway. We are evaluating all traffic handling situations and will have more updates on this in the future. At this time, the duration of this project is unknown. Due to the rain and snow event that just ended, the estimation is difficult to determine. Emergency responders will have access for emergency situations.
Residents of Waterman Canyon are being allowed to their residence with valid ID. No access is allowed north of Upper Waterman Canyon. Residents of Crestline, Twin Peaks, Lake Arrowhead and Blue Jay must utilize a detour route such as SR-138 to I-15 or SR-330 to SR-18 to get up and down the mountain.
CLICK HERE FOR THE CALTRANS DISTRICT 8 WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION
COUNTY SUPERVISORS VOTE ON NEW DISTRICT BOUNDARIES
UPDATE: On Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at its regularly scheduled Board Meeting, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors held a final vote on the proposed new County District map. The vote was 4 - 1 to approve the revised County district boundaries, with Supervisor Janice Rutherford voting no.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE NEW DISTRICT MAP
On Tuesday, December 7, 2021, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted 4 - 1 on a proposed new district map. County Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford was the dissenting vote.
Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford voted no since she believes all supervisors need to have significant rural constituencies so that their interests are well-represented on the board.
As of 2022, Lake Arrowhead will be in the third supervisorial district under Supervisor Dawn Rowe.
Every 10 years, the boundaries of the five county supervisorial districts are redrawn based on the latest census data.
Three proposed supervisorial maps were drawn up by a non-partisan county redistricting committee. Additional maps were submitted by community groups.
December 7, 2021, the supervisors chose a revised version of a map presented to the board in November. Each of the five supervisor districts will retain the primary communities they currently represent, with some communities on boundaries of the existing districts will be changing hands including Lake Arrowhead.
The Board has endorsed a map that will be voted on December 14, 2021 which includes:
• The expansive First District, currently represented by Supervisor Paul Cook, will lose most of the High Desert south of Interstate 40. That area will be added to the Third District, including the area around Needles.
• The Second District will be much more compact and focused on the cities of Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, and will acquire portions of Fontana previously in the Fifth District.
• The Third District, now represented by Supervisor Dawn Rowe, will also pick up land north of San Bernardino that’s currently part of the Second District.
• The Fourth District, represented by board Chairman Curt Hagman, will acquire more of Upland.
• The Fifth District, currently represented by Supervisor Joe Baca Jr., loses Fontana to the Second District and Loma Linda to the Third District, but picks up mountain communities north of San Bernardino, which are currently part of the Third District.
Each district must have roughly the same number of people and protect minority voters.
For more information about the redistricting process, visit SBCountyRedistricting.com, email email@example.com or call 909 387-3841.
41 HOME PROJECT PROPOSED FOR DEVELOPMENT IN LAKE ARROWHEAD
At a public meeting held on March 19, 2022, at the North Bay Resort Clubhouse, real estate developer Jesse Wright briefly explained his proposed 41 single family home project. The entire project is slated for the 15 acres behind Arrowhead Lake Estates off of North Bay Road. The current stage of the project involves petitioning the county to change the zoning of the proposed development site from multifamily residential condos to single family residential. Wright said that if for some reason the county does not approve the re-zoning, he will move ahead with development of roughly 60 multifamily condos.
Of the roughly 50 residents in attendance, the majority of questions for the developer, dealt with the nature of the project itself and not the current rezoning request which is coming before the county. Wright told the sometimes highly vocal residents, that the project will be done in 3 phases. The first phase will be to construct 7 single family homes between 2 – 4 thousand square feet each on a 14,000 square foot sloped lot with a price tag of approximately $1.4 Million Dollars. Being built on a hillside, these homes will be built using a step-down foundation construction which would follow the terrain of the land.
Speaking on behalf of the project was Bruce Buchser, the home builder/contractor, Jeff Altmeyer, the grading contractor and Allan Hillwig and Bradley Brier, the land surveyors. An improved road will be constructed by developer Wright to access the 7 new homes. Phase 2 of the development project will be the development of 9 more lots, and then Phase 3 will be the final development of 25 lots. According to Wright, he will be using local workers on this project. Wright’s company, California Retail Properties, Corp. specializes in retail property development, according to its website and is located in Torrance California. Wright stated several times that there will be additional meetings like the one held on March 19th, as the project moves forward.
UPDATE TO SHORT-TERM RENTAL ORDINANCE
Updates To Short-Term Rental Ordinance
County Planning Commission Continues STR Ordinance Consideration
March 4, 2022
The County Planning Commission voted to approve their current red-lined version of the proposed County STR Ordinance revisions. It will now be sent to the County Board of Supervisors for final discussion and a vote.
February 03, 2022
The San Bernardino County Planning Commission's draft Short Term Rental (STR) ordinance agenda item on February 3 was continued to the next meeting, or more likely to a Special meeting to be determined at the next meeting (February 17). Over 5 hours were devoted to the topic, including the staff presentation, more than 60 public comments, and lengthy dialogue among the Commissioners. Key issues of further consideration included whether to allow an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) to be an STR, whether different desert and mountain conditions should dictate different ordinance details for those areas, allowing up to 12 guests per night stay, allowing ownership of up to two STR's, and many other complex issues.
The San Bernardino County Planning Commission has released a redline draft update of the County’s Short-Term Rental (STR) Ordinance, in advance of their next meeting on Thursday, February 3. The redline draft can be found HERE. At that meeting, the public will have an opportunity to make comments on the proposed draft to help improve the County’s policies and address community impacts resulting from the rise in popularity of short-term rentals.
The Planning Commission will consider all public input and decide if further revisions are necessary before they forward the STR Ordinance to the Board of Supervisors for consideration, where the public will once again be able to provide their input. The Commission’s meeting agenda will be available on Friday, January 28th on their website HERE. This agenda will provide further information on how you can participate in the meeting. If you wish to submit comments regarding the draft ordinance ahead of the meeting, please submit them at PlanningCommissionComments@lus.sbcounty.gov.
The San Bernardino County Planning Commission is an independent entity that advises the Board of Supervisors on the County’s General Plan, and sometimes recommends amendments to the General Plan and the County Development Code.
DARK SKIES ORDINANCE APPROVED
A final approval vote of the newly revised ordinance was reached by the Board of Supervisors at their December 14th meeting. On December 7, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the San Bernardino County Light Trespass Ordinance. The ordinance was first introduced to the San Bernardino County Planning Commission on February 4 of this year. Since that time there have been several workshops and meetings and on September 9, the San Bernardino County Planning Commission recommended approval to the Board of Supervisors. This initiative will regulate light trespass and outdoor lighting to minimize direct glare and light pollution that interfere with residents’ ability to enjoy the benefits of our night sky. To protect dark skies, the ordinance establishes reasonable outdoor lighting curfews and enforces limits on how bright lighting can be.
The initiative will gradually take effect over the next two years. Commercial and industrial properties must comply within 18 months, while all other properties will have 24 months.
For additional information, please call 909-387-8311 or you may visit the San Bernardino County Land Use Services website.
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES NEW DARK SKY ORDINANCE
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., — September 09, 2021. After much discussion and input from concerned residents and members of the County Staff, the San Bernardino County Planning Commission voted 5 to 0 to approve the new proposed County Ordinance on Light Pollution. The proposed new Ordinance will now be sent to the County Board of Supervisors for its approval. If approved by the Supervisors, the new Ordinance will replace the current Ordinance on Light Pollution in the County. Lake Arrowhead News will update this story when more information becomes available.
Click Here For The Link To The Ordinance
COUNTY ISSUES NEW STR COMPLAINT HOTLINE NUMBER
Public Information Officer
New Short-Term Rental Complaint Hotline Available
With the increase in short-term rentals in areas of our county, many have experienced some of the secondary impacts. Trash left outside, cars blocking the driveway, late-night music – it’s all a nuisance and it’s also a code enforcement violation.
Those who know of short-term rentals creating a nuisance or operating illegally can call the new complaint line toll-free at 1-800-205-9417. This replaces the County’s prior hotline and comes with new and improved tools.
San Bernardino County has integrated its short-term rental complaint system with a system that tracks unpermitted short-term rentals in the unincorporated areas. This gives the County an edge in addressing complaints quickly and effectively while also cracking down on illegal rentals.
San Bernardino County Code Enforcement opened the 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week-hotline with the help of Deckard Technologies. The vendor is also providing the County with a new software application, Rentalscape, which identifies unpermitted short-term rental properties in the unincorporated areas of the county allows Code Enforcement to quickly identify unpermitted short-term rentals and to track complaints against all short-term rentals.
The new hotline and the Rentalscape software will integrate and work together to register complaints from the public, leading to more efficient enforcement of unpermitted short-term rental operators.
San Bernardino County strives to ensure that short-term rentals are licensed and operated in strict accordance with County ordinances so that they aren’t a nuisance to county residents. We want to make sure San Bernardino County is always a great place to live as well as a great place to visit.
“We want short-term rental operators to be successful with their operations but we also want our neighborhoods to be safe and clean,” said Curt Hagman, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “We believe this new software and hotline will offer better customer services for these types of complaints.”
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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.
COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS AT MCH
MOUNTAINS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Every Friday
The Rural Health Clinic is holding COVID-19 vaccine clinics every Friday through November 19. Additional clinics may be added based on demand. Please check myturn.ca.gov to view the clinic schedule.
COVID-19 booster shots are available for the following Pfizer vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago and are:
65 years and older
Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
Age 18+ who work in high-risk settings
Age 18+ who live in high-risk settings
We will let you know when the Moderna and J&J booster shots are available. For any questions, please call the Rural Health Clinic at (909) 336-9715.
If you are still unsure about getting the vaccine, please scroll down and watch a very informative presentation by Dr. Christian Ramers.
MCH Foundation Replaces Annual Gala with Successful Sweepstakes
MCH Foundation's annual fundraising gala, Le Grand Picnic, was unable to take place in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, MCH Foundation hosted it's first-ever sweepstakes fundraiser. Over the six-week fundraising campaign, the Foundation raised an astonishing $135,000 and welcomed 200 new donors to the Foundation's family. Twelve people won fabulous prizes valued at over $15,000 and one lucky person won a gold coin valued at almost $2,000!
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
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON
Southern California Edison's in-house meteorologists and fire scientist (https://energized.edison.com/stories/groundbreaking-technology-accurately-predicts-wildfire-spread) are once again forecasting extreme fire weather conditions in 2021 that will affect our communities located in high fire risk areas as early as May. SCE is committed to completing more grid hardening work and improving operations that would result in reducing the number of customers impacted by PSPS events. They would also like Mountain Residents to know about their Medical Baseline program that provides reduced electricity rates to qualified customers to help offset the cost of operating medical equipment or devices. In addition, they are increasing enrollment in their Critical Care Back-up Battery (CCBB) program that offers eligible Medical Baseline customers a free portable backup battery to power medical devices in the event of a power outage.
SCE representatives are available to answer any questions you might have related to their customer programs including California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) and Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) as well as our clean energy efforts. They have identified 72 circuits for expedited grid hardening; these circuits experienced four or more de-energizations since 2019. There are circuit-specific plans for these circuits and have identified work that will be completed by October to reduce the need for PSPS events.
Here are some links for background information on PSPS:
Learn about SCE's wildfire mitigation efforts and where customers can sign up for alerts at: https://www.sce.com/safety/wildfire, https://www.sce.com/wildfire/wildfire-mitigation-efforts
Public Safety Power Shutoffs interactive map for information during emergencies: https://www.sce.com/wildfire/psps
Tips for customers to prepare for a power outage: https://www.sce.com/outage-center/preparing-for-outages
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.
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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.
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Register today for Dropcountr at www.dropcountr.com/lacsd or by downloading theAndroid/iOS app.
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