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NEWS UPDATE

LOCAL FOOD

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A GUIDE TO LOCAL EATERIES THAT OFFER FOOD TO GO!

Please Support Our Local Food Establishments

LOUEDDIE'S PIZZA

   909 336-4931

THE LAKEFRONT TAPROOM

   909 744-8887

THE GRAPEVINE

   909 337-6700

ST. NICK'S AT SKYPARK

   909 744-9373

ROSALVA'S

   909 337-7733

RB'S STEAKHOUSE

   909 336-4363

BILLS VILLAGER

   909 337-9069

THE COTTAGE

   909 744-9808

PUGLIA'S

   909 744-8859

CEDAR GLEN INN

   909 337-8999

SUBWAY

   909 337-9293

TEA & COFFEE EXCHANGE

   909 336-5600

MCDONALD'S

   909 693-3413

DOGWOOD TAVERN

   909 744-9841

MANDARIN GARDEN

   909 337-4095

LAKE ARROWHEAD VILLAGE PIZZA

   909 337-0723

PAPAGAYOS

   909 337-9529

SANTIAGO'S TACO SHOP

   909 342-6446

STONE CREEK BISTRO

   909 337-3663

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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. 

 

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.

EDISON: WILDFIRE SEASON

 

Dear Customer:

We understand what a stressful time this is, and how important it is for all our customers and their families to have access to electricity at home. The women and men of SCE are as focused as ever on safely providing reliable service to our customers, and we’re continuing to work 24/7 to serve our communities. For more information, visit our Response to COVID-19 page.

SCE is committed to continuing with the work necessary to protect public safety including reducing wildfire risk as well as helping our communities be prepared for Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

You can also sign up for PSPS Alerts at sce.com/pspsalerts. If you depend on electrically-powered medical equipment, you may be eligible for SCE’s Medical Baseline program. Learn about the program and how to apply at sce.com/medicalbaseline.

LAKE LEVEL
MAY 26, 2020
Full Lake Elevation:              5106.70' 
Current Lake Elevation:       5106.76'
Lake Level ABOVE Full:             +.72"
Water Surface Temperature:    64.1°

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WILLOW CREEK SPILLWAY

MARCH 7, 2019

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE

COUNTY CLEARED TO REOPEN RESTAURANTS, STORES AND MALLS

MAY 23, 2020


Because San Bernardino County has flattened the COVID-19 curve and secured the resources needed to continue keeping the novel coronavirus under control, dine-in restaurants, stores and malls can now reopen with safety measures throughout the county after a state-ordered shutdown that lasted more than two months.


“San Bernardino County businesses and residents worked very hard and made tremendous sacrifices to make this moment possible,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Your efforts to keep our community safe and healthy have paid off. We can now proceed significantly further toward resuming our normal lives.”


“This virus is still very present throughout our county, state and nation, so we must remain vigilant by physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and washing our hands often. But our goal of minimizing illness and building the capacity to protect the vulnerable, serve the sick, and track the virus in our communities has been achieved,” Hagman said.


“We owe a debt of gratitude to our public health and healthcare professionals, who are putting in long hours on the front lines of this battle, and to our County Government team for working around the clock in support of those efforts,” he said.


The California Department of Public Health on Saturday, May 23, approved the county’s request to reopen more businesses as part of the governor’s accelerated phase two. The county submitted a revised request to move into the next phase on Friday, May 22 based on the new criteria announced by the state on Monday, May 18.


As part of the accelerated Stage 2 phase of the state recovery plan, destination retail stores, including shopping malls and swap meets, and dine-in restaurants can now reopen in San Bernardino County. Businesses that plan to reopen are required to follow state guidance detailed at https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/. Gyms, hair and nail salons, barber shops, movie theaters, sports and entertainment venues, libraries, bars and wineries, hotels and motels, and public swimming facilities won’t be authorized to reopen until stages 3 and 4.


Drive-in and virtual worship services and faith-based counseling services are authorized to proceed, and the governor said additional guidance for religious services will be announced on Monday, May 25.


COVID-19 RESPONSE
David Wert
Public Information Officer
(909) 387-4842
dwert@sbcounty.gov

 

THE LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL (MAC) WILL MEET THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2020 VIA ZOOM

The Lake Arrowhead MAC will meet on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 6:00 pm via Zoom.

The community is invited to attend.

Due to the current situation related to Covid-19, this month’s Lake Arrowhead MAC meeting will be held via Zoom. If you plan to attend, make sure to download and create a free account for your mobile device or computer at https://zoom.us/ prior to the meeting. Once your account is set up, all you will need to do is click on the “Join the Zoom Meeting” link a few minutes before 6:00 pm and you will be connected.

 

Topic: Lake Arrowhead MAC

Time: May 7, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

 

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Meeting Agenda

Thursday May 7, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

 

Location: This meeting will be held online via Zoom

To log into the LAMAC Zoom meeting, use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89868829893

 

1. Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance: Chair Scott L Rindenow

 

2. Guest Speakers:

       A.  Supervisor Janice Rutherford

       B.  Corwin Porter, Assistant Director of Public Health

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3. Approval of Minutes: March 5, 2020

 

4. Announcements from the LAMAC Board Members

5. Community Input: This is an opportunity for the Council to hear public comments on items not specifically included on the Agenda.  Members of the community desiring to address the Council are asked to give their name, address, and subject on a Speaker Form provided at the meeting and give to the Chair. Comments are limited to 3 minutes. Speakers will be called upon by the Chair at the appropriate time to speak

6. Community & Government Updates: This is an opportunity for Community Representatives & Government agencies to update the LAMAC on items of interest to the Lake Arrowhead Communities.

 

Committee Member Scott L. Rindenow

  • SB County Sherriff

  • California Highway Patrol

  • Lake Arrowhead Village

  • Rim of the World Unified School District

 

Committee Member Ken Stowe

  • SB County Fire

  • Cal Fire

  • US Forest Service

 

Committee Member Michelle Ambrozic

  • Representatives of Elected Officials in attendance

  • Friends of Lake Arrowhead Mountain Communities (FLAMC)

  • Arrowhead Lake Association

Committee Member James Grant

  • Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce

  • Rim of the World Association of Realtors

  • Rim Historical Society

  • Mountain Transit

Committee Member Duane Banner

  • Rim of the World Recreation & Park District

  • Skypark / Santa’s Village

  • Arrowhead Arts Association

  • Other Government or Community Organizations present

 

7.  Unfinished Business:

     A. None

 

8.  New Business

     A. None

 

9. Supervisor’s Report – Lewis Murray: This is an opportunity for the County Supervisor’s Representative to update the LAMAC on items of interest from Janice Rutherford, Second District Supervisor and/or items as requested by the LAMAC at its previous meeting.                                                                                                                                             

 

10. Next Meeting: June 4, 2020

11. Adjournment: The Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council meeting facility is accessible to persons with disabilities.  If assisted listening devices or other auxiliary aides or services are needed in order to participate in the public meeting, requests should be made through the Municipal Advisory Council Secretary at least three (3) business days prior to the meeting.  The Secretary’s telephone number is (909) 387-4833 and the office is located at 385 North Arrowhead Ave., 5th Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92415-0110.  The Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council agenda is posted prior to meetings at Fire Station No. 91.  Copies of Agendas are available to interested parties upon receipt of written request.

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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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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Stater Bros. Markets Extends Operating Hours

San Bernardino, California (April 24, 2020) - Effective Monday, April 27, 2020 all 169 Stater Bros.  Markets locations will modify their temporary operating hours to 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The stores will continue to offer an exclusive senior shopping hour from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. daily. These store hour modifications will be effective until further notice.

“We are dedicated to serving our community by offering our valued customers additional time to shop for their essential needs,” stated Stater Bros. CEO Pete Van Helden.

Stater Bros. Markets will continue to take preventive measures to protect the health and safety of its valued customers and loyal employees. All employees are required to wear face coverings, plexiglass barriers have been installed on all checkstands, and social distancing and sanitation protocols will be maintained throughout the day. The company will continue to follow the guidance provided by health professionals and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

About Stater Bros. Markets:

Stater Bros. Markets was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately-owned supermarket chain in Southern California. The Company currently operates 169 supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family. Since 2008, Stater Bros. Markets and Stater Bros. Charities have contributed more than $80 million in food and funds to local Southern California communities. For more information about Stater Bros. Markets, visit www.staterbros.com.

STATER BROS. MARKETS...SERVING SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOR NEARLY 84 YEARS

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.

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 by appt only 10am - 5pm

  • Arrowhead Fitness – Check out their Facebook Page for online exercise and keto cooking classes.

  • Arrowhead Queen – Closed

  • Bank of America – Open

  • Belgian Waffle – Open 10am - 3pm daily for Take-out. Call 909 337-5222

  • Big on Bears – Closed

  • Coach – Closed

  • Claire’s – Closed

  • Craig Aaron Designs – Open by appt only

  • GH Bass – Closed

  • Grapevine – Open varied hours for retail products, wine, beer and cheese to go, and member allotment pickup. Check their Facebook page for hours, announcements and online contests.

  • Grill at Lake Arrowhead – Closed

  • Heart’s Desire Bookstore – Closed

  • Joanne Dickenson Realty – Office Closed

  • Jockey – Closed

  • Jurassic Fossils – Currently closed. Open Fri 3/30 through Mon 3/23 from 10am - 5pm

  • Katherine Herzog – Closed

  • Lake Arrowhead Brow & Beauty Bar – Closed

  • Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce – Office Closed, checking emails

  • Lake Arrowhead Dental – Open normal hours, 8-5 Tues-Thur for appts

  • Lake Arrowhead Pizza Deli – Please order online or via the ChowNow app. Take out and delivery 11am - 8pm

  • Lake Arrowhead School of Dance – Will be doing virtual classes starting April 1st!

  • Lakefront Taproom – Please order online for pick-up & curbside delivery. Hours may vary. Check their website and Facebook page for up-to-the-minute info and menu.

  • Lollipop Park – Closed

  • Leroy’s Board Shop – Closed

  • McDonald’s – Take-out only. Check their Facebook page for hours.

  • Mr. G’s Toys – Closed

  • Mountain Arts Network – Closed

  • Mountain News – Open M-Th. All business being conducted thru email or fax only until further notice

  • Dr. Nisco, Orthodontist- Closed except for emergencies through 3/31

  • Papagayos – Take-out and curbside delivery. Hours may vary day to day, call 909 337-9529 or check their Facebook page for up-to-the-minute details.

  • Pendleton- Closed

  • Pharmacy of the Woods – Open

  • Pepper Palace – Closed

  • Play Mountain – Closed

  • Playground – Closed

  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory – Closed

  • Sondra’s/Tattle Tales- Closed

  • Stater Bros. – Open 7:45am for Seniors 65+ and to public 8am – 9pm

  • Subway – Open for take-out

  • Studio Boutique – Buy online and pick-up…they’ll walk your order to your car! Like their Facebook page for updates.

  • Tea & Coffee Exchange – Closed

  • US Post Office M-F 7:15am - 6pm; Sat 7:25am - 3:30pm,

  • Van Heusen – Closed

  • Victory Tae Kwon Do – Offering online classes and private lessons, check out their facebook page, too!

  • Village Ice Cream Shoppe – Open Fri-Sun 11am - 5pm

  • Wilson’s Leather – Closed

  • Zee Place – Closed

ALA MEMBERS TO VOTE ON BAN OF SHORT TERM RENTERS

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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.

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.  

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.

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


 

 

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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

ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING

MEETING HELD ONLINE | ALA-CA.ORG LOGIN 

9:00 AM  |  909 337-2595

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.

APRIL 30  THURSDAY

TOWN HALL MEETING

11:00 AM

MOUNTAIN BUSINESS ECONOMY

SUPERVISOR JANICE RUTHERFORD

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

 

MAY 7  THURSDAY

LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL 

   VIA ZOOM CONFERENCE   

EVERYONE IS WELCOME | 6:00 PM

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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