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COMMUNITY MEETING WITH EDISON PLANNED

According to Jennifer Cusack, Government Relations Manager/Local Public Relations for Southern California Edison, a community meeting is planned for:

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

(Time and location to be determined)

This meeting is at the request of Supervisor Janice Rutherford, and will be the communities opportunity to hear from Edison regarding our recent storms and power outages related to those storms. Cusack and other representatives from Edison will be available to answer questions.

As soon as Lake Arrowhead News is made aware of the location and time of the meeting, that information will be published here and on its Facebook pages.

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER LARA MEETS WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS

On December 18, 2019 State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara met with residents of the San Bernardino Community along with County Supervisors at the County offices in San Bernardino. 

 

Lara updated those present on the current efforts by the State Insurance Commission to help residents impacted by Insurance Companies dropping coverage on homes in fire rated areas. The Commission called for a one-year statewide stop to non-renewals.

For more information, call the California Department of Insurance at 1 800 927-4357 or go to insurance.ca.gov

Full coverage of Commissioner Lara's meeting to come.

MOUNTAIN SNOWFALL:

ROAD UPDATE

CALTRANS UPDATE:   

 

CLICK HERE FOR LIVE CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS

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

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

LAKE LEVEL
JANUARY 24, 2020
Full Lake Elevation:             5106.70' 
Current Lake Elevation:       5105.58'
Lake Level Below Full:              -1.12'
Water Surface Temperature:   43.9°

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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

 

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

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.

LAKE ARROWHEAD VILLAGE 

SOLD UPDATE

 

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.

CALTRANS SLOPE STABILIZATION PROJECT ON HIGHWAY 173

According to their website, the Arrowhead Lake Association has named a new General Manager effective January 13, 2020. Bob Mattison, who was recently re-elected to a 4-year term on the ALA Board of Directors last October has assumed the position. Mattison resigned his board seat in order to accept the GM position. Mattison served as Chair of the Lake Operations and Maintenance Committee and the Ad-Hoc Short Term Rental Committee and was a member of the Shoreline Improvements Committee and Finance Committee. Mattison brings 30 years of experience in financial planning and control, operations management, customer relations and communication, and long-range strategy.  He is a graduate Engineer from Kettering College, with business administration studies at the University of Houston. He also has extensive experience in managing contractors.


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

ALA NAMES NEW GENERAL MANAGER

The Mountains Community Hospital is asking for support on Ballot Measure H in the March 2, 2020 Election and has issued the following Press Release:

Help keep our hospital forever on March 3, 2020!

 

LAKE ARROWHEAD (November 13, 2019) —Mountains Community Hospital (MCH) will have a ballot measure in the March 3, 2020 election to make the current parcel tax permanent, thus eliminating the significant expense of holding an election every 4 years. In addition, the hospital is asking for an annual increase, tied to the CPI with a 3% cap, to ensure the hospital can keep pace with ever increasing healthcare costs. This means that the first year increase, assuming the full 3%, would be $2.40 cents a year for a homeowner.

 

The community put the current tax into place in 1989 to save the hospital from closure and it has not gone up in 30 years. It is just $40 per year for vacant lots, $80 for homeowners, and $200 for commercial properties.

 

“Last year the hospital had 46,800 patient visits, more than ever before in our 68-year history! Our patient volume is up and we are seeing people with increasingly severe and complex conditions. Our cost to provide essential healthcare services has increased by more than 56% in just the past 10 years, but the tax has not gone up - ever. Approval of this ballot measure will ensure the hospital can continue to meet the needs of our community, today and in the years to come, as well as complete $40-50MM worth of necessary improvements,” says Charlie Harrison, CEO.

 

Can you imagine this community without a hospital, emergency room, health clinics and the many other services MCH provides? The hospital helps attract and retain doctors, medical specialists, pharmacies and other health providers. In addition, the hospital helps support local paramedics in the event of accidents and emergencies by providing an immediately accessible emergency room, open 24/7, as well as an FAA approved heliport. MCH also keeps jobs in our community, maintains property values and strengthens the local economy.

 

In the coming months, you will be hearing more about the March 3, 2020 election and this ballot measure. If you have any questions, please contact Kim McGuire, MCH Foundation Director and Keep Our Hospital Forever Committee Member by calling 909.436.3263.

 

KEEP OUR HOSPITAL FOREVER COMMITTEE

Peter Venturini, Chair • George Tucker, Treasurer • Cyndy Bennett • Vicky Center • Anna Cooper Pat Enterrios • Bob Gladwell • Simone Knepper • Kim McGuire • George Medak • Lewis Murray Cecilia Ponce de Leon • Susie Stuart • Elaine Tipton • Ronalyn Walker

MOUNTAINS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL BALLOT MEASURE H

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

NEW 2020 FEES

DOCK MEMBERSHIP - $660  (10% INCREASE)

BEACH CLUB MEMBERSHIP - $265  (10% INCREASE)

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP - $100  (43% INCREASE)

POWER BOAT STICKER - $250  (9% INCREASE)

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

KAYAK - $35  (40% INCREASE)

PADDLE BOARD - $25  (150% INCREASE)

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

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

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

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

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

ALA MEMBERS FACE FEE INCREASES IN 2020

The Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council held their monthly meeting on Thursday, January 2nd at Fire Station 91. The community was updated on the following subjects of interest:

Announcements:  Chair Scott L Rindenow announced that the Lake Arrowhead MAC and the Crest Forest MAC will hold an important joint community meeting on January 23, 2020 at the San Moritz Lodge in Crestline at 6:30 pm. The meeting was initiated by County Supervisor Janice Rutherford to respond to the community issues related to the recent Thanksgiving and Christmas mountain snow storms. The community will hear from the Department of Emergency Services, Southern California Edison, Caltrans and first responders. This will be an opportunity for residents to ask questions and get answers relating to issues from the recent snow storms.

Chair Rindenow also announced that Council Member Voni Saxbury has resigned from the Council. Rindenow thanked Saxbury for her many years of service on the Council and to the community. Rindenow then introduced newly appointed Council Member Jim Grant.

Special Presentations:  Jordan Zarate, President of the Rim School Board spoke about the School District Bond Measure that will be on the upcoming ballot. The bond will raise $50 million dollars and will be assessed $30 per $100,000 value of your house over the next 30 years. Zarate said that there are 11,000 registered voters. Community meetings will be held with the community to further explain the Bond Issue.

Kim McGuire, Mountains Community Hospital Foundation Director spoke about Bond Measure “H” Parcel tax which will fund the hospitals ongoing operating expenses. Every year, the tax will go up as much as 3%. Measure “H” is set to be a permanent tax in order to eliminate the cost to place it on the ballot every few years. McGuire reported that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians donated $50,000 towards a 3D Mammography machine for the hospital.

Supervisor’s Report – Lewis Murray:  Murray announced the S.B. County Planning Commission will be holding a meeting on January 23rd at 9:00 am regarding the proposed plans by Church of the Woods to build a new facility. Residents may participate in the hearing locally by going to the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s station/Old Courthouse satellite office which is now outfitted with a video/audio link to the hearing in San Bernardino. Murray also reported that Supervisor Rutherford has requested that Edison hold a special open meeting with the community as soon as possible prior to the Joint MAC Meeting being held on January 23rd at the San Moritz Lodge. Murray spoke about the Town Hall Meeting on December 18th with California State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. Lara announced that our mountain communities will be included in a one year moratorium on any cancellations of homeowners insurance. 

S.B. County Sheriff: Lt. Don Lupeer said that the Sheriff’s have issued over 100 citations for illegal parking during the recent snow events. Citations have risen from $13.50 to $150 as a result of community input to the Sheriff and Supervisor Rutherford at the the Lake Arrowhead MAC meetings.

California Highway Patrol: Lt. Mike Salinas reported that the CHP enlisted officers from Los Angeles to help with the December snow events and Chip’s for Kids was a huge success donating gifts to needy children on the mountain.


Cal Fire: It was reported that there has been an increase in Bark Beetle activity in the Crestline and Lake Gregory areas. Cal Fire representatives asked that if you see active beetle infested trees, please call Pilot Rock at 909 338-2812.

Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce: Robin Bull detailed reported that local businesses need local support during this time of the year. Also, the Chamber is soliciting nominations for “Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year and Non-Profit of the Year.” The Annual Meeting of Chamber Membership Business Luncheon will be held January 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm at the UCLA Conference Center. 

Flight Path Update:  David Caine reported that as promised, the flight path was moved away from Lake Arrowhead on December 5th with about 90% compliance. There are still some flights that are being routed over Lake Arrowhead which is being addressed by Caine. Lewis Murray reported that he has contacted the FAA to determine why some flights are still routed over Lake Arrowhead. Anyone hearing planes flying overhead should contact Supervisor Rutherford’s office to lodge a complaint.

Arrowhead Lake Association: Rick Reisenhoffer, Lake Safety Supervisor stated that the DMV's Biennial Boat Registration is due this year if you have a boat on Lake Arrowhead. He reminded boat/dock owners to check their boats and docks during storm events. If owners are unable to do it themselves, they should have someone else check them. 

Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council will be on Thursday, February 6, 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 MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING:

JANUARY ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMUNITY UPDATES

DECEMBER 4, 2019

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL RUTHERFORD NEWS RELEASE

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

THE FAA MAKES IT OFFICIAL:

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

UPDATE!

UPDATE

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

California Commissioner Orders FAIR Plan to Increase Homeowners Coverage Options

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ORDER BY COMMISSIONER LARA

IMPORTANT INSURANCE NEWS FOR MOUNTAIN HOMEOWNERS

A MESSAGE FROM CALTRANS DISTRICT 8

All San Bernardino County mountain roads are open.  

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy your travels! Stay dry!

HELPFUL DRIVING TIPS FROM CALTRANS

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

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

  • Have a full tank of gas.

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

  • Avoid travel during heavy rain or snow events.

  • Never drive impaired! Always designate a driver.

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

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

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

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

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

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

LINK TO WEATHER FORECAST

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MOUNTAIN WINTER STORM WATCH!

By Mary-Justine Lanyon

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DEALING WITH THE HUMAN ISSUES OF HATE SPEECH

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


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


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

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

UPDATE:

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

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PICTURES REMEMBERING RALPH WAGNER

 

LAKE ARROWHEAD LEGEND RALPH WAGNER PASSES AWAY AT 89

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


 

 

RIM OF THE WORLD SPECIAL ATHLETES FOUNDATION 

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CALENDAR

JANUARY 2  THURSDAY

LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL 

   FIRE STATION 91 MEETING ROOM   

EVERYONE IS WELCOME | 6:00 PM

JANUARY 14  TUESDAY

BUSINESS OVER BREAKFAST

BILL'S VILLAGER   27195 Hwy 189   BLUE JAY
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

 

JANUARY 23  THURSDAY

LAKE ARROWHEAD & CREST FOREST MAC MEETING

SAN MORITZ LODGE, CRESTLINE

6:30 PM

JANUARY 25  SATURDAY

ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION (ALA) BOARD MTG  BURNT MILL BEACH CLUB 

9:00 AM  |  ALL ALA MEMBERS INVITED

 JANUARY 29  WEDNESDAY

ANNUAL MEETING OF CHAMBER BUSINESS LUNCHEON

UCLA CONFERENCE CTR | 850 WILLOW CREEK ROAD

 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

FEBRUARY 1  SATURDAY

POLARROTARY BEAR PLUNGE

LAKE ARROWHEAD RESORT AND SPA BEACH

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

FEBRUARY 4  TUESDAY

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING

BLUE JAY MEETING ROOM

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

FEBRUARY 4  TUESDAY

CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK MOBILE OFFICE HOURS

28200 HWY 189, SUITE O1-270 | LAKE ARROWHEAD

909 336-1547 | 10:00 AM

FEBRUARY 4  TUESDAY

SENATOR MIKE MORRELL MOBILE OFFICE HOURS

28200 HWY 189, SUITE O1-270 | LAKE ARROWHEAD

909 336-1547 | 11:00 AM 

FEBRUARY 6  THURSDAY

LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL 

   FIRE STATION 91 MEETING ROOM   

EVERYONE IS WELCOME | 6:00 PM

APRIL 25  SATURDAY

REBUILDING TOGETHER - REBUILDING DAY

909 336-3910

 

MAY 16 - 17  SAT - SUN

ROTARY ART AND WINE FESTIVAL

TAVERN BAY BEACH CLUB

10:00 AM

JULY 19  SUNDAY

LE GRAND PICNIC

MOUNTAINS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

29101 HOSPITAL ROAD, LAKE ARROWHEAD

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

  

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