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LAKE ARROWHEAD MAC MEETING: 

DEC. 3RD AT 6 PM

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL (MAC) IS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2020 AT 6:00 PM

EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND THIS ONLINE MEETING. HEAR FROM AND ASK QUESTIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS. PUBLIC COMMENT IS WELCOME.

 

Join Zoom Meeting:
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THE FIRST LOCAL SNOW OF WINTER 2020

November 7, 2020

As forecast by the Weather Service, the San Bernardino Mountains received its first snowfall of the season.  After Winter Storm Warnings and Flash Flood Warnings were issued, Lake Arrowhead received from 3"- 8" of fresh snow. Combined with strong winds, fog and hail, the snow blanketed the region with a significant moist cover, temporarily putting an end to any wildfire danger.  Throughout the day, lightning and thunder also played a part in this storm.  Several areas within Lake Arrowhead  also experienced temporary power outages. More snow and Winter weather are expected on Sunday, November 8, 2020.

Lake Arrowhead News wants to remind everyone to Winterize your home and be prepared for power outages and drive safely.

 

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LAKE LEVEL
NOVEMBER 30, 2020
Full Lake Elevation:              5106.70' 
Current Lake Elevation:        5103.14'
Lake Level BELOW Full:          -3.56'
Water Surface Temperature:    50.2°

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MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENTAL

GROUPS CHALLENGE THE CHURCH OF THE WOODS "SONRISE" PROJECT

Three San Bernardino mountain environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the County's approval of the Church of the Woods "Sonrise" project in Rimforest.  If and when Lake Arrowhead News receives a response from the Church of the Woods, we will publish that response on this website.  The following is the Press Release issued by the environmental groups:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov 23, 2020

 

Contacts:                     Hugh Bialecki, Save Our Forest Association, (909) 336-7504

                                    Peter Jorris, San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society, (909) 867-3536

                                    Steven Farrell, San Bernardino Mountains Group, Sierra Club, (951) 777-9150 

San Bernardino Mountain Environmental GroupsnChallenge Destructive Project in Rimforest

 

Rimforest, CA – On Friday, November 20, 2020,  the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society, the San Bernardino Mountains Group of the Sierra Club and the Save Our Forest Association, Inc, (SOFA)  filed a legal action against the County of San Bernardino’s approval of the destructive “Church of the Woods” development in Rimforest, CA. The lawsuit cites numerous violations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the project’s inconsistency with the County’s General Plan and Lake Arrowhead Community Plan.

 

The project would devastate a tranquil forest refuge just east of Rimforest. A wooded hilltop along scenic State Route 18 would be graded flat. Old-growth trees and habitat for rare and sensitive wildlife would be permanently lost. Hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of dirt would be dumped across the headwaters of Little Bear Creek, which drains into Lake Arrowhead. The project’s massive grading across steep slopes in this headwaters area raise serious water quality concerns. The County also ignored independent experts’ warnings that the project would create traffic hazards and add to wildfire evacuation problems.

 

"We appreciate the Church's efforts in support of our community; but not with this project, at this location.  It is too disruptive.  The County is violating the law by accepting this proposal's flawed Environmental Impact Report (EIR)," said Steven Farrell of the Mountain Group Sierra Club. "Even with its significant shortcomings, the EIR identifies severe impacts to the public and to the site that are wrongly declared to be of no consequence."

 

"We support the Church of the Woods congregation in their desire for a larger facility, but cannot allow the County to ignore the laws and policies designed to protect public safety, quality of life, our unique forest environment and imperiled plants and animals," said Peter Jorris of the Audubon Society. "The County of San Bernardino needs to follow its own guidelines more faithfully and to accurately assess the full impacts of this project to avoid permanent harm to our community, visitors, the forest and its wildlife."

 

After the San Bernardino County Planning Commission approved the project on January 23, 2020, Audubon, Sierra Club, and SOFA appealed the approval to the County Board of Supervisors. The Board voted on October 20, 2020, to deny the appeal and grant final approval for the project in spite of its many significant environmental impacts.

 

The County’s final approval leaves no alternative for those opposing the project except to seek a legal remedy. A legal defense fund has been established to fund this legal challenge, and the local environmental protection groups are seeking the public's help to support this critical effort.  Donations to the Save Rimwoods Fund can be made at uxstrategy.wixsite.com/saveourforest/sonrise and by mail to Save Our Forest Association, Inc., PO Box 126, Rimforest, CA 92378.

THE LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL (MAC) MEETING

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2020 VIA ZOOM

The Lake Arrowhead MAC met on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 6:00 pm via Zoom.

The community was invited to attend this online MAC Meeting.  Our First Responders, Caltrans, Local Community Group representatives and more were in attendance.

LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

Winter preparations underway

 

By Mary-Justine Lanyon

 

Representatives of the California Highway Patrol, Caltrans and the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department all reported at the November Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council on winter preparations that are underway.

Sgt. Barajas of the CHP said they were increasing staffing over the weekend in case of chain control because of the predicted snow. They have also been talking with Caltrans.

Shane Massoud of Caltrans noted they have been cleaning drains, removing debris from culverts, removing rocks, cleaning shoulders, looking at the integrity of embankments, filling potholes, repairing signage, replacing any striping of concern and working on crack sealing – all in preparation for winter.

Massoud also noted that the Highway 189 guardrail project, which was started in September, should be completed by the end of November. The Highway 173 realignment project by Mountains Community Hospital has been postponed until at least March 2021.

Capt. Don Lupear of the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station said they are also gearing up for winter. “I’m hoping for rain and snow to put fire season behind us,” he said. “If the winter turns into what the summer was, with people coming up, we’re in for a doozy. When it snows, we’ll get a lot of people up here, which is good for the businesses but makes it hard driving around.”

The captain’s hope is that the new fine for parking illegally - $150 – will help with the problems that have occurred in the past.

Capt. Lupear went on to add clarification to the op-ed piece titled “Protect youth and families in our mountain communities” that appeared in the Nov. 5 issue of The Alpine Mountaineer. The article, he said, talks about a huge rise in suicides in the mountain communities.

“I did a comparison,” the captain said. “From March 2019 through Nov. 4, 2019, there were two suicides. For the exact same time this year, there were four. One was someone who drove up here to commit suicide. This does not seem to be an abnormal number.

“There have been a lot of calls for mental distress but I want to assure people that the mountain communities are not having a massive number of suicides.”

He went on to say that they are trending 2 to 3-percent more domestic violence calls this year as compared to pre-COVID-19. However, he said, “we’re having more fights over masks at stores. The numbers we’re handling are consistent with past years.”

Cindy Gardner, reporting for the Rim of the World Unified School District, noted that many students are doing well in distance learning but there a lot who are not, academically, socially and emotionally. “They want to see their friends and their teacher in person. They are struggling on the computer. It’s been challenging.”

The elementary schools will reopen in a hybrid model on Nov. 30. Gardner hopes the middle and high schools can return after the winter holidays. “Our kids need to be back on campus,” she said.

Lake Arrowhead Village will be getting four more kiosks for a total of six, said Village manager Erin Willey. “We’re eager to help grow some local businesses,” she said.

QUESTIONS ABOUND OVER PROPOSED AQUACULTURE PROGRAM

LAKE ARROWHEAD DAM ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Questions abound over proposed aquaculture program

 

By Mary-Justine Lanyon

 

When Bob Mattison, general manager of the Arrowhead Lake Association, made a preliminary presentation to the Lake Arrowhead Dam Advisory Committee (CSA 70 D-1) about ALA’s proposed aquaculture program on June 22, several questions arose.

ALA was invited back to the committee on Aug. 17 to make a more comprehensive presentation. Mattison was accompanied at the Zoom meeting by Brian Hall, chair of the ALA Fish Committee; Tony Vaught, a fishery consultant; and Emil Marzullo, a retired director of county Special Districts who advises ALA county-related matters.

ALA had been granted an aquaculture registration by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to place two pens in Lake Arrowhead in which to raise fingerlings. After concerns were raised about the location of the pens, ALA turned its sights on Papoose Lake as a more appropriate location. Since the June 22 meeting, ALA received a registration from Fish and Wildlife to place four pens in Papoose Lake.

In addition to concerns raised about fish waste and food possibly contaminating Papoose Lake, two of the main questions revolve around who owns the water and whether ALA can use a taxpayer-funded facility for private use.

Committee member Jim Grant Jr. asked if ALA has the right to the water or only the land underneath it. “ALA does not own the water,” was Mattison’s reply. “We stock state-owned water with fish. The land under the water is owned by ALA.”

Committee chair Nancy Noble added that “nine different water agencies have had claim to that water over time.”

Committee member Jeff Rigney said that, when he was involved with Special Districts, “We tried to keep Papoose Lake separate with no activities on it.” The issue that needs to be looked at, he said, is the public-private concern.  “The dam is public,” Rigney said, “owned by the people, put in by public financing, which turned into property tax collected to maintain the lake. If there was no dam, there would be no Papoose Lake. We need to know if this is even something that is possible. This would be a private entity using a public entity to make a profit.”  Rigney went on to note that, under the proposed project, ALA would grow fish in Papoose Lake and move them to Lake Arrowhead, where ALA members would have access to them. “There would be no public benefit from this. I think it would take more agreements to make this happen. It’s premature for anyone to make a recommendation one way or the other on this.”

Scott Rindenow, chair of the Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council, echoed Rigney’s concerns. “I heard great concern from many residents in the community about placement of a private fish farm facility on a property paid for and constructed with public funds. There are many unanswered questions on this project: ecology issues, safety issues, legal issues. There are many hurdles to jump over before the project can become a reality.  “The Fish Committee has been moving forward with plans as if it’s a done deal,” Rindenow added. “It’s a case of the proverbial cart before the horse.”  Rindenow also expressed concerns about the health of the fish being raised when fire helicopters draw water from Papoose Lake. “I have to believe the amount of turbulence and wake created when the fire choppers hover over the water to fill their tanks would be detrimental to the small fish being raised in pens.”

THE AQUACULTURE PROJECT

Aquaculture, Hall told the committee, “is the cleanest way to raise fish, the most ethical, sustainable and responsible way.” The need for ALA to have a sustainable supply of fish is the driving force behind the project, he said.“  As a private lake, we cannot get fish from the state. We are left with private hatcheries as the only source.” Those hatcheries, Hall noted, have been beset with bacteria that has caused them to euthanize their fish.

Four net pens – each approximately 20 feet long and 10 feet wide – would be suspended from a dock to be built on ALA property just off Highway 173. ALA owns 20 percent of the land at Papoose Lake; the rest is owned by the county.  The fish, Hall said, would be confined to the steel pens, which would have plenty of water flowing through them.

Consultant Vaught, noting he has been working on aquaculture for four decades, said this would be “good for the fish, the community and the environment. Concerns here should be very low. It would not be a big farm, polluting, creating problems.”  Mattison agreed, adding that “the number of fish we would be raising are so far below limits, it shouldn’t raise environmental concerns. If we were threatening the environment, we wouldn’t want to do that.” The registration issued by Fish and Wildlife has a cap, Vaught said, of 20,000 cold-water fish.

Marzullo added that this project is designed as a demonstration project – a feasibility study – to last five years or maybe a few years longer. The idea, he said, is to determine the efficiency and commercial viability.  “ALA is looking at, do we buy fish or raise our own. Will the fish live?”

Currently ALA is purchasing fish from the Lake Shasta area so the fish have to be transported hundreds of miles in a tanker truck. The die-off factor is expensive, considering ALA pays $5 a pound for the fish.

Under CEQA, Marzullo said, this demonstration project is exempt from any environmental review. However, baseline studies of preexisting conditions before any fingerlings are put into Papoose Lake would be conducted, collecting data on chemical components and oxygen levels.

As the fingerlings grow, Marzullo noted, they would be moved up to the next pen so like-sized fish are housed together.

Mattison said there is “a lot of excitement in people wanting to use this as an educational platform.” ALA brought to the meeting letters from Dylan Matteson, director of the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center, saying they are interested in the program “both from sustainability and educational standpoints,” and from Rim High science teacher April Maier, who wrote they would like to provide student volunteers to help with the project.  “This possible aquaculture project would further support learning for science and engineering practices such as collecting and analyzing data, asking questions and defining problems,” Maier wrote.

Trevor Leja and Luther Snoke of the county’s Special Districts department both said their concern is the safety of the dam.

“It is not our responsibility to opine on whether it’s a good or bad idea,” Snoke said. “That’s what you guys are here for.” Snoke also raised concerns about downstream impacts. “If there were some unintended consequences, people may try to get financial relief. We need to protect the dam, CSA 70 D-1 and the county.  “I don’t think there’s a clear path as to the right process,” Snoke said. “Fish and Wildlife plays a role. Feedback from the Division of Safety of Dams would help us feel more comfortable. The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board is another agency that should chime in on ownership of the water and whether this is an acceptable use.”

Grant raised concerns about the “number and variety of people intended to be on the dock at different times – members, members’ children, college students, high school students. I’m really concerned about liability.”

He went on to say that “you are calling it a trial project. We have seen a lot of warm, fuzzy letters. We have not seen a single document that outlines the timeline and goals of the project. It sounds like you have the pieces. It would be nice to have a full project plan so the public can be aware.”

As the meeting drew to a close, Noble noted that “for nearly 50 years, Papoose Lake has been pristine. It’s easily monitored because no one belongs there.” A lot of people have asked for access to Papoose Lake – canoes, row boats. “This is one of those proposals, asking us to open the lake for the first time – with a dock.  “Where there’s a dock, there’s a boat. The whole character of Papoose Lake would change. In its understated way, Papoose Lake has been doing its job.”  Noble listed three purposes the lake serves: To shore up the Lake Arrowhead dam. To provide water for firefighting efforts. To defend the private designation of Lake Arrowhead.  “Papoose Lake is a public lake,” Noble said. “Anything we open the lake for must be opened to the public. As long as the waters are not comingled, Papoose Lake stays public, Lake Arrowhead private.”

Mattison took exception to Noble saying that ALA had gone ahead with the project without the Dam Advisory Committee weighing in on it.  “We had an application in to Fish and Wildlife that was approved,” Mattison said. “Even if we didn’t legally require your approval, we want to be good neighbors.  “if this is going to be really problematic, we can go back and rethink Papoose Lake. I’m a practical guy. I don’t want to say two years from now we’re still in the process. ALA will consider going back to Lake Arrowhead.”

LAKE ARROWHEAD ANNUAL LABOR DAY WEEKEND LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

Lake Arrowhead Lighted Boat Parade

 

On Saturday, September 5, 2020, Lake Arrowhead held its annual Labor Day Weekend Lighted Boat Parade. With over 50 boats participating, the event was a huge success. Beginning at 8:00 PM in the Marina, the lighted boats and their ALA  Lake Safety Patrol boat escort circled the lake. There were countless undecorated boats who also joined in following the parade of lighted boats as they made their way around the lake in the 5 mile an hour zone. All along the shoreline there were cheering crowds on docks, at their lake front homes and at the Village cheering on the parade boats as they passed by. In spite of the lack of promotion by the Arrowhead Lake Association, the annual Labor Day Weekend Lighted Boat Parade was enjoyed by hundreds on the lake. With so many part time residents staying at their mountain homes, this was a great event during these times of isolation. Participants commented that next year, with more promotion, this event will be even bigger and better.

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.

A PEACEFUL PROTEST IN

BLUE JAY DRAWS A LARGE CROWD

A peaceful protest supporting the Black Lives Matter movement was held Friday, June 5th from 12:00 am till 3:00 pm in Blue Jay Village.

According to sources, approximately 500 participants showed up at the intersection of Highway 173 and North Bay Road. The protesters lined up on the sidewalk in front of the Blue Jay Cinema and across the street in front of the former McDonalds. The well organized crowd was made up of mostly supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement with a small number of counter protesters present. There were speeches and an 8 minute moment of silence to honor George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, who died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020, after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the street. There was a noticeable number of law enforcement present providing the community with protection should any unlawful acts occur. Captain Don Lupear of the Twin Peaks Sheriff Station circulated within the protesters insuring a safe as possible environment for those present.

The peaceful protest was organized by local resident Ava McDonald. In response to a concerned community about the potential for violence or vandalism, McDonald posted a statement on Facebook: "To my fellow mountain residents, please know that we hear your concerns. We stand for non-violent support, and have created guidelines to insure a peaceful gathering exercising our 1st amendment rights. To those who have stood up for the movement: thank you. Your support means everything."  In a published set of guidelines, the organizers of the protest wrote, "We are here to be peaceful.  We are here to honor George Floyd and the innumerable number of people of color who have fallen victim to racism. We will not obstruct vehicle traffic, or disrupt businesses in any way. We will stand peacefully to spread support and information for the #BlackLivesMatter movement."

On June 3rd, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon issued a statement in part saying "We stand alongside those who stand up against social injustice and remain committed to working with those determined to improve the quality of life for every member of society."

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AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM BURRTEC WASTE INDUSTRIES

 

Burrtec Waste Provides Uninterrupted Service Through COVID-19 Crisis

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

About Burrtec Waste Industries

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

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

 

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.

 JULY 25  SATURDAY

ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING

FOLLOWED BY BOARD MEETING

MEETING HELD ONLINE | WWW. ALA-CA.ORG 

9:00 AM  |  909 337-2595

AUGUST 4  TUESDAY

RIM AREA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS MEETING 

   VIA ZOOM CONFERENCE 8:00 AM

Join Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82458537176?pwd=Z1FsZ0hNMUFGZDFkNjEyVk5jQlVsQT09

Meeting ID: 824 5853 7176  |  Password: Communic8

AUGUST 6  THURSDAY

LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL 

   VIA ZOOM CONFERENCE   

EVERYONE IS WELCOME | 6:00 PM

AUGUST 22  SATURDAY

ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING

MEETING HELD ONLINE | WWW. ALA-CA.ORG 

9:00 AM  |  909 337-2595

AUGUST 28  FRIDAY

BLUE JAY JAZZ FOUNDATION CHARITY DINNER

BURNT MILL BEACH CLUB 

 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 5  SATURDAY

ALA LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

FREE TO ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN IN

LAKE ARROWHEAD MARINA

8:00 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

SEPTEMBER 26  SATURDAY

ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING

MEETING HELD ONLINE | WWW. ALA-CA.ORG 

9:00 AM  |  909 337-2595

SEPTEMBER 26   SATURDAY

BLUE JAY QUILT WALK

BLUE JAY VILLAGE

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | AUCTION BEGINS AT 1:00 PM

OCTOBER 5  TUESDAY

RIM AREA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS MEETING 

   VIA ZOOM CONFERENCE 8:00 AM

NOVEMBER 5  THURSDAY

LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL 

   VIA ZOOM CONFERENCE   

EVERYONE IS WELCOME | 6:00 PM

NOVEMBER 14 - 15  SATURDAY

MOUNTAIN MUSEUM BOOK SALE/SIGNING

27176 PENINSULA DRIVE, LAKE ARROWHEAD 

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

NOVEMBER 21  SATURDAY

ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING

MEETING HELD ONLINE | WWW. ALA-CA.ORG 

9:00 AM  |  909 337-2595

DECEMBER 1  TUESDAY

CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK MOBILE OFFICE HOURS

28200 HWY 189, SUITE O1-270 | LAKE ARROWHEAD

909 336-1547 | 10:00 AM

DECEMBER 2  WEDNESDAY

TASTE OF LAKE ARROWHEAD

CANCELLED

LAKE ARROWHEAD RESORT & SPA

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

  

DECEMBER 5  SATURDAY

BLUE JAY HOLIDAY PARADE

CANCELLED

BLUE JAY VILLAGE

1:00 PM – 8300 PM

DECEMBER 12  SATURDAY

ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING

MEETING HELD ONLINE | WWW. ALA-CA.ORG 

9:00 AM  |  909 337-2595

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