09.26.2016                    5095.67’ CALENDAR      SATURDAYS   SEPTEMBER   ART CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS  COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER, 909 744-8450 LAKE ARROWHEAD VILLAGE www.MountainArtsNetwork.org  THURSDAY   SEPTEMBER 22   ALA ELECTIONS BALLOTS ARE DUE.   BALLOT COUNTING WILL TAKE PLACE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD AT 9 AM AT THE BURNT MILL BEACH CLUBHOUSE  TUESDAY   SEPTEMBER 27   SOROPTIMIST SIROW BOARD MEETING      10 AM TO 12 PM    28200 CA-189    LAKE ARROWHEAD  WEDNESDAY   SEPTEMBER 28  MOUNTAIN SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB  7:00 AM   LAKE ARROWHEAD RESORT & SPA  SATURDAY   OCTOBER 1   LAKE ARROWHEAD TUNNEL TOUR RESERVATIONS ARE LIMITED 12::00 - 3:00 PM  MUST BE OVER 18 YEARS OLD RESERVATIONS:  BARBARA WILCOX   485-1467 MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:  15  SUNDAY   OCTOBER 2    UCLA MOUNTAIN BRUINS WINE TASTING  4:00 - 6:00 PM  UCLA    909  337-8200  THURSDAY   OCTOBER 6   LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL MTG   6:00 PM   FIRE STATION 91, COMMUNITY ROOM  FRIDAY  OCTOBER 7   FIRST FRIDAY AT THE LAKE HOUSE 28966 HOOK CREEK ROAD, CEDAR GLEN       909 337-7676     4:00 - 7:00 PM  SATURDAY  OCTOBER 8   8TH ANNUAL BLUE JAY QUILT WALK ALL DAY IN BLUE JAY  SATURDAY   OCTOBER 22   ARROWHEAD LAKE ARROWHEAD ASSOC. BOARD MEETING   9:00 AM BURNT MILL BEACH CLUB   LAKE ARROWHEAD WEEKLY    THE ARROWHEAD QUEEN LAKE TOURS  909 336.6992 FOR INFO     MOUNTAIN SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB EVERY WEDNESDAY  7:00 AM  LAKE ARROWHEAD RESORT AND SPA     LAKE ARROWHEAD ROTARY TUESDAY’S 12:15 PM  WOODY’S BOAT HOUSE     BLUE JAY CINEMA    909 337.8404    RIM OF THE WORLD HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM  OPEN WEEKENDS    909 336.6666     BINGO FRIDAY EVENINGS AT OUR LADY OF THE LAKE CATHOLIC CHURCH  909 337-2333     WOMEN’S CLUB OF LAKE ARROWHEAD CATHY CASTANEDA  909 336-7479    MACKENZIE WATER SKI SCHOOL  909 337.3814 LakeArrowheadNews.com
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LANDSLIDE VICTORY IN ALA ELECTION

At         the         Arrowhead         Lake Association        Board        of        Directors election      ballot      count      on      Friday morning,         September         23,         ALA members'    voices    were    heard    as    the Inspector    of    Elections    from    Accurate Voting   Inc.,   read   the   results.      It   was   a landslide   victory   for   both   Candidates   who   campaigned   for   increased fiscal     responsibility     and     transparency     from     August     1     through September 22, 2016.  Jack    Tingley    decisively    won    the    At    Large    “A” seat   receiving   776   votes ,   Bob   Donaldson   received 380   votes   and   Gene   Jennings   rounded   out   with   360 votes.     Combining     both     opponents     totals     still wouldn't   have   been   enough   to   over-take   Tingley's overwhelming 51% victory. In   the   West   District,   Board   member   Brian   Hall chose   to   run   in   this   district   rather   than   in   his   incum bent   seat   At   Large “A,”    in    order    to    challenge    Jane    St.    John,    an incumbent    in    the    West    for    6    years.        Neither candidates   have   ever   won   a   contested   election   in this   District.      Hall   received   a   whopping    271   votes   or   75%   of   the   of   the   total,   compared   to   St.   John's 90   votes   total   or   25%   of   the   vote,   giving   Hall   a   3 to    1    victory    over    St.    John.        The    ALA    Election Committee    initially    didn't    recognize    Hall    as    a qualified    Candidate    in    the    West,    but    ultimately    Hall    was    declared qualified,   and   in   doing   so   initiated   a   contested   election   against   St. John.        Had    Hall    not    been    able    to    run    in    the    West    District    as    a Candidate,   St.   John   would   have   won   by   acclimation   as   she   had   done   in the last 2 West District elections over the past 6 years. The   new   Board   members   will   be   seated   on   Saturday,   October   22, 2016   following   the   Regular   ALA   Board   Meeting   to   be   held   at   the   Burnt Mill   Beach   Club   at   9   AM.      After   the   newly   elected   Board   members   are seated,    elections    will    be    held    for    the    offices    of    President,    Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer.  All members are invited to attend.

FATAL HOLIDAY WEEKEND BOATING

ACCIDENT

UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 12:54 PM Deputies   respond   to   Lake   Arrowhead   where   a   five   year   old   boy dies as a result of a boating collision DATE/TIME: September 4, 2016 / 4:25 pm INCIDENT: Fatal Boat Traffic Collision LOCATION: Lake Arrowhead VICTIM(S): 5 year old boy SUMMARY:   A   male   adult   was   operating   his   boat   on   Lake   Arrowhead with   his   family   as   well   as   a   second   family.   He   was   pulling   an   adult skier,   the   victims   mother,   when   she   fell.   He   turned   the   boat   to   retrieve the   skier   when   the   5   year   old   boy   fell   from   the   boat   into   the   water.   The boat    struck    the    boy    causing    severe    traumatic    injuries.    The    boat operator   and   the   victim's   father   entered   the   water   and   recovered   the victim.   Arrowhead   Lake   Association   (ALA)   patrol   boats   responded   to the   incident   location   within   minutes   as   well   as   fire   personnel   who pronounced    the    victim    deceased.    The    investigation    is    ongoing,    but intoxication   does   not   appear   to   be   a   factor.   All   juvenile   passengers were wearing their personal floatation devices. Specially    trained    deputies    from    the    Colorado    River    Station's Boating    Accident    Investigation    Team    (BAIT)    responded    to    the    Twin Peaks   Sheriff's   Station   to   assist   with   the   investigation.   Anyone   who witnessed   or   has   information   regarding   the   incident   is   encouraged   to call Sergeant Harris or Corporal Cross. Refer: Twin Peaks Sergeant Harris or Colorado River Corporal Cross Station: Twin Peaks Phone No. (909) 336-0600 Case No. 251600091 JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department ORIGINAL    STORY:        In    a    tragic    boating    accident    Sunday    afternoon September   4th   on   Lake   Arrowhead,   a   5   year   old   child’s   life   was   lost. According   to   the   incident   report   on   Socalmountains.com,   the   accident occurred   near   Lone   Pine   Island   where   it   was   reported   that   the   child fell   overboard   and   was   struck   by   the   boat.   Out   of   respect   to   the   family and   those   involved   in   the   accident,   details   of   the   accident   are   being limited until a full investigation has been completed. If   you   witnessed   the   accident   or   have   any   information   regarding the accident, you are asked to call the Sheriff’s office at 909 336-0600.

ALA PRESIDENT MCGONIGLE SHUTS DOWN

MEMBERS

In    an    unprecedented    move    in    recent ALA    history,    President    Patti    McGonigle has      removed      the      “Questions      and Answers”   section   of   the   monthly   Board Meeting   Agenda.      Q   and   A   has   been   on   the   Board   Meeting   Agendas   for years   now.      A   member   asked,   What’s   going   on   here?”   In   McGonigle’s new   agenda   format,   there   will continue       to       be       Member Comments    on    Agenda    Items and     on     Non-Agenda     Items, however,     members     will     no longer   receive   any   answers   to their      questions      from      the President,   Board   or   General   Manager.   When      a   member   questioned President McGonigle about the Agenda change, she had no response. Ironically,    later    that    day    at    the    ALA    Candidate    Forum,    the prevailing   theme   expressed   by   all   the   candidates   was   “openness   and transparency.” 

LACSD GENERAL MANAGER LET GO

In   a   short   press   release   issued   on   June   17,   2016,   LACSD   issued   the following   statement:   The   Board   of   Directors   of the   Lake   Arrowhead   Community   Services   District released   Mr.   Leo   Havener   from   his   contract   today, without   cause.   The   District   wishes   to   thank   Mr. Havener   for   his   service   to   the   District.   The   Board wishes   to   thank   the   staff   of   the   District   for   their hard   work   and   loyalty.   The   District   looks   forward   to   continued   success   as part of our community. Just   two   days   before   releasing   Mr.   Havener   from   his   contract,   the Board   of   directors   approved   changes   to   Havener’s   contract   modifying his   pension   plans   to   include   a   401   (a)   plan   to   allow   payments   that exceed   the   limits   of   his   CALPERS   plan.      In   addition,   Havener   was   given a cost of living adjustment effective January 1, 2016.  UPDATE  The LACSD Board of Directors has hired Interim General Manager Catherine Cerri as the district’s new general manager. effective Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

ALA DEMONSTRATION GARDEN  RE-DEDICATED

Saturday,   June   11 th ,   2016   a   rededication   ceremony   was   held   at   the Arrowhead   Lake   Association’s   Demonstration   Garden   in   honor   of   the late     Lori     Pearson, who    designed    and helped         maintain the    garden.        Now known    as    the    Lori Pearson     Memorial   Garden,       a       large crowd     of     friends, family,                    the Soroptimists   and   members   of   the   community   gathered   to   honor   Lori. In   attendance   was   Lori’s   son   Brian,   sister   Elaine   and   life   partner   Jack Cooperman   who   spoke   about   Lori’s   dedication   to   this   garden.      Located at   ALA’s   Tavern   Bay   Beach   Club,   the   garden   is   open   to   everyone.   Lori’s knowledge                and   expertise   in   creating   a beautiful             garden, provides    visitors    with a    setting    of    available native     and     adaptive trees,       shrubs       and ground       covers       for planting    in    our    area. The   garden   also   has   a holding/nursery   area   for   native   trees   to   be   used   for   reforestation   on ALA property.

WILDFIRE AWARENESS: DEFENSIBLE SPACE

Each   year   California   highlights   the   importance   of   wildfire   prevention and   preparedness   by   declaring   the   first   full   week   of   May   as   “Wildfire Awareness   Week”.   This   year   during   the   week   of   May   1–7,   CAL   FIRE   and fire   departments   across   the   state   will   remind   residents   of   the   dangers posed   by   wildfires   and   the   simple   steps   that   should   be   followed   to prepare   for   and   prevent   them.   Despite   getting   some   much-needed rain   this   winter,   we’re   not   out   of   the   woods   yet   when   it   comes   to   the drought.    Because    droughts    increase    the    risk    of    wildfires,    being prepared    is    as    important    as    ever.    Protect    your    family,    home,    and property by creating and maintaining defensible space now. Creating   defensible   space   is   essential   to   improve   your   home's chance   of   surviving   a   wildfire.   It's   the   buffer   you   create   between   a building   on   your   property   and   the   grass,   trees,   shrubs,   or   any   wildland area   that   surround   it.   This   space   is   needed   to   slow   or   stop   the   spread of   wildfire,   and   it   protects   your   home   from   catching   fire-either   from direct     flame     contact     or     radiant     heat.     Defensible     space     is     also important for the protection of the firefighters defending your home.

PAY UNDER PROTEST, BUT PAY YOUR FIRE FEE!

During    the    Saturday    April    16 th Town   Hall   Meeting   at   the   Tudor House,    State    Assemblyman    Jay Obernolte   passionately   spoke   to mountain     residents     about     the California     Fire     Fee,     which     he refers    to    as    a    TAX.    Obernolte presented       some       background information   about   how   the   Legislature   didn't   have   the   2/3   majority vote   for   it   to   pass   as   a   Tax,   so   it   was   deemed   a   "fee"   leaving   residents living   in   unincorporated   areas   of   California   having   to   pay   ever   since. Within   the   30   days   allotted   to   pay   your   bill,   Obernolte   explained   that residents   need   to   file   a   Petition   of       Re-Determination       along with    a    reason    for    protesting the     fire     Fee.     He     suggested residents     visit     The     Howard Jarvis    website    and    download the         protest         form         and paragraph   explaining   the   basis   for   your   protest   to   be   included   with   the protest   form.   He   also   advised   residents   not   to   mail   the   protest   form with   their   Fire   Fee   payments,   as   the   protest   form   needs   to   be   mailed separately,   also   within   the   30   days   from   date   of   mailing.      Interested Residents   need   to   file   this   protest   form,   so   they   may   become   covered under   the   Class   Action   lawsuit   that   the   Howard   Jarvis   group   has   filed challenging   the   Fee/Tax.      Back   in   August   2015,   Class   Action   status   was granted   to   the   lawsuit,   and   it   was   certified   as   a   Class   Action   last   fall.     Obernolte   stressed   how   important   it   is   to   file   the   protest   form   in   order to   make   a   claim   for   repayment   later,   if   the   lawsuit   proves   successful. Cal   Fire   men   and   women   who   work   for   us   are   doing   a   great   job,   and they   aren't   to   blame   for   this   Fee/Tax   he   said.   Residents   were   also offered   assistance   filling   out   the   Protest   forms   by   Obernolte's   office staff.  State    Senator    Mike    Morell    also    spoke    at    the    Town    Hall    about citizens   becoming   involved   and   making   sure   governmental   agencies work   for   its   citizens.      Morell   also   offered   to   assist   residents   with   their dealings with any governmental agency.    Obernolte   also   asked   any   residents   who   had   a   huge   increase   in their   homeowners   insurance   premium   to   contact   his   office,   so   they can    open    a    case    file.    It's    a    complex    issue,    but    under    state    law insurance   companies   can   use   “risk   for   fire”   scores   to   raise   premiums.     Obernolte   explained   that   these   outrageously   high   insurance   rates   for homeowners    and    businesses    can    have    a    negative    impact    on    our mountain   economy   if   this   situation   continues,   and   he   wants   to   help prevent that from happening                                 Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council  The   next   meeting   of   the   Lake   Arrowhead   Municipal   Advisory   Council, (MAC)   will   take   place   on   Thursday   October   6,   2016    at   6:00   pm .      It   will be   held   at   Fire   Station   91   in   the   Community   Room.   The   MAC,   is   our local   community   forum   created   to   provide   a   monthly   meeting   for   our residents    to    hear    about    and    comment    on    a    number    of    local    and countrywide    topics.    County    officials,    staff    and    other    non-county agency   staff   utilize   MAC   meetings   as   an   opportunity   to   provide   the community with information or updates. Matters   of   public   health,   safety,   welfare,   public   works,   planning   or issues   that   may   affect   the   community   are   among   the   concerns   for   the MAC.  Everyone is invited to attend and encouraged to get involved.    
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