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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 incumbent 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 whopping271 votesor 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
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 12:54 PMDeputies respond to Lake Arrowhead where a five year old boy dies as a result of a boating collisionDATE/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 DepartmentORIGINAL 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
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 11th, 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 D e m o n s t r a t i o n 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 andexpertise 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 16th’ 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 Petitionof 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 happeningLake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council The next meeting of the Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council, (MAC) will take place on Thursday October 6, 2016at 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.