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ALA BOARD VOTES THEMSELVES TERM
After a heated discussion by the ALA Board and Members, The Board voted 4 to 2 to approve a proposed Bylaws Amendment to extend their own office terms by as many as 2 years. Claims of the Board being "self-serving" and "lacking transparency" by members fell on deaf ears for Directors Eran Heissler, Ralph Wagner, Brian Hall and Gary Clifford. “To extend your own Board term without the Memberships approval is simply wrong” said one member. The proponents of the Bylaws Amendment ignored comments by Members who emailed their opposition and those who came to speak against the motion. One member left the meeting saying, “We're back to the bad old days of ALA with this vote.”With the passing of this Bylaws Amendment, the maker of the Motion, Director Eran Heissler, voted himself an additional 2 years on his term for a total of 5 years without the approval of the ALA membership. With the Directors voting to extend their own terms, it means that it will be a longer period of time before their seat can be challenged.Two Directors, President Roberta Rindenow and Secretary/Treasurer Alan Kaitz voted against the Bylaws Amendment stating that the Membership needed to approve the extension of current Director terms. It was stated by a member that this change impacts the election currently in progress and could result in a legal challenge. The Board members supporting the motion were silent on that fact, ignoring the member's concerns. The second proposed Bylaws Amendment for Officers Schedule and Rotation, was not approved by a 3 to 3 vote of the Board. The Amendment would have created an annual rotation of President and Vice President eliminating the long-time requirement of the Board electing those officers. Members at the meeting expressed their concern that not every Board member is qualified to be president.
COMMUNITY MEETS WITH FAA OFFICIAL
At the January 25, 2018 Special Meeting of the Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council, FAA Regional Administrator, Western Pacific Region, Dennis Roberts addressed the MAC and the Lake Arrowhead community regarding the FAA’s rerouting of aircraft over Lake Arrowhead. A Town Hall style meeting was orchestrated by Supervisor Janice Rutherford with the assistance of other state and federal officials. A standing room only crowd heard first from Mark Thorpe, Ontario International Airport Authority CEO with a short explanation of the growing needs of ONT. That was followed by a presentation by Mr. Roberts on the reasoning for moving the flight path into Ontario Airport directly over Lake Arrowhead. It was explained that the FAA is now using satellite guidance technology and in combination with newer style aircraft, had no choice other than to reposition aircraft in a path directly over Lake Arrowhead. It was clear from the crowd’s reaction to Mr. Roberts’s presentation that they were not buying into the FAA’s reasoning for the move. Questions submitted by the audience were read by Supervisor Janice Rutherford along with questions coming directly from the members of the Municipal Advisory Council. In response to community questions, Mr. Roberts made it clear that the FAA is not going back to the old flight path for safety reasons. He went on to give a possible solution to the complaints by Lake Arrowhead residents by suggesting a “curfew” for night flights between 11pm and 7am. During those hours, flights would be redirected to a new flight path not over the lake. Residents vocally rejected that offer with a loud roar of boos and verbal comments. MAC member Scott Rindenow asked Mr. Roberts directly, “is it going to take the residents of Lake Arrowhead suing the FAA like other communities have to get the flight path moved away from Lake Arrowhead, or are you simply going to do the right thing on your own and relocate the current flight path?” At that point the audience stood and cheered in support. Mr. Roberts responded by rehashing much of what he already stated in his presentation. Quiet Skies group founding member David Caine presented Mr. Roberts with over 4,000 signed petitions collected in protest of the new flight path. The next step for Lake Arrowhead is with Supervisor Rutherford who will be meeting with the FAA in Washington DC in March. The Lake Arrowhead MAC will continue to monitor and report on this highly important local issue.
Lake Arrowhead’s New High Tech Fire Boat
On Saturday October 7th, The San Bernardino County Fire Department launched its brand new state of the art, high tech Fire Boat on Lake Arrowhead with the assistance of the Arrowhead Lake Association. This new $245,000 boat replaces an older less effective boat with new advanced life and property saving equipment on board. According to Captain Carlos Corletto, this boat is capable of pumping a stream of water at 1,500 gallons per minute to effectively fight fires on the lake and stream well onto lake front homes when needed. At speeds up to 55 miles per hour, sonar, GPS, night-vision and underwater mapping, the new Fire Boat can quickly assist in any type of emergency situation that comes up. Designed to be beached, this boat has a drop down bow ramp allowing for fast easy loading on and off. The Fire Boat is powered by twin 300 horsepower Mercury engines and was custom built in Wisconsin by Lake Assault Boats.
Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council
The next meeting of the Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council, (MAC) will take place on Wednesday, September 5, 2018at 6:30 pm. It will be held at San Moritz Lodge. 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.