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FIRE INSURANCE PREMIUMS TOO HIGH?

If    you    own    your    full    time    home    or    second    home    in    Lake Arrowhead      or      the      surrounding      communities,      and      had      your homeowner's   fire   insurance   policy   either   canceled   for   no   cause   or   had your   fire   insurance   premiums   doubled   or   tripled,   State   Assemblyman Jay   Obernolte   wants   to   hear   from   you.      Insurance   companies   under California   State   Law   may   use   "risk   for   fire   scores"   to   raise   homeowners premiums.   Recently,   some   locals   have   experienced   huge   increases   in their   fire   insurance   rates.      Unfortunately,   a   number   of   homeowners have    been    notified    by    their    insurance    companies    that    they    are canceling their homeowners' policies with no specific cause.  Obernolte     is     requesting     that     if     you've     experienced     these     huge increases,   contact   his   office   to   open   a   case   file.   Obernolte   is   collecting data   to   highlight   this   troubling   situation   in   our   Mountain   communities in   an   effort   to   stop   these   unfair   practices.   If   this   situation   is   allowed   to continue,   Obernolte   is   concerned   that   these   unjustified   high   insurance rates   for   homeowners   and   businesses   may   have   a   negative   impact   on our     Mountain     economy.          Please     be     advised     that     only     those homeowners    and    businesses    who    have    been    unjustly    raised    or canceled   should   call   his   office   to   obtain   a   form   to   open   a   file   to   help him   help   our   community.      If   homeowners   aren't   being   invoiced   to   pay these   outrageously   high   rates,   or   haven’t   been   unjustly   canceled,   then there's   no   need   to   contact   his   office.   To   open   a   case   file   and   obtain   the form   to   fill   out   for   Assemblyman   Obernolte,   call   his   office   at      760   244- 5277.    Obernolte's    staff    members    are    ready    to    assist    his    Mountain constituents,    if    help    is    needed    filling    out    forms    or    for    any    other concerns.  

RECALL TARGETS ALA PREZ  PATTI MCGONIGLE

For   the   first   time   in   the   Arrowhead   Lake   Association's   40   plus year     history,     a     Director     recall     has     been initiated   against   Patti   McGonigle,   ALA   Director and the Association's President.  In   a   cover   letter   by   Ray   Wojnar,   an   ALA member   residing   in   McGonigle's   Grass   Valley District,   it   states   that   “it's   time   to   take   action and    fix    the    problem    at    ALA.”    Focusing    on President   Patti   McGonigle,   the   petition   states that   she   “has   failed   the   ALA   membership   in   many   ways,”   pointing   out that   “ALA   Members   cannot   afford   President   McGonigle's   leadership any   longer.”      The   recall   petition   goes   on   to   say   that      “it's   time   to   put   the ALA   back   on   track   and   send   a   message   to   the   ALA   Board   that   they   are still accountable to us, the membership.” The   Petition   to   Recall   ALA   President   Patti   McGonigle   describes the following reasons as justification for this recall action: 1.      Costs   of   repairing   and   replacing   the   Village   Docks   is   expected to   exceed   $500,000.00   not   including   annual   maintenance,   operation, repair   and   insurance   costs,   which   must   now   be   paid   entirely   by   ALA members.      Back   in   September   2015,   ALA   members   overwhelmingly voted   NOT   to   assume   ownership   of   the   Village   Docks   in   an   Advisory Ballot, where the vote was 2-1 against ALA taking over those docks. 2.      ALA   members   pay   100%   of   the   full   time   employee’s   health care    premiums    which    cover    the    employees,    their    spouses    and    all dependents   which   is   more   than   $200,000.00   this   year.      Despite   being grossly     over     Budget,     the     ALA     Board     Majority     led     by     President McGonigle,   voted   to   increase   employee   expenses   by   $350,000.00   in the 2016-17 Budget. 3.      President   McGonigle   cast   the   deciding   vote   in   favor   of   the unbalanced   Budget   for   2016-17.      McGonigle   voted   to   approve      the   15% increase    in    membership    fees    even    though    the    increase    would    not cover all ALA expenses for 2016-17.  4.        Property    values    in    the    ALA    Grass    Valley    District    has    been negatively impacted due to neglect. 5.        Under    President    McGonigle,    ALA    has    been    involved    in    six lawsuits.        Due    to    these    lawsuits    ALA    was    518%    over    budget    in administrative legal expenses for the past year.  According    to    ALA    Bylaws,    members    who    own    property    in    a Director's   district,   in   this   case,   McGonigle's   Grass   Valley   District,   may sign   a   Petition   to   Recall   their   Director.      Once   15%   of   the   eligible   voters sign   and   submit   their   Petitions   to   Recall   McGonigle,      then   ALA   will   mail ballots    to    all    members    in    the    voting    district    of    Grass    Valley    to determine   whether   McGonigle   is   successfully   recalled   by   a   majority   of votes.      The   cover   letter   stated   that   the   goal   is   to   submit   200   Recall Petition signatures to ALA.  In   bold   writing   at   the   bottom   of   the   Petition   to   Recall,   it   affirms, that   as   an   ALA   member   of   the   Grass   Valley   District,   the   member   does not    believe    “ALA    President    Patti    McGonigle    has    acted    in    the    best interests   of   the   ALA   members,”   the   member   supports   the   Recall   and asks   for   a   “Recall   Election   of   Patti   McGonigle   to   be   held   pursuant   to the Bylaws.”           The   cover   letter   also   provided   directions   for   filling   out   the   Petition to   Recall   to   provide   one   signature   per   membership   and   included   the address   to   mail   the   signed   Recall   Petition.      ALA   members   in   the   Grass Valley    District    were    also    provided    with    a    map    of    the    Grass    Valley District,     as     well     as     an     email     address     to     file     the     petition: grassvalleyrecallpetition@gmail.com

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                                   

VILLAGE SURRENDERS TO ALA!

BACK FEES PAID AND DOCKS GIVEN UP

As   of   March   1,   2016,   the   Lake Arrowhead    Village    surrendered to        the        Arrowhead        Lake Association   ownership   of   37   of their   slip   rights,   after   3   years   of refusing   to   pay   their   dock   fees, late     fees,     transfer     fees     and interest    totaling    over    $87,000 owed    to    the    ALA.        The    Village chose   to   keep   only   2   docks   and dock    rights    to    accommodate    The    Arrowhead    Queen    and    for    the McKenzie    Water    Ski    School.        Now,    the    Village    has    the    contractual obligation   to   pay   ALA   for   only   2   docks   annually.   ALA   filed   a   lawsuit against   the   Village   for   their   delinquent   dock   fees,   but   both   parties came    to    an    agreement    without    incurring    court    costs.    The    Village reportedly   paid   ALA   $70K   and   surrendered   37   slip   rights   and   docks   to the   Association.   Though   ALA   gave   the   Village   permission   to   utilize   the junked   38   slip   Yacht   Club   dock   back   in   2013,   the   Village   never   had   any rights   to   these   slips.   Since   its   relocation   to   the   McDonald’s   area,   the dock   has   posed   a   problem   for   all   concerned,   even   though   the   Village got   the   benefit   of   its   use,   ALA   members   complained   about   the   dock being in bad condition and the Village failing to properly maintain it.  A    big    issue    for    the    Village    now,    is    that    they    have    chosen    to surrender   their   37   dock   rights   along   with   the   physical   slips,   and   now,   it appears    that    the    value    of    their    property    has    declined    by    several hundreds   of   thousands   of   dollars.      It   is   difficult   to   put   a   valuation   on   a commercial   slip   right   as   they   can't   rent   the   slip   overnight   per   ALA rules.   There   is   also   the   loss   of   valuable   assets   to   the   Village   when   it surrendered   their   physical   docks,   as   large   multiple   docks   can   cost   over $200,000.      Documents   from   the   Village's   recent   refinancing   indicate that   they   claimed   to   own   49   slips,   while   according   to   a   reliable   source, the     Village     has     had     only     39     slip     rights     since     2009     after     they surrendered   10   slip   rights   back   to   ALA,   ironically,   for   nonpayment   of dock fees.  A   big   issue   for   ALA   is   that   now   that   they   have   possession   of   all the   Village   docks,   the   recent   Member   Advisory   Ballot   made   it   clear   that their   Boating   Members   voted   2-1   overwhelmingly   that   they   didn't   want to   pay   for   the   Village   Docks   operation   and   maintenance.   The   question now   is   how   will   ALA   pay   for   all   the   newly   acquired   Village   Docks,   their associated   costs   and   loss   of   dock   revenue   from   the   Village?   It   does   not appear   that   there   are   funds   allocated   for   this   new   expense   in   the 2016/17   Operating   Budget   which   was   just   approved   by   the   ALA   Board in    a    4-3    vote    at    the    February    20th    ALA    Special    Board    Meeting. Additionally,   as   part   of   the   same   4-3   Board   vote,   ALA   members   are going   to   be   hit   with   a   15%   increase   in   dock,   overnight   boat,   beach   club, general   membership   fees   and   $200.00   increase   for   Day   use   boat   fees within   a   $4.2   Million   Dollar   Operating   Budget,   putting   ALA   in   the   red   in the   amount   of   $118,000.00   starting   their   fiscal   year   as   of   April   1st, 2016.  Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council  The   next   meeting   of   the   Lake   Arrowhead   Municipal   Advisory   Council, (MAC)   will   take   place   on   Thursday   June   2,   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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