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BRIAN HALL STEPS UP IN WEST DISTRICT
FOR 2016 ALA ELECTION
Less than 24 hours after Arrowhead Lake Association emailed a formal announcement to its members listing qualified candidates in the West District and At-Large A Office, who had been verified by their Election Committee for the 2016 Election, there was an updated formal announcement from ALA listing a new candidate, Brian Hall, who was also qualified to run in the West District, making it a contested race against Jane St. John.On Friday, August 19th, St. John’s name was listed as the sole candidate in the West District. Then on Saturday, August 20th, Hall’s name was added as a candidate in the West District. The West District hasn’t had a contested election for ALA Board of Director for over 6 years. This district includes ALA members who live in Point Hamiltar, Meadow Bay Condos, Meadow Shores, and other streets in the West, beginning at North Bay Road and Highway 189 in Blue Jay and running up North Bay through Peninsula Drive. The ALA website provides a map of districts, so members may determine where their Arrowhead Woods property is located, and if they will be receiving a ballot for the West District Election. Hall and St. John both attended ALA’s first Candidates’ Meet and Greet Event on Saturday, August 20th at the ALA Marina, along with 3 additional qualified candidates for the At-Large Office A position, which incumbent Hall had chosen to now run in the West instead. The 3 challengers for Hall’s At- Large A seat include Jack Tingley, Gene Jennings and Bob Donaldson. In this informal atmosphere, candidates introduced themselves to members, talked about their qualifications and their position on issues and handed out their Candidates’ Statements, which will be mailed at the beginning of September, along with a ballot to all voting Residential members. Some candidates also provided refreshments for the members.There will also be a second event for ALA members to learn more about the candidates which is being held this Saturday, August 27th, at the ALA Candidates’ Forum at Burnt Mill Beach Club at 1PM, where members may ask candidates questions about issues important to them. Prior to the Candidates’ Forum, members may attend ALA’s August Board meeting at 9AM also at the BMBC.
THE PILOT FIRE
Fire has burned 8,110acres near Pilot Rock Ridge above Silverwood Lake according to the San Bernardino National Forest Service. The fire started around 12:10 PM Sunday August 7, near the Miller Canyon OHV area off of Highway 138.There are currently 75 firefighters assigned to this fire. The fire is currently 100% contained.
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.
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 b e a u t i f u l g a r d e n , p r o v i d e s visitors with a setting of a v a i l a b l e 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.
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.
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 September 1, 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.