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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.
GARY CLIFFORD NAMED ALA EAST DIRECTOR
The Arrowhead Lake Association Board of Directors voted to appoint Gary Clifford to fill the East District Board seat vacated by resigned Board Member Steve Hollstein. Clifford immediately assumes the Board seat and will fulfill the term until his seat expires in the summer of 2018. At that time, Clifford could run again for a full 3 year term on the board.Clifford’s bio states that he was born and raised in San Bernardino and Lake Arrowhead California. Along with his wife Linda, they have owned a home in Lake Arrowhead for over 25 years and as a child and young man Gary called Lake Arrowhead home. In addition to attending Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate and Rim High School, Gary resided in and entertained his political and business clients in Lake Arrowhead. Gary is dedicated to quality of life issues and long-term financial planning. He enjoys working with others for a common goal, and has experience and a long history in Lake Arrowhead. He shares a common goal with each ALA member; wanting to protect, operate, and improve Lake Arrowhead and ALA properties while providing reasonable and safe recreational facilities in a fiscally responsible manner, with appropriate planning for the future. As a former Mayor and City Council member, Gary has years of experience with such matters. Gary will bring his years of business, political, educational, and law enforcement experience as a resource. Gary attended Azusa Pacific University and holds graduate and undergraduate degrees. Gary is currently Executive Vice President for Athens Services, one of the largest environmental companies in the region and has 10 years of civic leadership as a Mayor, Mayor Pro-Tem, and Councilmember, and numerous years as a public employee and Police Officer. Clifford will be seated at the next ALA Board of Directors meeting on December 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Burnt Mill Beach Club where all Members are invited to attend.
ALA ELECTS NEW OFFICERS AT BOARD MTG
At the October 28th Arrowhead Lake Association Board Meeting, officers were elected to serve for the coming year. By unanimous vote, Roberta Rindenow was elected President, Brian Hall was elected Vice President and Jack Tingley was elected Secretary/Treasurer. The next ALA Board Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2017. All ALA Members are invited to attend.
ALA APPOINTS BILL WILSON TO BOARD
The Arrowhead Lake Association Board of Directors has appointed Bill Wilson to fill the remainder of the term in the South District vacated by Samantha Allen-Newman who resigned her position. Wilson’s term will run until October of 2018. Wilson currently serves on the Finance Committee and 2017 Election Committee at ALA. Although the appointment is effective immediately, Wilson will attend his first Board meeting as a Director on October 28th , 9 am at the Burnt Mill Beach Club Clubhouse. All ALA Members are invited to attend.
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. A formal inaugural event on the Lake is being planned and Lake Arrowhead News will let you know when.
ALL ALA INCUMBENTS WIN UNOPPOSED!
The Arrowhead Lake Association Board of Directors Election 2017 ended early with all three incumbents who were up for re-election running unopposed. The two week open period to file Candidate papers which began August 1st and ended August 15th. There were no challengers to President Roberta Rindenow from the North District, Board Members Ralph Wagner, At Large B and Eran Heissler from the Grass Valley District. All three incumbents will remain in their Board seats and assume their new three year term at the October 28, 2017 Board meeting. President Roberta Rindenow stated "I appreciate the support and encouragement of the Membership and will continue to do everything I can to move our Association forward with increased communications, improved business practices and better member service."This was to be the first “Online Voting” election for the Association. Written ballots were no longer going to be mailed, saving the ALA around $25,000.00 for this election cycle alone. The next ALA Board meeting is scheduled for August 26 at 9:00 AM at the Burnt Mill Beach Club.
ALA NAMES WAYNE AUSTIN TO BE NEW GM
In a press release from the Arrowhead Lake Association, it was officially announced that Wayne Austin has been hired as Associate General Manager. Following the retirement of current GM Jim Grant, Austin will take the helm as the new ALA General Manager on October 25, 2017. Mr. Austin was selected after reviewing close to 40 candidates who had submitted resumes and applications for the position.Austin is a familiar face in the Lake Arrowhead community. Having been General Manager of the Lake Arrowhead Resort for 7 years, General Manager of the Arrowhead Country Club, President and CEO of the San Bernardino Convention and Visitors Bureau, Wayne has a strong background in management, finance, customer service, employee relations and business growth, which he brings to the ALA. According to the press release, “The ALA Board of Directors believe his experience, energy and passion for the lake, members and community makes him the perfect fit to provide a new member experience and lead the Arrowhead Lake Association into the future.”Wayne Austin received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He currently serves as Chairman of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association, Treasurer of the Cedar House Board of Directors, Treasurer of the Inland Empire Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, Board Member of Business Alliance, CSUSB and a member of the San Bernardino Rotary. Wayne is a past member of Lake Arrowhead Rotary and served on the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce Board for many years
Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council
The next meeting of the Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council, (MAC) will take place on Thursday, March 1 , 2018at 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.