Big Bear City, CA — Well, it’s official this round: Marge McDonald is the president of the board for the Big Bear City Community Services District. In this week’s re-election, which took place Monday evening despite power outages, McDonald secured the presidency in an open election, with fellow Directors Rick Ollila and Vice President John Day once again voting for her, while Directors Barbara Beck and Jeff Newsome voted for Beck to be president. Upon being named president on January 18, McDonald issued CSD committee assignments for fellow directors for 2010. “The only thing I changed,” she tells KBHR, “was to put myself on the parks committee with John, and to put Barbara as my alternate on Mountain Mutual Aid.” That said, Day and Ollila continue on both the BBARWA Board and water committee, Newsome and McDonald oversee the fire committee, and Newsome and Beck continue on CSD’s environmental committee. Having wrapped her eighth year* on the board in 2009, McDonald says, “We had a wonderful year last year, and I look forward to another wonderful year with everybody working together as a team for the good of the community.” McDonald is up for re-election to the board in November and, she assures, “I’m going to run again.” Though she is 88 years old, McDonald remains active, as advisor to the Sugarloaf Property Owners Association, vice president of the County’s Sugarloaf Roads Commission, CSD representative to Mountain Mutual Aid, and as a vocal proponent for DWP Board representation beyond Big Bear Lake city limits.
In other news from Monday’s CSD meeting, BVUSD Superintendent Dr. Nancy Wright and Board of Trustees President Beverly Grabe were not in attendance for a formal introduction as, per McDonald, “I told Nancy and Bev not to come due to the weather.”
*Though CSD Directors serve four-year terms, current Directors Day, Newsome and McDonald are serving a fifth year in their current term. This will allow for CSD elections to be on the same schedule, now in November 2010, as the general elections, which also include Big Bear Lake City Council and other posts.