Tag: Big Bear City Community Services District

First Annual Big Bear Utilities Food Drive Challenge

Big Bear Lake, CA, November 9th, 2015 – The First Annual Big Bear Utilities Food Drive Challenge will bring meals to families in need  this holiday season.  Big Bear utility companies are challenging each other to see who can raise the most food donations for the St. Joseph Food Pantry to help feed local families this holiday season. Participating utility company’s include Bear Valley Electric Service, Big Bear Lake Department of Water, Big Bear City Community Services District and Charter Communications. The utilities will be collecting non-perishable or canned food items through Friday, Nov. 20th. The winner of the utility challenge will be announced that same day at a Ping Pong Chili Challenge hosted by the utilities from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. at St. Joseph Church located at 42242 N. Shore Drive. The public is welcome to attend the event, sample the homemade chili, and watch the ping pong challenge between the utilities. Admission costs just five cans of food. Some utilities are also offering incentives for customers who donate to the challenge. BVES will be giving away free mini-LED flashlights to each customer who brings a non-perishable or canned food item at their main office on Garstin Drive in Big Bear Lake. The Big Bear Lake Department of Water will provide donating customers with a packet of drought tolerant and native plant seeds at their main office also located...

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Election Update: Candidates Added to November Race

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 15, 2014 – The statewide general election is November 4, 2014, and voter information guides will be mailed out the first week of October. The Registrar of Voters updated their records overnight to include additional candidates for the Big Bear Airport District (see full list below). The ballot will include open seats on six local governing boards: the School District, the Airport District, the Healthcare District, the Municipal Water District, the Community Services District and the Big Bear Lake City Council. Some incumbents are running uncontested. Even with the deadline for candidates being extended to August 13th, for example, no challengers filed paperwork for the City Council seats–the first time that’s happened in 20 years. That leaves an uncontested race for incumbents Dave Caretto, Randy Putz and KBHR’s Rick Herrick. City Clerk Cheri Haggerty said the Council will hold a Special Meeting on  August 19 at 4:15 p.m. to decide whether to appoint the three by acclimation or still proceed with an election. The candidates for other boards are as follows (*uncontested race). *Bear Valley Community Healthcare District (2 seats, 4-year term): Gail McCarthy, Sara Russ Bear Valley Unified School District (2 seats, 4-year term): Steve Foulkes, John Goepp, Kenneth Turney Big Bear Airport District, Short-Term: (1 seat, 2-year term): Lynn Wilson, Gary Steube Big Bear Airport District (2 seats, 4-year term): Steven Baker,...

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Newsome Resigns From CSD

Big Bear City, June 11, 2014 – A longtime Big Bear City Community Services District Director is moving on. Director Jeff Newsome was elected in November of 2001 and served as President of the Board in 2005 and 2011. At the last CSD Board of Directors meeting, he announced that his resignation will be effective June 17. That leaves the remaining Board to decide whether they’ll fill the vacancy by appointment or call a special election; they’ll discuss their options at the next meeting on June 16. Newsome released a prepared resignation statement, which reads, in part: Words cannot express my gratitude for the support the community has shown me and the many kind words of encouragement I have received through the years.  I leave the Big Bear CSD at a high water mark.  Admin and labor work together superbly.  Our partnership with the City of Big Bear Lake, which I believe will prove our best long term investment ever made, grows stronger by the day. Most importantly, I leave you with the best Board in our history.  They are, each and every one, selflessly committed to our community’s well being and as cohesive a group as any I have seen in my political career.  They may differ, but they remain the dedicated unit our staff deserves.  It has long been my goal to make the Board so effective and...

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Paradise Park Talks Resume; CSD Proposed Moving Higher Fees to Tax Roll

Big Bear City, CA, April 7, 2014 – The Big Bear City Community Services District (CSD) is having their next board meeting tonight, and there are several items of interest to their customers. The list of Proposed Ordinances includes increases in service fees for water and sewer connections, commercial disposal and ambulance service. It’s also proposed that related charges be collected on the tax roll. The CSD reports that increasing the water connection fee to $8,587.78 will finance public facilities to provide water services for new development. The increase in ambulance fees is based on a report by the District Fire Chief showing the cost of providing service–i.e., $103 for an ECG. Other adjustments are being made in response rising costs outside the district. The sewer rate increase, for example, will be adopted on the advice of the District Engineer, to account for the previous year’s increases in the ENR Cost Index for Southern California.The new proposed sewer connection fee of $2,087.26 would provide sufficient revenue to construct additional sewer facilities. And increasing commercial disposal fees are an effort to offset the fees charged the CSD by the County of San Bernardino, which are also increasing. Also on the Adoption Agenda is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the CSD and the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District. Their 2009 lease agreement to develop a park on Paradise...

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After Low-Snow Winter, Xeriscape Gardening More Important Than Ever

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 15, 2013 – People who think low-water landscaping mean a lackluster yard are in for a surprise. The Xeriscape Garden Tour celebrates the color and diversity of native and drought tolerant plants on their 11th annual tour, showcasing homes that exemplify the best in water conservation through Xeriscape landscaping. The Big Bear Valley had below average snowfall during the 2012-2013 winter, increasing the fire risk in an even dryer-than-usual forest. The Xeriscape Garden tour offers tips, advice, and information on how to not only combat increases in water needs, but how to meld drought- tolerant and fire smart landscapes to create defensible space. The 2013 tour on Saturday, July 20th will feature seven gardens, two nurseries and the Flower Show at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center. Highlights of the tour include: a FireWise home, which showcases how to be both drought-tolerant and fire safe at the same time; native plant expert Orchid Black at Hunters Nursery answering questions about the benefits of native plants; the Jim Otterstrom Earth Home Garden Award, presented to the garden that has created the most natural setting, including but not limited to native plants. The Otterstrom yard is living proof that native plants are the best way to landscape, and with Jim and Peggy Otterstrom handing out seeds, sage advice and lemonade, it was a perennial favorite on the tour....

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