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City Council reorganized for the upcoming year

At Monday night’s Council meeting, City Council reorganized for the upcoming year as follows.  The council selected Jay Obernolte for the position of Mayor.  David Caretto was elected as Mayor Pro Tem.  Rick Herrick was selected as Chair of the Successor Agency and Bill Jahn as Vice-Chair.  Bill Jahn was selected to service as Chairman of the Fire Protection District Board and Bob Jackowski as Vice-Chair.     The evening began with a wonderful tribute to retiring Council Member and former Mayor Liz Harris.  In addition to a video that featured many members of the community saluting her 12 years of service to the City and the citizens of Big Bear the audience echoed similar sentiments.  She was tough with a feminine approach to leadership the “iron lady in a velvet dress”.   It was unamous, she will be missed on City...

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City Council Of Big Bear Lake And Mayor Jahn Present Proclamations

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 17, 2012, 8:00am – The City Council of Big Bear Lake and Mayor Jahn presented three proclamations at Monday’s city council meeting.  For his years of service and dedication to our community as commander of the California Highway Patrol, Arrowhead office, Lieutenant Rick Saunders was thanked and acknowledged.  It was noted that Lieutenant Saunders was a great friend of the mountain communities because of his local knowledge and deep commitment. The Executive Director for Southern California Association of Governments also received a proclamation from the Mayor for his accomplishments to develop the 2012 Regional Transportation Plan. The highlight for many in the Council chambers was a proclamation given to Julia Seaman, an art instructor at Big Bear High School, for leading her students in a project that completed over 140 ceramic bears to be given to every bike racer in Friday’s Amgen Tour of California “Climb to Big Bear”. And Ruth Lorentz Associate Planner was recognized for receiving the Best Practices Award” from the Inland Empire Section of the American Planning Association for her work on the recent revised Sign Ordinance. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/Council-Meeting-051412.mp3|titles=Council Meeting...

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City of Big Bear Lake Adopts Social Host Ordinance

Big Bear, CA, April 27, 2012, 8:00am – Social hosting laws have been adopted recently by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors making it illegal for adults to provide a place for under-aged drinkers to congregate or what is commonly known as “partying”.  The same type of ordinance is about to become law in the City of Big Bear Lake as well.  On Monday evening at their regularly scheduled meeting, Big Bear Lake City Council moved forward to make hosting a party where alcohol is provided or available for non-legal drinkers a violation of the law.  Previously when this issue was brought before the council, members questioned the intent of the rules.  They were concerned that perhaps property owners who rent their property could be snared by default.  Captain Tom Bradford expressed that this new law would be an effective tool in combating teen alcohol abuse.  Bonnie Schaffer of Operation Breakthrough, a drug and alcohol abuse agency in Big Bear, echoed the same thoughts and went on to say that access to alcohol and drugs is a problem for our local youth as it is now a prevalent issue even with our Middle School aged youth.  As a parent, here is what you need to know.  If you or someone else provides a place for anyone under the legal drinking age to have a party where alcohol is...

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City of Big Bear Lake Has Mid-Year Budget Review by City Council

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 20, 2012, 4:00pm – The Big Bear Lake City Council conducted their mid-year budget review last week.  With the elimination of Improvement Agency funds budget adjustments were deemed necessary.  However, even with that loss, the City is reporting that they are still operating within their means and have kept a balanced budget even with the elimination of approximately $112,000 for the rest of this Fiscal Year 2011-2012 and a nearly $760,000 loss for Fiscal Year 2012-13.  In order to account for this, they have and will continue to downsize staff by 5.2 Full-Time Equivalent positions.  That personnel savings equates to $476,000 for the next fiscal year alone.  Most of these positions were vacated by retirements or resignations in which the positions were not refilled.  Reducing contractual services next year will also create additional budget savings.  Items such as  Environmental Impact Reports, routinely done by outside firms, will now be processed in-house by the Planning Staff. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/Mid-Year-Budget.mp3|titles=Mid-Year...

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Big Bear Lake City Council

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 12, 2012 3:00 pm – The Big Bear Lake City Council will convene tonight for it’s regularly scheduled meeting.  After a 5:00 pm closed session meeting regarding issues of litigation the Open session will begin at 6:30 pm at the civic center.  Among the items to be discussed with possible approval is the adoption of the Countywide Vision Statement which among other goals seeks a vibrant economy that creates county wide prosperity.  The Council will receive a presentation from Bear Valley Electric regarding their application to the California Public Utilities Commission for their proposed rate increase.  In other business the council will decide how to distribute nearly $41,000.00 to local community based organizations as part of the Community Development Block Grant Program.  The Council is also considering changing the development code which will allow a storage yard, maintenance and office facility to build in a commercial 2 zone thus paving the way for Southwest Gas to proceed with their new facility on Sandalwood.  And finally in order for the Big Bear Lake Department of Water to proceed with a 5,000,000 low interest USDA bond issuance the council must take affirmative action approving the terms and conditions.  The public is welcomed to participate in person or watch the proceeding on Charter Channel 97 or through the live stream on the City of Big Bear Lake web...

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