Tag: City of Big Bear Lake

Power Lines to be Relocated Underground Along Big Bear Blvd.

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 28, 2014 – Starting today, Bear Valley Electric Service will begin work to move three miles of power poles and wires to underground conduits along Big Bear Blvd. This is being done in conjunction with sidewalk upgrades planned by the City of Big Bear Lake. Many of the power poles date back to the 1970s and need to be replaced, according to BVES Operations Manager Paul Marconi, and this project will improve safety, reliability, and aesthetics along Big Bear’s main tourist thoroughfare. Underground power lines last longer and are more immune to damage from Big Bear’s extreme weather, car crashes, and animals. The Boulevard Electrical Distribution Undergrounding Project will be done on and off along various stretches of the boulevard over the next 15 months. Phase 1, which involves digging trenches alongside and across Big Bear Blvd. between Paine and Pine Knot, begins today and should last about 4 weeks. This will involve temporary lane closures, however traffic controls will be used to minimize the project’s impact on drivers. Phase 2 is expected to begin next...

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City Council Seats Up For Election

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 10, 2014 – Three seats on the Big Bear Lake City Council are up for election in November. They are the seats of current Mayor Jay Obernolte, Mayor Pro Tem David Caretto, and Councilmember Rick Herrick. Persons interested in running may take out candidate filing papers beginning July 14. David Caretto and Rick Herrick have indicated they will be seeking re-election. Jay Obernolte is currently seeking a seat in the State Assembly for the 33rd District and will not be running for re-election to the City Council. That  means the filing deadline will be extended from Friday,  August 8  to Wednesday, August 13 for everyone except the incumbents. The offices of City Council are elected for four year terms. The only requirements are that the candidate must be a registered voter and reside within the City of Big Bear Lake. Candidates will receive informational handbooks when they obtain their filing papers. The City Clerk is available to assist with completing the necessary paperwork and answering any questions the candidate may have. For more information or to make an appointment, contact the City Clerk’s office at (909)866-5831 or visit...

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Firefighters Focus on Prevention

Big Bear City, CA, June 4, 2014 – The San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Residential Assessment Program is back for a second year. In the coming weeks, firefighters will be going door-to-door handing out information and offering to walk the properties with homeowners on the spot and provide free evaluations of defensible space. They’ll focus on neighborhoods in the unincorporated parts of the Valley, outside City of Big Bear Lake and CSD service areas. Defensible space is the term for a critical buffer zone around a home where combustible materials have been removed or trimmed to minimize the chance of a wildfire being carried to the building. Ideally, it extends outward from a residence 100 feet, or to the property line, whichever is less. Homeowners are urged to clear all dead vegetation from this space and around any propane tanks, cut tree limbs from the bottom six feet of a trunk and from over roofs, and keep wood piles and combustible patio furniture at least 30 feet from homes. If you don’t want to wait for the knock on the door, you can also schedule a no-charge assessment by calling (909)...

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Jim Miller crowned Man About Town

Big Bear Lake, CA – 5/19/2014 – The annual fund raiser Man About Town raised a over $61,000 for Soroptimists International and women’s health issues in the Big Bear Valley.   Sunday night three contestants–Michael Natzic, Ray Hino and Jim Miller–made the final push for this years  Man About Town title.   With supporters, friends and family in attendance, the hats were passed, skits performed and money tallied ending this year’s six week frenzy of fund raising events.  A total of $61,024 was raised, not besting past years, but still an impressive total as new rules limited candidates to two events each.  With the tally finished, Jim Miller, Rotary President and City Department head, received the traditional cane and top hat signifying his victory.   “It’s all in good fun, which exploits the male ego desire to win in an effort raise money for good causes”, said last year’s Man About Town winner, Fire Chief Jeff...

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Grand Reopening Ceremony for Village at 3:00 Today

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 31, 2013 – The Village Streetscape Reconstruction Project is complete, and the public is invited to a grand reopening ceremony at 3 p.m. today at Copper Q (645 Pine Knot Avenue). City of Big Bear Lake officials will present before-and-after photos of the village that highlight major improvements made, such as heated sidewalks, seat walls, propane-fueled outdoor fire pits, street pavers, curbs, gutters, landscape developments, lighting, street signs, and decorative street crossings. Light refreshments will be served. The six-month project began in April and was funded by grants, Measure T, Measure Y and local developer impact fees. Except for a few days around July 4th to accommodate visitors, work was done continuously to finish before...

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