Tag: County Supervisor Derry

Escrow Closes on New Zoo Property; Community Input on Relocation Project to Be Sought in August or September

Big Bear Lake, CA — County Supervisor Neil Derry has just announced the purchase of a 10.4 acre parcel of land in lower Moonridge, to relocate and expand the Moonridge Animal Park, as escrow on the $2 million property closed this week. For nearly a decade, the zoo relocation project has been in various stages of discussion and implementation with action in earnest occurring over the last five years, per Derry’s office. The parcel was financed with San Bernardino County funds that had been set aside over several years, as well as matching state funds from Proposition 40. Various bureaucratic obstacles had impeded progress on the project, per a statement issued by Supervisor Derry, and the county was at risk of losing the state’s matching funds had it not acted. Per Derry, “The zoo was a pipeline project in grave danger when I took office and I expressed my commitment and support for the relocation to the curator and county staff. This was a true collaborative effort, and I am very proud of the results and excited about the zoo’s future.” The Moonridge Animal Park, home to over 150 birds and animals, is one of only two alpine zoos in the country and is entirely self-sufficient, via ticket sales and fundraising efforts overseen by the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District. In its current location, at the south...

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County’s Pit Bull Ordinance Receives Preliminary Approval; Final Vote Set for July 13

San Bernardino County, CA — In a move intended to reduce animal attacks, the number of animals in San Bernardino County shelters, and the number of animals destroyed by the county, an ordinance requiring virtually all pit bull and pit bull-type dogs in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County to be spayed or neutered won unanimous preliminary approval from the Board of Supervisors this week. If the County Board grants final approval to the ordinance when they convene on July 13, it would go into effect 30 days later–and owners of pit bulls would then have 30 days from implementation (making it September’s second week) to comply. As outlined by the county, about 20 percent of the dogs housed in county shelters are pit bull or pit-bull types, and about 20 percent of the dog bites reported in the county are from this breed; also, almost 80 percent of pit bull and pit bull-type dogs housed in county shelters end up being euthanized, which is a higher percentage than any other breed. According to First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, who supported the ordinance with Supervisor Neil Derry, “During the past five years, four people have been killed by these dogs. No other breed of dog has killed anyone in our county during that time.” The ordinance, which would apply to all but registered pure-breed pit bulls and those...

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County Supervisors to Consider Pit Bull Ordinance on Tuesday; Supervisor Derry in Big Bear This Weekend

San Bernardino County, CA — In tomorrow morning’s meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, they will consider an ordinance that would dictate that all pit bull and pit bull-like dogs within the County’s unincorporated areas (which would include Big Bear City, Baldwin Lake and Fawnskin) be spayed or neutered. This ordinance pertaining to all pit bulls age four months and older is prompted, in part, by the fact that they represent 20 percent of all dogs admitted to county animal shelters, while also in the top three breeds for dogs impounded and the number one breed to be euthanized. “Our ultimate goal is to make San Bernardino County a safe community for residents and their pets,” says our Third District County Supervisor Neil Derry. “This ordinance goes as far as state law will allow us to go in addressing an issue that is clearly of great concern to the public.” Derry is co-sponsoring the ordinance (which goes before the Board during the 10am June 22 meeting) with First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. The pit bull ordinance was created with the County’s Animal Care and Control Division and, per overseeing Public Health Division Chief Brian Cronin, “The objective is to decrease the number of pit bull and pit bull-type dogs running at large in the community, and reduce impounds and euthanasia of this breed while decreasing the...

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County Supervisors to Vote on Breakthrough Task Force’s Social Host Ordinance on Tuesday

Big Bear/San Bernardino, CA — The efforts of the Breakthrough Task Force, the grassroots community group based here in Big Bear and sponsored by Big Bear Recovery Services, go before the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors tomorrow, June 15. The Task Force has been meeting for years and, in recent months, has invited law enforcement and other groups including the Rim Youth Prevention Leadership Coalition to join them in drafting the Social Host Ordinance, which would make liable those adults who provide alcohol for minors. County Supervisor Neil Derry brought the Social Host Ordinance before the County Board in May and, come Tuesday morning, the five supervisors will vote on adoption which, if passed, the Social Host Ordinance would become law in 30 days (on July 15) and result in fines for offending adults. Bonnie Shaffer, who has spearheaded the Task Force effort, tells KBHR, “We are excited as this has been a long time coming. We at the Breakthrough Task Force have been working on this for a long time and this ordinance will hold adults responsible when they provide underage people a place to drink.” In an earlier statement from County Supervisors Chairman Gary Ovitt, he said of the ordinance, “Some adults, believing that young people will be drinking anyway, think that providing them a safe place to do their drinking, even supplying them with alcohol,...

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Big Bear Welcomes Home Team Jordan Romero, Celebrating Their Seven Summits Quest and Record-Breaking Mt. Everest Climb With “Live Your Dreams” Fair

Big Bear Lake, CA — The star of yesterday’s Live Your Dreams Fair at Big Bear Middle School was eighth grader Jordan Romero, who, along with climbing partners dad Paul Romero and Karen Lundgren, were welcomed home to Big Bear and celebrated for their record-breaking summit to the top of Mt. Everest on May 22. The community—including countless BBMS students–came out in support of Team Jordan Romero, as did the dignitaries, many of whom presented the 13-year-old climber with proclamations and accolades, which he humbly accepted to the cheers of those in attendance. Among those June 9 acknowledgments was a statement from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. As read by Big Bear Lake Mayor Liz Harris, “As a fellow athlete, I commend you for challenging your determination… your perseverance is the hallmark of a true champion.” Jordan also received commendations from Senator Bob Dutton and Assemblyman Paul Cook, as well as a visit from Third District County Supervisor Neil Derry, and comments from BVUSD Superintendent Nancy Wright, who said his legacy is the hope he gives all of us. BBMS Principal Julie Chamberlin did her part, in trying to secure something from President Obama and, in the course of many phone calls to the White House, she told Jordan, “They’d all heard of you!” As his principal, Chamberlin said, many people had asked her if she thought the arduous climb of...

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