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County Supervisors to Vote on Social Host Ordinance, Drafted by Local Mountain Agencies

San Bernardino, CA — The efforts of Big Bear’s Breakthrough Task Force will go before the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in their meeting on Tuesday morning, as Supervisors will vote on the implementation of a Social Host Ordinance. As created by the Task Force and supporting agencies, including the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the ordinance would make it a crime for adults to allow minors to consume alcohol in their homes. Per a statement issued by the Board of Supervisors: “Research by the American Medical Association shows that alcohol is the leading cause of death among teenagers. Easy access to alcohol, especially at parties or other social gatherings, is a clear threat to the health and safety of our youth. Social gatherings such as house parties have been shown to be the primary source for underage drinking, and higher incidences of ‘binge drinking’ occur at such gatherings. The County of San Bernardino may join the list of local governments now cracking down on parents who host parties with alcohol for minors. Implementing this ordinance will give parents some peace of mind when their children attend a party at a friend’s house. It would allow law enforcement to cite parents who allow underage youth to drink on their property or host a party at which underage minors consume alcohol.” Per Third District County Supervisor Neil Derry, who...

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County Supervisor Derry to Deliver Keynote Address on Community Forum on Teen Drinking

Big Bear Valley, CA — Third District County Supervisor Neil Derry will be contributing to the efforts of Big Bear Recovery Service’s Breakthrough Task Force, the local group which has partnered with the Rim Youth Prevention Leadership Coalition to establish a Social Host Ordinance within the County and, specifically, our mountain communities. The Breakthrough Task Force is hosting a community forum on Tuesday, May 25; the 6:30pm event at the Big Bear Discovery Center will focus on the issue of underage drinking, and potential solutions, among them the Social Host Ordinance that has been drafted through a partnership with local agencies that include the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Forest Service. County Supervisor Derry will be the keynote speaker for the event on Tuesday, and local organizers with Big Bear Recovery Services are hoping for community participation in this, the ongoing effort to curb teen drinking and access to alcohol. For more information, contact Bonnie Shaffer of the Breakthrough Task Force at...

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East Valley Residents DeGriselles, Green, Wentz and Ybarra Apply for CSD Director Seat; Current Directors Hold on Appointment

Four men from the East Valley answered the call of the Big Bear City Community Services District, and submitted resumés for consideration by the Board of Directors, who sought to appoint a fifth director during their meeting of May 3. The applicants included Gary Wentz, CSD’s General Manager in the early ’80s, who has since just retired from military service; 32-year resident John Green, an employee of the County’s Special Districts Water and Sanitation Division, specifically overseeing the Fawnskin area; Thom DeGriselles, a hometown boy who returned to Bear City with his family in 2009, when he joined the Army National Guard after a career with the Alameda County Water District; and public meeting regular Bob Ybarra, a four-year Valley resident and employee of a local glass installation company. CSD’s President Marge McDonald introduced the four to the standing-room only crowd, announcing, “We have four viable candidates, or applicants.” As outlined in an earlier CSD meeting, Directors John Day, Rick Ollila and Jeff Newsome were to ask each applicant a question during the open session portion of the meeting, and then an appointee would be named, in order that they might fill the fifth, vacant post by May 11, when final budget proceedings for the district are scheduled to get underway. What had not been mentioned, however, until last night’s meeting is that McDonald would allow public comment, should...

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New Zoo Review: County Supervisors Approve Purchase of Golf-Course Adjacent Land for Moonridge Animal Park

Big Bear Lake, CA — After 50 years in Moonridge, the Moonridge Animal Park is moving—to Moonridge. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the governing body which oversees the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District responsible for the zoo, approved the $2 million purchase of a 10.46 acre parcel at the opposite end of the golf course in their meeting yesterday. The new site, on the corner of Clubview Drive and Moonridge Road, will more than quadruple the size of the existing facility, which is home to 150 birds and animals representing over 80 local species. The new acreage for the zoo is being purchased with over $1.5 million in Proposition 40 state park funds, and the remaining balance will be paid with previously dedicated County funds from the zoo’s CIP budget. In a statement from our Third District County Supervisor Neil Derry, he says, “For more than a decade, the County has been working to relocate this treasured asset. Finishing this project was a top priority of mine, since we were at risk of losing state funds if we did not act quickly.” Though the appropriation of funds for the purchase was approved on April 27, Reese Troublefield with the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District tells KBHR, “I don’t think it is in escrow yet, but it will be very shortly. When we acquire...

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County Supervisors, Parks Commission Scheduled to Meet on Tuesday

San Bernardino/Big Bear Lake, CA — San Bernardino County Supervisors convene for a regular meeting tomorrow morning, March 16, during which time they are expected to proclaim March as Child Abuse Prevention Month for the County of San Bernardino. In agenda items specific to the Big Bear Valley, Tuesday’s 10am meeting will include recognition of local historian Tim Sweet; Third District County Supervisor Neil Derry has added Sweet, who passed away a week ago Monday, to the memorial adjournment which will honor 17 residents from San Bernardino County. Supervisors meetings are available for viewing online, via sbcounty.gov/main/countyvision. And, after several tries over the last few months, the Advisory Commission for the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District will convene for their first regular meeting since November. With no snow in the forecast, Commissioners Don Pletcher, Kathryn Poole, Gloria Rose and Bob Ybarra are scheduled to meet at the Big Bear Senior Center at 5pm Tuesday evening, March 16. One vacancy on this commission remains, and can be applied for via the website of the Clerk of the Board for San Bernardino County. The school district’s Budget Advisory Committee also meets on Tuesday; see earlier posting for...

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