Former Big Bear Lake Mayor Bill Speyers Passes Away Today at Age 86

The portrait of Mayor Bill Speyers still hangs in Hofert Hall at the Big Bear Lake Civic Center.

Big Bear Lake, CA -- The Big Bear Valley lost one of its more distinguished contributors with this morning’s passing of former Big Bear Lake Mayor Bill Speyers, who died in the 4am hour with Paddy, his wife of 65 years, at his side and one of his beloved boxer dogs nearby. Speyers had, citing health reasons, resigned from his post as Treasurer … [Read more...]

City Council Endorses Ballot Initiatives, Approves Boulder Bay Park and Knickerbocker Road Improvements, and Will Look Into Bingo Payouts

The League of California Cities presentation before Council outlined the state's history of revenue cuts to local governments. Of the 91 initiatives proposed for the November 2 election, 10 of them are related to economic reform, including the Local Taxpayers, Public Safety and Transportation Protection Act discussed by presenter Nancy Cisneros.

Big Bear Lake, CA -- At this week’s meeting of the City Council of Big Bear Lake, the full Council supported a ballot measure for the November 2 election that would allow Big Bear Lake voters to determine whether they are in favor of a city charter amendment to extend Department of Water and Power Board requirements to all DWP customers, … [Read more...]

Those Outside Big Bear Lake May Be Eligible for Appointment to DWP Board–Pending November 2 Vote by City Residents

Sugarloaf resident and DWP customer Bob Ybarra has been among those campaigning for DWP representation beyond Big Bear Lake. He and Denise Proffer were among those to thank City Council for addressing the issue.

Big Bear Lake, CA -- Department of Water and Power customers who live beyond the boundaries of the City of Big Bear Lake may have opportunity to serve on the DWP Board of Commissioners—should voters within Big Bear Lake vote in favor of this amendment to the city’s charter on the November 2, 2010 ballot. Prompted by urgings of those who live … [Read more...]

City Council to Consider DWP Board Representation from Outside Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake, CA -- Department of Water and Power customers living outside the boundaries of the City of Big Bear Lake have long campaigned for representation on the DWP Board of Commissioners. In August 2009, the DWP Board made a recommendation that the City Council consider a change in residency requirements for commissioners, as roughly 40 … [Read more...]

Planning Commission, Airport District, BVUSD and Municipal Water District Boards Meet This Week

Big Bear Valley, CA -- There are four more public meetings being held by local governing agencies in the coming days, the first of which is this afternoon’s Planning Commission meeting for the City of Big Bear Lake. In their 1:15 meeting in Hofert Hall, the Planning Commission led by Chair Anne Zimmerman will consider a request to install a … [Read more...]

Department of Water and Power and County Supervisors Hold Tuesday Morning Meetings

There are two public meetings scheduled for tomorrow morning, the first of which is the 9am meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Department of Water and Power. Tuesday morning’s meeting, to be held at the DWP offices on Garstin Drive in Big Bear Lake, is scheduled to include board committee assignments, as well as contract approval, to … [Read more...]

Steve Foulkes Retains Position as DWP Chairman, Per Thursday’s Unanimous Board Election

Big Bear Lake, CA -- The Board of Commissioners for the Department of Water and Power convened for a special meeting yesterday morning, during which time board elections were conducted. However, all existing positions remain intact, so Steve Foulkes will continue as the chairman of the board for the DWP, Fred Miller remains as vice chairman and … [Read more...]

School Board Meets at BBHS This Evening; Airport District, DWP and MWD Also Scheduled to Meet This Week

The Board of Trustees for the Bear Valley Unified School District will be headed to Big Bear High School this evening, as the regular board meeting will be taking place at the school site, where Principal Mike Ghelber will share specifics of a Principal Data Presentation. This evening’s BVUSD meeting at BBHS is also scheduled to include a … [Read more...]

CSD Accepts Water Master Plan, Reviews Board Election Policy, and Signs 40-Year Lease With the Rec’ and Park District

The award-winning team of the CSD Water Department (from left): Greg Ricketts, Jerry Griffith, Superintendent Tim Moran, Ralph Marquardt and Joe Saali.

The Board of Directors for the Big Bear City Community Services District convened for their one regular meeting of the month (as February 15’s will be adjourned for the Presidents’ Day holiday) and, under the direction of new President Marge McDonald, the February 1 meeting began with presentation items. For starters, the CSD Water Department, … [Read more...]

Big Bear Valley in Recovery from Epic Storm; Monday Morning Update on Power, Roads, Schools, Mail, Emergency Shelter

The "storm of the decade" has made for an adventure in rugged (yet beautiful) mountain living.

Big Bear Valley, CA -- Last week’s storms were epic, in that we received five feet of snow in the Big Bear Valley, prompting a state of emergency to be declared by the County of San Bernardino. Though we had a beautiful, sunny weekend, many of us (if not most of us) have gone hours or even days without power, phone, cable, Internet, water and … [Read more...]