Tag: Governor Brown

CALFIRE Officials Confirm Over 66 Million Dead Trees in CA

Big Bear, CA, June 24, 2016 – As wildfires burn across California, new estimates on the number of dead trees in California were announced, prompting continued concern for California’s forest health and wildfire danger. The US Forest Service released the outcome of its latest aerial surveys over California forestland, finding that over 66 million trees have now died due to drought and bark beetles since 2010. That number is up from 29 million dead trees in 2015 and 3.3 million in 2014. CAL FIRE director, Chief Ken Pimlott states, “We must continue our work to remove dead trees around roadways...

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Continuing CA Drought Prompts Action

  Big Bear, CA, April 2, 2015 – California is drawing national attention as it enters into a fourth year of devastating drought. The state’s record low snowpack, diminishing reservoir levels and high temperatures have pushed the state into uncharted territory, with worsening impacts on water quality, agriculture, fire response, habitat, and fish and wildlife. As the state braces for a hot and dry summer, top state, federal and local officials will meet Thursday, April 9, to discuss drought response actions, impacts and steps underway to stretch California’s depleted water reserves this year. Among the topics to be covered at the 2015 Drought Briefing will be an overview of  the extended drought conditions in California, State and Federal response efforts, impacts on farms and fish, as well as the 2015 Save Our Water Campaign. Late last month, the California Assembly, Senate, and Governor announced emergency drought legislation that included one billion dollars in funds that could aid current drought efforts as well as proposed augmentations for emergency food assistance, emergency drinking water, and conservation actions. In an historic move, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order yesterday ordering water use to be slashed by 25 percent across the state. That could mean a savings of 1.5 million acre-feet of water over nine months. “This historic drought demands unprecedented action,” Brown said in a statement. “Therefore, I’m issuing an executive...

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New Water Use Regulations Coming?

Big Bear, CA, Sept. 11, 2014 – Governor Brown is expected to sign several bills, approved by the state legislature, into law this month, requiring local agencies to set up long term groundwater management plans. These new laws would allow state and local governments to intervene in groundwater use if necessary. California draws close to 60 percent of its water from groundwater sources and is the only state in the Western United States without groundwater management laws in place. Some who rely on private wells for their water see the potential law as an intrusion on their property rights. However, supporters of the law point out that groundwater is all connected and must be shared in times of drought. The Big Bear area was identified as one of the more than 500 groundwater basins throughout California and ranked as a ‘medium priority’ basin. That means Big Bear may be required to form a local groundwater sustainability agency by June of 2017 who would then have to adopt a long term plan by 2022. This new agency would monitor all groundwater use including private wells and allow DWP and CSD to modify pumping in areas where supply has declined. Currently, Big Bear’s water use appears to be in balance. With a relatively low water use rate per capita and some water use restrictions already in place, Big Bear’s groundwater supply...

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Village Renaissance Project

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 28, 2012, 3pm – On Monday night at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Big Bear Lake City Council it was announced by Mayor Jahn that money was now available for the Big Bear Lake Village Renaissance project. The Mayor serves on the San Bernardino Association of Governments, better know as SANBAG, and a similar Southern California agency named SCAG, through his efforts funding is now available for the work in the village. The village project was previously scuttled by Governor Brown as part of his efforts to help rescue the states red ink budget by killing improvement agencies statewide. Mayor Jahn explained that the project must be completed by June of 2013, but that City Engineer David Lawrence believes that is attainable.  In total 2.4 million will be available with an additional 1.2 million waiting in the wings if other projects are unable to meet next years deadline.  Because of the looming deadline, the village renaissance project was a perfect local  project, as the planning was previously completed and the project contractor Matich is prepared to begin construction as soon as the snow begins to clear in the spring.   Big Bear Village Project by Mike Evans...

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County Board of Supervisors Against $150 Fee For CSD Area Residents

Big Bear, Ca, July 12, 2011, 1:00pm – On July 12th the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors authorized legal counsel to investigate and pursue legal remedies against the state in response to the recent passage and signing of   Assembly Bill X1-29 by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill imposed a “fee” of $150 per inhabitable structure on all parcels of land in the unincorporated mountain areas of California, which includes Big Bear City, Fawnskin, Running Springs, and Crestline areas.  Supervisor Neil Derry, who represents the majority of the San Bernardino mountain communities stretching from Lake Arrowhead to Big Bear, believes this bill is an illegal tax and comes in the wake of the state’s announcement that it would also no longer fund the air supertanker program used to fight wildfires through air drops.  Those who are in the Big Bear City Community Services District area already pay a fee to the CSD for fire protection services.  KBHR will have more information about this issue as it becomes...

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