Tag: Jay Obernolte

Fire Tax Fee Dropped for Rural Areas of California

The much debated and often labeled as an illegal and redundant tax will soon be dropped as part of Assembly Bill 398 — the Global Warming Solutions Act.   Although not linked to global warming the fire tax elimination was a method to garner more votes from rural assembly members on both sides of the political spectrum.  For a large number of property owners in Big Bear they will be overjoyed with the news as many considered it an unnecessary fee derived in order to help shore up weakened state budgets.    Several state lawmakers including Retired State Senator George...

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End of High-Speed Rail Could be put on Ballot

Big Bear, CA, February 9th, 2016 – Big Bear Lake Assemblyman Jay Obernolte is co-authoring Assembly Bill 1768, which empowers voters to rescind the “Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act” and redirect the remainder of the bond money to fund repairs to the state’s deteriorating roads and highways. Obernolte is one of several legislators who believes we need to readjust our transportation spending priorities, and California’s road maintenance program is woefully underfunded. Under the bill, approximately $7.75 billion dollars would be made available for road maintenance and rehabilitation. In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 1-A, authorizing $9.95 billion in general obligation bonds to...

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Assemblymember Jay Obernolte Picked to be Part of Historic Tech Caucus

Big Bear, CA, January 27, 2016 – Former Big Bear Lake Mayor and current 33rd District Assemblymember, Jay Obernolte, has been tapped to be part of the new California Legislative Technology and Innovation Caucus. Assemblymembers Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) and Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) co-chair the Tech Caucus and according to Calderon, “Innovation plays a critical role in advanced economies and is necessary for long-term, sustained growth. As the 8th largest economy in the world, investing in technology and fostering innovation remains critical to California’s economic prosperity. Our Caucus is committed to supporting policies that strike a balance between keeping the tech economy...

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Big Bear Kicks Off the Holidays with Christmas Tree Lightings and Santa

Big Bear, Ca, November 27, 2015 – Now that the Thanksgiving turkey has been eaten, it’s time to ring in Christmas in Big Bear. Tonight, in the heart of the village, you can join 6000 locals and visitors for the annual Village Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa’s Grand Entrance. Festivities begin at 5:00 pm with entertainment provided by Big Bear’s own Mountain Marvelettes and wandering carolers, The Voices of Christmas. Mayor David Caretto, Supervisor James Ramos, and Assemblyman Jay Obernolte will lead the countdown to officially light the tree. Once the tree is lit, Santa and Mrs. Claus will ride up Pine Knot in an antique fire engine greeting everyone before making their way to the Santa House where they will see children until 9:00 pm. On Saturday night, the Big Bear Fire Department hosts their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The party starts at 5:00 at the fire station in Big Bear City, with caroling, hot chocolate, cider, coffee, and activities for the kids. Families are asked to bring a plate of cookies to share. The tree will be lit promptly at 5:30 and Santa will be making a special visit. Kids, be sure to bring your wish...

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Big Bear Comes Together for Boys High School Soccer

Big Bear, CA, April 14, 2015 – At a reception at Jay and Heather Obernolte’s home on Saturday, April 11, a group of dedicated parents, students, and others saw their dream of a High School boys soccer team become a reality. A few months ago, some folks had the idea to create a soccer team for the boys at BBHS and started the process of raising the $25,000 needed to field a team for the 2015/2016 season. Soon the Lighthouse Project joined the effort and the word started getting out to the community. Local realtors started the ball rolling with donations totaling $3,000. The Rojas family hosted Taco Day at Sonora Cantina and raised $4,000. The soccer boys held a car wash and made $1,200 and Hacienda Grill raised $4,000 with the sale of ‘soccer balls’. $2,760 was received in mailed donations and Bruce and Kim Voight pledged $2,000 if and when they reached $23,000. Going into the evening of the reception at the  Obernoltes, there was $8,040 remaining to be raised. As people arrived at the gathering, another $3,000 was raised, leaving just over $5,000 to go. After thanking the community and those present for their generous support, Big Bear Lake Mayor Pro Tem Bill Jahn introduced Assemblyman Jay Obernolte who welcomed guests to his home and stated that he and his wife Heather would donate $1,000 to...

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