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 … [Read more...]

David Pickard, Local Realtor for 34 Years and Father to Five, Passes Away at Home on Saturday

David Pickard, a realtor and Big Bear Valley resident, for 34 years

Erwin Lake, CA -- David Pickard, owner of Boulder Bay Real Estate with wife Teresa and a realtor in the Big Bear Valley for 34 years, passed away at his home in Erwin Lake on Saturday, April 3. Prior to purchasing his own company in 2007, Pickard had worked for Spencer Real Estate and, in the early 1990s, had the foresight to design the agency’s … [Read more...]

Note to Property Owners: Taxes Due by April 12 to Avoid 10% Penalty

San Bernardino County, CA -- Homeowners are reminded that the second property tax installment is due in less than two weeks. San Bernardino County Tax Collector Larry Walker reminds that taxes from property owners must be received by Monday, April 12 to avoid penalties, though many payment options are available. Property taxes can be paid over the … [Read more...]

Swap, Sale and Deed: Community Services District Excited About Property Exchanges With County and Park District

Marge McDonald, who serves as Big Bear City Community Services District President

Big Bear City, CA -- During agenda items for the Board of Directors for the Big Bear City Community Services District, President Marge McDonald announced, “I could not be happier with these things listed under Old Business.” The business item at hand, at the March 1st CSD meeting, addressed the reassignment of East Valley properties--via sale, … [Read more...]

Community Services District’s Board to Discuss Properties in March 1 Meeting

Big Bear City, CA -- As today marks the first Monday of the month, the Board of Directors for the Big Bear City Community Services District, now overseen by President Marge McDonald, will convene for their regular meeting at 5:30pm this evening. Today’s meeting, at the CSD offices at 139 E. Big Bear Boulevard in Big Bear City, will include … [Read more...]

County Supervisors Reduce Local Parks Commission by Two, Though a Vacancy Remains; Grant Funding to Be Pursued for Paradise Park

San Bernardino County Supervisors addressed Big Bear parks and park commissioners in their meeting on Tuesday. Per the recommendation from our Third District County Supervisor Neil Derry, the number of Advisory Commissioners for the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District was reduced from seven to five and, subsequently, Kathryn Poole was … [Read more...]

Improvement Agency Funds to Provide for Ongoing Updates to Village of Big Bear Lake

An update to the Village of Big Bear Lake is underway, and community input on the long-term project will be welcomed during public workshops in May. In attending to Improvement Agency business during Monday’s City Council meeting, $129,000 in Improvement Agency funds were approved for contract services to prepare phase two of the Village Specific … [Read more...]

Big Bear Lake City Council Recognizes Firefighters, School District; New Housing Agreement Approved

Big Bear Lake Fire Captain John Arden (third from left, with Firefighter David Jayne, Chief Rod Ballard and Mayor Liz Harris) was celebrated for his contributions to the department over 20 years.

Big Bear Lake, CA -- Big Bear Lake firefighters were recognized during this week’s City Council meeting, in a presentation by Fire Chief Rod Ballard and Mayor Liz Harris. Those singled out for recognition and service pins were Captain John Arden and Firefighter David Jayne. Chief Ballard pointed out that Arden had been in Big Bear during the … [Read more...]

Anne Zimmerman Retains Top Position on Planning Commission; Resort’s Building Requests Approved

In yesterday’s meeting of the Planning Commission for Big Bear Lake, the Commission voted to keep both Chairman Anne Zimmerman and Vice Chair Richard Lambert in their current posts. Commissioners for the City, who are appointed by the City Council, also include Jim DeGroot, Craig Smith and David Caretto. As compensation for their time at first … [Read more...]

City Council Update: New PCFs Take Oath, Village Specific Plan Moves Forward, Marijuana Dispensaries Denied, and Street Name Changes Approved

This week’s meeting of the City Council of Big Bear Lake opened with two presentation items, including a proclamation recognizing Big Bear Discovery Center Director Denis Thomas (who retires in January after an eight-year run) and the oath of office to the Big Bear Lake Fire Department’s new paid call firefighters Jared Cheek, Jenny Plumhoff, … [Read more...]