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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 reappointed to another term on the commission that also includes Gloria Rose and Bob Ybarra. Don Pletcher also remains on the commission on an expired term though, per Joseph Turner from Supervisor Derry’s office, Pletcher will be reappointed, and this should take place at the next Supervisors’ meeting on March 2. Of the other three posts on the up-until-now seven-member commission, both Jennifer McCullar and Rudy Macioge resigned, per the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District, and Commissioner Cassy Benson did not receive re-appointment, as indicated by last week’s Rec and Park meeting agenda packet. So, all that being said, once Pletcher’s re-appointment is confirmed, there will still be one vacancy on the local parks commission and those interested in serving on behalf of the community at large—rather than on behalf of a specific Big Bear Valley area, as had been the case—can apply via the website of the County’s Clerk of the Board. According to Turner in San Bernardino, “We are currently taking applications and, so far, have two applicants.” County Supervisors also took action...

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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 Plan Update. As explained by the City’s Redevelopment Director Lyle Haynes, who has overseen the project, complete with community input in 2009, “The Village Specific Plan Update will develop land use and design alternatives for the future vision of the Village. The idea is to come up with various development alternatives; then, the community and the decision-makers can choose which alternatives will go through the environmental review process. It’s kind of a combination of things. On the private side, we’ll look at updating the development standards, such as height requirements and setbacks, as well as signage, and allowing for more outdoor dining and things that will make the Village more pedestrian-friendly. On the public side, we’ll look at new amenities and public improvements, including more restrooms and the placement of parking, as well as improving pedestrian linkages to the lakefront. We’d also like to add a central gathering spot or park with potential for an outdoor amphitheater.” Haynes anticipates that this will, all told, be a fairly long process, which would include community meetings...

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

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 winter of 1969, though his career with the Big Bear Lake Fire Department dates to 1990, when he started as a paid-call firefighter. Citing Captain Arden’s many accomplishments, Ballard said, “He is a true, actual hero.” Upon receiving his 20-year pin, Arden told Council, “It has been a pleasure to serve the community that raised me.” Fifteen-year firefighter David Jayne, who has also worked for both the Forest Service and the County’s Public Works Department, also started as a paid-call firefighter and now oversees the PCF program, prompting Chief Ballard to say, “He is a mentor.” Jayne, who also grew up in the Big Bear Valley, took his moment at the podium to thank the guys of the department, and his wife. Bear Valley Unified’s Superintendent Dr. Nancy Wright also stepped up to the podium, along with School Board President Beverly Grabe, and told Council that though she’s only been here three months, she was here for the epic storm. “I am honored to be a part of this community,” Wright...

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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 and third Wednesday meetings, Commissioners receive a $400 monthly stipend. In terms of action items at the January 6 meeting, the building requests from Snow Summit were approved, though per Director of Building and Planning Jim Miller, with some modifications in terms of architectural treatments. The resort additions will include a new, 10,340 square foot beginners center and ski and snowboard rental building, and expansion of 2,112 square feet to an existing 1,900 square foot building for use as a kids camp; the two buildings will be on a 3.15 acre parcel zoned Commercial...

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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, Brian Geary, Brandon Draucker and Carl Birkholm. The December 14 meeting adjourned, under just-elected Mayor Liz Harris, in memory of Ernie Stoll (a former World War II fighter pilot and, more recently, longtime volunteer with Citizens on Patrol) and Curly Musgrave of Crestline (an entertainer at the Cowboy Gathering, who passed away on Sunday). In the spaces in between, the City Council approved the final tract map for an eight-lot subdivision on the northwest corner of Fox Farm and Sandalwood; approved the name change on portions of Lakeview Drive and Paine Road to Big Bear Boulevard (at a cost of $2600 in new signage); approved the first reading of an ordinance that would deny the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries in Big Bear Lake; and approved the preliminary report prepared for the Village Specific Plan update process, directing staff to contract with RRM Design Group for completion of the update. Big Bear Lake City Council also adopted a resolution in support of the Local Taxpayer, Public Safety and Transportation Protection Act of 2010, a...

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