Category: Government

2nd Annual Community Career Fair

Big Bear, CA – The Big Bear Chamber of Commerce and Big Bear High School are co-hosting the 2nd Annual Community Career Fair on Wednesday, September 6, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the high school gymnasium. The event is free and open to all members of the community, ages 14 and older. The Community Career Fair is an opportunity for all Bear Valley residents to discover job opportunities, job training options, and types of careers by visiting and talking with representatives in a variety of industries and local businesses. There will be an opportunity to submit applications and resumes....

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Big Bear Lake Welcomes New Director Of Public Works & Engineering

Big Bear Lake, CA – John Harris will be appointed as the City’s new Director of Public Works and Engineering beginning September 5, 2017. John currently serves as the Public Works Director for the City of Montrose, Colorado, is a licensed Professional Engineer and graduate of the University of Arizona. Montrose is located between Telluride and Grand Junction with a population of approximately 18,000.  The similar dynamics and terrain of Montrose to Big Bear Lake have well prepared John for a position with the City. He is highly experienced in construction, engineering, infrastructure, and utility management. John’s extensive leadership skills will serve the City of Big Bear Lake well as they continue moving forward with significant projects and operations. John has been involved in a number of community organizations throughout his career and previously worked for sixteen years in management of military aircraft test and development projects prior to obtaining his degree from the University of Arizona.  He is married, has one son, and is an avid outdoorsman and mountain...

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Fire Prevention Fees Still Due for Prior Billings

Big Bear, CA – Property owners who owe fire prevention fees are still required to make payment for fiscal years 2011-12 through 2016-17. Passage of the bipartisan cap and trade bill, Assembly Bill 398, suspended the fire prevention fee going forward, but does not impact existing fire prevention fee obligations. Effective July 1, 2017, AB 398 suspends fire prevention fee billings starting with fiscal year 2017-18. Bills issued to property owners for prior fiscal years 2011-12 through 2016-17, that have not been paid, are still owed and if not paid in a timely manner, may have penalties and interest assessed. If...

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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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Financial Assistance Available to Forest Landowners

Big Bear, CA – Over the last several years California has experienced abnormally dry conditions. These conditions have fueled wildfires that are challenging our natural resources. The Natural Resources Conservation Service has federal funding for forestland owners that are experiencing dead trees, trees threatened by beetles and other pests, and thick understory that poses wildfire risk. On Saturday, March 18th, at the Big Bear Discovery Center from 9:00 – 11:00am, there will be an opportunity to learn more about forest health and opportunities to apply for funding to protect your forestland. There will be representatives from several agencies such as...

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