San Gabriel Mountains to be Designated as a National Monument

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San Dimas, CA, October 10, 2014 - President Obama is expected to make a statement today at Bonelli Park in San Dimas, announcing his plans to create a San Gabriel Mountains National Monument which would encompass 350,000 acres of public land. Stretching from Santa Clarita to San Bernardino County, the San Gabriel Mountains provide outdoor … [Read more...]

DWP Hands Over Rimforest Water

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Big Bear Lake, CA:  October 3, 2014 - In 1989, the City of Big Bear Lake acquired the water systems that the City of Big Bear Lake, Department of Water and Power (DWP) currently operates and maintains.  The systems include the majority of the Bear Valley plus the small water system of the unincorporated community of Rimforest, near Lake … [Read more...]

Replace the Shake: New Funds Available To Bring Roofs Into Compliance

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 26, 2014 - We hear a lot about maintaining “defensible space” around our mountain homes for fire protection--and rightly so--but it’s only part of the picture. Besides the presence of burnable vegetation immediately adjacent to buildings, the ignitability of a home also depends on its roofing materials. In one … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Hino Resigns as CEO of Bear Valley Community Healthcare District

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Big Bear Lake, CA - It was announced by Sara Russ the Hospital Board President, that Raymond Hino, Bear Valley Community Healthcare CEO has submitted his resignation effective on October 17, 2014. In a written statement Hino said “I want the entire Board to know that I am very appreciative to each of you for giving me the opportunity to lead this … [Read more...]

Knickerbocker Creek Trail Gets the Go Ahead

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 27, 2014 - The Big Bear Lake City Council, in a 2 to 3 vote, gave the nod to move ahead with the Knickerbocker Creek Multi-Use Trail Project. The Council had previously directed city staff to reject all 'over budget' bids and then renegotiate in order to lower costs. The total project price tag of $1,725,000. will be … [Read more...]

Election Update: Candidates Added to November Race

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 15, 2014 - The statewide general election is November 4, 2014, and voter information guides will be mailed out the first week of October. The Registrar of Voters updated their records overnight to include additional candidates for the Big Bear Airport District (see full list below). The ballot will include open seats on … [Read more...]

BBL City Council Awards Capital Improvement Contracts

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 16, 2014 - During Monday nights' meeting of the Big Bear Lake City Council, several capital improvement contracts were awarded with one large project in particular, rejected.  Contracts for the Knickerbocker parking lot, the Paine to Bartlett sidewalk and sewer lift rehabilitation were awarded.  But a 1.5 million dollar … [Read more...]

City Council Seats Up For Election

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 10, 2014 - Three seats on the Big Bear Lake City Council are up for election in November. They are the seats of current Mayor Jay Obernolte, Mayor Pro Tem David Caretto, and Councilmember Rick Herrick. Persons interested in running may take out candidate filing papers beginning July 14. David Caretto and Rick Herrick have … [Read more...]

Minimum Wage Increase and Gas Tax Decrease

Big Bear, CA, July 1, 2014 - California workers earning minimum wage should see a bump in their next paycheck. The first minimum wage hike in six years goes into effect today raising the hourly wage from eight to nine dollars. Although this should help most low paid workers, not everyone is happy about the increase. Many small business owners are … [Read more...]