Category: Government

Obama Uses Antiquities Act to Create Three New Southern California National Monuments

Big Bear Lake, CA February 12, 2016 – New legislation was proceeding to create Desert and Mountain protection spearheaded by Senator Feinstein and Congressman Cook in a bipartisan effort, yet the president unilaterally used Antiquities Act to create what is being called the California Desert Monument.   Recently, the Big Bear Lake City Council, in a letter, urged the legislative process to continue and address the concerns of all the stakeholders in this vast and diverse area.  Three regions are now designated including “Sand to Snow” which includes San Gorgonio and areas of the San Bernardino National Forest. The reactions...

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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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City Council Reaffirms Ban on Marijuana Dispensaries

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 13, 2016 – On Monday evening, the Big Bear Lake City Council received a presentation from staff regarding the continuation of a ban on medical marijuana cultivation, dispensaries, and delivery services in all zones of the City of Big Bear Lake. These include residential zones, commercial, public, open space, and Village specific zones. Following opening a Public Hearing and receiving no public comment, the Hearing was closed. The Council also approved a Municipal Code Amendment and adoption of an Ordinance regulating Synthetic Drugs, sometimes known as Bath Salts, to Title 9 Public Peace, Morals and Welfare, Division IV Offenses Against Public...

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Big Bear Lake City Council Votes on New Positions

 Big Bear Lake, CA, December 18th, 2015 – On Monday evening the Big Bear Lake City Council voted to decide the positions of Mayor , Mayor Pro Tem, Chairman and Vice Chairman for Big Bear Lake Fire District as well as Chairman and Vice Chairman for the Successor Agency.  A board made necessary when the Governor Brown signed into law the abolishing Redevelopment Agencies statewide. Mayor David Caretto and Mayor Pro Tem Bill Jahn were re-elected back to office for another year. Chairman Rick Herrick was re-elected as Fire District Chairman with Randy Putz serving as Vice Chairman.   Chairman...

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San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Accepts Resignation of Human Resources Director

UPDATE   San Bernardino County, CA, November 13, 2015 – In March, San Bernardino County Human Resources Director Andrew Lamberto, was cited and later pleaded guilty to agreeing to engage in prostitution. County CEO Greg Devereaux did not inform the Board of Supervisors about the incident until Oct. 21. Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors finalized the departure of Human Resources Director Lamberto from the county government organization. Given the nature by which the incident was brought to the Board’s attention, at the Board’s direction, County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux is working with County Counsel to draft a policy by December 15 for the Board’s public consideration that would ensure the Board is immediately made aware of these types of incidents in the future. “It is now time to move on and focus our energies on meeting the needs of our county community,” Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos said. He made it clear that the Board is elected to govern the County and takes its role seriously. The Board fully understands that it is accountable to the public for the County’s performance and for ensuring that problems are addressed appropriately and swiftly. In exchange for a mutual release of all potential claims and to avoid the likelihood of costly litigation, the County has accepted Mr. Lamberto’s resignation and he will be on settlement-related leave until May 27, 2016, but he will not serve...

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