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The 2016-2017 winter months have brought the Big Bear community a record amount of precipitation which has been a welcome change to the drought Southern California has experienced in recent years. Along with the snowfall, an influx of visitors, narrowed streets, power and utility issues, berm reduction concerns, dangerous road conditions, etc. have made for a challenging time. While the overwhelming number of visitors we recently experienced is certainly beneficial for our economy here in Big Bear, it can also be stressful on those of us who have chosen our community for its calm and serenity. City staff has been continuing to work diligently to address the concerns of our residents and is continuing to work with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Caltrans and the U.S. Forest Service to combat many of the concerns arising out of this winter’s precipitation.

For more than 5 years the City of Big Bear Lake has teamed with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) to develop and revitalize Moonridge Road and the Rathbun Creek Corridor as a key feature of the Master Plan of Trails. The many hours, days, weeks and years of dedication brought this Plan to fruition on Monday, February 13th when Big Bear Lake City Council and Planning Commission received a presentation from MIG Consultants and accepted the Rathbun Corridor Sustainability Plan as complete and discussed moving forward with the next steps in implementation of this vision for the Big Bear Lake community. Please follow the links below for additional information.

Last month, our community experienced a once-in-ten year snow storm which caused a myriad of concerns and unusual circumstances for our residents. As we prepare for another holiday weekend with President’s Day, current weather predictions for another potential intense snow storm are all over the map. But, please be assured, that city staff is coordinating with other agencies to be prepare and, in abundance of caution, planning for "the perfect storm" with a combination of heavy rain and snowfall. In addition to that we are prepared for most of the lodging and Private Home Rentals (PHR) to be 100% occupied with an influx of visitors heading up for the long weekend. We are continuing to partner with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, Big Bear Fire Authority and the U.S. Forest Service to preemptively combat many of the concerns that are likely on the minds of residents and visitors alike. Contact information for important Valley agencies is included below for your convenience.

BIG BEAR LAKE, CA – At the February 13, 2017 Mid-Year Budget Workshop, City management shared with Council the news that the local economy continues to recover and major revenues are up 5%. As a result the City Council approved the contribution of $600,000 into Street Improvement Reserves setting aside funds for street repairs and other road improvements this coming Spring.

Over the last five years, Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenue has shown steady growth on a quarterly basis, including growth during shoulder seasons. Significant first quarter snowfall allowed last fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 to end well ahead of projections. The current fiscal year is following suit and is already well ahead of budget. Additionally, Sales Tax revenue is generating activity in excess of the adopted budget with growth in nearly every business segment.

BIG BEAR LAKE, CA – On February 13, 2017 members of the community, City Council and City staff gathered to discuss the recent frustrations which resulted from the January 2017 snow storm.

At the Regular City Council Meeting, David Lawrence City Engineer/Director of Public works offered a recap of snow plow operations during the January 19-January 23 snow storm. This once in ten year snow event caused a number of issues for residents and visitors alike due to snow removal issues and overcrowded streets. Following presentations from representatives of Snow Summit, LLC, Big Bear Fire Authority, United States Forest Service, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department the floor was opened to the public.

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