City Council adopts budget forecasting the continuation of steady growth in all three major revenue sources.

On June 13, 2017, the City Council adopted the annual operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18. The outlook for the coming year indicates the continuation of steady growth in all three major revenue sources (property taxes, transient occupancy taxes and sales taxes); as such, the City’s budget is balanced with operating revenues in excess of operating expenditures and includes an investment in Capital Projects of $4.3 million of which $2.7 million is appropriated for Street Improvements.

The City remains diligent in its pursuit of alternative sources of funding to supplement local monies for infrastructure projects and has been quite successful at acquiring grant funding. In fact, 39% of the funding for budgeted capital and infrastructure enhancements will be provided by grants which have been awarded to the City.

In November 2008 voters adopted Measure Y, a measure to set aside 2% of the TOT collected for capital improvements aimed at enhancing the visitor experience. The passing of this measure has truly kept our local dollars in the community and improved and modernized our City. Since 2008, $7 million in Capital Projects have been funded through Measure Y funds. We will continue to utilize available funds from Measure Y to sustain the future of our unique mountain home and vibrant economy with new and inventive projects. Below is a chart depicting the projects utilizing Measure Y funds through budget years ending June 30, 2017. 


Date: October 18, 2017
District: 8 – Riverside/San Bernardino
Phone: (909) 383-4631



SAN BERNARDINO - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 8 is pleased to announce that the winter preparation maintenance work on State Route 18 (SR- 18) in the “Arctic Circle” will be completed one week ahead of schedule. The work will be finished on Thursday, October 19 at 4:00 p.m.

Caltrans crews have spent the last three weeks performing routine maintenance operations in preparation for the winter months, including repairing guardrail, cleaning drains, replacing and repairing damaged signs, slope scaling, turnout clearance, and other related work.

Know before you go! To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to and sign up for commuter alerts. View traffic conditions at

State of California • Department of Transportation

Date: August 29, 2017
District: 8 – Riverside/San Bernardino Counties
Phone: (909-383-4631


SAN BERNARDINO - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is nearing completion of the project to repair and replace damaged sidewalks, curbs, gutters, including three traffic signals at various locations along State Route 18 (SR 18) in Big Bear Lake. This project was necessary to repair damage caused by years of snow removal and base failure, and to perform sidewalk and traffic upgrades to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

Final striping will take place between Pine Knot Avenue and Stanfield Cut-off. Work will occur the nights of August 28 and August 29 between 7:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. One lane of traffic will be closed at a time and there will be a flagging operation in place to control traffic.

Caltrans expresses its gratitude to the City of Big Bear Lake, the businesses, and community members for their patience and support during this project.

Know before you go! To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to and sign up for commuter alerts. View traffic conditions at

State of California • Department of Transportation

Date: August 25, 2017
District: 8 – Riverside/San Bernardino Contact: Phone: (909) 383-4416



SAN BERNARDINO—The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues the paving project on State Route 18 (SR 18) in Big Bear from Talmage Road to Pineview Drive. The actual grind and pave portion of the project is set to begin on Monday, August 28.

The work hours will remain Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. There will be no lane closures Friday through Sunday. No work will be done over the Labor Day weekend until the following Wednesday, September 6.

Lane closures and traffic control will be in place from now until the end of September to complete the grinding and paving work in one direction of SR 18 each day starting with the median and then the #1 and 2 lanes. The work will start at either Paine Road or Stanfield Cutoff and continue in one direction each day. A two hour window will be needed after the paving is completed to allow the material to set up before traffic can be permitted on that portion of the roadway.

Motorists are advised that they will experience delays during the grind and pave operation. Caltrans staff will be on site to monitor traffic in an effort to minimize delays to the motoring public, the community and businesses.

All work is dependent of weather. The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of October 2017.

As always, check traffic conditions on the Caltrans QuickMap at before your trip. Motorists are advised to plan ahead, add extra time to their commute, and consider alternate routes to avoid the work. Know before you go! Stay informed about roadwork in the Inland Empire and go to to sign up for commuter alerts.

August 14, 2017


LOCATION: Big Bear Boulevard


The Southwest Gas roadwork along Big Bear Boulevard is now finished.

The project, which began in April between Talmadge Road and Mountainaire Lane and from Pine View Drive to the senior citizens center finished on Thursday, August 10.

Southwest Gas crews, and their contractors, successfully replaced underground gas pipes along Big Bear Boulevard. This routine replacement project helps ensure the continued delivery, safety, and reliability of natural gas to the Big Bear area for years to come.

Thank you to local residents, businesses and our partners for your cooperation, patience and support throughout the course of this project.


Motorists are advised that Caltrans will be conducting roadwork which includes resurfacing the project area roads.



The project hotline will remain open through Friday, August 18. (8 AM - 5 PM Monday-Friday)

Please drive with caution through the construction zones and obey traffic signage and speed limits as they are in place for the safety of nearby residents, businesses, travelers, and contractor crews.

Big Bear Summer Construction Details

Multiple construction projects are ongoing and planned for the summer months to complete the undergrounding work that was started last spring and completely overlay Big Bear Boulevard. These projects will provide much needed updates to our Natural Gas lines, enhanced reliability on all utility services and smoother more aesthetically pleasing main thoroughfare for our residents and visitors. We understand that the number of projects, timeframes and detours can be frustrating and feel like an inconvenience, but all work will help generate improvements that will benefit our community.

Below is a summary of details for the projects to help plan your travel over the next several months.

1. Caltrans:

  • Work on handicap returns and curb gutter and asphalt work is scheduled to be completed prior to the July 4th Holiday Asphalt repairs will also continue along the “front grade” (18/330) for completion by winter. Culvert maintenance will take place in the fall as it has in previous years.

  • Full overlay of Big Bear Boulevard handled by Matich Construction is scheduled to begin on August 1st and continue through October. Traffic control will be in effect during the project.

2. Bear Valley Electric Service:

  • BVES still plans to be fully underground and wire pulling/topping of utility poles complete by June 30th

3. Charter:

  • Work for undergrounding of Charter lines is now mostly contained to side streets. No work will be done by Charter contractors June 30th through July 10th

4. Southwest Gas

  • Southwest Gas contractor Arizona Pipeline continues work to the natural gas line along Big Bear Boulevard. Beginning June 22 all steel plates will be ground down for ease of travel through the July 4th Holiday. Work is scheduled to be completed by June 30th with the exception of a few services in the Red Ant Hill area July 6th and 7th 

The City of Big Bear Lake would like to remind residents holding yard sales this Memorial Day Weekend to obtain a ‘No-Fee Permit’.

Permit applications are available at the public counter in the Civic Center, located at 39707 Big Bear Blvd. The Civic Center is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Due to the busy holiday weekend and in lieu of the permit application, the City will permit residents to come in to City Hall and log their address or call (909) 866-5831 to be added to the list.

In addition, please do not post yard sale signs on power poles, street sign poles, traffic signal poles, trees or on any object in the public right-of-way. Be kind to the environment and do not post signs on trees – doing so could cause potential damage.

For more information, call the Community Services Department at (909) 866-5831.

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Amgen TourOn May 19th Big Bear Lake will once again serve as host for the Amgen Tour of California. The Stage 6 Time Trial will be the race’s first ever high-altitude Time Trial, and the world will be watching as this tour cycling event includes two hours of live TV coverage on 24 media outlets worldwide broadcasting our community to over 11.3 million households in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

Help us welcome the Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 Time Trial participants by making the community even more beautiful before their arrival. City staff is busy throughout the City, in residential neighborhoods and business districts, sprucing up for warmer weather and all upcoming special events. Be sure to say hello to our public works crews as they work on these projects.


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