Government Affairs & Regional Transportation Advisory Committee
Meeting Minutes - October 12, 2017
GA-RTAC Co-Chair/ Sandy Benson: Sandy was filling in for Austin Marshall to chair the meeting. October 12 is free ride day with any of Mountain Transit buses and encouraged attendees to ride the bus and get a free tote bag.
Big Bear Chamber of Commerce/Ellen Clarke: Pam Scannell has resigned, and applications for her position are being taken through 4:00 pm on October 16. The October 10 networking mixer was cancelled as there were not enough chili recipe entries. The October 24 mixer will be held at Bear Valley Farms.
Big Bear Fire Department/ Dawn Marschinke: The chipping program ends October 15th, and everyone is encouraged to call to make a chipping request. The department has personnel helping firefighting efforts in northern California and the canyon fires.
Caltrans/Scott Swift: The paving project on the Boulevard is estimated to be finished by October 20. The Arctic Circle project is ahead of schedule and should be completed by October 19. The Guard Rail Project on Hwy 18 in Running Springs is also ahead of schedule. The mountain division of Burtek donated seven, 3-yards-long trash bins for placing on turnouts during weekends and holidays to keep visitor trash under control. They will be placed at turnouts at Junction 173 and 18, just before the toboggan run below Snow Valley. Burtek will be monitoring and dumping them. It is possible the containers could be also placed in Big Bear in the future.
City of Big Bear Lake/ Public Works Director John Harris: The correct person at Frontier was contacted about the plan to take down poles and remaining wires. Three of four phases have been designed and released for work to begin October 16.. The 4th phase could still be in design for another month. A Caltrans representative will be in Big Bear Monday to oversee the project. City is required to raise their utilities to the asphalt and that project is underway. Paving is nearly complete in the upper area of the Village by Ironwood.
Big Bear Visitors Bureau/CEO Darien Schaeffer: The Visitors Bureau just spent $20,000 on video and photo acquisitions, shooting fall recreational opportunities for content to promote the Fall season next year in video and social media clips. They intend to spend up to $100,000 annually in marketing Big Bear and are pushing in the San Diego market to encourage overnight stays. Spartan race will be held at Snow Summit with an expected 14,000 participants over two days. VB is also partnering with Visit California on marketing. Two international media groups are visiting in December, from India and China. The visits are planned by Visit California and the Los Angeles Tourism Commission. Interviews will begin soon for the new Events Director and new Marketing Director positions.
State Senator Mike Morell/Field Rep. Joshua Monzon: SB54, the Sanctuary State bill requires that local law enforcement not communicate with the federal government. The Governor has until Monday to sign and pass bills.
SB179, SB219, and SB2 were reviewed again briefly, having been discussed during the September GA&RTAC meeting.
SB679, sponsored by the Senator, to increase the restriction to five years, prohibiting legislators from lobbying too soon after leaving public service, did not pass. AB1620 would further discourage the revolving door of legislators leaving office to take jobs as lobbyist, applying to the remainder of the two-year session in which a legislator resigned, when the one-year ban would take effect.
The Women of Distinction awards will recognize Cindy Carretto and Megan Meadors from Big Bear Lake this year.
State Assemblyman Jay Obernolte/Christopher Scott: Discussed previous bills addressed during the September meeting. The Assemblyman is opposed to bills SB54, SB2, and SB179. SB623 will place a 95-cent water tax on every house, and will be voted upon 2018. The Assemblyman did have about 10 bills signed into law. Awards will be designated for “business of the month” and “teacher of the month” in the mountain areas. They will coordinate with the Chamber for nominations.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:47 a.m.