City of Big Bear Lake Rimforest System Sale, Measure E (June 2014)

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A City of Big Bear Lake Rimforest System Sale, Measure E ballot question was on the June 3, 2014 election ballot for voters in the city of Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County, California, where it was overwhelmingly approved.

Measure E authorized the city of Big Bear Lake to sell the Rimforest water system, which is outside of the city and provides water services to about 300 customers near Lake Arrowhead, to the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District. The city's Department of Water and Power (DWP) previously borrowed money through bonds and from the California Department of Water Resources in order to fund improvements to the city's water system. Together, the city still owed $21,633,846 on these loans prior to the approval of Measure E. The city was authorized by the majority "yes" vote on this measure to sell the Rimforest water system for an amount equal to the proportionate share of the water system debt that can be allocated to the Rimforest System.[1]

Election results

Measure E
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 749 75.73%
No24024.27%
Election results from San Bernardino County Elections Office

Background

The Big Bear DWP originally came into possession of the Rimforest water system through its acquisition of the Bear Valley Water System from the Southern California Water Company. The Rimforest water system was attached to the larger system purchased by the DWP, and the DWP was required to operate it through technicalities of the purchase.[2]

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:[3]

Shall the ordinance authorizing the sale of the Rimforest system by the City of Big Bear Lake Department of Water and Power to the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District be adopted?[4]

Impartial analysis

The following impartial analysis of Measure E was prepared by the office of the city attorney:[1]

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Full text

The full text of the ordinance enacted by Measure E is available here (dead link).

Support

Supporters

Stephen D. Foulkes submitted the official arguments in favor of Measure E:[2]

Arguments in favor

Official arguments

The following official arguments were submitted in favor of Measure E:[3]

Measure E authorizes the sale of the "Rimforest Water System" of the City of Big Bear Lake, Department of Water and Power ("DWP") to the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District ("LACSD").

In June of 1998, the DWP acquired Southern California Water Company's Bear Valley Water System, which included not only their system within the Big Bear Valley, but also a small system outside the valley known as the Rimforest Water System. The Rimforest Water System provides water services to approximately 300 customers near Lake Arrowhead. The DWP did not want to operate the Rimforest System, but technicalities within the condemnation proceedings required us to take over this system in 1989.

Our Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), the agency charged with overseeing government boundaries and services, has repeatedly encouraged the DWP and LACSD to negotiate a transfer of the Rimforest Water System because LACSD will be able to service the Rimforest customers more efficiently. Almost everyone agrees with this conclusion.

As part of the transfer LACSD has agreed to annually pay Rimforest's proportionate share of the remaining Bond and Loan, so the transfer will not financially impact DWP's customers here in Big Bear. LACSD has also agreed to maintain the DWP's water rate schedule for several years, so the transfer will not affect the Rimforest customer's bills through at least June 30, 2018.

The sale of the Rimforest Water System to LACSD would serve the interests of DWP's customers by eliminating the need to maintain and repair a water system that is 45 minutes away from DWP's office and is unnecessary for providing water service within the Big Bear Valley.

Please vote yes on Measure E to authorize the sale of the Rimforest Water System.[4]

—Stephen D. Foulkes, chair of DWP Board of Commissioners[3]

Opposition

No official arguments were submitted in opposition to Measure E. If you have an argument that you would like to see posted here, please email the Local Ballot Measure Project staff writer.

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