Oak Hills Property Owners Association

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Our Mission

The Oak Hills Property Owners Association is a non-profit organization comprised of local residents who are concerned with the rapid growth within the Oak Hills Planning Area and its potential adverse effect on our "rural lifestyle." Our mission: to present a unified voice for our community to local government, see to it that developers adhere to the Oak Hills Community Plan as it relates to land use issues.


OHPOA Board of Directors
Public Meeting


Thursday, September 3, 2015
7:00 P.M.
Oak Hills Community Center
(Fire Station # 40)
6584 Caliente Road, Oak Hills


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Welcome to the Oak Hills Property Owners Association website.

Here you can view information on proposed changes to our community. Some of these changes will impact our rural way of life for better or worse. Join us and get involved.

To our current members; we thank you, each and everyone, for your membership and your continuing support to keep our community rural.

"Keep It Rural"




Positive ruling for taxpayers will not be challenged. Hearing cancelled.

Hearing on motion to certify class cancelled

Today, the Sacramento County Superior Court issued a tentative ruling in HJTA’s fire tax case. In it, the court granted certification of a class including all persons who are entitled to a refund of fire taxes that they paid; that is, property owners who paid the fire tax and timely filed Petitions for Redetermination.

This tentative ruling is essentially exactly the outcome that HJTA was hoping for.

In typical circumstances, one or more party would request a hearing to discuss the tentative ruling, and try one last time to change the opinion of the court.

However, in this case HJTA has no desire to request such a hearing because we are satisfied with the tentative ruling. Moreover, attorneys for the State told HJTA attorneys late Thursday afternoon that the State will not request a hearing either.

Accordingly, the tentative ruling will become the final ruling and the hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow (Aug. 6) has been cancelled as unnecessary.

Please be advised that HJTA staff attorney Ryan Cogdill will be present at the courthouse tomorrow to inform members of the public interested in the hearing of its cancellation.

Opposing counsel's decision not to challenge the tentative ruling is a positive development for taxpayers and a step forward in the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association's challenge to the unfair fire tax.

Click here to read the tentative ruling.



The OHPOA Board of Directors Public Meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, August 6 has been canceled due to lack of a board quorum.

Our next meeting is scheduled for
September 3rd. See you there!



County Service Area 70, Oak Hills Has Levels Of Hexavalent Chromium Above The Drinking Water Standard

For more information, click here



Do you need non emergency assistance from the local fire department?

According to San Bernardino County Battalion Chief Dave Wetzel, residents in need of fire department non emergency assistance Monday through Friday from 7a.m. to 5p.m. should call the North Desert Division office at (760) 947-8023.

Saturday & Sunday and after hours call 911 and you will be directed to the correct location.

Always dial 911 for emergency responses.



North Fire Incident Information:

Last Updated: July 21, 2015 7:00 am FINAL

Date/Time Started: July 17, 2015 2:50 pm

Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit/ San Bernardino National Forest / San Bernardino County Fire

County: San Bernardino County

Location: off Interstate 15, south of Oaks Hills, in the Cajon Pass area

Acres Burned - Containment: 4,250 acres - 100% containment

Structures Destroyed: 7 homes, 16 outbuildings, and 44 vehicles were destroyed, 1 home and 4 outbuildings were damaged.

Evacuations: All evacuation orders and road closures have been lifted.

Road Closures : Hwy 15 open

Cause: Under Investigation

Total Fire Personnel: 215

Total Fire crews: 4

Total Dozers: 1

Phone Numbers (909) 383-5688 (Public Call Center)



North Fire Update - Re-entry Plan Saturday, July 18, 2015 7:45 p.m.

Re-Entry Plan for residents of the North Fire area

Summary:
All residents are advised they may re-enter the effected area to return home through the controlled intersection of Baldy Mesa Rd. and Phelan Rd. All residents are advised to travel directly to their residence and stay at their home, and avoid traveling through the burn areas.

All residents planning on re-entering must have identification showing they live in the effected area or nearby.

Large animals may be picked up from the shelters and taken home.

All lanes of Interstate 15 are expected to be open at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 19, 2015.

The North Fire has burned 3,500 acres and containment is at 45%.

Refer: Public Affairs
(909)387-3700



North Fire - UPDATE - Saturday, July 18th 9:30 a.m.

DATE/TIME OF INCIDENT: 7/17/2015 2:31 p.m.

DATE/TIME OF REPORT: 7/18/2015 8:30 a.m.

LOCATION OF EVENT: Near Oak Hill Exit in the Cajon Pass

CURRENT SITUATION:
- As per USFS, the North Fire stands at 3,500 acres and 5% contained.
- Objectives are to keep the fire north of the I-15, east of Highway 138, south of Phelan Rd., and west of the I-15.
- Edison crews are working to repair damaged infrastructure in the Baldy Mesa Area, 24 customers are without power.
- The Office of the Fire Marshall (OFM) is currently conducting damage assessments.
- San Bernardino County Fire Gel Taskforce has been deployed for structure protection.

EVACUATONS:
- Mandatory evacuations of the Baldy Mesa area remain in place.

HUMAN SHELTER:
- The overnight shelter client count was 204 with a current population of 194.
- Additional shelter clients were bussed to Serrano High School when the Pine fire caused the evacuation of 4 campgrounds.
- Public Health provided an Environmental Health Specialist to assess the shelter.

ANIMAL SHELTER:
- The animal shelter is located at the San Bernardino County Event Center/Fairgrounds located at 14800 7th Street Victorville CA 92395.
- The following animals are being sheltered:
+ 32 Horses
+ 12 Mini Horses
+ 39 pigs
+ 2 Cows
+ 5 peacocks
+ 3 pigeons
+ 13 chickens
+ 1 Sheep
+ 5 Goats
+ 2 Mini Donkeys

ACTIVATIONS: - The OA EOC remains activated to Level I in support of the North Fire.
- The State REOC is activated to Level I in support of the SBCOA EOC.
- Phelan/Pinon Hills CERT was deployed overnight to assist at the American Red Cross Shelter at Serrano High school with evacuees from the Pine Fire.
- Phelan/Pinon Hills CERT remains deployed at Serrano High School.
- Oak Hills CERT remains activated at Phase - Alert.
- San Bernardino County Fire ECS remains activated to support CERT at Serrano High School shelter in Phelan.
- The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Operations Center remains activated.
- The DPH DOC is activated to Level 2 in support of the OA EOC and to fulfill request for ADA cots and transport of the cots to the Shelter.

ROAD CLOSURES:
- As per Cal Trans, SB lanes 1, 2 and 3 of I-15 were reopened in the early morning hours.
- The #4 southbound lane remains closed.
- All northbound lanes were opened as of 3:00 a.m.

PUBLIC INFORMATION:
- USFS Information Line: (909) 383-5688
- San Bernardino County Animal Control: (800) 472-5609





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Don't Trash Our Desert

The OHPOA is proud to be an active partner in promoting this public campaign effort to keep our desert and communities clean.

Please go to the newly created Don't Trash Our Desert website, www.donttrashourdesert.com and here at our website for updates and news pertaining to the campaign.

Please also note, by clicking on "Partners" located on the Don't Trash Our Desert website, our Oak Hills Property Owners Association logo proudly displayed.

Let's all work together to make a positive difference!!!

'Don't Trash Our Desert' campaign begins

Citizens, public agencies seek to inspire clean up of region

By Staff Reports

Posted May. 8, 2015 at 12:46 PM

A coalition of High Desert residents and public agencies announced Friday the creation of a public awareness campaign to spread the simple message: "Don't Trash Our Desert."

The brainchild of Victorville resident Michael Stevens, president of Stevens Consulting Services and a member of this newspaper's editorial board, the campaign already has reached out to municipal and county governments, trash disposal companies, the Victor Valley Transit Authority and local media for assistance in turning the campaign slogan into a rallying cry for the region.

The group also is pursuing is use of the multitude of electronic message boards throughout the High Desert. Victor Valley College already had two "Don't Trash Our Desert" messages on its electronic board on Friday, Stevens said.

"This is a simple, inexpensive campaign that uses a variety of communication methods to remind and encourage people to help keep the desert clean and free of illegal dumping and debris," said Stevens, who said the campaign also is targeting residential neighborhoods. "What we're hoping is people will get behind this effort. We want them to rally around it. Whether you've been here for two years or for 22, everybody is concerned about our image.

"We all have an obligation to keep our desert clean. I'm excited. My hope is people will see this so much that they'll think twice before they do anything to trash our desert."

The coalition is asking residents, businesses and agencies to add the "Don't Trash Our Desert" slogan to their website, Facebook page, lobby monitors and newsletters.

Stevens said Victor Valley Transit is developing a poster that the agency plans to hang inside each of its buses.

The campaign's goal is to augment existing efforts that address illegal dumping of trash and debris and to inspire preventive action.

A "Don't Trash Our Desert" rally is being planned at Victor Valley College to serve as an official kickoff.

For more information, visit www.donttrashourdesert.com or call Stevens at 760-900-0152 or Cari Thomas at 760-780-7908.



Sending in a protest form helps ensure you will receive a refund if the lawsuit is successful.

New protest forms now available for 2015

CalFire recently announced they will send a new round of fire tax bills, with counties beginning with the letter "A" receiving bills first.

It is important you file a protest every time you pay the fire tax so that you maximize your chances of receiving a refund if the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association's class action lawsuit currently underway is successful.

Click here to view filing instructions and download a copy of the form.

Although the lawsuit is moving forward slowly - partly as a result of its size and complexity and partly as a result of deliberate stalling by the state's attorneys - another hearing has been scheduled and the public is invited to attend.

This hearing is on our "Motion to Certify Class," which establishes your right to be represented in the case.

If you are interested in attending the hearing, mark your calendar with the following information:

Hearing: Motion to Certify Class (HJTA v. CalFire) Date: June 12
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Sacramento Superior Court, Dept. 24
720 9th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

If you have any questions, you are invited to visit the FAQ section of our website here.



Oak Hills Mac May 19th Meeting Cancelled

Next meeting is scheduled for June 16.



Improving Communications

Lately, water has been of particular concern here in Oak Hills, not only because of growth, but because of the current drought.

Our local water distributor, the county's CSA 70J, is making an effort to better communicate with its customers.

Here is a message from them:

As you know, we live in a world that is quickly moving forward with technology. The Division is currently in the process of having the vendor for our billing system add the option to include email addresses for our customers. The email addresses would be used to send notices to our customers that would include upcoming events, information about their water agency, etc. The email addresses will be used specifically for water related topics and would not be forwarded to anyone else.

Since this is OUR local water distributor and CSA 70J has requested our assistance, the OHPOA would like to help out as much as possible with improving communications.

If you would like to share your email address with CSA 70J, there are 2 ways to do so.

1. Simply by clicking here, and providing your name, email address and "yes, you have my permission to share my email address only with CSA 70 J" or something similar in the message area. You can also use this option if you have any questions.

OR

2. Go directly to the Special Districts web site at: www.specialdistricts.org/index.aspx?page=331 and enter your email address then check off the two "CSA 70J - Oak Hills" boxes under the separate headings of "Calendar "and "News", then follow through with the "Subcribe" button. They will send you an email to confirm your request.



Senate Bill 520 will NOT be discussed on April 14th

Senate Bill 520 no longer on the agenda at next week's hearing

Earlier this week we emailed you about SB 520, a proposal by Senator Tom Berryhilll to repeal the fire tax.

This bill had been scheduled to be heard in committee on April 14th.

However, consideration of the bill has now been postponed.

We will keep you informed of the progress of SB 520 and how you can take action in opposition to the fire tax.

Please also be aware that the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association's lawsuit against this unfair tax continues to move forward and we will also be providing you with updates on the lawsuit's progress as the case continues to move forward.

Thank you so much.

If you have any questions, you are invited to visit the FAQ section of our website here.



Senate Bill 520 would repeal the fire tax and will be considered April 14th.

Speak out in support of Senate Bill 520

Senator Tom Berryhill and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow have introduced Senate Bill 520 to repeal the fire tax. The proposal will be considered Tuesday, April 14th in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water.

You can make yourself heard in support of SB 520 by attending the hearing and calling members of the committee to tell them to vote YES.

Hearing details:

Date: Tuesday, April 14
Time: 9:30 am
Location: Room 112, State Capitol, 1315 10th Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814

Committee members:

Even if you are not able to make it to the hearing, you can call members of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water to tell them to vote yes.

While emails are often not read, you can also effectively communicate with committee members by fax with a letter. Following is contact info for members of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources:

SenatorPhoneFax
Fran Pavley (Chair)(916) 651-4027(916) 651-4927
Jeff Stone (Vice Chair)(916) 651-4028(916) 651-4928
Benjamin Allen(916) 651-4026(916) 651-4926
Jean Fuller(916) 651-4016(916) 651-4916
Robert M. Hertzberg(916) 651-4018(916) 651-4918
Ben Hueso(916) 651-4040(916) 651-4940
Hannah-Beth Jackson(916) 651-4019(916) 651-4919
Bill Monning(916) 651-4017(916) 651-4917
Lois Wolk(916) 651-4003(916) 651-4903

"Burned by the Fire Tax" tee shirts

If you plan to attend the hearing, you are welcome to come by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association office the day of the hearing when we open at 9:00 am to receive a free "Burned by the Fire Tax" tee shirt to wear to the hearing.

Our offices are just two blocks away from the Capitol at the following address:

921 11th Street, Suite 1201
Sacramento, CA 95814

Thank you for your support.

If you have any questions, you are invited to visit the FAQ section of our website here.



Yellow Canary Revises Plans

Yellow Canary Ventures, the group planning a gas station/convenience store on the east side of Oak Hills at the corner of Ranchero Road & Escondido Avenue, is revising its plans.

Click here for more information.



SPARC Listening Session
March 5, 2015

The Land Use Services Department will continue to solicit public input on the future of renewable energy development throughout the County's unincorporated areas during a special listening session from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 5.

For the last several months, the San Bernardino County Partnership for Renewable Energy and Conservation (SPARC) has held 10 public meetings and events to encourage people to set a Renewable Energy Element Framework for the County's General Plan. The County seeks to strengthen its policies and regulatory system to manage renewable energy development while protecting our environment, communities, residents and economy.

The listening session will begin with a short overview of the County's planning progress and priorities from Planning Director Terri Rahhal, followed by public comments on the Element Framework.

The Element Framework can be found online at www.sbcounty.gov/main/renewable.pdf.

The listening session serves as the third round of public exchange on the County General Plan Renewable Energy Element process. The Element Framework is also available for viewing on SPARCForum. After the Listening Session, SPARCForum will be set up to receive additional comments on the Element Framework. In addition, written comments may be sent at any time to Michelle.McCoy@lus.sbcounty.gov.

The March 5 listening session will be conducted at:

Covington Chambers County Government Center, First Floor 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino

During the session, the public can participate via videoconferencing at:

- Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center 15900 Smoke Tree Street, Hesperia

- Bob Burke Joshua Tree Government Center 63665 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree

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Ranchero Interchange
Ribbon Cutting Feb. 20

After years of planning, construction, a catastrophic fire and reconstruction, the Ranchero Road Interchange bridge will be open soon. It was announced that the ribbon cutting ceremony for the project is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at the site at Interstate 15.



County Reschedules Renewable Energy Listening Session

The renewable energy policy initiative (SPARC) listening session originally scheduled for February 19, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. is being rescheduled to March 5, 2015 2-4 p.m., due to requests for additional time from community organizations.

Click here to read the county news release.



Burning Permits and Other Uses of Open Fires Suspended

posted - January 22, 2015


For more information click here



Road Dust Problems At Oak Hills High School

posted - January 16, 2015(latest update)


Note: This is a copy of the latest email sent out by Jim Babinski and/or David Blevens to update those who had signed up to receive such updates regarding the dust problem at/around Oak Hills High School. If you'd like to receive these email updates, please contact him directly by email at jimbabinski@verizon.net.


Dear Oak Hills Residents;

The Hesperia High School Board will be meeting this coming Tuesday evening, January 20th at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the School District Offices at 15576 Main Street, Hesperia. This is just East of 11th and Main on the North side of the street. There is no left turn pocket into their driveway if you are approaching from the West, so you might want to come in from 7th Street, West-Bound or make a u-turn at 9th and Main.

The Board meeting room is in the building behind the big two story main office building and is easy to find once you get into the parking lot. Parking is plentiful. One of us from the OHPOA will be making a short presentation and comment to the School Board Members during the Public Comments portion of the meeting. The School Board has mercifully set up their meeting agenda to allow Public Comments to be given at the beginning of their meetings so we don't have to stay and wait until the end to give a comment.

In the past, we have encouraged all of you members to show your support by filling out a Public Comment card prior to the start of the meeting and to make a brief statement in support of this issue. This time, however, we want to save time for everyone involved and limit our presentation to one person. HOWEVER, at the end of our presentation, we will ask all of you who are present to show your support and strength in numbers by standing up or raising your hands so the Board can get the visual impact of how many of you are out in the community and very concerned about this important issue. After that, you will be free to quietly and discretely tip-toe out of the Board Room so they can move ahead with the rest of the meeting as we all can get back home to our own busy schedules.

PLEASE, PLEASE seriously consider coming out to show support. Recently, the School District has shown signs of their willingness to participate in a cooperative and creative solution with the County and AQMD to help solve the problem. Your attendance at these meeting does not go unnoticed by the policy makers but they are all so extremely busy it is up to us to keep them focused on how important the resolution of this critical health and safety hazard is to their students and to us, their neighbors. Talk to your neighbors and bring as many to the meeting as are willing to give up an hour of their time to demonstrate how important this is to all of us. Hope to see you all there.!

David Blevens, Resident
Jim Babinski, Resident
Terry Kostak, President of Oak Hills Property Owners Association.



OHPOA news, information and membership emails are sent via OHPOANews@gmail.com. If you're not receiving our e-mails maybe they are being delivered to your spam folder. Please place our e-mail address in your address file to insure proper delivery.

Thank you!




Thursday, December 4th San Bernardino County Flood Control District Public Workshop

Regularly Scheduled OHPOA Meeting Canceled

Instead of our next normally scheduled Oak Hills Property Owners Association public board meeting being held this Thursday, December 4 in the Oak Hills Community Center, the San Bernardino County Flood Control District will be using the facility for a public workshop to address comments and questions regarding the Bandicoot & Oak Hills Basin Project that evening. A County proposed flood control project within Oak Hills, which includes two large basins, should be a major concern to all property owners and residents in Oak Hills and a small portion of Hesperia. Public notice has only gone out to property owners adjacent to and within 300 feet of the project footprint although it has the potential to affect many more properties outside of that boundary. Our Community Plan zone designation may also be affected. All those that will possibly be affected need to voice their opinions, concerns and suggestions regarding the design and location of the project.

Please avoid having regrets later just because you didn't take time to participate in the County's process. The workshop will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Oak Hills Community Center (Fire Station #40), 6584 Caliente Road, Oak Hills. County representatives will be there to answer questions and will have draft exhibits of the project for viewing. Members of the OHPOA Board will also be in attendance. This is not a sit-down meeting. You may come by anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 pm to participate.

The project's Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration document is available for viewing at; http://www.sbcounty.gov/dpw/public_notices/pdf/MND-Oak-Hills-and-Bandicoot-Basin.pdf.



Road Dust Problems At Oak Hills High School

posted - November 4, 2014(latest update)


Note: This is a copy of the latest email sent out by Jim Babinski to update those who had signed up to receive such updates regarding the dust problem at/around Oak Hills High School. If you'd like to receive these email updates, please contact him directly by email at jimbabinski@verizon.net.


Dear Oak Hills Residents:

After more than four years of struggling with the Hesperia Unified School District (HUSD) and San Bernardino County we have made little progress and still have hundreds of cars each day speeding down our dirt roads as a shortcut to Oak Hills High School. This represents a serious dust health hazard for both the students and residents who use or live near the dirt roads.

Recently we have made another presentation to the HUSD outlining the problem and possible solutions. We have also met with County Supervisor Lovingood and his staff in an attempt to initiate some serious solutions to this problem. We have also met with an land use attorney to discuss the issues and he outlined several possible actions which could move the issue towards resolution.

We are planning to have a meeting for all the Oak Hills residents as well as interested parties on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 PM at Oak Hills Community Center (old fire station) at 6584 Caliente Rd. in Oak Hills. At that meeting some of the items which will be discussed include:

A coordinated effort to get a larger group to make a presentation at an upcoming meeting of the HUSD and at a San Bernardino County Board meeting.

Discuss: Since dirt roads are private roads and that the school traffic from Hesperia may be violating the implied easements for access by residents, utilities, and public safety.

When the County initially rejects our 'offer of dedication' of the dirt road in front of our properties is the easement for public access still valid? We will also discuss other legal actions such as a 'quiet title action' to remove any easements and how to avoid a 'prescriptive easement' situation.

The possibility of our Air Quality Board (MDAQMD) implementing a 15 mph speed limit of some of the dirt roads to minimize dust.

There will be a discussion of whether or not we can temporarily close portions of these dirt roads to limit vehicles using them as a shortcut to the High School.

Inasmuch as the dirt roads are private roads do we have any legal responsibilities if there is an accident with some other illegal activity on the road.

From this point on I will have to take a secondary role in fighting this fight due to a serious illness in my family. Dave Blevins will act as our co-coordinator and he can be reached at jdblevins58@gmail.com. Terry Kostak, President of the Oak Hills Property Owners Association, will also continue to be heavily involved in working on a solution. Please tell all your Oak Hills neighbors about the meeting and encourage them to attend. Good participation at this meeting will be a strong signal that we will resolve this problem. Also, watch the Oak Hill Property Owners Association website, OHPOA.org for updates and further information. Thank you!

Jim Babinski

jimbabinski@verizon.net



Unfortunately lawsuits can take a long time.


Our attorneys are reviewing 13,000 pages of documents

Many people affected by the fire tax have asked us when our lawsuit will be resolved.

With our state's high unemployment and high poverty rates, we understand your frustration with this burdensome tax. Unfortunately lawsuits can take a long time and that is especially true here because this is a "class action" with lots of complicated procedures.

Our legal department is currently working on a phase of the case known as "discovery," where both sides are given the opportunity to ask each other for relevant information.

After our attorneys sent the State's lawyers formal questions and requests for important documents, the State sent back 13,000 pages of material.

Our attorneys are presently reviewing these documents in order to prepare for trial. We will continue to provide periodic updates regarding this matter.

Click here to like the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association on Facebook.

If you have any questions, you are invited to visit the FAQ section of our website here.



Proposed
Oak Hills/Bandicoot Basins Project

At the November 6, 2014 OHPOA meeting, the county proposed Oak Hills/Bandicoot Basins Project was discussed.

The OHPOA will respond to the county regarding this project and we'd like to hear your thoughts and ideas. Please leave a comment on the message board or you can contact us by clicking here.

The following links provide further information regarding the proposed project.

Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration San Bernardino County Flood Control District Oak Hills and Bandicoot Basins Project

Hesperia's Response to the Project

County File Regarding Regarding The Project(warning: very large file, may take up to 2 hours to download)



Bridge work to close portion of Ranchero Road
Seismic retrofitting will take weeks, officials say
view the original Daily Press article

The California Department of Water Resources has scheduled a road closure on Ranchero Road from Cottonwood to Seventh avenues to allow for the seismic retrofitting of the bridge over the California Aqueduct.

The project on Ranchero Road Bridge is scheduled to begin Monday and will finish up by Nov. 7. A full road closure is anticipated to start later this month.

The construction contract specifies work to take place from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday but the contractor can request to have access at off hours, including nights and weekends, DWR Engineer Nady F. Said wrote in an email.

He said in those cases "the contract limits the noise from construction activities not exceed 86 (A-weighted decibels) at 50 feet during the hours from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m."

A detour route around the construction zone will be posted and motorists are advised to obey all posted traffic signs. Delays are to be expected and the area should be avoided when possible.

"Ranchero Road Bridge was constructed in the early 1970s as part of the California Aqueduct," DWR Senior Engineer Art Carlton said in an email. "The project is needed to replace the existing concrete bridge deck which has deteriorated under heavy traffic loading over the past 40 years, and to add seismic strengthening features to prevent collapse of the bridge during a major earthquake."

The estimated construction cost for this work on Ranchero Road Bridge is $736,000, Carlton said.

"Funding is primarily provided by the federal government, with minor amounts provided by various state bond funds," he said.

Carlton wrote that the funding is split by the following agencies, with their percentages of contribution: Federal Highway Bridge Program, 88.5; California Water Resources Development Bond Fund, 6.1; Davis-Dolwig Act General Obligation Bond Fund, 3.0, and Proposition 1B - State Transportation Bond Fund, 2.4.

A later closure on Maple Street Bridge over the aqueduct is contracted to be finished by Jan. 31. It will not be closed at the same time as Ranchero Road Bridge, Said wrote.



Reminder: Bridge work sparks I-15 lane closures
Concrete pour set for Ranchero Interchange
view the original Daily Press article

Crews will close lanes on Interstate 15 this week in order to prepare and execute the first concrete pour of the new bridge spanning the freeway at Ranchero Road.

Starting at 9 p.m. Tuesday, the two inside lanes of the southbound I-15 between Oak Hill Road and Highway 395 will be closed to allow the project team to set concrete protection barriers in the median for the upcoming construction activity.

As work continues, crews will shift the closure to the two outside lanes to prepare the barriers along the outside shoulder. Work will continue until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday, the inside lanes in both directions will be closed between Oak Hill Road and Highway 395 to allow crews to work on this stage of the concrete pour for the new structure. Work will continue through 6 a.m. Thursday.

No detour will be necessary because at least one lane will be open in both directions at all times. California Highway Patrol officers will be present during construction.

The bridge was nearly ready for its concrete pour in May when sparks from a welding torch on a windy day caused a blaze that burned the falsework and set the project back. The project is still expected to be completed before the end of the year, however, officials say.



Commuter Alert: Projects Planned for Ranchero Road

A paving project(Overlay Project) is scheduled for Ranchero Road between Escondido Street and the Ranchero Interchange Project. This work is a necessary part of the Ranchero Interchange Project, but has currently been POSTPONED(previously scheduled for September 8).

Additionally, the California Department of Water Resources has scheduled a road closure on Ranchero Road from Cottonwood Avenue to Seventh Avenue to allow for the seismic retrofitting of the bridge over the aqueduct. This project is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 15 and will take approximately 7 weeks to complete. A detour route around the construction zone will be posted. Motorists are advised to obey all posted traffic signs. Delays are to be expected and the area should be avoided when possible.



Road Dust Problems At Oak Hills High School

posted - September 1, 2014(latest update)


Note: This is a copy of the latest email sent out by Jim Babinski to update those who had signed up to receive such updates regarding the dust problem at/around Oak Hills High School. If you'd like to receive these email updates, please contact him directly by email at jimbabinski@verizon.net.


A few of the residents are meeting with an attorney this week regarding the dust and traffic issues effecting the residents near Oak Hills High School. We have a lot of material collected over the last 4 years which supports our position for legal action. The first meeting with the attorney will cost us $400. The impact of the dust on resident's health: the questionable easement authority for heavy, non-local traffic on the dirt roads; and the School District's lack of addressing environmental issues are all possible grounds for legal action.

I am asking residents to get involved with this issue. A few of us have been trying to find solution for the past 4 years with little success. We need residents to spread the word to your neighbors, to call our Supervisor Lovingood and the Hesperia School District and consider getting involved in a possible future legal action. Please call or email me if you want more information or watch the Oak Hill Property Owners web site (OHPOA.ORG).

Jim Babinski
760-953-7814
jimbabinski@verizon.net



Community Information

Hesperia Unified School District Bond Election Resolution

Snowline Joint Unified School District Bond Election Resolution

CSA 70 J Water District Consumer Confidence Report(water quality)



Help Wanted!

Oak Hills Residents

The Oak Hills Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) is seeking a secretary to take official meeting minutes, to draft, finalize and post agendas for prior to the meetings and to maintain and grow the Oak Hills residents mailing list for outreach.

Meetings take place once a month on the third Tuesday at the Oak Hills Fire Station at 7pm. Secretary will be asked to produce approved MAC minutes within 5 days of the meeting to the First District Board of Supervisor's Office and to the MAC Board President.

Occasionally, additional meetings may be scheduled based on the needs of the community. You should have general knowledge of Robert's Rules of Order.

The Secretary will be paid $50 per meeting for these duties.

If interested, please contact susan.drake@bos.sbcounty.gov or call 760.995.8100



Parents: Be aware of pool safety tips.

posted - July 10, 2014

This can never be expressed too much. That's why it's being posted here.

- Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.

- If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.

- Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm's reach to provide active supervision.

- If children are near water, then they should be the only thing on your mind. Small children can drown in as little as one inch of water.

- Use floating toys like water wings and noodles for fun - not for safety. Don't use them in place of life jackets.

- Watch children carefully.

- Make sure at least one adult is watching when children are in or around the water.

- Don't read or use the phone while you are watching young children.

- If you have a pool, install 4-sided fencing that's at least 4 feet high and separates the pool from the house or yard. Use self-closing and self-latching gates that open outward and are out of reach of children.

- Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly.

See more at: http://www.safekids.org/tip/swimming-safety-tips



Road Dust Problems At Oak Hills High School

posted - July 1, 2014(latest update)


Note: This is a copy of the latest email sent out by Jim Babinski to update those who had signed up to receive such updates regarding the dust problem at/around Oak Hills High School. If you'd like to receive these email updates, please contact him directly by email at jimbabinski@verizon.net.


Oak Hills High School Starts on August 11 and with it starts the dust. In addition to the 12 County "Slow Down, No Dust" signs, the Mojave District Air Quality Group has provided 10 signs which read "Slow Down Dust Control Area, Health and Safety Code 41700". 8 of these signs have been placed and 2 more will be placed on Coyote Tr. If you live on Coyote Tr. and have a good place for a sign post let me know soon. Finally, after researching the issue, I am having some signs made that read "Right To Pass By Permission and Subject to Control of the Owner: Section 1008, California Civil Code". This tells school traffic using the dirt roads that it is private property not a public road.

I have also sent a letter the the County Chief Administrative Officer, our County Supervisor, the School District and MDAQMD. The letter summarizes the entire situation. A copy of the letter is attached to this email(view here). Please help the 'cause' by staying active on this issue. Talk to your neighbors and have them call me if the have questions or to find out how they can be involved. Thanks.

Jim Babinski
760-953-7814
jimbabinski@verizon.net



County officials remind citizens fireworks are illegal

Victor Valley Daily Press
Staff Reports
June 24. 2014

According to San Bernardino County Fire Department authorities, possession of any type of fireworks, including "safe and sane" fireworks, is against the law in any unincorporated area of San Bernardino County. Anyone in possession of fireworks can face criminal charges and be held liable for any damage caused by the use of fireworks.

"Safe and Sane" fireworks are allowed only in the following cities: Adelanto, Chino, Colton and Rialto, as well as specific locations in Fontana, Grand Terrace and San Bernardino.

Fire officials will be issuing citations for the illegal use of fireworks, with fines up to $1,250 for the first offense. Property owners may be cited if they allow fireworks to be possessed, stored or used on their property.

When using fireworks where allowed, County Fire offers the following safety tips:

● Always use fireworks ("Safe and Sane" only) with an adult present

● Always have water (garden hose/bucket) and a fire extinguisher within reach

● Always place fireworks on a firm, non-combustible surface, such as a sidewalk or pavement

● Never alter fireworks

● Never re-light "dud" fireworks

● Homemade fireworks are often deadly; leave the making of fireworks to the experts

● Never point, throw or mishandle fireworks

For more information on fireworks safety, contact your local fire station.



NORTHBOUND INTERSTATE 15 CAJON PASS TO BE REDUCED TO 4 LANES


San Bernardino & High Desert, CA - As part of the Interstate 15 (I-15) Cajon Pass Rehabilitation Project, Northbound lanes on the I-15 from Highway 138 to Oak Hill Road will be reduced down to four lanes beginning Sunday, June 15th.

As part of the project's safety effort to maintain shoulder access during construction, crews will be re-striping lanes on the I-15 converting the five-lane stretch to four lanes to maintain shoulder access for emergency responders. In anticipation of the 4th of July holiday weekend traffic flow, Northbound lanes will temporarily revert back to five lanes during this time and return to four lanes on July 7th until early December 2014.

The Cajon Pass Design-Build project will extend pavement service life with minimal maintenance expenditures on Interstate 15 (I-15) between Kenwood Ave to the south, to 2 miles south of Highway 395 to the north. The I-15 Cajon Pass Rehabilitation Project consists of roadway pavement reconstruction and restoration which began spring 2014 and is scheduled for completion summer 2016.

Traffic re-striping will begin Sunday June 15th and end by Wednesday June 18th.Construction work will be conducted overnight between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. NOTE: Information disclosed is subject to change due to inclement weather conditions, equipment problems, or emergency situations.

-Information provided by CalTrans and Cajon Pass Project



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Residential Assessment Program (RAP)

posted - June 7, 2014


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Important information about your 2014 fire tax bill

reposted May 8, 2014

Cal Fire is preparing to mail the next round of fire tax bills to people in the so-called State Responsibility Area. CalFire will bill you every year until the class action lawsuit is won.

Some people have already begun to ask whether they should protest their bill again. If you filed the Petition for Redetermination last year according to the instructions on FireTaxProtest.org, and you received a denial, you will have to file your protest again.

The lawsuit continues to wind its way through the process and we will be in touch with more information when it becomes available. Please be patient as lawsuits typically take a long time.



Northbound Interstate 15 reopens in Hesperia

Los Angeles Times | May 6, 2014 | 5:37 PM


Northbound lanes of Interstate 15 in Hesperia reopened Tuesday afternoon, more than a day after the freeway was closed because of a fire that badly damaged a bridge under construction.

Southbound lanes were expected to stay closed through the Wednesday morning commute, officials said.



Ranchero Bridge Fire Photos

posted - May 6, 2014


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Road Dust Problems Around Oak Hills High School

posted - April 27, 2014(latest update)


Note: This is a copy of the latest email sent out by Jim Babinski to update those who had signed up to receive such updates regarding the dust problem around Oak Hills High School. If you'd like to receive these email updates, please contact him directly by email at jimbabinski@verizon.net.

Oak Hills Residents,

I would like to provide a brief update on the dust issues surrounding Oak Hills High School. We have seen some minor relief in the amount of traffic and dust over the dirt roads during the last few weeks. The rain as well as some of the educational material provided by the MDAQMD has perhaps helped in a small reduction of traffic. However, I do expect that when the new school year starts in August, traffic, bad drivers, and dust will again reach unbearable levels. I do not live directly on one of the main streets leading to the High School so I would like to hear from the Oak Hills residents regarding their perception of current traffic conditions. The following is a bullet point listing of information and actions we are currently pursuing regarding this situation.

1. There have been some reports of increased CHP and Sheriff's Department presence on the dirt road's during the month of April. This also has perhaps helped reduce some of the dangerous driving we have seen.

2. 12 signs will be erected in the very near future which read "SLOW DOWN - NO DUST". These signs will be installed at key entrances from the pavement to the dirt roads. The MDAQMD has also indicated that they will be providing us with dust related signs. I will keep everyone informed as to when these signs might be available.

3. We have asked the State Department of Education to provide the documentation regarding the approval requirements of Oak Hills High School. We are currently reviewing those documents to determine if the High School was built in accordance with the environmental impact statements and CEQA guidelines. Of particular concern are the requirements to control dust, pave roads, provide paved access to the high school and other requirements. This documentation is over 700 pages and will take a bit of time to completely review.

4. We are researching the property owner rights with respect to dirt roads. As you know, you are the owner of the dirt road to the centerline in front of your property. There are some, both stated and implied easements on these roads. The result is that we cannot block our dirt road to local residential, utility, and public safety traffic. We are researching whether or not nonlocal traffic have rights to use these roads. As you may or may not be aware the County takes no responsibility for any work, improvement, signage, or anything else on these dirt roads. We are planning to discuss this with experts in this field and determine our future course of action.

5. The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) has indicated that dust generated by the High School traffic is one of the most significant problems they are facing. It is hoped that they will be able to initiate some action to control this unhealthy situation.

6. We may have a residence meeting regarding the Oak Hills High School dust situation sometime in the next few months. This will depend on what we determine from the documents provided by the State Board of Education regarding the construction of the High School and issues surrounding own private ownership of these dirt roads.

I would like to thank all those who have emailed me with their observations. I would encourage you to email or phone me with any questions or further observations regarding traffic levels, enforcement or any other issues related to the dirt roads. I would also ask you to talk to your neighbors about getting involved. If you know of any other residents who are interested in receiving these updates please have them provide me with their email address.

Jim Babinski
760-953-7814
jimbabinski@verizon.net



Residents eligible for free green services at May 3 event

posted - April 23, 2014

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Measles Cases on the Rise in California

posted - April 5, 2014


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has received reports of 51 confirmed measles cases in California residents so far this year. Cases have occurred throughout California. Only four measles cases had been reported through the end of April 2013.

Measles Case Distribution by County

County

Cases with onset in 2014

Alameda

2

Contra Costa

4

Los Angeles

10

Orange

21

Riverside

5

San Diego

4

San Mateo

4

Santa Clara

1

More information can be found on the California Department of Public Health web site by clicking here.



Help shape San Bernardino County's renewable energy future

posted - April 2, 2014

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Road Dust Problems Around Oak Hills High School

posted - March 21, 2014(latest update)


Note: This is a copy of the latest email sent out by Jim Babinski to update those who had signed up to receive such updates regarding the dust problem around Oak Hills High School. If you'd like to receive these email updates, please contact him directly by email at jimbabinski@verizon.net.

Oak Hills Residents,

I would like to ask for some help regarding the traffic and dust situation around Oak Hills High School. I received an indication from Supervisor's Lovingood's office that the dirt roads around the High School would receive addition enforcement from the CHP, County Sheriff, and the School Police for a few days during the month of March. I did see a CHP unit parked on Ranchero and Cataba on Wednesday at 7:30 AM (School starts at 8:15 AM on Wed. and 7:30 AM the rest of the week), I also saw a CHP unit parked Cataba and El Centro on Thursday at 2:30 PM when school gets out. I have not seen any other enforcement and the School is on Spring Break next week. My observation is that the dust and possibly the traffic has been reduced slightly since the last rain. The roads are in poor condition and this might explain the reduction in traffic.

If any of the residents have seen any other enforcement activities in the last 2 weeks please email me with the details. Also, please include in your email, your recent experiences with the volumes of dust and traffic around the High School. This information would be very helpful toward resolving this issue and you will remain anonymous. Thank you!

I have received no other communications from the County Supervisor's Office, the School District or the Mojave District Air Quality Board; regarding signage, County Traffic study, or the paving of Coyote Trail.

Jim Babinski
760-953-7814
jimbabinski@verizon.net



Compliments, Thanks & Appreciations

posted - March 19, 2014


High Desert Section of the Victor Valley Daily Press, Letters to the Editor March 18, 2014

We've received many emails expressing appreciation regarding our victory over the proposed solar farm in the community. We really enjoy hearing from our membership and concerned others.

Knowing that our efforts are appreciated motivates us to do even better and we will continue to keep our "ear to the ground" to help insure our rural lifestyle.

Remember, our efforts are your efforts and vice-versa. We cannot have a strong voice in our community without your support.

If you'd like to contact us with a concern or comment, we can be contacted at OHPOANews@aol.com.



March 12, 2014

Dear Oak Hills Community Members,

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank every member of this community who contributed to the success of the solar appeal being denied yesterday.

The results of the unanimous Board of Supervisor's vote ends a long road of the tireless effort of so many people. It also supports what the OHPOA has been saying for a long time, "There is power in numbers".

Oak Hills has established a reputation for not being hesitant or complacent when facing any negative issue that presents itself as a threat to the community. The way this community immediately stood up, faced and actively responded to this very real threat is a perfect example of how that reputation was earned.

Getting the Planning Commission to unanimously deny the solar project was an outstanding battle to win. Having the Board of Supervisor's unanimously deny the appeal of the solar project meant we finally WON THE WAR!

You have all made me extremely happy and grateful to be a part of this community.

Thank you again and remember to KEEP IT RURAL!!!

Terry Kostak



Supervisors reject solar developer's appeal for Oak Hills site

The Civic Bee
Jim E. Winburn
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

OAK HILLS - The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously rejected a solar developer's appeal to build and operate a 20-acre solar facility in the community of Oak Hills.

THE CIVIC BEE

Supervisors turned down the appeal by Sycamore Physicians Partners, an Ohio-based solar project developer, which upholds the Planning Commission's decision to deny a conditional use permit for a 2.7 megawatt photovoltaic solar power generating facility in the unincorporated county area south and west of Hesperia.

The proposed site was in a rural living land use district on the northeast corner of Fuente Avenue and El Centro Road - too close for comfort for many residents who took an aggressive stand against the project.

Terry Kostak, president of the Oak Hills Property Owners Association, told the Bee that fellow residents joined together to lobby elected officials, to testify at all public hearings, and to raise awareness in neighboring communities against this ill-advised project from being built in residents' backyards.

"Everyone's hard work really made a difference in the outcome of what happened today," Kostak said in an email to the Bee on Tuesday. "Oak Hills has truly become one huge 'neighborhood' with neighbors looking out for neighbors."

The Sycamore Physicians Partners' proposed project was denied by the Planning Commission in September 2013.

According to Planning's denial findings, attention was given to public comment from the Planning Commission's Aug. 8, 2013, public hearing, where "many speakers expressed concerns about land use compatibility, given the location of the project site in an area surrounded by rural residential uses."

The commission's findings revealed that these compatibility concerns extended to "aesthetic qualities and a variety of potential impacts on the surrounding neighborhood."

It was noted in the findings that the City of Hesperia also had taken a formal position against the project "due to inconsistency with the city's plan for its sphere of influence."

Based on the testimony provided at the Aug. 8 hearing, the Planning Commission found that the project's proposed use of development was not consistent with the policies and standards of the county's General Plan and the Oak Hills Community Plan.

The commission specifically noted the project would be inconsistent with the Oak Hills Community Plan's goal to "retain the existing rural desert character of the community," while also "respect(ing) the existing positive characteristics of the community and its natural environment."


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Today, March 11, the County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to deny Sycamore Physicians Partners' appeal for a Conditional Use Permit to establish a 2.7 megawatt photovoltaic solar power generating facility here in our community.

Everyone did a good job seeing this through.

Power in numbers!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!



YOUR COMMUNITY SUPPORT IS NEEDED!!!

Now is NOT the time to become passive and complacent just because the County Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny the proposed solar project in Oak Hills back in September.

As you should be aware of, the solar applicants filed an appeal to that decision and the County Board of Supervisors will be conducting a Public Hearing to review the denial and come up with their decision to either allow the denial to stand OR reverse the denial and approve the solar project.

We have been told that is not necessary for all of the letters and documents that were previously submitted to the planning department and commission to be duplicated. The Board of Supervisors is supposed to have been given all of that information to use in their review.

It IS necessary for a POWERFUL show of COMMUNITY SUPPORT for an appeal DENIAL!!!

We have only very recently been informed that the solar applicants, Sycamore Physicians Partners, submitted a "revision" of their project to the County. They have attempted to make it appear that this revision was done out of their concern for our community. NOT TRUE!!! By all indications, one of the two Purchase Agreements they had with Southern California Edison has been cancelled. One remaining Purchase Agreement is still in force.

This action on their part DOES NOT change any of our reasons for opposition of the project. The planning staff even agrees with that statement and is still recommending denial of the project in their staff report and is supporting the Planning Commissions 5-0 denial vote. There is NO GUARANTEE that the Supervisors will approve the denial and not side with the applicant.

The hearing is being held in the Covington Chambers of the Board of Supervisors on the First Floor of the County Government Center at 385 N. Arrowhead Ave in San Bernardino. The public portion of the meeting begins at 10 A.M. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

You may also participate in the hearing from the teleconference center located on the Second Floor of the Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center, 15900 Smoke Tree St. in Hesperia. It is just across the street from Hesperia City Hall. This location uses interactive video to communicate live with the Board of Supervisor's meeting.

At either location you may opt to speak up to 3 minutes when Agenda Item #68 is being discussed during Public Comment. If you do not wish to speak, you may just fill out a comment card prior to the item being discussed to get your opposition on record. There will be county staff and experienced OHPOA members at both locations to assist you if you have questions or concerns.

We ABSOLUTELY need to have as many people as possible show up in person at the appeal hearing.
We ask that you wear a green shirt or blouse, if possible, to show we are a cohesive group.
Remember!!! There is power in numbers!!!

I'm hoping to see two PACKED HOUSES on Tuesday.

See you there!!! Terry Kostak,
President,
Oak Hills Property Owners (OHPOA)


County Government Center - San Bernardino

South on I-15 S toward San Bernardino

Keep left to continue on I-215 S

Take the West 5th Street exit toward California 66

Turn left onto 5th St/John Knabenbauer Fifth Street Memorial Bridge

Turn right onto N Arrowhead Ave
Destination will be on the left
385 N Arrowhead Ave, San Bernardino

Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center - Hesperia

Second Floor of the Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center, 15900 Smoke Tree St., Hesperia.



Contacting The Planning Director Prior To The County Board of Supervisors' Appeal Hearing

Those wishing to give their continued opposition, in writing, to the proposed Sycamore Physicians Solar Project or make other comments, may do so be emailing Terri Rahhal, Planning Director at Terri.Rahhal@lus.sbcounty.gov.

Your emails must be received by her no later than Monday, March 10 by 5 p.m.



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Road Dust Problems Around Oak Hills High School

posted - February 25, 2014(latest update)


Note: This is a copy of the latest email sent out by Jim Babinski to update those who had signed up to receive such updates regarding the dust problem around Oak Hills High School. If you'd like to receive these email updates, please contact him directly by email at jimbabinski@verizon.net.

Oak Hills Residents:

On Feb. 18 we made a presentation to the School Board. (You can view the presentation online at www.hesperia.org -under ABOUT HUSD, select- Meetings, Minutes, Agendas) The presentation went well and the School board was very attentive, but made no comment and asked no questions. The Mojave Desert Air Quality District, sent a letter to the School Superintendent asking to meet to discuss the issue and that meeting has taken place. We attended the MDAQMD meeting on Monday Feb. 24 and the Oak Hills High School Dust issue was discussed as an agenda item. Based on this meeting I believe that the MDAQMD, Supervisor Lovingood's Office, and the Hesperia Unified School district all have recognized the severity of the problem and are looking at both short and long term solutions.

These short term solutions might included signage on the dirt roads limiting speeds to 15 MPH, improved enforcement, education flyers from the MDAQMD regarding the dangers of dust and distributing these flyers to the parents at the Schools, and the intersection improvements at Ranchero and Escondido. Longer term solutions included research into the Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) that were done prior to the construction of the School, Specifically, why those traffic circulation conditions were not met. Also, discussions at the State level regarding the EIR traffic circulation issues and to determine if funding is available to paved some of the dirt roads near the High School as originally recommended. As we mentioned previously, Coyote Trail from El Centro to Cedar was to be paved. The County, through Supervisor Lovingood's Office, has provided us with documentation indicating that County felt some urgency in paving this stretch of dirt road and completed 95% of required planning and purchased a number of private properties necessary for the paving. Based on this documentation, the paving of Coyote Tr. was to be completed by the Summer of 2011. That never happened because the Hesperia School District did not approve a shared funding agreement with the County.

We are planning to meet with the Sheriff's Dept., the CHP, and perhaps the School Police to discuss traffic enforcement near the School. MDAQMD and County staff has expressed an interest in attending that meeting. We will also try to get the Hesperia Unified School District representation to attend.

I will continue to use the "blind copy" process to assure that the 70 or so email addresses are not made public. This was at the requested of some of the residents. I have added members of the School District and the MDAQMD to the list in the interest of keeping everyone informed on the issue. I would also like thank Terry Kostak (President, Oak Hills Property Owners Association) for her extensive work on this issue and Dave & Cathy Blevins for their work particularly with law enforcement and documentation.

If you have questions or comments, please email me. Thanks

Jim Babinski
jimbabinski@verizon.net



In their effort to reverse the county planning commission's unanimous denial of the Sycamore Physician's proposed solar project to be located in an residential area of Oak Hills, the applicants filed for an appeal hearing in front of the Board of Supervisors.

The OHPOA learned yesterday, February 6, that the appeal has been scheduled to take place on March 11, 2014.

Please be assured that we will have additional information posted here soon.



Important information about your 2014 fire tax bill

posted February 6, 2014

Cal Fire is preparing to mail the next round of fire tax bills to people in the so-called State Responsibility Area. CalFire will bill you every year until the class action lawsuit is won.

Some people have already begun to ask whether they should protest their bill again. If you filed the Petition for Redetermination last year according to the instructions on FireTaxProtest.org, and you received a denial, you will have to file your protest again.

The lawsuit continues to wind its way through the process and we will be in touch with more information when it becomes available. Please be patient as lawsuits typically take a long time.



Hesperia Planning Commission Meeting January 23
Primaco: Ranchero/I15 Interchange Hotels, Restaurants and Golf Course Project

posted - January 17, 2014


For those who are interested or have concerns about the proposed Ranchero Interchange Hotel project, please click here to view the agenda.



Primaco Project Site Plan

posted - January 4, 2014


Here is the most current site plan for the proposed Primaco Inc. project which includes 2 hotels, 3 restaurants, 9-hole executive golf course and clubhouse.

The area for this project is west of the I15 freeway at the new Ranchero Interchange.

Click here to view the site plan. The file is rather large and may take some time to download.


Oak Hills Community Calendar

Local events scheduled within the next 4 weeks

Day & Time Event Location

Thursday,
September 3, 2015
7:00pm
OHPOA
Board of Directors
Public Meeting
Oak Hills Community Center
(Fire Station #40)
6584 Caliente Rd. Oak Hills


Tuesday,
September 15, 2015
7:00pm
Oak Hills Municipal Advisory Committee (OH MAC) Oak Hills Community Center
(Fire Station #40)
6584 Caliente Rd. Oak Hills


Our Rural Lifestyle

We love our rural lifestyle in Oak Hills. Why? Because of the fresh air, beautiful skies and open spaces.

Most of us moved here to get away from "city life".

We want our space and will don our green shirts, apply our war paint and bring out the 900 Pound Gorilla to keep it.

The current Oak Hills Community Plan says it all and there is "no real justifiable reason" to annex large portions of our community, now or anytime in the future, to square-off boundaries with the City of Hesperia.


Local Public Safety Information

Telephone Numbers And Other Information


EMERGENCY..................................... 911
Phelan Sheriff's Office(non-emergency) (760) 868-1006
Illegal Dumping/WE TIP (800) 782-7463


First District Supervisor
Robert A. Lovingood
(909)387-4830
County Recorder/County Clerk (760) 995-8065
Code Enforcement/Environmental Health (760) 995-8154
Planning/Building & Safety (760) 995-8140
County Fire/Community Safety Office (760) 995-8190
Assessor (760) 995-8030
Public Works (760) 995-8220
Veteran's Affairs (760) 995-8010
County Information (888) 818-8988
www.sbcounty.gov
Animal Control (800) 472-5609 - Day
(909) 876-2504 - After 5 p.m.
Graffiti Removal (877) 442-2283 or
(909) 384-8040

Sand and Sandbag Distribution Facilities


Oak Hills - Station 305
8331 Caliente Road
760-948-7858
Summit Valley - Station 48
4545 Summit Valley Rd.
760-389-2470
Hesperia - Station 304
15660 Eucalyptus Street
760-947-1660
Phelan - Station 10
9625 Beekley Road
760-868-4728
Hesperia - Station 302
71288 Olive Street
760-947-1612
Wrightwood - Station 14
5980 Elm Street
760-249-3206


Web Sites

Visit the web sites listed below by clicking on their link.

CrimeMapping.Com - View recent reported crimes in your neighborhood

County of San Bernardino Disaster Information

Weather Watch

California Sex Offender Locator Map

Amber Alert