During the Bark Beetle Infestation of 1999, David persuaded the Governor to sign an Executive Order that resulted in SCE (Southern California Edison) funding the $220 million cost of the Bark Beetle Tree Removal Program in the Mountain Communities at “rate-payer” expense. Few residents know that David Caine was responsible for saving Mountain Residents $220 million in their tree removal requirements. The program stimulated the local economy bringing timber operations from Oregon, Washington and Northern California to work in the local area.
David was recognized as an expert in fire risks, behavior and training and was appointed Fire and Paramedic Commission by the County Supervisor, among other roles. He used his knowledge and lobbying skills to convince insurance companies to continue fire insurance coverage after they moved to exclude the coverage from the risks brought by the Bark Beetle Infestation. This saved many homeowners from loss of coverage and their homes due to mortgage requirements.
David spear-headed and leads current efforts to influence the FAA to reroute airplanes creating the “Quiet Skies” movement. Its been only 8 months and there’s indication that he’ll succeed in his efforts.
David is an active volunteer in many areas of our communities. He serves on Citizens on Patrol and previously served as a member of the MAC (Municipal Advisory Council), later as a Commissioner on the Behavioral Health Commission, appointed by Supervisor Rutherford. During his time on the MAC, David was instrumental in drafting revisions to the Short Term Rental Ordinance in effect at this time. He actively attends GAC (Government Affairs Committee) and Mountain Mutual Aid meetings and is a member of Mountain-CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).
Celebrating their 80th year anniversary this 2017-2018 ski season, Snow Valley invested over $7 million in its resort including a new high-speed 6 pack chair lift, the first of its kind in Southern California. Snow Valley employs nearly 400 people in the high season and many mountain residents fondly recall how their children gained valuable work experience in the snow seasons at Snow Valley.
Snow Valley’s promotional campaigns have broad reach beyond our local communities. They consistently and visibly promote the ski resort of our Mountain Communities in billboards, radio and ads across the Southland, creating a reason for tourists to visit, stimulating our economy.
Snow Valley instructors have taught thousands how to ski and snow board at their Learning Center, which includes an Adaptive Learning Facility. Snow Valley is active in supporting the communities always donating to local causes and organizations wherever possible. Snow Valley was named “Southern California’s #1 Family-Friendly Resort” (#3 in all of Ca) according to Liftopia’s 2016-17 Best in Snow Awards.
Rim of the World Historical Society was founded in 1986 as the Crestline Historical Society, the organization is dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the western San Bernardino Mountains communities. The early organization provided temporary history exhibits and programs. Over time the name was changed to the Rim of the World Historical Society and has focused on being a stronger and more visible part of our mountain communities from Green Valley Lake to Cedarpines Park.
Many volunteers have taken key roles over the last 10 years to secure a building, renovate and landscape it, organize and operate a collection, as well as design and install exhibits within the Mountain History Museum that is open to the public. The museum is located at 27176 Peninsula Drive, Lake Arrowhead. Guests from many states and countries are hosted annually.
Promoting the cultural and historical values of our mountain communities for generations to come, the Rim of the World Historical Society Museum is free to share among community members and visitors alike, due to the ongoing financial support of its valued members and donors.
The Society sponsors the annual Antique & Classic Wooden Boat Show, Tunnel Tours and narrated Celebrity Cruises on the Arrowhead Queen, along with frequent speakers and films.
The museum gift shop sells a unique collection of books by our local historians who also donate their time to educate and host public meetings. Who doesn’t love to read about our magnificent history memorialized in “Those Magnificent Mountain Movies,” by author Lee Cozad and in the many books and seminars by Historian Russ Keller, Hydrologist Ralph Wagner, historian Rhea Frances Tetley and author Roger Hatheway?
During the 25th anniversary of the Historical Society, the Native Sons of the Golden West placed a historical marble plaque at the entrance to the museum recognizing the importance of preserving the unique history of California and the excellence of the museum. The Historical Society is also a winner of Business of the Year from the Running Springs Communities Chamber of Commerce.
The museum is run by volunteers and is open on weekends, from Memorial Day thru October, Fridays (12pm – 4pm), Saturday and Sunday (10:30am – 4:30pm). They also will open the museum for free group tours year – round.
In the list of historical recipients, there are names you will know and some you may not. Recipients are business owners, individuals who volunteered, who organized, and who dedicated themselves to helping others and giving back. Over the years, we have added various additional awards to recognize more mountain community residents and businesses making the mountain communities a better place to live and work.
Citizens of the Year
John Deter (1968)
Citizens of the Year continued…
Shirley Snow (1993)
Recent Businesses of the Year
LouEddie’s Pizza (2015)
Recent Non-Profits of the Year
Rim of the World Education Foundation (2015) Lake Arrowhead Classical Ballet company (2016)