UPCOMING VOTE ON WHETHER SHORT TERM RENTERS SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO LAKE ARROWHEAD

UPCOMING VOTE ON WHETHER SHORT TERM RENTERS (AIRBNB, VRBO OR OTHERS) SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO LAKE ARROWHEAD
 
Dear ALA member:

Lake Arrowhead is, and has always been, a private lake.
Some ALA members are currently renting their homes in Arrowhead Woods for less than a 30 day period (“Short Term Rentals”) through sites such as Airbnb, VRBO or by other means. Some Short Term Rentals inform their clients that they may use the ALA trails, beach clubs, Lake Arrowhead and other ALA amenities (“ALA Property”) because they are renting properties in Arrowhead Woods.
 
The ALA Bylaws (“Bylaws”) currently do not state whether Short Term Renters can or can’t access the ALA Property because they are renting properties in Arrowhead Woods.
 
ALA’s Board of Directors wants to have a clear definition of whether the ALA membership wants to allow Short Term Renters to access ALA Property. Accordingly, the ALA Board of Directors recently voted to conduct a vote by the ALA membership to decide whether Short Term Renters should be able to use ALA Property.
 
The vote of the members will be by written ballot.  On February 27, 2020, ALA will send a written ballot to all ALA members who were in good standing with ALA as of February 1, 2020 (the “record date”). At least 5% of the ALA members entitled to vote must cast ballots to establish a quorum.  If there are not enough votes cast to establish a quorum the Bylaws will not be amended by the vote.
 
The ballots will contain two questions both of which members must answer.

Question 1
Members must vote whether to amend the Bylaws to specifically regulate the use of the ALA trails, beach clubs, Lake Arrowhead and other ALA owned amenities by Short Term Renters.
 
Vote YES – if you want to limit or stop the use of ALA Property by Short Term Renters.
 
Vote NO – if you do not want a new Bylaw to define regulations for Short Term Renter use of ALA Property.
 
At least 51% of the votes cast must be in favor of amending the Bylaws (YES to question 1) to limit or stop the use of ALA Property by Short Term Renters. If 51% of the votes cast do not vote to amend the Bylaws, the Bylaws will not be amended by the vote.
 
 Question 2
Regardless of whether the member votes YES or NO on amending the Bylaws, the member will be asked to choose from two proposed Bylaw amendments. The proposed Bylaw amendment that receives the highest percentage of the votes in the second question will be made part of the Bylaws if the result of Question 1 is to create a new Bylaw. Thereafter, the Bylaw can only be modified by a subsequent vote of the members.
 
The proposed Bylaw amendments to be on the ballot are as follows:
 
PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENT - #1
“ALA will not allow any Short Term Renter to use the ALA trails, beach clubs, Lake Arrowhead, ALA parks, any dock or pier site. In addition, Short Term Renters cannot receive ALA boat operator licenses, use kayaks, paddle boards, boats, sail, fish or swim in Lake Arrowhead or Grass Valley Lake.”
 
PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENT - #2
“ALA will allow Short Term Renters to use the ALA trails and beach clubs so long as the ALA member renting to the Short Term Renter pays ALA a fee in an amount to be set by the ALA Board of Directors on an annual basis. All Short Term Renters must comply with all ALA Bylaws, Rules, Regulations and Policies. Short Term Renters cannot access Lake Arrowhead, ALA parks, any dock or pier site or receive ALA boat operator licenses, use kayaks, paddle boards, boats, sail, fish or swim in Lake Arrowhead or Grass Valley Lake.”
 
Important Note
In order for a member’s vote on the second question to be counted, the member MUST vote either YES or NO on the first question - whether the Bylaws should be amended - AND choose which proposed Bylaw amendment they want to be in the Bylaws if the Bylaws are amended.
 
Written ballots may be returned by mail in the envelope that will be sent with the ballot, or the envelope containing the ballot may be delivered to the ALA office during normal business hours where the ballot envelope can be deposited in a secure box. 
 
Voting will be open from February 27, 2020 at 8 AM through April 1, 2020 at 5 PM PST.  Any ballot received by ALA before 8 AM on February 27, 2020 or after 5 PM PST on April 1, 2020 will not be counted.
 
The above voting instructions will also be included in the ballot mailing for your reference.
 
ALA hopes all members will vote on this very important issue in our community.