The City Council is the governing body of the City of Big Bear Lake. It is responsible for the formulation of City policies, enacting laws and ordinances, and deciding other issues impacting the City and the community. The City Council provides direction to the City under the leadership of the City Manager to help the City develop and implement City programs and activities for the overall growth and benefit of the City. The City Council acts as a liaison between the community and the City staff and is also responsible as elected officials for community outreach.
The Big Bear Lake City Council consists of five members including four Councilmembers and a Mayor. All members are elected by-district and the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem are appointed on an annual basis. All Councilmembers must be residents of the City and registered voters within the City at the time of their election or appointment.
The term of each member of the City Council is four years and commences on the first meeting of December of the year of the election and continues until a successor qualifies.
We encourage public meeting attendance and seek input on all matters being considered by the City Council. In addition, during our public meetings, citizens can take the opportunity to communicate issues that they would like to bring to the attention of their elected officials. City Council meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m. at the City of Big Bear Lake Civic Center (Hofert Hall), located at 39707 Big Bear Blvd. if you are unable to attend a City Council meeting, you can also watch the meeting live on the City's Public, Educational and Government (PEG) access channel, Spectrum Channel 182, or stream it through the City's website.
If you plan to attend a meeting, download some helpful information about meeting protocol, etc.
MAYOR/COUNCIL COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT LIST
FAIR POLITICAL PRACTICES COMMISSION (FPPC) FILINGS
For all FPPC forms, visit the FPPC Filing Page.
PROOF OF RESIDENCY DOCUMENTATION
Government Code Section 36052(a) requires Councilmembers to maintain a legal residence or domicile within the City of Big Bear Lake. To properly ensure compliance, and pursuant to Chapter 5, Section IV(A) of the adopted City Council Policy, Procedures, and Rules of Order Manual, all prospective and sitting Councilmembers are required to certify with the City Clerk their residency or domicile within the City of Big Bear Lake. Signed Affidavits of the Candidate/Councilmember(s) and supporting submitted documentation can be reviewed and/or requested through a Public Records Request.
CITY OF BIG BEAR LAKE BY-DISTRICT ELECTIONS
In 2018, City Council Adopted Ordinance No. 2018-459 and the City of Big Bear Lake began operating on a by-district election system. Every 10 years, local governments use new raw data from the Census to redraw district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. on April 4, 2022, City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2022-502, thus adopting a new district map. The new district map went into effect May 4, 2022.