I moved to BVS 6+ years ago, from the Antelope Valley, with my husband Rick. No matter where I live, I make it a point to try and keep current with the local goings-on; BVS is no different. Up until a couple of years ago, it was mainly by reading the “Bear Tracks,” “The Cub,” “Tehachapi News,” and “The Loop.” I also attend the BVS Town Hall meetings regularly,and occasional CSD meetings. Have to admit, I avoid social media, other than ‘Next Door.’
It was the most recent locking mailbox vote (&surrounding issues) that really got my attention, and made me realize just how much miscommunication is out there. I’m a firm believer in “putting your money where your mouth is”; i.e., not complaining about an issue unless you have something positive to contribute. That’s when I decided to join the CSD Communications Committee; try and become part of the solution. I am just beginning my second two-year term.
I joined because I felt that the CSD needed to do a better job at being transparent, and making information available; likewise, residents need to do their part too, at staying informed. I’m a retired air traffic controller. Having worked for the federal government for over 20 years, I understand how slowly the wheels of bureaucracy can turn. It is frustrating to hear how certain projects have been delayed (yet again,) or how the board is waiting on another entity before they can move ahead, or why one project has priority over another, etc…
I feel that two of my best assets are knowing which questions to ask, and being persistent; I will continue to do that. Being on the committee has given me better insight into the CSD. I’ve also seen firsthand how dedicated the employees / board members are, and how they have the best interests of BVS residents at heart. I encourage all residents to “get involved,” in whatever way they are able.
Megan is an IT professional with a background in journalism, technical writing and customer support. Her career has been focused on building positive relationships between companies and their clients. She and her husband have made Bear Valley Springs home since 2015.
My husband I moved to Bear Valley Springs from the Los Angeles area in the summer of 2006. Having been a Rotarian for many years, I immediately joined the Rotary Club of Tehachapi and became a volunteer working on many events.When the opportunity arose for volunteers for the BVCSD Communications Committee to be formed, I thought it would be a good opportunity to give back to our new community as well as help create transparency in all matters CSD.
This is my second term on the committee, and I am happy to see we now have a Communications Specialist taking care of questions and concerns of the citizens. I believe my part on the committee, as well as the other members, is to contribute to and oversee the communication to the public in whatever format it takes on, Bear Tracks, CSD website, Facebook, etc.
The General Manager has been a great help as well, being involved in the meetings and meeting with the public. Good communication between all concerned is a true asset to our community.
With more than 30 years of city and town management experience in California, Washinton, Minnesota, and Missouri, Bill has managed annual budgets ranging from 6 million dollars to 95 million dollars and has led both small and medium sized communities.
He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Public Administration and was a International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) Credentialed City Manager for 15 years.