Bear Valley Springs, CA

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Infrastructure Committee

The Infrastructure Committee reviews plans for the development, operation and maintenance of District infrastructure.

John Grace

John Grace

Director

Like you, I view Bear Valley Springs as a truly special place and one worth preserving. To me, this means exhibiting leadership to sustain a unique quality of life through safe roads, a strong and independent police agency, protection of our unique physical landscape, and financial decision-making that will allow every tax and rate payer the assurance that they are achieving value for their investment.

I hold a degree in Urban Planning from USC and have spent 24 years as a public-sector City Planner and real estate professional, building communities that provide a high quality of life for residents. This experience has provided me with the technical skill to balance budgets, manage construction, and advance public policy in a community forum.

In addition, as a civilian, I was privileged to receive executive leadership training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. This experience has given me a perspective on leadership that centers around critical thinking, consensus building and valuing input from all stakeholders.

Jay Carlyn

Jay Carlyn

Vice President

Once my wife Lorrie and I stumbled upon Bear Valley Springs, there was no alternative living area that could compete. We were drawn to the community by the mountain views, guarded gate, internal police and fire departments, and the affable people who live here. We love the lifestyle that affords us block parties, abundant wildlife, horses, golf, and the Country Club.

I began attending board meetings to understand the direction our community was headed. Meeting after meeting, I realized that the current board was mirroring the movie "Groundhog Day" - the same things happened over and over. There was a lot of argument, both internally and externally, unprofessional chatter, and no action.

It is no secret that the infrastructure has been ignored for many years, resulting in deteriorating roads, water system, building structure safety, and mailboxes that will cost more to replace than it would have to repair them over the years. I felt that we could not let this lack of leadership direction continue. The system was broken, and the leaders needed to be replaced. The question I asked myself was "What do 'We the People' need to do?" My personal answer was running for the CSD Board of Directors.

We know what the past has been, but we need to look to the future to protect and preserve our valley. I am focused on long term strategic plans that will outlast the elected cycles, and an open door with residents that embraces honesty, integrity, commitment, and common sense. I know that the people of Bear Valley Springs are at their best when we work together to face and solve problems.

William Malinen

William Malinen

General Manager

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.

Kathy Carey
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Kathy Carey

Volunteer

I am a 32 year resident and Real Estate broker in BVS.  My husband and I moved to the valley early 1987 to raise our family when there was only a small valley population. There were no street lights or fast food chains in town.  It was a big deal to drive and pass another car. I loved the open spaces and feel it was a great place to raise a family.It was and still is a Paradise Found!

I have worked hard to sell over 500 properties and manage nearly 400 homes in my 32 years of local Real Estate service.  I have been a 14 year Chamber of Commerce Director, a 4 year Equestrian Advisory committee chair, on the BVCSD Infrastructure and Finance committees as well the Government Affairs Committee Chair at our Association of Realtors.

My personal interests besides caring for our family and loving our Bernese Mountain Dogs is horse-back riding, gardening, skiing,cycling and tennis.  Our family has enjoyed every amenity within this special valley.  I feel it is important to participate within the community and encourage others to do the same to maintain the unique natural beauty, amazing wildlife and wonderful qualities of this one-of-a-kind community in which we all call home!

Paul Paparella
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Paul Paparella

Citizen Volunteer