Moreno Valley’s Planned Community Meeting Regarding The City’s Economic Development Action Plan.
Due to citizen concerns and request for information on the planned community meeting to be held on January 18th, at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center regarding the City’s Economic Development Action Plan, mvgordie.com has decided to address those concerns as well as publicize the planned meeting.
This will be an informative meeting only, no question will be allowed during the meeting which is actually a presentation made by the City with the assistance of well-known economist John Husing. The meeting will be held on January 18th, 2012 at 7:00 P.M. at the Moreno Valley Community and Recreation Center, located at 14075 Frederick St., Moreno Valley, CA…
As no public input or questioning will be allowed during this presentation, it has been stated by the City that a phone line and a website will be setup for those purposes.
mvgordie.com takes no real position on this planned meeting beyond the point it seems to be more or less a propaganda ploy between the City of Moreno Valley, and the development company Highland Fairview aimed at justification for prior and future actions by and between the two parties.
As can be noted by the flier below, the targeted area of opportunity is shown on a map as that land which is either owned by or just under the development of Highland Fairview (note the wording “owned by, or just under the development of Highland Fairview,” for that will be addressed at a later date).
mvgordie.com questions the governmental involvement in promoting a private land owners land and development future in this way. When the government gets involved in such actions, it is ripe for acts of conflicts of interest based on bias, bias which can be identified by and through its prior acts and current actions. These types of actions can foster corruption within city government as the government has taken a favoritism approach toward one individual, corporation, land owner and developer, over that of others within the same city.
Moreno Valley cannot continue to ask why citizens speak out against a single developer, while they the City continue to openly show such bias and favoritisms toward that same developer. It is the City of Moreno Valley, and Highland Fairview itself who foster such resentments by and through the prior actions as well as current ones.
People should note as well that Mr. Husing himself has shown to not be so accurate with his economic forecasts and predictions, and when challenged he simply states his detractors just don’t understand the Inland Empire. Well Mr. Husing, tell us again about your predictions on the housing situation in the Inland Empire, is it worst over, is housing development still the best investment in the Inland Empire as you have previously stated?
You were wrong then, what guarantee to we have you won’t be wrong again?
In December of 2011, Mr. Husing stated the following in a news article (source: The Press-Enterprise, Dec. 12th, 2011, titled “Will New jobs Help Commercial Properties?” ) :
Redlands-based economist John Husing said the area’s office market was heavily overbuilt in 2007 when the residential real estate markets crashed. The vacancy rate is still at 23.8 percent because a lot of that space was built in the mid-2000s to accommodate residential development firms.
Now it will take a comeback in housing to get that space occupied again, and Husing said that could take several years.
“If employment grows fast, it may cause some demand, but we probably have to solve the housing problem first,” Husing said.
Is Mr. Husing now going to say that industrial development needs to come first?
Husing on housing, source The Press Enterprise January 13th. 2010, titled “Housing Market Passes ‘Point Of Falling Prices’.”
“The Inland Empire’s housing market has passed the point of falling prices, signaling that the worse of the housing crisis appears to be over,” Inland economist John Husing said in a quarterly economic report published this month by the San Bernardino County Associated Governments.
Mr. Housing has also stated the our Inland Empire economy is held back due to our lack of edecated adults.
“Conversations led Husing to conclude the field of education, particularly the Inland Empire’s relative dearth of degree-holding adults, is the No. 1 source of problems the region’s business leaders need to solve in order for the people of the Inland Empire to control their economic destinies.”
“There is no such thing as a poor, well-educated community,” Husing said before saying about 48 percent of the region’s adults over the age of 25 have never taken a single college class.”
“Second only to education, Husing said, is the imperative for job creation.”
How then does warehousing address this issue in Moreno Valley, when the area he will come to speak about, and the land owner and or developer has chased out of the area and caused massive delays in the addition of additional schools aimed at reducing overcrowding one of the main causes in lower education levels. If education comes first, where does this type of action fit in?
As for the environment, John Husing feels that too much emphasis is given to this issue through the use of CEQA laws and requirements. Mr. Husing goes further to state such issues should be taken out of the hands of the voting public, and placed only in the hands of elected officials and government agencies. Such actions as that opens the door for corruption within the government, developer relationship, and removes from the process those most concerned and effected by their local environmental atmosphere.
“Excuse me, we have a construction depression. To have that held up because of bureaucracy is beyond stupid. It’s criminal,” he said.
“Husing said the power to file CEQA lawsuits should be limited to an official power, such as the state Attorney General’s Office.”
Husing is now the Inland Empire Economic Partnership’s (IEEP) chief economist, an organization which is in the process of changing its original mission to one of a vocal supporter of business and development in the Inland Empire. The IEEP also has a new political action committee aimed at supporting those who support its member’s views; those members include Highland Fairview and Iddo Benzeevi.
It is no wonder he will be coming to Moreno Valley to address the economic needs of Highland Fairview. Highland Fairview’s Iddo Benzeevi has a mission here in Moreno Valley and absolute control is needed for him to see his ambitions through to the end. Benzeevi is no fool when it comes to positioning himself in organizations and boards which he can use to benefit his agenda, he has shown this trough his memberships and position upon the Riverside Economic and Workforce Development Board (with the assistance of Marion Ashley), the Riverside County Regional Medical Center Foundation, board member for the Riverside Community College Chancellor’s Inner Circle, as well as other local college steering committees.
That which Highland Fairview can’t control through social manipulation, they will do so through financial manipulation or through Jerome Stephens, who acts like Highland Fairview pathetic attack dog.
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