A look at Boulder Ridge Family Apartments, and Friends Helping Friends

This project is a low income multi-family development which was recently approved by the City Council; it is slated to be developed on the south east corner of Alessandro Blvd. and Lasselle Street.

   The project developer is Rancho Belago Developers Inc. a business under James Jernigan, with the property owners being Lakeridge Marketplace, LLC which is under the control of Jerome (Jerry) Stephens, Douglas Whitney and Michael Geller, along with the architect firm of Winchester Associates of David Slawson, all of whom with the exception of possibly James Jernigan, have direct relationships to Mayor Tom Owings and some with Councilman Marcelo Co.

   When this project came before the City Council for its approval, not all aspects of the development and the City’s involvement were made public, in fact there was one issue although it was originally set to be incorporated into the Council agenda, never seemed to have made it, that may have been as a result of the chain email shown below involving a city staff member and Barry Foster.

   The portion which seemed to have not made into the public meeting agenda had to do with the City’s economic assistance in the first phase of the projects development. These types of assistance’s normally run well into the millions of dollars, not something the City may have wanted out at a time of budget cuts involving public safety, not to mention the constant attacks on past councilwoman Bonnie Flickinger and the City economic assistance to Palm Desert Development for a similar project known as the Ranch Dorado Apartments at John F. Kennedy Dr. and Perris Blvd., it wouldn’t look too good if those who are chastising prior councilmember’s for such funding were themselves doing the exact same thing at a time in which they are claiming our City was in dire straits.

   It is interesting how this double standard works in Moreno Valley, as when the Palm Desert project was up for its second round of funding in 2010(which was already approved in 2008), the same individuals who now frequent city council meetings supporting our self-appointed dictator Tom-Ass Owings, you know Louise Palomarez, Mr. Wright Chris Baca etc. all came out against the Rancho Dorado Apartments and how this type of low income housing brought us crime, well where are they now?

   Even Michael Geller came out and spoke against assisting in that project even though as a planning commissioner he actively voted in favor of it, what changed for him, well it could be that at the time (in 2008) James Jernigan was part of the Palm Desert Development Company, along with Mr. Horn.

   There is yet another Rancho Belago Developers project which seems to get little attention, but has already cost the City taxpayers $6.5 million, and is set to take more of our monies on Tuesday July 9th, toward their second installment of draws from the City, and this isn’t for their phase two which will be coming soon. Furthermore, this project involves the same players, not to mention what the future will hold for the land on Iris Ave. and Via Del Lago which is approved for multi-family housing and under the control of the same group of individuals.

THE EMAIL (TEXT VERSION)

From: Shanikqua Freeman

Sent time: Monday, May 13, 2013 3:48:03 PM

To: Kathi Pierce

Cc: Barry Foster

Sorry. . .it is for the June 11th Council meeting.

S

From: Shanikqua Freeman

Sent time: Monday, May 13, 2013 3:46:59 PM

To: Kathi Pierce

Cc: Barry Foster

Kathi,

Barry has okayed the title:

INTENTION OF THE CITY OF MORENO VALLEY TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO RANCHO

BELAGO DEVELOPERS, INC. FOR PHASE 1 OF THE BOULDER RIDGE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

PROJECT

Can you please coordinate the uploading?

Thanks!

S

From: Shanikqua Freeman

Sent time: Monday, May 13, 2013 3:43:39 PM

To: Barry Foster

We typically mention the approval of the reso in the recommendations. Did you want mention of the resolution in the title?

From: Shanikqua Freeman

Sent: Monday, May 13, 2013 3:37 PM

To: Barry Foster

Subject: RE: Staff Report Title: Boulder Ridge Family Apartment Project (Rancho Belago Developers)

Yes.

S

From: Barry Foster

Sent: Monday, May 13, 2013 3:35 PM

To: Shanikqua Freeman

Subject: RE: Staff Report Title: Boulder Ridge Family Apartment Project (Rancho Belago Developers)

Is this typically done by resolution?

From: Shanikqua Freeman

Sent: Monday, May 13, 2013 2:00 PM

To: Barry Foster

Cc: Kathi Pierce

Subject: Staff Report Title: Boulder Ridge Family Apartment Project (Rancho Belago Developers)

Barry,

Please advise if the title, as proposed, is adequate. If so, I will ask Kathi P. to upload it.

INTENTION OF THE CITY OF MORENO VALLEY TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO RANCHO BELAGO DEVELOPERS, INC. FOR PHASE I OF THE BOULDER RIDGE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT

The staff report is due next week. I will work to get a draft to week’s end or sooner.

Thanks!

Shanikqua Freeman

Housing Program Coordinator

Community & Economic Development Department

ext. 3445

The above was later approved, however it never made into any City Council Agenda, at least not with the projects approval, which was done on June 25th, 2013. 

To view or download the emails in PDF format as I received them, use the links below: 

No. 0019

No. 0028

No. 0018

No. 0017

No. 0016

No. 0015

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9 thoughts on “A look at Boulder Ridge Family Apartments, and Friends Helping Friends

  1. The project was approved and believe it or not – due to the population size of Moval, there is a need for affordable housing – plus these newer developments are the only housing currently being built, which will help the economy. It is a strange circle and while I like the project and Rancho Dorado, the players of this latest project not so much.

  2. Since they are getting away with this, I wonder how much land Diversified Real Estate and Jerome Stephens would potentially benefit from if the World Logistics Center were actually to be built and developed? It could be an interesting connection to how these individuals play the game.

  3. $6.5 million for the construction of infrastructure near this apartment development, $1.7 million from the Nason Street project for the unneeded consultant to study a Theodore Street bridge, and more tax payer money to be given to allowing upgrades to Gilman Springs Road. The city council must want Iddo Benzeevi and Jerome Stephens to get as much tax payer money as they can before they adjourn for the month of August. It just makes it more obvious to a grand jury of the back door dealings going on in the valley.

  4. Lots of conflict of interest going on. So, is this the plan, low wage jobs/warehousing and low income. Sounds like they are making MoVal some kind of modern day plantation and Iddo is the master.

    • This is true. If something like the World Logistics Center ever did come to fruition (which it never will) it would attract businesses near it to complement such a major employer like truck stops, cheap motels, liquor stores, low-income housing, retail stores associated with the warehouses, and more that would profit from being near a major warehousing complex. If you want a better example of this drive to Victorville near the Southern California Logistics Airport, San Bernardino International Airport, or Mira Loma to see how much income they generate and beautify the area.

  5. They are going to want to bring more low income and unskilled labor to Moreno Valley as much as possible. The World Logistics Center is going to need a workforce in the near future according to them. Good thing Iddo Benzeevi hasn’t built a single successful project in his life otherwise their might have been more of these projects.

    Maybe after they get indicted and ruin their reputations this will be the only place they can afford to live.

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