June 17th, 2014 Letter to Elizabeth Warren, Executive Director for FuturePorts Regarding Iddo Benzeevi as an Expert in Development

Elizabeth Warren, executive Director                                                                                                                 June 17th, 2014

FuturePorts

RE: Iddo Benzeevi of Highland Fairview

 

 

Ms. Warren,

In reading your response to Ms. Galloway, regarding the FuturePort’s annual 2014 conference, I take issue with you claim to her that Mr. Benzeevi is some form of development expert; in fact he is anything but.

I question how you could even come to such a conclusion based solely on one single development (the Skechers Building in Moreno Valley) as to date that is the only development project for which he has successfully and only partially completed, as this was only one phase of a three phase development project known as the Highland Fairview Corporate Park.

This project itself was full of issues, from his being unable to secure financing, having to create a joint partnership with the tenant Skechers in order to get financing, being under financed, have more than one hundred (100) liens filed against the project, close to fifty Lis Pendens filed against the project, and the bonding company, Safeco having to pay the subcontractors be that through out of court settlements or through numerous civil cases, in fact some of the subcontractors either faced bankruptcy as a result of doing business with Highland Fairview or in fact went bankrupt.

Although it in California’s largest building of its type, the Hanes Brand building next door in Perris, which is close to the same size, was built with only one lien, which was promptly settled within less than thirty days by its developer Ridge Property Trust, ad was at the time the largest LEED’s certified building.

This brings me to the LEED’s certification of the Skechers building, had it not have been for a lawsuit filed by concerned citizens of Moreno Valley (of which I am not affiliated), and the concessions contained within the settlement agreement, this building would not have attained the level of Gold Certification, as it was the extra mitigation contained in the settlement agreement which gave the project the point push need to attain gold level.

Mr. Benzeevi has failed on all previous projects he has been involved in, from a 1,000 acre housing development in Moreno Valley east of Redands Blvd. (1985), the Moreno Valley International Trade Center, including a 10,000 foot runway and the creation of 50,000 jobs (1986), redevelopment of the Norton Air Base in San Bernardino (1987), the Moreno Highland project in Moreno Valley (1989), Iddo and his brother (Yorai) start a condominium project in Orange County which ends in foreclosure (1991), sought and was approved a specific plan to build an age restricted residential community called Aquabella which has yet to be built (2005), the Highland Fairview Corporate Park, approved in February 2009, a three phase development of which contained the Skechers building, completed and paid for mainly by the bonding company who insured payment on the project .

He has since been awarded exclusive contracts, a two year exclusive deal to plan development of the Banning Municipal Airport, which has yet to come to fruition (2013) and the Tulare Medical Center in Tulare (2013), yet more projects which we have to wait to see what the future hold on these two projects.

Below is a partial list of the court cases mentioned above:

  • Case RIC1104784 – BIG CAT EQUIPMENT RENTALS VS POWER GRADE INC…

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS-SKX T1 LLC, LIBERTY MUTUAL GROUP INC., SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, BANK OF AMERICA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, J.D. DIFFENBAUGH, POWER GRADE INC… 

  • Case RIC1106567 – DIRTWORK CONSULTANTS VS JD DIFFENBAUGH

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS-SKX T1 LLC, HIGHLAND FAIRVIEW PARTNERS V, SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCECOMPANY, J.D. DIFFENBAUGH INC…

  • Case RIC1106573 – JDP EQUIPMENT RENTAL VS JD DIFFENBAUGH

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS SKX T1 LLC, HIGHLAND FAIRVIEW PARTNERS V, SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, J.D. DIFFENBAUGH INC… 

  • Case RIC1106669 – NILSON GRADING INC VS JD DIFFENBAUGH INC…

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS-SKX T1 LLC, HIGHLAND FAIRVIEW PARTNERS V, SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANYOF AMERICA, LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, JD DIFFENBAUGH INC… 

  • Case RIC1106935 – POMA DISTRIBUTING COMPANY VS POWER GRADE INC…

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS SKX T1, SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANYOF AMERICA, POWER GRADE INC…

  • Case RIC1107654 – WESTERN RENTALS VS POWERHOUSE GRADING

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS – SKXT1, LLC, BANK OF AMERICA, NA, JIM PUTMAN, POWERHOUSE GRADING, INC., J.D. DIFFENBAUGH, INC… 

  • Case RIC1109462 – OCHOA HOUSER INC VS J D DIFFENBAUGH INC…

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS-SKX T1 LLC, HIGHLAND FAIRVIEW PARTNERS V, SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCECOMPANY, J D DIFFENBAUGH INC… 

  • Case RIC1119096 – MURRIETA DEVELOPMENT CO INC VS MARKLEY.

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS-SKX TI LLC, LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, BANK OF AMERICA NA, LANCE PHILLIP MARKLEY, J.D. DIFFENBAUGH INC…

  • Case RIC1119214 – SOUTH BAY FOUNDRY INC VS IRVINE PIPELINE COMPANY.

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS SKX T1 LLC, SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, IRVINE PIPELINE COMPANY, INC., J.D. DIFFENBAUGH, INC…

  • Case RIC1120130 – ESSCO WHOLESALE ELECTRIC INC VS HF LOGISTICS-SKX

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS-SKX TI LLC, SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, J.D. DIFFENBAUGH INC. (Party Deleted from case/complaint 12/21/2011). 

  • Case RIC1200203 – GENERAL SUPPLY VS MARKLEY

 

Defendants: HIGHLAND FAIRVIEW PROPERTIES, HF LOGISTICS SKX T2, HIGHLAND FAIRVIEW PARTNERS I, HIGHLAND FAIRVIEW PARTNERS II, HIGHLAND FAIRVIEW PARTNERS III, HIGHLAND FAIRVIEW PARTNERS IV, HIGHLAND PARTNERS V, SKECHERS USA INC., SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, BANK OF AMERICA NA, MARC D FERRIS, LANCE PHILLIP MARKLEY. 

  • Case RIC1201443 – LAMINATORS INCORPORATED VS ACTION SHEET METAL INC…

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS-SKX T1, LLC, SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, AMERICAN CONTRACTORS INDEMNITYCOMPANY, LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, ACTION SHEET METAL, INC., J.D. DIFFENBAUGH, INC… 

  • Case RIC1201850 – CONSTRUCTION LABORERS TRUST FUNDS VS HF LOGISTICS

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS-SKX T1, LLC, HF LOGISTICS-SKX T2, LLC, HIGHLAND FAIRVIEW PARTNERS V, HIGHLAND FAIRVIEW PARTNERS VI, HIGHLAND FAIRVIEW PARTNERS VII, HIGHLAND FAIRVIEW PARTNERS VIII, SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICAN, LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, RAYMOND JAMES BANK FSB, J.D. DIFFENBAUGH INC… 

  • Case RIC1202696 – NOBLE RENTS, INC VS ACTION SHEET METAL, INC…

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS-SKX TI, LLC, LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, ACTION SHEET METAL, INC., PAT A DOLCE, J.D. DIFFENBAUGH, INC… 

  • Case RIC1203171 – IRVINE PIPELINE COMPANY INC VS. J.D. DIFFENBAUGH

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS SKX T1 LLC, SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, KEMP BROS CONSTRUCTION, J.D. DIFFENBAUGH INC… 

  • Case RIC1204169 – K.O.B. INC VS HF LOGISTICS

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS- SKX T1, LLC, SAFECO INSURANCE ACOMPANY OF AMERICA, BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION, BANK OF AMERICA NATIONALASSOCIATION, J.D. DIFFENBAUGH INC… 

  • Case RIC1204606 – ADVANCO FIRE PROTECTION INC VS SAFECO INSURANCE

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS-SKX T1 LLC, KEMP BROS CONSTRUCTION INC., SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, BANK OF AMERICA NA, JD DIFFENBAUGH INC… 

  • Case RIC1205481 – WHITFILL NURSERY, INC VS TOP TIER CONSTRUCTION

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS-SKX TI, LLC, SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, TOP TIER CONSTRUCTION INC., JAVIER MORRO, J.D. DIFFENBAUGH, INC… 

  • Case RIC1205702 – JOHNSON MACHINERY CO. VS. TOP TIER CONSTRUCTION

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS SKX-T1, SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY, LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, TOP TIER CONSTRUCTION, JAVIER R MORRO. 

  • Case RIC1207256 – BLAKE AIR CONDITIONING VS JD DIFFENBAUGH INC…

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS SKX TI LLC, SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, LIBERTY MUTUAL SURETY, KEMP BROS CONSTRUCTION INC., ALL PERSONS CLAIMING ANY INTEREST, JD DIFFERBAUGH INC…

  • Case RIC1208031 – TOP TIER CONSTRUCTION VS J.D. DIFFENBAUGH INC…

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS-SKX T1 LLC, HF LOGISTICS SKX T2 LLC, HIGHLAND FAIRVIEW PROPERTIES LLC, SKECHERS U.S.A.INC., SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, KEMP BROS. CONSTRUCTION INC., BANK OF AMERICA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, J.D. DIFFENBAUGH INC… 

  • Case RIC1214784 – POWER GRADE INC VS SAFECO INS CO OF AMERICA INC…

 

Defendants: HF LOGISTICS -SKX T1 LLC, SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, J.D. DIFFENBAUGH INC…

  • Case RIC10003701 – AJ KIRKWOOD & ASSOCIATES VS PROFESSORS HIGHLANDERS

 

Defendants: PROFESSORS HIGHLANDERSON PROPERTIES PARTNER, HIGHLAND FAIRVIEW CONSTRUCTION INC… 

Cases totals: These case totals for Highland Fairview, include only cases under the names of, HF Logistics, HF LOGISTICS-SKX TI, HF LOGISTICS-SKX T2, PROFESSORS HIGHLANDERSON PROPERTIES PARTNER, HIGHLAND FAIRVIEW CONSTRUCTION or any other known entity under their control and associated with the Highland Fairview Corporate Park Project. 

Note: The above cases do NOT represent the Mechanics Liens which were also filed with the Riverside County Recorder’s Office, of which were settled in a verity of ways outside of actual court actions.

As you can see, Mr. Benzeevi and Highland Fairview don’t fit the title of expert in development, as one project filled with legal (and ethical) issues does not an expert make.

Furthermore, Mr. Benzeevi and Highland Fairview a currently under a State and Federal investigation into issues of possible political corruption.

In ending, I feel he should have the right to speak at your 2014 Annual Conference, as that is where he is truly an expert, at speaking and disseminating false and misleading information about himself and the development industry.

If you would be interested in further information regarding Mr. Benzeevi or actual legal document in support of my claims, please feel free to ask.

 

Sincerely,

Gordon S.F. Tucker Jr.

Moreno Valley, CA. 92557

mvgordie.com

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2 thoughts on “June 17th, 2014 Letter to Elizabeth Warren, Executive Director for FuturePorts Regarding Iddo Benzeevi as an Expert in Development

  1. I have lived in M V for 30 years and have told the story over and over of Idd
    o’s failures and I was involved in fighting him on all the project mentioned he tied to push thru in M V. Thank goodness we had a city council hat was not in his hip pocket as is now. Goodridence to Owings and now for the rest to the scum then good by Iddo AGAIN

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