Joseph W. Brady, CCIM, SIOR
I wish to welcome our current, future and long standing subscribers of the 51st edition of the Bradco High Desert Report, the first and only economic overview of the High Desert region, covering the Northern portion of San Bernardino County and the Inland Empire. We more specifically address economic issues affecting the Cities of Adelanto, Barstow, Hesperia, Victorville, and the Town of Apple Valley.
As always, we are most appreciative to our over 135 committed article suppliers and our longtime newsletter sponsors for their continued commitment to our endeavor, and our attempt to find positive, factual and interesting economic information as it relates to the High Desert economy.
One item that the Bradco High Desert Report has always prided itself with is giving facts for people to make better decisions. Charts in the article prepared by the renowned Dr. Gobar showing the significant decrease that a residential building permits have seen in the High Desert region, are purely factual. The day will come where the High Desert will recover, but the charts are clearly intended to help decision makers make decisions over the next year, 3, 5, or 10 year period of time.
Dr. Gobar, Chairman of Alfred Gobar Associates (Brea) continues to do such an outstanding job of depicting the issues affecting the High Desert region and helping us have a better understanding of where we are moving.
We welcome Mr. Carlos Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer of Building Industry Association (BIA/Baldy View Chapter), with his article, as well as Senator Jean Fuller regarding the very controversial Fire Prevention “Fee” that is of major discussion in the High Desert region and in other places throughout the state. I wish to thank Brittany A. Ortega of the State of California Employment Development Department for its ongoing assistance relative to employment date etc.
Ronald J. Barbieri, Ph.D., CPA, Senior Vice President of The Bradco Companies has included (5) five articles in this edition which discuss population, industrial growth, the expansion of the Panama Canal, local housing price increases and the snapshot of the High Desert and Southern California commercial and industrial real estate markets. What is interesting about the population base that we all use to describe the area we consider the High Desert region, and the article about population that Dr. Barbieri has included clearly indicate the High Deserts current population as of January 1st, 2012 as 446,950 with an increase of 3,434± residents in the last 2 years. You will find his article very interesting. I asked Dr. Barbieri months ago what he thought expansion of the Panama Canal would have on industrial space in Southern California. Please read his articles about his prognosis for the future.
I asked our long time friend Mr. Bob Thompson of Advanced Listing Services to team with Dr. Barbieri to discuss what effect the shortage of homes is currently having on price increases within the High Desert region. The Bradco Companies typically stays away from issues within the Bradco High Desert Report, we are pleased that we have leased or sold nearly 1 million square feet of industrial and commercial space in the last 18 months. We thank those cooperating real estate brokers from within the area and out of the area for their expertise and their professionalism in these transactions.
I would like to re-welcome back Assemblyman Mr. Tim Donnelly and his article “Reviving California if Going to Take a Revolution”. Thank you to Ms. Violette Roberts of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District for its continued support in the articles that they supply.
Our current First District Supervisor, Mr. Brad Mitzelfelt has submitted his last article as Vice Chairman and First District Supervisor titled “The County of San Bernardino is Moving Forward with Major Construction Projects”. I would like to publically thank Brad and his wife Megan for all their public service for many many years. We wish you the best Brad in your future endeavors and we had such a great opportunity to work with you. We will continue to move forward on the economic development council project that we had talked about in the last year.
I would like to thank Ms. Vici Nagel whose former group has recently renamed itself to the Academy for Grassroots Organizations, for her article. We hope to be making an announcement in January of 2013 that will augment the efforts with the great group, and the nearly 1,000, 501C3 and 501C4 now profit organizations that need monies within the High Desert region.
I would like to thank Mr. Bill Gruelich, Public Information Officer for Victor Valley Community College District (where I am proud to be an appointed Trustee) on the article that he has submitted about all the positive issues affecting our great institution. The Mojave Water Agency has submitted their article “MWA is Ahead of the Curve in Reliable Fiscal and Program Policies” and prepared by our friend Ms. Tamara Alaniz.
We continually appreciate the great relationship that we have had with SANBAG (San Bernardino Associated Governments) for many years and re-welcome Mr. Ray Wolfe as its Executive Director. We had worked with Ray when he was the Executive Director of Cal Trans (District 8), which included the entire Inland Empire. He takes over for our longtime friend Ms. Deborah Barmack. Ray again welcome to SANBAG. Thank you for the information that you and your staff supply our readers on an ongoing basis.
We are working very closely with Mr. Paul Granillo of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and hope to be able to make a positive announcement in the first quarter of 2013 about a pending economic development group that would be formed in the High Desert region, and have some type of a working relationship with Mr. Granillo, IEEP and all their other partners.
Lastly, I would like to thank the City of Adelanto, Town of Apple Valley, the City of Barstow, the City of Hesperia and the City of Victorville for their updates and their articles from their economic development professionals. The High Desert has the best economic development organizations within any region that we have done business and we continually encourage their efforts to work together, as we are all in this issue together. We hope that you are enjoying the gorgeous fall we have had. We hope that you enjoy the 2012 Holiday season, we look for to preparing the 52 edition of the Bradco High Desert Report in February of 2013.
Lastly, and most importantly, if you wish to continue to receive a copy of the Bradco High Desert Report, any statistical reports, op-ed articles that we post to our website for free, please register at our website at www.thebradcocompanies.com/register. Thank you.