The High Desert Report » April 2015

Monthly Archives: April 2015


Publisher’s Message-Spring 2015

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By Joseph W. Brady, CCIM, SIOR
The Bradco Companies/The Bradco High Desert Report

I wish to welcome our current, future, and long stand­ing subscribers and sponsors of the 54th 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.

As a part of our history, in late 1992, when a friend of mine, Ms. Cele Under­wood, then an Associate with the Keith Companies, a company with which we shared office space, suggested that, with all the development, bus tours and sem­inars in Southern California, we create a newsletter. Having no knowledge of how to do a newsletter, I contacted my long-time friend and mentor, Dr.… Read the full article


Edition Dedicated to Mr. Willie Pringle

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Mr. Willie Pringle

On January 6, 2015, we lost a dear friend of the High Desert and, most im­portantly, Victor Valley Com­munity College District. His name was Mr. Willie Pringle. From the early days when I moved to the High Desert in mid-1988, Willie Pringle was always a gentlemen who was “bigger than life.”

I knew him and the many roles that he held throughout the region, all based on education, with a deep and long-founded love for his college, Victor Valley Com­munity College District.

Willie had a life-long service record in the community and continued to stay active in service-leadership roles.

He served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Victor Elementary School District from 1994-2009. In addition to his elected service on the board, he con­tributed his time and talent as a board member for Job Opportunities and Ben­efits (JOB), assisting the disabled; was a member of the Citizens Volunteer Corps, the High Desert Diversity Coali­tion; the Kiwanis; served on the super­visory committee at Victor Valley Fed­eral Credit Union; and the Desert Valley Charitable Foundation.… Read the full article

Economy Film General

How does the Inland Empire Film commission Make it so easy?

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By Sheri Davis – Director

The High Desert still remains the number one desert location for the Film Industry in California. Why you ask? It is really a simple answer – terrific light, diversity of locations (from a mountain community to the vast sand dunes at Dumont) as well as experienced crew and service providers. Also, the film industry gets ease of permitting with the Inland Empire Film Commission which serves as the One Stop Permit Agency for the County of San Bernardino, the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. How does the Film Commission make it so easy? They have some very important partners whose support is key to successful filming in the High Desert. The Barstow Bureau of Land Management leadership and staff deserve a medal for their excellence in assisting filming.… Read the full article

General Transportation

Transportation Improvements Continue in the High Desert

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Ranchero Road Interchange

By Joy Sepulveda
Public Information Officer

Since 2012, Caltrans has been actively working to improve the transportation infrastructure in the High Desert. The growth of the region, as well as the result­ing congestion has made improvements a priority for the department. Commut­ers and tourists are using the routes and arterials more and more in their travels. In fact, more than one million vehicles travel through the Devore Interchange each week, which makes it the most significant chokepoint on Interstate 15 (I-15) in San Bernardino County with traffic queues extending south for five miles during the late afternoon/evening rush hour.

While no major projects were complet­ed in 2014, two projects continued full steam to deliver significant changes to the transportation system.… Read the full article

Economy General Property

Most High Desert Home Values Trending Up

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By Bob Dutton
Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk
San Bernardino County

As the newly elected Assessor for San Bernardino County, I am very interested in monitoring and taking action to stimu­late economic development in the region. One of the key indicators of the regional growth is the value of the various prop­erty types within the County.

Over the last several years, dating back to 2008, there have been some very dra­matic changes in assessed property val­ue. Before we discuss property value, it is important to distinguish the difference between market and assessed property value.

Market value: The lowest price a sell­er would be willing to receive while at the same time the highest price a buyer would be willing to accept on an open and competitive market.… Read the full article

General Property

Hesperia’s Tapestry Master-Planned Community will be a Jewel of the High Desert

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By the Tapestry Development Team

Nearly 25 years after first being set into the plans at the founding of the City of Hesperia, a master-planned community is finally going to be a re­ality. The former Rancho Las Flores Specific Plan is now the Tapestry mas­ter-planned community. The project is being developed by Terra Verde Group, which has a successful history of build­ing master-planned communities in Southern California and throughout the United States.

Even though the property is already entitled for over 15,000 homes and is part of the City’s General Plan, the project will face additional review due to updates in its plans. In the next few months, Tapestry will go before the Hesperia Planning Commission and City Council for approval of a new En­vironmental Impact Report (EIR), Spe­cific Plan, and Phase I Tentative Tract Map.… Read the full article

Economy General Politics

Momentum is Ours

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By Larry Vaupel
Economic Development Agency Administrator
San Bernardino County

Momentum. Defined by force or speed of movement. Our County is experienc­ing momentum again. It is a speed of positive movement that will benefit us all. However, the challenge is to ensure this positive economic momentum is broad based, hitting all key aspects of our region from healthcare to education to business.

We have population momentum. Ac­cording to economist Joel Kotkin, Cen­sus Bureau data indicates that, from 2007 to 2011, nearly 35,000 more resi­dents moved from Los Angeles County to the Inland Empire than moved in the other direction. There was also a net movement of more than 9,000 from Or­ange County and more than 4,000 net migration from San Diego County.… Read the full article

General Water

Science: a Key to Water Management

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By Mojave Water Agency

California’s ongoing drought is just one factor in a complex equation of a changing water environment. With new state groundwater regulations, as well as stricter conservation measures, developing innovative and cost-effective solutions will require more than funding. It will require solid science data that will create greater consensus to develop long-term solutions.

The Mojave Water Agency’s second annual Water Summit turns the focus on “Science: The Key to Managing Water in a Changing World.” The event will be held April 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Victorville. The event is sponsored by the Mojave Water Agency and the Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The half-day program will feature the Governor’s top groundwater leader, Gordon Burns, Undersecretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency.… Read the full article

Economy General Property

Housing the Future: Availability = Affordability

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By Carlos Rodriguez
CEO of the BIA
Baldy View Chapter

The Inland Empire has a severe housing shortage, which if left unchecked will continue to negatively impact the economy by limiting housing affordability, job creation and local tax revenues.

On February 5, 2015, National Community Renaissance hosted a Symposium on the Affordability of Housing and published a study entitled “Housing the Future: The Inland Empire as Southern California’s Indispensable Geography.” Participating in the symposium were local elected officials, representatives from the California Realtors Association, California Apartment Association and the Building Industry Association Southern California, Baldy View Chapter (BIA).

“We need a government that understands that growth is important, that diversity of employment is important, and that housing is important,” said Joel Kotkin, researcher and author of the Housing the Future study.… Read the full article

Economy General Politics

Change to California Revenue and Tax Code

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By Brad Golden

Effective January 1, 2015, anyone submitting a document for recording can no longer “hide” its associated transfer tax from the public records by use of a separately attached declaration.

Formerly, Section 11932 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code provided an option permitting that the amount of transfer tax due for a taxable document not be disclosed on public record but, rather, declared in a separate paper attached thereto when presented for recording. Pursuant to Assembly Bill 1888 of 2014 (Chapter 20, Statutes of 2014), effective January 1, 2015, Section 11932 is amended to repeal this option, thereby requiring that all documentary transfer tax declarations thereafter must be included in taxable documents and become part of the public record.… Read the full article

General Politics

High Desert Detention Center

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By Sheriff John McMahon
County of San Bernardino
Sheriff’s Department

The expansion of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s High Desert Detention Center continues in Adelanto, with a current total of 2,074 beds, 1,368 of them newly added. Sitting on seven and a half acres, the hi-tech facility’s enlargement has a total price tag of $150 million, with a proportionately hefty contribution predicted to the tax rolls of Adelanto, Victorville, Hesperia, and other surrounding communities.

At the present time there are 199 employees at HDDC, with a payroll of $7.5 million. When the facility is fully staffed, however, employees will number approximately 325. Complete build-out and full staffing is expected sometime in the 2016/2017 fiscal year.

Between February of 2014 and January of 2015, the High Desert Detention Center witnessed 14,802 bookings.… Read the full article

Economy General

2014 Report County Residents Receiving Aid Distribution by Cities

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By Linda Haugan
Assistant Executive Officer, Human Services

County Residents Receiving Aid Distribution By Cities

(Based on data as of January 1, 2014)

This report contains information concerning distribution of CalWORKs (cash benefits), CalFresh (nutrition assistance), and Medi-Cal in the cities and communities in San Bernardino County. The benefit populations refer to persons, not families. The number of persons receiving CalWORKs has remained steady while CalFresh increased 4.2%. Receipt of Medi-Cal increased 20.0%. The increase in Medi-Cal is due to pre-enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, which began October 1, 2013, and the expansion of Medi-Cal.

Exhibit I ranks the cities with cash benefits as a percentage of the general population. The ranking ranges from a low of 0.7% to a high of 13.6%.… Read the full article

General Nonprofits

Are Nonprofits and Businesses Similar?

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By Debbie A. Cannon
Academy for Grassroots Organizations

At a recent Chamber of Commerce net­working event, I was introducing myself and my role at Academy for Grassroots Organizations when asked “How Are Nonprofits Like Small Businesses?”

Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, I was a small business owner, so I found this a very intriguing question. The net­working event did not provide adequate time to address this thought-provoking question, so I would like to attempt to in this article.

Let me begin by taking a moment to de­fine a nonprofit. The Free Online Dic­tionary defines a nonprofit as: “A cor­poration or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and with­out a profit motive.… Read the full article