By Joseph W. Brady, CCIM, SIOR
We have some very exciting information to share in this Edition of the Report. But first, I wish to welcome our current, future, and long standing subscribers and sponsors of the 55th Edition of The Bradco High Desert Report, the first and only economic overview of The High Desert, covering the northern portion of San Bernardino County, California.
As many of you longtime readers know, Dr. Alfred Gobar has continually supplied some of the greatest articles to The Bradco High Desert Report since its inception in May of 1993, all the way through our 52nd Edition. Due to an 8-year battle with cancer, he was unable to prepare an article for this edition. Considering how long he has been in this battle, Dr. Gobar is doing quite well. We talk often and he continues to be one of my personal mentors. When the doctors told him they thought he would lose a substantial amount of weight, they forgot that Dr. Gobar is a unique individual, undoubtedly one of the most unique people anyone will ever meet. He has actually gained over 16 pounds. He looks great and still has the greatest sense of humor. For those of you who have ever heard him speak, as I have more than 50 times, you know that humor. We are glad that the health of Dr. Gobar continues to improve, and we wish him well. For those of you who may wish to do so, please extend your regards to him at his email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has been nearly 11 months since we published the 54th edition of our Report. The reason for this is simple: it has been a very tough year for my family and for the High Desert community in terms of health and personal losses.
Everyone, including myself, has been extremely busy, and unfortunately, during this time, we have lost many High Desert leaders. While I reflect upon my father’s declining health at 85 years old, I realize how lucky all of us are to have our health and how lucky we are to live a vibrant lifestyle. In the pursuit of business, I hope we all remember that family, friends and colleagues are the most important part of what we do each day.
On that note, I want to dedicate the 55th Edition of The Bradco High Desert Report to those great individuals whom we have recently lost. These people touched my life in one way or another, and I was privileged to call all of them my friends. They taught me the value of life and to not take our time here on earth for granted. They all loved our High Desert region and all that it has to offer.
Those we lost in the last year in the High Desert include: Mr. Bill Emick (father of Town of Apple Valley Councilmember Curt Emick); Mr. Manuel Mojica Benitez Jr.; Mr. Michael Yannone; Mr. Robert R. Gaines, Sr.; Mr. Brad Orchard; Mr. Mark Eagleton; Ms. Judith Joan Curren; Mr. Mike Perry & Mr. Tom Perry (the son and husband of our close friend and renowned escrow professional Mrs. Debbie Perry); Mr. Stephen J. Flannery; Mr. Bill Nelson; Ms. Susan Mari So; Ms. Rita Rae Dale; Mr. Chuck Love; Mr. Jack Julian Hall; Ms. Rita Louise Jaramillo; Mrs. Cherie Vackar; Mr. Lowell Draper; and my wife’s 99-1/5-year old Aunt, Ms. Myrtle Masoner-Unger. May you all Rest in Peace. This special edition of The Bradco High Desert Report is dedicated to you, your families and the memories you created for us all. Thank you for all you gave to the High Desert. Hopefully, we can strive to continue following in your footsteps.
As we dedicate this issue to those we lost, I would be remiss not to thank those who continue to contribute to our efforts to bring The Bradco Report to our readers and our community. Much thanks to: Mr. Dan Taylor of the Inland Empire Film Commission; State Senator Mike Morrell; and Ms. Joy Sepulveda, Public Information Officer for Caltrans. Additionally, I want to recognize Ms. Courtney Degener, Vice President of Communications & Investor Relations for Cadiz, where she has been a team member for over 12 years; the new San Bernardino Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector, Mr. Oscar Valdez; Community Liaison Officer for the Mojave Water Agency, Ms. Yvonne Hester; Chief of Legislative and Public Affairs for San Bernardino Associated Governments, Mr. Tim Watkins; Ms. Patty Z. Kouyoumdjian, Executive Director for Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board; and Ms. Christie Robinson, CRE Specialist for the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.
Thanks also to our great friend Ms. Lisa Lawrence, Executive Director of the High Desert Community Foundation. I strongly encourage all High Desert property owners, investors, and those who want to support a local organization to consider the contribution that the Foundation makes to the community through the leadership of Ms. Lawrence and their very strong Board.
Lastly, I would also like to give thanks to Ms. Laurie Hunter, the Special Advisor/JPA High Desert Corridor Administrator; Ms. Mary Jane Olhasso, Assistant Executive Officer of County of San Bernardino; City of Victorville Councilmember and SANBAG President Ryan McEachron; Ms. Marika Erdely, Founder and CEO of Green EconoME; Col. Paul Cook (Ret.) U.S. Congressman, 8th Congressional District; Mr. Robert Sewell, Director of Marketing & Public Information Officer/ASB Advisor for Victor Valley College; Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, 33rd Assembly District; Mr. Bob Dutton, San Bernardino County Assessor; Mr. Oscar Wei, Senior Economist of the California Association of Realtors®; and Ms. Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director for the County of San Bernardino Workforce Development Board.
I would also like to thank each one of our city partners for the updates from their Economic Development Directors. Officials from our local cities were the first to urge me many years ago to create a means by which to accurately portray our High Desert economy and all of the work done by the cities, their Mayors and Councils, City Managers, and Economic Development Directors. I appreciate each one of you for all that you do.
And just in case they think their hard work goes unnoticed, I must thank my staff and my wife, Deborah. I would not have made it through this past year and could not do what I do on a daily basis without your support and encouragement.
As I said earlier, we have some very exciting information to share and we are looking at new sources of information data about the High Desert region. What we have opted not to do is take retail, industrial office data from Costar and publish it without showing our source. You can find that information by visiting our website at www.TheBradcoCompanies.com.
As the first company to actually measure the square footage of industrial, retail and office space throughout the High Desert region with two individuals collecting data for over a year, we make the information about the market readily available to all of our subscribers. If you need a snapshot of a particular segment of the market (industrial, retail, office or land) please give us a call and we would be glad to share.
The next few months will be rather exciting for our country and our country’s history with the upcoming 2016 Presidential election. Put on your seat belts and strap yourself in. Do I believe that the Presidential election will have an impact on the High Desert economy? Absolutely, but to what extent I don’t really know. We are hoping that the uncertainty that typically happens in the six months prior to a Presidential election and six months after will not happen this time around. The one thing I tell my friends is that, as an elected official within the High Desert region (I am very proud to be an elected Trustee at Victor Valley Community College one of California’s greatest community colleges); we are watching history being made. No matter what you think, your vote counts. I encourage everyone to vote, regardless of your candidate. Voting is a privilege in other countries and a right in ours, so please vote.
The High Desert still offers great economic and investment opportunities to those who spend the time seeking those opportunities. We hope that includes you.
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