Dear Editor,

The Board of Supervisors will vote on the proposed 1.8 million sq. ft. Gateway-San Gorgonio Crossing mega-warehouse in Cherry Valley on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 1:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building 4080 Lemon Street, First Floor, Riverside.

We urge all those who have fought for more than three years against this inappropriate project to attend the public hearing and let the Supervisors know how you feel.

Don’t be fooled by the hype from the Shopoff land speculators that this is a “done deal” There is still time to influence the Board of Supervisors to do the right thing. Our supervisor, Marion Ashley, can preserve his legacy by standing up for the people he represents.

Don’t be fooled by the argument that this project has been “downsized” to address the concerns of the people of the Pass. It will still be nearly two million sq. ft. It will still bring more than 600 diesel big rigs to Cherry Valley Boulevard EVERY DAY, with all the health and safety problems that will cause. (For example, a senior community is located only ¼ mile from the proposed warehouse entrance.) It will still reduce residential property values for the thousands of residents in the surrounding area — which would mean less tax revenue for the County.

Don’t be fooled by the Shopoff Group’s claims about job creation. Shopoff has no idea who will ultimately own or lease this warehouse. There is no way to tell how many actual jobs — permanent or temporary — it will create.

The proposed site for the warehouse is zoned residential. Residents support small businesses more than warehouses.

They are their own "economic engine" that lasts for decades. They landscape, paint, remodel, shop local stores, visit doctors, dentists, salons, and restaurants; they also pay taxes and vote.

One warehouse in Cherry Valley would be a death knell for a treasured community. There are plenty of appropriately zoned areas in Beaumont and surrounding areas to build warehouses. Cherry Valley Boulevard is not one of them. Please stand up for your friends and neighbors in Beaumont, Cherry Valley, Calimesa and beyond who are saying loudly and clearly: No Way Gateway!

For more information, contact: warehouseupdate@email.com, or check out our No Way Gateway Facebook page.

Sincerely,

Elaine Morgan

Chair, No Way Gateway Community Action Group

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Ritu

I think that a lot of corporations will say what they think the public wants to hear so that they can go ahead with their storage warehouses or construction projects. I hope that before they implement any of their storage solutions and building plans that they will consider what the public and community have to say about all of this change!

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