There was an incredibly strong bond of community at the Oct. 3 Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting as citizens from the San Gorgonio Pass area spoke in opposition to the proposal to construct an industrial mega-warehouse in the residential, agricultural community of Cherry Valley. One by one, residents came forward to address their concerns before the board, some were from Beaumont, and many of them were Cherry Valley homeowners and also members of the Cherry Valley Acres & Neighbors volunteer group dedicated to preserving a rural residential community lifestyle. Many of the Cherry Valley homeowners purchased homes in the community in the expectation that the quality of the rural lifestyle would be protected by the Riverside County General Plan which designates Cherry Valley as “an unincorporated community in order to preserve the existing rural character of the area.”

Is the Riverside County General Plan a myth or a reality? The proposed industrial mega-warehouse is said to include multi-warehouse diesel truck deliveries which would significantly adversely affect air quality and the health of children and at risk-seniors.

The American Lung Association has identified truck diesel exhaust as a contributor to particulate air pollution. Further, according to a recent American Lung Association-California (ALA) report, our state’s air quality hits unhealthy levels each year although the ALA study notes steady improvement in clean air policies.

This past summer, it is a known fact that the city of Banning’s air quality index in the San Gorgonio Pass area was rated several times as “unhealthful.”

There was substantial testimony from residents who cited respiratory health issues as their motivation for opposing a project that would increase traffic congestion and air pollution.

As I said at the hearing, the proposed mega-warehouse project is better suited to open space land use already designated as commercial or industrial. The proposed project is not suited to the rural, agricultural and low density residential community of Cherry Valley.

The integrity of the Riverside County General Plan needs to be enforced to protect Cherry Valley boundaries and the health of San Gorgonio Pass residents!

Joan Marie Patsky, Beaumont

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ChristopherJames

I'm actually really surprised that councils are not more smart about their land usage. Clearly there are spaces for commercial and industrial land use, why does this new storage warehouse get clearance to build in other spaces near communities and towns? As the people have said, such a facility would be detrimental to their way of life.

SoCalSteve

Ha, ha,ha,ha,ha,ha. Libi, funny how you are suddenly all hot and bothered about the Gateway Warehouse. For nearly four years, you claimed that Gateway was a "diversion" or a bait-and-switch"...right up until the day that the Supervisors approved it.

You hate the leaders of No Way Gateway so much, you were willing to see this monster warehouse dropped in the laps of your "friends" in Cherry Valley. Trust me, they won't forget that.

BTW, the Beaumont warehouses you whine about are located in an area with other warehouses where they should be. ...away from rural and residential areas. Gateway is not in an appropriate area, but you couldn't care less.

And, BTW, CVAN is already preparing to file and fund a lawsuit against the warehouse. And just as CVAN worked hard to support No Way Gateway, we'll certainly offer the same support to them. That's what REAL friends do.

SoCalSteve

Ha, ha,ha,ha,ha,ha. Libi, funny how you are suddenly all hot and bothered about the Gateway Warehouse.

For nearly four years, you claimed that Gateway was a "diversion" or a bait-and-switch"...right up until the day that the Supervisors approved it. You hate the leaders of No Way Gateway so much, you were willing to see this monster warehouse dropped in the laps of your "friends" in Cherry Valley. Trust me, they won't forget that.

BTW, the Beaumont warehouses you whine about are located in an area with other warehouses where they should be. ...away from rural and residential areas. Gateway is not in an appropriate area, but you couldn't care less.

And, BTW, CVAN is already preparing to file and fund a lawsuit against the warehouse. And just as CVAN worked hard to support No Way Gateway, we'll certainly offer the same support to them. That's what REAL friends do.

Libi Uremovic

...the proposed mega-warehouse project is better suited to open space land use already designated as commercial or industrial....'


you mean like in beaumont - that's putting in 5 million square feet of warehouses ..

but beaumont's warehouses are 'good' and everyone else's warehouses are 'bad' , right ?

i suggest that all the beaumont citizens that are 'outraged' at the warehouse in cherry valley to take a look at the southwest section of beaumont where millions of square feet of warehouses are being built RIGHT NOW with no ceqa eirs because the state and federal laws don't matter in beaumont ...


the legal fees are going to be over $50,000 to stop the developments in cherry valley ...

instead of begging money from CVAN - i suggest that the 'nowaygateway' crowd start a 'go fund me' page to pay for the legal expenses to stop the warehouse ...

perhaps mayor lloyd white could assist nowaygateway in establishing a gofundme page since he's working so hard to stop warehouse development - everywhere else but his own city ...

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