The Project That Never Should Have Been

In today’s installment, we have emails from Councilman Ron Roberts.  But first, our disclaimer:

This  document has been obtained through The Freedom of Information Act from City of Temecula Records and passed on to Stop Summerhouse.

Now that this is out of the way, here are THE EMAILS.

The first two pages of emails are an exchange between Ron Roberts and Assistant City Manager Aaron Adams.  These emails began immediately after the City Council Meeting on August 25th.

In the first email, Ron Roberts tells Aaron the opposition is getting stronger, not weaker with recall threats being added… He says that major mistakes were made from the beginning. He admits that little if any notification was given to the surrounding neighborhoods, staff ran ahead of the council, and the Summerhouse project never should have been. Roberts closes the email by saying “we did not look very good tonight, and I don’t like to be on the defensive”.

Aaron Adams responds that staff did not run ahead of the council, but worked diligently through the City Council subcommittee (which happens to consist of Ron Roberts and Chuck Washington).

Ron Roberts responds he is “an elected” and claims that senior staff told him the Summerhouse project would win the city awards.  He then says “you know what has actually happened”.

The last email (page 3) is a response to a request for a private meeting regarding Summerhouse made by Jim Palmer (president of the Orange County Rescue Mission) on August 26 at 11:06AM. This was Wednesday in between the City Council meeting on Tuesday and the withdrawal of the Rescue Mission application on Thursday.

Ron Roberts admits that there were numerous speakers against the project at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting , “it was ugly”, and not something the City Council has seen in years.  He then states that he does not want to say anymore as “the opposition is already requesting documents under the Freedom of Information Act”.

So the way to distribute facts and information about Summerhouse is to close off all communications that could be viewed by the public?

Tune in tomorrow to see what’s next.  As Ron Popeil used to say, “But wait, there’s more.”

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3 Responses to “The Project That Never Should Have Been”

  1. Jenny Says:

    The closest house to the Summerhouse Townhouses is located at 44159 Margarita Road Temecula, CA 92592. These townhouses will be zoned for Vail Elementary School, Temecula Middle School, and Temecula High School. Remember after the closing of Sparkman Elementary School the TVUSD re-zoned everyone and this is the new boundary for this location. Abby Renike already has 1,200 student max capacity. Not to mention, 8 kindergarten teachers vs. 3 kindergarten teachers at Red Hawk Elementary School. Vail Elementary School is located at 29915 Mira Loma Drive Temecula, CA 92592. That would be almost 3 miles away from the Summerhouse complex. Only special education students get bused in the TVUSD free of charge. There is no bus stops in front of the Summerhouse complex. How are these kids getting to school if they have no transportation? This entire project is very puzzling to me. I’m all for Ronald Mc Donald townhouses next to our brand new future hospital on Temecula Parkway. This could house families with children who have cancer, heart problems and need emergency surgery, and or NICU babies who have to be in the hospital longer then 5 days. What about 55+ Senior affordable housing? Seniors are less likely to commit crimes. Transitional housing is for paroles fresh out of jail and 88% will commit crimes again. Not to mention, Sex offenders living in this complex too. It’s already enough to be dealing with Sparkman Continuation School. Our home values will go down from this too. The list goes on.

  2. I am spartacus Says:

    The unfinished Summerhouse apartments are now a symbol of city corruption, sneaky politics, and religious bias. It is an eyesore and a dissapointment. The only way the city council is going to get any sort of forgiveness would be to bull-doze what now stands and replace it with a park.

  3. caught off guard Says:

    City Award? Really? Wow…that’s rich…OK…so let’s recap…according to the Mayor, ‘those people’ won’t have cars and their kids can just walk across busy boulevards to get to school… Are they going to prohibit vehicles so that Mayor saves face? How about an award for small town political corruption? Maybe we should toss in an honorable mention for small mindedness… Why is there zero discussion about the long term consequences of low housing? Why is the council so rushed to spend millions of dollars of city money on this unproven ‘dispersion’ theory in regards to low income housing in midst of a severe economic downturn and the already evident eroding tax base? They don’t care, they don’t have to… This council is unqualified and continue to put developers and special interest groups ahead of the people of Temecula. Reward their behavior by never casting a vote for any of these people ever again…
    Chuck ’em out!

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