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Supervisor: Community Center Project a 'Nightmare'

The $20.6 million facility in Mead Valley was intended to provide seniors and families with daily support and recreational opportunities. But according to Jeffries, the county has struggled just to "keep the lights on."

The 40,000-square-foot Mead Valley Community Center.   Photo courtesy: Riverside County
The 40,000-square-foot Mead Valley Community Center. Photo courtesy: Riverside County

More than $30,000 in additional funds were allocated Tuesday for work on a community center near Perris that Supervisor Kevin Jeffries described as a construction "nightmare," while several residents complained that the facility still lacked a number of promised amenities.

"This has been quite a challenge," Jeffries said of the Mead Valley Community Center, which opened last July. "I inherited it when I became supervisor for the First District (in January 2013). We made a decision early on to just get it open and deal with the other issues later on."

The 40,000-square-foot facility, located at 21091 Rider St., northwest of Perris, serves residents of the unincorporated community of Mead Valley.

The $20.6 million facility was intended to provide seniors and families with daily support and recreational opportunities. But according to Jeffries, the county has struggled just to "keep the lights on."

"There needs to be a commitment in next year's budget for ongoing funding," the supervisor said. "It's always been about money. That's what it comes down to."

The Board of Supervisors approved an $18,500 payment to San Diego-based Shadpour Consulting Engineers Inc. -- on top of $61,500 already paid to the contractor -- for the installation of automated systems at the community center.

The board also set aside an additional, not-to-exceed $11,775 in project funds for Hemet-based K&R Consulting for work on the building's parking lot and sewer works.

"There have been unbelievable delays, errors in construction and design," Jeffries complained. "It's a nightmare. With a $20 million facility, you would've thought taxpayers would've gotten their money's worth."

Paul Jacobs of Temecula, head of Riverside Communities United, told the board he had heard from Mead Valley residents who "expressed concern about the community center," including a lack of senior meal service and inadequate space to play bingo.

Another speaker told the board that many rooms at the center remained locked, and a portion of the building was being utilized as a county Workforce Development Center, intended to provide job training for the unemployed and other services.

Jeffries said county personnel were in the process of relocating the Workforce Development Center. The supervisor asked for assurances from Economic Development Agency staffers that further problems with the building would be sorted out.

EDA Managing Director Lisa Brandl said the agency was "working closely with the community" to address unresolved issues, while EDA Assistant Director of Real Estate Vince Coffeen told the board that the county was "closer to the finish line" in clearing up problems related to construction of the two-story building.


– City News Service.



Jeremiah April 30, 2014 at 08:42 PM
2+2 - You just caught my attention with that statement. So true. Both are controlled by the hedge funds and financial interests, and the Loonie Lefty/Rah-Rah Righty battles are the cover they use to keep the focus off what they are doing to America. Here is a video documentary you might like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1DkzNnlqv0. Nice to have an objective thinker who isn't fooled by all the political rhetoric! **** Jeremiah
2 + 2 April 30, 2014 at 10:55 PM
Thanks Jeremiah, I will definitely check out the link. We constantly shoot each other down and control each other, in other words we control ourselves by always dividing, whether it's gay v. Straight, black v white, dem vs. republican, Christian v. Muslim, middle class vs. upper class, on an on. We have 2 choices on Election Day (liberal or conservative), dictatorships and communists have 1 choice. We have 1 more choice than a dictatorship, and we value freedom? We focus on Justin Bieber and Dancing With the Stars, while our country continues to get pillaged and raped. If nothing important changes when Obama came into office, than this proves I am right. All of the important things did not change, he continues Cheney's spy program on US citizens, and lied about it, until he got caught, extended taxes for the extremely rich, wars upon wars, drone attacks, a failing shit economy, corporations still outsource and receive no penalty but are awarded. Thanks again Jeremiah.
2 + 2 April 30, 2014 at 10:59 PM
Obama extended the tax breaks for the extremely rich, while the middle class suffered, I still cannot get how democrats don't see through the crap. Obama is from Chicago, what has he done to help his fellow black people in Chicago? Nothing they call it CHIRAQ, seriously. And GW Bush and Cheney and these Rand Paul freaks are even more scary.
Jeremiah May 01, 2014 at 12:15 AM
You are welcome! **** Jeremiah

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