Working TOGETHER to stop the Gateway warehouse.

Take a few minutes to drive down Route 60 toward Moreno Valley.  As you get to the bottom of the hill, check out the huge white Sketchers warehouse on the left. Now imagine a warehouse at least twice as large on Cherry Valley Boulevard.  That is what the Gateway Warehouse Project will bring.

Here are the specifics:  A 2.5 MILLION square-foot warehouse with nearly 500 bays for 18-wheel tractor-trailers.  It's estimated that a warehouse like that will bring in up to 1,000 tractor-trailers a week. 

Imagine the air pollution from 1,000 diesel trucks a week.  Imagine the traffic gridlock. It will take years and millions of dollars to build the kind of interchange at I-10 and Cherry Valley Boulevard that can even begin to handle 1,000 18-wheelers a week. And the noise?  If you've ever heard the sound of a diesel tractor-trailer downshifting, multiply that by 1,000. 

Concerned? Alarmed? Sure you are.  But there are those who are telling the people who live in Beaumont and Calimesa that they have no say in the matter since this project is slated for unincorporated Cherry Valley.

Many Beaumont residents--including those in a large 55-plus community--live only a mile or so from the Gateway warehouse.  Is the developer saying those people will not be affected?  That is absurd.

Sadly,  the Gateway Warehouse project has reportedly been "fast-tracked" by the County.  The next step in the process is the development of an environmental impact report by a consulting firm hired and paid for by the developer (yes, you read that right.)  

Fortunately, at a recent "scoping session" on this project that was unannounced in our local media, nearly 40 citizens showed up to recommend areas of concern that should be included in the environmental impact report. 

This was a good start.  But the only way we can truly stop this warehouse is with concerted political pressure by all of us--local governments, civic groups, homeowners associations, and individual citizens. We need to put aside parochial differences and petty politics.  The stakes are too high. Our quality of life is at stake.

Let's use this blog as a starting point to provide information on this Stop Gateway campaign.

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Libi Uremovic February 01, 2014 at 07:20 PM
you've had plenty of time to contact each member of council....what steps have they taken on your behalf to stop the warehouse project...???
Steve Mehlman February 01, 2014 at 07:53 PM
Before I contact the Council members, I'm seeking to create a citizens' working group to help organize a Stop Gateway campaign in Beaumont, Cherry Valley and Calimesa. I'm looking for smart, energetic, independent people that are not tied to organizations or individuals that seek to divide us.
Lloyd White February 01, 2014 at 08:45 PM
Steve, I am working on something I am about ready to launch. I think we can coordinate on something together. If you are interested, please email me at OurFocusOurKids@gmail.com. Anyone else who is interested please email me.
Steve Mehlman February 02, 2014 at 11:00 AM
I'm certainly willing to listen, Lloyd. I am just concerned that the organization that comes together to fight Gateway is not tied to the group that is seen as harassing and insulting some of the very people in Beaumont that we must have on our side to defeat the project. It makes no sense to call someone a crook, a liar, or a drunk one minute and expect them to support you the next. Hope you understand.
Lloyd White February 02, 2014 at 11:40 AM
I understand and agree with you wholeheartedly. I don't believe I've called anyone names, that's not my style. I will be posting my plan soon. You can read it and then decide if it is something you can get behind. I will be reaching out to all our elected officials to do what they can to support their constituents. With an issue this important there will be more than one group working to stop this. I'm not going to worry about others and there methods, my energies will be directed at getting as many people as possible informed and motivated to act. I believe we can stop this and I agree we need to try to get our elected officials, who believe this is a bad idea, to use their power and influence. If nothing else, I am sure we'll be running into each other at future public hearings.
Steve Mehlman February 02, 2014 at 11:47 AM
Good to know, Lloyd. Thanks.
Mary Daniel February 03, 2014 at 02:11 PM
If there is ever a time for the citizens of Beaumont and Cherry Valley to stand together -- this is the one. Calimesa needs to join in also -- this horrible project will affect all of us. We have to stand firm against these outside developers who look at a Google map and see open land and think their dollars will change everything in their favor!
cindy royal February 03, 2014 at 09:19 PM
The beauty of the mountains will be totally ruined. It will look like orange county. The building in Moreno valley ruined the look of Moreno Valley. Beautiful thorobred farm bought by forgein investors who didn't care about the area.
Libi Uremovic February 03, 2014 at 09:26 PM
'...Beautiful thorobred farm bought by forgein investors who didn't care about the area. ...' mello roos circumvents voter approval by giving property owners a vote, but to vote in cali the property owner still has to be a human 18 years of age that has the legal right to vote in the state of cali .... giving a vote to a company not only violates our constitution but opens the door for foreigners to come in and destroy our state....
pat February 04, 2014 at 10:21 AM
The day before the scoping meeting , I got on my bike and rode down nancy , hannon , brookside , cv blvd. , and other streets near informing whoever I could . Beaumont residents I told who have children going to the elementary school got rather upset . Only 1 resident had even heard of this project . Im sure all of them immediately sent emails to rull . Im not done yet . If necessary , I will ride all over cherry valley . I've done this before where everyone signed petitions and Im willing to do it again . Ashley also needs to be aware of the outrage this is going to bring to this area and its obviously growing . If he thinks this is a proper place to put this junk , then id tell him his job is in jeopardy because Ill put the blame on him first if he backs this destruction .
Steve Mehlman February 04, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Good for you, pat. If we get a strong group of citizens, local officials, civic groups, homeowners associations, etc., getting the word out and working constructively, I'm sure Ashley and others in the county will get the message. In the meantime, keep up the good work.
Libi Uremovic February 04, 2014 at 10:35 AM
'... Beaumont residents I told who have children going to the elementary school got rather upset . Only 1 resident had even heard of this project...' the school board should notify the parents - there's a lot of good reasons why schools aren't located in industrial zones....
Tony Lu February 04, 2014 at 04:08 PM
The footprint of this project is the size of 43 football fields and it is in the recharge area of the Beaumont Basin. Our basin that is already in serious overdraft. Where's the Beaumont Basin Watermaster when you need them?
calimesajim February 06, 2014 at 07:27 PM
Here is copy of email I sent to Paul Rull and Supervisor Ashley: Comments regarding proposed Gateway Center submitted to Mr. Paul Rull AIR QUALITY: The number of diesel trucks that would use this proposed facility would negatively affect air quality. A 300 plus site mobile home park is located in the near vicinity to the proposed project. This is senior (55 plus) mobile home park and has many elderly residents many of whom already have respiratory health problems, many on medically prescribed oxygen usage. Their health would be negatively affected by this project. TRAFFIC: The proposed project would have 428 diesel truck bays, with perhaps 1000 trucks daily using the already overburdened Cherry Valley Blvd/I-10 interchange. Also, with an improving economy the Oak Valley housing development on the west side of the I-10 interchange will resume building houses which will create even more traffic. The truck traffic would also endanger school children who ride the many school buses that use Cherry Valley Blvd. for field trips to Oak Glen area apple orchards. There would also be in increase in street maintenance costs on Cherry Valley Blvd. due to the heavy weights of these trucks. WATER QUALITY: Many residents in a wide vicinity near this proposed project rely on wells for their water supply, including the 300 plus households in the nearby Rancho Calimesa Mobilehome Park. Diesel fuel, a hazardous material, from the many trucks using this facility would undoubtedly pollute the area groundwater. These concerns should and must be addressed in an Environmental Impact Report.
Steve Mehlman February 06, 2014 at 08:08 PM
Good work!
Steve Mehlman February 07, 2014 at 12:58 PM
calimesajim: Just to follow up, in addition to the 55-plus mobile home park on the Calimesa side, we need to remember that the warehouse will be approximately one mile from the gates of Solera Oak Valley, a 55-plus community with some 1,200 homes. We need to get Solera residents involved in fighting Gateway.
Jeremiah February 07, 2014 at 06:08 PM
Steve - have you contacted David Castaldo yet about this? I have suggested it several times for a reason which I don't want to post here because all the boo-birds here on the Patch (you know who I am talking about) will use it to usurp your post and make it about themselves. I believe you will find some of the help you are wanting. **** Jeremiah
Steve Mehlman February 07, 2014 at 07:12 PM
Will try to reach Mr. Castaldo next week. Look forward to getting his input. I've been working on a number of organizing projects to help get the Stop Gateway campaign up and running. Thanks.
Jeremiah February 07, 2014 at 07:59 PM
I know you have been and I have been following your efforts. Unfortunately I live in Yucaipa so I am not a resident of Beaumont or Cherry Valley, but if there is anything I can do I will try to help also. I notice you appear to be Libi's favorite at the moment. Thanks for giving me a break! People have gotten upset at me for my constant rebuttals and comments to her, but you have it right - if people don't stand up for themselves the Patch might as well just hand the keys to her because she obviously has nothing better to do than sit in front of her computer in Sacramento and post questionable articles and make snide comments on other people's posts. My stated purpose is to show the many ways she has discredited herself and lied in order to make people aware and maybe some day she will find another project and leave Beaumont and Banning alone. You have a good weekend - good job you are doing! **** Jeremiah
Steve Mehlman February 07, 2014 at 09:31 PM
Thanks for your support, Jeremiah. I actually have fun setting her up to make a fool of herself; it's easy! And I will talk to Castaldo as soon as possible. Right now I'm working on trying to get the word out here in Solera. We've got a lot of retired activists in here who I'm sure will be willing to help.


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