Legal clash pits HOA against Temecula over park-and-ride lot

Legal clash pits HOA against Temecula over park-and-ride lot

A clash between Temecula and one of its oldest homeowner groups has cast a pall over plans to unravel knotted freeway ramps at the city’s south side. The legal dispute centers on a park-and-ride lot that the city is building along Temecula Parkway. That legal conflict could factor into city plans to ease traffic congestion […]

Lake Elsinore approves massive project despite developer angst, initiative effort

A massive development plan – one of the largest ever proposed in the region – has been approved by Lake Elsinore despite the developer’s discontent. If it is built, the 8,024-unit Alberthill Villages project would dwarf just about every mixed-use project in southwest Riverside County. It would be a 2-square-mile city within a city. “There’s […]

City managers, economic guru expect new boom to last in southwest county

City managers, economic guru expect new boom to last in southwest county

Growth throughout southwest Riverside County will surge, not sputter, over the next few years, an economic expert and five city managers agreed at a regional forum. The outlook is so bright that the region is on the brink of becoming Orange County East, said Christopher Thornberg, director of the UC Riverside Center for Economic Forecasting. […]

One supervisor race ends, other narrows for November

One supervisor race ends, other narrows for November

One southwest Riverside County supervisor race has ended and the other will stretch into November. Supervisor Kevin Jeffries easily deflected a pair of challengers in the June 7 primary election. That allows him to sidestep a November runoff election. His colleague to the south, however, must go the distance. Incumbent Chuck Washington will take on […]

Temecula examines path as future budget worries cited

Temecula’s financial health will be stable in the coming fiscal year, but underlying weaknesses pose serious problems for the future, city officials agreed recently. The consensus that emerged in a city budget workshop was not new. Temecula’s city staff has been raising such concerns for more than two years and a key recreation project was […]

Temecula council lifts microbrewery moratorium, cements plan for helicopter landings at hospital

In rapid succession, Temecula council members recently ended a moratorium on microbreweries and then pinpointed the location in which its hospital can stage its air ambulance takeoffs and landings. There was scant audience input on the moratorium that temporarily halted the approval or expansion of microbreweries and craft beer tasting rooms. There was a profusion […]

Program offers “ray of hope” for lagging avocado industry

A program aimed at softening the blow of costly irrigation system upgrades may bring relief for local avocado growers who are struggling to survive unrelenting surges in their water bills. “It’s been very, very challenging to address these water issues,” Tom Bellamore, president of California Avocado Commission, told a group of growers at a May […]

Three-way race for supervisor seat heads toward June 7 primary election

Three-way race for supervisor seat heads toward June 7 primary election

Three Southwest Riverside County political powerhouses are vying for a supervisor seat that is up for grabs June 7. But all three candidates – incumbent Chuck Washington and challengers Randon Lane and Shellie Milne – concede that the contest will likely continue well beyond that point. Two of them are expected to square off in […]

City managers predict new boom to rumble through southwest county

City managers predict new boom to rumble through southwest county

Brace yourself, Southwest Riverside County, another massive development boom is about to rumble through the region. That represented the good news at a wide-ranging forum of top local government leaders last week. “I think you’re hearing the same thing throughout the region,” Rick Dudley, Murrieta city manager, concluded. “It is going gangbusters.” But all the […]

Plan to open Catholic high school in wine country picks up momentum

Plan to open Catholic high school in wine country picks up momentum

Closely-held plans to open a Catholic high school in Temecula’s wine country have been unveiled publicly and are expected to be submitted soon to Riverside County officials for review. The unveiling – which included a Mass in which a priest blessed the development submittal documents – thrust the future plans of St. Jeanne de Lestonnac […]