HAPPENING NOW!

TIME IS RUNNING OUT AS OUR  DEADLINE IS FEB. 1

Get yourself to the corner of University and Colton and SIGN THE PETITION!!  Happening today from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Tell your neighbors and friends.   If you’ve already signed, do a drive-by honk-and-wave to support our team!

We will also be collecting signatures at Gerard’s from 1:30 – 3:30 pm today!

 

 

 

NEWLY SCHEDULED PETITION SIGNING DATES!!

It is imperative that everyone sign the petition because the Redlands City Council has refused to accept the defeat of Measure G, and the city is moving ahead with its Transit Villages Plan. It would allow high rise apartments and as many as 6000 people living in the downtown Transit Villages Area along the railroad tracks.

The only way to STOP the city and prevent high-rises next to single-family homes is to pass a citizen’ initiative to limit building heights and density. Friends of Redlands is asking you to SIGN THE PETITION to get this initiative on a future ballot. This initiative would:

*Close loopholes preventing future councils from building high-density apartment units

*Replace 4/5 council vote enabling density exceptions with a 5/5 council vote

*Eliminate General Plan exemption allowing higher density near future Metrolink

stations

*Prevent buildings taller than two stories next to single-family homes

*Place hard limit of three stories and 40’ on buildings w/in Downtown Transit Village

*Significantly increase parking requirements throughout the transit village areas

We are collecting signatures to qualify the initiative for a future ballot.  Our deadline to gather signatures is Monday, Feb. 1.

Friends of Redlands will be collecting signatures on two consecutive Saturdays at the corner of UNIVERSITY AND COLTON AVE (next to Sylvan Park):

Saturday, Jan. 23 (9:00 am-3:00 pm)

Saturday, Jan.30 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)

TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS TO COME AND SIGN A PETITION!!!

If you have any questions, please email us a PreserveRedlandsNow@yahoo.com or call John at (909) 496-1539.

THE FUTURE OF REDLANDS – TAXPAYER COST OF TRANSIT VILLAGES

Friends of Redlands member Larry Leonard writes in the Redlands Community News:

This letter is number 5 in a series on the city’s plans by The Friends of Redlands. We have studied the General Plan 2035, Downtown Specific Plan and Transit Villages Specific Plan Draft (TVSP) with the objective of informing the residents of Redlands about the city council and city planning objectives for our city.

This letter will address the unknown costs to Redlands taxpayers of the development of the Transit Villages Area as described in the TVSP.

Throughout the 218 pages of the TVSP there is no mention of the cost to the taxpayer. We know that some of this cost will be born by the developer. However, before the developer can begin construction of apartments and commercial buildings, infrastructure like sewer piping and water mains, streets and sidewalks must be in place. In this case, it is the taxpayer who will pay the initial cost with the eventual reimbursement, hopefully, by the developer.

Along with the costs as mentioned above, the TVSP calls for taxpayer funded projects as follows:

– Parking garages

– Extending State Street and Fourth Street into the site of the mall property

– Converting State Street for two-way traffic

– Improvement and beautification of I-10 underpasses

– Do it yourself bicycle repair facilities

– Long term bicycle parking

– Landscaping down the center of Orange Street

– Converting Orange Street from two lanes in each direction to one in each direction

Then there is the cost of policing and fire. Nowhere can we find the cost to provide security for the three Arrow stations or for the additional 6000 or so people living in the Transit Villages corridor. Can our current fire department resources handle an additional 2400 dwelling units without adding fire stations and equipment? Also, consider that apartments require one and a quarter more costs for emergency services than single family homes.

Lastly there is the subject of property taxes. Apartments do not generate the same property tax revenue per dwelling unit as a single family home. This means that single family homeowners will subsidize the apartments for the costs of schools, emergency services, street maintenance and the like.

Friends of Redlands is concerned that the Transit Villages Specific Plan will be approved without a full accounting of the cost to the taxpayer. We urge the council and city planning conduct a study and inform Redlanders what the costs of the plan will be. This is only fair and responsible to the taxpayer.

Tell Your Friends!!!

The Redlands City Council has refused to accept the defeat of Measure G. The city is moving ahead with their Transit Villages Plan. It would allow high rise apartments and as many as 6000 people living in the downtown Transit Villages Area along the railroad tracks.

The only way to STOP the city and prevent high-rises next to single-family homes is to pass a citizen initiative to limit building heights and density. Friends of Redlands is asking you to SIGN THE PETITION to get this initiative on a future ballot. This initiative would:

*Close loopholes preventing future councils from building high-density apartment units

*Replace 4/5 council vote enabling density exceptions with a 5/5 council vote

*Eliminate General Plan exemption allowing higher density near future Metrolink stations

*Prevent buildings taller than two stories next to single-family homes

*Place hard limit of three stories and 40’ on buildings w/in Downtown Transit Village

*Significantly increase parking requirements throughout the transit village areas

We are collecting signatures to qualify the initiative for a future ballot. Your signature affirms that you want the initiative on the ballot so that Redlands voters can decide what they want, not the city. Our deadline to gather signatures is Monday, Feb. 1. Friends of Redlands will be collecting signatures on the following dates at the corner of CITRUS AND JUDSON:

Saturday, Jan. 9 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Saturday, Jan. 16 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

If you have any questions, please email us a PreserveRedlandsNow@yahoo.com or call John at (909) 496-1539.

IMPORTANT UPDATE

We will be picking up any petitions you might have (whether they have two signatures on them or 22 signatures) on Monday, February 1.  You can let us know if you have a folder by emailing PreserveRedlandsNow@yahoo.com or calling John at (909) 496-1539.  Please provide your name and address so that we can get them.  Thank you for your continued help in this!

P.S. Don’t forget to tell all your Redlands friends on Facebook and Next Door about the petition drive!

 

 

 

WE RESPOND

On social media, a young man accused Friends of Redlands as being “conspiratorial” and that there are “interconnecting webs and dark forces coming for your cars”.  The individual wound up his hyperbolic commentary by asking “why any Friend of Redlands create a law that by design is nearly impossible for future generations to modify or undo? ”  He admonished, “That’s terrible governance.  You shouldn’t force a lifestyle on your kids and grandkids that way. ”  Finally he asserts that “every generation is entitled to shape the world to suit themselves.”

To which Friends of Redlands replies:  Right now there is no opportunity for citizen input to planning for fifteen years. A plan developed by a handful of chosen individuals. The only chance for change is by the initiative which requires a vote of all citizens in a pure democratic exercise.

Just three members of the council have the opportunity to overturn an initiative twice every two years if they can convince 50+ % of voters to agree. They tried it last October with G and got slapped down.  The initiative was adopted to thwart the stranglehold of special interests and their associated corruption of government.   Clearly, some things should indeed be long-term. Do we need a new Constitution every time we elect a new president?

Planning our future should be long-term.  Especially when it comes to the protection of historic downtown Redlands.  Because once that is gone, it is gone forever.  There is no turning back the clock.   If an individual opposes the efforts, they have every right to vote “no” on the Growth Management initiative when it meets the threshold and becomes a ballot measure.

The bigger question we would ask, is:  Why should anyone fear a vote of the people?

P.S. We’ve been accused of a conspiracy, which is defined as acting in secret, a plot. Should any of our critics want to join our “conspiracy” please contact us at 793-9558 to get the secret password and a decoder ring!!

 

 

 

 

 

LOOK FOR THE YELLOW T-SHIRTS!

We are out in force collecting signatures to get the Growth Management initiative on the 2021 ballot!  As you know, this is our last opportunity to stop the City from building high-density, unlimited height apartments in the Transit Village areas downtown.  If you want to see our historic charm and unique heritage preserved, make sure to sign a petition.  By signing the petition you are affirming that you want the initiative to get on the ballot so that all registered Redlands voters can decide for themselves whether they want stack-and-pack apartments of unlimited height and density in our downtown area.   So, look for the yellow t-shirts:  Brookside Post Office on Friday, Dec. 11 and Trader Joe’s/Vons  Center on Saturday, Dec. 12.

Here are a few photos from the post office today:

 

 

WE’RE HIRING!

Friends of Redlands is now hiring paid signature gatherers. Must be a registered voter and resident of Redlands.

Call today:  (909) 801-0979 or (909) 496-1539 

Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested in earning some Christmas money!

Thanks!

 

THANK YOU, FRIENDS, FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Friends of Redlands is grateful for your support in preserving Redlands’ unique heritage.  It is because of us working together that we can continue to focus on our goal of collecting enough petition signatures to qualify the Growth Management initiative on a 2021 ballot.  We hope to reach our goal by Christmas.  This is our last opportunity to hold the City accountable for building height and density limits in our historic downtown and Transit Village areas as voted in by Redlands’ residents.  We are the “Jewel of the Inland Empire,” and while we support development downtown, it must recognize our unique status, and make every effort to ensure that we remain the charming city that we are.  Defying voters by building four and five-story high-density apartments downtown will remake us into any other city in the Inland Empire.  We have been gifted with a city that has a unique heritage and charm, and we would like to see it remain that way.  Development, but smart development.  Growth, but smart growth.  The City must acknowledge the resounding defeat of Measure G and adhere to the will of voters.  Join us in preserving historic Redlands.  Sign a petition.

Email us at PreserveRedlandsNow@yahoo.com for a petition.  We are happy to take you one to sign.  Or you can visit any of the following local businesses to sign:

Briggs & Coops * 21 East Redlands Blvd.

E-Water Solutions  * 429 Texas Street

Red Rooster Vintage * 409 Orange Street

Thank you!