JURUPA VALLEY: Power lines won’t cut through housing tract

JURUPA VALLEY: Power lines won’t cut through housing tract

Part of the transmission lines would go underground under the pact between Riverside and Southern California Edison.

Power lines won’t be running through a Jurupa Valley housing project under a deal that removes one obstacle to the transmission lines proposal.

Riverside and Southern California Edison reached an agreement last week with the home developer.

An overhead transmission line that would have gone through Lennar Homes’ planned 466-home Riverbend project south of 68th Street and east of the 15 will now avoid the development.

Under the agreement, which the Riverside City Council was set to announce Tuesday night, July 26, a 2-mile portion of the power line will be built underground and on city right-of-way instead of through the 211-acre housing project.

The Riverside Transmission Reliability Project is a venture of Riverside Public Utilities and Southern California Edison to build a 10-mile, 230-kilovolt transmission line plus substations, transmission towers and poles.

Lennar had filed a protest to the power line project with the California Public Utilities Commission, which is reviewing the application. As a result of the agreement, it will now withdraw its protest, the agreement states.

Donald Johnson, principal manager overseeing the project for Edison, said that objection “was one of the key issues to resolve” for the parties.

George Hanson, engineering manager for the Riverside Public Utilities, called the pact a positive step forward.

A Lennar representative could not be reached for comment.

The agreement does not resolve differences with Jurupa Valley, where opposition has been strong since before the community became a city in 2011. About half the project would be in each city.

“Our question is why are they even coming through (Jurupa Valley) at all if there are other alternatives that would avoid it, which they’ve discarded long ago,” Jurupa Valley City Manager Gary Thompson said.

Jurupa Valley officials say the project would do irreparable economic harm to the city because its path includes an area planned for major retail and commercial development.

Project backers hope the agreement will bolster their chances with the the public utilities commission, which has sought more information from the utility before deeming its application complete. Jurupa Valley has asked that the application be dismissed.

The decision to bury the utilities is expected to increase costs, though it’s not yet clear by how much, Johnson said. Edison ratepayers will shoulder the project’s cost, he said.

HEMET: Public safety tax to go back before voters

HEMET: Public safety tax to go back before voters

BY CRAIG SHULTZ / STAFF WRITER

Hemet voters will have another opportunity to decide if they want to pay more sales tax to increase public safety.

The City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday night, July 26, to place a general tax on the ballot that would increase sales tax by 1 percent to pay for more police and fire services. Shellie Milne voted against the measure.

A similar measure was rejected by voters last month.

At the same time, council members decided not to also put an advisory measure on the ballot, which would have asked voters to approve a non-binding promise that the money would only go to public safety.

They pulled the proposal after receiving a letter from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association questioning the measure, stating turning the failed special tax into a general tax with earmarked spending is against the spirit of the law.

“You’re just going to have to trust us,” Mayor Bonnie Wright said. “And if we don’t do our job, get rid of us.”

The meeting got off to a rousing start as Police Chief Dave Brown  spoke about the recent spate of crime in the city.

Brown showed a video clip from an incident early Tuesday where officers were met by a large, hostile crowd responding to a call where a woman was shot.

“That was appalling,” an emotional Brown said. “That is happening every day on the streets of this city.”

Brown listed a litany of recent calls, some of which where suspects became violent.

“Hemet police officers are being attacked and assaulted every day,” Brown said, adding 20 percent of the force is off work because of injuries.

Brown got a standing ovation from the crowd of about 100 people on the top floor of the Hemet Public Library.

Twenty-two people spoke in favor of the measure and five were against.

The main proponent against the measure was Eric Buskirk, owner of The Valley Chronicle newspaper. Measure E backers blame their loss on his aggressive stand against the measure.

The new measure reads much like the rejected Measure E. It would be a 1 percent sales tax increase, to 9 percent, for 10 years, with annual audits.

The tax is estimated to raise $10 million per year to pay for personnel and boost programs in the police and fire departments.

It will be presented as a general tax, needing just a simple majority to pass, unlike the two-thirds majority required under Measure E.

As a general tax, proceeds cannot be earmarked toward any specific purpose, even if the council vows that the money will be used only for public safety.

Hemet is one of a handful of cities considering asking voters to approve a sales tax increase. In fact, a decision by the Temecula City Council to put a 1 percent increase before its voter, which came during the Hemet meeting, spurred a lot of talk.

Hemet resident Nicole Tamez said many Hemet residents shop or eat in Temecula, where they could end up paying more sales tax with no benefits.

“They are going to get our 1 percent,” she said. “They are going to get more cops.”

Riverside and Menifee are among other area cities also considering a sales tax increase.

“You’re going to pay it one way or another,” Councilwoman Linda Krupa said. “The question is, do you want to protect your city, do you want to feel safe?”

Council members mentioned the letter from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association in doing away with the advisory measure.

“If the Hemet City Council approves the general tax and its advisory measures, it would be doing Hemet’s taxpayers a great disservice,” stated the letter over the signature of Timothy A. Bittle, director of legal affairs.

He wrote that not only would it be circumventing the taxpayers’ constitutional protections, but the city would be vulnerable to a lawsuit under Prop. 218, which contains language to bar such companion measures.

Council members said they did not want the measure to cause costly litigation.

 

 

Inland Empire Company Proving that All Air Conditioners Are Not Equal

Inland Empire Company Proving that All Air Conditioners Are Not Equal

Portable air conditioner capacity & efficiency – The big lie

Loma Linda, CAD48 Energy Management is a California based climate control hardware supplier focusing on extreme efficiency and wholesale distribution.  Today portable air conditioners fly under the federal and state efficiency regulatory radar. Efficiency rating for portables is not required to be third party lab tested and the consumer is at the mercy of the honesty of the manufacturer. Even if the manufacturer is honest with its efficiency results, it’s what they don’t tell you that makes for a difficult buying decision*.

ad-website-2By 2019 portables should have federal efficiency standard minimums that incorporate a standard set of testing parameters which will help with eliminating from the market some of the worst performers and a general improvement in customer satisfaction and trust. Until then it’s; buyer beware. There are key quality elements that a consumer in the market for a portable air conditioner can look for.

Portable air conditioners are not like window air conditioners and do not affix to a single window, most are freestanding units that may be moved, (the majority of portables are usually ½ to 1 Ton or 6000 to 12000 BTU and are mounted on rollers or wheels) from room to room and use a single duct tube to exhaust warm air to the outside through the tube and window adaptor sealing plate assembly. These single tube portables typically provide no more than 40% to 60% of their rated capacity in real operating conditions because in the process of removing heat from the inside they draw in hot, humid outside air.

The reason for this is that single tube portables use cool dry inside air to send the room heat outdoors causing negative pressure inside the space being cooled and a negative feedback heat loop. This negative pressure caused by a single hose, (imagine water leaking into a submarine) causes hot air and humidity from the outside to be sucked back into the room through the windows, doors, electrical outlets and ceiling. At the same time, they use 100% of their rated power more often and for longer run times than they should by continually trying to remove the heat generated from bodies, cooking, electronics, the dog and cool the accelerated introduction of hot humid air caused by single hose negative room pressure. That means both capacity and efficiency are substantially less than stated by the manufacturer, (manufacturers of single tube portables do not account for negative pressure) which leads to undersized and poorly performing portables, higher than expected electric costs and downright angry, hot customers.

The few portable air conditioners available today that use dual hose technology deliver close to or above their maximum BTU rating promised. Dual hose portables bring in air from the outside through one tube to blow over and cool the compressor and then back to the outside in another tube, (both are connected side by side to a similar window adapter sealing plate) to the outside creating a balanced pressure environment inside the room. This dual hose solution allows the portable to easily remove the heat being generated inside the room while running the compressor much less and keeping operation costs within expectations. A portable that runs its compressor less will last longer, save on power costs and make a happy customer.

Most portable air conditioners use low efficiency “dumb” compressors that are noisy and are constantly turning on and off rather than quiet, high efficiency DC-Inverter variable speed compressors. For the above reasons, portable air conditioners using dumb compressors, (95% of portables made today) generally have and deserve a poor reputation for capacity and efficiency. A portable with a DC Inverter compressor is three times as quiet as portables with dumb compressors and can save 30-40% in electrical consumption. One or two manufactures produce a whisper quiet, dual hose, DC Inverter portable air conditioner today that can save 50-75% in electrical consumption.  It costs more to build an ultra high efficiency, variable speed compressor, dual hose portable air conditioner, but some manufacturers believe that smart customers will pay more provided they can quickly and repeatedly recover the price difference through longer product life, quieter operation and lower electricity costs. These more expensive portables are even built to allow the user to never have to empty a condensate tank making these portables virtually maintenance free, (except for cleaning the air filter).

*But what about portable air conditioner capacity and efficiency ratings? Why the big lie?

It’s not exactly a lie, just an omission, but the result is very misleading. It happens because there is no official US government required test protocol for portable air conditioners. This loophole allows portable AC manufacturers to use generic testing and rating protocols not designed for portable air conditioners. Standards are in the process of development at the US Department of Energy. The test protocols currently used in the portable AC industry for single tube portable AC units are only accurate if conditioned indoor air temperature and outdoor air temperature are the same, (which is not usually the case) on a day when you are using air conditioning. As explained in this document from the US Department of Energy, portable air conditioners are self rated by their manufacturers based solely on the amount of cooling performed between the supply and return on the room-side which ignores crucial outdoor temperature data. According to the Department of Energy, all single tube portable AC units are dramatically over-rated and have much lower net capacity than claimed. All manufacturers know their capacity ratings are overstated, but somewhat understandably, no manufacturer is willing to switch to a rating system that provides lower performance ratings until all other manufacturers are required to do so. The DOE is currently considering new policy that may eventually change the way portable air conditioner units are rated.

Most dual hose, DC Inverter portable air conditioners are tested and rated per proper AHRI 220/240 using both indoor and outdoor temperature test conditions. They are proven to deliver 100% of its1BTU rating. And because of its DC Inverter compressor, it can operate at hundreds of different power settings to match its capacity to current conditions and conserve power at times when full capacity is not needed. Variable capacity DC Inverter systems are known to consume 30-40% less power than fixed speed systems. Dual hose systems provide up to 65% more cooling capacity per watt consumed. Only a variable capacity DC Inverter compressor combined with a dual hose design produces the world’s most efficient portable air conditioner. On average, these portables provide the same cooling for over half of the power consumption, or twice the cooling for the same power when compared to any other portable air conditioner.

A new breed of portable air conditioners

So although there are several years remaining until portable air conditioners are all third party lab tested and rated on the same standards, several portable manufacturers are leading the way by incorporating the best technology now and self testing to standards that may be adapted by the entire industry. There is a new breed of efficient, quiet and trouble free portable air conditioners coming on line and available in the market today and the consumer just needs to look for them.

About D48 Energy Management

D48 Energy Management is a California based climate control hardware supplier focusing on extreme efficiency and wholesale distribution. For more information please visit: www.d48.us or contact the company by email at info @ d48.us

QVC to Open West Coast Distribution Center in Ontario

QVC to Open West Coast Distribution Center in Ontario

CITY OF ONTARIO PARTNERS WITH QVC TO HIRE WORKFORCE

ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA – QVC, the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer, will be opening its first West Coast Distribution Center in the third quarter of 2016.

“This has been a wonderful relationship. This center will provide hundreds of jobs in distribution and professional services supporting the local economy.”

— Mayor pro Tem, Debra Dorst-Porada

The 1.2-million square foot facility will be located south of Fourth Street east of Vineyard Avenue at 853 N. QVC Way. As QVC ramps up operations, the center is expected to employ more than 500 team members by 2018.  QVC anticipates hiring approximately 1,000 team members in total by 2020 as the distribution center expands fulfillment to all product categories.  QVC, in partnership with the City of Ontario and the County of San Bernardino Workforce Development Department, has held a number of successful interview rounds for positions that will support both the full-time and part-time jobs in the distribution center.  Processor and Operator roles will be posted for hiring the first week of July.

As they prepare to open their doors, the City of Ontario continues its strong-working relationship with QVC to hire a strong workforce at the distribution center.  Community Information Sessions will be held Thursday, July 7 and Thursday, July 28 from 4 PM – 6 PM at the QVC facility, allowing for the community to meet the Ontario Distribution Center staff, get to know QVC and see the facility.  Information will be provided for job opportunities including hourly rates, benefit packages, and other incentives that an employee of QVC will receive.

Sares-Regis Group, a major real estate and property manager, purchased 150 acres, part of the Meredith International Centre located next to Interstate 10 at Vineyard Avenue.  Sares-Regis is building three million square feet of industrial space.  The QVC facility is one of seven state-of-the-art LEED certified industrial distribution buildings, occupying 41.78 acres.

“The relationship established by QVC, Sares-Regis and the City of Ontario demonstrates the City’s commitment to successful partnerships with the private sector,” Mayor pro Tem Debra Dorst-Porada said.  “This has been a wonderful relationship.  This center will provide hundreds of jobs in distribution and professional services supporting the local economy.”

For more information about QVC, including job opportunities, visit www.distributionbyqvc.com.

Owning is Cheaper than Renting in Most States

Owning is Cheaper than Renting in Most States

Author: Brian Honea in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News July 18, 2016 0

for-rent-twoThe industry has seen the cost of renting skyrocket and mortgage rates fall to near-historic lows over the last several months. The combination of rising rents and rock bottom mortgage rates have made it cheaper to own a home than to rent a single-family home in more than four-fifths of the states, according to a recent survey from GOBankingrates.com.

The survey of all 50 states plus the District of Columbia using May 2016 data from Zillow for median home list prices and median single-family rents plus Zillow’s June 24 mortgage rates data showed that in 42 states, the median monthly mortgage payment costs less than the median monthly rent on a single-family home. In eight states plus the District of Columbia, it is more expensive to rent.

Despite the median monthly mortgage payment being cheaper than the cost of rent all but eight states, the age-old problem of saving for a down payment is still preventing would-be homebuyers from making their purchase.

“The good news is mortgage rates are near historic lows,” said Kristen Bonner, who was the lead researcher for the study. “Unfortunately, Americans are still running into road blocks with being able to save enough money to afford a down payment, and are therefore forced to rent.”

The data showed that Hawaii was the state where renters saved the most over owning, with average savings of $515 per month. Montana was second with monthly savings of $248 and Utah was third with $242.

When it came to owners saving more than renters, New York was first on the list by far with monthly savings of $1,635. Research showed that the median cost to rent a single-family home in New York was $3,295 per month, more than double the cost of median monthly mortgage payment. Second on that list was Massachusetts with savings of $559 per month when owning over renting, and Illinois was third at $522. Seven out of the top 10 states where owning was cheaper than renting were eastern states.

Mortgage rates have been near historic lows for quite some time now,” said Dr. Svenja Gudell, Chief Economist with Zillow. “This makes those monthly payments lower than monthly rent.”

Renting and owning costs were similar in Arizona, where it was only $27 more per month to rent than to own on average, and in South Dakota, where was only $67 more per month to rent.

Click here to view a state-by-state price breakdown.

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33 Moving Tips That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier

33 Moving Tips That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier

So you found a new place! It’s all wonderful and exciting until you start to think about how much crap you have.

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1. Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials.

Chances are, you’ll be too tired to unpack your things. You’ll want your essentials within easy access, including a change of clothes if you’re going back to work the next day as well as all your toiletries. It’s also a great way to transport a laptop, which could run the risk of getting stolen during a move.

2. Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin.

This includes things like a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, select cookware, power strips, phone chargers, toilet paper, tools, etc. The clear bin allows you to see inside; it also separates itself from the myriad of cardboard boxes.

3. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap.

Two birds, one stone: You’re packing your clothes and kitchenware at the same time.

4. For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks.

5. In addition to labeling what’s in your boxes, add what room they’ll be going into, as well.

When you arrive at your new home, unpack BY ROOM. The unpacking process will feel more manageable.

And remember to label the SIDES of the boxes, not the tops. This way, you’ll be able to identify them even if they’re stacked.

6. If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen.

Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper, as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving.

7. Place an extra cotton pad or ball into your powder cosmetics to keep them from breaking.

This is a great tip for traveling in general.

8. Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, then put the tops back on.

This will keep your toiletries from breaking and leaking all over your stuff during the move.

9. Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break.

10. Keep drawers intact by covering them with Press’n Seal.

Dresser drawers are like their own moving boxes — this will keep you from having to unpack and refold their contents.

It’ll also make moving the actual dresser much more manageable.

11. Press’n Seal is also great for keeping jewelry displays intact.

12. Buy a roll of stretch wrap.

It works like Press’n Seal but on a bigger scale. You can group items together, and it’ll protect your furniture from getting scuffed and scratched.

13. Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart, like curtain rods or mounted flat-screen TVs.

Tape the sandwich bags to the back of the item they correspond to.

ALSO: Use this method with the cords for your electronics.

14. Beer boxes are the best for books because they have handles on the sides.

So be sure to hit up your local liquor store.

15. Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.

16. Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you.

Pack them with stuff! Use the wheeled suitcases for heavy things like books.

17. The fastest way to pack a closet:

This also keeps your clothes on their hangers, for much faster unpacking.

18. Vacuum seal your out-of-season clothing.

Not only will they take up less space and be a breeze to pack, but they can go directly into storage in the new home.

19. Along with food and alcohol, give your friends who help you move first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell or donate.

It’s just an extra perk, since you won’t be paying them.

20. Make sure everything is completely packed before your friends show up to help you move.

Don’t be that horrible person who makes everyone wait around/help you pack.

Another note: If you have enough friends, split them up into shifts — one set to help you move in the morning, and another to help you move when you get to your new home.

21. Enlist the color-coding system.

Pick a color code for each room and label that room’s boxes accordingly. Label the door of each room with the corresponding sticker/tape so that movers know where to place the boxes.

22. It doesn’t hurt to number your boxes.

Make a detailed corresponding list of what’s in each box by number. This makes it easier to make sure you didn’t forget any boxes, or god forbid, someone stole one. AND, if there’s anything valuable in there, you won’t be broadcasting it to the world by writing it down right there on the box.

23. If you have a lot of fragile valuables, hiring movers as opposed to asking friends can end up paying for itself.

Many movers come with insurance, which means if something breaks, they have to compensate you. You might want to weigh the pros and cons though — they won’t want to be responsible for a television that isn’t properly packed in its original box and could end up charging you upward of $150 to pack it as they see fit.

Also remember to book them weeks in advance — you’re not the only person trying to get out of your space on the last day of the month.

24. If you do hire movers, be sure to read the fine print and find out if they have any weird rules.

For instance, some movers will only move things in boxes, not garbage bags. Which means you’ll be paying them extra for unnecessary boxes at a marked-up price.

25. If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old home and your new home before moving in.

This is essential if you ever hope to get your deposit back. It will save you major headaches with difficult landlords who charge you cleaning and repair fees unnecessarily when moving out.

26. Fill the nail holes in your previous home with a bar of soap.

27. If you’re doing a cross-country move and you don’t need your stuff immediately, consider shipping via Greyhound.

It’s an inexpensive shipping option for large items. Just remember to pack your stuff really well — your boxes WILL get a little beat up along the way.

28. Change your address at least two weeks prior to moving.

This might seem like a no-brainer for important things like utilities and cable, but don’t forget the small stuff. You’ve also got Amazon, PayPal, credit cards, your bank, magazine subscriptions, and your mail to worry about.

29. If you own items that you want to get rid of but are too valuable to just give away, start selling on eBay, Etsy, or Craigslist at least six weeks before moving.

It’s an easy way to make you feel like you aren’t procrastinating, and you might be able to make enough money back to pay for the entire move itself.

But it takes time for things to sell on Etsy and eBay, so you’ll want to plan accordingly.

30. Arrange for a charity organization to come pick up the items you don’t want at least a week or two before moving.

It’ll save you the trouble of having to take it there yourself.

31. Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving.

The more food you end up using before moving, the less you’ll have to throw out.

32. For same-city moves, hire a sitter for the children and pets.

The last thing you need is to be worrying about losing track of your kids or pets on this stressful day.

33. Remember to defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe up any liquid.

Else you’re going to have a stinky, wet mess when you get to your new home.

West Dominates Top 10 Housing Markets

West Dominates Top 10 Housing Markets

Author: Scott Morgan in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News June 30, 2016 0

saving-homesThe West dominated May’s best-performing housing markets, according to ProTeck’s latest Home Value Forecast. Markets in California and Utah made up more than half the forecast’s top 10 markets for May, where limited inventory is leading to quick sales and high sales price-to-list price ratios.

Topping the list, however, was Colorado Springs, followed by Boise City and Grand Rapids. California’s highest entry on the list was the No. 4 performing market in May, Modesto. Oakland, Odgen, Utah, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, and Stockton rounded out the top 10.

All 10 markets had sales-to-list-price ratios of at least 100 percent, except for Grand Rapids, which barely missed, at 99.35 percent. Oakland had the highest ratio, at 102 percent.

While Colorado Springs posted middle-of-the pack numbers in terms of sales and sale prices and also had a high foreclosure ratio, the metro finished at the top of the list because it was the only one to show positive changes in all of the study’s 18 categories. All others showed negative trends in sales percent change, with Portland posting the highest number, 27.85. Portland, however, had the most sales (6,022) and the most active listings (6,436).

“Every day there’s a new news story with a list of top performing cities—but do these cities really reflect what is going on in the real estate market?” said Tom O’Grady, CEO of ProTeck. “We believe that a housing market’s health is made up of many factors. Much like how a doctor must look at multiple vital signs to make a diagnosis, we analyze multiple data points, track trends and use consistent methodology in our rankings.”

The South and Midwest placed most on ProTeck’s bottom 10 list. Texas had two markets on that list, Killeen and Midland. The bottom ten also has some familiar metros, including Madison, Wisconsin, and Atlantic City, the latter placed on the list due to its nagging city management issues, declining gaming revenue taking a bite out of real estate prices.

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