The January 9th Joint Workshop Meeting at Upland City Hall was absolutely historic. It was packed to standing room only and many residents waiting an hour to finally sit down. Upland residents came out swinging and with so many experts in various fields living in this great city, Bridge Development / Amazon received plural black eyes, as did the City of Upland. But what happened during a 5 minute intermission, was the real show. As unbeknownst to residents in attendance, a hot mic captured a private conversation between City Attorney Steven Flower and Upland’s Community Development Director Robert Dalquest, which was inadvertently broadcast over live cable television to everyone who was watching the meeting at home. The meeting came to an abrupt end for most, when at about the 1 hour and 20 minute mark, a mob of angry residents stormed out in an mass show of disgust, after hearing enough bull to choke out Godzilla. The Upland Planning Commission is schedule to VOTE on the site plan below for the 50-acre Amazon Logistical Terminal, plus the project’s Development Agreement and its “shoddy” Environmental Report on February 12th at 406 N. Euclid Ave at 6:30 PM. You can read every juicy detail about the 1/9 workshop and get all the breaking news inside this edition of The Upland Report.
Continue reading “AMAZON’S LOGISTICS TERMINAL NOT A PERMITTED LAND USE! BUT AT THE JAN 9TH WORKSHOP, A HOT MIC CAPTURED OUR CITY ATTORNEY & CITY PLANNER’S PRIVATE CONVERSATION, SHOWING HOW FAR THEY WILL GO TO APPROVE THIS ANYWAY!”
I truly cannot believe this is still coming at us like an unstoppable freight train. The question of whether we can still stop this is becoming very disheartening. I am struggling to even understand, how in the hell things have gotten this bad. How has this developer gotten 3 public chances to pitch this madness to our community, where the Upland Planning Commission will be voting to approve this madness in February? The last public workshop is before the vote is scheduled for Thursday, January 9th at 6:00 PM at City Hall and the community opposition needs to be stronger than ever. Every resident in attendance will be allowed to speak for 3 minutes to our entire city council and our planning commissioners, in front of the developer. Please show up at 460 N Euclid Ave on 1/9/20 at 6:00 PM, to help save the city that we love. Please read about the other upcoming events in this Upland Report, where you can join the fight against the looming Amazon Distribution Center on Foothill / Benson & Central. Let’s join together one more time, to keep our City of Gracious Living, intact.
Continue reading “NO AMAZON IN UPLAND! LAST WORKSHOP MEETING BEFORE THE VOTE IS THURS, JAN 9TH @ 6PM AT CITY HALL WITH CITY COUNCIL, PLANNING COMMISSION & THE DEVELOPER! SHOW UP / SPEAK UP & HELP STOP AMAZON!”
So what do we know after witnessing the joint workshop meeting on Monday, October 21st, 2019 between the city’s planning commissioners and council members, who all heard a presentation given by a developer intent on building a 50 acre logistical center in the middle of Upland? We know an eCommerce company who is on Fortune’s Top 10 List, will be the tenant but the developer refused to provide the tenant’s name. The developer claimed the tenant needed to be in the Distribution Center by August of 2020, in order to make deliveries for the holiday season in 2020. Bridge Development Partners is who is hoping to build the Distribution Center and while Bridge refused to disclose who their tenant was, after listening to every word they said, we are ready to make an incredibly good guess and detail every reason why. So, welcome to this Upland Report on the who, what, where, when and why will be occupying this massive facility encompassing 50 acres and 1,000,000 sq ft. of concrete and major parking lots.
Continue reading “AMAZON TO OCCUPY THE 50 ACRE DISTRIBUTION CENTER ON FOOTHILL / CENTRAL / 13TH ST & BENSON?”
What you need to know: This is workshop # 2 and the second pitch by Bridge Development Group to push their intense desire to build a Distribution Center off of Foothill & Benson. The first workshop in June went like pure hell for them, when their plan was to build a ONE MILLION SQUARE FOOT monstrosity. Now Bridge Development is back with a scaled down version of this insanity on 51.33 acres, where they seek to break ground the first quarter of 2020. The featured image at the top of the article, is what Bridge did to the Fontana landscape so please show up, speak up and help your friends and neighbors protect the residential neighborhoods in Districts 1 and 3 on Monday night, October 21st starting at 6:30 PM at 406 N Euclid Ave in Downtown Upland. Continue reading “MON, OCT 21ST @ 6:30 PM ~ WORKSHOP WITH DEVELOPER + PLANNING COMMISSIONERS + COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR PROPOSED 50 ACRE DISTRIBUTION CENTER NEAR CORNER OF FOOTHILL & BENSON! SHOW UP & PROTEST MANY NEGATIVE IMPACTS!”
It was an amazing display of public muscle and might, as residents from every political party, raced home from work and beat rush hour traffic, to get to Upland City Hall by 6PM to lay into City Attorney James Markman. Everyone of those residents made incredible points about the multiple legal nightmares our city attorney has allowed to happen in Upland since he become our city attorney two short years ago. Even Markman in a desperate act to save himself, blamed our former city council for his actions! If that wasn’t spicy enough, that was followed by an agenda item where our city employees were finally up to get a raise after nearly 12 years without a cost of living increase, where Mayor Stone went bonkers and showed how much disdain she actually has for UPD. She could win an award for being the most unprofessional head of any city council, in America, bar none. She is an outrage and a public embarrassment every time she opens her mouth. Mayor Stone’s egregious conduct started 20 minutes into the meeting when she violated the (ADA) American Disability Act, by telling a resident with a speech disability that she would no longer allow another resident to read her public statements for her to our council, as the city would then have to allow anyone else to do that.” Later on in the meeting, Stone and Ricky Felix went head-to-head which was followed by Stone next trying to cut off the head of Upland’s Police Officers Management Association, twice during his public comments. All of that and more, is inside this smoking hot edition of The Upland Report!
Continue reading “Upland City Attorney James Markman “RESIGNS” In Face Of Being “FIRED”& Council Accepts His Resignation By Unanimous VOTE! City Employees Get A Raise & The Mayor Gets Checked, Twice In One Night!”
The upcoming Upland City Council Meeting Agenda for Monday, October 14th, is stuffed with so many bombshells, it is like an Upland earthquake. The main event is City Attorney James Markman, may finally be getting the boot by our new city council members, after testing him out for the past 11 months. I will be making the case for his immediate termination in this Upland Report. In addition to that, our council will be discussing and getting briefed on multiple lawsuits filed by UPD’s Former Highest Ranking Police Captain Anthony Yoakum, plus, UPD’s Former Senior Sergeant Marc Simpson. I hope our new council can settle this travesty, after what our former city council allowed to happen to these heroes, as it was truly one of the most shameful periods in Upland’s recent history. Last but never least, will Upland’s employees finally be getting a contract, a cost of living increase and some long overdue respect, after nearly 12 years without JACK-SQUAT? Tune in Monday on night and watch what happens live at Upland City Hall, HERE!
Continue reading “The Case Against City Attorney James Markman + The Legal Cases Against Upland By UPD’s Former Finest + City Employees May Finally Be Getting A Contract, A Raise & Some Respect! All Of This Goes Down On Mon 10/14, At 6PM.”
The council meeting on August 12th, was the best thing since sliced bread! This new council has courage and guts in spades! Let me rephrase that, at least four of them do and I do not envy any of them! This meeting was hard work with some friendships on the line, legacy appointments being tested and examined and oh so much more. At the heart of this meeting were two very important issues for our city. The 1st, who will be running our animal shelter and the 2nd, who will be on our planning commission. So much was at stake for so many and the drama was palpable. The tension at times, you could cut with a knife. It was the best of times and the worst of times, all at the same time. Tears were shed by some and then moments later, others received standing ovation. All in all, we got to see exactly what this new city council is made of and who, is willing to put their money where their mouth is. It was a night that will be hard to forget and I think the witnesses, will remember it forever.
Continue reading “With The Future of The Animal Shelter On The Line & The Mayor’s Multiple Planning Commission Appointments Awaiting Ratification, The Stakes Could Not Have Been Higher At The 8/12 Council Meeting!”