SIDEBAR:Heard at the Board Meeting Cory Briggs: Victorville would make $500,000 a year in taxes from this Walmart. Attendee: Walmart might be asked [in a settlement] to shoulder the costs of gating our community to increase security. Attendee: A Walmart store makes $800,000 to a million dollars a week. Attendee: The strength of the case is that Victorville did not follow its city plan and rezoned the land. Cory Briggs: The rumors in the Daily Press are not good for SVL. Glenn Grabiec (SVL general manager): We have spent $70-80,000 on lawyer fees so far. We can easily double that in the next year. Scott Eckert: Walmart has a pretty good record of building stores where it wants. Briggs: Walmart talks to me because I file a lot of lawsuits against them.
SVL WEBSITE Letter from BOD PresidentThe Tamarisk Market Place issue was discussed in detail at the Board Meeting last night, 1/27/15. If you were unable to attend the meeting read the message below to update yourself on the facts of what is taking place with the Tamarisk Market Place Project. ———————————————————————————– Just the Facts: Tamarisk Marketplace Rumors appear to be running rampant that the Spring Valley Lake Association Board of Directors (BOD) are close to giving up the fight to prevent Walmart from building near Spring Valley Lake, and in the process, will essentially receive a “pay-off” from Rothbart Development/Walmart. Don’t give in to the hysteria; this issue is too serious to allow it to become a public relations debate. As was presented at our most recent board meeting on January 27th, the Spring Valley Lake BOD has not entered into any settlement agreement on this issue and has filed a cross-appeal in court. Even after many years of legal wrangling and no clear indication about whether the project will or will not proceed, at some point in time the BOD will have to give serious consideration about what it wants to do-and at what cost. There is no timetable for when that decision must be made. The BOD have to continually look at the advantages and disadvantages about pursuing legal action of any kind, whether it be against Walmart, any other large development affecting the community or defending the Association against civil action. As with expenditure of any Association funds, we must ensure that those funds are not being spent frivolously. Understand, the BOD, (property owners in their own right), are just as concerned about the Walmart project as many who have expressed opposition, but the BOD, in collaboration with competent legal counsel, must decide a future course based on facts, not emotion. Rest assured, when the BOD are close to making a decision, Spring Valley Lake residents and the community-at-large will be informed and provided clear justification leading to whatever decision will be made. Until then, as I’ve indicated… don’t give in to the hysteria and don’t be influenced by rumors that may be floating around out there; seek out the facts. This is a very serious issue for our community. The BOD and the Association will continue to provide factual and timely information as our legal case progresses. Scott Eckert, President Spring Valley Lake Association Board of Directors
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