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Real Estate Symposium Offers Review of High Desert Market

The 2016 Real Estate Symposium, hosted by Coldwell Banker Commercial (CBC), kicked off with keynote speaker Fred Schmidt. As President and COO of CBC, he is a veteran commercial real estate professional with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. Schmidt gave an overview of the national marketplace, saying that consumer spending is up in the U.S. Other factors effecting the market include soverign debt, event risks (Russian invasion), political uncertainty including the U.S. presidential election and in the U.K. over whether it will remain in the European Union. Cheap gas prices are putting billions into consumers’ pockets, and causing a ripple effect in the commodities market. The millennial generation, numbering 76 million, is taking a greater role in the housing market, and over the next 20-25 years their preferences will dictate the direction for commercial office space, employment and consumerism. They prefer open social areas, and a smaller overall footprint. Baby Boomers still boast the highest spending income in the history of the world, Schmidt said, and have influence on the apartment sector as they downsize, and politics. About 2.7 million jobs were added last year, and growth should continue as long as interest rates stay low. Primary employment sectors continue to be in the education, medicine and technology sectors. Next to speak was economist Manfred Keil, an associate professor at Claremont McKenna College. He said the Inland Empire as a whole ranks 13th out of 383 statistical regions in the U.S. with 4.2 million people. He stated that while the number of jobs lost have been recovered since the recession, many have been replaced with lower paying jobs than than the ones lost. The job sectors that haven’t recoverd are in manufacturing and construction, and the new jobs are in low-pay service and retail. Home ownership was a big topic with Coldwell Banker Commercial Victorville Vice President Bob Basen, who said the rental market as increased as a result. More rental units are needed, and some of the older ones need rehabbing to attract the younger rental crowd. Unemployment figures are as follows: Adelanto – 9.7 percent, Hesperia – 8.1%, Victorville -6.4%, Apple Valley – 6.2T and Barstow unemployment is 5.9%. Coldwell Banker CEO Jason Lamoreaux brought up the issue of construction being done in the Cajon Pass as a major concern and the main reason that the High Desert real estate market hasn’t grown as it could. He mentioned that when home buyers, business owners and developers decide to come up to the desert on a Friday afternoon after work, and end up in a 3-hour traffic, they turn around and go back. They may not realize that is not a normal commute time, and give up on the idea of purchasing here. Once the project is finished, he believes things will pick up rapidly. According to SANBAG president Ryan McEachron, speaking on local infrastructure projects, the ribbon cutting for the Devore Interchange Project will be held on May 20. Apple Valley Town Manager Frank Robinson said the town’s future is bright, and the completion of the Yucca Loma Bridge which is projected to open mid-2017. This will pave the way for some great commercial and retail projects, including the Fountain retail center at Yucca Loma and Apple Valley road. The town will also break ground on a 1.3 million-square-foot distribution center that bringing with it 400 to 500 long-term jobs. Newly hired Hesperia City Manager Nils Bensten, said that 85 single family resident permits were issued last year, a 35-percent increase over 2014. The Tapestry Project will build 16,169 housing units and about 700,000 square feet of commercial and retail buildings. Phase I could break ground by 2018. The widening of Ranchero Road is key to the finalization of traffic flow to the Ranchero freeway interchange on the I-15. Barstow City Manager Curt Mitchell said capital projects in his city include the replacement of the First Avenue Bridges over the BNSF railroad tracks and the Mojave River. Retail projects coming to Barstow include the Montara Place Shopping Center, Shops at Spanish Trail and Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company. Victorville City Manager Doug Robertson said the city will widen the Bear Valley Road bridge over the BNSF railroad tracks in late 2016 or early 2017. Other infrastructure projects include the Mojave Riverwalk, which will offer 44 miles of bike lanes along the Mojave River from D Street to the Victor Valley College area. He says that Victorville will “hopefully” find a way to fund construction for connecting Green Tree Boulevard to the Yucca Loma Bridge project. The city of Adelanto did not have a representative present, but Lamoreaux mentioned that industrial space is going at a very high rate due to an anomaly – the marijuana cultivation ordinance that the city council recently approved has apparently caused a gold rush of business to that area.   PHOTO: Dougal Egan of Southern California Logistic Airport speaks at symposium.

High Desert Opportunity Installs 2016 Board of Directors

High Desert Opportunity (HDO), the premier High Desert event annually showcasing local businesses and development opportunities for new and expanding businesses, installed their 2016 Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The 2016 Executive Committee is President Eric Camarena, 1st Vice-President Cari Thomas, 2ndVice-President Terry Saenz, Secretary Louisa Miller, Treasurer and Past President Gwen Bedics. The 2016 Board of Directors are Orlando Acevedo, Gwen Bedics, Louise Bevilacqua, Eric Camarena, Monique Carter, Denise Laliberte, Louisa Miller, Roy Miller, Sheryl Thomas-Perkins, Terry Saenz, Kathy Switzer, and Cari Thomas. The goal of High Desert Opportunity (HDO) is to support economic growth and stability by attracting businesses and jobs to the High Desert. The event is organized by a volunteer group of approximately 40 local business professionals and community leaders. Volunteers, from all walks of life, are welcomed. For more information about the High Desert Opportunity Conference and volunteer opportunities, call 760-245-7600,, or visit their website About High Desert Opportunity High Desert Opportunity (HDO) is the premier High Desert event annually showcasing local businesses and development opportunities for new and expanding businesses. The goal of the event is to support economic growth and stability by attracting businesses and jobs to the High Desert.  The region encompasses the cities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia and Victorville as well as portions of San Bernardino County.  In its 35th year, High Desert Opportunity continues to grow, continually attracting close to 1,000 attendees focusing on the benefits of doing business in the High Desert.

Patsy Cline Tribute Concert Held in Apple Valley

On January 8, country singer Joni Morris performed a tribute to legendary songbird Patsy Cline. The event was held at the High Desert Center for Spiritual Living (HDCSL) in Apple Valley. With songs like “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” and “Sweet Dreams,” all classic tunes by the late entertainer, Morris captured the hearts of the music lovers in attendance. Morris hails from Stockton, California and has been singing Cline’s hits on stage for over 25 years. The event also included a performance by the band, After Midnight as part of this evening of song, stories and homespun comedy. Morris wore dazzling costumes and shared own special brand of comedy with the audience, hoping that the audience could get to know her personally. She performs at large concert venues, casinos and private events throughout the U.S., presenting Cline’s music in a way that honors the late artist. Upland-based singer/songwriter/author Lawton Jiles also performed several songs and told stories from his new book, “The Birth of the Bakersfield Sound.” Jiles started out his music career in Buck Owens’ band, and co-wrote several of Cline’s songs. This is just one tribute artist to perform in a series of concerts being held at HDCSL, following a John Denver tribute held in September with artist Tom Becker. The popular events have been a sell-out and are creating a demand for more high-quality entertainment, according to HDCSL Rev. Valerie Reeves. HDCSL offers many educational opportunities for life improvement. The center is located at 18575 Corwin Road, Apple Valley. For more information, call (760) 242-2302, or visit