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Video: Top 5 Things to Watch in Temecula This Year

The city recently released a video detailing the "top 5 things to watch" in Temecula in 2014. What do you think of the list?

The city of Temecula is touting some of its major projects and community commitments in a recently released video.

The video, titled "Things to Watch in Temecula for 2014," details some of the major projects in the works.  

There are five main areas highlighted in the clip, which you can watch above:
  • Development-- Medical office buildings on Temecula Parkway and a new Fletcher Jones Mercedes-Benz set to open in town this Spring are among the highlights mentioned.  "Last year, more than 3,000 building permits were pulled, and permit activity is up to 2006 levels," the video says.
  • Jefferson Avenue-- A 560-acre project, from Rancho California Road to the Temecula/Murrieta border, will combine "living, working and lifestyle."
  • Quality of Life Improvements-- The Temecula Community Center is getting a makeover, and is slated to be re-opened by summer.
  • Youth--  "The city is a huge supporter of youth development and workforce programs," the video states while introducing some of the current interns.
  • Infrastructure-- The French Valley Interchange is set to open this spring, adding another lane to Winchester Road and a new freeway offramp which lets drivers off at the corner of Jefferson Ave. and Cherry Street.  The Butterfield Stage Road expansion is also set to open this year.
V.W.D.S. February 19, 2014 at 09:45 PM
Keep adding housing! I love sitting in traffic ! Really adds to the Quality of life to have every inch of ground developed! Good going city council for letting it all come together so we feel at home here since we are all from Orange County anyway! Why not bring Disneyland here too! Oh yeah..someone mentioned the wine country..........................
southernbelle February 20, 2014 at 10:31 AM
BLAH!!! booooooo--more development=more people=more traffic= more light runners, more drunks drivers, etc. This is becoming a facade for wanna-be-wealthies, not family friendly. Good bye charming Old Town ambiance, hello typical, unoriginal, brick and mortar office bldgs, snooty restaurants, and gift shops with the exact same commercial crap. Gone are the adorable and original shops-- with all the charming vintage, antique, homespun goods. It's not interesting or fun anymore. Whatever happened to the idea of the Water Park for the kids--replaced by a stinkin' Mercedes dealership!! Hey City Council-- anyone with vision can figure out that if you kill off all the family friendly, private owned business and establishments, families stop coming, kids leave after graduation, and all you'll be left with is aging people who die off--leaving the town fully dependent on tourism and retired people. unless of course--that is your strategy. Gold courses, Wineries, Health Care bldgs, posh-uppity restaurants, Mercedes Benz dealership… hmmm, I'm seeing a pattern.
Dianne Fowler February 20, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Looks like the City Council needs to be replaced. Schools are overcrowded, streets are a parking lot, medical facility are already obsolete and not up to par. Good job city council????
Jodi Berry February 20, 2014 at 01:34 PM
Thanks to Jeff Stone 'city planner' for showing his true colors by making way for more winerys and leaving out trails for the horses that were here first. He will never be getting my vote again.
V.W.D.S. February 20, 2014 at 06:23 PM
By the time we vote them out, the damage will be done. The permits in place, the construction started. They have sold out to developers. I am sure they have their hands in the pot. maybe we ought to do some auditing for 'conflict of interest'?
Patty Kennedy February 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM
I agree with all of the above. Keep bringing all of these "Luxury Apartments" (note sarcasm) and you better add more police. Watch this city go down hill. I truly hope I'm wrong, but something tells me I'm not....
Gregory Saumur February 22, 2014 at 05:27 PM
I am not sure how long the people above me have lived in Temecula but I have to disagree with many of the comments.In my opinion, this city is one of the top cities in California from my travels. I lived in the Los Angeles area and it is night and day between the two. We have many parks and trails for hiking, bikes and horses. The traffic is getting better and better compare to years ago and is being upgrade. If you haven't taken a tour of the new hospital, it is a first grade hospital with room to grow. I am not sure what schools are overcrowded but there are many public, private schools available in Temecula with great teachers. The city is not perfect, but sure is a first class place to live and work.
southernbelle February 22, 2014 at 09:24 PM
@greg--thank you for your positive attitude, I do still appreciate living in Temecula. But i liked it much more 12 yrs ago! Except for the hospitals. I'm very thankful for those. What I miss, and what my focus on this was--is the charm of the authentic antiquity of Old Town. It's almost completely gone. Replaced by snooty upscale restaurants, gift shops all carrying catalog ordered-overpriced nonsense, and now office bldgs. I loved going to shop all the antique-vintage shops with crafted-artisan original things, unusual finds, etc. It used to feel so homey and small town--now it's like a typical tourist trap with typical tourist nonsense. Gone is the authenticity of Old Town Temecula, it's sad.
S Smith March 08, 2014 at 12:33 AM
Why hasnt Temecula thought of opening a REAL Jr. College here???Once the kids leave they dont want to come back to a town that doesnt provide a future for them!! That would be forward thinking. Not a car dealership that caters to the 1% who can afford that model!

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