Temecula’s Long-Term Visioning Proving Successful Today

“People want to be here. We’re very business-minded, we have the demographic where businesses can thrive, and we have quality of life," said Temecula Mayor Pro Tem Mike Naggar.

After more than 18 months in the making, the City of Temecula will officially open its much-touted 17,000-square-foot “business incubator” Saturday.

The opening comes on the heels of the city receiving 531 new business applications since March of this year, according to Temecula Mayor Pro Tem Mike Naggar.

The opening also follows news that the city’s sales tax receipts for the second quarter (April –June) of 2012 show a 9.9 percent increase compared to the same period one year ago.

Talk to Naggar and Mayor Chuck Washington and they are positively giddy about the city’s economic direction.

“People want to be here,” Naggar said. “We’re very business-minded, we have the demographic and we have quality of life.”


Growing Business

Called the Temecula Valley Entrepreneur’s Exchange (TVE2), the new business incubator is located in the renovated space at 43200 Business Park Drive where City Hall used to be before it was moved to Old Town.

Based on a business incubator model in Ventura, TVEfeatures office space for new “innovative” companies to start and grow, along with tools to realize the dream. Business community mentors, technology, and support personnel are available to those companies accepted into the incubator program.

“There’s a win in it for everyone,” Washington said, explaining that the companies get “a help up, not a hand out.”

Businesses must be accepted into the program through a selection process and are expected to eventually graduate and move out of the facility. The hope is that the incubator will spawn new businesses and jobs, Washington said.

The cost to renovate the old City Hall was roughly $160,000 -- money Washington said came from an old lawsuit the city won against the county. The award in that case was approximately $225,000, so there is still money left over for the incubator, according to Washington.

“We have not had to touch the city’s budget for this project,” he said. “Even if we spend the quarter million, it’s a drop in the bucket in terms of an investment into creating local higher paying jobs.”

To date, Washington said applications into the incubator have already been received.


Upward Mobility

Why do businesses want to be in Temecula? Naggar contends it’s due to the city’s highly desirable demographic, which he says includes a large college-educated middle-income sector.

According to the most recent census figures, 31 percent of city residents over the age of 25 hold at least a bachelor’s degree and the median household income in Temecula is $77,850.

The figures are slightly higher than state numbers, and both Naggar and Washington are banking on Temecula’s population becoming even more educated and more affluent in the future. As per the city’s 2030 Plan, also known as the Quality of Life Master Plan, the city is actively working to beef up its biotech and education sectors. , and Naggar said a second full-scale nationally recognized hospital is also eyeing Temecula. An announcement on that deal is expected shortly, Naggar said.

“That will seal – almost forever – the economics of Temecula,” Naggar said of a second medical facility.

While doctors’ bills don’t generate local sales tax revenue for the city, healthcare and biotech professionals earn higher wages, which translates into more money spent locally.

Hospitals and doctors offices also attract biotech companies that further fuel the local economy, Naggar said, but another piece of the puzzle is higher education.

The city is currently working with California State University officials to expand the existing San Marcos campus in Temecula. Enrollment at the facility is swelling, according to Naggar.

While the existing Temecula campus still has room to grow, Naggar said officials are also eyeing other areas of the city where there’s a relationship between business and education. For example, the second floor of the business incubator may be a good spot for a limited number of business classes, Naggar explained, noting that there can be synergy between businesses looking for new ideas and bright interns looking for real-world experience.



Temecula’s 2030 plan also focuses on how the city will shape its future. Naggar argues that while Temecula is not turning its back on any business, there are certain sectors he would rather not see expand inside the city limits. For example, large–scale distribution centers and manufacturing plants are not a good fit for Temecula, he said, noting that cities like Murrieta and Perris, as well as outlying unincorporated areas, may be better suited given that they already have burgeoning industrial centers.

The city is also in the process of studying a possible revamping of the Jefferson Avenue corridor. Officials are looking at mixed-use zoning along the corridor, including urban “loft-like” stacked condos surrounded by retail and commercial development.

Washington, who holds a master’s degree in public policy, said young, educated professionals often prefer to live in upscale urban-type settings versus large tract homes that require a greater financial commitment to maintain.

“We have to plan for the future,” he said.

The Republican November 02, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Naggar and Wahington are corrupt and must go. They have left Temecula with a debt house of cards.
Jim November 02, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Lets begin with little money and move up. Lets comingle $1,900,000.00 and lets agree to make "no payments" and lets agree to extend this loan as long as we the Temecula City Council wants. http://i.imgur.com/5toQK.png You tell me if this looks fishy.
Jim November 02, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Temecula ICLEI member! So proud to be a part of the United Nations envirornmental plan which is supported by Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton. http://www.greentowns.com/initiative/icleicreating-climate-awareness-and-support-to-local-governments-committed-to-sustainability/iclei-member-temecula-ca-temecula-ca
Jim November 02, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Sign Pirate caught wearing "Family First" button and not destroying Mike Naggar signs. Only destroying the signs of other candidates. http://i.imgur.com/Ni5lu.jpg Wake up Temecula.
Jim November 02, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Does the United Nations have Temecula in the books as a United Nations sustainable city? Look under California and then Temecula. http://12160.info/profiles/blogs/iclei-is-your-city-on-the-list
Gandhi November 03, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I see, so how would this account for hundreds of lay offs from the largest employer, Abbott, in this area in the last couple weeks? And why is it we keep seeing multiple businesses going OUT of business - places like: "The Iron Wok", "On The Border", "Hooters", "Simply Sharons", "Manhattan Deli", "Texas Looseys", "La Finca Mexican Grille", "The Fishmonger", and those are just the ones off the top of my head, I'm sure many, many small businesses have gone under in the last few years also. What has Temecula, and Mike Naggar done to help them survive??! Nothing, thats what. I know how difficult it is to get a new business open here, all the hoops you have to jump through, the money you have to spend, endless red tape, makes it extremely difficult to even open a business here, probably no different than any other city to be fair, but not any better, and thats my point!
Gandhi November 03, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Oh, some of us ARE awake, believe me Jim, but keep gettin the word out!
Gandhi November 03, 2012 at 12:21 AM
I agree completely!
Gandhi November 03, 2012 at 12:24 AM
It would be laughable if it wasnt so true and such a sham on the Temecula public. NOT a "business friendly" environment here at all! See my own posting down below for details. I know several entrepreneurs who are having a hell of a time getting their business open due to "red tape" that is never ending, all costing them money. The first year a business is open is VERY difficult, especially under these economic times without having the bs coming at them from the city on top of it. Temecula is NOT helping small businesses thrive in any manner shape or form! And as I stated below, Abbott just laid off hundreds of people as well, Naggar's always bragging about getting them here in this city, how about asking some of those newly laid off how grateful they are?? Hope they vote the right way next week!
Gandhi November 03, 2012 at 12:29 AM
After the one and only public forum for the candidates (they should have had several) at the city council, I personally watched Paul Jacobson go up to Mike Naggar to shake his hand at the end, like a decent person would, and Mike REFUSED TO SHAKE HIS HAND!! Doesnt that tell you SOMETHING about his character? He then went on to insult ME as I was leaving the forum, dug up some personal "dirt" from years ago, just to hurt me, for no reason. Does THAT tell you something about his character?! Do people NOT think it might be a "conflict of interest" for him to suddenly be a "consultant" for Rancon, one of the biggest developers in the area and he on the city council??!! Come on people, think! He used to have a regular tract house in Starlight Ridge, after becoming a "consultant" suddenly he can afford a home in Santiago Ranchos - one of the wealthiest, biggest home areas in the city!! You do the math.
Gandhi November 03, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Those interchanges were or should have been in the master plan for traffic and growth years ago, and believe me, CalTrans is in on that one!! I agree completely about no quarry here, and Tavaglione must have been paid off, otherwise why the sudden "flip flop"?!
Gandhi November 03, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Well, Michael, I've lived here 25, have a little "seniority" over you, and I've seen it all, unlike you. There have been many mistakes made here, many times the public wants were just denied and ignored. Dont have time to get into it all here, but believe me when I tell you, they do NOT consider the publics desires most of the time. That city hall? Who benefits from that? How often do you or I go to the city hall? I was perfectly happy with the old one!! To spend hundreds of millions of dollars, that DO have to be repaid, during this depression, is outrageous. We could have used those funds ourselves, the citizens of Temecula, could have used redevelopment funds to help repair homes, fences, etc. but now there are NO funds thanks to our city council who were only thinking of themseslves when they had that CityTajmahal built. Where did you come from anyway? Moreno Valley? Hemet?
Gandhi November 03, 2012 at 12:39 AM
THEY knew how many people were going to be here 20 years ago!! Its called "poor planning". I've been here since 1987 and damn few streets have been added all this time, seems like we have about half a dozen major arteries that most of the city are driving on most of the time, just added lots of signals that do not seem to ever have been syncronized.
Gandhi November 03, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Yeah, wonderful, the San Marcos campus. Its all nursing!! Great if you wanna be a nurse. Also, a good chunk of the money generated goes to, guess where folks?, thats right - San Marcos!! Why couldnt those clowns in the city council gotten our OWN City College here?! Generating funds JUST FOR TEMECULA?!
john November 03, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Wait and c what happens when Abbott leaves in a few years like there planning to.
Temecula Sunshine November 03, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Don't forget that we paid San Marcos $3 million in RDA money so they could refurbish that one-building "campus". That's the fine work of our city council, and what Naggar and Washington are touting. Let's hope those two are gone in three days!
Jim November 03, 2012 at 07:27 PM
The City Council simply wanted to given their Contractor friends money so they picked San Marcos to quickly put something together and spend RDA Money. These are "No Bids". Well, there should be bids but the City Council uses "friends and family" only to peform the works of any contract.
Jim November 03, 2012 at 07:47 PM
This is your Temecula City Council working hard to provide "FREE MONEY" to the WIFE of Temecula City Council Member Jeff Comerchero. Part 1 From: Patrick Richardson Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 8:56 AM To: Heidi Schrader; Luke Watson; Barbara Smith Subject: RE: Mid-Year Expenditures We can transfer the money before work is started. I just want to have an application approval before we do the transfer. That can happen as soon as today. From: Heidi Schrader Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 8:55 AM To: Luke Watson; Patrick Richardson; Barbara Smith Subject: RE: Mid-Year Expenditures Patrick, Today we need to know if Barb needs to cover the amount in her budget first or if the money will be transferred prior to the work starting. It isn’t a huge deal to take it from Fund Balance now and reimburse once RDA pays out, we just need to know that. Thanks, Heidi Heidi Schrader Senior Management Analyst City of Temecula (951) 693-3923
Jim November 03, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Part 2 From: Luke Watson Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 8:54 AM To: Patrick Richardson; Heidi Schrader; Barbara Smith Subject: RE: Mid-Year Expenditures No. We expect to cover everything, including the application, tomorrow with Barb. Luke From: Patrick Richardson Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 8:52 AM To: Heidi Schrader; Luke Watson; Barbara Smith Subject: RE: Mid-Year Expenditures My concern is that we are not following the program guidelines and if we transfer the money inconsistent with the program guidelines how do we explain that in a potential audit. The money is there. Once we approve the application we can transfer the money. Luke, has the application be formally submitted?
Jim November 03, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Temecula Residents: Your city council may have a vision but "your family" get nothing but the bill.
Gandhi November 03, 2012 at 08:51 PM
We agree on that one Republican!
Gandhi November 03, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Probably moving to Pakistan.
Gandhi November 03, 2012 at 08:55 PM
How do we bring a lawsuit against these people is what I'd like to know?
Gandhi November 03, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Their "vision" is they and their friends gettin fat off the taxpayers sweat by hook or by crook! Throw the bums out! I still think we have potential lawsuit material here.......
john November 03, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Can we impeach these morons?? Maybe good old fashion pitch forks and torches ?? Haha Whatever it takes this city is a mess I know Murrieta isnt the greatest either but they seem to have there stuff together. They have put up solar panels on all there schools and did fast why cant we do the same??? How about using some of that money the CHP gets from spending all there time pulling us over on Winchester or Jefferson for the smallest of mistakes. Can I ticket these city council members for the mess they have made of things?? Ive only lived here 4 yrs so I dont have seniority like others like that matters I know a poor planning and ineptitude when I see it.
Jim November 04, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Sorry Heidi, YOU DO have to spend money prior to receiveing it from the Redevelopment funds. This is 100% ILLEGAL.
Jim November 04, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Part 3 of "The Free Money For Temecula City Council member wives". From: Heidi Schrader Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 8:34 AM To: Barbara Smith Cc: Luke Watson Subject: RE: Mid-Year Expenditures According to Luke’s e-mail, you don’t have to spend the money prior to receiving it from RDA. The money will be transferred to your account once the paperwork is complete, so I don’t believe you have to do anything to ensure the money is there right now. Luke, is that correct? On the Service Level L staff, I have $45,182 that should have been budgeted for staff. As of 12/31 you spent $26,705 so you would still be a little short. I recommend adding $32,418 to 196.180.999.5100. Thanks, Heidi Heidi Schrader Senior Management Analyst City of Temecula (951) 693-3923
Gandhi November 04, 2012 at 11:49 PM
We need to form a group, and on here, for obvious reasons we may not want to leave our real names, we will have to figure out how to "connect" outside this forum, any ideas please let me know. John, I understand, and I'm glad to have another astute citizen in Temecula, even if its only been four years, who can see incompetence and is willing to do something about it as well. Many come here from areas like Hemet, Moreno Valley, Chino, etc. where they have many problems, and Temecula looks good BY COMPARISON, not good enough for me, when I see corruption here, I dont like it, and I know how the game is played, with money, as we all know, but there are other ways of getting around that. The law is one, hard to get around that, and citizens demanding accountability is another.
Gandhi November 04, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Jim, did you mean "Legal" or "Illegal"?
Darlana November 05, 2012 at 04:25 AM
After reading these emails I believe our Temecula City Council should be investigated. This is unreal. No one cares. We just put our heads in the sand.


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