Temecula Highlights November 2019
America's Safest Cities
Last week, 24/7WallSt.com released a report of America's Safest Cities and Temecula came in at #19!
"While the United States is safer than it has been for as far back as many Americans can remember, some cities are even safer, with violent crime rates less than half the current national rate. Using data from the FBI, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed violent crimes rates to identify America’s safest cities. Only the 294 midsize and large cities tracked by the FBI with populations of at least 100,000 were considered.
Cities with better economic conditions tend to have less violent crime. In Temecula, there were just 119 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in 2018, less than one-third the national violent crime rate of 369 per 100,000 and among the lowest rate of any city nationwide."(24/7WallSt.com) Read the full report here.
Special thanks to Captain McConnell and the Temecula Sheriff's Station for their tireless dedication to keeping us all safe!
Housing and Community Development
The City was successful in its application for California Department of Housing and Community Development's (HCD) SB 2 grant funds! This grant provides funding and technical assistance to local governments in California to help cities and counties prepare, adopt, and implement plans and process improvements that streamline housing approvals and accelerate housing production.
A portion of the funding will be used to establish a permit ready accessory dwelling unit (ADU) program that is envisioned to encourage the construction of ADUs by offering property owners a selection of pre-approved ADU building plans that will reduce the baseline cost for homeowners by $20,000-$30,000.
Funding helps cities and counties:
· Accelerate housing production
· Streamline the approval of housing development affordable to owner and renter households at all income levels
· Facilitate housing affordability, particularly for lower- and moderate-income households
· Promote development consistent with the State Planning Priorities (Government Code Section 65041.1)
· Ensure geographic equity in the distribution and expenditure of the funds
Learn more about about HCD here.
Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey
According to the Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey, Temecula is one of the lowest cost cities in Riverside County to do business in! Temecula has the lowest business license fee in Riverside County and ranks as a "very low cost" city in RivCo to do business in with only 5 cities in Riverside County ranking as “very low cost”. We are also proud to say we rank in the top 7% of least expensive cities in terms of permitting costs in the Western US!
California's average business license fee comes in at $1,300.33 with Temecula's business license fee costing a mere $39! In comparison, seven of the twenty-three Riverside County cities surveyed have business license fees in excess of $1,000. Temecula also offers the lowest property tax rate in the county at 1.03% and no utility use tax!
What can we say? Temecula means Business!
Riverside County Transportation Commission
Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) is currently conducting a study to improve mobility on I-15 and needs your help! Caltrans and RCTC have partnered up to conduct preliminary engineering and environmental studies for the proposed I-15 Express Lanes Project Southern Extension. RCTC is leading development of the project and is urging public participation via in-person or online meetings. Three meetings are scheduled from November 12-14th from 6-8 pm. RCTC invites everyone to shares their comments, concerns, or support now through November 22. Please visit rctc.org/15expsouth for more information on the project, study, and meetings, or to share your thoughts.
Property of the Month
The recently completed Gateway Center on Temecula Parkway at Bedford Court is looking to fill their last two available spaces! Current tenants include Starbucks, Chevron, Chronic Tacos, Verizon, LA Fitness, and more. These spaces would be great for a dentist, dry cleaner, barber/hair salon, or nail salon.
Ste. 101 with 1,375 sq ft
Ste. 102 with 1,284 sq ft
Or combine both suites for 2,659 sq ft of space
These suites are located on the first floor of the 2 story building on the corner of La Paz and Temecula Parkway and come with all lighting, HVAC, and t-bar completed. Walls are taped and ready to be painted.
For pricing details, contact Amir Dehbozorgi at email@example.com or 909-938-0979.
Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey
The City's 7th annual Commercial Brokers Breakfast held at City Hall is right around the corner. Join the Economic Development Staff for a delicious complimentary breakfast, networking, and presentations from the City of Temecula and guest speaker Michael Curley of Southern California Edision. Michael will be sharing information about incentives and cost saving measures for businesses. We will also announce the 2019 Broker of the Year! Brokers are encouraged to bring their team. Register now, space is limited!
City Hall Conference Center
8:30 - 10 am
The City of Temecula is gathering information on WHY you chose our beautiful city to call home! We know our residents love the great schools, quality of life, parks and trails, and everything else that makes Temecula a great place to live, but we want to know why your business calls Temecula home. Please participate in this brief survey to share insight on why your company originally wanted to be in the City of Temecula, and why you continue to chose to operate in the City of Temecula. This survey will assist the Office of Economic Development in continuing to support a business friendly community, no matter how big or small your business is. The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete!
*Results will be used for a business attraction, retention, and expansion report being conducted by California State University, San Marcos business students on behalf of the City of Temecula.