Saturday, September 26, 2020
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We can’t afford to bail out the Developer

To the Editor:

Mr. Don Deakin and all other members of the AAC with respect to any decisions or approvals given to the Developer regarding the property formerly known as the Hacienda Hills Country Club: under no circumstances give permission to allow a high-density development in our area.  It is not our fault that the restaurant failed and we shouldn’t be obligated to pay for the developer’s mistake/s.
As I understand it, it would have taken around $750,000 to get the kitchen at the club modernized to today’s standards. The Developer had a viable and wiling restaurateur ready to move forward with the original facility but the Developer refused to make the necessary investment. So now we are being asked to bail them out. We must not do it!
I have the deepest respect for the first two generations of Developers in the way they created and developed this extraordinary community. They became billionaires, and justifiably so, for the value they gave to each one of us as a result of their creativity, competent vision and business acumen.
But now? The attitude of the present management team seems to be: “We don’t care what the previous team promised to the current residents because we are only interested in maximizing our own personal profits today, even if and when it works against those who who got us here.” Earlier promises made, “be damned.”
I’m sure the Developer has made other mistakes, as all big corporations do, but there is no logical excuse or reason that we should bail them out. I don’t blame them for trying to pass the buck, but please, stand firm and resolute. Under no circumstances give permission. Just say, “No!”

Ted Quick
Village of Rio Ranchero

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