LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – September 28, 2017

‘In lieu undergrounding fees’ story lost me

Dear Editor,

I have a complaint regarding the article, “Hemet City Council approves undergrounding in-lieu fees” in a recent edition of The Valley Chronicle. If you were trying to provide important information to your readers, you failed miserably!
It appears to be a complicated issue that was not described in a coherent manner. It would also have been nice to print a brief summary of the important facts at the end of the article. We can hope for better next time.

Sincerely,

Michael Higginbotham, Hemet


Valle Vista community cleanup a success!

Dear Editor,

Well, lookie there! The Valley Chronicle provided information so community volunteers can help clean up Hemet! Just call 951-955-1030 to sign up to volunteer. Stop complaining and do something about cleaning up the trash. We decided to call and signed up!
You’ll know you’re in the right place, as they start with coffee and donuts. For three to four hours’ work you are fed Subway sandwiches, chips, cookies, and a drink and are given an appreciation pin and a “VOLUNTEER” T-shirt.
About 60 volunteers showed up to clean up three sites and paint another. Our team’s assignment was the Stater Bros. that we walk past almost daily. The “muscle” was on our team – the 20- to 30-year olds who could move couches, mattresses and heavy stuff. We picked up the trash into bags. Many hands make short work and two dump trucks later, the lot looked “normal.” What’s interesting is no homeless people were there today when we walked by. It seems when the trash is removed, they stay in real shelters with a real roof over their heads.
So, make a difference. Pick up the phone and call 951-955-1030 and leave a message to volunteer. They cleanup about three times a year and they need your help.
These cleanups are organized by Riverside County Third District Supervisor Chuck Washington’s office. It wasn’t just average citizens who showed up, either. Washington and his staff, Hemet City Councilwoman Karlee Meyer, The LDS church, Hemet Gate Keepers and its founder, Steve Norman, Randy Jones from Valle Vista Assembly of God and some of his congregation, County Code Enforcement staff, County Waste Management staff, Riverside County Sheriff Capt. Leonard Purvis, and several youngsters in 6th and 9th grade all came out to help make a difference. Even Miss Hemet was there, first taking photo ops with her crown, which she removed when she pitched in to work!
Hats off to Riverside County District Three staff who put the whole event together. Think about organizing all those people, getting donations for food from Waste Management, getting at least five dump trucks in place, loaded and headed to the dump. Even the meetup location was organized with coffee and donuts.
A big thumbs-up to Riverside County District Three for caring enough to clean up unincorporated Hemet. Using volunteers. Again, the county stepping in. Does the city of Hemet organize events like this? If not, why not? Somebody let me know!
Hope to see you volunteering at the next cleanup event.

Sincerely,

Sue Savage, Hemet

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