LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – February 15th, 2018

Code Enforcement and Traffic Control

Dear Editor,

A few weeks ago, we went into a local restaurant for dinner. When we got seated, there was a man sitting at the bar with his dog at his feet laying down. The dog was well behaved and was not a service dog as he did not have a vest on. The man finished his dinner and then put his plate down to the dog, which licked it clean. I would like to know if this is normal for a restaurant, and is it a proper way to use their plates? I do not think it is.
Where is Code Enforcement? I called them and they did not answer their phone, but I did leave a message for them telling them about this story, I asked for them to call me back, which they did not do.
My other concern is the the way traffic errors are just ignored in this town. I am speaking of the running of red lights, turning right on a red light, which you are supposed to stop at first and then turn right when it is safe. That is what I was taught when I studied for my test. [I’ve also seen cars] speeding down any street, loud mufflers, and those who turn left when there is a “right-turn-only” sign.
A lady pulled out from a fast food right [restaurant] in front of me on Florida Avenue, between Kirby and Sanderson. Lucky for me I was watching, as she did not even look my way.
Yes, we need a median down Florida Avenue. We are paying our penny tax for traffic control so please enforce the laws.

Thank you,

Mary Metz, Hemet

Pico Rivera’s televised school board meeting

Dear Editor,

After watching the brief portion of the televised Pico Rivera School Board meeting,  I feel compelled to ask why the hesitation to fire this poor excuse for a teacher?  If I were a resident of Pico Rivera I would not want my tax dollars going to pay even a stipend to a council member with such poor judgment.We would hope most teachers would be demanding he be fired.
It makes us wonder how many teachers impose their own opinions on our impressionable youth?  How many teachers are using gutter language in the classroom?  Is this the reason too many young people use foul language?
Not only is his dissing our military offensive, it is disturbing.  If parents wish their children to be exposed to points of view which differ so drastically from their own morals, there should be opt in, opt out classes available–I would not want my kids exposed to opinions so different from what we teach at home.
God bless the student who brought this to the public’s attention.

Thank you,

Wray and Bonnie Kopplin,
San Jacinto

Editor’s Note: The above letter pertains to Gregory Salcido, the Pico Rivera councilman and El Rancho High School teacher who was recorded making anti-military remarks late last month.

Parker’s Vision?

Dear Editor,

I love the Valley Chronicle, but I was shocked at Melissa Diaz’ suggestion that Allen Parker, of all people, has a vision for Hemet. Lest we forget (and we might if the Valley Chronicle becomes a mouthpiece for the city), this is the same Allen Parker who declared bankruptcy in 1991 in San Mateo, declared bankruptcy again in 2011 with his wife, who together owed more than $620,000, was removed as director and president of the Banning Heights Mutual Water Co. after shareholders sued him for trying to sell the private utility2, was hired by bankrupt San Bernardino as city manager in 2013, let go with a full year’s severance ($221,976) in 2015 and cheered by then-Mayor Krupa as “exactly what this city needs” when he was hired by the City of Hemet.
And lest we forget, a city manager’s job is to bring business into a city. Hemet has lost an Albertsons, Safeway, Cocos, Millie’s, Mimi’s, Marie Calendars, Office Depot, Kmart, two VONS and a Fresh & Easy in the last five years. Michael’s Art Supplies & Crafts announced last month they’re closing their Hemet location. Sears announced the closure of all their retail outlets, which means Penney’s can’t be far behind. And the COSTCO we all hoped for never materialized.
Are these store closings Allen Parker’s fault? Of course not. But the suggestion that hunting, fishing, or promoting Diamond Valley Lake (which we’ve heard for years), will somehow revamp a town of vagrants, drug dealers, hookers, and boarded-up businesses is hardly visionary. What exactly would hunters stalk? rabbits? gophers? An occasional deer? And anyone looking for lakeside recreation is far more likely to go to Lake Elsinore or Lake Hemet near Idyllwild. To qualify as “visionary” a city manager would need to grasp that the ill-conceived 1 percent sales tax has driven frugal consumers to neighboring San Jacinto (which is thriving). A city manager would need to grasp that fleeing businesses and consumers mean less revenue streams, which means projections will need to be revised downward. And without a substantial reduction in crime, the snowbirds we rely on to provide a critical boost to our economy, will also flee.
With all due respect to Linda Krupa (and apparently Melissa Diaz), I don’t see a man who’s jumped from one city position to another in the last 30 years, declared bankruptcy twice, and sees hunting, fishing and dune buggies as the way forward for Hemet as a man of vision.
Then again, Rasputin had a sketchy background, too.

Andrea Feodorov, Hemet

City administration responds

Mr. Parker’s idea is not to create something but to build on what is already here.
The vision was created by people who have lived in this valley for many years, some were even born and raised here. So, I stand by my comment, opinion, and statement when Mr. Parker was hired, which is: “He is exactly what this city needs.”

Linda Krupa
Hemet City Council

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