Closure of Lanterman brings Pomona multiple economic developmen...

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Housing, retail and open space. Those are just some of the potential uses for land occupied by Lanterman Developmental Center.
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Angry Man

Diamond Bar, CA

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Feb 16, 2010
 
Sure! Let's build another shopping center! Why is it that politicians can only see land as something to pave over? Oh, or a soccer stadium to go with the Roski stadium! Do these guys suffer from stadium envy? Next they can argue about who has the bigger one!
highdesertlady

Victorville, CA

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Feb 16, 2010
 
Here we go again. Take from those who cannot fight back! Never mind about the mentally challenged and low-functioning people who live there. Never mind about the employees who are dedicated to helping others. Just think of the almighty dollar the land will bring. Gee, wait a minute, maybe we can build some really big fancy homes on that hill and hope they don't end up in a mud slide down the road. I just love progress! Annie from Apple Valley, not Victorville.
Lisa

North Hollywood, CA

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Feb 16, 2010
 
highdesertlady wrote:
Here we go again. Take from those who cannot fight back! Never mind about the mentally challenged and low-functioning people who live there. Never mind about the employees who are dedicated to helping others. Just think of the almighty dollar the land will bring. Gee, wait a minute, maybe we can build some really big fancy homes on that hill and hope they don't end up in a mud slide down the road. I just love progress! Annie from Apple Valley, not Victorville.
So, true... What a sad story, kick them out for selfish needs. These peop[le have been living there, all their lives ;(
Rez

Valencia, CA

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Feb 16, 2010
 
I have an idea... why doesn't Mr. Majestic Reality who is building the stadium in wonderful city of industry (which is already paved over) donate funds to restore/update the facility to maintain its current function?

“Your bear to cross”

Since: Aug 09

Whittier, California

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#5
Feb 16, 2010
 
Hey, here's an idea: why don't we let the City of Industry annex the acreage so Ed Roski can build some more warehouses. Yeah, and then we would have more room for all of that stuff from china we just can't seem to live without.

Or, maybe they could just use it for a football stadium that has no team.

Just a thought.
SIGH

Santa Ana, CA

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Feb 16, 2010
 
Build another Shilo Inn
DUH

Pomona, CA

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Feb 16, 2010
 
Rez wrote:
I have an idea... why doesn't Mr. Majestic Reality who is building the stadium in wonderful city of industry (which is already paved over) donate funds to restore/update the facility to maintain its current function?
The Department of Developmental Services should sell of that property or transfer it to someone that can do something useful with it (perhaps Cal Poly). The facility was built to hold over 1,500 clients, today it holds less than 400. It is a bloated facility with it's own police force, fire protection and a staff that has never seen cuts to bring it inline with the number of clients it serves. Restoring or updating the facility to maintain its current function is clearly a waste of funds and letting lanterman remain open is keeping a dying center on life support, needlessly bleeding the state budget during a fiscal crisis.

Let's just hope Pomona doesn't screw this up...
UNFORTUNATE

Downey, CA

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Feb 16, 2010
 
Here we go again, more people out of work to allow developers/contractors (foriegn country money) and I think we all know who is buying up all the real estate in this area. Although, construction will create tmeporary building jobs with cheap labor until the work is completed, hope this will re-employ people in the community once the development is completed.
UNFORTUNATE

Downey, CA

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Feb 16, 2010
 
I AGREE, WHEN WILL WE STOP BUYING FORIEGN JUNK FROM FORIEGN COUNTRIES AND START DEVELOPING OUR OWN JUNK HERE TO SELL AND MAKE MONEY AND CREATE JOBS FOR U.S. CITIZENS. Stop with all the warehouse building's that stock foriegn junk.
Mike

North Hollywood, CA

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Feb 16, 2010
 
Rez wrote:
I have an idea... why doesn't Mr. Majestic Reality who is building the stadium in wonderful city of industry (which is already paved over) donate funds to restore/update the facility to maintain its current function?
That is a wonderful idea!
Mike

North Hollywood, CA

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Feb 16, 2010
 
madtaxpayer wrote:
shut up all you socialist wellfair big government lovers! Roski does not use one dime of taxpayers' money so what the hell you jerks are lipshiting about!
why Diamond Bar, Chino Hills, Walnut surrounding cities can attract rich Asians?
Mexicans and blacks in Pomona suck!
Hey, we all pay taxes... This isn't about that! I see you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. This is about taking avantage, of citizens that can't fight back!!!
Mike

North Hollywood, CA

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Feb 16, 2010
 
DUH wrote:
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The Department of Developmental Services should sell of that property or transfer it to someone that can do something useful with it (perhaps Cal Poly). The facility was built to hold over 1,500 clients, today it holds less than 400. It is a bloated facility with it's own police force, fire protection and a staff that has never seen cuts to bring it inline with the number of clients it serves. Restoring or updating the facility to maintain its current function is clearly a waste of funds and letting lanterman remain open is keeping a dying center on life support, needlessly bleeding the state budget during a fiscal crisis.
Let's just hope Pomona doesn't screw this up...
So, where do recommend, all the people that are mentally disabled go??? You know the one's that have been living there more than 30 years, that don't have anyone else??? Show some compassion, brain!
huh

Duarte, CA

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Feb 16, 2010
 
DUH wrote:
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The Department of Developmental Services should sell of that property or transfer it to someone that can do something useful with it (perhaps Cal Poly). The facility was built to hold over 1,500 clients, today it holds less than 400. It is a bloated facility with it's own police force, fire protection and a staff that has never seen cuts to bring it inline with the number of clients it serves. Restoring or updating the facility to maintain its current function is clearly a waste of funds and letting lanterman remain open is keeping a dying center on life support, needlessly bleeding the state budget during a fiscal crisis.
Let's just hope Pomona doesn't screw this up...
Well we probably won't have to worry about Pomona screwing it up.....I believe under State Law, Cal Poly will have first shot at buying the property. I suspect they will make every effort to do so and will develop it for their benefit.
Logic_Please

Pomona, CA

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Feb 16, 2010
 
Mike wrote:
<quoted text> So, where do recommend, all the people that are mentally disabled go??? You know the one's that have been living there more than 30 years, that don't have anyone else??? Show some compassion, brain!
The plan put forward my Lanterman is that the clients will be moved to other area Department of Developmental Services locations. The DDS will also do it's best to move it's workers were they will better serve their clients and try to minimize lay-offs. The department is trying to consolidate it's facilities to best serve its clients and the taxpayers of California.
anglarr

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Feb 16, 2010
 
"Saunders said a soccer stadium could go on the site and be occupied by a professional team. "

SOCCER IS " NOT " UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT
anglarr

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Feb 16, 2010
 
"Saunders said a soccer stadium could go on the site and be occupied by a professional team. "

SOCCER I would think is not " UNITED STATES " entertainment
Junping Jim

Pleasanton, CA

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Feb 16, 2010
 
Just watch, everyone around is going to try to get their greedy hands on that property.
spoon

Arcadia, CA

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Feb 16, 2010
 
The local merchants will be hurt by the loss of 1,300 middle class health care workers. What will take their place? Minimum wage Walmart jobs. The developmentally disabled people from Lanterman will get forced into group homes staffed by - again - minimum wage workers. And who will take over the property? A few rich contractors. See a trend here?
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Arcadia, CA

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Feb 16, 2010
 
madtaxpayer wrote:
shut up all you socialist wellfair big government lovers! Roski does not use one dime of taxpayers' money so what the hell you jerks are lipshiting about!
why Diamond Bar, Chino Hills, Walnut surrounding cities can attract rich Asians?
Mexicans and blacks in Pomona suck!
Did your parents raise you to be so incredibly ill mannered? I know many of the good people who live at Lanterman, and though they may have intellectual disabilities, they are far kinder and more humane in thought and deed than you show yourself to be on this forum.
Junping Jim

Pleasanton, CA

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#22
Feb 16, 2010
 
That land is owned by the people (state) and it should be preserved for the people either as a park or recreation area, or maybe a part of Cal Poly.

To hell with all the greedy developers, and stupid politicians with their pet projects.

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