Politics, Economics and Banning Pointe Truck Terminal | Letters to the Editor


Dear Editor,

A current hot issue is the proposed Banning Pointe truck terminal next to Sun Lakes. Although this is a current concern, it must be understood in Banning’s economic and political history, which is closely related. I came to the area in 1998 and lived in Banning.

Until at least the move from general elections to district representation, highly politically active individuals who many see as fully representative of the prohibitionist politics dominated by Sun Lakes.

These people seem to have been interested in the little bit north of the highway and east of Sun Lakes proper except to impose unnecessary and unreasonable burdens on businesses and deliberately or inadvertently redirected the big box stores that originally planned to open in Banning towards Beaumont.

They blocked the Westward Extension through Sun Lakes from Sunset to Highland Springs which, for more than two decades, was a major contributor to the traffic choke point that is the Highland Springs Underpass.

Prohibition is a low per capita community, I believe most of the city’s revenue comes from government checks and anything driven by highway traveler spending. A significant portion of local occupations appear to be minimum wage.

Drugs and alcohol are drivers of welfare addiction, whether first-generation, multi-generational, or displaced from other communities. Same with the homeless population, which is largely driven by drugs and mental illness. Prohibition must develop an approach to dealing with addiction and mental illness in order to become economically viable.

Do not expect any help from the Department of Social Services in this regard, a successful attempt would result in cuts in the department. Moreover, outright banning of alcohol or drastic measures to suppress local consumption will be doomed to failure and significant public backlash.

Self-motivation should also be encouraged, as no one has ever managed to push a string.

I don’t have the data anymore, but I remember that at the time of the district representation change, the percentage of the entire population of Banning who voted was roughly equal to the population of Sun Lakes. That’s not to say that Sun Lakes dominated the vote at that time (Sun Lakes would have a higher percentage of community turnout), but it does suggest general community apathy.

Politicians come and politicians go, but the staff lingers forever, greatly influencing long-term politics. Staff can provide selective information to politicians, impede change, develop personal empires to be defended at all costs, and pursue pet agendas and projects that may not be in the ultimate interest of the city administration or the people. in general.

Businesses that pay a living wage and hire locals should be encouraged to locate in Banning.

On the other hand, I believe that most of the few employees at the Banning Pointe road terminal will live in other communities and much of the work will be automated.

Raising the minimum wage doesn’t work, lowering the cost of living does.

Rep. Ruiz and a former Banning staffer had only to resort to divisive “communities of color” rhetoric regarding the highway and Banning Pointe.

Sun Lakes, the community directly impacted by the highway terminal, is so blindingly white that you practically have to wear sunglasses when visiting after dark.

And, someone should let Dr. Ruiz know that if the highway did in fact obliterate Barrio Chancla, it happened around 1960 – more than a decade before he was born. A community action committee will not change that.

Allan McNew, Beaumont


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