Wednesday, October 28, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.
The years long saga over the installation of a Spanish-language radio tower in an unincorporated area adjacent to the city of Yucaipa is finally over.
Let’s qualify that statement. It’s over unless the losers try and file a frivolous lawsuit in an effort to delay it.
Lazer Broadcasting has been attempting to expand its transmission coverage area into the Hemet Valley. The newly-approved antenna will do that five-fold.
Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, on a 4-0 vote, gave the 40-foot plus tower and accompanying 100-square foot equipment structure final approval.
The supervisors, during a public hearing with Janice Rutherford absent, unanimously voted to deny an appeal by a local group led by Redlands-based lawyer John Mirau of the county planning commission’s approval of the project.
Earlier this year InlandPolitics.com went out to the proposed tower site to view a static pole placed at the location by proponent Lazer.
Guess what? You can’t see the tower from Wildwood Canyon Park. As a matter of fact, you can’t even see the antenna from the access road unless you use binoculars.
That’s right. I said binoculars!
Some county supervisors and/or their staffers also went out to view the proposed location.
They had the same opinion.
At the public hearing, dozens of people spoke in support or opposition to the the antenna, with some comments carrying a racially-tainted view.
Yucaipa Mayor Dick Riddell once again looked like the fool. In his comments to the board, Riddell complemented outgoing Supervisor Neil Derry for his outstanding service and representation to the Third District.
The only problem?
Riddell supported Derry opponent and incoming Supervisor James Ramos, who defeated Derry on November 6.
Many observers of this battle have speculated that Lazer competitor, Liberman Broadcasting, is funding the opposition to this project to stifle its local competition.
One general observation here? Mirau and Riverside-based O’Reilly Public Relations, who was also involved in this fight, usually don’t work for free.
One black-eye for Mirau?
A letter, purportedly written by Ramos opposing the project in its current form and requesting a continuance, was submitted into the record. The only problem? Ramos informed Board Chair Josie Gonzales he wrote no such letter.