11:01 PM PST on Sunday, December 20, 2009
By DUG BEGLEY and RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
Getting a development done in San Jacinto, like many places in Southern California, is a matter of preparation and communication.
It’s having the right permits, making the necessary estimates of time and cost, and then selling that plan — just lines on a plat map — to local officials.
That takes face time. Whether it’s in a coffeehouse around the block from city hall or a developer’s home, the businessmen trying to build and the city leaders trying to encourage growth rub elbows, share stories, and talk about how to make development — inevitable in the region — harmonious with the city.
But sometimes those meetings, close encounters that are the bedrock of business in small cities such as San Jacinto, cross from perfectly legal to prosecutable.
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