The Altum Group has embarked on a new community service activity in partnership with the Find Food Bank of the Coachella Valley. The Find Food Bank provides food to persons who suffer from hunger and malnutrition. They provide this service directly through their organization as well as their partner agencies who provide food to over 80,000 people in the Coachella Valley.
Hunger is not something that exists in some far off place, it happens right here in our community. In California, 1 of 6 children go to bed hungry every night and often go to school hungry which prevents them from learning and achieving their full potential. Many Senior Citizens face hunger and they often need to make hard choices such as paying rent or medical costs instead of food. In the Coachella Valley we are so blessed to have so much and it is heartbreaking that we have such a high degree of hunger in our community. In response, Altum Group employees have started a regular collection of non-perishables for the Find Food Bank. Non-Perishables include canned goods, pasta, peanut butter, tuna fish, cereal, breakfast bars, rice, beans, lentils, and baby food. Employees have set a goal to donate items each week for delivery to the Find Food Bank.
You can learn more about the FIND Food Bank, by visiting: http://www.findfoodbank.org/
The Altum Group is excited to share that on December 6, 2017, the Commercial Choice Trucking (CCT) project was approved by the City of Colton City Council. The project seeks to establish a small 5 truck trucking company on a 15,000 square foot lot in South Colton, and required a Conditional Use Permit, Parcel Map, and a Site Plan Review.
The Project was initially denied by the Planning Commission in September with objections from two neighbors. The CCT project team, including The Altum Group’s Nancy Ferguson, prepared a comprehensive presentation to go with the appeal to the City Council. In October, City Council heard testimony from the project team and City staff and continued the public hearing to provide time for CCT to work with the surrounding neighborhood to resolve their issues and for City staff to prepare a resolution for approval of the project with conditions. The project returned to City Council on December 6 and was approved 6-0 with one councilmember absent. Moreover, after the hearing, the most vocal critics of the project approached the applicant and welcomed him to the neighborhood.
Rendering provided by Commercial Choice Trucking
The Altum Group is excited to share that the City of Coachella’s Planning Commission has reviewed and recommended all aspects of the Raven Ridge Project be approved by the City Council. The project involved all divisions of the Altum Group collaborating to adapt to the demands of this ever-changing project’s needs. Raven Ridge is the City of Coachella’s first Market-Rate Multifamily housing project, and required two significant variances from the City’s Ordinance for Minimum Dwelling Unit size and Parking Requirements.
The Raven Ridge project seeks to develop a 9.69-acre site into a multi-family residential development consisting of 242 living spaces. The site will include: nine different floor plans with 1 and 4 bedrooms, ranging from 527 square feet to 1,654 square feet; a 3,000 square foot daycare facility with a 2,000 square feet outdoor play area; a pool and spa located next to a 5,000 square foot recreation building, and various other recreational amenities for residents throughout the site.
We look forward to the successful entitlement of C1257 Raven Ridge before 2017’s year-end, and transitioning immediately to Final Engineering and Construction Staking services by 2018’s start.
Renderings made by KTGY Group, inc.
The Altum Group is proud to be a sponsor of the 2017 World Association of Marching Show Bands (WAMSB) World Championship. This year’s event is the first to be held in the United States and is hosted by the Palm Springs High School Spirit of the Sands Band. The event runs from Nov 28 – Dec 2.
The event offers our communities an invitation to appreciate and respect the diversity and uniqueness of each performing ensemble, the regions from which they come from, and the countries that each represent. This year’s competition includes bands from the Czech Republic, Germany, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, USA, and more!
This year’s WAMSB Palm Springs World Championship event is coordinated by Altum Group president, Michael Peroni and his wife Cecilia, who, for three decades, have contributed to the lives of the students and the community of Palm Springs by sharing their lives and talents during the Palm Springs Invitational Tournaments. This year Mike and Cecila provided countless hours in hosting the wonderful bands who have come to participate in the first World Association of Marching Show Bands World Championship to be held in the United States.
Founded in 1991, the WAMSB and its volunteers have strived to connect marching show bands from around the world to facilitate communication and deliver the beauty of music. 26 years later the WAMSB is a worldwide network of marching show bands, hosting international competitions and sharing their charitable and educational interests.
For more information on the event visit: http://www.psworldmusic.com/Palm_Springs_World_Music/WAMSB_HOME.html
For more information about the World Association of Marching Show Bands, visit https://wamsb.org/
The Salton Sea Authority (SSA) has recently unveiled a new and improved website focused on creating a modern, information and interactive hub for SSA members and the public to learn more about the environmental issues at the Salton Sea and proposed solutions.
The Salton Sea is the largest inland lake in the State of California, and home to North America’s largest population of migratory waterfowl outside of the Everglades. The Sea provides nesting habitat to nearly two thirds of all migratory waterfowl (including 400 species of birds) traveling the Pacific Flyway. Although only in existence in its current form since 1906, the Sea serves as a stopover on the flyway as the increasing loss of habitat along the Pacific Coast to urban development has occurred. The Salton Sea’s ecosystem and economy are threatened by rising salinity levels and lowering water elevations, a trend expected to worsen due to massive agricultural-to-urban water transfers in December 2017. While proposed solutions are controversial, the dust storms anticipated by the exposed playa, are expected to have devastating effects to ecological and human health and the area economy.
The Altum Group encourages everyone in the community to learn more about the Salton Sea and actively participate in SSA’s upcoming workshops that will be conducted throughout the community!
The Salton Sea Authority is a joint powers authority formed by partner agencies including Imperial Irrigation District, Riverside and Imperial counties, Coachella Valley Water District, and Torres Martinez Tribe. SSA’s mission is to protect human health and revitalize the environment and economy of the Sea.
For more information, please visit the Salton Sea Authority website at: http://saltonseaauthority.org/
By: Audrey Nickerson
The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) established the world’s first comprehensive program of regulatory and market mechanisms to achieve reduction in greenhouse gases. Based on the 2013 Scoping Plan Update by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), California is on course to achieve the near-term 2020 emissions limit. With the 2020 goal originally established in AB 32 within our grasp, people are starting to wonder “what about post-2020?” The California legislature has been tackling this question, and two bills were just signed by the governor that provide concrete goals for greenhouse gas reduction beyond 2020: Senate Bill 32 (SB 32) and Assembly Bill 197 (AB 197).
California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Emissions Limit (SB 32), requires California to reduce its GHG emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by December 31, 2030. The bill is short and sweet and does not introduce any explanation for how this goal will be accomplished, leaving the door open to innovation to solve the problem. The Assembly rejected SB 32 in 2015, but the Bill was then amended to remove the requirement that the State reduce petroleum usage by 50 percent by 2030.
State Air Resources Board: Greenhouse Gases: Regulations (AB 197), would instigate some major changes in how GHG emission reductions are set forth, and ultimately limit the authority of CARB. The Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies, created under AB 197, will oversee CARB’s emissions reduction efforts and make recommendations to the Legislature. Additionally, it requires CARB to prioritize emissions reductions that directly benefit polluted communities, which is the most controversial part of the Bill. CARB, which directs implementation of emission-reduction programs, will be required to target direct reductions in both stationary and mobile sources in communities that are negatively impacted by large GHG emitters.
On June 17, 2016, CARB released a 2030 Target Scoping Plan Concept Paper, which provides the overall framing for the Draft Scoping Plan, and lays out challenges and potential solutions for achieving the 2030 target under SB 32. The Concept Paper includes four potential concepts for achieving a 40% GHG reduction by 2030. CARB is currently holding public workshops to solicit comments on modeling efforts and scenarios for achieving the 2030 target. The most recent workshop was conducted on September 14, 2016, regarding the Transportation Sector. CARB has a webpage containing webcasts, additional information and updates on Scoping Plan Workshops to encourage public participation. As the Draft Scoping Plan is developed and refined, we will post updates and discuss how it will affect our communities and projects in the future.
Check out the full text of SB 32 and AB 197 for more information on California’s evolving GHG Regulations.
Throughout the month of August, The Altum Group stocked up students in need from around the Coachella Valley for back to school. The team donated backpacks filled with school supplies to three wonderful charities in the valley: Shelter from the Storm, Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and Martha’s Village and Kitchen. The staff of Altum joined in the giving spirit by spending their lunch break packing backpacks for the kids.
With the donation package ready, a team set out to deliver to the charities in anticipation of the beginning of the school year. In addition to Altum’s donation of school supplies, Altum staff went above and beyond by volunteering at the Annual Backpack Bonanza at the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. The organization is happy to have helped the students of the Coachella Valley and looking forward to another great school year!