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Housing Diversity Committee – Upcoming Events


Fall Business Meetings – October 11-14

  • Long Beach Women’s Council of REALTORS® Installation Reception – October 10, 6:30 p.m – 11:00 p.m.
  • Fair Housing and Diversity Forum – October 11, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Fair Housing Policy Committee – October 11, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Diversity Committee – October 12, 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • ReImagine Conference & Expo – October 11-13,
  • Long Beach All Voices – Wednesday, Oct. 12, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Silver Linings – Down Market Opportunities for Underserved Communities – Thursday, 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Major Brand DEI Officer Panel – Thursday, 3:35 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
  • Multicultural Group 2022 Conferences NAHREP at L’Attitude – September 22- September 25 in San Diego
  • LGBTQ+ Alliance for Real Estate – September 28 – September 30 in Las Vegas
  • California Association of Real Estate Brokers (CAREB) – October 18 – October 22 in Los Angeles
  • Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) – October 20 – October 22 in San Diego

REINVESTMENT IN TEMECULA – GRANT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY TEMECULACA.GOV /GRANTS


  • $2.2 Million grant funding available to nonprofit organizations that provide services to Temecula residents. ($1.1 Million for FY22-23 and $1.1 Million for FY23-24.)
  • Nonprofit organizations can apply for a grant up to $50,000 (each year).
  • Fund services or programs that serve Temecula residents. Nonprofits can be located outside Temecula, but the services they provide with this grant must specifically serve Temecula residents.
  • Applicants must be an exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • Intended to serve Temecula families, youth, special needs, seniors, veterans, as well as the arts community, social services or any groups of Temecula residents that experience a narrowing of opportunities in proportion to their total population. Examples of past funding program have assisted Temecula’s children in foster care attending TVUSD, educational activities for youth, military families, veterans, cancer patients, senior citizens, hospice care, and more.
  • This grant covers services provided March 20, 2020 – June 30, 2024 not otherwise paid for by other grant funding.
  • Grant funds are not for capital projects, such as building improvements, or for scholarships, salaries or debts. Grants are to be used to pay for expenses associated with charitable goods and services that specifically benefit Temecula residents.
  • Grants do not require a match.
  • The grant application was made available on July 1, 2022. The deadline to submit is Monday, September 12, 2022. Awards will be decided/announced at a City Council Meeting in November 2022.
  • All information including the application is online at TEMECULACA.GOV/GRANTS
  • Applications may cover projects moving forward; however, grants are available to cover expenses incurred from March 20, 2020 to June 30, 2024.

The City of Temecula is honored to present these grants at a time when inflation is at record highs and resident needs may be critical.

CURRENT FACTS AND STATS

  • Population: 109,925
  • Median Age: 36.1 years old
  • Household Income: $143,718 – Up 8.3% from 2021
  • Number of Jobs: 55,400 Up 0.5% from 2021
  • Temecula Unemployment (June 2022): 3.1%
    • This is lower than 4% State/County & 3.6% National

Number of Permits Issued City comparison:

Issuance is higher than pre-pandemic

Total Building Permits
2019: 3121 issued.
2020: 3,486 issued.
2021: 4,652 issued.
First Quarter 2022: 1,257
First Half 2022: 2,659

New Residential Units
2019: 63
2020: 272
2021: 456
First Quarter 2022: 207
Permits Issued for Projects valued at over $100K+ 2019: 108
2020: 306
2021: 486
First quarter 2022: 86

PROJECTS SCHEDULED FOR 2022

  • Ynez Road (from Rancho Vista to Santiago) – Slurry/Paving – Will be complete mid-August 2022 (in process; also restriping for two lanes northbound)
    Slurry/Paving August/September through November:
  • Areas in Meadowview
  • Paloma Del Sol
  • Paseo Del Sol
  • Community between Rancho California Road and Rancho Vista (west of Meadows Parkway)
  • 1-15 French Valley Parkway …. Breaking ground in December. (adds two lanes northbound 1-15 from Winchester to 215)
  • We’ll be landscaping the Temecula Parkway Interchange and will eventually accommodate a beautiful display of Native American public art once approved by the Pechanga Tribe.
  • Working on extending Overland bridge to Diaz Road.

PARKS/TRAILS

  • Just added a 4th Pump Track (2 were added in 2022)
  • Just opened the Old Town Creek Walk … which is a segment of the “Temecula Loop”
  • Community Rec Center at Ronald Reagan Sports Park. This will be a complete renovation. It includes an expansion and reconfiguration of teen center; conversion of office space to accommodate a dedicated police substation; renovation of key components throughout the building. In design.
  • Also at Ronald Reagan Sports Park – New bathrooms and concession stand nearing completion. Demolished old building which is now being replaced.
  • Also at Ronald Reagan Sports Park – We are also rebuilding our in-line Hockey Rink and Skate Park.
  • Margarita Recreation Center Under construction and anticipating grand opening in Summer 2023.

FOODIE SCENE

  • Cork Fire Kitchen at Temecula Creek Inn: 2021 “Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator Magazine.
  • Temecula’s Bushfire Kitchen named one of “2022’s America’s Hottest Startup Fast Casuals”
  • Old Town’s Be Good restaurant was just featured in Forbes.
  • Some restaurants /coffee places have opened in the City from July 21-July 22.

Tacos and Beer
Landeros Mexican Grill Crumbl Cookies
Dos Hermanos Artisans Adelaide’s
Margaritas Cocina ‘and Cantina Bastards American Canteen East Coffee (2 new locations)

Papafeta
Kung Fu Tea
Angry Chickz
Wing Stop (add’I Location) Nana’s Tamales
Avery Tea
The Sushi Sushi
My Happy Plate
Rival Coffee
The Local Provisions Cotijas Taco Shop
The Coffee Shop
Cookie Plug

  • New places to eat soon (in process of opening):
    • Benihanas (at old Soup Plantation),
    • Long Horn Steak House (at old Marie Callendars and under construction now)
    • Silverlake Ramen and
    • Better Buzz will open in September (on Temecula Pkwy)

AT THE MALL

Edwards Theater — check out the 4DX. Your movie seats move, weather effects like lightning, rain and wind. It’s an EXPERIENCE (competing with home movies like Netflix, etc.)

Large Private Projects Submitted to Planning:

  • 475,000 square feet -Large Luxury Hotel – Temecula Resort & Spa. Proposed on east side of Front Street between 1st and 2nd Street. Under review.
  • 500,000 Square foot- Higher end complex of apartments on Jefferson. Originally was going to be hotel units; now it appears rentals only. Under review.
  • New 18,000 Square foot building in Old Town. To left of Palomar Hotel. Under review.
  • Citywide 153,000 total of new industrial space is in the planning pipeline.

PUBLIC SAFETY /POLICE:

  • With all the visitor, attractions, and events Temecula has to offer. .. SUCH AS Rod Run, the Balloon and Wine Festival, a regional mall, the casino, Old Town, numerous hotels, and 3.5 million visitors each year as a destination City … we are the 16th Safest City in the Nation! This is achieved through intentional budgeting to provide high staffing levels in the police department to blanket the city at all times.
  • Of the City’s $103 Million Budget, 57% is spent on Public Safety. Our highest priority.
  • Even though our population is slightly down (2.4%), we are adding more public safety in 2022 as follows:
    • hiring 5 new sworn officers
    • hiring 1 new Community Services Officer
    • Purchasing two new police motorcycles.
    • This equates to 5 additional Patrol Hours per day.
    • This staffing level surpasses our goal of 1 officer per 1000 residents.

PUBLIC SAFETY/FIRE

  • On the fire-side of the house:
    • We are well staffed with 4-fire fighters per engine, including two trained paramedics.
    • 2022: Purchasing 2 new medic squad trucks for emergency responses.

BUDGET:

  • The majority of the City’s budget is generated by Sales Tax.
  • Temecula ranks in the TOP 13% of retail sales generators in the State.
  • This Fiscal Year, which started July 1st, we anticipate over $84 Million (Both Measure S and General sales tax) to be generated.
  • And, what’s important here is that nearly HALF of this amount is estimated to come from VISITORS who do NOT live in Temecula. So, thank you to our tourism industry / visitors for about $42Million Dollars which we reinvest in public safety and infrastructure.
  • Visitors. Each year we welcome approximately 3.5 million NONLOCAL visitors. These are visitors who travel over 50 miles to Temecula. This number was down to 2.3 million due to COVID in 2021 but we expect it to rise to the normal 3.5 Million in 2022.
  • $103 Million annual operating budget and we set aside 25% for emergency reserves. The City remains fiscally strong and a great place for residents and businesses to invest.

QLMP

  • Draft Update to our Quality of Life Master Plan will be presented to each of the Commissions this month. These are open public meetings you may attend.
  • Draft will also be placed online for a few weeks for public input/review as well.
  • Check out TemeculaCA.gov/qlmp for details.

Quick Guide: Fair Housing Laws


A convenient PDF has been created and is available to download.

  1. EQUAL ACCESS TO HOUSING FOR ALL: All housing in California is available to all persons. Discrimination (the practice of treating someone unequally) is prohibited by law.
  2. LAWS: Multiple federal and state laws, along with applicable local ordinances, make up “fair housing laws.” Primarily, these laws are the: Federal Fair Housing Act (FHA); California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA); and California Unruh Civil Rights Act (Unruh).
  3. WHO/WHAT ENTITY IS REQUIRED TO COMPLY: Providers of housing accommodations – sellers, landlords, sublessors, property managers, real estate licensees, real estate firms, HOAs – or financial assistance services- lenders, insurance companies – are all subject to fair housing laws.
  4. PURPOSE: Prohibit discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of residential housing against any person based on that person’s belonging to, association with, possessing, or perceived membership in protected classes or characteristics.
  5. PROTECTED CLASSES/CHARACTERISTICS: The following list identifies protected classes and characteristics:
    • Race
    • Color
    • Ancestry
    • National Origin
    • Religion
    • Sex
    • Sexual Orientation
    • Gender
    • Gender Identity
    • Gender Expression
    • Marital Status
    • Age
    • Primary Language
    • Immigration Status
    • Medical Condition
    • Citizenship
    • Familial Status (family with child under 18)
    • Disability (Mental & Physical)
    • Members of military or Veterans
    • Source of Income (Section 8 Voucher)
    • Criminal History
    • Any arbitrary characteristic
  6. BEST PRACTICES to AVOID Violating Fair Housing Laws:
    • A. Selection of location/neighborhood, property features, price range and other considerations should come from the buyer/tenant.
    • B. Real estate licensees should provide complete and objective information to all clients based on the client’s selection criteria and not selectively provide information to clients based on protected class or characteristics.
    • C. Real estate licensees should provide the same professional courtesy in responding to all inquiries, sharing of information, and offers of assistance to all clients and prospects.
    • D. Housing providers should not make any statement or advertisement that directly or indirectly implies preference, limitation, or discrimination regarding any protected class or characteristic.
    • E. Housing providers should use a selection process relying on objective information about a prospective buyer’s offer or tenant’s application and not seek any information that may disclose any protected classes or characteristics. This will ensure the same qualification criteria and procedure will be used and equal terms and privileges will be made available.
    • F. Reasonable accommodation requests or reasonable modification requests should be handled in a prompt manner with an interactive process if immediate approval is not available.
    • G. Be aware of possible unconscious bias and act consciously to treat all equally.
  7. PENALTIES
    • A. Violations of various fair housing laws may result in monetary civil fines, injunctive relief, compensatory and/or punitive damages, and attorney fees and costs.
    • B. A violation of DRE regulations or real estate laws prohibiting housing discrimination by a real estate licensee may result in the loss or suspension of the licensee’s real estate license.
    • C. REALTOR® ORGANIZATIONS PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION: NAR Code of Ethics Article 10 prohibits discrimination in employment practices or in rendering real estate license services against any person because of race, color, religion, sex handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity by REALTORS®.

National Fair Housing Month


California Department of Real Estate Industry Advisory

1651 Exposition Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95815
(877) 373-4542
https://www.dre.ca.gov/

April is National Fair Housing Month, which commemorates the passage of the Fair Housing Act in April 1968. As part of its commitment to the principles of fair housing, the Department of Real Estate (DRE) wants to remind licensees about the important California laws intended to address housing discrimination.

Prohibitions on Housing Discrimination

Many California laws relate to prohibiting discriminatory housing practices. Among these are:

  1. The Unruh Civil Rights Act, which protects Californians from arbitrary and intentional discrimination by business establishments, including in housing and lending transactions, on the basis of personal characteristics;
  2. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which covers real estate-related transactions and, among other things, imposes liability for practices that have discriminatory effects, even if unintentional; and
  3. The Holden Act, which prohibits discrimination related to housing financing.

Last year, the state Legislature passed the Fair Appraisal Act, which will require that every sales contract for real property made after July 1, 2022, include a notice stating that the property appraisal must be unbiased, objective, and not influenced by personal characteristics. DRE licensees, among others, will be required to deliver this same notice when involved in the refinancing of a residential real estate property of up to four units.

Generally, discrimination in housing is illegal if it is based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, familial status (such as households with children under 18), source of income, disability (mental and physical), medical condition, genetic information, age (with the exception of senior-only housing), citizenship, primary language, or immigration status.

Some of these protected characteristics are further defined by statute. For example, the definition of “sex” includes pregnancy, childbirth, or medical conditions related to either of these conditions. Additionally, definitions for some protected characteristics include the perception that the persons have one or more of these characteristics or that they are associated with a person who has or is perceived to have any of these characteristics.

California Real Estate Law

In addition, California Real Estate Law describes several prohibited practices (Commissioner’s Regulation 2780). The following conduct, when based on discriminatory intent, are some of the prohibited practices listed in the regulation:

  • Refusing to negotiate the sale, rental, or financing of a property.
  • Refusing to show, rent, sell, or finance a property, provide information about a property, or steering a person away from a property.
  • Discriminating in soliciting or negotiating the sale or purchase of property, in loan servicing, or in soliciting or negotiating mortgage loans.
  • Discriminating in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale, rental, or financing the purchase of property.
  • Representing to any person that property is not available for inspection, sale, or rental when such property is in fact available.
  • Processing an application more slowly or otherwise acting to delay or avoid the sale, rental, or financing of the purchase of property.
  • Refusing or failing to cooperate with or assist another real estate licensee in negotiating the sale, rental, or financing the purchase of property.
  • Soliciting sales, rentals, or listings of real estate from any person, but not from another person within the same area because of differences in a protected characteristic.
  • Providing information or advice to any person concerning the desirability of particular property or area that is different from information or advice given to any other person.
  • Making or publishing any notice or advertisement concerning the sale, rental, or financing of the purchase of property that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination.
  • Quoting or charging someone a price, rent, or cleaning or security deposit for a particular property that is different from the price, rent or security deposit quoted or charged to any other person because of a difference in a protected characteristic.
  • Making any effort to instruct or encourage licensees to engage in any discriminatory act in violation of a federal or state fair housing law.

Further, panic selling is specifically highlighted as a prohibited practice (Business and Professions Code section 10177(l) and Commissioner’s Regulation 2781). Panic selling involves soliciting the sale or lease of a residential property because of the loss of value, increase in crime, or decline in the quality of schools due to the presence or prospective entry into the neighborhood of a person of a protected characteristic.

As a part of reasonable supervision requirements, brokers must familiarize employees, affiliated licensees, and staff with the requirements of federal and state laws related to prohibiting discrimination (Business and Professions Code section 10177(h) and Commissioner’s Regulation 2725).

Department of Real Estate

DRE takes complaints about discrimination very seriously. We investigate complaints of discriminatory practices and will pursue disciplinary action against licenses, when appropriate. Additionally, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing enforces and prosecutes violations of FEHA and the Unruh Act. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) investigates complaints related to discrimination under the federal Fair Housing Act and other civil rights violations in housing and community development programs. All of these agencies refer complaints to one another to make certain that all appropriate actions are considered and pursued.

DRE licensees should become familiar with all aspects of the fair housing laws that prohibit discrimination in housing and are strongly encouraged to advise their clients about the requirements of these laws. Additionally, regardless of instructions or requests received from their clients, licensees may not engage in, participate in, or assist any person to engage or participate in a discriminatory housing practice. Good faith participation in advancing a client’s demands that are discriminatory under FEHA is not a defense to civil or administrative liability or to a DRE license disciplinary proceeding.

DRE remains committed to educating licensees and the public about fair housing law requirements, enforcing violations when they occur, and working with licensees to reduce discrimination in housing.

Housing Diversity Committee Newsletter: April 2022


EVENTS

April 20th 11:30 am – 1pm: Building a Strong Business Credit Profile

About this event

As a highly successful realtor, broker, credit repair expert, and former law enforcement officer, Cornelius Jackson uses his wealth of skills and experience to run his company, CLJ Enterprise Inc. We want to help Realtists run their business like a business. Building a Strong Business Credit Profile allows Realtist to do several things:

  • Free Up Cash
  • Engage in Marketing and Advertising Consistently
  • Finance Cars, Equipment and even Investment Property in Business

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HOW TO OBSERVE FAIR HOUSING MONTH

  1. Support to end discrimination in housingTake part in activities that support the elimination of housing discrimination in your community or country.
  2. Welcome people of different backgrounds to your neighborhoodGive a warm welcome to people moving in your community or belonging to a different background, race, or color.
  3. Arrange seminars to create awareness about housing discriminationPromote awareness for housing discrimination, let people know about this issue, and encourage them to raise their voices against it.  
  4. WHY IS FAIR HOUSING MONTH IMPORTANT
    1. Prohibits discrimination: Fair Housing Month helps in banning discrimination that is based on race, religion, gender, and family status.
    2. Prosper communities: It assists in breaking old patterns of segregation and builds a prosperous community.
    3. Promotes affordable housing: It has helped in making affordable housing possible for many working families belonging to different backgrounds, races, and colors.
    4. Nationaltoday.com

Fair Housing Grants

Fair Housing grants support state and local REALTOR® Associations’ activities that create or improve systems, programs, and policies that uphold fair housing laws and strengthen REALTORS® commitment to offering equal professional service to all.

Additional information available on the NAR Fair Housing website.

Tips and information to provide equal professional services for all, in compliance with the Fair Housing Act.
https://www.nar.realtor/fair-housing-corner

Housing Diversity Committee Meeting

Open to SRCAR® Members

We invite you to join us the 2nd Thursday of every month at 9:00am via zoom to share ideas and collaborate in bringing forth our mission.

Mission:
To foster unity, equity, diversity and inclusion in the real estate industry.

Meetings are currently online via Zoom

Deliberately Fair Housing

Check out the Deliberately Fair Housing Facebook group. Fair Housing & Equality for All! Please note this group is not monitored by SRCAR®

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Complete the Fairhaven Training
Show your commitment to fair housing by accessing Fairhaven, NAR’s innovative training platform that uses the power of storytelling to help REALTORS® identify, prevent, and address discriminatory practices in real estate.

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