Statement from Councilman John Valdivia
Quality of life is critically important to residents in San Bernardino. After fielding several phone calls from residents complaining of the unpleasant odors originating from Co-West Commodities in December 2012, I coordinated with a local community-based activist agency and proactively sponsored a “Smelly Business Workshop” to address our residential concerns.
The intent was to conduct a resident-oriented workshop with the objective of creating awareness of the issue & equipping residents with complaint hotlines from surrounding agencies, including the regional air quality agency and the city of San Bernardino.
I salute the efforts of concerned residents within the Mt. Vernon and Valley College area of the City of San Bernardino. I have requested additional resources and support from our City Attorney, Community Development, and Code Enforcement departments at City Hall. Residents expect their tax dollars to work for them. They expect these efforts be applied to the alleged violations as they sit ready and willing to work in tandem with these & other agencies to address nuisance business practices that intrude on our community.