Hummingbird Ranch – Almost Commercially Zoned

Saperstein’s Hummingbird Nest Ranch has begun the process of its commercial rezoning efforts and Simi Valley City Council has responded favorably, to no one’s surprise.  This from the Ventura County Star:

The Simi Valley City Council on Monday night heard a prescreening for an application to turn the 123-acre private property near Kuehner Road and Highway 118 into Hummingbird Nest Resort and Spa.

The main components — 42 new casita buildings, a new fitness facility and spa with swimming pools — were more than good enough to move the process along Monday night.

This project became of interest to me personally months ago when campaign funding questions were raised, a controversy that has since fizzled.

David Saperstein, owner of Hummingbird Nest Ranch, donated thousands of dollars to the Miller and Sojka campaigns as “bundled” donations, meaning they exceeded campaign donation limits but were donated under the names of multiple family members, each at the maximum donation rate. For details, see this article on financial filings.  Both Miller and Sojka returned the funds after they were re-elected stating that it would be inappropriate to keep the donations considering Saperstein has a project scheduled to come before the council.

Influence probably wasn’t necessary, as Simi Valley leaders fell in love with the property and its owners almost as soon as it came to life.  And the quotes in The Star by Glen Becerra and former mayor Bill Davis clearly indicate the level of enthusiasm.

“Come back and knock our socks off,” said Councilman Glen Becerra.

Former Simi Valley Mayor Bill Davis spoke out in favor of the project.

“This has the potential of being one of the nicest facilities in the country,” Davis said.

As a believer in making strategic decisions during rough economic times, I can see the positive fiscal impact of the proposed project on Simi Valley and can see this moving forward rapidly.  If you believe otherwise, please share your thoughts here.

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