Morning View Writes Dixon a Letter: 'Our Company Would Like to be a New Resident in Your Community'

The open letter says you can count on the project bringing 1,000+ high-income jobs in the first 6-12 months of operation.

Morning View LLC, the comapny looking to buy land in Dixon for the development of a massive movie studio, wrote the following open letter Tuesday touting in influx of jobs, tax revenue and and plenty more for the city of Dixon. 

Read it in full below, and share your thoughts in the comments. Please also consider writing a blog in reponse to the letter. (Posting is very simple).

Here's the full letter:

Our company would like to be a new resident in your community. We are excited about the idea of being here and are in discussion to purchase approximately 800 acres in Dixon and making it the home for our company. We make motion pictures and television programs with leaders in that industry. We have a policy to be open with the community so you know more about your potential neighbor. Here is a brief profile about us and what you can count on us to bring to Dixon:

• 1000+ high income jobs in the first 6-12 months of operations.
• 2000+ indirect jobs among businesses in the Dixon community that can serve our movie studio with needed services and supplies.
• Low cost electricity from our green studio’s solar farm that we will sell to the City of Dixon under a “Long Term Agreement,” to create a significant savings for waste water treatment and water pumping wells that currently are a large percentage of the City’s total budget.
• Training and intern programs for local residents in skills such as audio/visual, graphic art, computer animation and other technologies needed to secure full and part-time jobs in our studio, as well as the industry in general.
• Positive impact on the traffic count compared to the 1,400 homes and its related inhabitants originally proposed for the property where we propose to build.
• Immediate positive impact on local property tax revenues.
• Positive potential impact on Dixon property values in general.
• Compliance with Dixon’s “General Plan” that requires that all new developments pay their own way.
• Diversifying the tax base and creating a positive financial impact on local services.
• Lower the density of development for the acres to be occupied than the earlier proposed residential use.
• Be an environmentally, socially and financially responsible neighbor.
• Be a ‘good neighbor’ by inviting citizens of Dixon once the purchase of the property has been finalized to participate in a series of public forums where we will ask for input for improving our plans to best fit the community. We want to be here a long time and want our neighbors overall to be comfortable that we are.

What we will NOT do to the City of Dixon:

• We will not ask the City to pay for any of the costs related to this project, including but not limited to redevelopment, rezoning, and/or infrastructure improvement. We will pay our own way.

Morning View Studios, LLC, hopes this information is useful to you, the people of Dixon. The entire Morning View leadership team looks forward to the opportunity to be in Dixon and having a long and successful future in your community. In the coming weeks we will have a public meeting open to all to share with you our progress.

Carissa Carpenter and the leadership team of Morning View, LLC

If you'd like to write a blog in reponse to the letter, click here. If not, comment below. Bil Paul already weighed in on the situation, asking some pretty tough questions . 

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Gary Erwin August 22, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Carissa, thank you for your letter of clarification. I have studied all of the info that I could find about the studio and projected impacts.and to date I can not find a down side. I am sure that I feel like many other residents when I say Welcome to Dixon. We look forward to seeing the studios being built and their opening.
Nanci LaRue August 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I know it is early in the process & I have not done any research but I see many positive attributes on the surface. Jobs! That is never a 4 letter word. How many of the great kids we raise in our town will be headed to the tech sector for jobs in 5-10-15 + years? Seems that this studio would be able to benefit the schools by helping with that education as well as internships. In my opinion it beats a race track or a truck stop...hands down. I say we owe it our best attention with open minds.
Gary Erwin August 22, 2012 at 11:21 PM
For those of you that are interested in gaining some knowledge about the economics and benifits involved. http://www.marineconomicforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Grady+Ranch+BOS+Report+-+Final1.pdf
Ian Arnold August 23, 2012 at 12:14 AM
As I've said before, this is an incredible opportunity for Dixon. I've heard and read the negative comments--that the project is some type of "scam," or that it's not real. I've talked to many who question why it hasn't worked elsewhere. I believe I understand what happened in Vallejo and in Sutter County, but it doesn't hurt us to fact-check. A little due diligence on our part is certainly in order, but let's not throw up roadblocks. In my view, if Morning View has the financial wherewithal to purchase the properties, if the owners are willing to sell and if Piper Jaffray steps up with the infrastructure, I see no reason why the City of Dixon shouldn't do everything possible to help smooth the way for this project. I'm hoping the City Manager, City Attorney, elected and appointed officials and the business community will follow this project closely and will work to make it a reality.
Aaron August 23, 2012 at 01:41 AM
After doing some researching on the net I would say... Keep them at arms reach and keep the wallet in the pocket. Something doesn't feel right. That being said, there is nothing wrong with entertaining the idea of sellling the land. But, as soon as someone from this group asks for $$ for anything, run away fast. If the group does buy the land, I'll have a little more faith in the project. Until then, let them pick up the tab for everything. Not a dime should roll that direction.
Thom Bogue August 23, 2012 at 03:10 AM
When I first heard of this, it was Lucas Studios was comming to town. Now it is my understanding it is a private venture by Morning View Studio's. I believe some clarification is in order. What is the intent here and what exactly is the project? I am not a person who thrives on confusion as it causes me to ask questions and do research. I believe in the adage "Trust but verify". Could I see supporting this project? Sure. Am I getting my hopes up? No. Show me the money and I will start believing! Until then, it's all talk and we have seen this before! Believe me when I tell you, if this project is real and doesn't come to fruitation, it will not be because of Dixon government.
Gary Erwin August 23, 2012 at 03:32 AM
The close of escrow will be the next signal of this being more than wishful thinking. I'm keeping my wait and see stand for now. I've done so much research and made many calls...and the signals are still mixed... Note that this bit of confusion benifits the buyer in helping to keep the price of the land in a realalistic range.
Eva C August 23, 2012 at 03:16 PM
http://ibvallejo.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=962&Itemid=1 The comments in this article from 2010 do not point Carissa Carpenter in a good light. Seems like when this was first proposed there Lucas Films was mentioned but it was never involved. The same thing happened here.
Aaron August 23, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Thom, with that kind of attitude, you'll end up getting my vote again. :)
Chrissy August 23, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I think this is a great opportunity for our city and we should be proud that we were even considered for such a development.
Eva C August 23, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Yeah 3rd string, real proud.
C. Duncan August 23, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Mr. Bogue, How is it that I am not a city council member, and yet can do research and seem to know more about the investors who comprise Morning View LLC and how this process should work? Mr. Arnold, It sounds like you are doing your homework. That should bode well for your upcoming election campaign. Cindy Duncan, Dixon
Amanda B August 24, 2012 at 02:07 AM
It would be nice to know what kind of movie studio this will be before Dixon commits to it.
Gary Erwin August 24, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Amanda, A movie studio is like a blank slate...anything can be drawn (shot) in it. Studios like the one proposed can be contracted to make a move, TV show, print ad etc. If you do some research you can find out who is rumored to be the primary tenant. The studios can be rented by any movie company. Multiple movies can be shot simultaneously at the complex. They are keeping the name of their prime tenant under wraps in an attempt to hold their land purchase price down. I agree with this strategy. If the deal is real and if the rumored tenant is the real tenant this is a whopper of a deal.
Gary Erwin August 24, 2012 at 04:22 PM
There is much confusion surrounding the studio and who its primary tenant will be. When I first started my research on this (April-May) I thought it was Lucasfilm from Marin. I was very positive about the project knowing who the main backer was. The project hit a snag when the developer had issues getting the land they had targeted (north of Dixon) I suggested to a Council member that the George’s Orange area ought to be considered. Then the project went silent for a bit and when it came back into view things were very hush-hush as to the primary tenant. I want to share with you some of the info that helped me to understand who the “Anchor” tenant might be. http://www.thereporter.com/ci_20422618/vallejo-officials-eye-scuttled-lucasfilm-studio-project?IADID=Search-www.thereporter.com-www.thereporter.com
Jack August 24, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I've heard of the purchase of some of the land and now this very tempting letter but the only sources have been on a small web based newsy blog and the Independent(?) Rumor Rag. Why hasn't it been picked up by a legitimate news source? The Bee, The Reporter, New York Times? BTW, I thoroughly enjoy and trust the web based newsy blog. Keep up the good work.
Eddie Taranova August 24, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Keep on dreaming about the studio..She is fake,,fake,,FAKE..She is using the city to bring investors to invest and then she is gone..She did this in Lathrope California with Alan camby group and FBI was investigating her...She cheated Utah investors nout of $2,000,000 and she has 11 judgements against her..I just can not understand that a simple financial record would fix this...She deposited $250 in Morgan stanly to open a account to make believe,,,I had to be the party crasher,, But open your eyes before you get hopes too high...You will see..Just ask for 3 years of residency...She has been renting a room from a old lady and would not pay her the rent...There is no investors or money...It is a phantom company..Ask for a business liscence...She did this last year in Mare Island and,,,Just read the mare Island news paper..My email is registered and I do exist...Do not trust me...Look at Lathrope CA and Mare Island news...
Gary Erwin August 24, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Eddie, The City is aware of this. If it is true one would think that they would have shut it down. You mention the FBI, why have they not shut her down? Is it possible that you are mistaken? Give us links to her past arrests, trials etc. A link to a blog is nothing more than hear say.
Thom Bogue August 25, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Until property is purchased and a proposal is actually submitted to the city, this is nothing more than a "possible" transaction between private parties! Nothing more. The question then arises, what involvement should the city have in becoming a conduit of speculation? Have you seen or heard of a proposal coming before the planning commission? Until someone directly involved in this transaction request my assistance regarding this transaction, I do not feel it is any of my business. To date none of these people have approached me on this level, therefore at this point researching them is not on my agenda. I do believe those involved will do their due diligence. If it is on yours, then please do tell!
Eddie Taranova August 25, 2012 at 06:25 AM
Mr. Erwin, Only the time will decide..I just hate to see some good people get their hopes up and get disappointed...One simple open letter to the news paper gets the scam rolling by getting investors trapped..I am sure city officials are intelligent enough to see through this. The only thing that makes me wonder is that,,How could Bob Paul can write an article without a research? What is the name of the company and where is the corporate office of this huge realestate developer? Where is any projects that have actually been completed in past 8 years if any? Just google her in Lathrope CA and Mare Island CA.......It is what it is and I wish you all great luck in future..
Gary Erwin August 25, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Eddie, I would describe the town as being cautiously optimistic about this project. I believe that many understand the goals that need to be met before we really start to move/invest effort or money into this. The next signal that we await is the completion of the land purchase and the announcement of the anchor tenant. When this happens you should then see considerable movement within the community. If any locals have privately invested at this point I am sure they realize the risk. Consider that all of the negative rumors help keep the land prices in line and at the same time show the character of the town. If there was a negative movement that could impede or kill the project it would be exposed. Observe that there is no organized effort to oppose the studio and that the residents of the town are in neutral at this point. I think we should proceed with caution and let our officials do their job.
John Lewis Wright September 17, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Ok, so just to clarify its not this guy: http://www.manta.com/c/mrybyn3/morning-view-films-llc. I think what needs to be done is make sure that all the t's are crossed and i's are dotted. Essentially what we don't want is an elaborate insurance scam run by carpetbaggers, scallywags, trusts, liberal former radicals-cum pc status quo, etc. That's what they conspiracy theorists would have people believe 9/11 was all about. If this lady is for reals then she won't have a problem, regardless of her should having to or not, owning up to what people have said. That is what the conservatives once wanted of Bill Clinton. Fair is fair.
Gary Erwin September 23, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Robert Naylor is their legal counsel. As you can see in the link below he is a solid man. http://igs.berkeley.edu/people/nac/naylor.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_W._Naylor http://www.joincalifornia.com/candidate/5844
Gary Erwin September 23, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Jack, They want to be off of the radar this is also why Measure N is not good for them.
Bil Paul September 23, 2012 at 04:13 AM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned it, since the information is so freely available on the Web, but there's a small Morning View Films company in San Francisco (run by David Lewis) making gay-oriented films. You would think that Carissa Carpenter would've chosen a different name for her company in light of this. "Morning View" is an uncommon name.
Gary Erwin September 24, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I did not mention the other Morning View because I've read enough to know that it has nothing to do with our project. Okay so you are dong some searching...good but you still don't have the meat. As I have mentioned I've checked the names of the people behind this and it is a solid group.
Ian Arnold September 25, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I actually have a proposal. First the background: I appreciate what Ms. Riddle was attempting to do with her Sunshine Ordinance. I had some issues with it, so I waited patiently during interminable special meetings to have my voice heard. After hours of arguing over the definition of "City of Dixon," I feel Ms. Riddle's frustration is perhaps justified. Had I been a city council member, I'd have suggested staff draft a proposal, maintaining the intent of Ms. Riddle's proposal, and presented it for public review and comment. That didn't happen. Instead, the proposed ordinance was bogged down and essentially died. At that point, it was rewritten and presented to the voters. I absolutely can't support Measure N. I believe it will render Dixon ungovernable. Is it possible for a few of us (Ms. Riddle, one or two current electeds, staff, activists) to sit down together and draft a measure that is acceptable? If so, can we then all come together and recommend a "NO" vote on Measure N, with the caveat that the City will adopt the compromise? With all of the issues facing Dixon today, Measure N shouldn't be the hot-button issue it's become. If the Measure N proponents are willing to work together, so am I. www.ianfordixon.com
Jack September 25, 2012 at 04:28 AM
I especially like the part of Measure N that says there should be no time limit if any citizen wants to talk and talk and talk at a city council meeting. It will be a real challenge for any real city work to be discussed by the council members before midnight.


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