On Wednesday, August 14th, the BIA’s Legislative Affairs Committee featured the four Mayors of California’s newest cities which all reside within the borders of Riverside County. Our guests included the City of Eastvale’s Mayor Ike Bootsma, the City of Wildomar’s Mayor Timothy Walker, the City of Menifee’s Mayor Scott Mann and the City of Jurupa Valley’s Mayor Verne Lauritzen. Mayor Lauritzen also serves as Chief of Staff to Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone.
The presentation uniquely focused on their individual experiences in office and collaboratively on their individual and shared experiences as Mayors of cities that incorporated immediately prior to an intense regional to global economic recession. The Mayors shared their experience in dealing with State politics and funding struggles between Sacramento and local government, their deep appreciation of the builder and development community’s return and the sign of opportunity we represent and their individual city’s development challenges that they seek to overcome.
The event was incredibly well attended and we would like to thank our generous sponsors, Stratham Homes for making the event possible. This occasion not only drove membership to the event looking to build relationships with the Mayors, it also served as an unexpected new membership driver with lots of new faces in our audience. The event hosted several updates from representatives of our newly elected state and county officials as well.
Please make sure to mark your calendar for the next Legislative Affairs Committee luncheon which will take place on October 2nd at Sevilla Restaurant in the City of Riverside from 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.