On December 6th, with the help of our Sponsor, Western Riverside Council of Governments, a packed audience gathered at the Riverside Convention Center for the BIA’s Holiday Legislative Affairs Committee Luncheon. We heard from WRCOG’s Executive Director Rick Bishop who gave a brief review of the year. Bishop also expounded on the partnership WRCOG enjoys with BIA, highlighting several areas of collaboration in finding ways to deal with the burdensome statewide regulations affecting the housing market.
Outgoing Supervisor Marion Ashley gave the keynote address, touching on the current state of Riverside County, and the growth he has personally seen and fostered during his 16 years as a County Supervisor. Ashley recounted several anecdotes of his time on the Board, working in partnership with the BIA and others to champion building in Riverside County.
Supervisor Ashley was honored by the BIA and presented with a plaque commemorating his time on the board of Supervisors and long friendship to the building community.
To wrap up the meeting and the year, Chapter CEO Bill Blankenship honored the outgoing Board President Chris Edgar of Pulte homes, along with representatives from the offices of Senators Roth and Morell, Assemblyman Medina and Congressman Ken Calvert.
The BIA would like to thank Supervisor Ashley for addressing the luncheon and for his many years of service. We wish him well in his retirement and all his future endeavors.
Our next Legislative Affairs Committee Luncheon will be taking place on March 1st at the Riverside Convention Center.