Members of the community are invited to help the City Council celebrate the City’s 10th Birthday. It is a time to celebrate our success and resiliency. The reception will begin at 7:00 pm right before tonight’s Council meeting.
There will be a few special presentations and we will have guest singers Felipe Orozco and Jacqui Barajas perform a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” We hope to see you as the City celebrates this historic milestone.
Celebrating the City’s 10th Birthday
WHEREAS, In 2011, a group of residents in the communities of Belltown, Glen Avon, Indian Hills, Jurupa Hills, Mira Loma, Sky Country, Pedley, Rubidoux, and Sunnyslope led an effort to establish their own city. The measure passed with an effective date of July 1, 2011. Voters also elected to name the new city Jurupa Valley and selected the first city council members from a slate of 16 candidates; and
WHEREAS, The first City Council meeting was held at Patriot High School on July 1, 2011, with the City Council taking action on 40 agenda items, including appointing Laura Roughton as Mayor and Verne Lauritzen as Mayor Pro Tem; and
WHEREAS, Two days prior to incorporation, the City of Jurupa Valley was faced with an unprecedented fiscal crisis, when lawmakers in Sacramento redirected statewide vehicle license-fee revenue from cities to the state. For Jurupa Valley, this meant a drastic 47 percent drop in revenues; and
WHEREAS, in September 2015, Governor Jerry Brown made a historic visit to Jurupa Valley City Hall where he signed Senate Bill 107, which remediated many of the outstanding debts of Jurupa Valley and allowed the City to greatly improve ongoing citywide services; and
WHEREAS, in 2017, the City Council approved the General Plan, which is the primary tool to guide the development and character of Jurupa Valley. The preparation of the General Plan was the culmination of several years' work by the General Plan Advisory Committee and the Planning Commission; and
WHEREAS, in the years since incorporation, the City of Jurupa Valley has added to its residential growth, while holding onto its unique qualities. The City has rehabilitated streets; incorporated environmental justice into the General Plan, built a New City Hall building, provided public safety services, adopted fiscal policies, formed a Healthy Jurupa Valley Initiative; implemented safe routes to school programs; and enhanced the well-being and quality of life for our residents.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Lorena Barajas, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby acknowledge that our community has much to be proud of as we celebrate our 10th birthday.
As we commemorate this key milestone in the City’s history, I encourage all citizens to join us as we honor our past while looking towards a bright future.