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RAGLM Board > Announcements > Dispelling any Rumors <--- Directly From Supervisor Jeffries' Office
2/5/2013 9:35:08 AM
Supervisor JeffriesReply: Hugh
I'm glad to learn Supervisor Jeffries is taking an interest in our community. That's one of the reasons I voted for him. I'm sure the "old" cronies are licking their wounds and looking for vengeance - otherwise there would not be all the rumors and misrepresentations.  
2/4/2013 10:36:50 PM
email?Reply: Michelle Randall

It would have added a little validity to have the email that was received attached to these comments.
2/4/2013 3:44:41 PM
Dispelling any Rumors <--- Directly From Supervisor Jeffries' OfficePost: Nathan

There have been a lot of creative rumors flying around the first district about Supervisor Kevin Jeffries’ approach to community organizations, appointments, and development, some spread by old political opponents, and some by people who just don’t know any better. This week, an e-mail was brought to our attention that managed to collect all of the mis-representations into one place. In the interests of clarity, and before some of these falsehoods gain a life of their own, I thought it might be best to actually point out some facts amidst the fiction:

1. One of the first actions Supervisor Jeffries took upon being elected was to conduct a personal tour of the greater Lake Mathews valley. He spent time meeting with local residents and community leaders to hear firsthand about the concerns and needs of the community. The Supervisor is also personally attending local community meetings and HOA meetings all across the First District—having already visited RAGLM twice since the election, for instance.

2. Supervisor Jeffries has publicly stated that rather than forcing community organizations to become MACs, as has been alleged, he actually prefers community organizations to be independent stand-alone organizations, precisely so that they can serve as an independent voices free from the bureaucracy and regulations that county regulated Municipal Advisory Councils (MACs) must adhere to. Supervisor Jeffries is the only member of the Board of Supervisors that actually resides in an un-incorporated community. His own community is in fact represented by an independent community based association. The Supervisor has repeatedly stated that he supports whichever form of organizational structure (MAC or Independent) that local citizens wish to utilize.

3. The Supervisor has stated during public meetings and to County planning staff that he strongly desires to protect and retain the rural life style of the Lake Mathews area. Any claim to the contrary by others is simply false. It should be noted that our office was recently surprised to learn that a large number of future homes in the area have already been approved for construction by the previous Supervisor. We have asked the County Planning Department for a precise number, but estimate the number is somewhere between 600 and 1500 new homes that were approved for the Lake Mathews community before Supervisor Jeffries was elected.

4. There is not going to be a district-wide appointee purge by Supervisor Jeffries. As with virtually any new elected official, whether it be a Mayor, congressman or a county Supervisor – new staff and new commission and/or committee representatives are routinely invited to join the newly elected team to help implement a new vision. Supervisor Jeffries served 29 years as a Riverside County Volunteer Firefighter and as a non-profit board member. During his service in elected offices, he has always kept an open door for new community members to join, serve, and bring a new level of enthusiasm to the community. His open door practice has not changed. The Supervisor desires to have a balance of new ideas and past experience on all his commissions and committees. Many previous appointees who desire and apply to stay will be invited to continue serving.

5. Supervisor Jeffries has wiped the insider slate clean. He has made it clear to his staff and appointees that while nobody will be excluded, neither will anyone (consultants, developers, special interest groups, etc.) have “special access” to the First District office – everyone is to be treated equally, fairly and professionally. We recognize this standard has upset some who may have enjoyed preferential treatment in the past, but that is how we will run our office.

Please feel free to pass this email along to any of your friends and neighbors who might have been concerned about these rumors, and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Warm Regards,

Kristen Huyck, Ed.D

Legislative Assistant

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries


(951) 955-1018 office

(858) 342-9168 cell

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