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His goals for Murrieta envision a safe family oriented community where residents live, work, and play. Rick's focus is to bring high paying employers to the area in order to take our citizens off the freeways and do away with the need for long distance commuting. At his urging, an economic development position was created and an experienced specialist hired to begin the campaign to sell Murrieta to prospective employers. As a member of the Riverside County Transportation Commission, he has lobbied for improvements to the I-15 and I-215 freeways and worked with CALTRANS to insure that our interchange projects remain on schedule. He is a strong proponent of public safety and has long supported police and fire department goals to insure necessary staffing levels and procurement of top of the line equipment. As a result of his strong advocacy, access to quality health care in the region has been ensured and vastly improved.
Rick was married to his wife Kathy for 45 years. Sadly, she passed away from cancer in December 2013, and he and his family are grateful to LLUMC-M and Hospice of the Valley for their amazing care and compassion. Rick has a son in the U.S. Air Force, another son working for the American Cancer Society in Sacramento, and a daughter, who lives in Murrieta with her husband and their two sons. Of his 5 grandsons, one graduated from Murrieta Valley High School in 2009 and another in 2012. His only granddaughter is now 18 months old.
Rick cares deeply about our community. He is running for re-election to the council to continue the city’s focus on Quality of Life, Public Safety, a Business Friendly Atmosphere, and Job Creation. His goal is to ensure that current and future residents experience the same great place to live and raise a family as he and Kathy enjoyed since arriving in 1999.
As a Councilmember for the past nine years, he has worked to make sure that the needs of our citizens guide city goal setting and decisions. Rick has no investment property in Murrieta, is not obligated to special interests, and believes government’s limited role is primarily to support the people and ensure that a high level of public safety is provided. Since his first election, Rick has used his characteristic common sense and experience-based practical approach to revamp the city’s leadership structure, and to lay out a transparent set of goals. His 2014 re-election will keep government responsive, efficient, and cost conscious
Designated by the United States Secretary of Commerce as a Member of the California Inland Empire District Export Council. Rick is currently serving as Chairman of this business executive group, whose task is to increase exports and foster domestic job creation.