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Larry McCallon was elected to the Highland City Council in November 2002. He is a Past President of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and represents the City of Highland and the City San Bernardino on its Regional Council. He is a City Member on San Bernardino County's Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO). He is also the Immediate Past President of the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA), where he is a member of its Administration, Plans & Programs, Major Projects, and Commuter Rail & Transit Committees. He is also a SBCTA alternate representative on the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) Board of Directors.
He is a past President of the League of California Cities Inland Empire Division and has received its James Thalman Memorial Public Service Award. He is also Past President of the League's Mayor and Council Members Department, serves on the League's Admin Services Policy Committee, and is a graduate of the League's Mayors and Council Members Leadership in Action Program. He has been awarded a Leadership Fellow Certificate of Achievement in the National League of Cities (NLC) Leadership program and is a graduate of the SCAG Regional Leadership Academy at USC. He received a Good Government Award from the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Southern California for his leadership, while SCAG President, in the noteworthy development of a Southern California Economic Recovery & Job Creation Strategy.
In 2005, the County Board of Supervisors appointed him to the San Bernardino County Indian Gaming Community Benefit Committee where he currently serves as the Chair. Prior to his position on the Council, McCallon was a City of Highland Planning Commissioner, a member of the City's Community Trails Committee, and served two terms as President of the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce.
McCallon served in the United States Air Force for 21 years and was awarded the Bronze Star medal during the Vietnam War. McCallon is a retired local businessman with 18 years experience as President and CEO of McFAM Corporation dba McCLEANERS. Prior to retirement, he also directed multi-million dollar aerospace development and production programs at the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He received the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce's Presidents Award in 1998, Business of the Year Award in 1999, and Member of the Year Award in 2000. He also received the 1999 Small Business Recognition Award from the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
In addition to his civic duties, McCallon is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Highland and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church's Global Outreach activities both locally and around the world. From 2000 to 2006, he was on the Board of Directors of the Arrowhead United Way, and he served on their Planning and Allocation Committee.
McCallon received two Bachelor of Science degrees from The University of Michigan and a Master of Science degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is married and has four children and eight grandchildren.
Gregory T. Winterbottom serves as a member of the MSRC representing the Orange County Transportation Authority. Greg brings with him a career of more than 20 years involvement in transportation issues. He serves as the Public Member on the OCTA Board of Directors and is also the Chairman of the OCTA Transit, Planning and Operations Committee.
Greg previously served as the executive director to the Orange County Consolidated Transportation Services Agency (CTSA), an agency that provided paratransit service to persons with disabilities and one of the agencies consolidated into OCTA in 1991. He now works as an independent consultant on accessibility issues for persons with disabilities. As a wheelchair user, Winterbottom brings a unique and important viewpoint regarding transportation and transit mobility. His sensitivity to issues regarding persons with disabilities along with his extensive experience in transportation and government have benefited our communities over the past two decades.
Greg served as Senior Consultant to the Senate Select Committee on Southern California Transportation Problems. He has previously served on Selective Service Board #160, the Adult Day Health Care/Long Term Health Care Planning Council, and the Dayle McIntosh Center for the Disabled (Founding Chairman of the Board).
Growing up in the Coachella Valley and starting his own computer networking business in 2001, Councilmember Benoit moved to the City of Wildomar in 2004. After personally going though the development process of building a house off of an unmaintained dirt road in Wildomar, he became a strong supporter of the effort to incorporate Wildomar as a City in order to bring local control to the community.
Having been involved in Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce, Councilmember Benoit was encouraged to run for the Wildomar City Council in 2010 and was elected. He also served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2011 and 2014 and as Mayor in 2012 and 2015.
Councilmember Benoit serves as Vice Chair for Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) and was a part of the Board when it won the President’s Award for Excellence from Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for WRCOG's HERO program. The HERO Financing Program is the nation’s largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, and Councilmember Benoit is a strong supporter of bringing this program to other municipalities throughout California.
Serving on Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), Councilmember Benoit has been a strong supporter of helping further Metrolink's reach into Riverside County. He sits on the Perris Valley Line (PVL) ad hoc committee, and is proud of his participation in bringing such an important project to fruition.
In addition, serving on two conservation boards, Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (RCA) and as Vice-Chair of Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency (RCHCA), Councilmember Benoit understands the need to meet Federal mandates while supporting local businesses.
Councilmember Benoit’s community involvement is motivated by his family. "My daughter Abby is the primary reason I decided to become politically involved. Wanting to ensure a better quality of life for her is the primary reason I spend so much time focused on improving our community."
Brian Berkson serves on the Riverside County Transportation Commission, where besides serving as the chair for both the Western Riverside County Programs and Projects Committee and the Toll Policy and Operations Committee, he also sits on the SR-91 Advisory and Future Funding Committees. Berkson is Mayor of the City of Jurupa Valley. Berkson is also an alternate member to the Metrolink Board of Directors and an alternate Board member on the Riverside Transit Agency. He was previously an alternate on the Western Riverside Council of Governments.
Berkson has coached AYSO soccer teams, has assisted with the Indian Hills Swim Team and served on the Jurupa Fastpitch Board. He also sits on the Jurupa Valley Celebration Committee.RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION REPRESENTATIVE MAYOR, CITY OF JURUPA VALLEYAlt: Vacant
Mr. Kitowski has over twenty five years of regulatory, research, testing, and planning experience with ARB. Until recently he was the Assistant Division Chief in the Industrial Strategies Division, overseeing the low carbon fuels program as well as emission reduction programs for oil and gas production, transmission, and storage. He is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Chemical Engineering and is a registered professional engineer.
Rex Richardson was elected to the Long Beach City Council in 2014 to represent the neighborhoods of North Long Beach in District 9, and serves as Chair of the Economic Development Committee and the Long Beach Housing Authority.
Councilmember Richardson’s history in Long Beach is grounded in advocating for our most vulnerable residents and empowering communities to have a seat at the table and an opportunity to thrive.
City-wide, Councilmember Richardson has worked to shift the culture of City Hall by embracing a systemic and collaborative approach to solving the city’s challenges. Richardson championed the creation of the Long Beach Office of Equity, to help address the economic and health disparities affecting Long Beach neighborhoods, and spearheaded a number of innovative initiatives that provide more opportunities to close the gap for our vulnerable populations, including the Long Beach My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, and the PATH Young Adult Diversion program.
Representing the 9th District, he has led North Long Beach on a “Roadmap to its Renaissance” by placing a focus on economic and community revitalization, with major infrastructure investment, like the new Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, Houghton Park Community Center, new retail development, the Creative Corridor Mural Arts Project, and the Empower Uptown Participatory Budgeting process.
His work at City Council has been recognized by the United States Department of Education, California League of Cities, Southern California Association of Governments, and has received five American Planning Association Awards.
Most recently, Councilmember Richardson launched #EveryoneIn, an initiative designed to create a local economy that includes and benefits every Long Beach resident. #EveryoneIn is working to create more economic opportunities for small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and will ensure every community, every resident, and every business is the central focus our city’s economic prosperity.
Rex, his wife Nina, and daughters Alina and Mila are proud residents of the Collins Neighborhood in North Long Beach.SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER, CITY OF LONG BEACHAlt: Meghan Sahli-Wells, Member, Southern California Association of Governments Regional Council
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