New San Jacinto city manager ‘lasers’ in on economic development

Michael Carle, Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce board member in yellow shirt, talks about new businesses coming to the Valley with new San Jacinto City Manager Rob Johnson, left, San Jacinto City Councilman Andrew Kotyuk and Hemet City Manager Alex Meyerhoff during the First Friday chamber meeting at the San Jacinto Unified School District offices March 3. Tony Ault photo
Michael Carle, Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce board member in yellow shirt, talks about new businesses coming to the Valley with new San Jacinto City Manager Rob Johnson, left, San Jacinto City Councilman Andrew Kotyuk and Hemet City Manager Alex Meyerhoff during the First Friday chamber meeting at the San Jacinto Unified School District offices March 3. Tony Ault photo

Rob Johnson, San Jacinto’s new city manager announced a “laser-focused” city council direction for the economic growth of the city speaking at the March 3, First Friday Morning meeting with members of the Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce.

The meeting, held at the San Jacinto Unified School District offices, brought city, school district and local businessmen and businesswomen together to network and discuss the economic plans set by the city council and its new management team.

Johnson, who recently replaced retired City Manager Tim Hults, gave the chamber members an explanation of the council’s plans for the next few years and their effort to improve city and local business partnerships.

Johnson presented a “Clear Direction and Laser Focused City Council – Go San Jacinto” power point presentation to the almost 100 people in attendance.

He said the city council will “be open to change strategies and change management,” and to “develop/create the team and to lead them to prepare for economic advancement with a capital improvement project focus.”

Johnson showed how the city was “going to improve our streets with our limited resources” and “be innovative with technology and communication and “collaborate and form lasting relationships with our current and future partners.”

He listed the chamber of commerce, San Jacinto School District, Mt. San Jacinto College, Soboba Band Luiseno Indians, private property owners, Riverside County agencies, residential and commercial real estate owners and their agents and brokers and residential and commercial development companies.

San Jacinto Mayor Scott Miller told the chamber members that many don’t know it, but only 30 percent of the people in the city pay for public safety and not everyone in the city is paying their share.

“We must do things outside of the box to do something for the city,” Miller said.

One of the things he suggested would be the establishment of a city owned electric company, much like the city’s water district where costs could be reduced.

He added the council and staff should “make sure Spanish speaking residents in our community are not afraid to call the police when needed.”

He assured the membership “we won’t skip a beat with him (Johnson) in economic development.”

He noted that the vacant land seen in the northwest portion of the will soon see long awaited housing tracts going up this year.

“You are going to see a boom this year,” he promised.

Johnson in his “Go San Jacinto” message said the city now has 37 capital improvement projects on its books and they will pick six or seven to focus on before going the next group. He did not say which ones the city is choosing but hinted that the Highway 79 realignment with all its challenges may be one of them.

San Jacinto Mayor Scott Miller tells members of the Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce that the city is looking at some new revenue streams in the city and forming a city-owned electric company that could save residents on their utility bills in the future at the First Friday meet March 3. Tony Ault photo
San Jacinto Mayor Scott Miller tells members of the Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce that the city is looking at some new revenue streams in the city and forming a city-owned electric company that could save residents on their utility bills in the future at the First Friday meet March 3. Tony Ault photo

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