New chamber president Emily Falappino feels fortunate for opportunity to lead

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Growing up, Emily Falappino shuffled around, living in and outside the Temecula Valley for many years. “I went between this little cow town called Temecula in the 1980s, and if I wasn’t in Temecula I was in a big city like LA,” Falappino said. As she got older, the started to recognize the contrasting lifestyles between the two Southern California communities. “Throughout my teenage years I would come out and visit and think, ‘Why would anyone live in Temecula?’” Falappino said. “Because as a teenager, I did not see the appeal. I remember when Target came in, and it was like the big deal. And teenagers used to hang out there at night because it was the only building that really had lighting in the parking lot. And I just would shake my head and disbelief and think,
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