Calls General Roth a “stellar example of how a legislator should serve;” commends his fight to save Riverside County’s newest cities
(Jurupa Valley, CA) -- General Richard Roth’s campaign announced today that Jurupa Valley Mayor pro Tem Laura Roughton has endorsed General Roth for re-election to the State Senate.
“Senator Roth has been fighting not only for our city but for all of Riverside County’s newest cities since before he was even elected to office,” said Jurupa Valley Mayor pro Tem Laura Roughton. “Senator Roth has been a steadfast advocate for our region and its issues, setting a stellar example of how a legislator should serve: rising above politics and focusing on the issues. We owe Senator Roth a tremendous debt of gratitude for making our region’s issues a top priority in Sacramento.”
Mayor pro Tem Roughton has been a member of the Jurupa Valley City Council since 2011, and was the first Mayor of Jurupa Valley. She has also served as a community volunteer with the Jurupa Unified School District, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council, the American Red Cross and the Jurupa Citizen Corps. She was also a founding member of the Jurupa Valley Incorporation Research Committee (JVIRC).
“I am proud to receive such strong support from Mayor pro Tem Laura Roughton,” said General Roth. “It has truly been an honor working with her as we have fought to save Inland Southern California’s newest cities, and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with her as we ensure our region and its cities receive their fair share from Sacramento.”
In 2011, Sacramento shifted Vehicle License Fee revenues that were historically budgeted for newly incorporated cities to public safety realignment. This meant Jurupa Valley lost nearly 47% of its budget within days of becoming a city, pushing the City to the brink of disincorporation. The funding shift also forced Jurupa Valley to incur an enormous amount of debt to meet, primarily, public safety obligations. General Roth has led the fight to restore these funds, and he was instrumental in successfully negotiating a solution between the Governor’s administration and a bipartisan group of stakeholders that will result in the City’s debt being relieved. As a result of General Roth’s ongoing leadership and ability to bring all sides together in crafting commonsense solutions to complex problems, Jurupa Valley no longer faces the specter of disincorporation.1
Contact: Lisa Gasperoni