10:00 PM PST on Friday, January 14, 2011

By SANDRA STOKLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Jurupa incorporation supporters said this week that with limited financial resources and less than a dozen volunteers, they will aim their efforts to get cityhood approved at people who tend to vote.

“There may be as many as 90,000 people who live in Jurupa,” said Todd Roper, chairman of the “Yes on Measure A” committee. “That’s a lot of people to reach.

“We’re trying to focus on likely voters,” Roper said.

On March 8, residents will vote on whether they want the unincorporated northwest Riverside County region to become a city.

Jurupa would include the communities of Mira Loma, Sky Country, Glen Avon, Pedley, Indian Hills, Sunnyslope, Rubidoux and Belltown.

Measure A, as it will be listed on the ballot, needs a simple majority to win.

There are 30,717 registered voters in Jurupa, the Riverside County registrar of voters’ office said this week.

Roper said fundraisers, including a dinner at Flabob Airport, have been modestly successful.

“We’ve raised about $3,000,” he said.

The committee has several events scheduled over the next month, Roper said.

On Jan. 18, the committee will participate in a “meet and greet” event sponsored by the Jurupa Valley Incorporation Research Committee at the Jurupa Community Center, 4810 Pedley Road.

The event, which will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m., also will provide participants the opportunity to meet and talk to the 16 candidates running for a Jurupa City Council.

And Feb. 9, the “Yes on Measure A” committee will sponsor a candidate’s forum at Jurupa Valley High School.

The committee has purchased 250 yard signs and is distributing them in the community.

Boosters also are hoping to send out a mailer in early February.

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