11:33 PM PDT on Thursday, March 17, 2011

By SANDRA STOKLEY
The Press-Enterprise
The Jurupa Valley city council-elect met for the first time on March 17.
Published: 3/17/2011 11:13 PM

Mark that first and third Thursday of the month on the calendar.

The soon-to-be-city of Jurupa Valley’s City Council-elect voted Thursday night to hold its regularly scheduled meetings at 7 p.m. in the board room of the Jurupa Unified School District.

The decision came before a standing-room only crowd of about 200 people who jammed the Jurupa Community Center to see the City Council-elect hold its first meeting.

Voters of this unincorporated community on March 8 approved a measure to make the community Riverside County’s 28th city.

Cityhood becomes effective on July 1.

But between now and then, the council-elect must lay the groundwork so city hall can open for business on that date.

The council-elect started the night by voting for officers. Laura Roughton — the top vote getter in the March 8 election — was elected chairwoman, Verne Lauritzen was elected vice-chairman and Kim Johnson was voted volunteer clerk of the board.

Steve Roberts, a 30-year resident of the community, said he voted for cityhood “because we didn’t want to be chopped up by Eastvale or anyone else.’

Roberts said he wasn’t quite sure what to expect from a City Council.

“That’s why I came down. To see what it was all about,” Robert said.

Thursday night’s meeting marked the end of a process that started about four years ago when a group of residents began quietly meeting to see if the concept of Jurupa cityhood could be resuscitated.

Voters had spurned cityhood for the unincorporated community by a huge margin in 1992.

Supporters said a competing proposal to incorporate Mira Loma, which appeared on the same ballot, doomed the effort.

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