Issa

FROM STAFF REPORTS
Published: 27 November 2011 07:24 PM

Once again, Inland Rep. Darrell Issa has been placed atop a list of the richest members of Congress.

Issa, R-Vista, whose invention of the Viper car alarm helped him amass a fortune, is worth at least $195 million and possibly more than $700 million, according to a report released this month by the Center for Responsive Politics.

It is difficult to tell the exact worth of lawmakers, since they are not required to provide exact information about the value of personal assets and holdings.

Rather, they can report each asset’s worth at more or less than certain amounts.

Thus, the final rankings issued by the Center —a nonpartisan group that tracks money in politics — represents the “average estimated worth” of each member of Congress.

Issa, who represents Temecula, Lake Elsinore and Perris, has been a fixture at or near the top of every list of wealthy lawmakers compiled in recent years.

With the caveat that these numbers are approximations, here’s how Inland SoCal’s federal lawmakers landed, based on average estimated worth:

1. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista: $448,125,017

12. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif: $69,046,622

114. Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona: $3,900,002

130. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif: $3,449,004

274. Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs: $848,035

427. Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands: $195,000

489. Rep. Joe Baca, D-Rialto: $24,502

A MILESTONE REACHED

It may seem like the historic elections that resulted in Eastvale and Jurupa Valley becoming Riverside County’s newest cities just happened, but the two fledgling municipalities are looking forward to their first City Council elections.

The two cities have scheduled their elections to coincide with the Nov. 6, 2012 general election.

The seats held by Eastvale Councilmen Ike Bootsma and Jeff DeGrandpre and Jurupa Valley Councilmen Frank Johnston and Brad Hancock will be up for grabs.

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