Save Jurupa Valley
What would happen if you became a city and then the state took away 47% of your first year revenue? As impossible as this scenario sounds, that is what happened to California’s newest city, Jurupa Valley.
On June 29th, 2011, just two days before we officially incorporated, California lawmakers voted to divert millions of dollars in vehicle license fees, which should have gone to cities in California. For older cities this was another hit they had to absorb. For Jurupa Valley this was a potential death blow. In our first year alone, Jurupa Valley lost 47% of its budget, a total of $6.7 million.
It took many meetings between our city representatives and state lawmakers to even make the state understand the ruinous impact this diversion of funds had on Jurupa Valley. A bill that would have restored a portion of that lost money won approval in the legislature this past August but was vetoed by the governor in mid-September.
Why does this matter? In March 2011 our communities came together and voted to incorporate. We officially became the City of Jurupa Valley on July 1, 2011. Becoming a city allowed our residents to have local control over our safety, security, planning and zoning. It matters because Cityhood allowed our over 96,000 residents to have a voice in retaining our rural atmosphere, in deciding our own future, and gave us a place at the table on many local and regional boards and commissions. Jurupa Valley is now facing a devastating financial crisis. This crisis is not due to mismanagement of money and the city is not able to declare bankruptcy because it has no debt.
The Save Jurupa Valley Committee is a grassroots organization of concerned residents who have come together to try to help our city weather this crisis. We are asking for donations, 100% of which will be given to the City of Jurupa Valley. We are a nonprofit organization (501) (c) (3).
What can you do? Donate whatever amount you would like. Donations of $250 or more will be honored in a permanent display here in Jurupa Valley.