How Can You Help With Cityhood?

The Californian ran a newspaper article last December 20 about a man named R. Eric Madrid, a family physician, who works in Temecula, but li...

The Californian ran a newspaper article last December 20 about a man named R. Eric Madrid, a family physician, who works in Temecula, but lives in Menifee. The article doesn't appear to be on the newspaper's website anymore.

But the article said that Madrid built a website called "City of Menifee" as part of his effort to help with achieving Menifee cityhood.

I've seen his website, and have communicated with him several times, and I think he's a great advocate for our community, and is an example of someone trying to do something to help with Cityhood?

So, what can YOU do to help with Cityhood?

Join the Economic Development Committee at Menifee-Sun City Chamber of Commerce.

The EDC works with the County of Riverside to attract new businesses and build new infrastructure here in the Menifee Valley. In fact, last August the Menifee-Sun City Chamber of Commerce sent out forms to area businesses and interested residents asking them what improvements do they see most necessary. This form was published here on Menifee 24/7.

The thing that's keeping Menifee from becoming a city is a taxable revenue base. After voters approved Cityhood several elections ago, an independent auditor found that there is not enough of a revenue base to support a city. We need more shopping centers, more business parks, more restaurants, more employers. We need road improvements to encourage out-of-towners to drive through our community and patronize our businesses.

Joining the Economic Development Committee is probably the best way for area residents to help in the building of business in the Menifee Valley, ultimately helping achieve Cityhood. You'll have to become a member of the Menifee-Sun City Chamber of Commerce before you can serve on this committee. The good news is that anyone can join the Chamber, not just business owners, and you'll find membership fees to be very inexpensive.

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