“I’ve been involved since day one,” said Miller, who spent years on the community economic development council that lead Menifee to cityhood. He bought Menifee Valley Farms in 1995 after earning a degree in business and working in the electronics, aerospace and medical industries. He was appointed to planning commission in 2009 by the late councilmember Fred Twyman.
“We were both open towards quality, not quantity,” Miller said of the similar views he shared with Twyman, whose seat he’s competing to fill. “If you build the city right, they will stay.”
Miller believes that the correct way to construct Menifee would be to follow the citizens’ vision. “They’ve laid out the template,” he said, adding that city council should present residents with a map that locates where development will take place. “The public has to know where this is going to occur, if this is going to occur, and at whose expense it is going to occur.”
In the future Miller would personally like to see business and rental parks, a quality downtown, open spaces, trails, and custom and sustainable homes. He is also in support of solar and wind energy instead of power lines. “We have to be innovative in our research and development,” he said.
The types of development Miller is opposed to are multiple-use buildings, where residents live on top and businesses work down below. “I don’t think the reality is here,” he said, arguing that structures like that are more suitable for beach cities. “But maybe years down the road when we run out land.”
Other issues Miller feels strongly about are foreclosures, firefighting, and code enforcement. In between emergency calls he would like to see city firefighters abate weeds and socialize with the public. He believes code enforcement should be complaint driven only and that “they shouldn’t be driving around looking for problems.” To avoid more foreclosures, he suggests developers “build what reality sets,” and base their prices off the median income of Menifee residents.
To solve these problems and more that city council is confronted with, Miller said that if he won the seat he would apply the Five W’s: Who, What, Where, When, and Why. “I want to address the issues, bring things to light, and I want answers,” he said.
Besides being on planning commission Miller also serves as chairman for the Antelope-Menifee Rural Center and as treasurer for the Riverside County United Communities. When he is not dedicating time to the community, Miller works on his farm where he raises emus, llamas, peacocks, cockatiel, koi and more.
“I’d have fun on city council,” he said. “I’d make sure everything that comes in front of me would benefit the people.”