2017 Elected Officials Reception Event Wrap-Up


The BIA Elected Officials Reception proved yet again to be the premier networking event of the year. Over 50 elected officials from federal, state and local jurisdictions where in attendance exclusively to meet BIA members. Each year the Elected Officials Reception offers members the opportunity to meet elected leaders at all levels of government in a relaxed networking setting.


California Leads the Nation-In Poverty

By The Orange County Register Editorial Board |

PUBLISHED: September 25, 2017 at 4:36 pm | UPDATED: September 25, 2017 at 4:43 pm

One in five Californians live in poverty, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report.

Using the Supplemental Poverty Measure, which accounts for regional cost-of-living, the average poverty rate in California from 2014 through 2016 stood at 20.4 percent, the highest among the states and second only to the District of Columbia’s 21 percent average. The national average over that period of time was 14.7 percent.

Despite boasting one of the largest economies in the world, California has consistently topped national rankings of poverty. While the state only accounts for about 12 percent of the national population, for example, Californians comprise one-third of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families beneficiaries.

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VIP Attendees

  • Mike Morrell, State Senator
  • Marc Steinorth, State Assemblymember
  • County Supervisor Curt Hagman
  • County Supervisor Josie Gonzales
  • Ray Marquez, Mayor of Chino Hills
  • Acquanetta Warren, Mayor of Fontana
  • Paul Russ, Mayor of Hesperia
  • Penny Lilburn, Mayor of Highland
  • Paul Leon, Mayor of Ontario 
  • Deborah Robertson, Mayor of Rialto
  • R. Carey Davis, Mayor of San Bernardino
  • Peter Rogers, Vice Mayor of Chino Hills
  • Lynne Kennedy, Mayor Pro Tem City of Rancho Cucamonga
  • Russ Blewett, Mayor Pro Tem of Hesperia 
  • Larry McCallon, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Highland
  • Gino Filippi, Mayor Pro Tem of Upland
  • Jim Cox, Mayor Pro Tem of Victorville
  • Mike Spence, Mayor Pro Tem, City of West Covina
  • Sam Spagnolo, Rancho Cucamonga Councilmember 
  • Paul Rodriguez, Chino Councilmember
  • Gary George, Chino Councilmember
  • Tom Haughey, Chino Councilmember 
  • Art Bennett, Chino Hills Councilmember
  • Cynthia Moran, Chino Hills Councilmember
  • Brian Johsz, Chino Hills Councilmember
  • Jesse Armendarez, Fontana Councilmember
  • Jesus "Jesse" Sandoval, Fontana Councilmember 
  • Rebekah Swanson, Hesperia Councilmember
  • John Dutrey, Montclair Councilmember
  • Debra Dorst-Porada, Ontario Councilmember
  • Joe Baca Jr., Rialto Councilmember 
  • Henry Nickel, San Bernardino Councilmember
  • Benito Barrios, San Bernardino Councilmember
  • James Mulvihill, San Bernardino Councilmember
  • Fred Shorett, San Bernardino Councilmember
  • John Valdivia, San Bernardino Councilmember
  • Bessine Richard, San Bernardino Councilmember  
  • Eric Negrete, Victorville Councilmember  
  • Sid Robinson, Upland Councilmember
  • Janice Elliott, Upland Councilmember
  • Bobby Duncan, Yucaipa Councilmember
  • Barbara McGee, Rialto City Clerk
  • Mary Sandoval, President, Fontana Unified School District Board of Education
  • Peter Garcia, Vice-President, Fontana Unified School District Board of Education
  • Matt Slowik, Fontana Unified School District Board of Education 
  • Eric Swanson, Hesperia Unified School District Board of Education 
  • Luis Cetina, Cucamonga Valley Water District Board of Directors 
  • Randall Reed, Cucamonga Valley Water District Board of Directors 
  • Jasmin A. Hall, Inland Empire Utilities Agency Board of Directors
  • Michael Camacho, Inland Empire Utilities Agency Board of Directors  

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