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Mayor Javier John Dutrey - City of Montclair
Javier "John" Dutrey is a life-long resident of the Inland Valley, whose parents immigrated to the United Station from the Basque region of France and Spain. He was born in Pomona and lived with his family in Chino and Ontario before settling in Montclair in 1976. John graduated from Montclair High School in 1983 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration—both degrees earned from California State University at San Bernardino. He is employed with the City of Rialto, managing the city’s housing and economic development programs. John and his wife, Anne, have two children His wife previously and son currently serves in the Army.
John was first elected to the Montclair City Council in 1996, and served as Mayor Pro Tem from 2000 through 2010. He was elected Mayor in 2018. Before his election to the City Council, John served on the Montclair Planning Commission. He has also served as a Board Member for the Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services. John currently is involved with the Montclair Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, and is a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
John's service on the City Council includes appointments to the Planning Commission Panel and the Code Enforcement/Public Safety, Real Estate, Legislative/Intergovernmental, and Tri-City Gold Line Committees. He also represents Montclair on the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority and Omnitrans governing boards. John is passionate about the community’s welfare, and has focused the City Council’s attention on a number of vital public issues, including:
•Revitalizing residential neighborhoods;
•Attracting and retaining quality businesses;
•Ensuring the City’s fiscal integrity by promoting fiscally responsible budgets;
•Revitalizing Montclair Place.
•Developing a transit-oriented area for north Montclair that includes the Gold Line commuter train; and
•Improving the City’s streets and parks.
Mayor John Valdivia – City of San Bernardino
The Mayor is the chief spokesperson for the City of San Bernardino. He presides over City Council meetings and represents the City of San Bernardino on a variety of regional boards and commissions. Together with the City Council, the Mayor, is charged with ensuring that fundamental municipal services are provided to protect and promote public health, safety, and welfare.
John Valdivia was elected by the San Bernardino residents and installed on December 19, 2018 as the City’s 29th Mayor. He was originally elected to represent the City’s third ward with nearly 70% of the total vote. During his tenure, Mayor Valdivia committed himself to neighborhood values, volunteering, and promoting civic pride for San Bernardino.
Mayor Valdivia grew up in San Bernardino, attending City schools from k-12, and has been a proud resident since returning from college in the mid-west.
Mayor Valdivia can best be described as passionate, energetic, and conscientious of the issues plaguing San Bernardino residents and the local public policy. He often reminds himself of the credo, "If not ME, then WHO? If not NOW, then WHEN?" He abides by that conviction as he prepares for meetings, town hall presentations, and community advocacy on issues that will improve the quality of life for citizens in San Bernardino. As San Bernardino Mayor, he commits to dedicating the resources and personnel necessary to tackle crime and to support the businesses of the City. He will continue to exercise good neighbor values and continue to consider the impact of policy on the local taxpayer and business.
Mayor Valdivia pursued undergraduate studies from Evangel University (Springfield, Missouri), and graduate studies from Fuller Seminary (Pasadena, CA), and Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA). He is the proud husband to his wife, Bethany, and father to their two children.
Mayor Acquanetta Warren – City of Fontana
Acquanetta Warren was elected as the City of Fontana’s first female and African American Mayor in December 2010 and re-elected in 2018. Since taking office, Mayor Warren has and continues to be a strong advocate for economic development, jobs, affordable housing, public safety, a healthier community and fiscal integrity. Under the Mayor’s stewardship, the City of Fontana was named the fourth Most Prosperous City in the U.S. (with a population over 100,000), as well as the Most Prosperous City in California from RentCafé. This acknowledgment followed the 2017 Fiscal Times’ rating of Fontana as one of the financially strongest cities in the nation.
From the day the Mayor was inaugurated, she has emphasized that Fontana is “Open for Business” and works directly with the Fontana Chamber of Commerce to support the needs of the business community. This effort was rewarded in 2017 with the city being ranked fourth in California in the five-year annual growth of retail sales. During Mayor Warren’s time on the City Council, there has been significant economic growth and infrastructure improvements including - four reconstructed freeway interchanges resulting in reduced traffic congestion, safer streets and an ease of facilitating the movement of goods through San Bernardino County’s “Inland Empire.” In order to continue this economic growth, Mayor Warren began the “Mayor’s Manufacturing Council,” which saw more than 500 women attend the first annual Inland Empire Women in Manufacturing event.
Realizing that a strong economy requires a healthy community, Ms. Warren founded the award-winning program, Healthy Fontana. The program promotes an active community lifestyle and teaches smart nutrition choices. In 2016, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) named the City of Fontana the number one mid-sized city in the nation for eliminating childhood obesity. Ms. Warren has received numerous recognitions and several awards for her efforts throughout the Inland Empire, including 2017’s Health Champion Award for Southern California Elected Officials from the California Center for Public Health.
A strong community also needs safe neighborhoods. Public safety is among the Mayor’s highest priorities. In 2013, Fontana was named one of the top 20 safest communities in the country. Continuing to keep the community safe, the Mayor holds open conversations connecting the community with the police officers that serve to protect them.
Mayor Warren is an active community champion for education. While in office, Mayor Warren has held education summits with local schools, the community college district and business leaders to outline plans preparing the youth for future job markets. Since 2011, she has raised $525,000 for the Fontana Boys and Girls Club through her annual Mayor’s Gala.
Ms. Warren was appointed to the Fontana City Council as a city council member on December 17, 2002, and was re-elected in 2004 and 2008. Prior to the council, Ms. Warren served as Co-Chairperson of the City of Fontana General Plan Advisory Committee and Chairperson of the Citizen Village of Heritage Development Landscape Committee.
Mayor Warren represents Fontana on various committees at the regional, state and federal level. She was appointed to serve on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee (IGPAC) to focus on trade issues. The four-year term, which started in April 2018, will allow her to provide policy advice to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on trade matters between state and local governments in the United States. She also serves on the San Bernardino Countywide Oversight Board and on the Board of Directors, General Policy Committee and Transit Committee of the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority. She is a member of the Aging/Senior Task Force and a member of the Latino Leadership Alliance chaired by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Mayor Warren’s past service includes various council subcommittees and boards and commissions, such as Water/Recycled Water Projects and Development Processing for New Communities, the State Park Commission, Casa Colina Rehabilitation Hospital Board of Directors and the Upland YMCA Board of Directors.
Mayor Warren earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Urban Studies from Occidental College and an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Theology from Next Dimension Bible College. Warren is a member of Water of Life Community Church and has three children and two grandchildren.
Mayor Bill Jahn – City of Big Bear
Bill has served five (5) terms as Mayor of the City of Big Bear Lake and in 2016 was re-elected (unopposed) to his fourth term on Big Bear Lake City Council. Prior to his first election to the Council in 2004, he served on the City of Big Bear Lake’s Planning Commission as a Member and Chairman.
Bill has represented the City of Big Bear Lake for 12 years on the Board of Directors, San Bernardino County Transit Authority (SBCTA) formerly SanBag. In 2014 he was elected by his colleagues to serve as President of SBCTA. He served as former Chair of the SBCTA Desert/Mountain Division 2014, 2016 and 2017; currently serve as a Board Member and Chair of SBCTA’s Transit Committee, in addition to serving on numerous other Policy Committees.
In 2010 Bill was elected to represent District 11 of Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) representing the cities of Barstow, Yucca Valley, Twenty Nine Palms, Needles and Big Bear. He has served as First Vice President of SCAG (2018-2019), as well as its Executive Committee and Regional Board. As Second Vice President of SCAG (2017-2018), he chaired the Audit Committee, the 2018 General Assembly Host Committee as well as chairman of the Resolution and By-Laws Committee. He chaired the most recent Fifth Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) Subcommittee and he also chaired the successful RHNA “Reforms” Sub-Committee. In addition he has served for four terms as the Chair of CEHD Committee and was recently elected as President of SCAG (2019-2020).
Other activities in our region include former Councilman City of Chino (1982-86), Past President of the League of California Cities Desert/Mountain Division, former Member of California Water Quality Control Board (appointed by Governor Deukmejian) and Past President of the Building Industry Association (BIA) Baldy View Chapter.
In 2016 he was honored to be the recipient of the Larry Chimbole Public Service Award by his colleagues at the League of Cities Desert Mountain Division.
Bill is Executive Vice President of The Northridge Group, Inc. He has over twenty-five years of successful experience in the building industry; he is well versed in land development, construction and construction management.
Bill has been married to his wife Mary Jo for 33 years, they have six grown children, thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is a licensed general contractor, licensed private pilot and enjoys flying, biking, hiking, boating, traveling and continuously learning.
Steve PonTell – President & CEO of National Community Renaissance
Steve PonTell is the Chief Executive Officer and President of National CORE. He has become a passionate advocate for the residents and communities we serve and today is one of the leading voices and public speakers on the topic of housing affordability and community transformation. He has led several regional and national symposiums on our nation’s housing crisis. In addition, Steve has addressed the California Assembly on the challenges facing the affordable housing industry.
During his career, Steve has pursued a variety of entrepreneurial ventures and has held several public-private leadership positions. Active in his community and industry, Steve serves on several boards of directors, including the California Endowment, National Housing Conference, BizFed Institute and Southern California Leadership Council. He also is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Association. Steve graduated from the California Polytechnic State University — San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning and the Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Business with an Executive Master of Business Administration.