I am taking this opportunity, as a fellow resident of Murrieta, to thank you for the
leadership you are providing to the management of this great city of ours... the safest city in America according to FBI statistics.
My father once told me not to judge a man by what he says but by what he does. In this regard, my father would, if he were still alive, say that
you are an honorable man; you do what you say you are going to do. When our Association has come to you, on more then one occasion, and asked for your
guidance and help, you have first listened and than said you would look into the matter. But, unlike some elected officials, you haven't just told us what we
wanted to hear; you have actually gotten involved and helped, through application of common sense, to bring about a solution that was in the best interest of both the City
and our community. A good example: Our Association's Vice President, Max Heilbron and I came before the City Council and asked that the Council consider changing the existing
ordinance that governed the application of a "Development Impact Fee" of $10,297.21 when a new mobilehome was going to replace an old home and the new home was as little
as one square foot larger than the old home.
After hearing our justification for either reducing the Development Impact Fee amount or increasing the amount of increased square footage allowed before assessment of the fee,
you asked, "If a double-wide home is going to be replaced by a triple-wide home of the same length, how many added square feet would be involved?". When we answered that the average addition
would be five-hundred square feet, you made a motion that the ordinance be revised to allow an increase of up to five-hundred square feet before the Development Impact Fee would be assessed.
After some further discussion, the motion passed by a unanimous vote: this was the use of common sense on display.
"Councilman Rick Gibbs is a problem solver. In 2005, he helped our congregation in
getting City approval of our plans for a new church. He, again, came to our aid in 2010 and resolved a last-minute problem with
street improvements. Due to his assistance, our beautiful new
church was able to open on schedule."
Murrieta Korean Presbyterian Church
Rev. Shin Pyung Kang, Pastor
"Elected officials, especially at the local level, have one key responsibility
and that is to be responsive to the electorate. Clearly Councilmember Gibbs has met this responsiblity with flying colors in meeting the needs
of many of the residents near and adjacent to the Calvary Conference Center along Murrieta Hot Springs Road. Through Mr. Gibbs' dedicated efforts
an unsafe condition along Murrieta Hot Springs Road was mitigated by the City of Murrieta with the construction of a much needed wall. The residents
of this area are truly grateful to this Councilman who responded and followed through in finding a solution to a growing problem. His leadership with
this project proved his worth as a elected official."
Doug and Emily Yavanian
"Councilman Rick Gibbs is on the forefront of bringing high-tech and environmentally
clean aerospace jobs to Murrieta. He evaluated and supported our needs for business expansion which allows us to bring more high-tech, good paying
jobs to Murrieta. His efforts showcase how the City of Murrieta is working with its existing businesses to expand local employment and attact new
potential employers to the valley"
Mike Gruszczynski, P.E.
Innovative Engineering Solutions
"Working on a project of the magnitude of a full service hospital, you need all the cooperation
you can get from key individuals. When we looked for the right location the property in the City of Murrieta became the location of choice.
When I first approached Mr. Rick Gibbs, Council Member for the City of Murrieta, to discuss the possibilities, he immediately began the process of 'fast tracking' the
project through the necessary approval process. He was instrumental in bringing on board the City's Planning Commission and City Council.
We needed a champion in City leadership to help us work through the entitlement process and Mr. Gibbs was the right person. His love for the
community and his desire for the City to serve its citizens gave momentum to help us move through the entitlement process, in a timely manner.
I am grateful to Mr. Rick Gibbs and the Murrieta City leadership for the cooperation that we have received in bringing Physician's Hospital
of Murrieta/Loma Linda University Medical Center - Murrieta to a point where we are on schedule and on budget for opening in early 2011."
Dr. John Piconi
Chairman of the Board
Loma Linda University Medical Center - Murrieta (LLUMC-M)