New Year’s thoughts from Hemet and San Jacinto City Council members

By Jeff Koterba November 23, 2016.
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■ By Mary Ann Morris / Editor

Editor’s Note: Questionnaires regarding New Year’s Resolutions were sent out twice to each council-member for Hemet and San Jacinto. The responses here are the responses we received. The following people did not return their questionnaire: Hemet Mayor Linda Krupa, Hemet Councilman Michael Perciful, Hemet Councilwoman Bonnie Wright; San Jacinto Councilman Alonso Ledezma.

Karlee Meyer
Hemet City Councilwoman, District 1

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Hemet City Councilwoman Karlee Meyer, District 1.

Traditionally, New Year’s is a time to resolve to change certain things in one’s life. I like to take the time to reflect on what has worked in the past and what can be achieved for the future. I want to encourage everyone, no matter your age or experience, to examine your hearts.
We have all been drawn to live in this valley for our own special reason. Regardless why, this is our home. We have developed friendships with strangers. We share our lives every day with other people that call this valley their home, too. Let us begin this new year with kindness. We are all different. Our valley will truly begin to prosper when we can offer each other understanding through trials, forgiveness, in diversity and show love to others daily.
I am completely honored to have been elected as a member of the Hemet City Council in 2016. For this New Year, I resolve:
·To bring a more helpful spirit to city hall
·To communicate openly
·To hold forums to listen to you
·To operate in an open fashion
·To mend and build bridges
We have so many wonderful people here. Let’s all strive to demonstrate our appreciation for others and may Hemet and San Jacinto Valley draw new families and businesses because we are kind.
In the spirit of my resolutions, Coffee with Karlee will be held on the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m., alternating sites between Downtown Deli & Coffee Company (odd months) and Destination Coffee Bar & Bistro (even months). The first meeting will be Saturday, Jan. 14, at Downtown Deli.


Scott Miller, San Jacinto Mayor

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San Jacinto Mayor Scott Miller.

1. How do you feel about New Year’s Resolutions?
Resolutions are good if you are committed to following through.
2. Do you ever make New Year’s Resolutions?
Yes, every year.
3. What was the one resolution that you stuck to?
Reading the Bible through in one year.
4. What was the resolution you knew would tank as soon as you made it?
N/A
5. What are your hopes for 2017?
A safe America. A strong America. A prosperous America with a wonderful future for us today, and our children tomorrow.
6. Where do you see San Jacinto one year from now?
The safest and most prosperous city in Western Riverside County.
7. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment of 2016?
Helping my wife walk through her health challenges.


Andrew Kotyuk, San Jacinto Councilman

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San Jacinto Councilman Andrew Kotuk.

1. How do you feel about New Year’s Resolutions?
I think it is a great way to embrace the momentum of life, reflecting on the past, and energizing yourself to enjoy life.
2. Do you ever make New Year’s Resolutions?
Goal setting is a constant activity in my life, where each day may have a new goal or refocusing of one.
3. What was the one resolution that you stuck to?
After my first marriage it was hard to love again, it was a goal I achieved, and have the best wife I could ask still after 17 years.
4. What was the resolution you knew would tank as soon as you made it?
Definitely reducing how much I have on my plate. That’s laughable. Didn’t happen and I hope now it never does.
5. What are your hopes for 2017?
Health to family and friends, clean up the Valley, and prosperity.
6. Where do you see San Jacinto one year from now?
I see San Jacinto moving forward with new development, new City Manager, less homeless, and providing electricity at a discount to our residents under our CCA that goes live July 1.
7. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment of 2016?
Greatest accomplishments was meeting our goal of opening the parks, Fire Station 78, and doing it with a balanced budget.


Crystal Ruiz, San Jacinto City Councilwoman

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San Jacinto Councilwoman Crystal Ruiz.

1. How do you feel about New Year’s Resolutions?
I think the New Year is a great time to evaluate the progress that you made over the past year and a great time to set your goals and priorities for the next year.
2. Do you ever make New Year’s Resolutions?
No New Year’s Resolutions, but I set goals and create plans to reach them.
3. What was the one (or two) resolutions that you stuck to?
Making sure that my family is as much a part of my work with the community as possible. I can honestly say that when I see my kids help out at events I rarely have to ask them. They love helping our community and that makes me very proud.
4. What was the resolution you knew would tank as soon as you made it?
I don’t really remember any resolutions that have failed, because I tend to create a plan to make them successful.
5. What are your hopes for 2017?
I would like to get the Cinco de Mayo back on Main Street this year and I could use help funding the event and help making it something special for our community. So anyone who would be interested in helping can contact me through City Hall. I hope to see many more folks out at our events this year. We put them on for our community and it is a great family friendly environment.
6. Where do you see your city one year from now?
I see San Jacinto taking the lead on many projects. I believe we will be financially stronger and I really believe that our citizens are coming together to pick up this city and this valley. I am so proud of our San Jacinto Valley. From San Jacinto to Hemet and to Soboba I see community leaders, citizens and elected officials working hand-in-hand, making things happen; we couldn’t do it without all of them.
7. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment(s) of 2016?
My greatest accomplishment is my family. They will always be top of my list. Second to that I am proud of the community leaders and citizens that came together to put on the Fourth of July Parade and Festival, the Summer Concerts at the Mansion and the First Responders Event. I couldn’t have done it without their help. I want to send a thank you and Happy New Year to the entire Valley. May God bless each of you.


Russ Utz, San Jacinto City Councilman

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San Jacinto Councilman Russ Utz.

1. How do you feel about New Year’s Resolutions?
I’m not a big fan. We should try to better ourselves and surroundings constantly, without the need of a special day prompt.
2. Do you ever make New Year’s Resolutions?
Not really.
3. What was the one (or two) resolutions that you stuck to?
Sales goals.
4. What was the resolution you knew would tank as soon as you made it?
N/A
5. What are your hopes for 2017?
For health, happiness and success for everyone; and the wisdom for people to understand the secret to happiness is perspective.
6. Where do you see your city one year from now?
Continuing to grow and become a better place to live, do business, and work.
7. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment(s) of 2016?
Learning to walk again and the life reset and adjustments that my health challenges of late 2015 brought about. So basically, getting “back to normal” with my volunteering and business. Of course I would be remiss not to also recognize my election to City Council, but that was an effort by a large team that helped make it happen, not a “just me” effort.

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