New commercial businesses, housing, on track for growth
■ Kyle Selby / Reporter
The San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce presented the 2017 San Jacinto State of the City Breakfast on Sept. 22 at Soboba Springs Country Club, where community leaders discussed the city’s accomplishments over the past year.
“It was so well-attended, and we had over 200 people,” recalled Mayor Scott Miller, who spoke of the future economic growth of the city. “It was just a great event; lots and lots of great positive things in San Jacinto.”
And indeed there are. Following the retirement of previous City Manager Tim Hults, the city tasked Menifee’s former City Manager Rob Johnson to fill that role, who has been making great strides to expose the city’s commercial viability ever since.
A recent agreement with Retail Strategies – a national retail firm that partners with cities to expand retail opportunities – has resulted in an economic development retail recruitment program that has garnered the city a new Starbucks, an Aldi Grocery, a Wienerschnitzel, and more than 200 housing projects. The city is also working to complete the draft of the Downtown Specific Plan to revitalize San Jacinto’s Main Street.
The city has also increased its online presence, with the debut of the city’s official Facebook page, a press release program, and an e-newsletter to help keep the community informed.
“San Jacinto will continue its goal to attract new restaurants and retail establishments, make necessary improvements and enhancements throughout our community, and hopefully hire additional dedicated staff that will continue to provide multiple functions at City Hall,” said Tara Magner, the city’s executive coordinator.
Distinguished guests were in attendance, including SJ Medical Group, California Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), Riverside County Third District Supervisor Chuck Washington, San Jacinto City Council, Hemet City Council, American Legion Post 53, Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, the San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce, Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees, and others.
Nicole Ann Robinson, a Hemet High School sophomore, sang “The Star Spangled Banner” while hungry attendees chowed down on a meal of eggs, bacon, potatoes, sweets, and a cup of Joe. As a thank you to the Soboba Tribe, the city had a special street sign made that recognized both the tribe and the Foundation and presented it to Soboba Tribal Chairman Scott Cozart.
“Our developing economy will continue to set the foundation for our city to flourish,” announced San Jacinto Chamber President Heather Martinez. “With commercial investments and residual growth on the rise, it’s exciting to see occupancy rates increasing across all business sectors. Therefore, it’s safe to say that we are in good hands at this time.”