New planning commissioners for SJ

Two newcomers and one returnee appointed to city board

Photo by Kyle Selby / The Valley Chronicle
Left to right: City manager Rob Johnson, Mayor Pro Tem Russ Utz, City Councilman Alonso Ledezma, planning commissioners Jeremy Fontes, Leslie Moore, and Jerry Mossberger, Mayor Crystal Ruiz, City Councilman Scott Miller, and City Councilman Andrew Kotyuk.

■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter

Three commissioners were appointed to the San Jacinto Planning Commission at the Feb. 6 city council meeting.
Jeremy Fontes and Leslie Moore, two newcomers, were welcomed aboard Tuesday night, while Jerry Mossberger was reappointed for another four-year term. The three were selected by Mayor Crystal Ruiz and City Councilman Scott Miller who spearheaded the ad-hoc selection committee, which interviewed six candidates.
“The quality of candidates has really stepped up so much more than in the past,” said Mayor Crystal Ruiz. “It really was a hard decision.” After much thought and consideration, Ruiz and Miller decided on the aforementioned, who will be replacing former Planning Commissioners Leticia Arciniega and Andrew Seitl.
“I’d be honored to serve the full four years,” Fontes said at the meeting. Fontes served in the U.S. Air Force from 2001 to 2007 as an active-duty aircraft mechanic. He came back to San Jacinto to be with family and friends, where he transferred to the reserves at March Air Reserve Base and works as a dual-status technician. “I like to be involved, and I like to see the community go in a direction that can be family friendly, and fun for the community.”
Leslie Moore works in the city’s Public Works Department as a project manager and is currently working on Soboba Casino’s new hotel/casino project.
“In the past, I’ve worked for both city and county governments, and part of my job was taking highly technical information and translating that for public use,” explained Moore. “So, I’m not shy to having to interpret large amounts of information in a short period of time.”
“I like our city very much, and I’m a positive booster of San Jacinto,” says Mossberger. Despite having already served three terms on the city planning commission, he says he looks forward to yet another term. “From my point of view, I just like quality. I like quality development, I like things well-engineered, and I can see evidence of that in our city, and it’s very impressive. I think there’s a great future here for our city.”
The three were officially sworn in Monday, Feb. 12, in the city council chambers. The same night, the planning commission approved two RSI Communities home tracts of 92 (or more) homes.
Fontes, Moore, and Mossberger will serve until October 2021, alongside current commissioners Steve Warneke and Jesse Martinez, who are approaching the ends of their terms come October.

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