The 2018 Legislative Summit “Politics & the Environment We Live In” is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa. The Legislative Summit is designed to inform attendees of legislature that may impact their business. The Summit is the Chamber’s premier advocacy event, offering an opportunity to meet, engage and join forces with business leaders, corporate executives, legislative and policy experts, as well as elected and appointed government officials. Topics include the Water Bond, environmental impacts on businesses, and the new fiscal year budget.
Congressman Ken Calvert
Ken Calvert, a lifelong resident of Riverside County and 17-year small business owner in the restaurant and real estate industries, represents the 42nd Congressional District of southern California. Calvert was born on June 8, 1953 and attended neighborhood public schools, graduating from Corona High School in 1971. He attended two years at Chaffey College, in Alta Loma, and then enrolled at San Diego State University, where he graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Ken is a Protestant and is involved in several local community volunteer organizations.
The 42nd District encompasses the western edge of Riverside County including the cities of Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Canyon Lake, Menifee, Murrieta and a portion of Temecula. Rep. Calvert was first elected to the House in 1992 and was part of the historic “Contract with America” in 1994 that swept the House to Republican control for the first time in 40 years.
In the 115th Congress, Rep. Calvert continues to serve on the House Appropriations Committee where he is the Chairman of the Interior and the Environment Subcommittee. Rep. Calvert is also the Vice-Chairman of the Defense Subcommittee and a member of the Energy and Water Subcommittee. Rep. Calvert was also selected to serve as the Chairman of the California Republican Delegation.
In the 115th Congress, Rep. Calvert’s legislative priorities includes: enacting pro-growth policies that will help strengthen our economy; reducing our national debt; reforming our tax code; supporting our military around the world; strengthening our borders and making the use of E-Verify mandatory for all employers in the U.S.; creating long-term solutions to California’s water challenges; reducing the time it takes to build infrastructure projects by making common sense, bi-partisan reforms to our environmental laws; and, much more.
Jon Coupal is the President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA). HJTA, with offices in both Los Angeles and Sacramento, is the largest taxpayers association in California with a membership of over 200,000. Founded by the late Howard Jarvis, the author of Proposition 13, HJTA’s name is synonymous with tax relief and the uncompromising defense of the California homeowner.
From 1991 to 1998, Coupal served as Director of Legal Affairs for HJTA, overseeing the organization’s litigation and lobbying efforts. He is a recognized expert in California fiscal affairs and has argued numerous tax cases before the courts. Coupal also successfully defended Proposition 140, the state’s term limit initiative, before the California Supreme Court. In 1995, he won a major ruling before the Supreme Court when it upheld the validity of Proposition 62, an HJTA sponsored initiative guaranteeing the right to vote on local taxes. He is also the principal drafter of Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, a measure passed by the voters in November 1996. He has served as chairman of several initiative campaigns representing the interests of taxpayers including his most recent battle against Proposition 88, the statewide parcel tax initiative, defeated by the voters in November of 2006. Coupal is also Chairman of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Foundation which provides funding for taxpayer rights litigation and educational studies.
Coupal is a graduate of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, where he received his J.D. degree in 1982. After law school, he was an attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation for nine years, specializing in tax issues and political law. He resides in Sacramento, California with his wife Catherine, daughter Elena and son Adam.
A San Jacinto native, Randy Record has been active in the farming community for over three decades. He also is a board member of the Bank of Hemet. Record currently owns and operates a wine grape vineyard in the Central Coast with his wife and two daughters.
He is currently an executive committee member of the Southern California Leadership Council, as well as, a member of the Riverside County Farm Bureau, the California Association of Winegrape Growers, the Monday Morning Group of Western Riverside County, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He is also a member and past president of the Hemet/San Jacinto Action Group.
Record is the second member of his family to serve on Metropolitan’s board. His father, Clayton A. Record, Jr., served as Eastern’s representative to Metropolitan’s board from June 1999 to January 2001. The viewpoint at Metropolitan’s Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet is named in honor of the elder Record, who passed away in February 2001 after decades of civic service in Riverside County as an elected official and community leader.
Record earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He and his wife, a retired San Jacinto school teacher, have two daughters; one granddaughter and two grandsons.
Gene is a small business and housing advocate. A local Realtor for more than 25 years, Gene also serves as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors and Legislative Liaison for the Southwest California Legislative Council. Gene is Vice Chair of the Board of Governors for Southwest Healthcare Systems, President of the Temecula Valley Players theater company and a former Murrieta City Council member. He is a regular columnist on housing and legislative issues for the Valley Business Journal and publishes an on-line journal – The Realtor Report – a comprehensive summary of local housing and economic data.