The 2016 Legislative Summit “2016: A Pivotal Year for California was held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 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.
Congressman Duncan D. Hunter represents California’s 50th Congressional District consisting of East and Northern County San Diego. In 2008, Hunter was elected to his first term in the House of Representatives, succeeding his father, Duncan L. Hunter, who retired after serving 14 consecutive terms in Congress.
Hunter is a native of San Diego. He graduated from Granite Hills High School in El Cajon and earned a degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University. Hunter worked to pay for his education by creating websites and programming databases and ecommerce systems for high-tech companies. Immediately after graduation, he went to work full time in San Diego as a Business Analyst.
Soon after our nation was attacked on September 11, 2001, Hunter quit his job and joined the United States Marine Corps. Hunter entered active service as a Lieutenant in 2002 and excelled in the area of field artillery, much like his grandfather, Robert O. Hunter, who was a Marine Corps artillery officer in World War II.
Over the course of his service career, Hunter served three combat tours overseas: two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. In 2003, Hunter deployed to Iraq with the 1st Marine Division. Hunter completed his second tour in 2004, where he and his fellow Marines were at the center of combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq.
In September 2005, four years after he quit his job and joined the Marine Corps, Hunter was honorably discharged from active military service and started a successful residential development company. Still a Marine Reservist, he was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2006, and to the rank of Major in 2012.
Less than two years before Hunter was elected, he was recalled to active duty and deployed to Afghanistan. Hunter returned home after more than six months on the front lines and, with the support of the San Diego community, became the first Marine combat veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan elected to Congress.
Hunter is a strong conservative who is committed to strengthening national security, enforcing our borders, creating opportunities for American workers and protecting the interests of taxpayers. He is also a strong proponent of the Second Amendment, protecting traditional marriage and the rights of the unborn.
Congressman Hunter and his wife live in Alpine, California. They are the proud parents of three children: Duncan, Elizabeth and Sarah.
Senator Jeff Stone was elected to represent the 28th State Senate District in 2014. The 28th District stretches from Southwest Riverside County (Temecula, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore) all the way to the Arizona Border.
Senator Stone has lived in Southern California his entire life. He moved to Temecula because of the rural lifestyle and family values it represents. Senator Stone knew Temecula was one of the best places to open a business and raise a family.
In 1983, he opened his first small business the “Temecula Pharmacy” and began building his strong ties and local involvement within the community. In 1992, he began expanding his public service involvement when he ran and was elected to the Temecula City Council, serving for three terms.
Senator Stone served as Mayor of Temecula until being elected to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Senator Stone’s election to the Board of Supervisors in 2004 was an illustration of how effective his term on the City Council had been. Senator Stone successfully beat an incumbent and was re-elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2008 and 2012. Prior to being elected and sworn into the State Senate, he served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
As a State Senator, he embraces the philosophy of a fiscally responsible and more efficient government that is less intrusive and more productive for its citizens. Public safety is a top priority of his, and he looks forward to continuing the work he did as a County Supervisor, where he created the County’s emergency reserve fund, streamlined the County’s property assessment system to help financially distressed families keep their homes, created the County’s internet juvenile sexual predator interdiction program, passed a County resolution making it easier for law abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms for personal protection, and cut transportation mitigation fees by half to promote economic growth.
One of Senator Stone’s proudest accomplishments came several years ago when he advocated creating a second tier for new hires and raising the employee portion of the pension contribution, saving taxpayers millions while maintaining vital County services over the long term.
In addition to his work at the local government level, Senator Stone continues to own and operate his local business, Innovative Compounding Pharmacy. Senator Stone is a graduate of USC, where he earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. He has taught graduate nursing students seeking their masters in nursing degrees at Cal State Dominguez Hills as an assistant professor of pharmacology and also served as an externship professor for the USC School of Pharmacy
Chuck Washington, and his wife Kathy, have been married for 42 years and have one adult daughter, Lindsey, a granddaughter, Charlie, and a grandson, Kellen. Chuck has been an elected public servant since 1995 serving in several capacities, including, Mayor and City Council-member for both cities of Murrieta and Temecula, serving twice as Mayor of Temecula.
His elected public service extends to many other organization’s Board of Directors such as: Temecula Community Services District, California Association of Councils of Governments, Western Riverside Council of Governments, Riverside County Airport Land Use Commission, Temecula Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity of Inland Valleys, Temecula Economic Development Corporation, and Inland Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Mr. Washington is the recipient of many distinguished recognitions such as: Families First Award from the LDS Church, American Planners Association Leadership Award, Citizen of the Year of both cities of Temecula and Murrieta, Kiwanis Citizen of the Year, PTA Honorary Service Award, and Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award.
Chuck has received a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and owns a successful business in Temecula. He is a former Navy Officer and Pilot and was a veteran commercial airline pilot for 24 years with Delta Airlines. Chuck was also a former Bank Vice President. Mr. Washington is currently the Riverside County Supervisor for the third district.
Samuel Alhadeff is a partner in the Temecula office of Lewis Brisbois
and co-chair of the Government Relations Practice. As such, he coordinates with other attorneys within the firm in a team approach to issues involving representation for public agencies in California. Mr. Alhadeff has represented a number of interests in his 43 year career. For example, while now specializing in governmental affairs, representation before public agencies involving real estate, land use, construction and business law, he has also represented a number of other interests throughout the years. As an example, he has represented the American Tuna Boat Association in maritime and fishing matters. He has represented numerous public companies in business matters involving both real estate and operations. Finally, he has also represented a number of winery and liquor interests throughout the country.
For a number of years, Mr. Alhadeff served as counsel to the development of Rancho California a 91,000 acre master plan project. In working with that project, he represented a number of lenders and insurance companies. Throughout the years, he has also worked with REITS in developing large commercial projects.
He was also asked to serve as contract City Attorney for a City in Southern California and did so for a period of six years. He has represented various cities and public entities in San Diego, Riverside, and Orange County. In the last few years, he has participated in working with conservation organizations in negotiating and closing property sales for conservation. In the last three years, Mr. Alhadeff has assisted in the entitlement of residential and commercial projects in California worth several billions of dollars.
Mr. Alhadeff has lectured the State Bar in construction law and has also lectured for the American Institute of Appraisers with regard to appraisal of various property interests.
After spending 13 years in the financial industry, Bill Wilson walked away
from a promising career as a financial consultant to pursue an opportunity
to be a winery owner. Out of a tremendous amount of determination,
sacrifice and perseverance, Wilson Creek Winery was born starting off the
new millennium with a bang for the Wilson family. Bill Wilson, as
President, CEO and Co-Owner of Wilson Creek Winery, has been
instrumental in guiding the family owned and operated business from a
small dream to a world-class winery.
Known as home of the Almond Champagne, Wilson Creek Winery is also
famous for being the fun, friendly, family winery with a warm and
welcoming ambience. Built from the ground up, Wilson Creek Winery’s
production has increased to more than 50,000 cases a year and the facility
not only has an inviting tasting room & restaurant, it is host to numerous
special events, weddings, concerts, and corporate events.
While showcasing the Temecula “Can Do Spirit”, Bill’s belief in giving
back to the community that supports him shows in the numerous charity
events, donations and humanitarian efforts he so actively participates in.
After serving two terms as President for the Temecula Valley Winegrowers
Association, Bill now serves on the Board of Directors. He also holds the
position of Treasurer and Executive Board Member for the Temecula
Convention and Visitors Bureau. Bill also serves on the Board of Directors
for the Rancho California Water District. He shares his experience by
teaching wine classes, public speaking engagements, and writing articles
for several magazine and web sites. As Chairman of the Wine Country
2020 Task Force developed by the County Supervisor Jeff Stone, Bill has
been instrumental in guiding the vision for the future of Temecula Valley
Honored with the title of “Business of the Year” four times, Wilson Creek
Winery has also been awarded many “Best of” awards. Bill has been
honored as the winner of the Inland Empire Spirit of the Entrepreneur
award, Citizen of the year for Temecula in 2010 and Small Business of the
Year Riverside County 2015. Bill is not only active in the community but
jumps at any chance he gets to brag about the wonderful city he is a part
Bill shares the knowledge he has gained through the trials of making the
winery what it is today, leading to the realization of a vision he never
thought imaginable. He brings a voice from wine country to all of the
organizations he is a part of representing one of the vital pieces of what has
made Temecula such a great place to live in, work in and raise a family.
Bill takes great pride in the Temecula Valley and would like to do what he
can to ensure it continues to thrive for future generations.
Building Industry Association of Southern California Riverside County Chapter
CR&R Environmental Services
Eastern Municipal Water District
The Law Offices of Hitzeman & Evenson, APC
Loma Linda University Medical Center, Murrieta
Southern California Edison
Temecula Valley Hospital
California Apartment Association
California State University San Marcos
Commerce Bank of Temecula Valley
The Law Offices of Rosenstein & Associates
Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac
Reid & Hellyer, APC
Southern California Gas Company
Southwest Healthcare System
Truax Management Group
Waste Management of Inland Valley
The Valley Business Journal
The Valley News