Jeffries Proposes Regulatory Accountability and Transparency to Help Small Businesses and New Jobs in Riverside County:
“Our local economy will be slow to recover as long as our region is seen as one of the least friendly regions in the least friendly state in the nation for job creation and small businesses!”
Riverside: Delays as long as 7 years. Endless collections of additional fees. Constant revisions to previous conditions of approval. Revolving doors of county staff. Reluctance or outright refusal to refund unused deposits. Phone calls for help that never get returned. And absolutely no certainty that a reasonable or final approval will ever be granted even after all the fees have been paid and the years of review have been completed. These are just some of the horror stories shared with the Jeffries campaign about the incredibly hostile environment that small and medium sized business men and women have faced trying to obtain approvals to open their business doors and create jobs in the First District of Riverside County.
With the Riverside County Board of Supervisors looking to amend their fast track authority for big businesses and large industries with political power and connections, 1st District Supervisor Candidate Kevin Jeffries wants to know why the county continues to be so hostile to small businesses.
“There is little we can do locally about our state continually finishing last in national surveys of business friendliness,” said Jeffries, “but there is no excuse for Riverside County, and especially the First District, to be a hostile business environment as well. Small businesses create more than half of all new jobs, and our local economy will be slow to recover as long as our region and county is seen as one of the least friendly regions in the least friendly state in the nation for job creation and small businesses.”
“As a small business owner for 30 years, I know how government bureaucracy and fees can make or break a business,” said Jeffries. “In fact, it was the burdensome regulations and costs for business that first inspired me to run for office. As I have travelled around Western Riverside County, I am repeatedly told stories by business owners, prospective business owners, and all too many former business owners how much difficulty they have had trying to work with the incumbent supervisor and the bureaucracy in the county building.”
“San Diego County is aggressively pursuing high-tech and R&D industries. Orange County is known for its financial and investment firms. Los Angeles is known for its ports and entertainment industries. Riverside County must diversify and become something more than just big warehouses and bedroom communities for everyone else. We need to stake out our territory, knock down needless delays and regulations and open our doors to start-up or expanding businesses that will create jobs and revenues.”
“Every relevant county department needs to be oriented to help entrepreneurs get the permits and approvals necessary for them to open or expand their businesses. We also need to review and revise or knock down regulatory barriers and/or county permit delays that are discouraging small and medium businesses from opening or expanding in Riverside County and thereby harming the creation of new job opportunities for our residents. We need to open the regulatory process in Riverside County to some sunshine, and be more transparent in how the county conducts its business in regulating and permitting businesses.”
“We need to reinforce this change in attitude within the bureaucracy by making business permitting a standard part of the Board of Supervisors’ Agenda. At least once a month, a portion of the agenda and public meeting should be designated to provide sufficient time for various department heads to provide a summary report to the Board of all submitted applications and requests for county approvals by business owners or applicants to construct, expand, continue or otherwise enhance an existing or proposed business operation in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County.”
“This simple summary report (by Supervisorial District) would indicate all county time-lines related to the date of application, review of processing timelines, denials, appeals, or other such actions by the county. This summary would be a rolling list that is routinely updated, so that individual Board members could review and question delays, and/or evaluate the need to change any regulations, fees or processing procedures. This proposal would not seek to bypass state or federal mandated reviews, but simply identify and correct unacceptable internal delays, staffing issues, or excessive county regulations that discourage small businesses and job creation in Riverside County .”
“We may not be able to fix the state’s hostility towards employers, but we can and must make Riverside County more hospitable to new and growing small businesses. Too many of our residents spend far too much time on congested freeways trying to get to and from a distant job. Every new job that is created in Riverside County is either one less person on unemployment, or one less person commuting on the freeways to San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles.”
Kevin Jeffries’ experience as a small business owner and his efforts to reduce high taxes and fees, and burdensome regulations has been rewarded with the endorsements of the California Small Business Association, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Inland Empire Taxpayers Association, Riverside County Farm Bureau, National Tax Limitation Committee, Inland Valleys Association of REALTORS (Riverside / San Bernardino), and a host of leaders in our business community in his race for County Supervisor.
We are a grassroots campaign, and volunteers have been incredibly valuable to our cause. If you can walk your neighborhood (or help walk others), help in the headquarters, come to a phone bank, work or make calls from home, or even simply take a yard sign to support the campaign, stop by our campaign headquarters any Saturday from 10am-2pm or e-mail our campaign coordinator at Kristen@KevinJeffries.com, and we’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as possible to see how you can help!