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2010 October 1
quote from Press Enterprise, dated 2 October 2010
EASTVALE: Thousands turn out to see "a city being born" - Riverside County's 27th.
By Sandra Stokley, the Press Enterprise
Thousands of residents jammed the stadium at Eleanor Roosevelt High School on Friday night to usher in a new era in Eastvale's history.
More than 100 years after the minutes of one of the first meetings of the Riverside County Commissioners referred to an "East Vale" school district, this farming community turned dairy enclave turned suburban hub became Riverside County's 27th city.
"This is so exciting," resident Adam DeCorte said as he snapped a photo of a City of Eastvale squad car on display in the high school's parking lot.
"It's the first time I've seen the City of Eastvale on something," DeCorte said.
He and his wife Andrea and their three small children came out to celebrate so they could be a part of a city being born." he said.
The evening's festivities included a parade, a concert, food and game booths and a fireworks show.
Organizers estimated that between 3,500 and 4,000 residents attended.
The day's events began on a more solemn note in the high school theater. Shortly after 3:15 p.m., Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione swore in the city's first City Council - Ike Bootsma, Jeff DeGrandpre, Kelly Howell, Adam Rush and Richard "Ric" Welch.
The five, who have been meeting all summer as the council-elect, then made history by convening the first official meeting of the Eastvale City Council. Rush, who received the most votes in the June election, was chosen mayor by his colleagues. Jeff DeGrandpre was chosen mayor pro-tem. Looking on from the audience was Richard "Dickie" Simmons, who was chairman of the "YesOnEastvale" committee that campaigned for cityhood.
"I got up at 1 a.m. and said 'Happy Birthday Eastvale'" Simmons said, "I'm so proud of what we've done."
Council members made short work of adopting the Riverside County codes that will govern the city until city leaders can create an Eastvale municipal code. The council also approved a $5.4 million budget, which calls for council members to be paid $400 a month. Interim City Manager Robert Van Nort will be paid $150,000, plus $54,000 for his benefits. Rush said after the meeting that he and his council colleagues are aware that some residents might be worried about the prospects for a city starting in the midst of a troubled economy.
"This is an issue the council is sensitive to," Rush said. "We're being very careful with staff appointments and agreements."
Rush said a priority for the council members is to create a city based on sound fiscal practices that will prosper when the economy begins to improve. "We'll be able to ride that wave into the future." he said.
the inaugural celebration kicked off at 5:30 p.m. onthe north end of the campus. As residents jammed into the stands to await the start of the show, a rainbow formed over the stadium. Shannon Kincaid, who moved to Eastvale three months ago, came with her 10 month-old boxer puppy, Bear. Kincaid, who moved from Irvine, said shehas been impressed with the sense of community she has found in Eastvale. "It's nice to walk in your neighborhood and feel safe. It's nice to wave to your neighbors and to have them wave back," she said.
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