We continue with out series, "State of the Cities," conversations with Inland Empire mayors about their cities and how they have fared through the great recession. In Part 1 of her conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent, Banning Mayor Debbie Franklin talks about her city's continuing recovery from the economic downturn. Franklin also reveals a number of resources the city is using to try to lure new businesses and residents up The Pass to the far eastern edge of the IE.
In Part 2 of her conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent, Banning Mayor Debbie Franklin talks about the natural advantages that Banning is using to lure new residents and businesses to the pass: a drier climate, cleaner air, beautiful mountain vistas, and a less crowded, family-oriented, more laid back pace of life than the more urbanized areas of the Inland Valleys.
Press Enterprise Reporter Alicia Robinson tells KVCR's Ken Vincent that the race between Valerie Hill & Mike Soubirous for a seat on the Riverside City Council actually presents voters with a clear choice of philosophy and style.
(photo credit: Press Enterprise)
In his regular weekly conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent, John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, explains why economic recovery in the IE is so dependent on the recovery of the local housing market.