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Larry McCallon was elected to the Highland City Council in November 2002. He is a Past President of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and represents the City of Highland and the City San Bernardino on its Regional Council. He is a City Member on San Bernardino County's Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO). He is also the Immediate Past President of the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA), where he is a member of its Administration, Plans & Programs, Major Projects, and Commuter Rail & Transit Committees. He is also a SBCTA alternate representative on the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) Board of Directors.
He is a past President of the League of California Cities Inland Empire Division and has received its James Thalman Memorial Public Service Award. He is also Past President of the League's Mayor and Council Members Department, serves on the League's Admin Services Policy Committee, and is a graduate of the League's Mayors and Council Members Leadership in Action Program. He has been awarded a Leadership Fellow Certificate of Achievement in the National League of Cities (NLC) Leadership program and is a graduate of the SCAG Regional Leadership Academy at USC. He received a Good Government Award from the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Southern California for his leadership, while SCAG President, in the noteworthy development of a Southern California Economic Recovery & Job Creation Strategy.
In 2005, the County Board of Supervisors appointed him to the San Bernardino County Indian Gaming Community Benefit Committee where he currently serves as the Chair. Prior to his position on the Council, McCallon was a City of Highland Planning Commissioner, a member of the City's Community Trails Committee, and served two terms as President of the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce.
McCallon served in the United States Air Force for 21 years and was awarded the Bronze Star medal during the Vietnam War. McCallon is a retired local businessman with 18 years experience as President and CEO of McFAM Corporation dba McCLEANERS. Prior to retirement, he also directed multi-million dollar aerospace development and production programs at the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He received the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce's Presidents Award in 1998, Business of the Year Award in 1999, and Member of the Year Award in 2000. He also received the 1999 Small Business Recognition Award from the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
In addition to his civic duties, McCallon is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Highland and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church's Global Outreach activities both locally and around the world. From 2000 to 2006, he was on the Board of Directors of the Arrowhead United Way, and he served on their Planning and Allocation Committee.
McCallon received two Bachelor of Science degrees from The University of Michigan and a Master of Science degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is married and has four children and eight grandchildren.
Brian Berkson serves on the Riverside County Transportation Commission, where besides serving as the chair for both the Western Riverside County Programs and Projects Committee and the Toll Policy and Operations Committee, he also sits on the SR-91 Advisory and Future Funding Committees. Berkson serves as a Council Member for the City of Jurupa Valley. Berkson is also an alternate member to the Metrolink Board of Directors and an alternate Board member on the Riverside Transit Agency. He was previously an alternate on the Western Riverside Council of Governments.
Berkson has coached AYSO soccer teams, has assisted with the Indian Hills Swim Team and served on the Jurupa Fastpitch Board. He also sits on the Jurupa Valley Celebration Committee.RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION REPRESENTATIVE, COUNCIL MEMBER, CITY OF JURUPA VALLEYAlt: Linda Krupa
Growing up in the Coachella Valley and starting his own computer networking business in 2001, Councilmember Benoit moved to the City of Wildomar in 2004. After personally going though the development process of building a house off of an unmaintained dirt road in Wildomar, he became a strong supporter of the effort to incorporate Wildomar as a City in order to bring local control to the community.
Having been involved in Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce, Councilmember Benoit was encouraged to run for the Wildomar City Council in 2010 and was elected. He also served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2011 and 2014 and as Mayor in 2012 and 2015.
Councilmember Benoit serves as Vice Chair for Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) and was a part of the Board when it won the President’s Award for Excellence from Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for WRCOG's HERO program. The HERO Financing Program is the nation’s largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, and Councilmember Benoit is a strong supporter of bringing this program to other municipalities throughout California.
Serving on Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), Councilmember Benoit has been a strong supporter of helping further Metrolink's reach into Riverside County. He sits on the Perris Valley Line (PVL) ad hoc committee, and is proud of his participation in bringing such an important project to fruition.
In addition, serving on two conservation boards, Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (RCA) and as Vice-Chair of Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency (RCHCA), Councilmember Benoit understands the need to meet Federal mandates while supporting local businesses.
Councilmember Benoit’s community involvement is motivated by his family. "My daughter Abby is the primary reason I decided to become politically involved. Wanting to ensure a better quality of life for her is the primary reason I spend so much time focused on improving our community."
Jed Leano is serving his first term on the Claremont City Council (November 2018 - November 2022). In October 2019, he was named Democrat of the Year for the 41st Assembly District by the LA County Democratic Party.
Jed serves as chair of the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust Board, Vice Chair of Tri-City Mental Health Board, and Claremont’s representative to the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGV COG) Homelessness Committee. He sits on the League of California Cities’ Housing Policy Committee and represents the SGV COG on the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Community Economic and Human Development Committee (CEHD) charged with the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) methodology. He sits on the SCAG Committee on Race Equity and represents SCAG on the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC), charged with overseeing programs to reduce motor vehicle air pollution.
Prior to his election to City Council, Jed served as the Vice Chair of the Community and Human Services Commission and was the founding Chair of Housing Claremont. Since 2011, he has served as lead attorney for the quarterly immigration and naturalization clinic at the United Methodist Church. He was founding board member and lead attorney of the Neighborhood Immigration Clinic in 2009, a state-wide pro-bono immigration law clinic, and served as Board Chair from 2012-2014. Prior to moving to Claremont, Jed resided in Pasadena, CA where he served as 80th President of the Pasadena Jaycees and National Legal Counsel for the United States Jaycees.
Jed works as an immigration attorney in private practice in Pasadena, CA, representing people in immigration courts facing deportation proceedings. He was admitted to practice law by the New Jersey Supreme Court in 2006. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law in 2005 and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kentucky in 2001. He and his wife Liz have one son, Welles.SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS REPRESENTATIVE, Alt: Mark Henderson, Member, Southern California Association of Governments Regional Council
Dr. Sydney Vergis is the Division Chief of the Mobile Source Control Division (MSCD). This Division is responsible for developing statewide programs and strategies to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses, smog-forming pollutants and toxics by mobile sources. Sydney was most recently Assistant Chief of MSCD where she oversaw MSCD's incentive programs and development of the Heavy Duty Inspection and Maintenance Program. Prior to that, Sydney was CARB's Legislative Director.
Sydney earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in Transportation Technology and Policy from the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, a B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning, and a B.A. in Economics from UC Davis. Her Ph.D. dissertation evaluated passenger and heavy-duty zero emission vehicle markets in California, the U.S., and in other countries. Prior to working at CARB, Sydney worked in the private and public sector as a Senior Environmental Planner and as an appointed Planning Commissioner for Yolo County. Sydney is also a member of the Davis Sunrise Rotary club.CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD REPRESENTATIVE, STAFF, AIR RESOURCES BOARDAlt: Michelle Buffington, PhD
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
San Bernardino County Transportation Authority
Alt: Cheryl Wilson
Orange County Transportation Authority
Alt: Cliff Thorne
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Alt: Yuh Jiun Tan
Cities of Riverside County
Orange County Board of Supervisors
Derek Winters, Jr.
California Air Resources Board
Regional Rideshare Agency
Riverside County Board of Supervisors
Riverside County Transportation Commission
Alt: Lorelle Moe-Luna
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Alt: Laura Iannoccone
Southern California Association of Governments
Alt: Scott Strelecki
Cities of San Bernardino County
City of Los Angeles
Air Pollution Control Expert
Alt: Rhetta deMesa
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors
Cities of Los Angeles County
Cities of Orange County
Alt: Joseph Alcock