Council Member James "Stew" Stewart

James "Stew" Stewart moved to Temecula in 1991 with his wife and 3 children from Oswego, Illinois. He opened his first Stews barbershop in California in Murrieta in 1991 and has opened 7 more since then.  He has attended Sunridge Community Church since 1993 and has been involved in many areas of service there.  Stew has taken mission trips all over the world and has served others in many ways, including working as a Dentist in Haiti pulling teeth and conducting eye glass clinics in Ethiopia.  His wife, Lisa, has been on over 40 mission trips, many of them to Nepal, where she has changed many lives.

Rotary has been a very important aspect of Stew’s life.  As the mentor for Great Oak High School Interact Club, his goal is to have kids think and do things outside of their world. The Club raised over $2000 for water filtration in Nepal and then made Christmas stockings for kids in Project Touch (a homeless outreach).  They have been involved in projects for the Boys and Girls Clubs and many other projects at home and around the world.  He is very proud of the kids that he has had the pleasure to mentor for the last 7 years.

Stew's tenure on the Board of Directors of Rancho California Water District was a valuable experience and has prepared him for dealing with infrastructure projects, labor contracts and the budget process.  He served as Executive Vice President in 2015. While at RCWD, Stew was instrumental in persuading the Board to approve a project that saved the District more than $20 million. 

Stew and Lisa have been married for 38 years. They raised their three children and seven grandchildren here in Temecula.  They lived on the south end of town for 17 years and moved to Meadowview 11 years ago.  He has seen a lot of change in the last 28 years and is looking forward to keeping the quality of life here in Temecula at the highest level possible.  

Stew’s primary goals as a Council Member are to lead with common sense, foster transparency and to keep the public informed about the City’s activities and issues. 

Public & Community Service:


  • Council Member:  2016-2020
  • Elected Member of Rancho California Water District:  2011-2015
  • Executive Vice President of RWCD: 2015
  • Great Oak High School Interact Club Mentor since 2011
  • Sponsored CYT for 20 years, along with youth sports teams since 1991
  • Have been involved with many projects for the Boys & Girls Club, Project Touch and many other local charities

Current City Council Assignments:

 
  • Sister City Liaison
  • Rancho California Water District Liaison
  • City Sustainability Program Committee
  • E-Government and Temecula Outreach Committee
  • Infrastructure Beautification Committee
  • Joint City Council/TVUSD Committee
  • Parks, Recreation and Community Services Committee
  • Public Works Committee
  • Old Town Local Review Board
  • Finance Committee
  • Human Services Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Military Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Teen Village Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Community Services Funding Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Short Term Vacation Rentals Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • TVE2 Ad Hoc Subcommittee

Organizations/Affiliations:


  • Member of the Old Town Rotary Club for 10 years.  Club President 2012 and 2015
  • President of Oak Haven Estates HOA for 5 years
  • Rancho California Water District Liaison
  • Temecula Sister City LIaison
  • Southwest Riverside County Energy Authority (SCREA) JPA
  • RCA Representative, Alternate Member
  • Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency Board, Alternate Member
  • WRCOG Executive Committee and Zone Committee, Alternate Member

Key Objectives:


  • Repair and enhance city’s roads and infrastructure
  • Foster a higher police presence by basing our officers in the city limits 
  • Maintain the highest level of community service
  • Create a favorable environment for businesses to bring in high paying jobs
  • Stop high density housing until infrastructure can support it
  • Maintain and create open space areas

Occupation & Education


  • Owner of Stews Barbershops
  • Education: Graduated from Oswego High School 1978 and University of Barber Styling 1978 
  • Studied at Trinity International University 1979
  • Mt San Jacinto College:  Water Distribution Class

Personal:


  • Married 38 years to Lisa, 3 grown children (Brittny, James and Brooke), six grandchildren
  • Favorite activities: Hiking, bungee jumping and anything with the grandkids!