City Founders

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"Over three decades have passed since a group of visionaries came together to help found the City of Temecula. Today, we are fortunate to live in a vibrant, safe, and thoughtfully planned community that enjoys a high quality of life, thriving businesses, and a quaint small-town feel. We benefit greatly from a legacy of careful planning and meticulous development by those community leaders, representing the best of what can happen when people come together in a common cause and with a ‘can do’ spirit. The officers and members of the City Incorporation Committee along with the five members of Temecula's first City Council can truly be called the Founders of the City of Temecula. Please enjoy this retrospective on the origins of the City of Temecula."

- City of Temecula Mayor Matt Rahn

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Watch - Temecula: An Origin Story

In 1988, a small group of local residents formed a committee to study the feasibility of establishing a new city in the unincorporated part of Southwest Riverside County known as the Temecula Valley. A few of these citizens assumed leadership roles within the committee and, over the course of the next year-and-a-half, with the financial support of the Bedford Development Company, skillfully guided the committee through the process toward incorporation.

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First Council
City Committee
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  • Tracy Frick - Project Manager
  • Katrina Thoreson - Project Designer
  • Steve Williamson - Research & Content

Additional Thanks:

  • Former Council Member Michael McCracken for project inspiration
  • Beatriz Barnett, Community Services Superintendent