Berger Aims to Bring Government Experience to Council

Calling upon her experience in local government, Ruthanne Taylor Berger is mounting a strong campaign for a seat on the Murrieta City Coun...

Calling upon her experience in local government, Ruthanne Taylor Berger is mounting a strong campaign for a seat on the Murrieta City Council.

Berger serves as chair of the Murrieta Planning Commission and is deputy executive director of the Western Riverside Council of Governments. She believes her experience both in the private and public sector makes her a qualified candidate to win one of three open council seats in the November election.

"I have a strong background in what makes a community work," she said. "I understand city government.

"Murrieta is at a critical point in its growth. It made it through the recession pretty well. Now we're ready to move ahead. I want to be there with the unique set of skills I have. We need to foster a business friendly community that attracts and creates jobs, but at the same time protect the qualify of life for our residents."

Through her position on the Planning Commission, Berger has played a role in helping to facilitate the kind of business development she believes will benefit the city and its residents in the long run. Joining the city council is the next step in taking advantage of her leadership abilities, she said.

"The city council sets the tone for how the city is perceived," Berger said. "We want to send the message that Murrieta is open for business. We must put the processes in place to be efficient and practical in helping people start and expand businesses."

Berger also stressed the importance of exploring all avenues when pursuing funding for projects such as road construction in the city.

"Knowing how government works, I will work to make sure we don't leave any money on the table that we can pursue," she said. "I've spent the last 15 years in infrastructure financing. That's another skill I can bring to the council."

Berger cited the need to continue projects that will benefit from Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee (TUMF) funds available to cities. Such projects currently underway are at the 215 Freeway interchanges at Los Alamos Road and Clinton Keith Road.

Berger and her husband Tom have been married for 27 years and have lived in Murrieta since 1990. She said her campaign for city council began as a casual conversation with a friend during a breakfast meeting and escalated when several others approached her, suggesting she run.

"I'm excited about the race," she said. "I want to continue to give back to the city."

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