Altie is running for Riverside County Supervisor to make local government more accessible and responsive to residents of the Fifth District. We need a Supervisor who will provide for safe neighborhoods and bring good-paying jobs to our region.
Altie has been a resident of the Inland Empire for 11 years. After high school graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served for 20 years before his retirement.
During his active military service, Altie was assigned to aviation and combat service support units. In 1990, he deployed to the Middle East during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. As a Logistics and Embarkation Officer, he served in Iraq in 2003 and 2008 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Later, Altie served as the Marine Corps Junior ROTC Instructor at Murrieta Valley High School, where he instilled the ideals of citizenship, patriotism and ethics into the lives of over 100 cadets.
In the community, Altie attends Cross Word Christian Church in Moreno Valley and is Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is also a board member of the Military Officers Association of America (Riverside-March Field Chapter), the Vice Chair of the Mt. San Jacinto College Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee, and a member of the City of Menifee Parks, Recreation, and Trails Commission. Altie also belongs to the Navy League and is a member of the California Rifle and Pistol Association.
A resident of Menifee, Altie holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from San Diego State University and a Master of Arts degree in Christian Ministry from Wayland Baptist University. He is married to Tracey and has three children and two grandchildren.
PUBLISHED: May 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm | UPDATED: May 10, 2018 at 4:01 pm
The next phase of Altie Holcomb’s public service career might not involve a uniform or a deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan.
Holcomb, who retired in 2009 after two decades in the Marine Corps, is one of five candidates on the June 5 ballot for the Fifth District seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. The district of more than 400,000 people includes the Pass, Moreno Valley, Perris and Menifee.
“I want to make local government more accessible and responsive to ordinary people,” said Holcomb, 47, of Menifee. “I feel that the ‘good old boys’ network that I consider to be in operation needs to be disbanded.”He added: “I’m going to be someone who will always put the people first … The only special interests I have are the residents.”
Holcomb is running to succeed Supervisor Marion Ashley, who is not seeking re-election after more than 15 years in office. He said his “unique ability to relate to anyone,” regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation, gives him the edge.
A field representative for state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, Holcomb serves on Menifee’s Parks, Recreation and Trails Commission. He also sits on the Mt. San Jacinto College Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.
Economic development is a top priority for Holcomb. He said the county needs to attract a more diverse mix of employers, including companies in the aerospace and defense, renewable energy and medical industries.
“Too many of our residents are forced to travel to Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego countries (for work),” Holcomb said. “I don’t think that’s right. With a population as large as the county has, we need to reverse that trend.”
He said he would meet with companies “as much as I’m allowed to talk to them” and work with his fellow supervisors and the county executive office to “convince (companies), through whatever methods and resources the county has, to come here.”
Holcomb added he wants to create more affordable housing by bureaucratic cutting red tape that he believes hinders commercial and residential development. “I want to do whatever I can as supervisor to ease the process of allowing sensible development within the county,” he said.
He also opposes the $40 million-plus that the county is paying consulting firm KPMG to find savings and efficiencies in county government.
“That’s a waste of money,” Holcomb said. “We have enough smart people within the county executive office and department heads (to save money) without going to an outside firm.”
Occupation: Retired military officer
Endorsements: state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside; county Auditor-Controller Paul Angulo; United Domestic Workers Local 3930; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 440; Riverside Community College District Trustee Janet Green
Hoping to win the hearts, and votes of the influential community’s residents was Jaime Hurtado, the chief of staff and policy adviser to Ashley; former state assemblyman Russ Bogh, vice president of his family’s business, Beaumont-based Bogh Engineering; three-time Calimesa mayor Jeff Hewitt; and newcomer to the political scene, Altie Holcomb, a 20-year-Marine Corps officer.
Candidates were asked a few questions from proctor George Moyer, Banning’s mayor.
They took turns addressing how they would tackle the issue of homelessness, and offered insight as to their thoughts on adding warehouses in the Pass area; they offered their thoughts on the proposed I-10 freeway bypass project; and voiced concerns over doom and gloom scenarios related to the county’s teetering budget.
Altie Holcomb, hoping to provide a fresh voice untainted by any past political decisions or significant campaign contributions, promised to “always prioritize law enforcement” efforts and funding, and would end paying consultants in order to save $40 million that could be better spent directly by law enforcement leadership.
Holcomb said he would fight to end the proliferation of zoning ordinances that allow for warehouses to spring forward; he opposes additional gas taxes; and he hopes to make government “more accessible to people like us: not to just those who can afford” connections, or are part of “the good ol’ boys club.”
Businessman Bogh wants to “bring back a fresh set of eyes” to the challenges of the Pass area, saying “I don’t want this job. I want to do this job.”
Bogh sees the Pass area as a potential economic powerhouse, and prefers that the county stop spending money on projects that “don’t make a difference, and invest it elsewhere” that might make more of an immediate impact. He opposes additional gas taxes, supports an I-10 bypass option, and would lend more support to law enforcement, pointing out that, “If the Indio jail doesn’t open, they’re going to send more inmates to Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility” in Banning “which has no room, and they’ll be released in our neighborhood. We need to stop cutting law enforcement funding. It’s time we cut fat and get back to basics,” and restore funding to public safety.
Mayor Hewitt serves on the Western Regional Council of Governments. He wants to see more collaboration and less self-centeredness among governing bodies. He supports an I-10 bypass project; he felt that Propositions 68 and 69 were “buffet taxes” that allowed politicians to fund things other than what they were intended for, though appreciates the fact that electric vehicles are charged taxes to help with road maintenance funding. Drawing on his service in local governments, and discovering how influential “special interests” can be, he believes he can be a governing official who “can say no” to adverse special interests, considering the county “is in dire financial straits.”
County supervisor field representative Hurtado hopes the county’s 15 years of vested interest in his experience and service will pay off in a promotion. Rebuffing sleights that the county is facing fiscal insolvency, he urged voters to “get the facts” and have faith in the investments the county has made, particularly in real estate, and recognize the fact that interest rate hikes should be rising on the horizon. He supports Propositions 68 and 69 to fund water and transportation infrastructure. “I’ve been working to move this county forward, and make this a healthier and safer community,” and pressed voters to take advantage of his experience with the outgoing county supervisor to guide them as the successor.
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Altie Holcomb, a candidate for Riverside County Supervisor, recently spoke at the local Banning Women’s Club House to more than 50 residents from across the county. He shared current Riverside County information and listened to citizens’ concerns about the County’s troubling budget situation, law enforcement presence in unincorporated areas, county jail staffing challenges, and the future of Riverside County.
Holcomb stressed the need to make local government more accessible and more responsive to the needs of average residents. He said, “I am going to fight what I consider to be a country club mentality in county government. Our government belongs to the people, not special interests.”
A District Representative for California State Senator Richard Roth, Holcomb believes public safety should be the county’s number one priority. “Safe communities are the foundation on which businesses and residents thrive.” He intends to do whatever it takes to increase the ratio of sheriff’s
deputies in unincorporated areas. That ratio is currently less than one sheriff’s deputy per 1,000 residents. Holcomb is also concerned about unnecessary encroachment in rural areas like Cherry Valley. “I am all for businesses coming to Riverside County, but businesses need to be strategically located and sensitive to the needs of those in our less-populated areas.”
Holcomb is a retired Marine Corps Captain with 20 years of service, including the Gulf and Iraq Wars. He is a member of VFW, Mt. San Jacinto College Citizens Oversight committee, and the California Rifle and Pistol Association. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Christian Ministry. Altie is married, has three children, and two grandchildren.
Published by the Record Gazette, Jan 25, 2018.
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