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Quality of Life and Economic Development

Because study after study shows that quality of life is the most important driver of economic growth, I want to continue to ensure that we have vibrant, safe and healthy communities so that our residents can be prosperous. 

As County Supervisor, I will continue to work to: 


  • Provide the necessary funding our law enforcement officials and first responders need to keep us safe 

  • Expand educational and job training opportunities for young adults, Veterans and those who want to learn a new trade or profession 

  • Look for ways to grow and diversify the availability of good paying jobs, particularly in the renewable energy industry

  • Build consensus at the federal, state and regional level around the need to restore and revitalize the Salton Sea, and increase access to safe drinking and improved air quality, particularly in our rural communities, and 

  • Increase access to mental health services and reduce homelessness. 

"Over the years, I have become very proud of the way Manny has served our community. He takes all of our needs seriously and makes them his own." - Betty Ann Sherrell, Indio 

Keeping our communities safe

Our region continues to be a place where people come to live, work and raise their families. I know firsthand what it is like to lose someone you care about to violence, and I have heard stories from countless individuals, particularly women, who have been victims of violence.

While I was an Assembly member, and as a councilman for the City of Coachella, I worked to make sure our law enforcement officials had the resources and staff they needed to keep our communities safe, and I am proud to have passed legislation that helped victims of domestic violence more easily free themselves from their abuser. 


As your Supervisor, my priority is to make sure that you feel safe in your communities. That's why I led the effort to restore funding for our Sheriffs' department and increased funding to our District Attorney's office and the Public Defender's office, all while balancing our county's budget. 

"Supervisor Perez has routinely supported law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office in Riverside County. He has been a leading voice in efforts to make our county safer." - Riverside County Deputy District Attorneys Association

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Expanding Educational and Job Training Opportunities

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Whether you are a recent high school graduate, a Veteran, or someone who wants to learn a new skill or trade to better provide for you and your family, I am committed to expanding educational and job training opportunities. 

Together with our State leaders, we brought an additional $3 million to the Cal. State San Bernardino Palm Desert campus. As Supervisor, I have expanded the level of job training support we provide to our Veterans, and I led the effort to ensure that Veterans are given preference when filling county positions. 

"Supervisor Perez understands that our Veterans deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. We are so grateful for all that he has done to help us transition to civilian life."       - Philip B., Veteran

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Growing our Economy and Jobs 

While our region has largely bounced back from the Great Recession, we are still largely dependent on the tourism and agricultural industries. 

Both in the California Assembly, and now as your Supervisor, I have looked for ways to attract new industries and businesses to our region. As a result of legislation I sponsored while in the Assembly, hundreds of new good paying jobs were created in the renewable energy sector. 


As Supervisor, I led the effort to increase funds that went to the Riverside County Economic Development Agency so that we could bring more businesses to our region. 


"Supervisor Manuel has a long record of assisting small businesses and promoting entrepreneurialism. He is a strong advocate for responsible economic policies that create jobs and prosperity in the Coachella Valley, and we urge you to join us in supporting his campaign.” - The California Desert Association of Realtors

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Restoring the Salton Sea 

The Salton Sea is the largest lake in the State of California. When I was a kid growing up in the Coachella Valley, I remember enjoying the Salton Sea with friends and family. But for the past three decades, the health of the Salton Sea has been in decline.


Restoring the Salton Sea is crucial to expanding our tourism industry and more importantly to addressing issues of public health such as air quality. In order to adequately restore the Salton Sea and mitigate the public health impact of its decline, we need to build consensus at the local, county, regional, state and federal levels of government. 

As Supervisor, I have led efforts to create a financing district around the northern portion of the Salton Sea which would be used to finance the creation of a large lake. The costs of this project would eventually be paid by the increased economic activity in the area. To learn more about this plan, please visit: Riverside County has a Plan to Revitalize the Salton Sea


"Bruce Wilcox, the state’s assistant secretary for Salton Sea policy, said the county proposal fits well with the state’s 10-year plan, much of which focuses on building projects around the southern part of the lake." Desert Sun, 1/11/2018

Increasing access to mental health services and housing to combat homelessness

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Homelessness is an issue that exists throughout our region. Often times people who experience homelessness also suffer from mental health or substance abuse issues. 


As Supervisor, my office has worked collaboratively with our cities and the Desert Healthcare District to implement a Housing First program to give people a home and provide much needed mental health and job training services.

"During his time on the Board of Supervisor, Manuel Perez has proven to be an accessible leader who listens and a detail-oriented policy expert who is committed to protecting public health. Our organization has worked closely with Manuel to support policies that expand access to care and improve health outcomes for Coachella Valley residents." Riverside County Medical Association

"Whether at the local, state or county level, I have always fought for working families to get their fair share, and I have a track record of putting the interests of Coachella and Palo Verde Valley residents above partisanship.


As your Supervisor, I will continue to look for ways to build consensus on how best to tackle the issues that most impact us and our region." 


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