Member: James L.


James L.






Born July 13, 1944 in Kansas City, Missouri where he lived until the death of his father in 1957. Then moved to Buffalo N.Y. where he graduated from Amherst Central High School in 1962. Jim didn't immediately continue on to college; he worked in several warehouses in the Buffalo area. After a few years he began night school at the University of Buffalo, which became the State University of New York, at Buffalo. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968; served as a Radio Operator in Vietnam from July 1969 to August 1970. During this time he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. After being released from active duty and, using the GI Bill, completed his education, receiving his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1976. After teaching Urban Studies and City Planning at Frostburg (Maryland) State University, he accepted a similar position at California State University, San Bernardino in 1981.

Immediately, he became greatly involved with development activities in San Bernardino beginning with the overwhelming number of applications for multi-family dwellings in the area immediately surrounding the Cal State, San Bernardino. The reason for this rush for approvals was the anticipated change in the U.S. tax law that would eliminate the accelerated depreciation opportunity on rental properties. The expansion of housing was not the main concern, but rather that the city did not have: an adequate development review process, or an adequate plan for necessary capital improvements, or an adequate general plan to assure that basic policy standards existed. Several years later, he prominently participated: in attempting to preserve the historic Platt Building formerly at Fifth and E Streets; in halting the expensive and destructive "Lakes and Streams" project that would have leveled the area from the I-215 to Waterman Avenue, and from Baseline Avenue to Seventh Street; and he was a member of the project development team that planned and promoted the modern public transit corridor known as sbX along the E Street corridor from Palm Avenue and Kendall Drive in north San Bernardino to the Jerry Pettis Veterans' Hospital in Loma Linda. He received his professional certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners in 1990, and maintains an active credential. He is a charter member of the American Planning Association from which he has received several recognitions, most recently the 2012 Distinguished Leadership Award - Professional Planner from the APA's California Chapter.

He has numerous professional publications and research presentations. In addition, he has been active within the community. Among others, he has been a member in the Kiwanis Club of San Bernardino since 1986; the League of Women Voters of San Bernardino since 1989; and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish.

He has one daughter, Carolyn, who is an environmental planner with the U.S. Environmental Protection, Region 9 Headquarters, in San Francisco.






James L. Mulvihill


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Last modified at 9/6/2018 3:47 PM by Ludlow Brown