Chula Vista State of City Welcomes New Leaders and Recognizes Outstanding Citizens

This St. Paddy’s day if you were watching Mexican Irish dancers and listening to the musical talents of Maya Mendez you were likely at the Chula Vista State of the City address. The chambers were packed with leaders from across San Diego County and Mexico, including a representative from Board of Equalization (BOE) Member Diane L. Harkey’s office.

The State of the City welcomed new faces to the Council including Councilman John McCann and fresh leadership under Chula Vista’s new Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. The State of the City was reminiscent of the Small Business Seminar Member Harkey had hosted with Councilman McCann just a few weeks back; standing room only and filled with an optimistic outlook for the city’s business climate.

The event was made possible through the support of Agave Coffee, Marine Group Boat Workers, Northgate Market, and San Diego Gas and Electric. Thank you all for your appreciated time and treasury making this event possible.

Before the State of the City concluded the Mayor and Councilmembers were able to each recognize a 2015 Chula Vista Community Award recipient. Here is a list of the awardees and a brief description of why they received the award. You are the type of golden leaders that inspire the BOE Fourth District.

Chula Vista 2015 Community Award Recipients

Anthony Rivera and Alejandro Hernandez
Honored by: Mayor Mary Casillas Salas
For aiding a victim of a traffic collision by directing one witness to contact the police, another to tracking down the license plate numbers involved while rendering comfort to the victim.

Kevin O’Neill
Honored by: Deputy Mayor Pamela Bensoussan
For generously volunteering his expertise, labor, and equipment for years as an integral catalyst and leader for numerous local projects.

Penny Vaughn
Honored by: Councilmember Patricia Aguilar
For advocating for mobile home residents, and her work for the Chula Vista Mobile Home Residents Association involving citizens in City government.

Rob and Cheryl Shields
Honored by: Councilmember John McCann
For tireless dedication to “A Night to Remember,” a prom for special needs students, which has become a model for similar events across the county.

Jay Norris
Honored by: Councilmember Steve Miesen
For being a critical bridge between community and business for the past eight years serving as a volunteer and as the current President of the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce.

The color guard presentation was provided by the Chula Vista Police and Fire departments.
The color guard presentation was provided by the Chula Vista Police and Fire departments.

 

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas delivers the State of City address.
Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas delivers the State of City address.

 

Maya Mendez of Otay Ranch High School sings the national anthem.
Maya Mendez of Otay Ranch High School sings the national anthem.

 

Council for Youth Empowerment Pageant Winners with community leader Angelica Wallace welcome attendees to the State of the City.
Council for Youth Empowerment Pageant Winners with community leader Angelica Wallace welcome attendees to the State of the City.

 

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