TR Robertson — This month’s Government Affairs meeting, held in the Vista Chamber of Commerce Office, featured a series of presentations dealing with a number of projects completed, currently underway and in the planning stages for the city.
Josh Liedman, Project Manager for the Streetlights Residential construction underway at the corner of Main St. and Paseo Santa Fe, gave an update on the proposed business, residential and underground parking structure. The four story building is set for completion in summer of 2020. There have been some delays due to the rainy weather, but construction is underway as the weather clears.
Presenting next was John Conley, Vista Director of Community Development. Mr. Conley gave a power point presentation about the various proposals for the development known as the Main Street Plaza. This project would be at the current site of the pergola (gazebo) and parking area at Indiana and Main St. There are three proposals citizens can view on the Vista City web site, listed as A, B & C. Each proposal shows a different diagram featuring ideas for the site. These ideas show possibilities of using the site for construction of a garden area, green space area, trees, seating, a stage, art displays, a possible vendor site or keeping the pergola and incorporating some of the ideas listed. The parking area would be reconfigured as needed and the addition of street parking spaces is included in the proposed designs. The Planning Commission will eventually be presenting the proposals to the City Council for their consideration. Also mentioned was the cities continued look into acquiring properties for additional downtown parking. Another project under proposal include the Vista Paseo/Santa Fe apartment project.
From the City Manager’s Office of the City of Vista, Tony Winney gave a power point presentation updating the current status of Prop L, approved by voters in 2006, which raised the sales tax in the city by ½ cent. The Prop L will end in 2036. The monies raised so far have been used for projects like 2 additional fire stations, the Vista Sports Park at Melrose and Bobier, the refurbishing of Moonlight Amphitheatre and the Moonlight Stage House, the Vista Civic Center and Community Room and firefighter and paramedic salaries. Most of these projects were the recommendations from citizens of Vista. Tony went into further detail about the financing and monies raised from this proposition.
Mr. Winney also gave some updates on other city news. The Mar Vista Roundabout construction is slightly behind schedule due to some issues found when the construction began. Culichi Town Restaurant is set to open in about a month next to Cane’s. Stone Brewing has moved their entire National Distribution Center from Escondido to Vista. Actress Kristen Bell, from “On Tour” was recently at Vista’s Avo Theatre filming for her T.V. show.
Other Updates included:
Shaina Richardson from Supervisor Jim Desmond’s Office – the Supervisor is studying the feasibility of the county getting into the energy business. The San Luis Rey River Project is underway.
Matthew Phy from Senator Patricia Bates 36th Senate District – An estimated 3,000 bills have been introduced for consideration and of these it is estimated a few hundred will actually make it to the floor for voting. The Senator has introduced SB 401 to streamline campaign financing and control. Anyone needing assistance with the DMV Office is asked to contact the Senators office at 760-642-0809 to request assistance.
Fernando Hernandez from Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath’s 76th District Office – The Assemblymember is working on a number of bills, one AB 522 dealing with veteran’s benefits and another, the Sport Equity Bill which would ensure that any prizes given for any sports events would be equal for men and women.
Kyle Krahel-Frolander from U.S. Representative Mike Levin’s 49th District – there is a new office at 2204 El Camino Real in Oceanside, the Vista School District is benefiting from books being given to the District from the Library of Congress. Rep. Levin’s Office is looking for anyone who qualifies under the Wounded Warrior Project Fellowship to work in the District Office as a full time staff member. Rep. Levin is on the Veterans Affairs Committee. He is also working on a Spent Nuclear Fuel bill and looking into projects dealing with the widening of I-5. They are also looking for nominees for Constituent of the Month and the District Office will soon sponsor a Coffee with the Congressman meeting.
Aaron Byzak, Chief Government & External Affairs Officer for Tri-City Medical Center – Aaron shared some Heart & Stroke survivor’s stories and said demonstrations will soon begin as various locations to teach citizens the new CPR techniques for dealing with people who are suffering from one of these issues. Tri-City will soon sponsor a Heart Walk around Vista. He detailed some of the new equipment at Tri-City that is assisting their response time to patient care as being one of the best in the nation. Building the new parking structure for Tri-City will soon be underway.
March 13th – Business Mixer at Swamis Café
April 4th – April Government Affairs Meeting Chamber Office
April 5th – Heroes of Vista – Cal State San Marcos
April 10th – Business Mixer – Children’s Paradise South Melrose