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Calendar >  State of the Community Video Interviews of City Leaders

State of the Community Video Interviews of City Leaders

By   /  January 28, 2016  /  No Comments

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Winter Sierra, RBVHS Intern – The State of the Community Luncheon that took place at the Civic Center on January 25 brought a wide array of individuals from North County who each pursue a unique career path, but are united by a single goal: to make the community a better place.

One man who attended the event was Gary Knight, The Executive Director of the San Diego Futures Foundation. As part of their mission to make technology available to all, he and his organization have been working to implement robotics classes into the school systems, and currently have a trial going at Rancho Minerva Middle School. The SDFF is supported by Live Well San Diego, which aims to determine what makes San Diego County a great place to live and to then enhance those factors further, ultimately increasing the standard of living of residents. Currently, Live Well San Diego has brought the Live Well Challenge to Vista Vision Academy. To compete, each child has to make a 60 second video explaining what he/she is doing to help the community, in the context of volunteering or preparing for a natural disaster. The challenge is supported the Federal Department of Emergency Services.

Below are video interviews of Tim Moran, CEO Tri-City Medical Center, Dan Wray, CEO Biofilm Management, and Joe Green, Del Norte PTA President

Another attendee was Kathy Scavone, who works at Cal State San Marcos in the Extended Learning division. She is interested in the happenings of Vista, and says she likes the city because of all the “many great organizations and services” provided in the area. Additionally, since Vista, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Escondido and Oceanside are all united by the new 78 Corridor scheme, residents from each city are showing an increased interest in the other areas.

Below are video interviews of Carol Herrera, School Board VUSD, Dan Villasenor, Owner of Pepper Tree Frosty and Winner of Vista Person of the Year for 2015, Matt Koumaras, Executive Director Vista Boys & Girls Club

Also at the luncheon was Cheryl Bernard-Shaw, who is the Chief Compliance Officer at Tri- City Medical. As Chief Compliance Officer, Bernard-Shaw guides the organization on how to ensure they are acting in accordance with the law and regulations. She says she lives in Vista, and “like[s] the diversity here.” She was drawn to attending the luncheon to see how the city is doing, and because many of Tri-City’s patients come from Vista, she wants to be “here for the community” and support their patients in any way she can. Tri-City Medical was a major sponsor of the event, and had many representatives there at the event.

Below are video interviews of Jeff Hahn, Vista Fire Dept. Chief, Margo Cobian, Vista Chamber Board of Directors Chairwoman, John Franklin, Vista City Council Member, Toria Watson, Executive Director Moonlight Cultural Foundation

Cindy Taylor, the President of the Board of Directors at Operation HOPE – Vista, was also at the event. Operation HOPE – Vista is a homeless shelter for families and single women, and currently has every of its 46 beds full, over 20 of which are occupied by children. Taylor says the organization aims to help the families “reclaim their independence,” and that the City of Vista has been a huge supporter. She says that, because of the support from the community and Vista, the shelter, which typically opens in November and stays open for five months, will be able to stay open year round. According to Taylor, the City of Vista had made a “huge difference,” and offered “a lot of collaboration within the city,” allowing this organizations to reach more at-need families.

Below are video interviews of Judy Ritter, Mayor of Vista, Bret Schanzenbach, CEO Vista Chamber of Commerce, Devin Vodicka, Superintendent VUSD

 

Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall, who has been Mayor since 2010, was another luncheon attendee. Hall said that Carlsbad has invested over $3 billion in building projects, which will greatly benefit the 78 Corridor. He says this community is “always on the move,” and will continue working together on many issues, from roads to education, to improve the community.

Videos edited by RBVHS students

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