Since taking office in 2012, Amanda has been instrumental in directing the City towards these accomplishments:
We have paid off our deficit and increased our emergency reserves to nearly 25%.
To attract new employers bringing jobs to Vista, we have revised our Economic Development Plan, which also incorporates our recent partnership with the other four 78 Corridor cities as part of the Innovate 78 program.
Invested approximately $26 million in road improvements and repair, including $950,000 in new traffic light technology that will help to bring some traffic relief.
I worked with Supervisor Horn’s office to repair county roads within our community.
Installed sidewalks in several locations.
We have not one but TWO new skate parks under construction and as a former Parks & Recreation Commissioner, I am very proud to have been a vocal and active supporter of this project.
Made our parks safer and more enjoyable by investing more than $8 million in park improvements, amenities, and renovations, including new ground cover under the playground equipment, new restrooms, a renovation of our “Senior Center,” adding a soccer field as part of the rehab at Bub Williamson Park, and a new pedestrian bridge at Agua Hedionda Creek. From day one on the job, I was a very vocal advocate for shade sails at our community parks to protect our kids (and parents!) from the hot sun and I am very proud that shade sails were installed this year as part of the renovations.
I worked with SDG&E to clean up the trash and graffiti at their substation.
I have been working with staff to redevelop abandoned gas stations.
Currently in discussions for the creation of a community park on N. Melrose Drive.
Also from day one, I have been working on a program to partner with property owners of vacant and / or blighted lots and turn them into passive parks and community gardens. This program is still in the planning stages but should be active soon.
In an effort to make it easier for residents to report things like graffiti and pot-holes, to navigate our many trails, or to receive alerts for emergencies, I requested that we develop a mobile app for folks on the go. I am very proud that we now have ACCESS VISTA online and available from the app store.