I thank Escondido Alliance/ Alianza Escondido newspaper for giving me permission to post the paper’s endorsement of Olga Diaz for Mayor of Escondido.
Olga Diaz For Escondido Mayor
By Alliance Staff – 10/21/2014
The Alliance strongly endorses Olga Diaz for Mayor of Escondido because she has the qualities necessary to move this City forward.
Olga understands the community. As the daughter of immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from college, she knows the struggles that face many of the families who live in Escondido. As the Director of Employment Services for an Escondido non-profit, she works with businesses and organizations that want to provide employment opportunities for residents.
Olga does her homework. Analyzing financial reports, pursuing grant opportunities, looking for ways to stretch the City’s budget take time, commitment and curiosity. Olga is always looking for the best solutions. With a degree in accounting and experience as an auditor and researcher she is able to find new approaches to difficult issues.
Olga gets involved. As a mother and the wife of an Escondido police lieutenant, Olga is busy — dropping her kids off at Central Elementary and Bear Valley Middle schools, taking them to Little League and dance lessons, grabbing a quick lunch on Grand, shopping at the Mall. She began the revitalization of the Escondido Creek, working with an all-volunteer organization to secure grant money for streetlights, landscaping and pocket parks. As an active member of the Route 78 Rotary, she helped organize a mariachi festival at the California Center for the Arts, raising $25,000 for community projects.
Olga advocates for the community. When Mayor Abed voted to cut all funds to important community programs, reduce support for Recreation forcing programs to close and fees to increase as well as close and dismantle the East Valley Branch Library, Olga Diaz was the only member of the City Council to say NO. Olga supports recreation, parks, libraries, arts and important non-profits, because she knows they build a connected community while attracting new business and more visitors.
Olga brings business to Escondido. When residents said they wanted an In-N-Out burger, Olga contacted the company and made it happen. When County Health and Human Services chose Escondido for their new headquarters, bringing millions of dollars and hundreds of good jobs, she supported it – Mayor Abed tried to stop it. When a dance and tutoring program wanted to come to Escondido, Olga showed them around the Center of the Arts – they’ve signed a lease and will move in shortly.
Deputy Mayor Olga Diaz has all the skills, knowledge and experience to be a great mayor for Escondido. She believes it should be a position of service, not of power. She is friendly, warm, bi-lingual and truly interested in what other people have to say. With Olga as our Mayor, Escondido will once again have a reputation as a city that is easy to love and easy to live in. We urge you to vote for Olga Diaz as the next Mayor of Escondido.