The first morning after we moved into our house in downtown Escondido, I went looking for a cup of coffee. I found The Blue Mug and was warmly greeted by a woman named Olga Diaz. She was energetic, friendly, made a great cup of coffee, and welcomed me to the neighborhood.
When she ran for Council in 2008, I voted for her. I did the same in 2012. 2012 was also the year I faced a dilemma over who to vote for for Mayor — Abed, Bologna, D’Agosta or Daniels, None of them thrilled me, but I voted for Mr. Daniels because I believed he was a moderate who would maintain the sort of even keel we had seen with Mayor Lori Pfeiler. Unfortunately, he did not prevail and Sam Abed became Mayor with 38% of the vote.
This year, I am thrilled to be able to vote for Olga Diaz for Mayor. And here’s a dozen reasons why:
1. She is an engaged and active member of our whole community.
2. She recognizes the crucial importance of parks, recreation and libraries to the residents of Escondido as well as the vital role they play in building community and improving public safety.
3. She spends time at Council meetings actually listening to people and provides information to residents about the decisions being considered.
4. She began the revitalization of Escondido Creek and helped to bring in $2 million in grants for streetlights, landscaping and pocket parks.
5, She recognizes the importance of agriculture and has been a leader in developing water recycling plans for the City and would like to bring vineyards back to Escondido.
6. She knows that non-profit organizations provide vital services to the community while bringing in millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs.
7. She has a degree in accounting and has worked as an auditor and researcher — giving her the tools necessary to deal with any kind of financial information.
8. She is a great speaker who will be a wonderful ambassador for Escondido.
9. She is not an ideologue bur rather considers each issue on its own merits. (And is often much more conservative and conciliatory than I would ever be.)
10. She is bi-lingual and the child of immigrants, so she understands the issues that face our community.
11. She is a hard worker who is willing to roll up her sleeves and get the job done. (In her volunteer work on the Creek, I mean that literally.)
12. She supports Smart Growth and development that pays its fair share.
13. She supports fair and balanced budgets.
As Mayor, Olga Diaz will work to make Escondido a city that is innovative, welcoming and fun — for businesses, residents and visitors. I look forward to casting my vote for her on November 4th and urge you to do the same in person or through an absentee ballot. Do not sit this election out.