By Sherri Lightner
Councilwoman, First DistrictThis time of year is always a good time to look back on the past year’s accomplishments while gearing up for the new challenges that wait in the New Year.
No doubt 2011 has been a busy year for both the city of San Diego and La Jolla, and there is more to come in 2012.
This year the city continued to solve its ongoing budgetary shortfall while protecting neighborhood services and public safety.
One of my proudest achievements was helping to end fire engine brownouts effective July 1. We were also able to find money in the budget to maintain library hours and improve lifeguard staffing and training — an issue vitally important to La Jolla.
The City Council also approved the historic retiree healthcare deal, which will save the city hundreds of millions of dollars and puts us one step closer to true pension reform. We continued to implement managed competition, and our city workers did not disappoint, coming up with innovative ways to save taxpayers millions of dollars a year.
I was also proud that passage of my Comprehensive Water Policy received unanimous support from my council colleagues. This policy, more than a year in the making, will serve as blueprint to address San Diego’s long-term water needs.
In La Jolla, I was pleased to be a part of the effort to establish the La Jolla Village Merchants Association. The group is up and running and recently hired Rosemary Murrieta as its executive director. Under her and the board of directors’ leadership, I am that confident that La Jolla will deliver as a premiere destination for visitors and locals alike.
In the coming year, I will work to support the merchants association and other small businesses as well as focus on economic development initiatives on the City Council.
I also will move along my Comprehensive Water Policy, working with a task force to come up with an effective action plan. Workforce housing, urban agriculture regulations and improving our streets are all on the top of my priority list, too.
There is plenty to do in 2012 but for now I wish you peace and happiness this holiday season.
Contact me at email@example.com or (619) 236-6611.