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Escondido ‘movers’ look towards 2018

A couple of weeks ago we asked some of Escondido’s movers and shakers to give us their thoughts on the New Year, either from the standpoint of what they would like to see, or from what they think will happen.
Although not everyone decided to give us a response, who got some interesting replies and thought we would share them with our readers. We did ask our respondents to be “pithy,” but we didn’t end up with a pithy party. . . Where do I get my jokes?
“I’d like to see substantial progress toward the relocation and expansion of our Library and other potential amenities in an expanded Grape Day Park. —John Masson, Deputy Mayor, District 2
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“Everyone would attend at least four live performances and one museum exhibition at the Center in 2018. Or a headline in The Times Advocate that says “CCAE names theaters for a person(s) or organization based on a huge donation”— Jerry H. Van Leeuwen, executive director, California Center for the Arts, Escondido
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“I expect the team here at the City will continue to make the most efficient use of limited tax dollars, and continue our mission of keeping Escondido safe and clean. I think we will enjoy some economic growth in 2018 and see some great projects to improve the look and feel of our City. Washington and Grape Day Parks should see some improvements, and I’m expecting another winning year for the CCAE.” —Jeffrey Epp, Escondido city manager
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“Keeping Escondido safe is not just a police responsibility. It’s a shared responsibility with our residents, business owners, and visitors. We have done well, but we can do better. Find a way to do the right thing all the time; take care of your neighbors and make where you live a little better; get involved in something that makes a difference and be willing to share your best with the rest of us.” Craig Carter, Escondido police chief
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“On behalf of the Rincon Water Board of Directors, we are forging ahead and providing leadership on multiple issues – through improving overall local service, to championing less regulations and legislation that will impose more costs on our customers, and to being proactive members in local/regional/state organizations to better protect the region. This is a great State and region, yet we have to be ever vigilant of bureaucrats in Sacramento who often want to take us into counter-productive and costly directions.”—Jim Murtland, president of the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District board of directors
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“As we close a very eventful 2017 – biblical amounts of rain, end of draconian state-mandated drought regs, over 850 bills signed into law, as well as Rincon Water initiating proceedings to become a wastewater agency, and the District’s continued focus on improving customer service, we are excited about 2018. We will strive to improve on a daily basis, one as we become a wastewater agency, but also as we ensure our ratepayers do not have to be straddled with invasive and unrealistic legislation and regulations that will unnecessarily increase water bills and limit the economic growth of the Escondido region.”—Greg Thomas, general manager of the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District
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“For the New Year, I am looking forward to our local, state and national leaders using common sense that is guided by wisdom and virtue in their decision making – eliminating ‘political correctness.’ ” “Coach” Dennis Snyder of the Escondido Charter High School
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“In Escondido for 2018: I see no change in the political landscape; I predict Grand Avenue will finally begin to realize its unmet potential; and, I hope ECCHO realizes they have seen the best compromise they ever will.” —Kirk Effinger, local Realtor and writer
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“It looks like the Escondido Fire Department will end 2017 at about 16,500 calls which is an increase of 8%. I expect that in 2018 the demand for emergency services will continue to rise. In order to meet the community’s rising emergency preparedness and response needs, we will continue to look for innovative ways of doing business, including local and regional partnerships. Escondido is fortunate to be in the North San Diego County region where Fire Chiefs and Fire Departments support each other and work together seamlessly.
“Due to the current and predicted lack of rainfall this winter, I am very concerned about the wildfire danger in and around Escondido in 2018. We have seen how fast and destructive wildfires can be, even in December! We have also seen the devastating loss of life to both civilians and firefighters. I would like every resident, business owner and community group to be engaged in being prepared and knowing what to do if and when we again experience a wildfire in Escondido. Property is replaceable, people are not.” —Rick Vogt, Escondido fire chief

Editor’s Note: If anyone else wants to contribute to this collection, we’d be delighted to print your contributions in the first issue of the New Year, i.e. next week. Just send to editor@times-advocate.com.

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