Two new city council members were installed in a special meeting of the Escondido City Council on Wednesday, December 9.
Tina Inscoe, representing District Two and Joe Garcia, representing District Three took part in the installation ceremony, where both were sworn in along with re-elected Council Member Mike Morasco, representing District 4—and City Treasurer Douglas Shultz.
Mayor Paul McNamara observed that it was preferable to follow the democratic custom of passing authority in a peaceful manner to the alternative.
Two letters were read congratulating outgoing Councilmember Olga Diaz on her service, with the Sierra Club especially honoring her for her devotion to the environment.
“I’d like to thank you again for your 12 years of service. I know it wasn’t easy at times, but we all appreciate that you hung in there,” said the mayor.
Diaz said, “It’s been an honor and privilege to work beside you and represent the people of Escondido. It was not a path I anticipated in my life, but it was one that found me and I embraced it and did my best. I wish the best for our new council leaders. Call me if you need me. You know where to find me.”
The three were administered the oath of office and then signed copies of that oath. Morasco was also installed as deputy mayor, an official whose selection is determined by city ordinance.
Inscoe said, “It is an honor to have been chosen by the voters of District 2 and I’m grateful for their confidence in me. I’m very thankful for my family and dear friends and all of the volunteers who helped me. Escondido has been my hometown for over five decades and I’m so proud of my city. I’m encouraged by what we as a city have accomplished to make our city even better for all. I look forward to the road ahead with great excitement for a future full of opportunity for all, collaboration and best efforts to help Escondido reach its fullest potential.”
Garcia said, “It is wonderful and truly an honor to be among all these leaders who are going to take us into places we never imagined, to make a better place. Today I am filled with pride. Not a pride that is rooted in vanity but pride that we as residents, neighbors and friends have come together to confront the challenges that lay ahead of us. We are in a critical juncture in the history of our city. A return to our path will not solve our issues. We must follow a new course. One that relies on the best within us.
“This year has been one of hardship and uncertainty. In just the last few months I have gotten to know thousands of you. I have heard your stories, listened to your pain and we have cried together and laughed together but today I call on us to dream together. To see a beautiful, prosperous and united Escondido. An Escondido that will meet its challenges and work together to overcome them. I have been called to serve to serve you, my family and my neighbors, to lead and to listen to you to learn you needs.”
Garcia continued, “Escondido is beautiful because of its people, because of you. It has the potential to be incredibly prosperous. As a leader I am called to grow our local economy, an inclusive economy, one that benefits all. A beautiful, prosperous Escondido is where we come together to support each other, to work for the betterment of our community. Through, inclusive economic growth, safer neighborhoods for all and fiscal responsibility. Let us come together in the spirit of community, a spirt of support and a spirit of unity.”
The new deputy mayor, Morasco said, “I’m so honored to have the opportunity to serve you the citizens of Escondido. I thank you for your faith in me and I hope I will be able to rise to the occasion. This is the fourth time I’ve taken the oath. It’s interesting the words we take, to support and defend the Constitutions of the United States and California. This year has been one for the records for sure and not so much a favorable one, but one that, as President Roosevelt said, was more infamous than famous.”
He continued, “I’m looking forward to next year, 2021, and the hopes, prayers and aspirations that it will be a phenomenal one for the city. We have individuals and families. We have businesses. We have a community that is reeling from what is occurring to us because of the pandemic, or the things we attribute to it. My aspiration is that the city of Escondido is on the cutting edge of assuring that each and every one of our businesses, our middle-sized businesses, our family-owned businesses, our large businesses, that everyone has the opportunity to stay open, to continue to be productive, to take care of themselves and their families. Because it affects each and every one of us every time these closures occur. My prayer is that we will be brave, courageous and we will be the ones showing our neighbors what needs to be done for a community such as Escondido to be on the cutting edge of normalcy. In particular for the lives of our children in school, our families, our neighborhoods in their homes and our businesses of our community. I look forward to serving for another four years.”