Vanessa for District 2

Vanessa Valenzuela – Working for a better Escondido

Why I'm Running

We deserve a district representative who listens to the community, not a career politician.

The Issues

For positive change in Escondido, support the candidate whose shown a commitment to do the necessary work.

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Why I'm Running

As a thirty year resident raising my family in Escondido, I am deeply vested in our City. We deserve a district representative who listens to the community, NOT a career politician.  For many years our City has suffered financially, spending millions of taxpayer dollars on legal fees, settlements and staff time for never-ending lawsuits.  We have so many areas of our community where these funds would serve a better purpose.

As a Controller, I am the only candidate with more than a decade of experience in finance and a professional background that includes budgeting.  Let’s end massive pay increases buried deep within the city budget and taxpayer funded lawsuits.

I pledge to make determinations only after thorough research and input from the community. I am committed to WORKING for a better Escondido. Please join my team in putting district two’s council seat back where it belongs – in the hands of the people.

Vanessa Valenzuela
Escondido City Council District 2 Candidate

The Issues

In recent years, Escondido has suffered from leaders who have not been held accountable for bad decisions. The City is under an immense financial burden that officials have done nothing in the past six years to address. In the hands of current leaders, our City will continue to cut services and raise fees until residents have nothing left to give. If elected, I will bring fresh ideas and work on long term financial solutions to bring back Escondido’s quality of life.

The biggest issues I currently see plaguing Escondido are:

 

  1. Pension Crisis
  2. Lawsuits 
  3. Exorbitant Salaries and Benefit Packages for City Executives
  4. Library Privatization

I pledge to make determinations only after thorough research and input from the community. I am committed to WORKING for a better Escondido.

Pension Crisis

For quite some time, the Mayor and Council Majority have been saying the state of the City is looking good.

City Management and Council have known of the City’s looming pension crisis for YEARS and have continued to hit the snooze button.  A professional risk management advisor has been out to present for the Council, telling them many times they should be paying more than the minimum. Poor planning has now left the City in a scramble to find solutions to solve our pension crisis.

Lawsuits

Hasty and ill-informed decision making has cost the city massive amounts of taxpayer money.  Escondido somehow ends up in lawsuit after lawsuit, we either lose, or settle.

Exorbitant Salary Increases and Benefit Packages for Executive Staff

For many years, the city has received criticism for it’s highly paid executive staff, and very generous pay increases.

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In May of 2017, they raised the salary of the Escondido City Manager to $286k with a benefit package worth more than $100k, making the position one of of the highest paid City Managers in California.

Library Privatization

During the summer of 2017 (less than thirty days after raising the City Manger’s salary by $50k annually), in an effort to save what is proposed to be .5 of one percent of of the operating budget, the Council moved forward to outsource the public library. A thorough cost/benefit analysis was not performed. Instead the the decision was based primarily on savings data provided by the very company seeking the multi-million 10-20 year contract.

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