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John Gjata: Devoted to Improving the City of Encinitas

The city of Encinitas is as glorious as it is because of the behind-the scenes efforts of committed volunteers such as John Gjata. Do you enjoy the town’s clean streets? Thank John for his handiwork in getting more trash cans and recycling cans in place throughout the city. Are you amazed with Encinitas’ abundant and remarkable parks? Again, thank John, who works diligently on the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission.

John is also active in the Encinitas General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC), and he advocates on behalf of his beloved city via his involvement with the Leucadia-Encinitas Town Council. Plus, he is in the Sister City Committee, which brings students to and from Encinitas’ sister city, Amakusa, Japan. Referring to “Encinitas advocacy” as one of his favorite hobbies, John admitted, “The feeling that I am improving where we live and leaving something better for future generations is so rewarding.”

This spring is the season for the city’s annual “Green Spring Encinitas” events, in which there are plentiful environmentally-themed free festivals, films, lectures and workshops held for numerous weeks (from Earth Day on April 22 until Encinitas Environment Day on June 9). Once again, you can thank John for all of these wonderful activities, for he is a devoted member of Encinitas’ Environment Day Committee.

As one of the original founders of Encinitas Environment Day, John said, “It is intended to educate the community about what they can do to be more environmentally conscientious, what the local government is doing to be environmentally responsible and what local businesses and organizations are doing to help protect the environment.”

When he’s not volunteering, John, who works as an engineer/project manager, keeps active by skiing, hiking, cycling, fishing and playing volleyball. He also enjoys visiting his favorite local stomping grounds with his wife, Paola, and daughter. These include the library, Swami’s Café, Ki’s Restaurant, the Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens, Beacon’s and Moonlight beaches, Cottonwood Creek Park and San Elijo State Park. A resident of Leucadia for the past 15 years, John proclaimed, “I love living here because it is close to the beach, it is a mixed community with various ages and backgrounds and it has an individual, distinct historic area.”

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The city of Encinitas is as glorious as it is because of the behind-the scenes efforts of committed volunteers such as John Gjata. Do you enjoy the town’s clean streets? Thank John for his handiwork in getting more trash cans and recycling cans in place throughout the city. Are you amazed with Encinitas’ abundant and remarkable parks? Again, thank John, who works diligently on the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission.
John is also active in the Encinitas General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC), and he advocates on behalf of his beloved city via his involvement with the Leucadia-Encinitas Town Council. Plus, he is in the Sister City Committee, which brings students to and from Encinitas’ sister city, Amakusa, Japan. Referring to “Encinitas advocacy” as one of his favorite hobbies, John admitted, “The feeling that I am improving where we live and leaving something better for future generations is so rewarding.”
This spring is the season for the city’s annual “Green Spring Encinitas” events, in which there are plentiful environmentally-themed free festivals, films, lectures and workshops held for numerous weeks (from Earth Day on April 22 until Encinitas Environment Day on June 5). Once again, you can thank John for all of these wonderful activities, for he is a devoted member of Encinitas’ Environmental Commission.
As one of the original founders of Encinitas Environment Day, John said, “It is intended to educate the community about what they can do to be more environmentally conscientious, what the local government is doing to be environmentally responsible and what local businesses and organizations are doing to help protect the environment.”
When he’s not volunteering, John, who works as an engineer/project manager, keeps active by skiing, hiking, cycling, fishing and playing volleyball. He also enjoys visiting his favorite local stomping grounds with his wife, Paola, and daughter. These include the library, Ki’s Restaurant, the Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens, Beacon’s and Moonlight beaches, Cottonwood Creek Park and San Elijo State Park. A resident of Leucadia for the past 15 years, John proclaimed, “I love living here because it is close to the beach, it is a mixed community with various ages and backgrounds and it has an individual, distinct historic area.”

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Name: John Gjata
Community: Leucadia
Volunteer Affiliation: Encinitas Parks & Recreation Commission, Encinitas Environment Day Committee, Leucadia-Encinitas Town Council, Encinitas Sister City Committee
Profession: Engineer, Project Manager, Operations
Family: Wife, Paola and daughter

Name of Group: Encinitas Environment Day
Group’s Purpose: To educate and inform Encinitas residents (and others) about local environmental efforts by government, business and civic organizations as well as about how they can reduce their negative impact on our environment and hopefully save money. Provide support to local businesses and organizations who make efforts to improve our environment (locally and widespread).
Contact Information: www.EEDay.org, info@EEDay.org

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