photos by Bill Wechter

In Great State

x_stateaddress2Many notable figures from the Encinitas community came together at the end of March to celebrate the triumphs and progress that the city has seen this past year. Hosted by the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Encinitas, the State of the City Address featured social networking opportunities, music and live entertainment, and the keynote speech from Mayor Kristin Gaspar.

The sold-out event was held at the Encinitas Community Center and was emceed by Nick Winfrey from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Among the 248 guests were California Senator Pat Bates, Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, and County Supervisor Dave Roberts. The entire City Council also attended, along with representatives from the Encinitas Unified School District. “This event brings together our city’s representatives, our business organizations, along with residents to keep abreast of what has been going on within our city along with a focus towards our city’s future,” said Mimi Gattinella, Encinitas Chamber of Commerce board member and office manager.

x_stateaddress3Overall, the evening consisted of a general community update, including mentions of beautification projects – from artistic murals to electric panels to alleyway safety and upkeep – and public initiatives, like the new walkway in front of Cardiff Elementary School. Mayor Gaspar’s speech used the expression “Are you draining your swamp or are you simply whacking alligators?” as her general theme. “Draining the swamp” is an analogy for solutions to the big issues, while “whacking alligators” refers to smaller, daily demands. Ultimately, Mayor Gaspar summed everything up by announcing that all is well with the state of the city. Learn more at