I want to take this opportunity to wish every Escondido resident a very happy holiday season, and a healthy and prosperous 2015.  Whether you celebrate Christmas or any other faith or tradition, the holidays are a special time of celebration, reflection, and looking forward.

During this holiday season, let us all be thankful for this special community in which we live.  The progress we have made over the past several years has been exceptional and Escondido is once again an exciting place to live, and to plan a future. I have a renewed sense of purpose to do whatever I can to ensure that Escondido continues to be the strong, special and vibrant place that we love.  It is my hope that each of you reaffirms your own commitment to continue to foster the great sense of community and cooperation that distinguishes Escondido from many other communities.

It is an honor and privilege for me to serve as your mayor and I look forward to working with our residents and my colleagues on the City Council in the coming year. We have many challenges ahead of us, but I know that our community will continue to grow stronger and enjoy much success in the future.