Valerie Acevez, Candidate for IB City Council, makes Statement
Sep 16, 2014 06:05PM
By Paul Spear
Candidate for City Council of Imperial Beach
My name is Valerie Acevez and I am running for City Council.
I have been a resident of Imperial Beach since the early 60’s. I went to West View Elementary, Mar Vista Jr High, and graduated from Mar Vista High School in 1975. I am married to Daniel Acevez and we have three children, Daniel Jr, Aaron, and Amber. Aaron and Amber went to the same schools as I did, and played little league, and girls softball in Imperial Beach. Aaron played water polo and Amber played softball in High School.
I spoke with a young couple this past week that were staying at the hotel. They live in El Cajon. But they were doing a Stayca in Imperial Beach. I had never thought of this town being a place to stay while being close to home. They were taking advantage of all that the city had to offer and watch the Charger game at the local Barrels later. I find that to be a great thing for the city. It is positive growth and brings in revenue.
I had the opportunity to be on the Sun And Sea Festival Committee this past two years, and it has been both fun, and educational. This past July brought the perfect crowd of families, and friends to celebrate the city’s birthday with the Sandcastle Ball, parade and Sandcastle Competition with vendors and fun for a day. It took a young couple who wanted to see fireworks in the city go and make it happen. I love this about Imperial Beach. There is a love for the city that all are willing to put time and effort into. We are a small town with big hearts.
I am a candidate for city council because I want to see new business complimenting the businesses that are established here in Imperial Beach. I want to see completion of what has been started on 9th and Palm so that people who drive thru stop and shop here before they go home. I want to see the city complete what has been started and maybe step back before starting new projects. I know there is a housing project being considered, and Palm Avenue Street project being considered. The Navy will be taking down the Radio Station fencing and making changes. All of these projects are substantial and will impact the city of Imperial Beach. I want to make sure the citizens views are taken seriously. The growth that is happening will impact everyone and all views must be taken into consideration.
I know there has to be a balance of growth and small town feel. There has to be the ability to keep the city in a sustainable situation so that we don’t lose any of our valuable resources that impact our children and grandchildren.
So a balance is what I am looking for. I look forward to working with the city to be sure it can be done. And that is why I am running for city council.