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What does the Vista City Council do?

The City of Vista is a municipal corporation following the council-manager form of government. The City Council, the city’s legislative body, defines the policy direction of the city. The city manager oversees the day to day operations of the city.

The Vista City Council votes on city-wide policy during public meetings. To view upcoming meetings, click here: https://www.cityofvista.com/city-hall/agenda-minutes/meeting-video-broadcast

How does your experience qualify you for Vista City Council?

As a social worker, I am serving our community every day. Challenges in Vista, such as housing affordability, public safety, and homelessness are part of my daily work. While many of these issues can be addressed at the city level, our current leadership is not doing enough. 

My perspective as a community advocate will help me lead on Vista City Council. I have advocated to improve public safety, promoted climate action, and lobbied for affordable housing. District 3 deserves a hard-working community advocate.

How will you represent Vista City Council District 3?

November 3, 2020 will be the first time residents of Vista City Council District 3 vote for a representive in a districted election. I will represent and advocate for my community by expanding civic engagement opportuntities. District 3 will have a voice that champions important local issues like improving infrastructure, climate action, and affordable housing. 



My Story

Katie Melendez was born into a tight-knit working-class family and grew up in Vista with her three siblings and parents. She is grateful to have been raised with a compassionate and hard-working spirit. She thrived in Vista schools and was the first in her family to attend and graduate university, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies. She had intended to use her degree to go into ministry and had been accepted into Princeton Seminary. Believing in her responsibility to serve the community, she decided to decline her grad school offer, stay in her hometown, and serve locally. When an opportunity to serve arose, it was clear that Katie was dedicated to her community. Katie served as an Americorp Volunteer and was stationed at Ivey Ranch Park where she built their volunteer program and served people with special needs. During her term Katie learned more about civil service and community engagement, becoming more determined to make her city a better place for everyone. Katie is now a social worker at a long-standing, community-based, non-profit in Vista, assisting clients in finding housing stability and self sufficiency. Not only has Katie dedicated her professional life to service, but she spends her personal time working hard for the causes she believes in. Katie has participated in a grassroots organization, Residents United Network, and has campaigned for affordable housing and a solutions to homelessness. She is also a fellow at the Board and Commission Leadership Institute, a leadership program that prepares community members for decision making roles. Katie’s hard work and public service has shown how she puts People First.



Please Note: The campaign contribution limit for the City of Vista is $480. Katie Melendez for Vista City Council 2020 FPPC # 1418726