Dear neighbor,

My name is Katie Melendez and I am running for Vista City Council District 3. As your Councilmember, I will work hard to create a safe, happy, and healthy community for all.

I grew up in Vista in a working class home, and am proud to be an alumna of Vista public schools and a first generation college graduate. I’ve served in Americorp, where I helped children and adults with special needs, coordinated volunteers, and built community gardens. As an advocate for affordable housing, I organized with Housing California to fight for Propositions 1 & 2, which allocated six billion dollars toward affordable housing in the State of California. 

I currently serve North County San Diego as a social worker, providing treatment and resources for people experiencing substance abuse and homelessness. My work has taught me that Vista needs a new approach to local issues and leaders who are united with the people they serve. I will advocate for inclusive housing in Vista and make sure our neighbors experiencing homelessness have a pathway to a better life.


I will fight to make Vista safe for you whether you’re walking, driving, riding a bike or skateboarding. Our community has grown in recent years and our infrastructure needs to be improved. I want to work with regional leaders to bring investments towards sidewalks, lighting, and roads in order to enhance public safety and the quality of life for all residents. 

Let’s grow a Vista that is green and sustainable by fighting the climate crisis and protecting our environment. I will prioritize the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, expansion of our tree canopy, and involvement of environmental experts and concerned citizens.

I believe our government works best when constituents are included in finding solutions and making decisions. As your council member I will hold quarterly town halls and weekly office hours in order to be available and responsive to the community. I will have a collaborative approach to governing with a goal for greater equity in Vista. 

I am proud to be endorsed by Sierra Club for my commitment to the environment, San Diego and Imperial County Labor Council for advocating for working families, as well as Vista City Councilmember Corinna Contreras and U.S. Representative Mike Levin.

This will be the first time District 3 votes for a representative. Choose a leader who can unify and heal our community. Vote for Katie Melendez for Vista City Council District 3.



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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


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