THE MEGA BRIGHT FUTURE OF EASTLAKE

Robert Moreno

Thu April 28, 2016 9:00pm

Chula Vista Councilman John McCann in April delivered the city’s first State of the District address in front of a crowd of about 100 guests at The Venue at Eastlake.
McCann represents the Eastlake, incorporated Bonita, College Estates, Rancho del Rey and Rolling Hills neighborhoods.
McCann was elected to the City Council in 2014, making him the last councilman elected citywide.
Among the projects McCann highlighted came several from the east side of town such as the ownership change for the Olympic Training Center, the Millenia project and a new tower at Sharp Medical Center.
Chula Vista Police Capt. Roxana Kennedy also gave a detailed presentation of crime statistics for the Eastlake community.
About the Olympic Training Center, McCann said with the city as sole owner of the facility it makes the center more open and involved with the community. He also said with Point Loma Trust as the operators there is no risk to the city’s general fund.
McCann called the $4 million Millenia project a “mini Silicon Valley of the south.”
Millenia is looking to attract high-tech companies and innovative companies which will help with the economic growth of the city, he said.
“We in Chula Vista are in the center of a mega economic development district,” McCann said. “We look at what’s happening in San Diego and you look south of the border with what is going on in Tijuana. We are right in the center and there is so much economic activity that we have to make sure we are involved in it, in being able to maximize our resources.”
Currently there are no hotels in Eastlake, but McCann said plans for a quality hotel east of Interstate 805 is under development. He said a Marriot Hotel, located north of Otay Ranch Town Center, is scheduled to open by the end of the year.
McCann said the city has lost credibility by not having a hotel in Eastlake because when prospective businesses come to the city they stay in Mission Valley or downtown San Diego.
“One of my main ideas was to be able to get quality hotels,” he said. “I just did not want to get a Super 8. I just did not want to get something that we unfortunately have on the west side.
He said bringing in more hotels will add more revenue for the city through the transit occupancy tax that could help buy a new fire station.
Kennedy said the Eastlake community is one of the safest areas in Chula Vista.
According to statistics compiled by the Police Department, there were 4,500 calls for service for District 1 compared to almost 15,000 in other districts.
“This area is much safer than you think,” she said.
But that does not mean there is no crime. Kennedy said the majority of the crime in District 1 is theft-related with 96 percent of the crimes that happen in the area. She said thefts include larcenies, petty theft and grand theft.
Kennedy said there were no homicides recorded last year for District 1.
Eastlake resident Michael McGuire said he found McCann’s State of the District address to be very informative.
“I learned a lot, I did not know some of the things that were happening and some of the stuff I learned was new,” he said. “Like the Olympic Training Center. I heard something was happening but did not know all the details on it. I’m very impressed by what the city is doing to make that happen. I heard it was leaving. I did not know the city stepped in and had taken it and was helping keep it here, which I think is a huge asset to the community.”