SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Chula Vista City Manager Jim Sandoval announced today he will retire after six years in the post, effective July 1.
Sandoval has worked for Chula Vista for 15 years total. He also worked for the cities of Del Mar and Imperial Beach during a 35-year career.
"I have been privileged to hold leadership positions which enabled me, working with others, to bring about positive change," Sandoval said. "In Chula Vista, this has included successfully addressing the previous dire financial situation, creating more efficient and cost effective ways to provide public services, and making great progress on major projects important to the community."
Mayor Cheryl Cox said Sandoval guided the city through "extremely challenging times." The city had to make personnel and service cuts during the recent recession.
"I know his time here has been rewarding, having contributed to the city's financial stability and our unprecedented successes on the bayfront and in university planning," Cox said. "I thank him for his leadership."
She did not say how the city planned to replace Sandoval.
Due to strong and gusty Santa Ana winds and a red flag warning, several San Diego County school districts were closed Tuesday after San Diego Gas & Electric officials shut off power for several thousand customers as a safety precaution.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will shut down several lanes of traffic beginning Tuesday morning at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry to install equipment in preparation for the arrival of the migrant caravan, the agency said.
Santa Ana winds continued Tuesday to plague firefighters battling the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties as officials re-emphasized to evacuated residents that they must stay away until the area has been declared safe.
Police on Tuesday were searching for a man suspected of robbing a smoothie bar at gunpoint in Mira Mesa.
Santa Ana winds continue Tuesday, weakening Wednesday through Thursday. Very dry and gusty conditions will continue to bring elevated fire risk through Wednesday.
Santa Ana winds picked up again Monday and were expected to continue into Tuesday as firefighters battling the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties worked to hold back the flames.
Deputies shot and killed a man Monday afternoon during a confrontation at an East County apartment complex.
Among the Paradise residents that lost their homes to the Camp Fire were several graduates of Chula Vista High School.
Democrats have won two Republican-held California state Senate seats in the Central Valley, giving the party veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature.