Carmel Valley leaders look back — and ahead

By Karen Billing/Staff Writer

The Carmel Valley News asked community leaders to look back at the year that was and ahead to what 2011 holds.

Manjeet Ranu, Carmel Valley Community Planning Board
What was your organization’s biggest accomplishment in 2010?

Manjeet Ranu (Photo by Todd Leveck/Epic PhotoJournalism)

I believe Proposition C was the biggest accomplishment for the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board in 2010.  The board identified a problem that needed to be fixed to improve the quality of life for the community.  The board worked very hard to define the problem, address concerns and prepare a consensus-based solution that culminated in citywide voter approval of Prop C with more than 70 percent of the vote (with even higher results locally) and no organized opposition.  By any measure, what the board did to achieve this was an impressive accomplishment in a remarkably short period of time.

What do you see as the most important issue facing your community/organization in the coming year, 2011?
Kilroy Realty’s mixed use project at Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real is likely to receive a high level of community interest in 2011.  The project has great potential for Carmel Valley, but there are community concerns that need to be addressed in a project of this scope.  Another important issue will be to implement Proposition C by preparing a program of phased development for Pacific Highlands Ranch that would ultimately be approved by the City Council in 2011.

What is your New Year’s Resolution, personally or professionally?
To have as much time as I can find with my family.

Sherri Lightner, San Diego District 1 councilwoman
What was your organization’s biggest accomplishment in 2010?

Sherri Lightner

The biggest accomplishment this year in our community was the overwhelming voter approval of Proposition C. Since November 2009, my office has worked closely with the community to correct the unintended consequences of Proposition M from 1998. In years past, there were attempts to bring this amendment to a vote of the people and now, thanks to the tireless work of the community, Pacific Highlands Ranch will be able to become the smart-growth, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood it was designed to be. With the passage of Proposition C, I look forward to working with the community to create a Working Group to complete a phased development program for Pacific Highlands Ranch.

What do you see as the most important issue facing your community/organization in the coming year, 2011?
2011 promises to be an exciting, yet challenging year. The biggest issue facing the community in 2011 continues to be the City’s budget deficit. In the coming months, I plan to work with the Mayor, the City Council Budget Committee, and community members to formulate a City budget that closes the gap, prioritizes public safety, and minimizes the impact to neighborhood services to the extent that will be possible. I will continue to gather community input and thoroughly explore all options available to us before making any decisions on changes to the City budget.

What is your New Year’s Resolution, personally or professionally?
My goal for the New Year is to continue to engage the community on issues facing the City.  My staff and I are always available to address any questions or concerns that arise.

Departing Captain Miguel Rosario, San Diego Police Department Northwestern division (Rosario is being transferred and will be replaced by  Captain Albert Guaderrama)

What was your organization’s biggest accomplishment in 2010?
I’m proud of our commitment to problem solving and crime fighting that has resulted in continued crime reduction, especially violent crime.

What do you see as the most important issue facing your community/organization in the coming year, 2011?
Trying to sustain crime reduction and the highest levels of quality service to the community while under budget and staffing shortages.

What is your New Year’s Resolution, personally or professionally?
Be a better Husband, father, leader. Inspire and influence others to be the best and serve others.

Ken Noah, San Dieguito Union High School District superintendent
What was your organization’s biggest accomplishment in 2010?
Our continued growth in improving achievement for each student in the district.  This focused effort has paid dividends in increasing API scores that place our schools in the top 5 percent in the County of San Diego and the State of California.  Importantly, we have gone about this work in quiet fashion, doing what we know our community expects from us.  And that is to provide a high-quality educational experience for all students with the resources we have.

What do you see as the most important issue facing your community/organization in the coming year, 2011?
Maintaining quality in a time of diminishing resources.  This is my third year as superintendent of the district.  Each of those three years have seen substantial reduction in resources.  We are facing a fourth year of dramatic cuts.  It is getting more difficult to “raise the bar” on student achievement when we have with classrooms with 40 students.  While our achievement has raised to new levels, I worry about the ability of our teachers to provide the kind of individual attention to students that meet their academic needs, but address important social and emotional aspects as well.

What is your New Year’s Resolution, personally or professionally?
To provide positive and dynamic leadership for the staff, students, parents and community of this school district.  It is important that we focus on those things over which we have control.  Ours is the greatest responsibility of all, and that is to raise the next generation of young people who will inherit the world we entrust to their care.

Related posts:

  1. School leaders share their goals for 2010
  2. Carmel Valley resident elected to lead San Diego County Bar Association board
  3. Carmel Valley police captain details crime issues
  4. Carmel Valley planning board recommends Prop. M amendment
  5. Group moving ahead on recommending changes to Prop M

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