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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of VistaCandidate for Council Member, District 1

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Corinna Contreras

Community Advocate/Entrepreneur
2,088 votes (44.8%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Inclusive Economic Development -- We have many neighborhoods that need services, and I want to make sure there is a plan in place to provide what is necessary to make these neighborhoods thrive.
  • Community Safety -- As a council member I will support the development of a community policing program that is sensitive to our unique needs and challenges. We need to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, especially along the N. Santa Fe corridor.
  • Community Input & Engagement -- Our community often feels like the forgotten district. We need the opportunity to engage in more public workshops to identify a vision for the future of our district and Vista as a whole.



San Diego Sustainable Living Institute Permaculture Design Certificate, Permaculture Consultant's Design Course (2015)
California State University, Sacramento Office of Water Programs, College of Engineering and Computer Science Volume 1 Certificate, Small Wastewater System Operation and Maintenance (2014)
University of California, Santa Barbara Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Double Major: Film & Media Studies / Sociology (2010)

Community Activities

Board Member, Santa Barbara County Action Network (2009–2010)


Hi Vista!


My name is Corinna Contreras and I’ve been in Vista my whole life. As a kid, I enjoyed the open space Vista had to offer. I would play in the creeks, walk and bike sparsely used country roads, and enjoy the wildlife surrounding me. It’s a bit different now.


With growth came a reduction in the open space that defined my childhood. The delicate balance of rural and urban began to tip more towards urban.


Today, when I drive around town I see every scrap of land being carved up. I see development sprawling and congesting our small roads. I see Vistans worried about what the next 10 years might look like. We just want to be part of the process. We want to be part of the conversation when big development comes to Vista. Our voices and vision for Vista should be a part of the development process.


I’m running because I want to be part of a Vista City Council that listens and collaborates with its residents. I want to see my community flourish.


I’ve been attending Council meetings for over a year and a half and I see people asking to be heard, to have the opportunity to participate in discussions that affect their neighborhoods.


Community issues affecting the quality of life of our current residents deserve time, attention and quality communication so all voices can be heard, and balanced decisions can be made that enhance the quality of life for all Vista residents.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • Our Revolution

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters North County San Diego (3)

Do you support increasing the housing density in your district? What other options might there be for improving Vista's supply of affordable housing?
Answer from Corinna Contreras:

Vista is only 18 square miles. We need to balance housing needs with instrastructure needs. If we do not balance these two needs we cannot create a better quality of life for all Vistans. More community input is needed whenever big development comes to our City. 

With the proper infrastructure, Vista can grow to be more dense near transit hubs (which still need to be created and fully fledged out). Without focusing on community-based planning, we will create a big mess of congestion and sprawl. With little land left to develop, we need to be very wise in our decision making. A transparent and community-based process for increased development needs to be a priority for the Council. 

Do you approve of the City's current approach to addressing the problems of homelessness in Vista? What specific changes, if any, would you make?
Answer from Corinna Contreras:

The City of Vista absolutely needs to have a more comprehensive plan to help those experiencing homelessness in Vista. First, we need to initiate a housing-first program. By doing so we can access more federal funding. We need a vulnerability study to help guide our City in understanding where our most vulnerable residents live and how to best connect these vulnerable populations with the services they need. 

What are your thoughts on the three cannabis-related measures to be decided by Vista voters in the November election (Measure Z, Measure AA, and Measure BB)?
Answer from Corinna Contreras:

Prohibition and restricted access to cannabis does not help our City or its residents. Such an approach drives cannabis underground and into the black market. This creates a situation where crime levels increase, public tax money is diverted from other needs, and those seeking safe and open access are unable access cannabis in a safe manner. We need to quell illegal cannabis activity if we are to continue to reduce crime levels in Vista. 

Measure BB does not address safe and open access. Allowing for delivery only is a poor choice. People simply do not have all day to wait for a delivery to come to them. With only 3 approved non-storefront/delivery only retailers, this measure is very shortsighted and will not allow the City to adequately remove illegal retailers and curtail black market cannabis. This is not safe access. 

Measure AA allows for additional tax revenue. 

Measure Z allows for commercial storefronts with retail sales and is the only measure on the ballot that provides Vistans safe and open access. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe government should be inclusive and participatory. Representatives should reflect the values of their constituents and promote transparency in their decision making. 

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