VISTA — After two elections, one ballot recount and three court hearings, a proposal for redevelopment in Vista has been given the final stamp of approval.
In what should be the final act in a long-running drama, Vista voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to abolish the city's fledgling redevelopment agency. The measure, Proposition V, garnered only 38% of the vote.
Meanwhile, longtime Councilwoman Gloria McClellan bested two rivals in the race to succeed outgoing Mayor Mike Flick. McClellan received 44% of the vote, compared to 32% for businessman Roy Allen and 23% for Councilman Lloyd von Haden.
In the race for two council seats, Eugene Asmus, a former Vista city manager who now serves as assistant city manager of Chula Vista, and Jeanette Smith, a certified public accountant, emerged from a crowded field of 10 candidates to gain the top spots. Asmus and Smith finished in a dead heat, both recording nearly 20% of the vote.