By Miriam Raftery and Janis Mork
December 13, 2013 (El Cajon) –El Cajon’s City Council voted on Tuesday to adopt “Valley of Opportunity" as the new city motto. In addition, Council voted unanimously to name Councilmember Gary Kendrick as Mayor Pro Tem, second in command after newly appointed Mayor Bill Wells.
As for the new motto and logo reflecting that motto, Deputy City Manager/Finance Nancy Palm explained the idea began before the centennial. “We had a lot of community involvement. It has proven to be the valley of opportunity for many years.”
Mayor Bill Wells observed, “There was a lot of energy at rebranding the city, where a lot of exciting things happen.”
Council also voted unanimously to support a half marathon special event in downtown El Cajon proposed by RunEC. This year, the event will be expanded to include not only a fitness challenge, but a beer and wine festival as well, according to Mike Stowers with Run EC.
Eric Lund from the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce praised organizers, adding, “We’re proud of what Mike and Meredith have done.. There was a lot of television coverage at last year’s event.”
The 2014 RunEC is slated for Sunday, March 16.