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Vista growing younger: assumptions shatter as population's median age now 31

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The median age of residents in the City of Vista is 31 years of age, according to the City of Vista's Manager Patrick Johnson, and this is even younger than fifteen years ago when it was pegged at about 34.5 years.

Perhaps some assumptions in the minds of men and women shattered then, as that number seemed to surprise attendees of the 11th Vista Leadership Academy's orientation last night, who believed the median age would more likely be in the 40s or 50s.

After a welcome and introduction by Communications Officer/Academy Liaison Andrea McCullough for the Academy's orientation last night, Johnson threw out the important demographic factoid to a class of about two dozen interested Vista residents and/or business owners.

Joking with the crowd of local adult learners, after an allusion was made regarding the televison show of a conniving political couple called "House of Cards" the City Manager made another tv show reference involving the antics of public officials in a small-town, as he stated:

"It's not really like House of Cards or Parks and Rec, it's much different from that."

For seven weeks the Leadership Academy takes participants through various topics each session. The orientation also included important presentations from City Attorney Darold Pieper and City Clerk Marci Kilian.

Pieper's remarks included mention of Senate Bill 7, sponsored by the trades unions and other labor groups, which the ModestoBee indicated last year was an effort to "... blunt the impact of a California Supreme Court decision last year in State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, AFL-CIO v. city of Vista et al. In that case, the justices ruled 5-2 that when a charter city is using purely local funds to pay for municipal projects such as a firehouse, bike trail or street repairs, the city is not bound by the state's prevailing wage laws."

Kilian's remarks included an invitation to find important current and archived information on the city website. An interactive, touch-screen kiosk is located near the Alta Vista Drive visitor parking lot (near the stairs leading up to the community room). The Civic Center is at 200 Civic Center Drive.

For a previous article regarding the Academy, from Examiner - click here, or to contact the Vista Academy Liaison Andrea McCullough with questions or to enroll in the next group, call 760.726.1340 extension 1438.

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