Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox
Cheryl Cox was sworn in as Chula Vista’s 39th mayor on December 6, 2006. In her first year, Mayor Cox initiated an independent financial review that identified the reasons behind the city’s fiscal problems and offered recommendations to ensure a sustainable approach to future budgeting practices. Today, the city is positively positioned for business investment and economic growth with a AA- credit rating from S&P and a focus on establishing a mandated 15 percent in fiscal reserves in the coming years.
In a city with great opportunity, Mayor Cox is dedicated to helping the 535-acre Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan reach its potential to provide the city with a world-class waterfront property. The plan received unanimous approval from the California Coastal Commission in August 2012, allowing for work to begin on the eco-approved development that features 230 acres to be dedicated to parks, open space and habitat restoration/preservation; with 130 new acres identified for parks and open space that provide public access and use.
Since 2007, Chula Vista’s bayfront has experienced major improvements to prepare the area for development. At Mayor Cox’s urging, the Port demolished vacant industrial buildings along H Street, west of Interstate 5. This project eventually led to the H Street Extension Project (2013/14), connecting the waterfront to the main streets in western Chula Vista. In fall 2009, SDG&E cleared the waterfront’s skyline of its electrical transmission towers. In February 2010, a significant land exchange agreement was reached to further the development vision of the master plan while protecting the bayfront’s wildlife preserve. More progress was made in December 2010 when the South Bay Power Plant was shut down and finally demolished by the use of a powerful implosion in 2013.
As a long-time Chula Vistan, Mayor Cox encourages progressive planning with an emphasis on sustainable development for the city’s center. In her first term, Mayor Cox endorsed the Urban Core Specific Plan, a zoning document that lays the foundation for revitalization and redevelopment in the northwest area of the city.
Re-elected in June 2010, Mayor Cox has worked to further progress on the city's proposed University Park and Innovation District. Chula Vista is close to acquiring the final acreages needed for the project, with 215 acres currently in the city's ownership.
Prior to her election, Mayor Cox was a local teacher and principal and member of the Chula Vista Elementary School District Board of Trustees. Mayor Cox maintains her educational roots by serving on the California Mayors Education Roundtable, board of California Competes, and is a strong advocate for attracting career training and higher education to Chula Vista.
Mayor Cox received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego, a Master’s of political science from San Diego State University, and a Doctorate in education from the University of Southern California. She was named WTS San Diego's Woman of the Year in 2013 for her work in advancing women in the transportation industy.
Contact Mayor Cox
Send an email to Cheryl Cox by using the City's web form
Chula Vista Mayor and Council Office
276 Fourth Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910