|Former Chula Vista City Manager John Goss passed away on January 10, 2014, after a sudden illness. As Chula Vista City Manager from 1983 to 1998, Goss oversaw the planning, growth and development of a city that grew from 80,000 to 170,000 people (now more than 250,000), and from 22 to 52 square miles. “Smart growth” principles guided this development, even before “smart growth” became a popular term. The City’s annexations, including the Montgomery District area in 1986, and the Otay Ranch in the 1990s, eventually created a physically defined City, bounded by the Sweetwater River Valley on the north, San Diego Bay on the west, Otay River Valley on the south and the Otay Lakes on the east.
Also during this time, the City was adding landmarks like the (now) Sleep Train Amphitheater, Olympic Training Center, and planning was underway for EastLake communities, State Route 125, Otay Ranch Town Center, and the Chula Vista Bayfront.
“Under John’s leadership, we put in place a roadmap for the City to add residents, facilities, and infrastructure that continues to guide us today,” said Chula Vista City Manager Jim Sandoval. “He made tremendous contributions to city and county governments and mentored staff on how to develop creative solutions to benefit residents.”
Goss was active in the League of Cities and City/County Management Association. He received numerous awards during his 40-year career including the Mark E. Keane Award of Excellence from the International City/County Management Association. Goss received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from Fresno State and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. For 11 years he taught a graduate level seminar in municipal management at San Diego State University.
Goss was preceded in death by two wives, Sonja Lee Dye and Karen Kessler. He is survived by former wife Sandra Wara De Baca, and long-time companion, Nancy Hughes, in addition to his 10 children and their families. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 26, beginning at 12:30 p.m., at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1500 S. Juniper Street, Escondido, CA 92025.
Posted: January 16, 2014