by MICHELLE O’CONNOR-RATCLIFF

Summer is just around the corner and, along with the weather, the PQ Town Council is warming up, ready to embark on a new term with vitality, fresh ideas and exciting vision. But before we get to that, we’d like to thank you all for making the 18th annual Fiesta de los Peñasquitos a huge success. On a potentially rainy Sunday afternoon, we still managed a great turnout. On that climate-challenged Fiesta Sunday, with record voter turnout, you elected the new Town Council representatives. The 2013 – 2014 elected Town Council Members are as follows:

Adobe Bluffs: Jerry Bouck and Ralph Peters

Canyon View: Michelle O’Connor-Ratcliff and Tom Zarzycki

Deer Canyon: Alan Gin and Ramesses Surban

Los Peñasquitos: Kristine Custodio and Bethann Jackson

Park Village: Darshana Patel and Steven Tomich

Rolling Hills: Zachary Tanton

Sundance: Jim Hogan and Juliette Brockmann

Sunset Hills: Lisa Mersereau and Melinda Vasquez

The executive officers will be elected from amongst this group of energetic volunteers at the June Town Council meeting. At the July meeting additional community service devotees will be appointed to fill the Council’s remaining openings. Those whose names appeared on the Fiesta ballot will be the first appointed members, but if you were not on the ballot and are interested in an appointed slot on the Council, please contact us. It’s always a great time to get involved!

The PQ5K, held the day before the Fiesta, was also a huge success this year. About 650 runners and walkers of all ages participated. Another 150 friends and family members joined in the fun at the finish line where we managed to consume 100 pounds of bacon, 45 gallons of orange juice and 2,100 pancakes! Many people took the free CPR class and donated blood to the San Diego Blood Bank. The firemen and fire truck tours were also a highlight. A huge thank you to the Peñasquitos California Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for co-hosting the event with us (and doing all the hard work).

If you didn’t get a chance to pick up your Rancho Peñasquitos t-shirt at the Fiesta, you can still get one at any Town Council meeting and at upcoming community events like Flag Day at Hilltop Park (June 9) or the fireworks show at Westview High (July 3). Don’t miss out! They are beautiful and even come in ladies’ cut and kid sizes. All proceeds go to community service grants and scholarships, so divvy up your $10 and show some PQ pride!ZG-3701-Fiesta committee