John McCann is the current mayor of Chula Vista, California and has been in office since 2018. He is affiliated with the Republican Party and has made public safety, neighborhood improvements, reducing traffic congestion, and supporting local businesses his top priorities. He has also approved the hiring of more than 140 new police officers, increased police patrols by 26%, and improved response times to make Chula Vista the safest city in San Diego County. McCann is a lifelong Chula Vistan, attending from preschool to high school in Chula Vista, as did his wife, Myssie, their four children, and grandson. He has volunteered and served on the boards of directors of the Chula Vista Boys & Girls Club youth soccer leagues and the YMCA. As mayor, McCann works with the city council to select a city manager to oversee daily operations.
He has expressed a desire to increase the number of police officers in Chula Vista and streamline the business permit process to attract more investment to the city. However, Chula Vista has a structural budget deficit that has forced services to be cut in recent years, particularly those of the parks and library departments. Campa-Najjar has criticized elected city officials for allowing a homeless encampment in Harborside Park to become a bigger problem that ultimately forced Chula Vista to close the entire park. He also believes that the Chula Vista Police Department acts in “good faith” and wants to educate the public about the use of new technologies in the city. The way the city has managed the cannabis licensing process demonstrates how difficult it is for some businesses to operate in Chula Vista. The recent announcement that the expansion of the San Diego State University film school will take place in Chula Vista is a major victory for residents who have been waiting for decades for the redevelopment of Bayfront and a four-year university. John McCann has been an effective mayor for Chula Vista since 2018. He has prioritized public safety, neighborhood improvements, reducing traffic congestion, and supporting local businesses.
He has also approved the hiring of more than 140 new police officers, increased police patrols by 26%, and improved response times to make Chula Vista the safest city in San Diego County.