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Local officials including County Supervisor Greg Cox and interim Mayor Todd Gloria gathered in Chula Vista over the weekend for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new publicly-funded parking lot sited on private property that will allow locals greater access to the Otay Valley Regional Park trail system.

Under an agreement with the San Diego Swiss Club, which operates the private Swiss Park nearby that is offered on a rental basis for parties and weddings (and already boasts “free parking for 150 cars” on the group’s website), County funds paid for the installation of an auxiliary lot with 9 regular parking spaces, a handicapped space, and a bike rack. The Swiss Club, in addition to providing the land, has agreed to maintain the facility.

Public access to the 8500-acre Otay park from the new lot is via the ¼-mile Swiss Trail, which connects to county-maintained trail loops throughout the park.

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Dennis Oct. 15, 2013 @ 3:28 p.m.

And Todd Gloria was there because.....? I believe he is the interim mayor of San Diego, not Chula Vista. Any conflict of interest for Greg Cox who just happens to be married to the actual mayor of Chula Vista?

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anniej Oct. 17, 2013 @ 3:20 p.m.

Dennis, part of the park is in San Diego, perhaps that is why Gloria was there. These trails wind thru Chula, San Diego, Imperial Beach and Coronado.

I would like to THANK Mr. Cox for his efforts on this project. He and many others have worked long and hard to bring a beautiful FREE park to any and all who wish to enjoy. Trails one can walk, jog or ride a bike on - young children experiencing a rabbit scampering across the trails, or watching as the three long time red hawk tenants soar above. I encourage all interested to give it a try.

Does it matter that Mrs. is married to Mr. Cox - that would be a resounding NO. Taxpayers are interested in results, and Mr. Cox has delivered - that about sums it up.

Except for one final point, my husband has often walked and ridden bikes on those trails with our grandchildren, creating life long cherished memories, what a gift!!!!

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