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Posted on: July 18, 2016

[ARCHIVED] July 19 Council Meeting Honors Pearl Harbor Survivor, Recognizes "Safest City" Designation

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The Poway City Council will honor our country’s oldest Pearl Harbor survivor and recognize the Sheriff’s department for their role in making Poway one of California’s safest cities during the July 19 City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 13325 Civic Center Drive

Mayor Steve Vaus will recognize 104-year-old Poway resident Ray Chavez, the oldest living survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, for his service to our country. Still active into his centenarian years, Chavez is scheduled to Co-Grand Marshall the Poway Days Parade and attend the 75th Pearl Harbor anniversary in Hawaii in December.

Mayor Vaus will also present Poway's "2016 Safest Cities in California" certificate to the Poway Sheriff’s station.

Poway was recently named the 16th safest city in California by Safewise, an organization that annually rates the 50 safest cities in states around the country. Our city's 2016 ranking, announced in June, is a 10-spot jump up from #26 in 2015.

Poway is no stranger to earning accolades for its safety. Poway was named the safest city in San Diego County in a report released by the San Diego Association of Governments in March. It was based on 2015 FBI statistics that stated Poway’s crime rate at 11.34 crimes per 1,000 population.

Providing a safe environment for its residents and businesses are top priority for city leaders; it’s an integral part of the city’s strategic plan released last year as well as the city’s mission statement.

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