Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego – Standing alongside a broad coalition of civic leaders, organizations, community volunteers and Kumeyaay representatives, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today introduced collaborative efforts to commemorate the City’s 250th anniversary and where California began.
The San Diego 250 initiative is a community-driven effort to create historical and educational opportunities to reflect on the city’s history and leave behind a legacy for the future. The group has met biweekly to plan key events and identify other ways to educate San Diegans on the significance of this moment in time.
“This year we mark a tremendous milestone – 250 years of history, culture and achievement,” Mayor Faulconer said. “San Diego is the place where California began, and we will reflect on our past, commemorate this moment in time and look forward to building a better future for all San Diegans in the next 250 years. I want to thank the many dedicated individuals and organizations that have come together to help celebrate this important anniversary and create opportunities to learn more about our history and heritage as a city and region.”
San Diego today is the eighth largest city in the nation known for its beautiful beaches, active lifestyle and diverse, vibrant communities. The area has been Kumeyaay territory for thousands of years and they continue to be part of the region’s cultural fabric. Kumeyaay representatives have had the opportunity to be a part of meaningful discussions within the working group to aid in the accurate historical representation of their history. This year could be a starting point for a larger Kumeyaay presence in the city moving forward.
The San Diego we know today began on July 16, 1769, and this year the city and regional partners look to commemorate this significant anniversary through three events slated to take place during 2019. The events are free and open to the public:
To learn more about the San Diego 250 efforts, visit www.sandiego250.com.