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October 2022

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Ranch & Coast: What is your favorite local restaurant? Jerry Sanders: Rolberto's Taco Shop on Adams Avenue — their bean, rice, and cheese burritos and rolled tacos are the best. R&C: How do you spend your days off in San Diego? JS: Working in the yard and spending time with my grandkids. R&C: What parts of San Diego do you most enjoy sharing with out- of-towners? JS: We often take out-of-town guests to visit the Hotel Del [Coronado] and walk along the beach in Coronado. R&C: What makes our city such a vibrant place in which to live and work? JS: The many diverse communities that make up San Diego — they each add their own unique character to our region and make San Diego a very welcoming place. R&C: Which local nonprofits or charitable organizations really speak to you personally? JS: The Barrio Logan College Institute and SDSU's Campanile Foundation. A name arguably synonymous with San Diego, Jerry Sanders has led a life of public service for five decades. The SDSU alumnus joined the San Diego Police Department at the age of 22, becoming SWAT Team commander before ultimately serving as one of the youngest police chiefs in the city's history. Sanders then became CEO of the United Way of San Diego County, where he increased fundraising by 20 percent. Three years later, he chaired the board of the local chapter of the American Red Cross. In 2005, San Diegans elected him Mayor of San Diego and in his two terms, Sanders led the city through financial recovery, streamlined operations, and implemented repairs of long-neglected city infrastructure. Now in his ninth year as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the tireless Sanders received two impressive honors within the last month alone. On September 15, The San Diego Rotary Club presented him with the 2022 Mr. San Diego award, and on September 24, the San Diego-Imperial Council Boy Scouts of America honored him at their annual Champions of Scouting Celebration aboard the USS Midway Museum. Perhaps the only question that remains is: What's next? Jerry Sanders PHOTO BY VINCENT KNAKAL

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