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Sunday, December 3, 2023

Michael Monaco


I started my sales & marketing career in 1992 working for KFAX Christian Radio in Northern California as an account executive. Later I relocating to Reno Nevada in 1995 and worked in radio and then with Univision. WB, UPN and Fox.

In 1999 My family and I moved to Littleton Colorado where I worked as a substitute teacher at my children’s elementary school. This is where I developed a passion for education and a deep respect for educators. I later accepted a job with Univision again as a sales executive. In 2002, I ventured into publishing by creating Denver Colorado’s first and only Hispanic language women’s magazine titled Ella (A-YA). After relocating to Chula Vista in 2004, I entered the business banking industry where I spent 7 years specializing in non-profit and small business banking. However, publishing called me back in July 2013 when I purchased the rights to an Eastlake community magazine known as My Hometown Magazine known today as Our Hometown Magazine. In July of 2015 we restructured the magazine to include all of Chula Vista and Bonita. Recently, Our Hometown Magazine has gone through another transformation. Starting in March 2020 Our Hometown Magazine went exclusively online at www.ourhometown.online.

I love Chula Vista and Bonita and donate my talents to serve these communities when ever asked. I regularly emcee for the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce mixers, Chula Vista Public Library Foundation’s Bon Appetit, Chula Vista Rotary Club OktoberFiesta, Starlight Parade, and the Chula Vista Police Activities League PINGO. I’m also the creator and event coordinator for the South Bay Pumpkin Smash – Game of Throws, a collaboration of local businesses, Sweetwater Union High School District STEAM program, and The Friends of the Chula Vista Parks & Recreation.

Melissa Monroy


Melissa Monroy (dba Mint and Merit) is an Independent Creative and Design Professional with 20 years of experience. She loves working with honest people and businesses to create goodness; with love, type and a minimal aesthetic. This hometown girl was born and raised in Chula Vista and received her B.A in Fine Arts, Emphasis in Graphic Design at SDSU. She currently lives in Bonita with her husband and daughter, and loves being a part of this community. Designing the print edition for Our Hometown Magazine was a dream and is looking forward to this new chapter online.

Arianna Pintado


Arianna is currently studying Journalism at San Diego State University and is looking forward to graduating and working towards a Master’s Degree. She enjoys trying fancy coffee shops with her family, having a good cuddle time with her dogs and finding great deals at her favorite clothing stores. Something she enjoys about living in Chula Vista is the kind and tight knitted community. She loves that everyone is here to help one another and enjoys being able to share important news with her neighbors. She is very grateful to be part of the Our Hometown family and excited to see what the future brings!

Liz Andersen


Elizabeth Andersen is a high school senior at Chula Vista High, where she works hard in whatever she has decided to put her mind to. She is the publicity manager for the Drama Club as well as been in nearly every show put on by the club. Elizabeth also has worked in every aspect in the school news and even made a couple of her own short films. She hopes to make a positive impact on the country through her medium of expression.

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