11/4/18: Voting is Patriotic!

After the election, recycle your yard sign at GOODONYA!
(See details below)

This week I had my nails painted red, white and blue – plus a little American flag on each ring finger.

I believe in the fundamental goodness of our democratic republic, despite the partisan negativity that I can sometimes feel seeping into my consciousness.

I proudly painted the symbol of America – Betsy Ross’ flag – on my nails, and I dismiss any effort to have the flag claimed by one party at the expense of another. Like so many, my patriotism is deeply felt.

All of us who love our country can’t help but reflect on the many ways to express it, and to live up to patriotic values. So I consciously learn about our nation’s history, and I seek to really understand our founding principles which embody the spirit of inclusion and participation.

I incorporate those tenets in my public service, and I enthusiastically participate in the most profoundly patriotic act that we have available to us – the vote.

When I worked as a news reporter at the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times, the whole newsroom was abuzz on election night. So much at stake. So many hours and dollars spent. Such diverse visions of the future. This excitement is why I still physically go to my local polling place to vote. I love the voting ritual!

In just two days we’ll have this chance. It’s exciting. It’s hopeful. It’s the prospect of a better tomorrow.

Please join me and other patriots in casting your ballot on Tuesday, or before. You’ll find a few highlights from my ballot at the end of this newsletter.

Thank you for caring, for supporting the candidates and values that matter to you, and for maintaining civility and respect for different perspectives when making your choices.

In service,

 

Our campaign’s final meet-and-greet!

Joe Mosca (at right in top photo) and I were delighted to join Cardiff resident Sally Foster (center, in last photo) for a substantive discussion about present issues and future Encinitas possibilities. Joe’s running to retain his City Council seat in District 4 – and he’s an awesome choice. Thank you for your hospitality, Sally, and our great appreciation goes to all who attended.

Recycle your Catherine yard sign and you could eat free!

GOODONYA Organic Eatery owner Kris Buchanan (at right, above) invites you to do the right thing and recycle your Catherine yard sign there after Election Day. You could end up with an organic dinner for two with me (or without me, your choice)!

GOODONYA is located at 1051 S Coast Hwy 101 in Encinitas. They’ll accept your used Catherine for Mayor yard signs from Wednesday 11/7 through Tuesday 11/13, where you can also sign up for a free dinner (one entry per person please). Their food is sublime and their commitment to sustainability is unmatched!

I’ll be picking up the signs from them and saving them for future mayoral campaigns. Please don’t drop off other candidates’ signs. You can recycle those in your blue EDCO recycle containers.

Catherine’s ballot choices

I’m usually happy to explain my voting preferences with folks in person when I’m asked, but this election is so crucial that I’m sharing the highlights here. You may agree or disagree, but the most important thing is that you voice your choice this November 6. That’s democracy!

Even if you’re not currently registered, you can vote through Election Day. Registration and voting information can be found at SDvote.com.

Measure U:
YES

I urge a “yes” vote on Measure U, the city’s housing plan. The details are well-explained in this Coast News article and in my past newsletters.

This housing plan will accomplish three main goals:

  1. Create more affordable housing than we currently have
  2. End our expensive housing lawsuits that have cost the city more than $1 million so far
  3. Get compliant with state housing laws – finally!

Here’s a compelling opinion piece in favor of Measure U by Bob Kent and Lois Sunrich, published in the Coast News. Encinitans Bob and Lois are founding members of Keys4Homes, a group that advocates for affordable housing.

Prop. 6:
NO

One of the most important ballot initiatives to reject this November is Prop. 6, which repeals a major funding source for improving roads, freeways and bridges. Our highways and local roads need serious repairs and improvements, and the money that comes from the gas tax is exclusively dedicated to these repairs.

Drivers spend more than $700 a year on tire repairs, shocks and front end re-alignments based on bad roads conditions in California. Additionally, poor roads are a major factor in collisions and car accidents.

In Encinitas, we receive money directly from this funding source to pave our city streets. We also need the money countywide to plan and fund larger public transportation improvements, such as mass transit to the airport. Our roads and driving conditions will definitely get worse and driving will become less safe if Prop. 6 passes.

Check out this short video on the No On 6 website and this sensible San Diego Union-Tribune editorial that advocates a “no” vote on 6.

U.S. Congress, District 49:
MIKE LEVIN

Mike Levin is an environmental attorney, dedicated to cleaner air and water, affordable healthcare for all and a fair tax and economic system. I support him wholeheartedly, believing he’ll represent our city and our entire nation admirably.

Encinitas City Council, District 3:
JODY HUBBARD

(District voting is new in Encinitas. If you want to know what district you live in, click here and type in your address.)

Cardiff Planning Commissioner Jody Hubbard will be a great addition to our City Council, bringing focus to the local problems of traffic congestion and needed mobility improvements, prioritizing quality of life enhancements, and preserving and expanding beach accessibility.

She’s a former CPA and a year-round cyclist and body surfer who brings energy and new ideas to the city – Jody is indeed a better fit for District 3.

Here’s an interview with Jody from last Friday’s Encinitas Advocate.

Encinitas City Council, District 4:
JOE MOSCA

Current City Councilmember Joe Mosca has done an excellent job on the Encinitas City Council for the last two years, helping residents, prioritizing public safety, and bringing an honest and balanced approach to the job.

Joe is a thoughtful, smart and civil voice on the council, and deserves to continue being an essential part of our progressive leadership team in Encinitas.

Here’s a Coast News article about the District 4 candidate forum at the Olivenhain Town Hall a couple of weeks ago.

Superior Court Judge:
MATT BROWER

Matt Brower is running against an incumbent judge, Gary Kreep, who was censured for inappropriate behavior and conduct. We need to have confidence in our judiciary (a somewhat ironic message after the recent Supreme Court spectacle, I know).

Brower was a Judge Advocate in the Marine Corps, a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve, and a prosecutor at the District Attorney’s Office. I’ve heard him speak on several occasions and he is well qualified, even-tempered and believes all people deserve respect.

Here’s an enlightening San Diego Union-Tribune Q&A with Matt.

State Assembly, District 76:
TASHA BOERNER HORVATH

As a City Councilmember for the last two years, Tasha has demonstrated an impressively sharp mind and the commitment to a fairer and more just society.

I’m excited about having such a motivated and qualified person represent Encinitas, and all residents of District 76, at the state level. She’s an environmental champion, committed to local control and will work with dedication on the issue of housing affordability.

San Dieguito High School Board, District 1:
AMY FLICKER

Amy is a member of the city’s Environmental Commission and a dedicated advocate for students. She’ll be a great addition to this board!

San Dieguito High School Board, District 3:
RHEA STEWART

Rhea is a previous Cardiff School Board member and a former city commissioner. She’s thoughtful, balanced and experienced.