4/9/20: Coronavirus Stats, plus Announcing Re-Election Campaign

This cold, wet weather sure seems symbolic, doesn’t it?

On the positive side, it makes it pretty easy for us to avoid going outside and mixing with others, right in line with the county’s health orders. I hope you’re putting that cozy inside time to good use as we finish week four in the new reality that we could call DC (During Coronavirus).

And the more we all stay home and take care of each other, the sooner we’ll be in the glorious AC (After Coronavirus) era.

The daily news remains sobering. As of today, there are 1628 positive coronavirus cases in San Diego County (up 98 from the day before), and 32 of them are Encinitas residents.

The numbers paint a mixed picture of success. While the cases continue to tick up each day, we have not yet seen the dreaded “surge” that swamps healthcare professionals with too many cases all at once. That indicates that our collective commitment to physical distancing is working and that the healthcare system is successfully adapting.

This powerful meme created by Serge Issakov demonstrates how risky group cycling could be. If you ride, please ride alone, not clumped together. I believe that preserving the ability to bike ride for exercise depends on everyone’s individual responsible behavior.

Join me on Facebook Live Saturday!

This Saturday, April 11, at 3 p.m. I’m going to do a Facebook Live video and you’re invited to be a part of it. I’ll be talking about the city’s finances in light of projections based on the coronavirus effects. Spoiler alert: Encinitas is in better financial shape than many other cities that are more heavily dependent on sales and hotel taxes.

During the livestream, I’m also going to announce my bid for re-election as Encinitas Mayor. 

(This photo was taken when the city announced the opening of the new Safety Center at Moonlight Beach, one of several major investments in community infrastructure we’ve made in the three years I’ve been the mayor.)

Working together with the Encinitas City Council and many of you, we’ve accomplished a tremendous amount during the time you’ve elected me to serve in Encinitas. I hope to continue this good work on your behalf. 

I know it’s a bit awkward to announce a re-election campaign in the midst of the biggest crisis in local history, but we play the cards we’re dealt. My primary focus remains getting the city and all of us safely through this pandemic.

If we were still in the BC (Before Coronavirus) period, I’d be inviting you to a live campaign event this Saturday to announce my candidacy for mayor and encourage your support.

But given our DC era, instead I’ll do it remotely. In some ways, this is more democratic because anyone, anywhere can log in. If you can’t make the live event, have no fear, you can watch later at your convenience. And I’ll likely do more live events.

To support my candidacy for mayor of Encinitas, I’d be very grateful if you’d contribute here to continue strong, compassionate leadership for our beloved city. My website is here and you can donate up to $250 per person here

I’m looking forward to seeing you online Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. for the Facebook Live streaming event. I’ll answer questions and concerns posted live.

If you have any questions you’d like to pose in advance, please send them my way by responding to this email.

Stay well!

In your service,

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