9/27/20: National Events Impact Encinitas

September 27, 2020

As your mayor, my focus is primarily on the City of Encinitas, our residents, and addressing the challenges we all face. But we don’t exist in a vacuum, and it would be foolish not to recognize the impact that events and processes happening at the county, state, national and global level have on us locally.

I find it deeply alarming to read news articles about the possibility of our president refusing to concede should he lose the election. Our country has thrived on the peaceful transfer of power between 45 different men who have held the office of president for over 243 years. There is nothing more central to the core of our functioning democracy than this.

There’s broad agreement that our voting system and our election infrastructure is reliable and trustworthy, and that voters should have confidence in it. FBI Director Christopher Wray testified just this week that there is no evidence of voter fraud from mail-in ballots or otherwise. 

In order for President Trump to succeed in de-legitimatizing the results of our election, many people at different levels of our government would have to be complicit. I place great faith in the institutions of our country. The division of power among the three branches of our government, and between the state and federal levels of government, are meant to ensure that one individual person, or one branch of our system, doesn’t have the ability to unilaterally determine whether he stays in power. 

We must be vigilant and use the influence and voice that we each have to protect our democracy by refusing to allow a de-legitimatizing of the vote, whichever way that vote goes. 
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Speaking of voting, mail ballots will be sent out in two weeks and we are sprinting toward the finish line of this very intense campaign season.

Thank you so much to the more than 620 people who have offered financial support so far! If you haven’t donated yet, or haven’t contributed up to $250 ($500 per couple), please do so today using this friendly green button:

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a true force of nature

More thoughts about our institutions … I believe that Ruth Bader Ginsburg did more as one individual to move women closer to equality than any other person. 

When RBG was a lawyer arguing in front of all-male Supreme Court justices on behalf of the ACLU, she successfully argued that the phrase “equal protection of the laws” as stated in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution applies to women, in addition to Black Americans. This was transformational in changing a whole long list of statues that were unequally applied to men and women.

The expectation of female empowerment that is today’s norm rests on the legal work she and others did in the early 1970s. Ginsburg’s tactic of using male plaintiffs to show how sex discrimination hurts men and their families, along with her vision, analytic ability, and oratory skills, led to the transformative court decisions that helped create today’s reality.

Our kitchen will always be under the watchful eye of RBG. My cousin gifted me this mug when the fantastic documentary RBG about this feminist icon’s life came out in 2018.

I found it deeply moving to see photos of her casket draped with an American flag in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall, where historic statutes of prominent Americans (all men) acknowledged and stood in silent witness to her historic achievements.

We’re a better nation because of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Women’s ability to live a life of self-determination without systemic legal barriers has had a profound effect on the course of life for my mother, me, my daughter, and all members of society, for that matter.

As the struggle for the next Supreme Court Justice emerges, it’s powerful to reflect on how much one life can achieve, and did achieve. I’m deeply worried that we’ll enter a period where women’s right to self-determination, including when, whether and with whom they have children. will be curtailed as concepts of justice, liberty and equality shift under the law.  

In the photo below, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in state inside the U.S. Capitol among the statues of famous Americans throughout history – the first woman to do so. Her extraordinary accomplishments continue, even in death. 

It’s time for bingo with Tasha!

Another great female elected official running for re-election this year is our very own Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath. She was a trusted colleague on the Encinitas City Council before winning her Assembly seat two years ago. Tasha is an exceptionally gifted person who we need to continue representing us in Sacramento.

But Tasha’s not all business. She’s throwing a very creative online bingo event to support her candidacy on Thursday, October 1 at 5:30 p.m., and I’ll be playing along. I’m not exactly sure what to expect, but that’s part of the fun, right?  Please sign up and join us here.

Forum-mania hits Encinitas

As I’ve mentioned before, candidate forums are a part of the campaign process that I find invigorating. Opposing candidates answer the same questions, making it so useful in evaluating who to support when you vote.

The non-partisan League of Women Voters just held its forum for Encinitas District 1 and 2 City Council candidates, co-hosted by the Leucadia-Encinitas Town Council, and I was impressed by how civil and well-run the event was – something I wish was more common outside of these forums. You can watch it here.

The LWV has announced two forums for the Encinitas mayor’s race. The first will be co-hosted with the Leucadia-Encinitas Town Council and recorded on Wednesday, September 30 at 6 p.m., and the second, co-hosted with the Cardiff Town Council, will be recorded on Tuesday, October 6 at 6 p.m.

These two candidate forums won’t be seen live, but the League of Women Voters will post them here soon after they’re recorded. 

Questions may be submitted at any time, but no later than 6 p.m. one day prior to each forum. The link to submit candidate questions is here.

Here are some other upcoming virtual Encinitas mayoral forums:

  • Friday, October 2, 5p-6p: Voice of San Diego Politifest
  • Wednesday, October 7, 7p: Olivenhain Town Council Candidate Forum (link TBA)
  • Monday, October 12, 7p-8p: Faith In Action Ministry Candidate Forum (link TBA)

In closing, as I do every now and then, I’d like to tell you how grateful I am that you’re proactively engaged in our city issues, and that you read these newsletters and offer crucial feedback. Your civic energy is the fuel that powers our progress!

“Do something outside yourself… something that makes life a little better for people less fortunate than you.”
– Ruth Bader Ginsburg

In service,

P.S. These door hangers aren’t going to just hang themselves! 🙂

My son Oliver and I hit the streets for a healthy dose of contact-free door hanger distribution in Encinitas.

Here’s another way you can help make a real difference in this campaign. We’ve been teaming up to deliver door hangers for County Supervisor candidate Terra Lawson-RemermeCouncilmember Tony Kranz, and Deputy Mayor Kellie Hinze.

Our touchless door drops of campaign literature for voters are happening on Tuesdays and Saturdays through October. We could really use your help with these!

If you would like to volunteer, please choose a shift or two and sign up here!

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