9/9/18: Looking Ahead

September 9, 2018

My re-election campaign is hitting full stride, but as your mayor I’m also focused well beyond the November election – on where the City of Encinitas is headed.
We’re continuing to make satisfying progress on our city’s top priorities. Some of these priority projects include attaining a state-certified housing plan (which is now up to you – the voters – in November), getting Coastal Commission approval for major Highway 101 improvements through Leucadia, finalizing the evaluation of clean Community Choice Energy, and making meaningful rail corridor upgrades.
Also in the planning stages is an Organics Waste Summit. The question we’ll be asking is what more can the city be doing – given the existing regulatory environment – to reduce the amount of green waste and food waste going into our landfills?  New state guidelines in this area will be coming out soon. I requested the formation of a subcommittee of Deputy Mayor Joe Mosca and me to work with staff to define the parameters of a summit. We’re planning it for the spring.
Moving closer to cleaner energy

This week I served on a panel at the Third Annual Community Choice Forum in San Diego, hosted by the Climate Action Campaign at UCSD’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. We had a robust discussion about everything related to starting and running a clean Community Choice Energy program, and the overall energy landscape. Above, Carlsbad City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Cori Schumacher and I added our names to a resolution encouraging San Diego’s mayor and city council to move forward on this innovative CCE idea.
Here’s a short video excerpt from my presentation.
Starlight Drive park gate news
This week, the City Council held a closed session city council meeting to discuss active litigation and significant threats of litigation. After a 90-minute meeting, we unanimously directed staff to explore relocating the proposed Starlight Drive access point into the Encinitas Community Park from Starlight Drive to a jog in the wall on Somerset Avenue. We also directed staff to agendize for the Planning Commission an analysis of the zones and regulations pertaining to residential care facilities in the city.
Putting dreams into action

This weekend I was excited to be invited to participate at Exposure Skate’s Skate Rising event for girls at the Encinitas Community Park’s skate plaza. After giving the skateboard a whirl for myself, I spoke to the girls on the topic of “Putting Dreams Into Action.” In the top photo I’m taking a skating tip from Calli Kelsay, the founder and director of Skate Rising and Exposure Skate. One of their “Empowerment through Skateboarding” messages to young girls is “Compassion through Service!” What a great organization!
Final thoughts
By now, you know that our American democratic system – with its history and complexity – fascinates me. Listening to the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings this week, I was impressed by the high-level thinking of our nation’s senators, the variety and breadth of their concerns, and the strength of the passion that animates the discussion. It was a real civics lesson for those interested in the details of the separation of powers.
And finally, thank you to the more than 100 of you who have contributed funds to my re-election campaign. I am so grateful to have your ongoing support.
Please donate today if you support the direction the city is headed and our efforts to make Encinitas government more transparent. Every donation, no matter how small, makes a difference!

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In service,

“Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”
– Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874–1965)
P.S. The tiny stuff counts, too

To save trees and your campaign donations, we’re using contribution envelopes from my first city council campaign in 2014 for my current mayoral re-election campaign. It’s nice when folks appreciate little things like this and send a personal note. Encinitas is full of wonderful people!
Important upcoming events
Today, Sunday, Sept. 9, 3 p.m.: Meet and Greet for Encinitas City Council candidate Jody Hubbard (District 3). To attend please email me at [email protected] and I’ll share the details. It’s free and casual, and a great chance to understand your election choices in Cardiff and District 3.
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 6 p.m.: Encinitas Mayoral Forum. This is your only opportunity to hear exclusively from the two candidates running for mayor of Encinitas, John Paul Elliott and yours truly. It’s at Ada Harris Elementary School in Cardiff, and admission is free.
Thursday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m.: Measure U Forum, Encinitas Library. Measure U is the housing plan update on the ballot for Encinitas voters. One speaker will speak in favor of it and another against it. The City Council supports passage of this housing plan to provide more affordable housing, get compliant with state law and end our housing lawsuits.
Sunday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m.: Second and final Measure U Forum. Encinitas Library. Same format as above – one speaker in favor of the housing plan and one opposed.
Sunday, Sept. 23, 12:30 p.m.: Meet and Greet for Assembly candidate Tasha Boerner Horvath and me at the home of Carol Wolf. Email [email protected] for address and details.
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m.: District 3 City Council Candidate Forum. The only public opportunity to hear exclusively from the two District 3 city council candidates, incumbent Mark Muir and challenger Jody Hubbard.
Sunday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Octoberfest on Mountain Vista Drive in New Encinitas. Most candidates for office have booths here and participate in the parade. It’s a great chance to talk with multiple candidates all in one spot. Plus, it’s a family-oriented blast! I hope to meet you there in the midst of the festivities at Booth M23.
Wed., Oct. 3, 7 p.m.: Olivenhain Candidate Forum at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall. This forum involves the two District 4 candidates, incumbent Joe Mosca and challenger Tony Brandenburg.
Sat., Oct. 6, 2 p.m.: Meet and Greet for Encinitas Council candidate Jody Hubbard and me at the home of Niels Lund. Email Niels at [email protected] for address and details.
Sat., Oct 27, 3 p.m.: Meet and Greet for City Council candidate Joe Mosca and me at the home of Sally Foster. Email [email protected] for address and details.
And of course…
Tuesday, Nov. 6: Election day!

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