A holiday bundle of glad tidings!

December 24, 2021

Happy holidays! And to all of those who celebrate, Merry Christmas! I hope you’re enjoying the pouring, life-giving rain as much as I am.

This is a time when fellowship and hope are rekindled. And I can’t help but feel somehow lighter this season, despite all the issues and drama we’re facing. My wish for you and your family is that you’re experiencing the same spirit.

There are some cool and exciting end-of-year updates I’d like to tell you about. We’ve all got a lot going on during the holidays, so I’ll keep it lighter by just sharing a few snapshots to quickly keep you up-to-date!

Welcome to our new State Senate District 38!

Due to once-a-decade redistricting based on 2020 census numbers, our current 36th State Senate District will soon morph into the 38th District. This is where I’m still running to become your next California State Senator.

The modified District 38 has many exciting advantages for our residents. As a coastal mayor who’s always fighting to increase our special quality of life and protect our environment, it’s great that our new district covers a long swath of coastal communities, from Pacific Beach north to San Clemente’s southern border and then cutting east to pick up San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita.

District 38 still includes the cities of Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista and Camp Pendleton, and San Onofre – and now we welcome La Jolla, Carmel Valley, Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, Solana Beach and Del Mar. Our district now also includes universities such as UCSD, the county’s second-largest employer, and USD.

The communities the district lost from redistricting are San Clemente and Dana Point (now in new Senate District 36), Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo (now in new Senate District 37). Janet Nyguen (R) is running for District 36, and Dave Min (D) is the elected senator for District 37, which isn’t up for election until 2024.

I’m eagerly anticipating the opportunity to work hard serving you here in our wonderful slice of paradise!

Celebrating infrastructure and jobs

The newly-passed Bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs Act will bring much-needed funding to our district. That’s why I joined Representative Mike Levin, all of my Encinitas City Council colleagues (Kelly Hinze is pictured here) and Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath to highlight Leucadia Streetscape as an example of the type of project this law will fund. Rep. Levin deserves enormous credit for his leadership success – we’re very fortunate to be represented by him in the U.S. Congress.

Our gathering to celebrate infrastructure was briefly – and somehow appropriately – interrupted by a Coaster train, which we warmly greeted.

More good news for union workers

I’m so encouraged that our Community Benefits Agreement passed at our SANDAG Board of Directors meeting. This agreement will create good, union jobs for the transformative projects we’re building in San Diego County, and invest in our local workforce so that local people can support their families with meaningful work.

Are you ready for a brand new airport Terminal 1?

As the Chair of SANDAG and a member of the San Diego Airport Authority, it was great to participate in the long-anticipated groundbreaking ceremony for a new Terminal 1 with my colleagues at San Diego International Airport. (Photo by Pablo Mason.)

The new Terminal 1 (seen in an artist’s rendering above) will replace the current outdated terminal. This $3 billion project will be built in two phases, adding 11 additional gates, a new three-lane airport access road, and a transit stop (although the new transit route is not determined yet). Here’s a CBS 8 report on the groundbreaking.

A new to-go library to go to!

What a delight to join Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer and local library leaders in inaugurating the County Library’s newest self-serve kiosk in Encinitas! The library system is bringing knowledge and resources closer to where people are by putting this location outside the San Diego County Credit Union at 501 N. El Camino Real. There are 350 books and DVDs inside the kiosk for immediate checkout. Here’s an Encinitas Advocatestory on the grand opening.

Bonus! At the new library kiosk, I was lucky to snag a copy the new thriller State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny. Looking forward to diving into it by a warming fireplace.

An appeciation

Finally, it’s a fitting time to express my deep gratitude for you. For caring about our future. For your participation in our democracy. For your support. And for your friendship. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and fulfilling holiday season,

This lit-up Encinitas Heritage Tree always puts me in a holiday mood. (Photo by Robert McKenzie.)