COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Highlighting the positive amidst negative campaigning

It has been my honor and privilege to have served the community as a member of the City Council and I would be honored to have your vote again.
The truth is, I’m very proud of our accomplishments during my time on our City Council. Through these difficult economic times:
— We maintain one of the largest financial reserves of any city, initiated pension reform, and our fiscal policies have earned us the highest possible credit rating.
— We’ve had zero layoffs, that has allowed us to continue with capital projects, and have no cutbacks in city services.
— We’ve made public safety a top budget priority, resulting in one of the lowest crime rates in the county.
— The EPA honored us as one of the nation’s most energy efficient city halls.
— We were also awarded best-restored beach for our work on Grandview Beach — using only transient occupancy taxes!
— We’ve won hard-fought approvals for the Hall Community Park, performing arts center at San Dieguito Academy and Scripps Hospital expansion.
I’ve been part of this community my whole life, but now my political opponents — the same individuals who opposed all of these approvals — are trying to tear me down right before the election. The nasty negative politics we all see at the national and state level has now unfortunately come to our wonderful small city. An honest debate of the issues that will impact the citizens of Encinitas is now buried in this storm of personal attacks.
Their last-minute attacks, however, can’t undo my five decades of commitment to Encinitas and I will not participate in this negative campaigning.
It’s an interesting coincidence that most of the dirt that has been tossed about comes from people opposed to our wonderful Hall Park and a necessary Scripps Hospital expansion. I strongly support both of these community improvements. If I have to be on the receiving end of this treatment for my support, so be it.
With your continued faith and support, we will finish the work we’ve started:
— Protect the Hall Community Park approval, and get it built.
— Assist Scripps Hospital in its expansion to better serve our needs.
— Initiate the northern Highway 101 and Cardiff specific plan.
— Replenish the sand to protect our beaches and bluffs.

Together, we will make Encinitas an even better place to live. Thank you.

Mayor Dan Dalager has been a member of Encinitas City Council for eight years.


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