Encinitas City Council elections are non-partisan.
That’s why when we vote at the ballot box our local candidates don’t have a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green or some other party affiliation after their name.
This is a good thing.
Some recent articles in the press have put forth the opinion that the new Encinitas City Council is changing from pro-business gray to environmental green and that there will always be a conflict between right and left. I don’t see it that way.
I am not denying that there are many partisan voters in town and it would be naïve not to acknowledge that in state and federal elections many residents probably vote the party ticket top to bottom.
But local elections are different.
When it comes to local issues, informed voters will make informed choices. Party affiliations matter less and results matter more.
Such was the case in this year’s Encinitas City Council election where the issues of spending money wisely, protecting community character and respecting the public’s input in decision making were not left or right issues but community issues.
Residents voted to say, “Enough with the pension increases and fiscal mismanagement, enough with high density up-zoning and density bonus, enough with the closed meetings and cronyism.”
It’s been my experience that when I allow myself to be influenced by labels I become blind to the truth. I stop seeing things for how they truly are and get caught seeing them how others want me to see them.
Oftentimes ideologies are used to divide rather than define.
Moving forward the new Encinitas City Council would be well served to make decisions that are in the best interest of the people.
It’s not right or left leadership the city is seeking but rather good judgment representing residents.
As for myself I don’t really care if our council members call themselves liberals, progressives, conservatives or libertarians.
I do care that they spend our money wisely, protect our small town community character and work to serve the will of the people not the special interests.
If the five members of the new council prove unable to do this, then we should hold them accountable.
It’s not a left or right thing — it’s simply common sense.