DEL MAR — Newly and re-elected federal, state and local officials or representatives from their offices were among the approximately 100 people at a Feb. 21 welcome reception hosted by the Del Mar Foundation, Del Mar Community Connections and the city.The event at the Powerhouse Community Center was held to give the community an opportunity to build relationships and network with those who represent them.“We thought it would be really neat to be able to meet and introduce ourselves to our elected officials,” Mayor Terry Sinnott said.U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein did not attend, nor did U.S Rep. Darrell Issa, however, a representative from Issa’s office was on hand.
Also attending were state Sen. Marty Block and Assemblywoman Toni Atkins.
Newly elected Third District Supervisor Dave Roberts was in Sacramento, but he sent a representative.
Encinitas City Councilman Mark Muir and Solana Beach Councilmen Dave Zito and Peter Zahn were also on hand, as were Don Mosier, Al Corti and Sherryl Parks from Del Mar.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be representing Del Mar,” said Atkins, the Assembly majority leader who was re-elected to represent the newly redrawn 78th District.
Atkins is also a member of the Ocean Protection Council, which she said is beneficial since most communities in her district are coastal.
She said she is “very engaged” in the San Onofre nuclear issue and told Sinnott she would be talking to him about Del Mar’s deteriorating City Hall.
Block, whose new district also includes Del Mar, said he’s quickly gotten to know many public officials from that city.
“Your representatives have already been lobbying us heavily,” he said.