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I support the Welcoming Communities Initiative

Last week, as I watched the City Council discuss the Welcoming Community topic, the saying…“Be the change you wish to see in the world” came to mind.

Right now tolerance and compassion seem to be in short supply in many parts of the world including here in the U.S.

But thanks to Deputy Mayor (Lisa) Shaffer and Council members (Tony) Kranz and (Catherine) Blakespear, Encinitas will set a better example.

Navigating through the variety of programs and services already available can be a difficult task for anyone.

The city is well positioned to be a clearing-house for existing resources.

Welcoming newcomers will foster better understanding and build a cohesive, vibrant city.

Collaborating with other government agencies, social service providers and faith-based organizations will ultimately strengthen the entire community.

What was proposed involves no commitment of new public funds or staff, but could attract donations from philanthropic organizations.

What was proposed does involve a statement of values and leadership.

A helping hand, a kind word, a smiling face…that’s the Encinitas way.

Teresa Barth,


1 comment

bythesea March 4, 2016 at 4:33 pm

When will Teresa Barth take in immigrants into her welcoming home? Surely, she has ample room to support two or three families in her home. She can drive them around to appointments or take them on fun trips to the zoo. That is the Encinitas way. Lead by showing and doing, former city Mayor Barth. That is the Encinitas way.

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