It’s sad that the funky beach town that so many Encinitas residents say they want to preserve has now become a hotbed of outside money interests spreading lies and misinformation in the lead-up to the November 6 election. Over $250,000, largely from outside PACs, is being spent to elect local candidates based on a litmus test of opposition to the Leucadia streetscape project. Claiming that streetscape will cause massive traffic jams is just plain false. In fact, if we could ever get safe and attractive pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure built, many residents would choose not to drive downtown, but would come by foot or bike, reducing traffic. The Coastal Rail Trail in Cardiff, similarly, will encourage people to leave their cars at home.
It’s one thing to express a minority opinion, and to use available public processes to file an appeal at the Coastal Commission. However, once a determination has been made, and a ruling in support of the project has been made, it’s time to move on. The duly elected City Council voted not only to proceed with the streetscape, but to accelerate its construction. Many of the campaign signs cluttering our community were paid for by unaccountable, conservative outside organizations. Is this the Encinitas we want? Is this who we want our elected officials to answer to? Whose interests are being served? Not mine, and not the average citizen of Encinitas. We give small donations to our preferred candidates. Councilmember Joe Mosca and Planning Commissioner Jody Hubbard each have received donations from over 100 individuals, mostly local. Their opponents are relying on tens of donors each, their own personal funds, and a lot of PAC money.
Let’s speak with our votes and support the people’s candidates, Jody Hubbard and Joe Mosca, and reject the politics of fear, deception, and outside interests.
Lisa Shaffer, Former Encinitas Deputy Mayor and Council Member