Publisher’s election picks

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the elections to be over.That being said, those of us with strong feelings about the outcomes of this election can’t give up yet.If you are like me, there are some things I am absolutely sure of, and others I know little or nothing about.That’s why a lot of us, including me, rely on endorsements of candidates or propositions. These endorsements come from sources we know and trust.

Here are my choices:

Encinitas City Council

To anyone who has been following my involvement in this election, it will come as no surprise that I am urging voters in Encinitas not to elect Jerome Stocks and Mark Muir.

If you want some real, as in documented, reasons why, visit the web sites: or or

It is time for change and we have some wonderful choices in Lisa Shaffer, Tony Kranz and Thomas Brophy.

Both Lisa and Tony have earned endorsements by Encinitas’ beloved deceased City Council member, Maggie Houlihan. Maggie always earned more votes than anyone else and did it without big developer money. Her choices should be our choices.

Lisa and Tony have been actively involved in Encinitas city business for many years. Lisa teaches ethics at UCSD. Boy, could the Encinitas City Council use some ethics.

Tony came in third in the last election in spite of some pretty nasty campaigning against him. He cares about Encinitas and has shown to be a hard worker.

Thomas Brophy is a good third choice. He is well educated, holds a Ph.D. and clearly has the ability to learn quickly. There is simply no room on the ballot for Stocks or his crony of the last 12 years, Mark Muir. Muir, thanks to Stocks, gets a city lifetime pension of $170,000 a year. Wouldn’t you like that?

Proposition K, L and M

I urge a no vote on Proposition K

With the current system, citizens of Encinitas elect five City Council members, from which a mayor is selected on an annual rotating basis.

This system, which accommodates diverse ideas and experience, is effective when not disregarded by power-seeking council members.

Many people, including myself, favor a codified rotation. This means the rotation would be mandatory and not subject to abuse as is currently the case in Encinitas. This means the power would be forever shared.

If you vote yes on K, this will never happen. Please vote no on K.

Proposition K would change our current system, in which political power is shared by all city council members, and would instead concentrate it in one elected official. We will lose our current checks and balances which allow minority opinion to be heard.

Vote Yes on L and No on M.

Props L and M determine the term of office of mayor if Prop K should pass.

Prop L limits the term to two years; Prop M expands the term of office to four years. A four-year term could potentially saddle the City with a mayor who fails to act in the best interest of the community. You should vote Prop L in case Proposition K passes.

Solana Beach City Council

Lesa Heebner has lived in Solana Beach for 35 years, both east and west of the freeway. She was first elected to the Solana Beach City Council in 2004, and served as mayor in 2007 and 2011. She believes in working collaboratively on the Council to protect our community’s unique character and natural assets while we improve our homes, businesses and public places.

Prior to her election, Lesa led the successful grassroots effort to re-design the Coastal Rail Trail to more appropriately suit Solana Beach’s seaside character, making certain it was totally paid for with grant funds.

A graduate of the UCSD, Heebner lives with her husband of 27 years, Donald Davis.

There are six candidates for three council seats. Three are sustainable growth advocates and three are pro-growth, as in developer advocates.

I recommend Solana Beach residents vote for Lesa Heebner and her two non-developer running mates, Peter Zahn and Dave Vito to preserve the beautiful community character of Solana Beach.

County Supervisor

I really believe Dave Roberts is the best candidate for San Diego County Supervisor, Third District.

I have met with him many times and examined his background in great detail.

He is currently Deputy Mayor of Solana Beach. He has served on advisory boards for both President George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and on military advisory boards and has had a successful business career.

The list goes on and on.

On the subject of endorsements, of which he has many, there is one more telling than most. The fact that Pam Slater-Price, the out going supervisor, crossed party lines to add her voice in support of Dave Roberts speaks volumes.

Here is what she had to say:

“After careful consideration — weighing the backgrounds, the documented track records of the candidates and looking closely at the personal qualities of the candidates – I am supporting Dave Roberts… I am endorsing Dave Roberts because of trust. I trust him to do what he says he will do.”

Whatever happens, please get out and vote. Remember we have American soldiers dying every day to protect our Democracy.

The least we can do is exercise our right and vote!

Jim Kydd, Coast News Editor and Publisher


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