Community Commentary

Why I’m running for mayor of Encinitas

We have to decide what path we’ll follow in the coming years.

Ask yourself, “Why do I live in Encinitas?”

Is it because of our beach town spirit, our community character and the promise of a great quality of life?

Or do we want ever-increasing traffic, more pollution and overwhelming growth that adds stress to our lives?

If you elect me as your mayor, my goal will be to preserve the soul of Encinitas, the unique character of our communities and the quality of daily life.

I’ll bring my experience, honesty, knowledge and wisdom to city government. I helped incorporate our communities as a city and remain an activist. I always represent the citizens’ well-being.

Out-of-town developers who exploit our zoning and increase traffic and pollution will not come first.

I have a positive public record of accomplishments as a former mayor and council member. I worked on many issues. For example: Leucadia Boulevard completion and beautification, Cottonwood Creek Park, the trails master plan, the clean water program, the first $1 million grant from the Department of the Interior for our recycled water program, the Encinitas Library.

We face many issues and challenges:

Protect Proposition A. Prop A is the most important proposition in our city since incorporation.

With its passage, citizens have the right to vote on whether we want to change zoning or intensity of land use in Encinitas.

Prop A mandates that neighbors within 500 feet, rather than 300 feet, of any construction project must be notified in advance. Projects must now be measured from ground level instead of raised pads.

Prop A empowers citizens to decide what our city will become. We must keep it from being undermined or corrupted.

Density Bonus Law. Even with the recent city-imposed restrictions, it still lets developers exploit our zoning. I will fight it at the state level.

Widening I-5. It will deeply affect our communities. Do the majority of Encinitans want the freeway widened as proposed?

Emergency Response Times. We must improve them. With fire stations throughout our city, there is no excuse for sub-standard response times.

Street and Road Repairs. We have neglected our streets and roads too long. Let’s get the repairs done and maintain the pavement in good condition.

Debt. We must get a handle on our burgeoning $310 million debt.

Leucadia Streetscape. I’m for a plan based on what the majority of citizens want.

Do we want six roundabouts on North Highway 101 and single traffic lanes in each direction?

Beacon Beach. We should stabilize the access and reimburse the capital improvement project after doing that.

Downtown Encinitas. We must develop a plan for the Pacific View property as an arts and cultural center.

We should pass a deemed approved ordinance to help citizens deal with the proliferation of bars downtown.

Cardiff-by-the-Sea. We should restore Rossini Creek to its natural state. Excessively tall lights in the Community Park would be devastating to the lagoon wetlands and wildlife, and are not necessary for the use and enjoyment of the park.

Rail Corridor. Install wayside horns at vehicle crossings and add pedestrian crossings through the rail corridor to ensure safety and reduce noise.

An alternative is to trench the tracks as Solana Beach has done. With the doubling of the tracks through Encinitas, rail traffic will grow to 119 trains a day.

El Camino Real. The road is at an “F” level of service.

That must be improved. There’s a proliferation of advertising signs on public sidewalks. People with ads on bicycles and cars drive El Camino Real causing more traffic and distractions on this too busy street.

Olivenhain. Density bonus projects threaten the rural character of the community.

We need responsible planning for all our communities.

Leadership is key in the mayor’s role. Listening carefully to your concerns, finding common ground and facilitating constructive conversation to make decisions that reflect your views is vital.

We have to put the City Council in charge instead of the city manager and staff.

I’m concerned with the erosion of the council’s and mayor’s roles and the loss of control that helped make ours a truly open government that serves the citizens.

If elected, I will listen, learn and lead. Please vote for a person you can trust as your mayor.

Sheila Cameron is an Encinitas resident.

16 comments

Xavier September 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Is this the same Sheila Cameron running for mayor that was removed from her appointed position as mayor by the very other council members that supported her and appointed her to this position? Wow, now to be running takes real guts, when she couldn’t even keep the faith and trust of the very people that had supported her. I also believe when she ran for re-election that she came in last or almost last. So clearly the voters too had lost trust in Ms. Cameron. I seriously doubt that the people of Encinitas are so desperate as to put her back in charge of our wonderful City. Please elect someone else — anyone else.

Encinitas4Real September 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Oh get a life Jerome. Or go join you pal Alcoholic Andreen in Oceanside. Plenty of developers running wild up there.

billy Bob September 11, 2014 at 5:51 pm

It is the same Sheila Cameron, but people can change. When I heard she was running, I said much of the same things as the poster before me. But, as I thought more about it, she sure beats the alternatives, i.e.: Gaspar, Kranz and Fidel. So, I am going to trust she has changed some of the more annoying habits that she had before. She was always for true Community Character, she just seemed a little “out there”. But when I hear Gaspar has had secret meetings with Andreen and a few select citizens; Kranz has abandoned Prop. A (which he helped start) and Alex is just too way out there for me, I can see only one choice for Mayor-Sheila. It is a 2 year position, so we can evaluate if she lives up to her promises. Make sure it counts Sheila.

justme September 12, 2014 at 9:24 am

There is NOBODY who has done more to protect the environment and our city than Sheila Cameron! She fought the Home Depot and because of her, we have the lovely open space that is next to it. She fought the conversion of land that was held in perpetuity into a huge housing tract in the first Prop A. She helped pass Prop A that allows CITIZENS–not COUNCIL to vote on zoning changes to our General Plan. She has year after year dedicated thousands of hours of time and significant personal contributions to help citizens protect their own neighborhoods against development.

I am voting Sheila Cameron for mayor, and if value OUR Encinitas that we love, you should too!

I Want to Love Encinitas September 12, 2014 at 9:31 am

Xavier (Jerome), you should know best as an ex-insider that Sheila was “removed” as then-Mayor only in the last few days of her term to allow Jim Bond to claim the Mayor’s office in time to run for some State-level job. That was insider politics, plain and simple. The trust Sheila has always had is that of residents. Sheila works side by side for them and their values and, unlike some ex and current Council members, owes no favors to developers and big money.

Sheila’s been active for years now, speaking regularly to Council on a variety of issues and always taking the resident, not monied interest, side of the issues. She proved herself a tireless worker and leader during Prop A and has securely earned the trust of those who know what she stands for.

Encinitas4Real September 12, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Jerome and his buddies Andreen and Kristen Gaspar are scared to death of Sheila and Julie. If you want Encinitas as the beautiful treasured seaside village it has been, vote for them to restore citizen control and send the out of town profiteers packing!

Xavier September 12, 2014 at 3:41 pm

You know the truth hurts and the facts are the facts. Sheila Cameron was such a disaster as both a council member that she finished at the bottom of results when she ran for re-election. No mean, nasty name calling, Kathleen Linderman, overshadows this truth. Frankly, your meanness just shows the voters once again why they rejected Sheila and her mean spirited style of governance. Good riddance Sheila and Kathleen too. Encinitas would be better without you two.

I Want to Love Encinitas September 12, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Geez Jerome, opposition from you serves only as an endorsement for Sheila. Why is that so hard for you to understand and accept?

Encinitas4Real September 14, 2014 at 10:57 am

Jerome is too arrogant and stupid to have any insight into his own pathology. That’s why he keeps his loser pal Andreen busy commuting from his real home in Oceanside. I guess Andreens wife finally got sick of him and threw him out. But Jerome is determined to destroy Encinitas with is stack n pack and his new gullible pals on the city council, Shaffer and Kranz. That’s why there all hoping for Blakespear to be selected along with Gaspar. They will then have a full council ready to do Vinas corript bidding. Why else are the developers funneling money to help Democrat leader Busby to help Blakespear?

Billy Bob September 14, 2014 at 11:09 am

Busby’s support of Blakespear was a hotly debated item at the Democratic Central Committee. It was a very close vote and a lot of Dems are ready to toss Francine out for her support, and intimidation of others who disagreed with her. This is not the first time it has happened. So, for all of you that think you might want to “kiss up” to Francine Busby, do it now. Because it won’t be long before she will be removed from her position as the Chair of the San Diego Democratic party.

I Want to Love Encinitas September 14, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Let’s hope Busby gets the boot for her shenanigans. In the meantime, developers are pouring money into Blakespear through the Dems and that right there is THE major reason for staying far, far away from Blakespear.

If being beholden to developers isn’t bad enough, Blakespear is training under the wing of Barth and Shaffer, both of whom are no doubt filling her head with ideas of “sustainability,” “aging in place,” and “how Millennials want to live” stack n’ pack justifications.

KeeplovingEncinitas September 12, 2014 at 6:27 pm

I am sure glad Sheila is running because util she announced her candidacy I was going to abstain my vote.

NoGasparforEncinitas September 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm

I received what must be an expensive mailer from Kristin Gaspar for Mayor. This was an invitation to a neighborhood coffee to meet the candidate. I was horrified to see that the address from that event was a completely made-up address that does not even exist with a zip code of 94053. What?

I would have like to attend to ask a question: What in her record justify her claiming she is opposed to high-density housing plan for Encinitas: Would it be
a) Her vote on the Desert Rose Project
b) Her strong opposition to Prop A
c) Her close ties with Andreen and David Meyer
or d) None of the above, but it looks good in a mailer to dupe the suckers.

Right answer is ?

Encinitas4Real September 13, 2014 at 11:58 am

Go to her Facebook for her phony “explanation” and comment. How strange that the mail house got all the recipients addresses and names right, yet screwed up all the fantasy “coffees” locations and gave no RSVP or host information! Maybe she should get all this trash collected and dumped on her doorstep:)

Steve Gardality September 16, 2014 at 5:10 pm

The same person who protected her relatives over illegal sewer hookups. WOW! The QUEEN raises her head again! I want her to run against Kristen Gaspar. That makes Kristen a shoe in for sure. Thank you and thank you again! Insanity at it’s best.

Encinitas4Real September 19, 2014 at 8:25 am

Steve, you must not be very familiar with Encinitas. Do you live here? Did you attend the Cardiff debate? Gaspar is a Gasbag. Only thing she’s for is more development and 90′ stadium lights at the Encinitas “Community” Park so SHE doesn’t have to drive her kids around to other fields! Oh yeah she wants to keep her council pay n pension because she needs the money to pay her babysitter. It’s all about HER don’t you know Steve?

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