The Sandpiper has carefully reviewed all candidate responses to our questions as well as their track records of involvement in the community. Our mission is to support the values and vision of our Community Plan. Using that as our guide we make the following recommendations for choosing leaders of our community for the next four years. Of course we respect that your choices are ultimately the ones that matter.
Haviland is rock-solid on key issues including Short Term Rental Businesses (STRB) and the Design Review Board (DRB) Ad Hoc Committee process. Though her tenure on the Planning Commission has been relatively short, her track record there demonstrates her deep, deliberative style, and a solid commitment to the Community Plan. She is energetic, hard-working, and personable, and will bring to the Council important fresh perspectives from a new generation.
Parks is a solid, reliable champion of neighborhood interests. Her long time volunteer work in the church and community informs her role as Mayor and Council Member. She has an impressive record of accomplishment including big things like our long- promised and false-started civic center and small things like new pedestrian crossings at Powerhouse Park. Her leadership style is to listen respectfully and work toward community unity.
Druker is a former 12 year Council Member and an eight years community activist. He can be counted on to make land use decisions that align well with the Community Plan. A supporter of the work of the DRB Ad Hoc Committee, he has a strong position in support of banning short term rentals less than 30 days. However, we are concerned about his leadership role in Measure R which will likely entangle our city in court battles for years to come.
The Sandpiper also endorses:
Erica Halpern, Del Mar Union Elementary School District Darren Gretler, Del Mar Union Elementary School District Joyce Dalessandro, San Diego Union School District Beth Hergesheimer, San Diego Union School District Rich Shea, County Board of Education Dave Roberts, County Supervisor Doug Applegate, US Congress
The Sandpiper recommends:
YES for MEASURE Q - 1% Sales Tax NO for MEASURE R - Voter approval required for certain developments