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, including downtown revitalization.
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 who sat once a month at the Farmers’ Market to discuss residents’ issues. He worked diligently to get rail track removal from bluffs into NCTD long-range plan. 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. One concern is his leadership role in the citizen initiative, Measure R, which will likely entangle our city in court battles for years to come. We recommend a vote for Druker but against Measure R (see pages 10-11).
The Sandpiper does not endorse Benedict. He has done constructive work on the Finance Committee on issues such as pension liability and law enforcement costs and services. However Benedict’s publicly expressed negative views about Del Mar in a radio interview show him to be a severe critic of Del Mar’s tradition of citizen involvement and core land use values. He comfortably participated in this interview feeling no need to correct a wide array of inaccurate statements made by the host about Del Mar. We need leaders who can speak up for Del Mar values when they are so often under attack by people who don’t understand or are envious of the unique community we have created.
The Sandpiper does not endorse Corti because a review of his actions on the Design Review Board (DRB) and in his first term on the Council show that in important instances, his actions do not line up with his stated positions, including the responses he has given on the Sandpiper candidate questionnaire. In fact, his actions have been among the major obstacles to moving forward on issues such as Short Term Rental Businesses and in the DRB Ad Hoc Committee process.
The Sandpiper does not endorse Stubbs because his past DRB service demonstrated that his views are out of step with core Community Plan land use values. Also, we asked all candidates for specific positions in responding to our candidate questionnaire, by providing a numerical rating, and, if the candidate felt it necessary, a concise, one-sentence comment. All other candidates did so except for Stubbs; instead, he refused to provide numerical ratings and sent lengthy responses that provided generalities, without revealing his specific positions.