Q1.Do you support the city’s sea level rise adaptation plan as an amendment to our Local Coastal Plan?
(1 - full support) I support this, with No Managed Retreat for private property.
Q2. Do you support continuation without delay of the city’s membership in the Clean Energy Alliance?
(5 - Do not support) The CEA is well-intentioned, but misguided at the current time. It will add complexity and costs, not deliver on what it’s promising, and take up precious City management time and resources during these tough times. Readers should note the “derailed energy savings for Solana Beach” headline from a recent Del Mar Times newspaper article which notes the “cash balance will dip into the red next year.” SDG&E already generates 45% of its total energy from renewables, and this proportion grows every year. Additionally, many homeowners like me already have solar panels, and SDG&E has a program that allows customers to purchase 100% renewable energy.
Q3. Do you support continued operation of the city’s advisory committees despite pandemic financial constraints?
(1 - full support) These committees consist of dedicated, knowledgeable, and experienced resident volunteers who work for free. There are inefficiencies and missed opportunities in how the City currently utilizes them/us. For example, the Utility Undergrounding Committee on which I serve has been suspended, but we have dedicated money in the Q reserve fund to complete the SDG&E design work for the Crest Canyon project and the Stratford Court project, which will take 12-18 months. Our consultant and committee members can do much of the support work for this design phase, putting minimal time constraints on staff. It’s a win-win—residents can work on projects important to them and the City, and staff can spend more time tackling other tasks. To make it work, Council must legitimately empower these resident volunteers.
Q4. Do you support implementation of the city’s 5th and 6th Element housing programs to protect local control?
(2 - Somewhat support) I support actually building affordable units, which will ensure local control. First, we need to work closely with the Fairgrounds which is in a financial struggle and looking for creative partnerships. I recently spoke with new CEO Carlene Moore, and a well-designed affordable housing proposal could be a real win-win for the Fairgrounds and Del Mar. Second, we should further investigate the underused dirt lot at the Public Works Department off Jimmy Durante, which could accommodate 22 studio style affordable units and have minimal impact on the neighborhood. In an initial review two years ago, Del Mar’s prior planning director told me the lot has “challenges, but is doable.” By contrast, do you know what’s a bad idea? Putting tiny homes on the popular tennis courts near 21st Street, as staff and at least one Council Member have suggested. Affordable housing isn’t an easy problem to solve, but we can find good solutions with the right mix of creativity and leadership.
Q5. Do you support continuing strong defense of the city’s proposed 7/28 compromise for short term rentals in residential zones?
(2 - Somewhat support) Most people recognize short term rentals became a problem with the rise of VRBO and AirBnB, and the resulting intensification. This issue has been extensively debated, but I believe most residents, including me, want some form of serious regulations. We don’t want to become South Mission Beach. We should conduct an unbiased survey or vote of all residents on a few different proposals (i.e. total ban, total free-for-all, 7/28, 3/100, quota by street/neighborhood) and see what the results say. Appropriately using technology, data, and surveys is a good way to get clarity and “listen to the people.”