COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Highlighting the positive amidst negative campaigning

It has been my honor and privilege to have served the community as a member of the City Council and I would be honored to have your vote again.
The truth is, I’m very proud of our accomplishments during my time on our City Council. Through these difficult economic times:
— We maintain one of the largest financial reserves of any city, initiated pension reform, and our fiscal policies have earned us the highest possible credit rating.
— We’ve had zero layoffs, that has allowed us to continue with capital projects, and have no cutbacks in city services.
— We’ve made public safety a top budget priority, resulting in one of the lowest crime rates in the county.
— The EPA honored us as one of the nation’s most energy efficient city halls.
— We were also awarded best-restored beach for our work on Grandview Beach — using only transient occupancy taxes!
— We’ve won hard-fought approvals for the Hall Community Park, performing arts center at San Dieguito Academy and Scripps Hospital expansion.
I’ve been part of this community my whole life, but now my political opponents — the same individuals who opposed all of these approvals — are trying to tear me down right before the election. The nasty negative politics we all see at the national and state level has now unfortunately come to our wonderful small city. An honest debate of the issues that will impact the citizens of Encinitas is now buried in this storm of personal attacks.
Their last-minute attacks, however, can’t undo my five decades of commitment to Encinitas and I will not participate in this negative campaigning.
It’s an interesting coincidence that most of the dirt that has been tossed about comes from people opposed to our wonderful Hall Park and a necessary Scripps Hospital expansion. I strongly support both of these community improvements. If I have to be on the receiving end of this treatment for my support, so be it.
With your continued faith and support, we will finish the work we’ve started:
— Protect the Hall Community Park approval, and get it built.
— Assist Scripps Hospital in its expansion to better serve our needs.
— Initiate the northern Highway 101 and Cardiff specific plan.
— Replenish the sand to protect our beaches and bluffs.

Together, we will make Encinitas an even better place to live. Thank you.

Mayor Dan Dalager has been a member of Encinitas City Council for eight years.

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  1. we're not stupid says:

    Dear Dan:
    What a waste of an opportunity to come clean. You could have used this venue to post pictures of your scrap appliances and explain how you "forgot" accepting a loan of 100k. Instead, you keep spinning a tale that cannot stand up to scrutiny:

    -We maintain one of the largest financial reserves of any city, initiated pension reform, and our fiscal policies have earned us the highest possible credit rating.
    TRUTH: what reserves? what pension reform? credit ratings mean nothing these days, where have you been for the past three years?

    — We’ve had zero layoffs, that has allowed us to continue with capital projects, and have no cutbacks in city services.
    TRUTH: The City has canceled contracts with independant workers; there is no money for the Hall Park — because you keep City workers on the dole even though there is nothing for them to do! How many building permits were pulled in 2007-2009? Why keep a full staff in Planning and Engineering? No cut backs in City services — what about road maintenance!

    — We’ve made public safety a top budget priority, resulting in one of the lowest crime rates in the county.
    TRUTH: You have made public safety the lowest priority. There are many places in Encinitas where the roads constitute death traps. There is no improvements until someone dies…such as the roundabout on Santa Fe, the re-alining and concrete barriers underneath the Santa Fe I-5 overpass, the traffic light at Willowsprings, just to name a few.

    — The EPA honored us as one of the nation’s most energy efficient city halls.
    TRUTH: what the heck did you have do with this anyway — were you the leader on the committee to ensure these changes?

    — We were also awarded best-restored beach for our work on Grandview Beach — using only transient occupancy taxes!
    TRUTH: a made-up award by a organization that profits from the sand replenishment. Geez.

    — We’ve won hard-fought approvals for the Hall Community Park, performing arts center at San Dieguito Academy and Scripps Hospital expansion.
    TRUTH: you ignored the Community in the Hall Community Park, voted to reject the Planning Commission’s recommendations and have a huge empty weed infested "park" — call it what it is, a Sports Complex; As for Scripps, you ignored the General Plan, allowed them to get a variance for height, and approved the intallation of a parking booth in a residential neighborhood.

    Sorry, Dan, you may have done some good somewhere, but the above isn’t your shining moments.

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  2. jentaxpayer says:

    Did Dan seriously expect his quid pro quo activities to not be called out in an election year? If the activities were a fabrication that would be one thing, but these are self-admitted "screw ups" being investigated. He’s playing the victim card but he is a victim of his own making.
    An example of a smear tactic is the mailer he and Kristin Gaspar sent out listing only three candidates (dismissing Kranz) with the insinuation that Teresa Barth went on a shopping spree on the city’s dime. The charges, since 2006, were for attending out of town conferences and workshops, learning how to better run our city. The fact that Dan didn’t trouble himself to attend anything speaks volumes.
    When questioned on the mailer both Kristin and Dan claimed not to have any knowledge of the flyer which was sponsored by a shadow organization that does not even have a google address. What kind of leadership is this?

  3. anonymous says:

    Gaspar and Dalager are the light weight twins, posed to do the bidding of their monied backers. Neither has a clue about the real issues and Dalager has "screwed up" by his own admission. But now, to him it is just "election year antics" to smear him – how dumb does he think the voters are? He was caught with his hand (both hands and head)in the cookie jar and has yet to come clean, as he promised (because he can’t). Encinitas is no longer the samll town that can allow dishonest or uninformed individuals to assume power – Dalager must go and Gaspar needs to gain some experience that counts.

  4. anonymous says:

    As for "…initiating the Cardiff and Leucadia specific plans."
    The Leucadia Specific Plan was initially intended to be implemented at the same time as the Downtown Specific Plan. That’s a long time ago, Dan.
    In Cardiff the Specific Plan was drafted by citizens and butchered by your staff into an unrecognizable facsimile of the drafted document, on your watch. It was re done again, with added expense for staff and many years later partially approved. It is not complete now.
    The costly time delays cost money and you should not be proud of the way either of these civic projects were handled.

  5. kathleen2 says:

    Dan Dalager and Kristan Gaspar paid for the Pick Two Campaign Smear flyer. You have to look at the box that says Notice to Voters. At the end you will see what appears to be some marks. Get a magnifying glass and look at the marks. yYou will see a quote mark, a star or asterick and then another quote mark. The star tells us who paid for the flyer. The stars are next to Dan and Kristan’s names on the other side where it said Elect……….
    So much for truth and transparency. This flyer says so much about their characters. They are banking on the fact that many people come home from work so exhausted they don’t have the time to check the sources listed. For instance the source to Supported draught proof water supply was the SDWD minutes of August 22, 2010. That was a Sunday.
    This mailer and the one many of us got on Sat. saying if we are for families we have to vote for Dan and Kristan (also paid for by Dan and Kristan) were both mailed from 1212 S. Victory Blvd.,Burbank Calif. If you goggle that address you will get Durkee and Associates. The FPPC has fined this company in the past for their slate flyers. Dan has previously used this company for his paid for by the candidate, deceptive slate mailers.

  6. RealEncinitas says:

    Ms. Gaspar defines herself and justifys why residents should vote for her based on her degree in broadcast journalism and her position as a CFO at Gaspar Physical Therapy. In recent weeks, we have seen her inability to apply the most basic skills that an ethical and competent journalist would adhere to.

    She also fails to impress people with her financial acumen since she lacks the education for the position and claimed at the last forum that she did not pay for the ad which Kathleen2 mentions in the post below. Wouldn’t a CFO, or a bookkeeper for that matter, be able to see the check that was cashed to pay for this mailer?

    I have no confidence in Ms. Gaspar at this point. Even my willingness to believe what other have said about her being a nice person is in doubt. Ms. Gaspar and Mr. Dalager, it is not nice to lie!

  7. jherald says:

    Several posters commented that the Coast News was biased toward Teresa Barth. I think you only have to look at the rest o the posts to see this is not about Teresa Barth but about the ethics of Dan Dalager and his running mate Kristen Gaspar. I am not a close friend of Teresa Barth but I have met her several times at community events. When I came to the city with a proposal for saving the Hall house for an Art Center, Teresa was the only one who contacted me aand asked for further details. Not only did the three councilmen completely blow be off but I have yet to see anyone of them at community events. I know that you cannot agrees with every position all the time, however, I have always found Teresa Barth willing to listen and work for our community. If she has railed against three vote majority on the council, I commend her. These guys treat us like nothing, listen to nothing and run the city the way they want. We need a change and that is to re-elect Teresa Barth and Tony Kranz and get rid of Dan Dalager and don’t let his puppet Kristen Galager get a chance to keep thing like they are.

  8. watchdog5 says:

    I just got a robo call from Jerome Stocks endorsing Dan Dalager and Kristin Gaspar for City Council. He says he fully supports them and their efforts. Wow…That sure says something for Jerome. He supports all the name calling, lies, misinformation, fake slate mailers, phony-tony posts, nasty edited videos and mud slinging. It also says that he supports Dan Dalager in regards to his inadequate loan filing, hidden job and revenue with the bank and his taking appliances at hardly any cost. These charges are not political they are facts and are being investigated by the San Diego District Attorney. Here is another City Councilman besides Dan Dalager who thinks all this is OK. Just exactly what is going on at Encinitas City Hall???

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