Author Archive for Andrew Audet

Residents, council put their backs into it

The Encinitas city council super-majority recently appointed council member Jerome Stocks mayor. Some 75 percent of the residents in attendance stood in silence and turned their backs to Mr. Stocks when he was selected. It was a powerful community commentary, but not surprising, as Stocks and the council super-majority have had a history of seemingly […]

Counting our Blessings this season

In counting our blessings this Christmas it’s easy to give thanks for the beauty of the place we call home. We in North County have been fortunate this holiday to enjoy crisp morning sun with night skies transformed into glowing embers of reds, purples and oranges. Take a moment to notice. It’s easy to see […]

Encinitas City Council is ‘Must See TV’

Another episode of “The Real Council Members of Encinitas” played out at city hall last week. In true reality TV fashion, scripted accusations were hurled, back biting cast members confronted co-workers and self-serving alliances were on display. Playing the role of a “Desperate Council Member” Kristin Gaspar laid in wait to ambush council member Teresa […]

Getting city’s financial housing in order

When local government wants to sell public land to pay for failed leadership, we should take note. Selling community assets is a signal that the city and school district’s financial house is not in order. In Encinitas, mismanagement of the Pacific View School site is costing taxpayers. Years ago 2.8 acres of coastal bluff property […]

A chance to give thanks, then and now

In 1620, the Pilgrims came to America to live in a land of their own. They wanted freedom from the King of England, religious and otherwise. They set sail for Virginia and when their ship the Mayflower was blown off course they landed at Plymouth. The Pilgrims had been granted a charter to settle in […]

Council move makes me bananas

Last week Encinitas Mayor Bond, Deputy Mayor Stocks and Council member Gaspar appointed their campaign supporter Mark Muir to the city council. Evidence presented during the application process showed Muir was the only applicant to violate city policies for ethics and codes of conduct. Muir’s violations benefited the only three people in the city with […]

Teaching the values of right and wrong

When elected leaders like Encinitas Mayor James Bond, Deputy Mayor Jerome Stocks and Council member Kristin Gaspar no longer support the values of the residents they claim to represent, the community is threatened. In Encinitas we teach the values of our community in our schools. We do this because we want our kids to know […]

City Council must avoid cronyism

The Encinitas city council must avoid the appearance of cronyism in appointing a new council member. Governments that look like they are based on “having friends in high places” undermine the public trust and create doubt. A number of applicants have pledged not to run in 2012, like local business owners Ken Harrison and Joann […]

Will the council do the right thing?

Encinitas will soon have a new City Council member. This person will cast votes that will impact our quality of life and property values. The new council member will not be elected by the city’s 60,000 voters but be a political appointee chosen by four people. I question if current council members have the judgment […]

‘Houlihan appointment’: here’s to hoping

For the first time in Encinitas history, a City Council member will be selected not democratically by a vote of the people, but by a political appointment. Some say it is the latest move in a political chess match between residents seeking to protect community character and pro-development special interests seeking to increase density. The […]