The fight over a proposal to build a mall on the south shores of Agua Hedionda Lagoon officially ended with the defeat of Measure A in a February 2016 special election, but the battle lines over the divisive issue remain drawn.
Citizens for North County (CNC), the citizens group formed to oppose the Carlsbad City Council’s unanimous August 2015 approval of the plan without a public vote, Monday issued its endorsements for the November 2016 Carlsbad City Council race.
And, no surprise, neither of the two incumbents running for re-election, Keith Blackburn and Lorraine Wood, made the cut.
Instead, CNC is endorsing two challengers, activist Cori Schumacher, who played a key role in the defeat of Measure A, and former Carlsbad Unified School District trustee Ann Tanner.
Two of the five seats on the council are up for election in November.
“We need independent voices on the council. That has become obvious to residents over the last several months,” said CNC president De’Ann Weimer. “Trust in our city council is shaken. But Carlsbad is fortunate to have two long-time community leaders committed to making sure Carlsbad values are reflected in our city government.
“Those values include the expectation that citizens’ concerns are respected, that our elected leaders make decisions with the best interest of Carlsbad’s citizens at heart, that transparency and fiscal responsibility are priorities and not exceptions.
“Both Ms. Tanner and Ms. Schumacher are thoughtful and consistent advocates for preserving Carlsbad’s quality of life and its coastal character. They are dedicated to maintaining open space, and utilizing new technologies to ensure a vibrant, diversified economy.”
Schumacher (no relation to current Carlsbad City Councilman Michael Schumacher, whose seat is not up for election this year) is an internationally recognized champion athlete and lifelong activist. Schumacher was instrumental in persuading the California Coastal Commission to delay approving a request by the city of Carlsbad to redefine land uses on two parcels of coastal land, including the 48-acre commercial site off Cannon Road and Interstate 5 where the mall was to be built. She also has pushed for greater public input on the Village & Barrio Master Plan, initially prepared by a Florida consultancy.
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