I attended the 5th Annual State of the City Address at CSUSM today. The event was well-attended with business honorees being recognized and the City of San Marcos City Council highlighting its priorities for this year. Students at Cal-State were vocally admonishing the group of business and government leaders with a protest for social justice chanting against racism and police misconduct. Ahhh a perfect exclamation point to the idea that life in San Marcos is without real problems. Thank you students for driving home that point.
70 California communities have spoken against the expansion of oil drilling or exploration off of California’s coastline. Most recently Escondido voted to pass a Resolution against off shore drilling in California.
Now the time came for the City of San Marcos to add its voice to this California harmony. Led by the newest elected Councilmembers, Randy Walton and Maria Nunez, the community spoke out that it wanted to be part of the chorus. The Mayor, Rebecca Jones, showed weak leadership by superseding Councilmember Walton’s Motion to adopt its own Resolution against the expansion of off shore drilling with her own “Motion to postpone a vote indefinitely.” Joined by Councilmember Jenkins and newly appointed Councilmember Petrek, the Mayor squashed the Resolution and the chorus ended with a screeching dissonant interval. 🎶
Thank you Councilmembers Randy Walton and Maria Nunez for your leadership on taking on important and audacious issues that affect all communities. Sadly, the Council failed an important first opportunity to deliver a harmonic consonant interval. 🎶
Although we fell short in our campaign in the 75th Assembly District, my desire to represent my neighbors remains strong.
Your opinion matters to me. Some want my to run for the 75th again. Others would like me to focus on my local community (where I received 63% of the vote last November) and run for San Marcos City Council (District 3).
What do you think?
In the News…
“Applicants included well-known, or former, leaders like Alan Geraci, who lost the 2018 State Assembly race to Marie Waldron but won big in San Marcos and Escondido and Mark Loscher, a San Marcos councilman from 1986 to 1994, who moved back to the city late last year. When asked by Jenkins if he would pledge to serve out his term and not run for another office, Geraci said yes.”
The San Marcos City Council selected Jay Petrek to fill the vacant seat 4-0. The reasoning was that Jay Petrek is experienced in municipal governance (he’s the Assistant City Manager for Escondido)and he doesn’t live in Districts 3 or 4 (up for election in 2020 so as to not create an “incumbent”). I live in District 3.
Congratulations to Jay Petrek.