Encinitas mayor joins Bilbray staff
By: ADAM KAYE - Staff Writer
ENCINITAS ---- Encinitas Mayor Christy Guerin has taken the job of district director for Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray, who took office last month after a hard-fought election to replace imprisoned former U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham.
Guerin, who supported Bilbray's candidacy with letters to her Encinitas constituents, said Friday that Bilbray called her shortly after his victory to offer her the directorship of his office in Escondido. Her first day was July 1.
"I was extremely flattered and surprised and intrigued," Guerin said, referring to Bilbray's job offer.
She said she plans to complete her second term on the Encinitas City Council, which expires in December, but does not know whether she will seek a third, even though she's already collected $6,500 for the campaign.
During an interview, she became teary at the prospect of leaving the position at City Hall she has held for nearly eight years.
From my point of view Bilbray and Guerin have only one job, and that is to fight to keep state worker's comp. rates in single digits.
There is no issue that affects my family shop more than worker's comp. rates. When the rates were in double digits (thank you Gray Davis) we were under tremendous pressure to either hire illegal aliens or close down the shop and move to China. Neither options are moral, especially outsourcing to brutal communist China.
My family has always done all the right things, pay taxes and take care of our employees. Our competitors use cheap slave labor in China, Thailand or are local operations that use illegal aliens or cash under the table workers. It hasn't been easy but we are staying true to our path. We have put quality over quantity and our customers have responded positively even if they do pay more. If state worker's comp. rates hit double digits again I even doubt if we could continue what we are doing.