The North County Times has been hosting videos of local events on their website lately.
Here is the video of Teresa Barth taking the oath and Christy Guerin saying a few words at Wednesday's city council meeting.
Added: Logan Jenkins column about Del Mar and Encinitas mayor dramas,
Ignoble antics in North County councils
For deep-seated hostility, Del Mar's Machiavellian machinations don't hold a flickering candle to Encinitas'.
Politics – or, as newly installed Mayor Jim Bond said Wednesday, the computational skill to count to three – dictate the line of mayoral succession.
Most years, the council exchanges the gavel without a wave of nausea.
Not so this year.
In her first action as a newly elected councilwoman, Teresa Barth took a bull by the horns and nominated Bond as mayor and her staunch pro-environmental ally, Maggie Houlihan, as deputy mayor, thus putting Houlihan in line to follow Bond as mayor.
Houlihan and her supporters argued that she had been unfairly passed over in 2005 after drawing the most votes in the previous council election. They evidently believe that the selection of deputy mayors should reflect popularity at the polls.
A defensible theory perhaps. Escondido had a similar system before it went to popular mayoral elections.
But the political reality in Encinitas is as stark as a pair of brass knuckles: The only votes that matter are the three that command a council majority.
Though Houlihan has served as mayor in the past, the council majority declined to raise her hopes to become the mayor in 2008.
Councilman Jerome Stocks was the obvious choice to receive that bouquet of red poinsettias.
You never know where these kinds of maneuverings lead.
In 2008, ambitious coastal politicians could be looking at attractive options far beyond Encinitas, especially if Supervisor Pam Slater-Price decides she's ready to retire. Given a choice, it's much nicer to run in a large district as a mayor rather than a garden-variety council member.
In the Encinitas game of musical mayoral chairs, council members have a rough choice as to when they squat on the supreme seat.
That is, so long as they can count to three.
Logan Jenkins can be reached at (760) 737-7555 or by e-mail at email@example.com.