Tax lobbyist and shameless carpetbagger Steve Aceti has sold his house in Carlsbad and has moved to Leucadia so that he can run for Encinitas city council in 2008.
NCT.com: Steve Aceti moving to Encinitas, entertaining 2008 council run
Aceti was recently rejected by Carlsbad, Aceti applied to fill a vacancy on the Carlsbad City Council created by the resignation of Norine Sigafoose. Apparently, Aceti feels that Encinitas deserves Carlsbad's unwanted leftovers.
A native of New York, Aceti received a law degree from the State University of New York at Albany. In the mid-1990s in Encinitas, Aceti participated in a successful campaign to increase hotel taxes to create money for beach restoration.
This was Prop R. This unfair tax was most likely voted in because it is a hotel/motel tax that tourist must pay and didn't directly affect resident wallets. The Prop R money traditionally buys and imports that really horrible itchy ashtray sand that the city dumps between the lifeguard towers in the touristy section of Moonlight Beach.
In 2003, Aceti led an unsuccessful campaign to institute an Encinitas clean-water fee.
This was Prop C, a fee with a name that was supposed to make us feel warm and fuzzy inside. Disguised as a clean water program, Prop C unfairly targeted homeowners to subsidize out of control spending by the Encinitas city council led by former city manager Kerry Miller. Prop C was crushed at the polls. At the height of the campaign Aceti often became enraged at the Encinitas Taxpayer's Association and fired off many classic letters to the editors of the North County Times.
As a member of DEMA Aceti toys with the idea of parking meters for downtown Encinitas. Coast News story.
I have to admit, Aceti has conojes. He is already widely unpopular in Encinitas so it's very brash of him to announce his 2008 run for council so soon. It's baffling though, does Aceti really think he can win? Longtime resident Doug Long is far more likeable and he wasn't able to win a seat in the last election (although he probably would if not running against the smart and charming Teresa Barth). Thomas Brown spent a lot of money running for council and was defeated and Brown is about 1000 times more likable than Aceti.
Does professional tax lobbyist Steve Aceti really stand a chance of winning an Encinitas city council seat against lifelong local Doug Long? Can Aceti outspend the well equipped and intelligent Thomas Brown? Can an obvious carpetbagger defeat incumbents Jim Bond (who may retire and leave an empty seat up for grabs), Maggie Houlihan (who has received the most votes ever for council), and Jerome Stocks who, despite controversy, has a solid base ?
We'll be keeping a watchful eye on our new neighbor Steve Aceti.
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Aceti also backed this increase in car registration: North County Republicans decry proposed fee