Monday, June 23, 2008
Local Gal Rachelle Collier Making 2008 Encinitas City Council Run!
The following is an e-mail from a friend,
I am running for City Council because I have noticed that the citizens of Encinitas are not always clearly heard. I believe that community involvement is essential to keep our City, and its five unique communities, true to the General Plan that was so thoughtfully written when our City was incorporated in 1986.
Please remember, the reason Encinitas incorporated as a City was to remove control from the County, which was not doing its job, and to demand good and well-planned development. Too often, in the past few years, citizen’s ideas and concerns have not been thoroughly considered. Workshops are well attended but the input from the community is not reflected in the outcome.
I believe we can do it better. It is time to open up City Hall and allow citizens who have vast expertise and knowledge to participate. The responsibility of making final decisions will always fall to the elected officials, but the City has a great resource at hand and should encourage citizens who can volunteer their time and ideas to be part of the process.
It is time for change and fairness in our City Government and I am committed to making that change happen.
My community involvement includes: Being founding member of the Community Parks Council, (1999). We were instrumental in the development of the Leucadia Oaks Park. I’ve been a member of the Leucadia Town Council since 2001, and President since 2006. The LTC has also awarded an annual $500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior since 2006. As well as being a Board member of the Leucadia 101 Mainstreet Association since 2000, I am currently the Secretary and have served on many committees and have participated in all the events that contribute to the character of the North 101 Corridor, including working with the City staff and Council to have temporary sidewalks installed where there were none and attending the Streetscape workshops. I am also a member of the Friends of the Encinitas Library and the Encinitas Taxpayers Association.
I am proud to be endorsed by The League of Conservation Voters and Sierra Club California.