Alice Jacobson is widely rumored to still want a seat on the city council. Its just a rumor, but the really really awkward jumps she's been making across city commissions looks more like resume padding than genuine interest and commitment.
Last time Alice ran she trumpted her experience on planning boards/commission and charity work. But did she do a good job on the planning commission? How does the charity work relate to her public policy and public administration positions? If Alice runs she probably will have the city's insiders crowd and money to pump a Gaspar style election. Little grassroots campaign support, mostly people with monetary interest and personal friends. That's just the prediction.
Lisa Shaffer is definitely running. She has been active in a diverse set of public policy issues pertaining to the city. She's published her views and spoken in front of council, most recently asking the city stop spending money trying to keep the roads report secret. Lisa is well known among city watchers and comes across as genuine, because she speaks up and is open about her positions. She says she is strongly motivated to run by the lack of transparency and manipulative way the city council has been operating.
She's got a Phd in public policy and is involved in a sustainability program at UCSD. She's already cleared next summer for campaigning and reduced her work load in the following fall. She knows what she's getting into and is ready to make it happen.
She says she has more time now and wants to use that time to make changes in our community.
Her campaign facebook page reads:
It's time to refocus on what is important to those of us who live in Encinitas! We are a family based community, we are an environment loving community, we are a creative community. Let's not pass up opportunities that the Surfing Mary had to offer our community. Let's get going on the Hall project and think outside the box on how to do it cleanly and with partners. Let's be conscious about our development, to encourage growth and the character of our communities.
Let's hope this campaign is about public policy and not an ASB popularity contest.