From the inbox:
It's Not About Muir - It's About Us
Maggie was far more than a member of the City Council. She was the
most beloved person in this town. She understood Encinitas is much
more than a city; it's a community.
Cities are about general plans; building codes; infrastructure;
pseudo-roundabouts; land development; commerce; projects; programs
and policies. Communities are about common values and social norms.
Maggie knew the difference.
I loved Maggie. Still do. Always will. More important than her
position on issues was the person she was: caring; passionate;
honest; decent; and devoted to the people and animals who live here.
Maggie exemplified integrity. She was pro-neighborhood;
pro-environment; pro-family; and pro-human dignity. She was one of
us - independent; individualistic; intelligent; inventive; and, when
her principles were at stake, immovable. How like Maggie to care
about us until the very end - leaving us the gift of a beautiful,
thoughtful video message shared with us after her death. Although
she looked thin and frail, the full force of her larger than life
presence was still there.
Far worse than the puerile political machinations in which Council
members Bond, Stocks and Gasper engaged was the indecency and
insensitivity with which they treated Maggie and the thousands who
voted for her. They could have given her the honor she deserved by
appointing the extraordinarily capable person she'd designated as
her choice to succeed her. Or, they could have appointed any one of
the several highly qualified civic leaders who stated they'd not run
for election in 2012. It would have been an act of kindness and
generosity with no cost to themselves - they'd remain the majority
on the City Council.
Instead of honoring Maggie's wishes, Bond, Stocks, and Gaspar used
their majority to appoint the only controversial, divisive, and
politically-compromised candidate - an act sure to exacerbate
community conflict. They knowingly, and negligently disenfranchised
the thousands of people who shared Maggie's vision for Encinitas.
The greatest measure of a community is how we treat each other. Most
of us would prefer that to be with respect, courtesy, caring and
decency. We must make it absolutely clear that the Council
majority's actions do not represent our values or interests.
For some of us, it feels like Encinitas lost its heart. But, it
hasn't. Maggie left hers to us to preserve and protect. With all
the energy, passion, perseverance and determination in her, Maggie
forged a pathway for us to follow; and bequeathed to us a priceless
It is time for us to act.
Are there 500 people in Encinitas willing to write a check for $250
to further Maggie's legacy? Are you?