It seems Deputy Mayor Catherine Blakespear has taken negotiation lessons from Jim Bond.
In the midst of not only negotiations for the new city manager's salary but also labor negotiations for pay and pension increases for the entire staff, here's Blakespear in the Coast News shouting, "Look everybody! We've got lots of money!"
We don't doubt that the current property boom has Encinitas' finances looking rosy; homes in Encinitas are now valued well above the peak of the last bubble, and residential and commercial development is roaring. But Blakespear's carefree outlook reminds us a lot of a certain former mayor during the last bubble. Wouldn't it make sense to use the current boom to save a little money for the next rainy day?
And if Encinitas is in such great financial shape, why were Barth, Shaffer, and Kranz pushing for a sales tax increase just last year?