Gaspar’s departure would leave Councilman Mark Muir as the only member of the city’s leadership team with a thorough understanding of how a city should be run. Lisa Shaffer, Tony Kranz, and Catherine Blakespear are committed public servants, but they tend to fly off into a utopian la la land that keeps getting them, and the city, into trouble. It was Shaffer and Kranz who floated the idea of a sales-tax hike and then, just a few months later, voted to spend $10 million of the public’s money on a dilapidated old school that’s going to need millions more just to clean up and be transformed into something useful.
Is it time to bring Jerome Stocks back? He’s Encinitas' most experienced policy wonk who understands that in government, what’s right isn’t always popular, and what’s popular isn’t always right.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Jerome Stocks 2016: Tanned, Rested, Ready
Thomas K. Arnold in the Seaside Courier on what happens if Gaspar runs for Supervisor: