Six candidates are vying for three open Solana Beach City Council seats in the Nov. 6 election. Candidates include Vickie Driver, Paul Frankel, Lesa Heebner (incumbent), Daniel Powell, Peter Zahn and Dave Zito (see below).
Years living in Solana Beach:
•Software Architect for Hewlett-Packard Company
•M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley
•B.S. in Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
•Four-plus years on View Assessment Commission, Two years as chair
•Eight years of volunteering for Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Committee events.
•Volunteer at my children’s schools for many events and fundraisers
•Lead trips for the YMCA as part of their father/daughter program
•Appointed by the City Council to a task force in 2000 to update our housing ordinances
•Appointed by the City Council to a task force in 2008 to update our view ordinance
•Author and proponent of the “Solana Beach Community Protection Act” ballot initiative which passed in 2000 by a 25-point margin
•Former foster parent and father of two adopted children from the county foster system.
•Participant in the ongoing General Plan update process
1.) Why are you running for a seat on the Solana Beach City Council?
My wife and I have lived in Solana Beach for 21 years. This is where we have chosen to raise our family and through our many volunteer activities we have become integrated into our community. We value so many different things about this unique City from its wonderful beaches and lagoons, diverse selection of commercial districts, to the regular community events such as the Beach Blanket Movie night, Holiday Tree Lighting, Arts Alive, Concerts by the Cove, and many others. In the time we have lived here we have watched Solana Beach grow into distinct, vibrant beach city with a unique identity all its own which we all cherish as residents.
I am running as there are two vacancies on the council this election cycle and I want to continue to serve this community by offering my experience and expertise as we navigate the path ahead and tackle the challenges facing us. The next few years will set the tone of our City for some time to come and the deep appreciation I hold for Solana Beach combined with the skills I bring to bear will be critical to ensure our town continues to move in the right direction.
2.) What experience/qualifications would you bring to the council that you think would be beneficial?
Through my volunteer activities I have been brought in touch with many wonderful members of the community and this has given me a greater understanding of the issues we face and the importance of protecting our City. Additionally my work on several local ballot measures has given me a deep knowledge of our laws, where they are effective, and possible areas of improvement. Multiple prior city councils have recognized my expertise and contribution which resulted in appointments on various committees and sub-committees to update our ordinances to more efficiently serve our residents and businesses while remaining compliant with State law.