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 (see below) and Dave Zito.
Years living in Solana Beach:
• Business attorney and owner of Counsel Direct Law Offices in Solana Beach
• Catholic University School of Law, Juris Doctor
• George Washington University, bachelor’s degree in political science
• Chairman of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce
• San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Energy and Water Committee member
• Served four years on the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce, as vice president, board member and executive committee member.
• Former chair of the San Diego Council of TechAmerica (the former American Electronics Association) and member of TechAmerica’s national board of directors and Small Business Committee
• Member of Bar of California, New York and New Jersey, as well as the American and San Diego Bar Associations
• Moxie Foundation Board member
• Board member of American Lung Association of California and the American Lung Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties
• Chaired Solana Beach’s annual Fiesta del Sol
• Received Solana Beach Sustainability Award in 2010
• Attended the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009 and 2011, serving on the Green Mobility Action Network.
Why are you running for a seat on the Solana Beach City Council?
We live in the best place on earth. I am running for City Council to make Solana Beach even better. That said, our city faces significant challenges over the next several years. These include commercial development pressures, structural issues on our oceanfront, siting of affordable housing projects, tightening government budgets, pressures on city services, public safety, and the management of our local government. In the midst of this, we must not lose sight of our quality of life and community character.
Keeping Solana Beach’s unique character will require hard work and creative solutions. My priorities on the City Council are to:
1. Enhance our quality of life and beaches
2. Attract quality businesses for a vibrant commercial sector and tax revenues
3. Maintain fiscal discipline and accountability for our City, to maximize our resources.
4. Ensure sensible, sustainable growth while encouraging a healthy business environment.
Provide public safety for our residents and visitors.
On a more fundamental level, I have sought all of my life to make a positive difference in the lives and communities around me. This is what makes life rewarding and enjoyable, and a key reason I am running for Solana Beach City Council.
What experience/qualifications would you bring to the council that you think would be beneficial?
While living and working in Solana Beach, I have met many of the residents and understand their concerns. I bring to the Council 30 years’ experience as an attorney and business owner. This means I won’t be learning on the job.
My professional experience and qualifications will help me serve the city. In my law practice I engage in business and employment law, conduct complex transactions, form businesses and nonprofit organizations, and assist companies to adopt environmentally sustainable business practices.