Six people — including five new candidates — will be competing in the November election for three open seats on the Solana Beach City Council.
The Union-Tribune Community Press published a story detailing five of the six candidates last week.
Due to incorrect contact information, Mayor David Zito was unable to participate by press time. Of the three incumbents, only Zito filed papers to become a candidate.
“We’ve accomplished a lot over the past four years, but there is still a lot to do,” Zito said. “With two of the other council members not running for re-election, I enjoy what I do, but I also think it’s very important to have the continuity and the vision in order to keep these projects moving.”
A Solana Beach resident for 25 years, Zito was first elected to the council in 2012.
During his first term on council, Zito said he is proud to have been part of a variety of projects, including renovating Coast Highway 101, as well as reconstructing the Del Mar Shores beach access stairway and repairing other access stairways.
“That’s really great because we are a beach community,” said Zito, who has worked at Hewlett-Packard, now known as HP Inc., for more than 20 years. “Access to the beach is a key element.”
Other accomplishments include the addition of bicycle and pedestrian improvements, including the city’s new east-side entry monument; the construction of La Colonia Park Veterans Honor Courtyard; the preservation of the Gateway property, now known as Harbaugh Seaside Trails; and the approval of the sand replenishment project.
“The project is approved,” he said. “We’re now at the stage of finishing the design and pursuing funding. Hopefully, there will be a plan in place to be able to protect our beaches for the next 50 years.”
If re-elected to the council, Zito wants to continue to protect the city’s character and quality of life. He also wants initiate the sand replenishment project, make additional street and sidewalk improvements, and maintain the city’s healthy financial standing.
There are a number of projects headed to the council, including plans for the development of Solana Beach Transit Center and the redevelopment of the Solana Highlands apartment complex. Other projects are proposed along Highway 101, and on the east side of the city, a potential senior living facility.
“It’s very important that these projects fit within the character of our community,” Zito said.
The five other candidates are Jewel Edson, Judy Hegenauer, Chris Hohn, Edward Siegel and Cynthia Walsh. To learn more about the other candidates, see last week’s issue or visit http://www.delmartimes.net/news/2016/aug/25/solana-beach-city-council-election/