Solana Beach mayor decides not to run for supervisor seat

By Claire Harlin

Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner announced on Oct. 17 that she has made the difficult decision not to pursue Pam Slater-Price’s District 3 County supervisor seat.

She had said she was considering the move after getting Slater-Price’s blessing, but had a change of heart after her husband, Don, had a bad accident over the weekend while out in the desert with their godson, Jaxon.

Don is in the Intensive Care Unit at the University of California, San Diego Burn Center awaiting at least two surgeries.

The extent of his burns are still being evaluated, Heebnber said.

“We have a long road of healing ahead of us and he is my first priority,” she said.

Heebner said there were some other reasons not to embark on the “uphill battle” — one that could cost her the council seat since the offices open up at the same time.

On another personal level, the needs are growing for the care of her 95-year-old mother.

“On a professional level, there is still work I want to see done in my beloved Solana Beach,” she said, citing the North County Transit District Train Station development, the General Plan update and Highway 101 renovation, including the subsequent development that is anticipated to come with that.

She also said “the stark realities of the numbers in this district are not very encouraging for a registered Democrat.

“Even though this is supposed to be a non-partisan race, we know it will turn partisan,” she said, “and probably ugly.”