ANNETTE SZLACHTA, Dana Point
Our 2018 City Council election comprises of a very important change. Dana Point is now a districted city in which only residents in Districts 1, 2, and 3 will be able to vote for a city council representative.
I attended the candidate forums and learned that though each district may have a particular issue that’s most important to its residents, each district’s residents have common concerns. Residents have been ill-served by council incumbents and former councilmembers in districts 1, 2, and 3 with regard to Dana Point’s most pressing issues. To name but a few: deficit spending so that now the city must access its cash reserves; promoting a short-term rental policy with which many residents disagree as per the successful resident signature drive to overturn it; not enough action on the proliferation of unlicensed sober living homes; implemented changes to the Town Center plan regarding parking to benefit developers and harm residents.
I hope you’ll agree that Dana Point needs councilmembers who will consider the needs of residents first. Messrs. Joe Jaeger, Mark McGinn, and Charles Payne are the candidates with our best interests at the fore.