Tuesday, July 8, 2014

President's Letter: July 2014

We just went through one cycle of elections, but it's not over yet!

For the June 3rd Primary, voter turnout was just absolutely abysmal across the board. Statewide, 25% of voters turned out to vote. Countywide, it was marginally higher at 27%. Imagine that. One out of every four voters showed up.

Clairemont, at least, votes. As usual, we had one of the higher turnouts of any community in San Diego. Maybe we just love exercising our right to vote, or maybe we're just one of the few communities that is educated enough to care. Who knows? Perhaps we should have a Clairemont-wide discussion on this issue. We would love to hear your thoughts!

Moving forward, however, Clairemont will be home to two major political races this November. The only San Diego City Council election still being contested is the race in District 6, which includes much of Clairemont east of Tecolote Canyon, as well as Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, Sorrento Valley, and parts of Rancho Peñasquitos. Also, our Congressional election this year is considered such a toss-up, that national pundits are calling it one of the top 10 elections nationwide.

So, brace yourself! There's more mail, ads, jockeying, lies, half-truths, rumors, and flyers left to be seen. Also, if campaigns come by and put signs on your property without your permission, you have a right to take them down. This happened several times during this last election to a few of our neighbors. Be smart. Don't let them fool you!

We're in the middle of summer, but Clairemont Town Council isn't slowing down!

As part of our 60th anniversary year, we are working on organizing an honorary dinner for later this Fall. If you'd like to be involved in helping us celebrate our 60th year, please e-mail our Vice-President Richard Morris as Events@ClairemontOnline.com

Garden Tour has come and gone, but we are looking to get started on organizing for next year. We're looking for some brave individuals to step forward as co-chairs for next year's tour. The earlier we start, the more successful next year's tour will be. If you're interested, please e-mail us at Contact@ClairemontOnline.com

For our next Clairemont Town Council meeting, we are very excited to welcome District 2 Councilman Ed Harris. Councilman Harris has been very active since his appointment to the City Council a few months ago, but this will be CTC's first, official sit down. We're sure to get in-depth updates on the Morena Blvd. issue, as well as information regarding the recent traffic study along Moraga Ave.

Also, we will be voting on two items: 1) Appointing Steve Innis to be our new Sergeant-at-Arms, and 2) Changing our CTC meeting times to start earlier at 6:30pm.

Our meeting this month will be on Thursday, July 10th -- the second Thursday due to Independence Day -- so please note the date change. Clairemont Town Council general meetings are held at 7:00pm inside the Cadman Elementary cafeteria (4370 Kamloop Avenue, San Diego, CA 92117).

To ensure that you plan on attending our summer meetings in July and August, we will be serving pizza. Local pizza. The best kind, of course! So, please be sure to attend, get fed, and get involved in our community!

Finally, we love hearing feedback from everyone. If you feel your Clairemont Town Council should be doing more to highlight a particular issue, or help provide better community service, then please let us know! You can call us at 858.480.9430, or e-mail your CTC Board of Directors at Board@ClairemontOnline.com

Working for you, Clairemont!

Ryan Trabuco
CTC President

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