San Mateo County Times
Posted: 10/02/2010 10:39:49 PM PDT
The economic downturn has hit Pacifica hard, and city leaders are struggling to increase revenue to avoid further staff cuts and service reductions.
Incumbents Jim Vreeland and Sue Digre are facing seven challengers. William "Leo" Leon and Thomas Clifford are on the Planning Commission and the others -- Barbara Arietta, Karl Davidson, Len Stone, Heather Tanner and Susan Vellone -- have passion but no experience in city government.
All the candidates seem sincere in their desire to help Pacifica succeed, and most of them would make fine council members. But after much consideration, we recommend that Vreeland be re-elected and that voters choose two challengers -- Leon and Stone -- to add fresh blood and new ideas to the mix. We do not recommend Digre, because Pacifica is facing tough challenges and needs sharper leadership than she has provided.
Pacifica voters are being asked to pass a 2 percent hotel tax increase in November, a cornerstone of the city's long-term budget-balancing program.
Posted by Steve Sinai