"Letter to the Editor" Strongly Supports of Mayor Janney!
Oct 02, 2014 12:34PM
By Paul Spear
Editor, Dig Imperial Beach
After seeing dozens of campaign signs popping up for Serge Dedina, I finally started to focus on the upcoming election for the Imperial Beach Mayor and City Council. The Eagle & Times had a nice piece contrasting the two candidates for mayor.
I have known Jim Janney slightly for several years and have read Serge Dedina’s writings on surfing in Mexico, but otherwise I have not been real engaged with the local government.
As a small business owner who works from home in Imperial Beach, I want to see the city be financially stable, expand its revenue sources, maintain its infrastructure (unlike San Diego), and be a safe place for families to live. Imperial Beach is a unique, affordable, beach community with a city government capable of meeting most needs.
I have received campaign literature from the candidates and seen the articles in the local newspapers. Jim Janney, business owner, part-time politician and city leader has the requisite ability to continue to lead the town based on his experience gained by twelve years in office during some very challenging financial times for the city and state.
Serge Dedina is known for his concern about the environment and clean ocean water and those efforts are to be applauded. However, he has no experience as a council member, yet he wants to leap right into the mayor’s seat. Being mayor entails participating on many regional boards and commissions where, seasoned politicians attempt to capture resources for their own constituents. Not a place for someone to cut their political teeth.
Also of concern is the fact that Dedina seems to be running on a slate with Elizabeth Saldana, and Ed Spriggs that is being funded by a political action group based in New York City. According to state Independent Expenditure Filings, this group, United Here Tip, has spent something in the area of $30,000 so far on paid campaign workers and campaign materials. That is a significant amount for the normally small turnout Imperial Beach elections.
So the question has to be asked, why is this New York City group interested in Imperial Beach? What is their agenda? Who is behind the group? What does it mean for Imperial Beach? Will a new mayor and council majority pass someone else’s agenda?
I would like to see some answers prior to the election.
Imperial Beach Voter