David Druker | Outgoing Mayor
To quote Mel Brooks, “It’s fun to be Mayor.” It has been my honor to serve as Mayor and in turn to serve the people of Del Mar, the council and the staff. As Mayor, I was able to meet interesting people and have meetings with other elected officials. It is also fun to have people think the Mayor has special powers including “fixing” parking tickets and running the City. I enjoy explaining that I am just one of five council members and the only power I have is to run the council meetings, set the agenda and represent Del Mar at some events and I am not like Mike Bloomberg, Rudy Giuliani, Tom Bradley, Sam Yorty or Jerry Sanders.
The City has again accomplished much this year. The most significant being the completion of the Downtown Streetscape project from 9th to the Plaza. The plan was 25 years in the making and it is wonderful to see this project finally completed for the downtown segment of Camino del Mar. We also celebrated the 60th birthday of Del Mar’s founding.
The major difference between my prior terms as Mayor versus all of the other terms I have served is that the City has more money to spend on capital projects this time around. The building of City Hall, completing Downtown streetscape and the upgrade of Camino Del Mar from 4th to Carmel Valley Road have all happened because the revenue increase over the last 10 years.
The city has many issues to face in the future – short term rentals, sea-level rise, a new city manager, a new planning director, affordable housing, Marisol, more state mandates, clean water rates, implementation of Community Choice Energy, undergrounding of utilities and a possible economic downturn.
I look forward to finishing my term as a council member and appreciate the support I have received by the citizens of Del Mar.