Blackburn, Acosta, council pay measure headed to victory in Carlsbad


Election Day. (Photo by Element5 Digital, Unsplash)

North Coast Current

Carlsbad will see City Council incumbent Keith Blackburn return to the dais in the first election for new District 2, and Teresa Acosta is on a path to victory for new District 4, according to preliminary results from the Nov. 3 election.

The two districts were set for their first elections in 2020 after the city established them for representation in 2017.

In related election news, city Measure G, confirming a process for City Council member compensation, was headed for a clear victory as of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to preliminary results from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

In District 2, Blackburn was ahead of Lela Panagides 53.05% to 42.59%. Brian Higgins, who dropped out of the race, still received 4.36% of the vote. In District 4, Teresa Acosta was ahead of Phil Urbina 58.05% to 41.95%.

Measure G was headed for strong approval by voters with 77.51% in favor and 22.49% against, according to the registrar’s numbers.

The measure backs a system already in place for the City Council since 2018 where the council is allowed to consider a base salary adjustment yearly in January. The City Council could choose to adjust compensation up to amounts set by the San Diego Regional Consumer Price Index or waive an adjustment for the year. The measure also blocks retroactive pay adjustments for previous years that the council has waived adjustments.

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