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Encinitas to elect mayor

Encinitas will have an elected mayor starting in 2014, according to Nov. 6 election results.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, results show that Encinitas voters have opted for a two-year mayor. Proposition K proposed the election of the mayor. Proposition L proposed a two-year term for the mayor. Proposition M, which was soundly defeated, proposed a four-year term. The new elected mayor replaces a yearly rotational position among the City Council in place since the city was founded in 1986. The first mayor under the new law will be elected in November 2014, according to the proposition.

The idea of electing an Encinitas mayor was a controversial one over the past couple of years. While opponents had criticized a more conservative City Council of blocking fellow members from appointment to the mayor’s post, many of those opponents also were against an elected mayor. Those opponents saw it was an attempt by some forces in the city to solidify their power in the form of an elected mayor. Proponents saw the elected mayor as a way to end an appointment system that had grown more contentious and exclusive in recent years.

Prop. K won 55.82 percent to 44.18 percent, and Prop. L won 56.87 percent to 43.13 percent. Prop. M was lost 71.09 percent to 28.91 percent.

The results are preliminary, according to the registrar of voters, with about 475,000 absentee and provisional ballots remaining to be counted region-wide as of 10:30 a.m. Nov. 7.

 

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Encinitas to elect mayor