EDITORIAL: Eve Phillips for Re-Election to the Orinda City Council

EDITORIAL: Eve Phillips for Re-Election to the Orinda City Council

Eve Phillips is totally worthy of re-election to the Orinda City Council.  She will be on the November 2018 ballot.

During her four years on the city council (from 2014 to 2018), Ms. Phillips has shown leadership and courage. She has paid close attention to important city-council matters.

As mayor — the mayor’s job rotates among city-council members — Ms. Phillips supported local control, as opposed to State of California, control — of Orinda’s land.  On August 18, 2017, Ms. Phillips wrote to members of the state legislature, asking them to oppose state Senate Bill 35 (SB 35).  The bill would have given the state control over Orinda’s land.  The bill’s sponsor was State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco).

In her letter, Ms. Phillips wrote, “The City of Orinda is opposed to SB 35 (Wiener), which would pre-empt local discretionary land use authority . . .”  All four of Ms. Phillips city-council colleagues endorsed her letter.

By writing the legislature, Ms. Phillips established an important precedent.  Her successor as mayor wrote, between February 2018 and June 2018, three letters to the state legislature, calling for local control of Orinda’s land.

During her term as mayor (December 2016 to December 2017), Ms. Phillips worked tirelessly to ensure prompt repair of the Miner Road sinkhole, which appeared in January 2017.  The sinkhole was repaired in six months.  Similar repairs in other cites have taken years.

In her 2018 statement of candidacy, Ms. Phillips wrote, “Over the past four years, my goal has been to represent the broader Orinda community in key City matters, whether in complete agreement with my Council colleagues or by taking an independent stand.”

In her first few weeks on the city council, Ms. Phillips introduced a motion to have Orinda’s voters decide, in a referendum, on the appropriateness of Cycle 5 (version 5) of the city’s Housing Element.  The Housing Element, according to the website of the California Department of Housing and Community Development states, “Since 1969, California has required all local governments (cities and counties) adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community.”  Sadly, no other member of the city council seconded Ms. Phillips’ motion, killing it.

Ms. Phillips integrity, adherence to her campaign promises, and attention to detail, make her an excellent choice for re-election.

The Icon is pleased to endorse Ms. Phillips for another four years on the city council.

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