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Myths vs Facts

Opponent myth

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Joy doesn't care about the Cardiff School District.

Fact 

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Untrue. Joy supports the Cardiff School District which is why she has reached out to build the relationship and to improve future collaboration as a fresh and new partnering voice.
Many different people support Joy's campaign and to be completely clear - support for her has come from both sides of the prior lawsuit against the district. The School District resolved the issue, and they report they were happy with the outcome. But she knows there were costs to the district and there is hurt and grief in the community.
Her role as a new city leader is to look to the future, to help heal and to commit to a better future. She is a fresh voice who is able to build a better relationship.

Opponent myth

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Joy is weak on crime.

Fact 

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Not true. Joy voted to fund the Sheriff Department to 100% of their request, including new details in downtown and additional resources. Crime rates have decreased over last year by 4% and violent crime has decreased by 14% in the time she has been in office.

Opponent myth

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Joy does not live in Cardiff.

Fact 

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To clarify in case this sounds confusing, Joy lives in District 3. According to the City Districts map and the Registrar of Voters, District 3 includes all of Cardiff, and parts of Old and New Encinitas. 

Opponent myth

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Joy stayed silent when $1.2 million was striped from the open space fund and ignores critical repairs to storm drain problems.

Fact 

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Joy was not in office when the open space money was reallocated in 2019, but she knows that it was moved because there was not enough $ to acquire property. This is why when she came to office in 2021, Joy established the broader and successful open space initiative addressing many additional open space opportunities. The storm drain runoff in Leucadia is being designed currently and will treat stormwater using bioswales.

Opponent myth

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Joy blocked pedestrian access to the beach.

Fact 

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On the contrary, Joy voted for pedestrian crossings of the railroad tracks in Cardiff and Leucadia and voted to fund both. Her opponent spoke publicly AGAINST the promised Cardiff railroad crossing and its funding.

Opponent myth

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Joy was appointed for her pro-housing agenda.

Fact 

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The record shows that Joy's successful background on the Environmental Commission and her leadership in the community were the reasons Joy was selected for this City Council appointment. Joy supports affordable housing and the city's duty to play a role to achieve it. 

Opponent myth

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Joy banned cheap heating fuel.

Fact 

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Joy voted for the electrification of new buildings which regulates the use of natural gas and propane in new buildings, to reduce carbon emissions and help protect our climate.

Opponent myth

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The only way to ensure that Encinitas is protected from the Sacramento push to over-densify coastal cities is to pass the statewide constitutional amendment that will restore Local Control back to each city.

Fact

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The constitutional amendment initiative approach has failed once and is flawed. There are several ways to reform state housing laws and Joy is pursuing all of them. Due to her knowledge of eco-districts, sustainable design, and understanding of land use policies Joy is working to reform state housing laws and increase funding for affordable housing through the CA League of Cities (450+ cities statewide) and is focused on raising the vote threshold in the Legislature to 2/3 for housing and land use bills, requiring the Legislative Analyst’s Office to analyze the effects of housing legislation, and changing the standard for what is considered a matter of statewide concern.

Opponent myth

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Councilmember Lyndes does not meet with residents about important issues.

Fact 

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On the contrary, Joy has meet with hundreds of residents in her 18 months in office and resolved important issues dealing with calming traffic, improving safety, assisting with undergrounding of overhead electric lines, reducing lighting issues while protecting dark skies, promoting roadway improvements on San Elijo with reduction of speed and adding flashing stop signs, improving e-bike safety, adding crossing guards, improving short term vacation rental policies and much much more.

Opponent myth

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Councilmember Lyndes does not support local decision making or local control of zoning issues.

Fact 

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On the contrary, Joy supports local decision making for housing. She supports Objective Standards for land use and housing, defining local standards for building materials, drainage, existing vegetation, form and mass. These Standards ensure that development blends and integrates with our local setting and context and helps to preserve our unique character.

Opponent myth

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Her opponent is the only District 3 candidate who supports open space preservation and procurement. Councilmember Lyndes just recently implemented the open space initiative and has not done anything with it.

Fact 

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Joy not only supports the preservation of open space, she co-wrote the Open Space resolution, approved in Feb. 2022, identifying 4 key strategies for improving our Encinitas open spaces. This resolution has driven increased funding for open space stewardship, advanced the evaluation of the multi-species habitat conservation sub area plan, implemented discussion with non-profit partners about expansion of open space and access to state level funding (30x30 plan) for open space procurement and development. Notably, the city has an active Park Development fund, to which developers contribute, which has and will continue to invest in open space throughout the city.

Opponent myth

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We need more affordable housing, but it should not precede upgrades in infrastructure. Doesn’t the developer have an obligation (at least typically) to improve infrastructure?

Fact 

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Developers are required by the City to address infrastructure improvements associated with their developments.  The infrastructure improvements vary by project, location and needs.

Opponent myth

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Encinitas is becoming a crowded coastal city, which is in contrast to the reputation we had as a quiet beach town.

Fact 

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The growth rate of the Encinitas population was less than 0.7%/yr over the last 10 years, and only 0.2%/yr over the last 3 years, representing an absolute increase of only around 420 people/yr. This is about half the growth rate for Carlsbad for example and is consistent with growth rates for other coastal cities. The population in the age group 18-65 has actually declined over this period, whereas the population over 65 has increased more rapidly than other age groups, reflecting the challenges of housing affordability for the working age population in Encinitas.

Opponent myth

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Joy's campaign is funded by out of state special interests.

Fact 

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Joy's campaign has over 270 donations to date, including members of her family and friends who live out of state. These include her father, step-daughter, brother, sister and aunt. 

Opponent myth

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Joy moved to Encinitas in 2014.

Fact 

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Joy's family has lived in San Diego since 2008, first in the city of San Diego and then relocated to Encinitas in 2012.

Opponent myth

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Joy’s campaign is only 7% supported by Cardiff residents.

Fact 

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Joy’s campaign is100% supported by local residents, friends and family.