The New Year is ushering in some new mayor appointments. This past December, both Del Mar and Solana Beach welcomed new mayors into office for yearlong terms.
Del Mar appoints new mayor
On December 7, 2015, Sherryl Parks was appointed mayor by the Del Mar City Council. Terry Sinnott replaced Parks as the city's deputy mayor. Parks assumed outgoing mayor Al Corti’s position, which is occupied by a different council member each year.
According to an article in the Del Mar Times, Parks served as the co-chair on the Del Mar library project and president of the Del Mar Foundation board. She also served on the Design Review Board. Parks has lived in Del Mar since the early ‘70’s and was elected to the City Council in 2012. The Del Mar Times reported that she plans to continue work on the city’s civic center and Shores Park development projects. She also stated that she will focus on the climate action plan to reduce the city’s greenhouse emissions by 50 percent.
Del Mar’s current City Council members are: Al Corti, Don Mosier, Terry Sinnott and Dwight Worden. For their services, council members receive $300 and the mayor receives $350 each month. In addition to appointing a new mayor each year, the Del Mar City Council also appoints the city manager. City Council meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of each month.
Solana Beach appoints new mayor
On December 9, 2015, David Zito was appointed mayor of Solana Beach. The Del Mar Times reported that Zito previously served as deputy mayor and will assume outgoing mayor Lesa Heebner’s position. Peter Zahn was appointed as Solana Beach’s new deputy mayor.
According to an article in the Del Mar Times, Zito has lived in Solana Beach for 25 years and became a council member in 2012. He worked on the Gateway property conservation project and housing ordinance reviews. The Del Mar Times reported that he plans to work on many projects, including bicycle and pedestrian improvements and the Solana Beach Transit Center development project.
The position of mayor rotates annually through Solana Beach’s council members. Solana Beach’s current City Council members are: Ginger Marshall, Lesa Heebner, Peter Zahn and Mike Nichols. City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.