Freshman Carlsbad City Councilmember Cori Schumacher is staging a “town hall” meeting Saturday, March 11, at the Carlsbad Senior Center at 799 Pine Ave. from 6 to 8 p.m.
According to a posting on her Facebook page, “I hope you will join me at the first town hall meeting of the year in North Carlsbad (I have another planned for further south a few weeks later). Folks have been great at reaching out to me via phone and email with questions and comments, but I also want a venue where we can all chat face to face, a venue for us to listen to each other’s questions, thoughts, and concerns in a respectful, open, and kind way. Everyone is invited! I look forward to gathering with our community to listen and to dialogue about the issues and concerns that are important you.”
Schumacher was elected last November as the Carlsbad City Council’s first-ever Democrat. She rode to election victory over incumbent Lorraine Wood on the strength of her leadership in the fight against a proposal to build a mall on the south shores of Agua Hedionda Lagoon.
Wood is a former city clerk who was elected to her first term on the council in November 2012 with only token opposition. During the campaign she came under fire, along with the mayor and the rest of the City Council, for approving the controversial mall project in August 2015 without putting the matter up for a public vote.
Carlsbad residents were so angered by the Council action that they mounted a successful referendum to force a vote — and in a Feb. 23 special election, what appeared on the ballot as Measure A was defeated, 52% to 48%.
Schumacher announced her candidacy shortly after the vote.