Congrats and good luck, Sherri Lightner

Sherri Lightner, the winner in the District 1 city council race, deserves a pat on the back for running a strong, community-oriented campaign. Although we did not endorse her, her victory supports what we did know about her - that she’s well known and well liked and is tough enough to stand up to people who want to throw mud her way.

With about a 2,500-vote lead (although it won’t be official until results are certified by the Registrar of Voters on Dec. 2), Lightner has the support of voters who believe she’s the best qualified to represent them.

As it will be for the nation’s new president, the term ahead of her is fraught with challenges. From making budget cuts that are likely to affect services in the communities she serves to taking stands on neighborhood differences, Lightner will face some tough decisions.

She knows her way around La Jolla from her many years of involvement in various aspects of the community and worked hard during the lengthy campaign to make herself a fixture in Carmel Valley and Rancho Penasquitos. But she’s likely to find out that there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything and be everywhere.

We urge our new councilwoman to pick her staff carefully, to use her grassroots experience to keep an ear to the ground, and to be open to new ideas.

And we suggest she follow the path laid out by Barack Obama, who said " … to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn - I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help.”

Listening to those in the community who have views that are contrary to her own might pay off for all of us in the long run.

The joys and challenges of District 1 will be all Lightner’s on Dec. 8. We wish her luck and look forward to watching her get her feet on the ground and carry the citizens’ voices to City Hall.

And while she’s at it …

Maybe one of her first tasks can be shedding some light on the taggers who continue to deface the WindanSea area.

The latest incident Friday night, just before a celebration of the new look at the parking lot and viewpoint, could well be a signal that the local ruffians who defaced the area, as well as street signs and at least one home with their “gang” insignia are ramping up their activities.

More than one reader has called us to complain and at least one has offered to start a reward fund to catch the hooligans who he says have “absolutely zero respect for the ocean, the beaches or the surrounding area.”

We’ll use his words to put their actions in perspective: “This behavior is wrong on so many levels and so disappointing to those that love the ocean and Windansea.”

If you’re interested in supporting a reward fund, e-mail us at