Steve Haskins is La Jolla’s new Town Council president

Steve Haskins was born and raised in La Jolla. He attended Bird Rock Elementary and Stella Maris Academy and graduated from La Jolla High in 1977. As a 16-year-old, he joined the La Jolla Town Council’s Land Use Committee to become the youngest person ever elected as a trustee of the Town Council. Steve graduated from UCSD in 1985, attended French School in Antibes, France, and went on to obtain his law degree from UC Hastings in San Francisco in 1989. He has worked as a real estate and business attorney for the past 25 years.

In 1992, while living in Imperial Beach, he was elected as a city councilmember and was deputy mayor in 1995, also serving on the board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Moving back to La Jolla in 2001, he was again elected a trustee of the Town Council, also serving several terms as its treasurer. He will be sworn in as new Town Council president, succeeding Cindy Greatrex on May 8.

Steve is single with a daughter, Zoe, age 22. He is an active partner in Deodoro Cellars Winery in Paso Robles, California.

What brought you to La Jolla?

I was born here so I guess you could say a stork!

What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

Something needs to be done about the Torrey Pines Road backups so I would say some way to fix that problem without turning Torrey Pines Road into an eight lane freeway.

Who or what inspires you?

I am very inspired by Pope Francis and all the things he has been doing and saying. His example transcends religion and politics.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

First, I would invite my daughter Zoe so she could meet all the other people I would invite; then Jon Stewart, Frida Kahlo, Charles Dickens, Luciano Pavarotti, Roger Revelle, Billie Holiday and my mom.

What are you currently reading?

I am reading “Capitalism in the 21st Century” by Thomas Piketty. Boring title but a very important book.

What is your most-prized possession?

When she was little, my daughter painted a picture of her and me with a shark swimming by. It’s hanging in my house. My daughter has always been fascinated by sharks.

What is it that you most dislike?

Hypocrisy. And snobbery.

What do you do for fun?

I like to walk with my Golden Retriever “Cinnamon” in the Village and hike at Torrey Pines Park. I also love to camp in the Borrego Desert and snorkel at Catalina Island.

What is your motto or

philosophy of life?

Go Vikings!

What would be your dream vacation?

Four weeks traveling through Chile and Argentina on a wine tasting expedition.