Kelly Boyd supporters jammed the Marine Room on Monday to kick off the tavern owner's City Council reelection campaign.
The crowd included representatives of business, the art community, nonprofit organizations and elected city officials, past and present, including former Mayors Wayne Peterson, Cheryl Kinsman and Paul Freeman.
"Kelly is probably the most popular member of the council, illustrated by the admixture of people here tonight," Freeman said.
A number of Realtors were in the crowd, but board President Bob Hartman spoke only for himself when he said, "He supports Realtors. I support him."
Attorney Tim Carlyle described Boyd as a man of his word, a straight-shooter who deserves to be re-elected.
"Tonight is not about me," Boyd said. "It's about you and where you want the city to go. I want to hear from you."
He warned that he might not always agree, but said he would always listen.
"What you see is what you get with Kelly," said social activist Sande St. John. "You always know where you stand."
Boyd's stand against the proposed five-year ban on fishing in Laguna waters is well-known — "Sorry, Elizabeth," he said to incumbent council candidate Elizabeth Pearson, who supports the ban.
He vehemently opposes a marine reserve the full length of the city coastline, which has earned him the support of former Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman.
"I think Kelly is right about the marine reserve," Klosterman said. "But he also understands the demands of marine safety, and he supports the lifeguard headquarters project. That's why I am here — I am a Boyd supporter."
Boyd said of all that was accomplished in his second term — he first held office in the 1970s — he is proudest of how the city has handled the homeless issues.
"He met the legal requirements and addressed the issues with sensitivity," Carlyle said. "We are fortunate to have someone like Kelly on the council. It is not an easy job. It is a job with tremendous responsibility."
The native-born Boyd brings to the council his business experience and his family history — he is a fourth-generation Lagunan, with a street, a trailer park and school named for his Thurston forebears.
"His heritage shows in his love for the community," Carlyle said.
Looking forward, Boyd said if reelected his next big push will be for view preservation.
He also has set his sights on parking — it was an issue when he was in office in the '70s and it has only gotten worse.
Pearson schedules second fundraiser "On June 29, I will be holding a party to celebrate the city's 83rd birthday," Pearson said.
The fundraiser will be held at Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer, the restaurant recently opened in the Collection on South Coast Highway by Chris Keller, Chamber of Commerce president.
Information about the fundraiser, as well as Pearson's platform and her State of the City speech presented at the annual chamber luncheon May 14 is posted on her website, www.pearsonforcouncil.com.
"My No. 1 goal is making sure the city is financially stable during these difficult economic times," Pearson said.
Other goals include helping businesses survive and thrive in Laguna, the highest possible level of public safety, preservation of the character of Laguna and the quality of life for its residents, reduction of ocean pollution and the latest addition, making City Hall more friendly and approachable.
The is plenty of time for additional candidates to enter the race for the Nov. 9 municipal election. Nomination papers cannot even be pulled until July 12 and the deadline to file them is Aug. 6. However, if an eligible incumbent does not file papers by that time, there is a five-day extension for potential candidates, other than incumbents, to file.
Senate candidates get down and dirty Three Republican candidates vying for the opportunity to replace incumbent Democratic candidate Sen. Barbara Boxer, accepted an invitation to sling some mud Tuesday on KFI's "John & Ken Show."
Former Congressman Tom Campbell, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, who all claim to be the best choice to fly the conservative flag, took the opportunity to opportunity to jab at one another for lapses from the party line — oh and incidentally, Boxer.
The California Republican Senatorial campaigns have been overshadowed by the television campaigns of free-spending Republican gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner.
With just days to go before the June 8 primary, polls continue to show a large percentage of voters are still undecided.