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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of EncinitasCandidate for Council Member, District 4

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Tony Brandenburg

Retired Chief Judge
3,774 votes (42.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Eliminate "Streetscape"
  • Reject Housing Element as currently structured
  • Traffic control/calming



Profession:Retired Chief Judge, Superior Court Commissioner
Chief Judge, Intertribal Court of Southern California (2005–2014)
Chief Judge, Intertribal Court of Southern California — Appointed position (2005–2014)
Superior Court Commissioner, County of San Diego, Superior Court (1988–2005)
President, California Court Commissioners Association — Elected position (2004–2005)
President, San Diego County Judges Association — Elected position (2003–2004)
Board Member and President, Encinitas Facilities Foundation — Elected position (1999–2003)
Trustee; President for 3 years, Encinitas Union School District Board of Trustees — Elected position (1982–1988)


Eastern Connecticut State University Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL), Honorary Degree given for work in Native American communities (2011)
Thomas Jefferson School of Law Juris Doctorate (JD), Law (1979)
University of Connecticut Master of Arts (MA), Curriculum Development (1978)
Eastern Connecticut State University Bachelor of Science (BS), Teacher Training (1976)
Palomar College Associate of Arts (AA), Psychology (1966)

Community Activities

30 year Rotarian, Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International (1986–current)
Board Member, past Secretary, Palomar College Foundation Board of Directors (2011–current)
Board Member, MCRD Command Museum Board of Directors (2011–2016)
Board Director, San Diego/Imperial Chapter Boy Scouts of America (2011–2015)


Judge Brandenburg served on the California Superior Court in North County and the Intertribal Court of Southern California, as a Commissioner and as a Judge, for a total of approximately 30 years. Prior to his time on the bench, he practiced as an attorney specializing in criminal law. He served as an elementary school teacher for a short period of time and has been an Adjunct Professor of Law for over 30 years. He possesses three California teaching credentials. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman for an organizational ethics group. I have lectured for the California Administrative Office of the Courts and have written training programs for pro-tem judges. I have served on a variety of State and local committees dealing with law and education.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Diego County Deputy Sheriffs Association (DSA)
  • The Lincoln Club

Individuals (2)

  • The Cole Family
  • The Richard Bumann Family

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters North County San Diego (3)

Do you support increasing the housing density in your district of Encinitas? What other options might there be for improving the City's supply of affordable housing?
Answer from Tony Brandenburg:

I do not support the current plan, which is the subject of Proposition U. The plan favors developers, increases traffic, and does not consider long range effects to our community. I want to rewrite the plan with some guarantees that low cost housing will actually be built, they will be built close to transportation centers and shopping, and where the streets can support the increase in traffic generated by increased density.

Do you approve of the City's current approach to addressing the problems of homelessness in Encinitas? What specific changes, if any, would you make?
Answer from Tony Brandenburg:

The homeless rate in Encinitas is increasing. By improving our low cost housing factors and utilizing a variety of nonprofit and charitable institutions, we can help. We need to put together with these institutions a plan to assist those in need.

Do you advocate any changes to the City's current policies regarding recreational and medical cannabis businesses? Please explain.
Answer from Tony Brandenburg:

I support both delivery and sale of cannabis here in Encinitas utilizing a limited number of dispensaries (4) which are taxed by the City. I do not support growing or manufacture in our City.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a compassionate realist. I believe in smaller government and the property rights of the individual. I support slow and controlled community growth keeping in place the character of our neighborhoods and community. I do not want to see change for the sake of change. Open and transparent government is my goal, with citizen participation and input as a key deciding factor. Above all, I support fiscal responsibility in government.

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