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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de CarlsbadCandidato para Alcalde

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Cori Schumacher

Councilmember, City of Carlsbad
23,649 votos (41%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Increase transparency through development of an Engagement Hub that will allow residents to engage city staff with ease, and increase direct democracy.
  • Implement Community Choice Energy and develop a distributed energy system that will financially benefit our residents and our city, while adding hundreds of local jobs in the cleantech sector.
  • Preserve our small, beach town character, while implementing an intelligent, participatory planning process that will ensure the meaningful engagement of our residents occurs early and often.



Profesión:Councilmember and Non-profit Executive
Member, League of California Cities San Diego Division — Cargo designado (2017–current)
Member, Housing, Community, & Economic Development Policy Committee, League of California Cities — Cargo designado (2018–current)
Member, Board of Directors (alternate), SANDAG — Cargo designado (2017–2017)
Member, Shoreline Preservation Working Group, SANDAG — Cargo designado (2017–2017)
Member, Regional Planning Committee (alternate), SANDAG — Cargo elegido (2017–2017)


Cori Schumacher is a Councilwoman in the City of Carlsbad, a three-time world longboard surfing champion, international activist, author, and co-founder of The Inspire Initiative, a 501(c)3 that uses surfing to empower women and girls to be sustainable and effective change-makers. Schumacher has used her platform as a world champion surfer, and now as an elected official, to develop organic issues-based organizational strategies that critically engage communities across ideological, geographic, and demographic boundaries to educate, engage, and accomplish sustainable and ethical socio-political transformation. 


In 2015, while working on advocacy and organizing in surfing, Schumacher was drawn into a contentious issue centered on a development in Carlsbad that would have allowed a 600,000 square foot mall to be built at the edge of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon without voter approval or CEQA review.


Schumacher joined hundreds of residents gathering signatures for a referendum to put the Council's decision to a citywide vote. The effort succeeded. Voters turned down "Measure A" in a special election that boasts the County of San Diego's largest turn-out for a special election to date, despite the community-led effort being outspent $12 million to $100,000. 


After this success, the community reached out to Schumacher and asked her to run for Council. Schumacher and her team were able to effectively transform the grassroots movement into a successful bid for Council, while increasing civic education and engaging residents in local and regional issues. The individuals within the grassroots movement continue to do political outreach, education, and advocacy work throughout San Diego.


Before being elected to office, among other efforts, Schumacher launched a viral campaign against sexism in surf marketing and she co-founded the Institute for Women Surfers, an educational initiative in the public humanities. She has been published in The Guardian, The Surfer's Journal, The Inertia, Gender without Borders, and most recently, in the Critical Surf Studies Reader published by Duke University Press, 2017.

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • Former Carlsbad Councilwoman Lorraine Wood
  • Sierra Club
  • Planned Parenthood, Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest

Organizaciónes (3)

  • League of Conservation Voters
  • Climate Defenders Action Fund
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers

Funcionarios electos (10)

  • State Assemblymember, Todd Gloria
  • State Senate President pro Tempore, Toni Atkins
  • California State Controller, Betty T. Yee
  • Kevin De León, State Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus
  • Mayor of Chula Vista, Mary Salas
  • Mayor of Imperial Beach, Serge Dedina
  • Mayor of Encinitas, Catherine Blakespear
  • San Marcos Councilmember, Chris Orlando
  • Escondido Councilwoman, Olga Diaz
  • Encinitas Councilmember, Tasha Boerner-Horvath

Individuos (1)

  • Former Planning Director City of Carlsbad, Michael Holzmiller

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de The League of Women Voters San Diego North County (1)

Do you support increasing the housing density in Carlsbad? What other options might there be for improving the City's supply of affordable housing?
Respuesta de Cori Schumacher:

Our voter approved Growth Management Plan has established the number of dwelling units in Carlsbad. Density is an increased number of dwelling units in one particular area, which can mean increased density can occur within the Growth Management Plan approved numbers. This is already happening. The current Council majority recently approved increased density in the Village and Barrio, an area our residents have continually stated they want to remain "quaint" and "charming." This is the area that will see the highest density in Carlsbad.

I did not agree with the limited focus on increasing density in the Village and Barrio, and so advocated for including the city owned parking lot located at the Shoppes (the old Westfiled Mall) to shift density away from the Village and Barrio, in order to spare our downtown the building and traffic intensity. We also have an opportunity to support workforce housing, for folks like our firefighters, police officers, nurses, and teachers, near the Poinsettia Station. Why are we only focusing on the Village and Barrio?

We do not need to increase density in one area of Carlsbad against the will of our residents. We can decrease density in the Village and Barrio by widening our vision to areas that have not yet been contemplated previously, thereby keeping density low in the areas our residents have specifically requested, all within the caps voters agreed upon in our Growth Management Plan. 

In addition, it is important that we revisit current Carlsbad policies that allow developers to pay a nominal fee to get out of building their required affordable housing units on-site. Our businesses and city employees, young folks returning to Carlsbad from college, and our aging population need affordable for sale and for rent product in Carlsbad. 

Preguntas de The League of Women Voters North County San Diego (2)

Do you approve of the City's current approach to addressing the problems of homelessness in Carlsbad? What specific changes, if any, would you make?
Respuesta de Cori Schumacher:

The number of Carlsbad’s unsheltered resident population increased 143% between 2016 and 2017. The problem impacts the entire county, and a great deal of work has been done both in Carlsbad and by the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless. 

I have strongly supported the efforts of both our Homeless Outreach Team and our Homeless Response Plan, which provides for 2 licensed social workers to manage case work for the individual impediments to finding housing each unsheltered resident encounters. But we can do more. My data-driven analysis of the issue has led me to support a “housing-first” model, which is the most effective remedy to homelessness, by all accounts. These programs move currently unsheltered individuals off the streets and provides wraparound services to treat addiction, mental health issues, and effectively helps individuals regain permanent self-sufficiency in a dignified and compassionate way. 

The closure of Tri City Hospital’s mental health facility has put further strains on our public safety resources, staff, and our ability to address homelessness in Carlsbad. As Mayor, I will seek to work with other regional leaders to reopen that local resource.

Do you advocate any changes to Carlsbad's current policies regarding recreational and medical cannabis businesses? Please explain.
Respuesta de Cori Schumacher:

Currently, Carlsbad has a draconian blanket prohibition on cannabis businesses, including delivery, despite the fact that the majority of residents approved of Proposition 64 in 2016. As Mayor, I would revisit this ordinance.

The key areas I would focus on would be delivery, manufacturing, distribution, and laboratory testing. Carlsbad is home to the US leader in the field of cannabinoid prescription medicines, Greenwich Biosciences, who recently received the first, and currently only, FDA approval for a cannabinoid product: Epidiolex. This approval marks a federal level transition toward the future of medicinal cannabis and Carlsbad is perfectly positioned to support the expansion of similar businesses in Carlsbad. 

There are additional opportunities I would explore with the input of residents and businesses to capture new streams of revenue this green wave represents.  

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

I am committed to redefining political spaces at the local level that will encourage civil discourse, the sharing of ideas, and healing the partisan divide in our nation. 

For all our technological advances, we have not fundamentally changed. We still require belonging, connection, and community to be healthy, functional beings, and this is ultimately fostered by our ability to effectively and meaningfully communicate with each other, to communicate complex ideas. Without the ability to organize and put into words the complexity of our lives, history, and states of being in transition (flux), we trap ourselves in a linguistic isolation bounded by fear of one kind or another. Language is the bridge between us and if there is no capacity for wording complexities, there is no capacity for receiving complexities. The world becomes flat, black and white, good and evil, binary, split between silence and screaming.

My political philosophy, a political humanism, is grounded in a deep commitment to create political and community spaces wherein we are able to reconnect with dignity, civility, and respect. 

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— October 9, 2018 Cori Schumacher for Mayor 2018

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