Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008 | I supported District 1 City Council candidate Phil Thalheimer in 2004. In that campaign he styled himself an environmentalist who was opposed to the Regents Road Bridge because it would trash our canyon. Now he supports the project, not preserving Rose Canyon. In 2004 he said he took no money from developers, and self-financed his campaign to maintain his independence. Now he supports projects like the massive UTC expansion. He told me at the Gay Pride Parade in 2004 that with a family history of Holocaust victimization, he could not tolerate discrimination. Now he is the guest of honor at a pro-Prop 8 fundraiser in Rancho Santa Fe. The candidate in D1 who I supported in 2004 was a likable maverick like the old John McCain. The new version of Phil Thalheimer has, like McCain, opportunistically shifted hard right. That is why a clear majority in my neighborhood support the thoughtful, consistent moderate alternative, Sherri Lightner.

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