Tina Inscoe is running for the District 2 city council seat formerly held by late John Masson.
Explaining why she is running Mrs. Inscoe told The Times-Advocate: “I want to make sure we have a safe and healthy community. I want to ensure that your quality of life gets better and I would invite you to get involved in city and civic life right along with me.”
She emphasizes: Safety and a healthy community, engagement and quality of life.
As a five decade resident of Escondido, her “roots run deep,” she says. “Throughout the years I have been really blessed by many opportunities to serve my community. Those experiences helped me grow and learn how to better serve. I am passionate about my home town of Escondido. I’m a doer. I believe in servant leadership. Being willing to do any job that you would ask anyone to do. It’s leading with a servant’s heart and mind. I’ve never shied away from a tough job.”
She worked at the California Center of the Arts, Escondido, before it was even built. She volunteered in 1989 and continued when the Center opened in 1994. She is currently a self-employed consultant and a development advisor for the Center from 2015 to present.
She was Membership Executive for the Escondido Chamber of Commerce 2018 – March 2020, is currently a member of the Palomar Health Community Relations Committee, was Escondido Chamber of Commerce 2017 Volunteer of the Year and has served on the boards of the Escondido Charitable Foundation, North County Philanthropy Council Escondido Education Compact and been a longtime member of the Escondido Main Rotary Club.
She told The Times-Advocate, “I have watched our city grow over these many decades and I’ve been instilled with a sense of pride. I’m proud of my community. Even though we may face some tough obstacles, especially now. I believe we can achieve our set goals with collaboration, creativity and innovation. I believe that all these combined experiences have led me to this point in time and I want to further the depths of my commitment to my home town Escondido.:
Everyone wants quality of life. “There are some basic things that flow into having a good quality of life,” she said. “We have to have strong support for our business community, while maintaining a fiscally sound government. We have to have public safety, healthy and clean neighborhoods. In my opinion, public safety is the basis for quality of life and the city at large.”
She strongly favors funding the police. “I’m very firm on that issue. I do NOT support an oversight committee for the Escondido Police Department.”
She adds, “I’m happy to have been endorsed by the Police Officers Association. I would like to educate people about public safety. Because we fear what we don’t understand. I believe we deserve neighborhoods that are free of gang activity and everyone should feel safe on our neighborhoods and city streets. I support our current police department and first responder efforts. I encourage more education and communication on public safety issues.”
Although she does not support a police oversight committee, “What I would like to see is an expansion of PERT officers (Psychiatric Emergency Response Team.) I know many in the health care community who really advocate this. It would have a positive effect on the community. During COVID we have seen much more stress and uncertainty that has led to more mental health issues. I’ve had the opportunity over the years—especially through my service with Escondido Community Foundation—to see the Escondido Police promote compassion and good will in our community.”
One such program is anonymous donors through the Secret Santa project. “I have also supported the work of the Police Athletic League (PAL), the after school athletic and educational program for children and teens,” she said. “I’ve seen first-hand how PAL has changed lives. Setting them on a trajectory of success and personal fulfillment.”
Her final area of interest is community engagement. She told The Times-Advocate, “I really believe community engagement can improve our city. It begins with building relationships. Transparency creates trust and deeper citizen involvement can build long lasting relationships.”
She added, “I hope to lead with kindness, compassion, strength and determination. If I can inspire community members to become more engaged with civic life we can all benefit.”
One of the major issues is the city budget. “The budget is a tough subject, no question about it” she said. At this moment I would have voted against the revenue measure being placed on the ballot.” Note: Inscoe is referring to the one half or one cent sales tax increase the city council discussed putting on the November ballot several weeks ago, but which did not pass.
She continued, “It would have hurt those who can afford it the least. Those below the poverty level, which is in the low teens and those who have been laid off. I felt it was not the right thing to do.”
“It is imperative,” she said, “that the city create a plan to deal with that budget gap that we know will continue to grow. This is going to be one of the biggest challenges we face. We will have to address efficiency measures and work collaboratively and in earnest to increase income to the city. I was very fortunate to spend about a year and a half working with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and I came to really respect small business owners and entrepreneurs who chose to invest in Escondido.”
She continued, “We have to take a stance where we are welcoming of new business and strong economic opportunities to grow new jobs, which will lead to more revenue for the city. As I drove around Escondido in recent weeks I was encouraged to see people doing just that; investing in new businesses. I believe that there will be—on the other side of our current situation as we reopen—more and more opportunities for people to invest in Escondido.”
Asked why someone should vote for her instead of a different candidate, she said, “I love Escondido. I have lived, worked, played and received opportunities to grow right here in Escondido. I’ve watched Escondido grow. I’ve seen good visions become reality and I’ve learned from the fortunate years I had working at CCAE. I was able to work with city staff and elected officials and came to respect the job our city officials and staff do and work really well side by side. I’m a doer—so I’ll get busy listening. I want to be part of the next chapter. To see not only our downtown corridor revitalized but also the much needed revenues through my business friendly philosophy.”
Although the election season has traditionally been one of knocking on doors and wearing out shoe leather, she is doing a little of that with residents that she knows. “We are masked everywhere we go. It’s a different world right now. Most campaigning will be done digitally and by mailers.”
To find out more about Tina Inscoe’s campaign, visit Tinaforcouncil.com.