On September 29 the San Diego Reader published an article about the community's polarization between two political slates of three candidates each (one slate from the Republican/conservative side, one from the Democratic/progressive side).
This article is timely given the current poll we're running about the two slates. Most residents are not aware of the current polarization by party and the alliances within the slates, the mutual endorsements, and the flows of money and support. Candidates in each slate all endorse each other and work together. The candidates in a slate are also all endorsed by the corresponding political parties (with the Republican party endorsing Paul Gaspar, Mark Muir, and Phil Graham and the Democratic party endorsing Catherine Blakespear, Tony Kranz, and Tasha Boerner Horvath). The parties also directly support their slates with money, advice, coordination, and some direct campaigning.
With two partisan slates vying for control of the City Council, the Encinitas election in 2016 seems like it is as far from the nonpartisan ideal as you can get.
Here is the link: SAN DIEGO READER ARTICLE ON PARTY SLATES