Oct 2, 2020
Carlsbad council candidates bring wealth of experience
By Phil Diehl
Like many cities, Carlsbad is facing a financial downturn because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For Carlsbad to weather the economic fallout from the pandemic, we must invest in our local businesses now, and plan our long-term recovery,” Acosta said in response to a question the Union-Tribune asked the candidates.
“As a small business owner and an active Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce leader, I am proud to see our city pivot, collaborate with local businesses, and offer $5 million in small business loans and a gift card program,” she said.
“There is still more we can do,” Acosta said. “We need to work with our state and federal government to keep our businesses from closing or from furloughing workers. We must invest in more public safety measures, so we can reopen more quickly. We must facilitate working remotely and operating safely, and we must protect our essential workers.”
Sep 30, 2020
Candidate forum puts Carlsbad candidates in the spotlight
By Steve Puterski
With two candidate forums in the books, voters are getting an idea of the positions of the four Carlsbad City Council candidates.
This year features two district races, with long-time Councilman Keith Blackburn taking on Lela Panagides in District 2, and Teresa Acosta and Phil Urbina squaring off in District 4.
The candidates responded to a number of citywide topics coming from the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, who hosted the forum, and residents watching. Some of those included a potential Ponto Park, 5 Big Moves, homeless and police reform.
June 20, 2019
Acosta joins District 4 City Council race
By Steve Puterski
Acosta is an eight-year resident who said she wants to maintain the quality of life. She said issues specific to District 4 she is focused on are infrastructure, public safety, small business and the environment. These same issues are what Acosta said she will focus on citywide.
In addition, she said the La Costa area feels disconnected from the city and she wants to re-engage those residents with the rest of the city.
“I am confident I will be an excellent representative for District 4 and the city as a whole,” Acosta said. “Not only do I have the leadership skills and experience needed to be a highly effective council member, but I am in this for the right reason: to contribute in a positive way to the community I love.”
June 14, 2019
Teresa Acosta joins race for Carlsbad City Council District 4
“I am passionate about living in Carlsbad and am running to put my experience, skills, and energies to work on the council to maintain our top-notch quality of life,” Acosta said in her announcement. “I will focus on key infrastructure issues, safe neighborhoods, environmental stewardship, and supporting our local small businesses.”
Acosta is president of business consulting firm Acosta + Partners. She is also listed as a strategic partner with Madaffer Enterprises, according to its website. The government affairs consulting firm is run by Jim Madaffer, current chairman of the San Diego County Water Authority and former publisher of the Seaside Courier as part of Mission Publishing Group. Acosta has also taught business communication courses at MiraCosta College.
Acosta has been active in Carlsbad community affairs. In her announcement, she cited several examples, from involvement on Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce committees, including winning Committee Member of the Year awards in 2017 and 2018, and serving on the board of directors for the nonprofit MAAC Project, to serving on The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Community Advisory Board and being a member of the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation. Acosta is also a graduate of such programs as the Center for Creative Leadership Latina Leaders Program, Carlsbad Citizens Academy and San Diego County Water Authority Academy.