Mark Muir was first elected to the Encinitas City Council in 2011. Prior to his retirement, he was our Fire Chief and served in the fire service for 35 years. Since Mark lives in our district, he’s now our representative to the Council (see above). Mark, his wife and their son are very involved in Encinitas organizations. As a native to San Diego, Mark says that he’s been blessed to live, work and play in this area he calls home. His fondest memories as a kid are of those playing in the surf and camping at San Elijo State Beach, far from school and yard work, but just minutes from his home.

On the Council, he has been passionate about preserving and acquiring open space, improving public safety, protecting our environment and being fiscally responsible. He sits on many regional boards, and is the chairman of The San Diego County Water Authority and the Encina Waste Water Authority.

Julie Thunder has lived in Cardiff for over 30 years. She is a graduate of Mt. Carmel High in Poway and has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree (Applied Mathematics) from SDSU. She was a software developer in both the defense industry and private business before completing her teaching credential.

She and her husband moved to Cardiff in 1985. They raised their four daughters here and were involved in all the activities that come with a large family. She was a volunteer at Cardiff and Ada Harris elementary schools, Registrar for Cardiff Soccer League, team manager on various club soccer teams, and managed the La Costa Canyon High Surf Team. In recent years she has been active in local issues with our school districts and the City of Encinitas.

Both Mark and Julie would be the first to say “We’re not journalists!” But with their combined personal and business friends in Cardiff and their connections to the City of Encinitas, they hope to provide information in The Cardiff Current newsletter that will be of value to you as well as an entertaining read.