by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photo by Soul of Photography

A Voice for the People

Tasha Boerner Horvath’s family has lived in Encinitas for almost an entire century. “My grandfather used to grow gladiolas on the land that is now the Seaside Market in Cardiff,” recalled Tasha. She and her husband Istvan moved back to the community about five years ago to raise their two children, Máté and Maya Kate, and to be closer to family.

Tasha’s deep roots in 92024 have fueled her passion to serve her community, and recently, she was elected to the Encinitas City Council. “I love serving Encinitas!” exclaimed Tasha. “There are so many exciting projects from housing, roads, and water to our environment, beaches, and trails.” In the year since her election, Tasha has made progress on issues such as saving the Beacon’s Beach access, decreasing emergency response times in the city, increasing affordable housing, increasing safety for walkers and bikers, an enforceable climate action plan, and a balanced budget. Tasha has also been instrumental in creating the Economic Development Subcommittee, a group that aims to help small local businesses thrive. “I am delighted by what we’ve accomplished, but there is always more to do,” stated Tasha.


Name: Tasha Nicole Boerner Horvath
Community: Old Encinitas
Profession: Encinitas City Councilmember
Family: Husband – Istvan Boerner Horvath; Son – Máté Boerner Horvath; Daughter: Maya Kate Boerner Horvath
Pet: Cat – Róka
Hobbies & Interests: Board games, spending time with my family, biking, pottery, baking, cooking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, gardening
Favorite Local Spots: Stonesteps Beach, Coffee Coffee, Birdseye Kitchen

Before her role as councilmember, Tasha’s career was mostly in marketing communications. “When we learned that my daughter had special needs, my husband, previously a stay-at-home dad, and I switched roles and I worked with therapists to help my daughter,” shared Tasha. “It was during this time that I got involved with the PTA at Paul Ecke Central Elementary School, leading the charge for safe routes to school and better educational enrichment programs for our kids.” It was during that experience on the school’s PTA that Tasha began to develop a strong passion for public service.

“I firmly believe we are all put on this Earth to leave it a little better than we found it.”

Currently in her position on the Encinitas City Council, Tasha finds that listening to her constituents and helping to solve issues in the city is the most rewarding aspect of her job. “One of our greatest challenges,” she noted, “comes from state laws that often don’t reflect the challenges of our region. I have worked with Sacramento through the League of Cities Housing, Community, and Economic Development Policy Committee to add that important voice in the policy-making, but there is more we need to do to have our voices heard at the state level.” For this reason, Tasha has decided to run for the California State Assembly. “I firmly believe we are all put on this Earth to leave it a little better than we found it. That’s something I try to live up to every day and instill in my own children,” she shared.

Aside from being involved in local government, Tasha enjoys community events like Leucadia ArtWalk, Summer Fun on the 101, Surfing Madonna runs, Oktoberfest, and the Encinitas Street Fair. “I also love pottery, gardening, cooking, sewing, and knitting,” she said. “Basically, if I am creating something for others, I’m in my happy place!” ¢