Thursday, March 30, 2017

City Council either wants to protect, or prosecute, homeless sleeping in cars

This unintelligible article in the SD Reader:
No car-sleeping in Encinitas, say lobbying city fathers

[...] The latter lobbying shop is run by Jonathan Clay, whose now-retired father Ben did similar chores for the county, port, water authority, and other government agencies.

Other current clients of the younger Clay include the City of Encinitas, which seeks to “prohibit local agencies from enforcing laws and ordinances, or otherwise subject to civil or criminal penalties, the act of people sleeping or resting in a lawfully parked motor vehicle. While a vehicle may be ‘lawfully parked’ in a residential neighborhood or in the parking lot of a business, that does not mean that it is acceptable to have people live there. The issues raised...are less about parking, and more about the use of vehicles for human habitation, including sleeping and ‘resting’ in front of existing homes and businesses.”
The headline implies the opposite of the first quoted sentence that the city seeks to prohibit enforcement. But then the rest of the quote backs up the headline's pro-enforcement view.

Which is it? Does the city want to punish or protect the homeless sleeping in cars? Who is the San Diego Reader quoting, and why are they arguing against their own position?

You'd never know it from the Reader, but I believe the real story is that a proposed state law would prohibit enforcement, and the city is opposed to this proposed law (i.e. the city wants to keep enforcing laws against homeless sleeping in cars).

Journalism these days.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

City Council meeting open thread

Please use the comments to record your observations.

Face slashed with broken bottle in dads' brawl at Capri fundraiser

Del Mar Times:
A Capri Elementary School parent is accused of slashing another parent’s face with a broken bottle at a fundraiser for the school over the weekend.

The alleged incident occurred on March 25 at the Hilton Del Mar, where the Encinitas school’s PTA was hosting its Run for the Roses Spring Auction Gala. What was advertised as a “fun evening out with other Capri Families” turned violent when a fight allegedly broke out between the two fathers.

“There was a dispute between two parties,” said Officer Billy Hernandez of the San Diego Police Department, which is handling the case. “During the dispute, the victim was struck in the face with a glass.”

Paul Pfingst, the suspect’s attorney, said his client was provoked when the victim insulted the client’s wife.

"His wife was subjected to intolerable insults and that was caused this whole sorry event to take place,” Pfingst said, adding he would not repeat the comments that were made.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

3/22/17 City Council meeting open thread

Please use the comments to record your observations.

Encinitas woman dies after taking turmeric intravenously

10 News:
Friends say Jade Erick was a “free spirit” who was as beautiful on the inside as she was outside. She was also interested in holistic health, but that interest may have contributed to her death at the age of 30.

Erick died after a bad reaction to turmeric, a spice used in Indian food and in dietary supplements, that was dripped directly into her veins through an I-V.

According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner the cause of her death was “: anoxic encephalopathy due to prolonged resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to adverse reaction to infused turmeric solution”. A spokesperson confirmed the turmeric was delivered through an IV.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Another housing lawsuit threatened

Coast News:
Encinitas has been hit with yet another legal challenge to Proposition A and the city’s failure to adopt a housing element update.

This time, a group of attorneys specializing in affordable housing law on behalf of the low-income community has issued a letter to Encinitas demanding it adopt a housing element by March 30, or be sued.

The four-point legal demand dated March 15 argues that the city has repeatedly failed to meet it’s state requirements to zone appropriately to meet its regional affordable housing needs. The letter then takes aim at Prop. A, the 2013 voter initiative that requires a public vote on major zoning changes or changes to the Housing Element, which the attorneys argue directly conflicts with state law.

“By continuing to require voter approval to adopt an updated housing element, the city continues to be without a housing element that complies with applicable state law, and will not be in compliance for the foreseeable future,” the letter states.

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Cozen O’Connor P.C. and the Public Interest Law group represent Lorraine Del Rose and San Diego Tenants United in the case. Del Rose is described as a San Diego County resident who has struggled to obtain affordable housing due to lack of supply.
It should be pointed out to the supposed affordable housing advocates that adopting Measure T against the will of the voters would require zero affordable housing, and would result in the development of primarily luxury condos and vacation rentals, none of which would appear to help Ms. Del Rose. Whereas if they took a chill pill and allowed the Blakespear-Ehlers task force to develop a plan, there would be actual affordable housing requirements.

But maybe affordable housing isn't the real goal here.