Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2/10/16 City Council meeting open thread

The current city council has continued prior councils' practice of not providing written summary minutes of council discussion, but only "action minutes" which state the outcomes. Encinitas Undercover will provide a forum for observers to record what occurs at each council meeting.

Please use the comments to record your observations.

Monday, February 8, 2016

No Rail Trail Kook



We hope that's washable paint. If not, that's very bad form.

Photo credit: Teresa Barth.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cardiff merchants sue Kook race organizers

Union-Trib:
For the first three years of the race, the business association and race organizers had a partnership agreement. Under that agreement, revenue from the runs paid for beautification efforts around the statue, including new landscaping. For this year’s event, however, Lebherz decided to go in a different direction and approached a citywide parks group — the nonprofit Patrons of Encinitas Parks organization — about a partnership.

“We just felt like we had accomplished all the stuff we had wanted to accomplish (around the statue),” he said.

The trouble is that he’s still using images of the statue to promote the race, Cardiff 101 MainStreet Association officials said. In the lawsuit filed in federal court, the association alleges that the organizers of the for-profit Cardiff Kook Run have knowingly used the copyrighted surfer images more than 25 times in recent months on race publicity without paying the association.

The suit seeks $150,000 in damages, plus attorney fees.

Lebherz said Thursday that he didn’t know until the legal dispute began that the surfer statue image was copyrighted. After being notified, he took down a billboard sign and agreed to stop using the image on other publicity materials once Sunday’s event concludes.
The Kook was despised locally and unknown beyond until local pranksters made it what it is today. I'm not sure why Cardiff 101 needs to get lawsuit-happy and demand a cut every time someone wants to use a picture of a statue on public property. Maybe the city should start charging Cardiff 101 rent for the use of public property if that's the way they want to play.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

City releases draft EIR for high-density development plans

EIR being "environmental impact report," that is. Many of the environmental impacts presumably being increased gridlock and vehicle exhaust on Encinitas' already-congested main thoroughfares.

The full set of documents are here. The maps of proposed high-density development are here.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

1/27/16 City Council meeting open thread

The current city council has continued prior councils' practice of not providing written summary minutes of council discussion, but only "action minutes" which state the outcomes. Encinitas Undercover will provide a forum for observers to record what occurs at each council meeting.

Please use the comments to record your observations.

David Meyer sues city on density bonus

From the Inbox:
Encinitas' most fanatical "affordable housing advocate" is baaaack! The ink's barely dry on the BIA deal with the devil our Council made recently. The BIA settlement included rounding up on base density for six pipeline projects, although Barbara Kautz, the attorney representing the City, is now of the opinion that rounding down is entirely defensible.

No surprises here – Meyer said he would sue. No doubt, he's counting on the Council folding like a cheap tent - yet again.
The lawsuit filing can be read here.