Saturday, April 30, 2016

Kibbles n' bits

SANDAG and Coastal Commission: not so fast on Cardiff Rail Trail flip-flop.

Phil Graham to seek council seat. This is the first new serious candidate the Republicans have found in four years. He'll have resources and a professional campaign, and is almost certain to be elected. But unless the Republicans can come up with another serious candidate, he'll be relegated to the minority.

Effort to restore La Paloma and put it on the National Register of Historic Places. Well deserved, and thank you.

Wag Halen Kook.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Jenkins gives Gaspar top marks in Supervisor debate

Logan Jenkins in the U-T:
I think it's fair to say that Encinitas' first elected mayor, a businesswoman and super-mom, "won" the debate on style points. Poway Mayor Steve Vaus, a great Gaspar fan, sure thought so, but so did a realtor who said she was still voting for Abed on policy grounds.

Gaspar possesses incredible poise on stage (she worked in TV in Arizona) and a folksy (but not silly) ability to connect government with the daily lives of people. It's a rare gift, smart, self-effacing and funny.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Real American Heroes

Colleen O'Connor in the Times of San Diego:
Seriously, I found the real Captain America hiding in plain sight in San Diego.

In Barrio Logan, Carmel Valley, Bay Park, Carlsbad, Escondido (Lilac Hills) and Mission Beach.

And they are getting stronger and smarter with each battle that pits neighborhoods vs. high-density infill projects designated “smart growth.”

The real revolutionaries, or disruptive “change agents,” this election year are mostly nameless, law-abiding, often invisible San Diegans who have taken on “the establishment” and are now “winning”—against all odds.

It started in Barrio Logan. Industry vs. housing, and shipbuilders vs. the neighborhood.

In a close knit Hispanic community, the resistance fought to retain the character of their community against creeping zoning for industrialization. Unafraid of defeat, they fought back against the City Council and the shipyard industry—via a referendum—but lost.

However, during that fight, the locals learned “yuge” lessons. How to organize, shape the narrative, push the non-establishment press, raise funds, recruit volunteers, and rally behind a cause. In short, campaign.

They were the original Captain Americas who helped inspire the next battle in a what is fast becoming a protracted war.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

4/27/16 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.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Moses Kook

Happy Passover to our Jewish friends!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016

Locals set VOSD straight on density bonus

Encinitas locals C.J. Minster, Jerry Sodomka, and Susan Turney writing in the Voice of San Diego:
We are writing in response to the VOSD article, “Years of Defying State Affordable Housing Law Gets Encinitas Sued, Again.” As longtime residents of Encinitas, we have firsthand experience with the challenges of meeting affordable housing needs in Encinitas. In this op-ed, we will draw on our experience to supply missing background information, correct factual errors and provide a more precise context for some of the assertions made in the VOSD article.

The Housing and Community Development Department mandates that city governments institute a plan to meet their existing and projected housing needs and increase housing supply and affordability levels by updating the housing and land use elements of their general plans.

Encinitas is in the process of updating its housing and land use element. In its draft plan, submitted to HCD in September 2015, Encinitas incorporated high-density R-30 zoning (30 units per acre), which HCD sanctions as a stand-in, or “proxy” for affordable housing.

The eye-opener here is that HCD allows this zoning to count as affordable housing, even if such housing is NEVER built or the units that are built sell at market rate. HCD Assistant Deputy Director of Housing Policy, Glen Campora, confirmed in an Encinitas forum that there is NO guarantee affordable units will be built. In fact, the “Affordable Housing” projects can – and usually do – end up consisting mostly of luxury condo units.