Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Solana Beach kidnapper Jack Doshay back in custody on charges for second attack

CBS 8:
A man accused of trying to kidnap a little girl outside a Solana Beach Elementary School is back in custody on a new charge related to another alleged kidnapping victim. He is now being held on $5 million bail.

Jack Doshay was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. The prosecution said there may be changes to the charges he's facing. The preliminary hearing was set to start at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, but the courtroom was switched, causing a delay in the hearing.
Back in April, we pointed out that DA Bonnie Dumanis' inexplicable decision to charge Doshay with simple, rather than aggravated, kidnapping meant that he could be back on the streets preying on children before he turned 30. Perhaps this second incident will cause prosecutors to take the case more seriously despite Doshay's family's wealth and political connections.

The new charges are related to a previously reported 2010 attempted molestation of a 5-year-old at Doshay's former elementary school.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Gaspar announces for Supervisor

Times of San Diego:
Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar became the second North County mayor to announce an election challenge to San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts.

Gaspar, the chief financial officer of a physical therapy firm that she runs with her husband, is the second candidate — after Escondido Mayor Sam Abed — to come forward to challenge the freshman supervisor.
There's still a scenario where she remains mayor: she comes in third in the June primary behind Abed and Roberts or whomever the Democrats put up to replace Roberts, then files for re-election as mayor. But she's probably got the party establishment behind her, or she wouldn't make this move.

Left Turn Yield on Green



This seems like one of the more accident-prone intersections in town.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A poet rocks among us

Local musician Darius Degher has a new album out. Eleven Story Strum is a perfect name for it. It's a big album with big sound.



Degher has a great combination of lyrics ranging from playful to thought-provoking and music that really rocks.

Check out this review from San Diego Troubadour.

Degher plays frequently around town, and will be playing tonight at the library.  You can buy the album on Amazon, or listen to it for free on Spotify.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

What's this "mansionization" about?

In the U-T, Kranz, Shaffer, and Blakespear want to reduce allowable building size for single-family homes, including remodels.

It's kinda ironic because Kranz and Shaffer opposed Prop A's right to vote on upzoning for big commercial and multi-family developments, but they want to restrict what individual homeowners can do even more tightly than Prop A's height limits and existing setback rules already do.

Are McMansion remodels really a problem? Can somebody send in examples of single-family remodels that destroyed the neighborhood?

On the other hand, if this is about stopping developments like the 10 McMansions on one acre behind La Especial Norte, that's a worthy goal.  A couple of the public speakers focused on multi-lot developer projects that were incompatible with the existing neighborhood.

Here's what one Encinitas resident had to say in the U-T comments:
I thought we already had floor area ratio and setback restrictions, which are the best way to handle the situation.

For resident homeowners concerned witn quality of life, the state's misguided high density mandate is a much greater concern than the size of a resident neighbor's remodel.
When asked whether single-family McMansion remodels were a problem in Encinitas, local realtor Jim Klinge responded, "I've never seen one, and never heard a complaint. My blog photo is from LA!"

Friday, August 28, 2015

SealFit ShotDown

From the Inbox:
Good News!

The City is asking SealFit to cease operating fitness training on the streets for now. The City is in the process of deciding on issuing SealFit a Major Use Permit and they are continuing to receive complaints, such as the one below. The following is an email sent to Mark Divine, owner of SealFit, from Mario Morales (Code Enforcement Officer for the City).

Hello Mark,

I hope you are doing well. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me this week. Per my site visit on Tuesday, we are still receiving complaints regarding the use of your business. At this time we are asking you to cease operating fitness training on city streets such as the picture noted below. You are currently utilizing city streets and alleyways for training purposes. If we continue to receive complaints we have no choice but to begin to issue cites for blocking public right of way. Encinitas Municipal Code Section 15.08.040 states, it shall be unlawful for any person to block, impede or obstruct or to otherwise prevent, delay, hinder or interfere with the free passage of persons on a City street. If you continue to block, impede, hinder, delay, free passage of residents or pedestrians you will be cited per city code. We are asking you to cease your training on city streets. Please keep in mind that you are in the process of obtaining a Major Use Permit and violations may be considered for the issuance of your permits. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me at your convenience. Please note: Due to the volume of complaints received Code Enforcement will conduct random inspections of your business during the regular hours of operations. If violations are witness during this time, citations will be issued. We look forward working with you and thank you for your cooperation to this important matter.

Best Regards,

Mario

Encinitas Municipal Code Section 15.08.040 Obstructing Use or Access.Unless the conduct is pursuant to issued permit or other lawful authority, it shall be unlawful for any person to block, impede or obstruct or to otherwise prevent, delay, hinder or interfere with the free passage of persons on a City street.

"The noise from them dropping these bar bells was deafening. This was heard at 6:00 pm while I was trying to enjoy my evening dinner half a block away. (It was also heard from the meditation patio at the SRF church.) Cars are trying to come down the alley. See the van approaching in the picture. They are obstructing traffic. 
Same noise heard at 6am -- the slamming of weights. SealFit needs to be in a different location. Encinitas is partly residential and too small for their needs, as this photo suggests."



Thursday, August 27, 2015

We get complaints

From the comments:
Geez, ya know, EU is usually fairly rational, but he's really stretched, sensationalized and speculated wildly on this one.

Because hack Thomas K. Arnold asked idly in that worthless rag, the Seaside Courier, if it's time to bring Stocks back doesn't equal being "touted in the local press."

EU picked up that nonsense and put it under a cute, provocative headline on his blog. That doesn't legitimize Arnold's wackiness, but it pulls eyeballs to the blog.

Then, to go from bad to worse, EU speculates that if the totally self-interested, arrogant, egomaniacal, [personal allegation deleted] Stocks had ridden in on a white horse and convinced himself and other council members to vote against the pension increase, it would have been defeated and the city would be on a financial cloud nine.

Has Stocks ever done anything that remotely resembled being heroic?

EU, if you want to be a good reporter, go into the records and find out how the pension increase got on the agenda, if there was a staff report, what the council discussion was, what citizens said and who made the motion to approve.

That would be responsible. What you've done up to this point is irresponsible and downright silly.
Let's take these items one by one.
Because hack Thomas K. Arnold asked idly in that worthless rag, the Seaside Courier, if it's time to bring Stocks back doesn't equal being "touted in the local press."

EU picked up that nonsense and put it under a cute, provocative headline on his blog. That doesn't legitimize Arnold's wackiness, but it pulls eyeballs to the blog.
The publisher and editor of the Seaside Courier spend a lot of time and money on the paper, and, by all appearances, hope for it to be not only a profit-making enterprise but a serious local influence on public opinion. You found the idea of a Stocks comeback far-fetched, as did we, and we had a little fun with it. If you have a complaint, it should be with the Seaside Courier, not EU.
Then, to go from bad to worse, EU speculates that if the totally self-interested, arrogant, egomaniacal, [personal allegation deleted] Stocks had ridden in on a white horse and convinced himself and other council members to vote against the pension increase, it would have been defeated and the city would be on a financial cloud nine.

Has Stocks ever done anything that remotely resembled being heroic?
Irrelevant. The point is, as another commenter pointed out, that Stocks was the dominant personality on the council and had a lot of influence. And even if he might not have changed the outcome by persuading another council member, he is still responsible for his own vote. Whether he would ever do the right thing is beside the point. We're saying he could have and should have opposed the pension increase. How is that objectionable?
EU, if you want to be a good reporter, go into the records and find out how the pension increase got on the agenda, if there was a staff report, what the council discussion was, what citizens said and who made the motion to approve.

That would be responsible. What you've done up to this point is irresponsible and downright silly.
We've discussed the 2005 4-1 vote (Stocks, Houlihan, Guerin, Dalager Yes; Bond No) many times before on this blog. The agenda item from 2005 is right here on the city web site, but we don't expect it will be all that enlightening. Without even reading it, we can tell you that city management likely maintained a neutral tone in the report in order to not appear self-serving, but vastly understated the long-term costs of the pension increase. The actual costs of the increase tunred out to be millions of dollars per year, plus more than ten million dollars in unfunded liabilities. That's more money than it would cost to start maintaining the roads properly.

Beyond what's written in the staff report, we can assure you that the council was being told:

1) We have to attract and retain quality employees
2) Other cities are doing it
3) CalPERS says everything is fine
4) Encinitas is in great financial shape

Did we get that about right?

Downright silly? Often. Irresponsible? We don't see it that way.