Friday, June 24, 2016

Gaspar interview with Mike Slater on EUSD yoga, farm lab, rubber-stamp school board

"Overall, I think the priorities are getting a bit skewed."

Here's the podcast. Gaspar starts about 3:45, and goes about 8 1/2 minutes.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

City consultant's survey discovers the obvious: residents want natural open space and trails, not more city-run recreation programs

Union-Tribune:
The survey found that Encinitas residents ranked preserving natural areas and keeping existing park facilities in prime condition as their top goals.

When given a list of park-related spending options and asked how to divvy $100, preserving and protecting natural habitat areas got the largest share of the money, $25, and increasing trails came in second with $19, said Art Thatcher of GreenPlay LLC, the lead consulting company handling the parks planning project.

Adding an aquatic facility came in third, he said.

Lisa Shaffer in Democratic infighting over SANDAG tax increase

Voice of San Diego:
More than 20 liberal organizations, calling themselves the Quality of Life Coalition, have pledged to defeat More than 20 liberal organizations, calling themselves the Quality of Life Coalition, have pledged to defeat the proposal from the San Diego Association of Governments. They argue the package of transit, highway, stormwater and preservation projects doesn’t do enough to shift the region to an environmentally sustainable transportation network, or promise enough to the laborers who will construct the $18 billion worth of projects over 40 years.

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Heebner and Shaffer responded that it was insulting to suggest they were being duped.

“We are both thoughtful, intelligent women who have studied the issues,” they wrote in response.
Does relying on misinformation from staff sound familiar?
In one section, Heebner and Shaffer argue that the federal government prevents SANDAG from striking project labor agreements – deals that guarantee worker pay and benefits and that require hiring to be done through union halls. It is a specific priority for the coalition.

Ricardo Ochoa, a union attorney and coalition member, responded harshly.

“The assertion that ‘the Federal Government does not allow PLAs’ is 100% false, and I am sorry that SANDAG staff is apparently spreading such misinformation,” Ochoa wrote.

He’s right. The Obama administration encourages PLAs on federal projects, and has since February 2009.

Heebner copped to the error, apologized, and said she stood by the rest of the letter.
No indication whether Shaffer also admitted to the mistake and apologized. But that would be very uncharacteristic for her.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

6/22/16 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.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

EUSD Board meeting tonight on Baird yoga fiasco

There could be fireworks.

Parents for Responsible Spending:
EUSD released a Q&A in which it claims the Superintendent's only duty on the Sonima Advisory Board was "to make an annual report" about the EUSD H&W program. Well look here- Baird enjoying a private benefit luncheon at the Tudor Jones mansion in Greenwich, CT! He has a big ole smile with his arm around Sonima founder Sonia Jones and her fancy friends. Hmmm... Try again Baird. Your hand has been caught in the cookie jar!

Meeting is at 6 pm (after a closed 5:30 pm circle the wagons session) at EUSD headquarters at 101 South Rancho Santa Fe Road.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Lying by omission

Seaside Courier on Encinitas residents supporting the city council's high-density development plan:
Other residents supported the update to foster diversity in Encinitas.

“There are some mega trends that are going to change our community character no matter what we do about the housing element,” said resident Greg Shannon. “Those are basically income inequality, climate change, public health, racism, and housing affordability.”
Could that be this Greg Shannon?
Cedros Crossing, the mixed-used train station project approved in concept in 1991, is brain-dead. The plug will be pulled at a City Council meeting tomorrow evening.

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Greg Shannon, Shea's representative, will say that he has gone as low as he can go on the number of apartments. It's all about the money.

The council will say it has acted in good faith but it cannot accept 120-plus apartments. It's all about the mass.
A little context makes a big difference, eh?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Cardiff gets last minute reprieve from 3-story condos; Leucadia, Old & New Encinitas not so lucky

Cardiff Town Council:
Thank you to all who came to the meeting last night and sent e-mails. A special thank you to all who spoke. The meeting went from 6 PM to midnight, and public speakers took up a good portion of that (2.5 hours, perhaps).

Bottom Line: Council (all members) were sympathetic to the concern about 3 story mixed use in Cardiff's commercial district, and limited the site (known as C-3, with 5 parcels) to two stories, and 30 feet. This is the current height limit, and also the Prop A limit. The map approved is the Sustainable Mixed Use Places map, which had the best EIR, particularly with respect to traffic.

Even though we asked the site be removed, and it was not, I think this is a good outcome. 3 stories in the heart of Cardiff would have been character redefining. The limitation to two story will mean fewer residences (than with 3 stories) and no adverse changes to views, bulk, and mass beyond what is allowed now.

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No other site was changed.