Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tasha's Gerrymander map

Everybody saw what she did there.

North Coast Current:
Muir and other speakers at the City Council meeting expressed concern that the map might have been designed to retain current council members’ seats while making it more difficult for certain portions of the city to be represented in the future.

“Drawing a map that takes into consideration allowing each of the elected council members to keep their district is simply the definition of gerrymandering,” resident and former planning commissioner Ruben Flores told the council. “This reflects the potential future behavior of you as elected officials. I believe you’ve lost credibility.”
Encinitas Guerrilla:
Recently retired Encinitas city spokesman Jerry Mander has endorsed Tasha Boerner Horvath, a candidate for the California State Assembly District 76 seat.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Gerrymander Joe

Title of the post taken from the comments.

Del Mar Times:
Resident Steven Winters questioned why the council ultimately voted on the maps designed by Boerner Horvath, who was not previously disclosed as the author before the council's decision.

"This was a back-room deal lacking transparency... and leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of Encinitas residents," Winters said, adding he believed some council members had a “hidden agenda” regarding districting.

He added that he believed five other maps met the council's criteria, but council member Joe Mosca said those options did not work for various reasons, including the city's current five communities being "dramatically divided."
Anyone want to take a look at how many of the alternative maps gave each council member his/her own uncontested district?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

11/15/17 City Council meeting open thread

On tonight's agenda: Tasha's incumbent protection district map.

Please use the comments to record your observations.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Jilted pot farmer wants to change ag land to housing; Kranz prefers a hotel

Union-Trib:
A flower grower who has been asking the city for permission to commercially grow marijuana in part of his greenhouses now is proposing to build the region's first "agri-hood" with higher-density housing on half of his land and agriculture on the other part.

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Council members were divided over the proposal. The city's mayor called it a "very appealing" alternative to the commercial marijuana growing proposal, while Councilwoman Tasha Boerner Horvath said if Echter commits to setting aside a significant portion of the homes for low-income people, then it would be very attractive. Councilman Joe Mosca said it was at least "worth looking at."

But Councilman Mark Muir, who lives in the Encinitas Ranch region where the city's agriculturally zoned land is, said putting homes on the land that the city has previously set aside for agricultural preservation would face strong community opposition.

[...]

Councilman Tony Kranz said he might support the use of some agricultural land for housing, but not this property, given its location near the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course. Instead of homes, it ought to contain a hotel, he said.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

City staff, mayor, merchants association fall for Amazon Go hoax

Del Mar Times:
A spokesperson for Amazon has denied that an Amazon Go store is opening in Encinitas, though city representatives confirmed earlier Nov. 10 that the store was opening.

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Earlier on Nov. 10, Mayor Catherine Blakespear said city officials told her the store would open next year. Irene Pyun, interim executive director of the Encinitas 101 Main Street Association, said she believed it could help bring more shoppers downtown.

"We are excited to see a 'store of the future' coming to our downtown," Pyun said. "Amazon Go will fulfill a hole in our downtown that needed a fresh start. I see it as a positive in that it will bring people from all over to experience a new way to shop."
It's unclear why city officials would confirm false information from an obviously suspicious website. As Thomas Jefferson said, don't believe everything you read on the Internet.

Website promises Amazon Go store in abandoned Whole Foods site

A website apparently published by Amazon promises the arrival of Amazon Go in Encinitas.

See AmazonEncinitas.com.

Amazon Go is a cashierless convenience store that is being beta-tested in an employee-only store in Seattle. Technology tracks customers as they take items off the shelves, then charges them as they walk out of the store.

Is Amazon Go really coming to Encinitas? The website could be an elaborate hoax. No announcement appears on Amazon's primary Go site. The AmazonEncinitas.com web domain is registered at Google, a rival of Amazon in some business areas. Online listings still show the Whole Foods site for lease.

Amazon bought Whole Foods this year, after the Encinitas store had closed. If Amazon Go does come to Encinitas, it would likely use only a small fraction of the Whole Foods site, as the Go concept is 1800 square feet and the Whole Foods site is 25,000 square feet.

UPDATE: Yep, it's a hoax.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Map secretly submitted by Horvath and chosen by council gives all 4 incumbents their own districts

How convenient!
Boerner Horvath’s Citizen 16 map — which the council approved 3 to 2, with Kranz and council member Mark Muir dissenting — divides the city into four districts with an elected mayor. Representatives for districts three and four would be voted on in 2018, and districts one and two would be decided in 2020.

The map, which council expects to officially adopt Nov. 15, would put a sitting council member in each district but would pit Muir, who lives in New Encinitas, against a potential candidate in Cardiff.