Wednesday, May 27, 2015

5/27/15 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.

Items of interest tonight: budget, capital budget, raising fines for code violations, hearing a couple of Leucadia development appeals, closed sessions on city manager and litigation.
Please use the comments to record your observations.

Happy 11th Birthday, Tayler Skye Kook

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Tim Baird to blow 2% of Pacific View windfall on iPad login software

$189,000.

Times must be pretty flush down there at the Encinitas Union School District.

Leucadia Blog.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

SANDAG's population growth estimates are consistently, horribly wrong

One of the main political and legal tools used to force high-density development on Encinitas is SANDAG's Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) numbers.  SANDAG comes up with population growth estimates, then forces cities to build high-density development to accommodate that population growth.

But there's a problem.  SANDAG's growth numbers are always completely wrong.  And not just randomly wrong, but consistently biased for the past 25 years in favor of developers.

Voice of San Diego:
In 2000, for instance, SANDAG projected the region would add nearly 400,000 new people by 2010. Instead, the population grew by just 280,000 people. The agency overestimated actual growth by 43 percent.

In 1990, SANDAG told local governments the region would add 480,000 people by 2000. The region added 315,000. That’s a 52 percent error.

They’ve missed the other way too, though it’s been a while.

In 1980, SANDAG told local governments to prep for an increase of 460,000 new residents by 1990. The region actually added 630,000 people, 27 percent more than SANDAG said.

“One can be completely agnostic about whether the population going up or down is good, but to the extent that our infrastructure budgets are driven by this projected change, along with all the other development policies for cities and the county, that’s a pretty big forecasting error,” Carson said.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Encinitas wins Golden Fleece Award for Pacific View purchase

Seaside Courier:
The city of Encinitas walked away with the grand prize at a big awards ceremony produced Thursday night by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, but the three city leaders who deserve credit for the win were not present to accept the award.

That’s understandable: the prize was the Golden Fleece Award, which each year is presented by the SDCTA, the region’s leading taxpayer watchdog, to government programs, services or expenditures that it believes exemplify wasteful or inefficient use of taxpayer dollars.

This year, the grand prize went to the city of Encinitas, for its $10 million purchase last year of the abandoned Pacific View Elementary School site. The co-winner was the Encinitas Union School District, which sold the city the 2.8-acre parcel of land and its asbestos-riddled school building at more than twice the appraised value.

Man dead in apparent gas suicide on Leucadia's Florita Street

Fox 5 News.

Neighbors say the man's name was Brent and he had three young children. He was found dead by a friend, with the windows closed and gas hissing from the kitchen. The home appears to be 222 Florita.