Monday, September 15, 2014

Shrub City USA

While the city is killing Encinitas' historic 101 canopy, it's replacing the stately Eucalyptus trees with small species like arbutus that hardly merit the word "tree."

This one is so low to the ground that it creates a hazard by blocking the view of oncoming traffic for people turning left by the Mozy Cafe.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Will NIMBYs block patients' access to medical marijuana?

From the Inbox (lightly edited):
I support Proposition F. It would be an interesting conversation on the blog, to say the least.

My reasons for supporting it are quite simple. Marijuana works for pain and nausea, especially with cancer patients as well as people like me who have certain conditions where pain is always there. I can easily get it, but some people cannot. And, to say we support it, but not in our own backyard is another case of NIMBYism. This town is being run over by corporate interests who get their financial and legal stuff buried in mounds of paperwork at City Hall (like ERGA) and then there are the Marr's, who could not afford an attorney, and many of us have offered to pay for one. They are both very proud people and won't accept our money.

However, it is the right thing to do. My father was a WW2 veteran (Marines) and lived in Oregon when he died. He was in excruciating pain and all of the prescription meds, including OXY, Fentynol, etc. didn't work. I drove up and asked him to try the marijuana for his pain and nausea. He had cancer. He said he didn't want to break the law. This was man who had smoked 3 packs of cigarettes a day since he was 18 and that was OK, but to smoke marijuana wasn't. However, he was in so much pain he tried it. It worked so well he was amazed. Unfortunately, he couldn't get it in Oregon and I couldn't ship it. But, the point is that even if he could have gotten it, he couldn't drive anymore, so where would he have gotten it? He lived in a small town in Oregon, about the size of Encinitas.

So, it is legal to buy cigarettes and alcohol in our community, and medical marijuana is legal, so why can't we buy it in our own town? Tax it, give the City some income it desperately needs (more than many even know) and let the people with cards in. So many people are talking about urban farming these days. I can assure you that many of those farmers are growing it. So Kranz, Shaffer and Blakespear would seem rather hypocritical to not support it. If one can grow up to 5 plants, which is OK by law, then why can't they sell it in our own community?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Appeals Court rules for Coastal Commission against Neptune homeowner seawalls

A state appeals court has sided with the California Coastal Commission in a battle over an Encinitas sea wall, a decision that could weaken the ability of property owners up and down the state’s shoreline to protect their homes from the long-term assault of ocean tides.

The ruling Tuesday by the Fourth District Court of Appeal affirms the state agency’s authority to set time limits on how long sea walls can remain in place.
If you're on the west side of Neptune, you're not owning; you're renting.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

9/10/14 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.

Encinitas Ingenuity

From the Inbox:
Going to the Carlsbad Library Tuesday, Sept 9th at 1pm, I passed this four foot high gusher at the stack 'n' pax on Normandy Street in Leucadia. When I returned one half hour later, the gusher was still going strong, so I pulled over to take pictures. Within minutes, a worker walked over, and covered the gusher with dirt, thereby creating a pool of water. Problem solved! On Wednesday, I did call the San Dieguito Water District to report this leak. Their response should be interesting.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

CalAware's Terry Francke says EUSD Board violated Brown Act

The EUSD boozefest was not just an outrageous abuse of taxpayer money; it was also illegal, according to public advocate Terry Francke.

Seaside Courier:
One of California’s most respected open government advocates, attorney Terry Francke, has weighed in on the controversy about the Encinitas Union School Board’s recent three-day retreat at La Quinta Resort in the Palm Springs area.

“When the majority of a local legislative body attends a meeting dealing with its agency's issues, even though it may neither discuss nor act upon matters connected with those issues, its mere presence to obtain information presented at the meeting is sufficient to trigger the open meeting requirements of the Brown Act, as the Court of Appeal concluded in Frazer vs. Dixon Unified School District…,” Francke wrote Monday in an email to EUSD Superintendent Tim Baird.

Harvest Supermoon