Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Transparency and Trust

Voice of San Diego:
California law requires cities to keep emails for a minimum of two years, but half of the cities in San Diego County delete most of their emails from city servers in much less time — in some cases, within a few weeks.

A recent survey by Voice of San Diego showed that Encinitas and Poway have the shortest retention policy, deleting emails after 30 days. Del Mar deletes theirs after 60 days. Carlsbad, Escondido and Oceanside wait until the 90-day marker, while Solana Beach waits for 100 days, Santee for 180 days and Coronado for one year.

In justifying these policies, city officials argue that the law isn’t as clear on email retention as some would believe and they delete emails they view as non-public records to save taxpayer money. In the process, they’ve designated themselves the arbiters of what’s public and not public — a practice that troubles some of California’s leading open government advocates.

“It goes against what state law requires of them,” said Kelly Aviles, an attorney and vice president of transparency group Californians Aware, who reviewed Voice’s findings.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Encinitas hopes bike rentals will make people take public transit more

Del Mar Times:
Dockless bike sharing, the novel idea that rolled out with a rough start in San Diego in February, could spread to North County coastal communities as soon as this summer.

Led by Encinitas, the proposed one-year pilot program may also include Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, and North County Transit District.

The short-term bicycle rentals are based on a phone app, like Uber and other ride-sharing programs. Renters can pick up their bike in one place, such as a bus stop or train station, and leave it someplace else, maybe parked on the sidewalk outside their workplace, anywhere within the company’s service area.

Bike sharing is seen as a way to get more cars off the road, reduce pollution and greenhouse gases, and encourage more people to get out of their vehicles and exercise.

“One of the things we are trying to solve is that first-last mile in transit,” said Crystal Najera, an Encinitas climate plan administrator leading the group project.
Related: Coronado declares dockless bikes a public nuisance.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hit-and-run driver gets 1 year jail sentence


An Encinitas man who left the scene of a crash that seriously injured a mother of two near Moonlight Beach was sentenced Monday to a year in jail and placed on probation.

Justin Walt Parker, 39, pleaded guilty in Vista Superior Court in January to felony hit-and-run with serious bodily injury. He faced a maximum of two years in prison.

Parker — whose probation will run three years — turned himself in about two weeks after the Sept. 22 crash that left 33-year-old Ashley Lane with a concussion and broken bones, and caused her to suffer three strokes, according to sheriff's officials.
The article doesn't say how much time Parker is likely to actually serve. After California's "prison realignment," many criminals sent to county jails instead of prison are serving only a tiny fraction of their purported sentences.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Council and Planning Commission meet on housing

Coast News:
Encinitas officials appeared to reach consensus on whether to raise the percentage of affordable housing in developments, which currently stands at 10 percent.

The City Council and Planning Commission, appearing at a joint meeting dedicated to discussing the city’s inclusionary housing policy, agreed that the city should raise the percentage to 15 percent, among other things.

The joint body heard from a panel of experts assembled by former City Councilwoman Lisa Shaffer, who moderated the two-hour workshop. The panel included Carlsbad Housing and Neighborhood Services Director Debbie Fountain, Shea Homes of San Diego division President Paul Barnes, Chelsea Investment Corp. founder and CEO Jim Schmid and Community Housing Works President and CEO Sue Reynolds.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Santa Fe and Encinitas Boulevard pedestrian underpass work begins

10 News:
Construction is underway on bike and pedestrian improvement projects in North San Diego County.

Paths will be built beneath the Interstate 5 overpasses at Santa Fe Drive and Encinitas Blvd.

The work, which will cost $12.5 million, should be finished in late summer 2019.
The project comes just 10 years after a San Dieguito student was killed at the Santa Fe underpass.