Thursday, February 21, 2019

Fed-up renter heading to Texas

This is quite the blog post from a local renter, who's angry at developers, NIMBYs, Democrats, Republicans, bicyclists, Tesla drivers, people who park on the street, city council, dog owners, red-light cameras, the gas tax, Prop 13...

I share many of these frustrations. But I don't think more density, crowds, gridlock, and parking headaches is the answer. More of that just brings more of the same outrage expressed in the blog post above. Living too close to too many people can make people short-tempered. Space to breathe makes good neighbors.

More of us should -- and will -- move to Texas. Many already have. Explore the data at People from California and San Diego County are moving out to Nevada, Arizona, and Texas. And the people moving into San Diego County are refugees from the even more overcrowded Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

2/20/19 City Council meeting open thread

Please use the comments to record your observations.

Four years after spending $10 million for abandoned school, city proposes modest improvements

Coast News:
Plans to transform the shuttered Pacific View Elementary School site into an arts, culture and ecology center are headed to the Encinitas Planning Commission for approval this week, more than four years after the city purchased the old Pacific View Elementary School site and selected a group to steward its restoration.


Plans also call for the project to be completed in two phases: Phase 1 would include basic facility improvements, disabled access and restrooms that would allow the group behind the project to slowly begin programming.

Phase 2 would include the full implementation of programming, improvements to the parking lot area, new fencing and interior site landscaping.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

SANDAG: not so fast on Streetscape!

From the Inbox:
Sounds like not so fast on Streetscape. The fun never stops with an inept (best spin you can put on it) city staff and asleep-at-the-wheel city council.  The final three pages show the SANDAG letter to Wisneski, taking issue with the Streetscape plan:

Flooding remains a big problem:

So much for the promised increased parking:

Monday, February 18, 2019

Citymark development causes flooding as predicted

From the Inbox:
After "multiple" violations, accompanied by wrist-slap fines, it appears the infill density bonus project "Hymettus Estates" developer Citymark may finally be issued a stop work order - "may" being the operative word.

The project is doing exactly what residents warned it would do: create illegal runoff that the neighbors now get to live with.

Staff wound their usual web of nonsense in debunking the residents' hydrology that apparently was proven right, but then again, our council never lets the truth interfere with some good developer influence.

 Reminiscent of the Zappa song "River of Shit," this is yet another "told you so" to the city, not that they care.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Saturday, February 9, 2019

This is a party bus town

Idling now at the stop sign at 2nd and I.

Two years ago, the council said they were going to crack down on party buses.

What does Encinitas' sea-level rise subcommittee say about buses idling indefinitely in city streets?