Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hipster hoteliers meet Keep Leucadia Funky locals

Del Mar Times:

A Planning Commission discussion of a remodel of an older existing Leucadia hotel into a small luxury hotel will continue in June.

The proposed project, by Encinitas-based 101 Hotel, Inc., calls for the demolition of the interior of the existing 45-room Portofino Beach Inn, at 186 North Coast Highway 101, to reconfigure the layout to allow for a 44-room boutique hotel called The Ray with a full-service restaurant, complimentary valet parking for guests, a 600-square-foot lobby and new eight-foot sign on Coast Highway 101.

It would also include indoor and rooftop bars.
Neighbors, and at least one planning commissioner, aren't amused.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

5/24/17 City Council meeting open thread

Please use the comments to record your observations.

Airbnb eliminating "affordable housing" in tourist areas

We've already seen in Encinitas how vacation rentals and second homes for the rich quickly put an end to Smart Growthers' utopian dreams.

The LA Times explores further:
As short-term rental websites such as Airbnb explode in popularity in Southern California, a growing number of homeowners and landlords are caving to the economics. A study released Wednesday from Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, a labor-backed advocacy group, estimates that more than 7,000 houses and apartments have been taken off the rental market in metro Los Angeles for use as short-term rentals. In parts of tourist-friendly neighborhoods such as Venice and Hollywood, Airbnb listings account for 4% or more of all housing units, according to a Times analysis of data from Airbnb's website.
A search for Encinitas on Airbnb shows hundreds of units currently available.  The prime-location apartments and condos envisioned by the failed Measure T would have been even more likely to end up as vacation rentals.

Perhaps Encinitas' Housing Element Task Force should consider a prohibition on vacation rentals in any new developments that take advantage of upzoning?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Crossbow bolt fired into Encinitas home

10 News:
On Vanessa Circle on Saturday afternoon, Gretchen Schmidt and her husband heard a noise, then found an arrow on their bedroom floor.

It was about 18 to 20 inches long with a metal tip. Brett Scott, owner of Willow Creek Archery, identified it as crossbow bolt, which can travel up to a quarter mile at high speeds.

The bolt pierced a screen, two glass panes and blinds, before landing feet from the bed.
No, it's not Olivenhain again. This is New Encinitas just behind El Camino Real.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Coastal Commission orders Rail Trail moved to east side

The commission voted to support a 1.3-mile route east of the railroad tracks along San Elijo Avenue from Chesterfield Drive north to Santa Fe Drive.

“I’m shocked,” said Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, who had spoken eloquently to the commission in favor of a placing the bicycle and pedestrian paths along Coast Highway 101 west of the railroad tracks.

“I’m very disappointed,” Blakespear said. “We’ve been working on this for the last year. I don’t know what else we could have done.”


Only a few residents supported building the trail along San Elijo Avenue.

“We need new infrastructure, and we need it on the east side where it belongs,” said former Encinitas Councilwoman Lisa Shaffer.