What will be far less effective is a new full-time, pensioned code enforcement officer that the council unanimously approved last night who will spend only half his/her time on bar issues (the other half "pro-actively" snooping on residents), and presumably only a fraction of that time patrolling late night weekend hours. A part-time, contract, non-pensioned position would have been far less costly and could have been dedicated entirely to the bars and the problem late night weekend hours. But nobody on our council ever claimed to be fiscally responsible, did they?
Muir proposed, and the council adopted, the idea that the position should come from cost savings found in other departments. Muir suggested, as an example, that Peder Norby's $100,000 contract wasn't renewed so that money could be used. The problem with that idea is that Norby's contract cancellation was already used as an excuse to create the new Communications Director position. Further, if the council are creating new, full-time, pensioned positions without eliminating full-time, pensioned positions elsewhere, they are actively making Encinitas' pension crisis worse. Will Vina actually eliminate a pensioned position somewhere, or will he just shuffle the financial accounts like he did to build the Hall Park?