To: Encinitas City Council, Jeff Murphy, Joan Kling, Mario MoralesLast year the council created another full-time code enforcement position at the request of Gus Vina, using the downtown drunkfest scene as an excuse. Sounds like that new officer is focused on other things.
From: Encinitas Citizens Committee
As was stated in prior messages to Code Enforcement, the Encinitas Citizens Committee chooses not to have monthly meetings with Mario Morales. In our previous meetings he had nothing to report to us about inspecting the offending alcohol serving establishments. We also expressed frustration that the bars are only going to be inspected 2 days a month during warm weather. This is not appropriate given that the summer nights, especially during the weekends, are the historical times for disruptive behavior by the bars and bar patrons. As to Mario's question about whether he can use an email response as a meeting, we would not call an exchange of emails a meeting at this time.
We consider it good news that the City Council has recently approved an ordinance that will raise fines. With the new ordinance, the third citation will go from $500 to $1,000. The Shelter/Saloon and Union have two offenses each. So this means, no doubt, that if there is a third citation it will cost them $1,000. Or, were the first two offenses let go without fines? Shameful if that was the case!
We think it is essential that this Ordinance go into effect before the summer. This would put the City of Encinitas in a stronger position to curb disturbances as establishments would be more diligent about obeying the law. Waiting until part or all of the summer has past would be an extreme waste of a very necessary ordinance!
Finally and of utmost importance, is the need to increase Code Enforcement's visits to problematic places that serve alcohol. The ECC still asserts that frequent and timely monitoring -- as well as appropriate fines -- are vital to a healthy downtown environment and to provide a safe and disturbance-free life for residents and local businesses.
Friday, May 8, 2015
Downtown residents not getting any relief from bar problems
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