The City Council Meeting last night brought encouraging results. Three members voted to have the new Sheriff Department Captain research ways to continue the 2-deputy patrol on foot downtown from his existing staff and two members voted for hiring a new Deputy. In the case of a new hire, all 5 members of the City Council must agree [actually, a 3-2 majority would suffice].
Another piece of good news is that Encinitas's new Captain Maryon will head up the Encinitas Sheriff's Department. He has worked a beat in Encinitas in the past and so is "hitting the ground running." He is eager to continue former Captain Hydar's 2-deputy team and will be working on ways to show City Council how that can take place -- both with and without a new hire. Either way, it's a win/win situation for the Encinitas Citizens Committee.
Also good news is the City's hire of Karen Burst who is now the City Manager. She impressed us as someone who will have an emphasis on public input, and will meet with citizens to listen to their concerns. The ECC will schedule a meeting with her soon.
We are encouraged that the City seems more committed than ever to protecting its citizens and to take necessary actions to curb the disturbances that plague Encinitas.
For instance, the City recently issued citations to Shelter/Saloon. The owner disputed the citations the Bar was given for excessive noise and obstruction of the sidewalk. An administrative hearing by an independent hearing officer determined that the owner's defense was baseless. He had to pay the $300.00 for the three fines and comply with direction to follow the codes in the future. Surely this will serve to set the example to bar owners that the City means business.
Stay tuned for more encouraging events.......
Friday, October 30, 2015
And now for something completely different
From the Inbox, from the Encinitas Citizens Committee (downtown residents group):