A source tells Encinitas Undercover that Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Rudloff has resigned in lieu of being involuntarily terminated.
Rudloff, a 2011 hire by former City Manager Gus Vina, faced criticism on several fronts. As Parks and Recreation Director, Rudloff would have had authority over the 2013 backroom deal to give away a 10-year lease option on the Ecke YMCA Little League fields, a decision the public learned of only a year later. To this day, no one has ever been publicly held accountable in the scandal.
Rudloff was also criticized for hiring controversial consulting firm Green Play, who produced an handful of poorly-attended public information meetings and an underwhelming report suggesting the city raise park use fees.
Additionally, Rudloff has been criticized for cutting the Parks and Recreation Commission out of the decision-making process for parks and recreation issues, and for attempting to ban the responsible consumption of beer and wine in all Encinitas parks.
More recently, the Parks and Rec department has come under fire for its botched handling of grant requests for the Leo Mullen soccer fields.