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Gosh, how many of the homes making up the 32% do we suppose are affordable??
'Affordable housing' is unconstitutional and unAmerican. You want it...earn it! No free lunch. Get these FDR-esque liberals out of govt.
". . .of the homes making up the 32%. . ."????????????
Encinitas is full.... too crowded,too much traffic, too much pollution, too many people on the beach. Either save up your money or move to some other town building houses. New homes should conform with current zoning requirements. No new densification which only adds extreme profit at the great expense of existing residents. I am voting for candidates opposed to increasing zoning densities.
and no I'm not moving.... I built my house in conformance. If you are for densification of Encinitas like Huntington Beach or downtown Oside, then I think you should move.
Can we all stipulate that no one is going to move based on anonymous opinions posted on a blog?Suggesting who should move is almost as tired and lazy as assuming people who disagree with you work for the city.
Except that they do.
Vote no on the HEU. Say "no" to:- Prison-block design- Outrageously high allocation of 1,300 units Jerome Stocks happily took from SANDAG (payback for developer pals, anyone?)-Reversal of Prop A and your loss if a day on future upzones.
Thank you. Let's 'we the people' start the petition to reject this 'social engineered' Marxist housing edict that tells us who can live in our neighborhoods. With crime rates on the rise do you think a section 8 mom and her four unfathered teenage boys are going to help you keep your side yard free of theft?
You are absolutely delusional............
So we should have quotas on how many people can come sit on the beach?
No one ever mentioned quotas. Someone did mention no on increased density . You might try and read and understand before jumping to your own unfounded conclusions . Cheese. Do you work for the city or what ?
I'm glad prices are going up. It's a good thing. I hate it when prices go down .
"Consider yourself gentrified" ??I guess you haven't been to many innercities if you think that Encinitas is becoming gentrified.
What also comes with a house is Property Tax, so if you pay a million, you get to also pay (approx.), 10k every year...FOREVER. And it goes up a wee bit every year. More income for the gov't salaries and pensions, folks. "Affordable housing" can't do what one million clams does, baby! No on HEU.
Price increase is staffs fault.
Price increase is good. Increasing Density is bad.Let Rancho Sante Fe build some afffordable housing so all the people that serve that community from the butlers, maids, nannies, and horse poo picker uppers have a place to live.When RSF steps up, encinitas will step up. Deal?
RSF has already stepped up - but not in the way that you think. Many properties have guest quarters where these people live. There are a few in Olivenhain too. - The Sculpin
11:52 AMServants quarters? Won't past state's desires for low income housing. Providing room and board isn't low income housing.
11:52 AM "These people" says the king Sculpin, casting a distaining glance at the wretched peasants.
Sculpin-Assessory homes are build all over Encinitas. Not just RSF and Olivehnain. Just to let you know, the state doesn't count them as affordable housing. every time I see "more affordable housing" go it, Density bonus projects knock out existing low income rent place.
OK guys - I understand all that. My point is that RSF doesn't need any low income housing because the residents take care of that on an individual basis. They have the means, the structures, the land. While I understand the populist argument, it's unrealistic to think that the state could impose an affordable housing plan in a covenant (highbrow for HOA). - The Sculpin
SDG&E to begin raising electricity prices as of May 1 up to 400% from the hours of 11AM to 6PM.... Interesting business model that has you driving your customers out of business.
Depends on who's model you are referring to. Many large properties have co-gen facilities wherein they produce their own power during peak periods and can even sell back energy to the utility companies. So who's model is driving whom out of business, eh? - The Sculpin
Actually, the increase in average selling price could be an indicator of high levels of redevelopment. If a 1500 sq ft cottage sold in 2007 for $600K, then sold again in 2016 after a complete pad scrape and rebuild to 3000 sq ft for $1.2M, it would show up in these stats as a 100% increase. A good way to separate the effect of development vs. organic appreciation would be to compare average sale prices to price per square ft Over the same period. In the hypothetical example above, the price doubled, but so did the square footage, so the price per sq ft didn't change at all. Under that scenario, we can conclude that all of the price increase was attributable to development. The underlying value of Encinitas real estate didn't change at all. Under that scenario, we would expect that the neighbors who did not rebuild would not see any appreciation in the value of their homes, even though the average sale price for the neighborhood increased. In other words, don't misinterpret the stats posted to EU to imply that your home has appreciated that much. If we are allowing more construction than other towns, that could drive a significant chunk of the increase.
same could be said for other cities, thanks.
Don't forget the huge devaluation/inflationary effect of zero interest rates for banks for 8 years. The US Financial system and the dollar are walking on egg shells.
Go look at a 10 year chart of DXY, then tell me where you see devaluation/inflation. Anyway, it wouldn't explain the relative differences in home price appreciation among the towns in EU's chart.
True.If you look at homogeneous semi-recent building areas that wouldn't be teardowns or major remodels like Cambria/Pacifica near Target, or Sanford/Raintree near Leucadia Oaks, they have traded about 10% above the 2007 peak.At Pescado/Triton by the Mizel Library, we may up even more, with the peak in the low-$800's, and three trades between $1 and $1.1 million in the last 3 years.
Wow, Looks like the OWNER of this blog is in cahoots with racist Mizels? We will not tolerate or allow our library to be named after Israeli-Supremacists thank you.
The Mizel Library? OUR very own Library? Pray that isn't true, yet. Council's public hasn't had a chance to have their opinions heard in a public setting. This whole renaming deal stinks. The stench of going around a public review will not wash out for anyone on council who follows through on this without us.
Has the Encinitas Library really been renamed? I hope not. I think many of us would like the opportunity to weigh in on this name change. I can't help but wonder what is going on at City Hall these days? How effective is our new city manager?
Blakespear: "We directed staff to work out an agreement with the county and the Mizel family."UT Story: linkSounds like it's a done deal unless a Rail Trail-style lynch mob shows up.I believe selling naming rights was one of the strategies proposed by Green Play LLC, the consultants hired by Lisa Rudloff and Gus Vina.
Thank you City Council for selling us out big time in the name of money. We now know where your priorities stand. None of us taxpayers should be surprised. I hope others will join me in avoiding the Nizel Library since it no longer will be OUR library. Again, shame on this City Council. We will not forget what you did to us.
misprint...should be Mizel Library.
Why they would want their name on that glorified homeless shelter is anyone's guess.
The new council theme song "We're in the money!" Come on Gaspar et al - strike up the band!
If anyone knows the No on the Rail Trail folks, please ask them if they would help us to rail against our council next Wednesday over this renaming policy.A renaming policy? This is now a policy? Vina is gone, Jeff Murphy is gone, Manjeet is somehow still here. Karen Brust, we need you now to prove your worth and bring this before the public for our opinion. Council don't do this without us. Bring this before the public. Stop hiding behind closed doors and selling out our public treasures. They are not yours to give away without our input. It is convenient for them that they pushed this MOU through behind our backs while there were no council meetings for three weeks. Pretty damn sneaky. Don't do this. Julie Thunder and crew, please help us in our hour of need and join us next Wednesday. You made it quite clear whose heads would be on the chopping block over the rail trail. Now we need the same, to impress upon council to give us a chance to voice our concerns over preserving our library's autonomy. It is not for sale and, let me be clear, it is not because of the Mizels. It is not for sale to anyone. Let the Encinitas Library remain the Encinitas Library. OUR library is ours. OUR library is one of our most shining monuments to us all. Our Encinitas Library, today, tomorrow and forever, may it always remain so.
There is a new Facebook Page that you can go to and put all of this up 5:16. It's called "Encinitas Votes." I am the administrator of the group, and I promise I will not take it down. Many of the NO Rail Group are on it and look at it.
". . . in our hour of need. . ."". . . one of our most shining monuments. . ."". . . today, tomorrow and forever, may it always remain so."The breathless drama writer is back. So, apparently we have many monuments. Some of them don't shine at all; others shine only a little; then there are moderately shining ones--and so on up to the library. Before you jump on me, this is only a comment on writing style, not the position of the writer, which has some merit.
Can the city sell the naming rights to the sewage pumping station near Moonlight? Any takers?
Everything and everyone is for sale. It's just a matter of price. It naive to think otherwise.
The pumping station is the repository for the achievements of the City Councils of Encinitas - Jerome $tock$ prime contributor.
7:12- Has anyone told you lately that you are an asshole? Who are you to tell anyone how and what they should write? I love it "Don't jump on me, etc". After you totally trash someone else, you actually expect everyone is going to go ra ra for you? If you are, you are also delusional.
8:47,Your call for civility while simultaneously calling someone an asshole is duly noted. Well played, sir.
If this goes through, it will set a terrible precedent. Wait for it. Here comes the David Meyer cultural arts center, the Marco Gonzalez community park, ad infinitum. All of council members claim our city finances are in great shape, so why the push to sell out our public treasures? Stop this move behind all of our backs without our prior approval. Pack the hall next Wednesday and make our vision for our city heard. Keep the Encinitas Library, the Encinitas Library.
Why does an impassioned plea to keep the Encinitas Library, the Encinitas Library become a source for criticism? A little heartfelt call for our council to represent us and involve us in such a huge decision is too much to ask for, besides the ramifications that this backhanded move will bring in the future? Just asking.
What kind of jackbutt puts such a full of themself stipulations on a donation. Furthermore, how mentally, ethically, and morally challenged are the group of so-called leaders to even consider accepting such terms. They are all either really dumb or bribed to act dumb. Not a single one of the these people deserve respect the of the community.
It's not a donation. It's a sale of naming rights. I hope this doesn't come as a shock, but Qualcomm also paid money to name the home of the Chargers.
True on stadium naming rights but they have an expiration date. X dollars for Y years. Then they can make another "donation" or someone else can step up to the plate. If they are going to do this, I think an expiration date is a good idea.In the case of the Irwin Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD, he made a substantial endowment, enough to generate a lot of revenue. And then threw a lot more money into the pot a few years later.
I agree. Naming rights should have an end date, and a moral terpitude exit clause. There should also be some small notice at the library entrance and online explicitly clarifying the naming rights deal. People sometimes use deals like this to suggest that the naming honor has been bestowed upon them by a community for public works. They use it in business dealings as evidence of philanthopy, altruism, and credibility. In fact, it's just advertising dressed up as altruism. I'm fine with it, as long as it's not misrepresented.
I'd like to propose Dalablabber tax payer sucking community pollution park. Not more than 10% of Encinitas residents will ever use the park, Yet they will pay over 10k over 10 years for the construction and upkeep of the regional park.Job not well done City. Bad Management. Bad leadership.
The public hearing for the over-priced Taj Mahal lifeguard tower at Moonlight Beach is on Thursday, April 28th at 6:00 PM in the city Council chambers. Unnecessary luxury accommodations at $3 million bucks is on the line. Written comments are accepted on or before that date also. It is being called a "marine safety center". More like overkill.
Just another BAD decision by our so called elected officials. We really need a change at the ballot box this time around.
The $3 million estimate is at least 5 years old. No mew updates on cost.Sticker shock will kick in quickly.
So they aren't actually elected?Say more.
10:27 Get a grip dude. You are just itching for a fight. Say less.
10:27 PM "So called" must imply that the city council members were supposed to represent the majority will of the people, having been elected by "majority" vote. Over-priced, superfluous infrastructure isn't prioritizing civic need - street repair would be. Read the nuance, not the seemingly contradictory interpretation.
8:53 AMSo was Prop A approved by a "so called" majority? You can't have it both ways.
10:54 Ignorance abounds. Look up the definition of "so called" to enlighten your fogged up world. Let those words encircle your brain to empower your ability to think clearly. Then, speak less, so that you don't look so stupid.
10:54 is the same df that argues everything but the actual point in every thread. You are wasting your time 12:58, can't fix stupid.
And the lifeguard tower is going to have quarters for the Sheriff's personnel. Why? So 4 Sheriff's deputies in kaki uniforms can patrol the beach in a 4 wheel off roader? This is efficient use of their under-staffed division? How about replacing the tactical room with a telephone to the Sheriff's Department instead!
how about a plastic life guard tower for under $40k with a Verizon cell phone to call the sheriffs if there is an issue. WTF?Vote no on any idiot Councilperson supporting this huge waste of tax dollars that will put structure right in the middle of our already puny beach.
12:58 "'so called' used to express one's view that a name or term is inappropriate." I agree that you can't fix stupid and thanks for proving it.
8:15 I see you were forced to look up the definition of "so called". Your lack of intelligence continues. Thanks for proving it. You are the df who keeps posting with nothing to say. Moving right along.
Full Moon Pot smoking on Moonlight Beach coming up!Come on down all you medical licensees!Maybe Rastas too?
It's semantics, but should we refer to Encinitas as a "city" or a "town?"I realize that all state-chartered municipalities are technically called cities, but we are certainly not a city as the term is used in common usage. In fact, repeatedly applying the term to Encinitas could subliminally reinforce a pro-development agenda. Should there be a conscious choice to start using the descriptor "town?"towntoun/nounan urban area that has a name, defined boundaries, and local government, and that is generally larger than a village and smaller than a city.
"Town" seems to fit.
The City is comprised of 5 townships.... unfortunately, the leaders don't really care about the individual township issues and only want to raise staff pay and pensions and build stupid unnecessary trophy projects like the $3 million lifeguard fort, and PV.
Over $30 million in pension deficits and rising fast. And this is after only 25 years in existence! This town is weighed down by useless bureaucracy - incorporation appears to have been a mistake.
It gets better. So far in my search to see how many employees the city of Encinitas has since inception I have found that we went from 118 employees in 1990 to over 200 in 2015. That DOES NOT include the Sheriff. Not sure yet about the Fire Dept. Still going thru the data to see what depts. were added to, and what new positions were added. When finished I will be happy to report more.
I've done that analysis. We have fewer city employees per capita than we did years ago.
They may be fewer, but they are dumber.
"Per capita" - which means there may actually be more employees overall. If you've done the "analysis", release the actual figures on population and employees.
Well, yeah.A normal brain kind of expects that New York City would have more staff than San Diego, which would have more staff than Encinitas. Why? Because nearly all government services grow in proportion to the population they serve. One can expect police patrols and incident response to grow. Fire calls grow. Permit processing grows. Miles of streets to maintain grows. Park attendance grows. Code violations and enforcement actions grow.Does any of this come as a surprise to you? Do you think it would be a good idea to shrink services from 1986 levels to serve the current citizens?I'll let you do your own homework. Just pull the most recent CAFR and one from 10 and 20 years ago. These documents have both population and city staff headcount. You'll find what I said is true. Over time we have fewer public sector staff per capita.
One has to factor in that our population has not actually increased as much as staff, including hired consultants/contractors, has grown. Staff and contractors appear to be increasing faster than our population is growing.
Fair point. But you'd have to show the data to support the hypothesis. I haven't read the CAFR in a while, so I don't know if the consultant/contractor FTE is easily exposed.
Looks like the new City Manager is status quo. Don't rock the boat, as she isn't inclined to go down with the ship.
What is abundantly clear, is that Planning has morphed into an out-sourcing entity at great expense to this community and our future welfare. They are in the pockets of developers interests and are traitors to us all. They have free reign to not do the jobs they were hired to do. If we ever expect anything to change at city hall, OUR planning dept must be gutted asap. Karen, our faith is being tested, the longer you wait before doing what is so obviously needed. You know what should be done. Sweep, sweep, sweep out the whoring planners who every damn week show their incompetence. Witness the Planning commissioner Tascha, who twice asked the planner Jesse to give her the size of the retention pond at Hymettus Estates and never got an answer while Jesse avoided the question altogether. That she let this go after twice asking and not receiving an answer, makes one wonder how dedicated she is when it comes down to the brass and tacks.Our reps must demand more out of their minions. The time of thanking staff for their substandard performance has to come to an end. If those dedicated citizens can see the obvious, why are our electeds' so blind? The answer is that influence being exerted by developer interests remains. The citizens concerns are always secondary and until our Planning Dept. is gutted, nothing will change. Fire them now. 'Suggest' they look for employment elsewhere while they still have a chance. The demand will only grow more strident the longer they are allowed to remain. Karen, clean your house now, while you still retain some relevance. Time is growing short and the hopes for you being our first local city manager should not be squandered. Step up. You know this has to be addressed. Don't wait for the coming election, while our limited resources are wasted on a doomed to failure HEU.
The new manager seems nice but is being undermined by staff. She needs to start firing quickly, planning is an area to start but we need many new faces at city hall as it is a molasses factory as far as efficiency.
Another issue in your hands, is the renaming of our public treasures. This should be vetted before this community and the fact that council is avoiding this, is telling. They have their price for being bought off. We do not. This is not about any particular entity, but really about our public treasures being sold out without our opinions being considered before issuing a MOU.Some, like Maggie, earned the honor through their dedication. That the current applicant can get around any public review points out how cheap our council can be bought off for. Our library is OURS. It is not for you to do with whatever you are paid off to do with. Do not go any further with this ill-planned, deceitful, backhanded move with public treasures. We are owed a voice and you seem to discount out input. You have to know this to be true. Do the right thing and let the public show you the way. We voted for you to represent us. Now show you have the righteousness of your elected position and stand for your community.