Wednesday, October 12, 2016

10/12/16 City Council meeting open thread

The current city council has continued prior councils' practice of not providing written summary minutes of council discussion, but only "action minutes" which state the outcomes. Encinitas Undercover will provide a forum for observers to record what occurs at each council meeting.

Please use the comments to record your observations.

20 comments:

  1. Brust sounds like a complete dipshit.

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    1. She looks like a complete dipshit. I would like to take a pair of scissors to that long stringy unkept hairdo of hers. She sounds so juvenile.

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    2. OK, sounds like a dipshit, looks like a dipshit. Conclusion: she is a dipshit.

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    3. Anyone who thought Brust would instigate any meaningful changes has to be aware that won't happen. She grovels at council meetings and talks in low, subdued tones. I imagine even Sabine has her under his thumb. She will go along with ANY agenda that helps her get to her pension finish line.

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  2. Leucadia Towing at Pacific View site: This item should have been resolved in about three minutes. Yes, let the lease extend through its term. Instead, the agenda item is dragging on with speakers and bloviating council members for more than 30 minutes.

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    1. Took about 45 minutes.

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    2. When City Attorney Glenn Sabine was questioned about zoning law, he deferred to Kerry Kuziak, Senior Planner. What staff and the CA didn't tell Council, although they asked, is that a towing operation can be allowed in a commercial zone with a major use permit. Major or minor use permits are conditional, and discretionary. Staff together with the Planning Commission and/or Council can determine if the use requested is compatible with the neighborhood.

      Certain uses are allowed by right in commercial zones, and in residential zones. That doesn't mean building permits aren't required for new construction, or business licenses aren't required. If a particular use isn't listed part of the "matrix," a new zoning amendment shouldn't be necessary. That would just prolong the process. In the long run, Council could consider revamping the language as to what is allowed by right in commercial zoning. But to speed this process up for Leucadia Towing's immediate situation, there should be no reason why a major or minor use permit couldn't be considered.

      Glenn Sabine, Kerry Kuziak and Glenn Pruim should all be well aware of the potential for compatible uses within an existing zone, through utilizing major or minor use permits, without staff obfuscating, trying to "reinvent the wheel," and insinuating its necessary to "start from scratch." Catherine Blakespear, as an attorney, should be able to understand this as well. The law, including our city codes, must be grounded in logic and common sense.

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    3. What does "by right" mean?

      Considering that Leucadia Towing was an agenda item, shouldn't Sabine, staff and council have researched the options beforehand so they could have made an authoritative and correct decision in about 10 minutes?

      Instead, they bloviated and speculated, then punted after about 45 minutes. Sadly, the performance was typical.

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    4. By right means you can do it without Planning or Council review.

      Like running a non-agricultural office on a property zoned for agriculture.

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    5. Check the Encinitas Municipal Code, Section 30.09.010, Zoning Use Matrix. Tow/Impound uses are not permitted in any commercial zones. The only zones that allow the use are LI (light industrial) and P/SP (public/semi-public), with a major use permit.

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    6. 9:50 AM

      No "by right" doesn't mean without planning or council review. It means the use doesn't require a discretionary use permit such as a major or minor use permit. All other required reviews, such as design review, still apply. A "by right" project can't be denied simply on the type of use proposed if that use is identified as a "by right" use for that zone. A "by right" project can be denied if the design of the project is inappropriate.

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    7. Design Review is now a sham. I think that the EU definition is more accurate! We don't need developer/planner/council member bull to tell us what it means.

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    8. 3:23 PM

      Nice try. Whether you agree or disagree with the results any "by right" project has to go through all the normal review hoops just not a discretionary review. Besides, if you think the current process is a sham what difference does it make whether a project is "by right".

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    9. I did look up the Zoning Matrix. It absolutely does need to be updated. It is out of compliance with state law and the wording of the 1993 Encinitas ordinance that codified previous (to the City's incorporation) County law allowing an accessory dwelling unit in all residential zones, including all single family residential zones.

      Recent state law recognizes that many so-called single family homes actually have separate accessory dwelling units within them, but by State right, now, for all cities and counties, detached or attached accessory units are allowed by right.

      With respect to towing and impound, since the matrix is outdated and out of compliance, then the fact that it is not "officially allowed" in any commercial zone or any zone whatsoever without a major use permit, seems to be excessively restrictive. Since the towing service has successfully and helpfully operated in the City for so many years without any action against it taken by the city, a service operating openly, without a major use permit, should mean that the service has been "grandfathered," as legal, non-conforming to Encinitas' now outdated, out of compliance zoning matrix.

      It truly seems as though we are being bullied by rules and regulations that are no longer relevant. Government is to be about serving the people, not about giving more power to a few control freak bureaucrats who are paid with taxpayer funds to "oversee" our welfare, not to make us jump through endless contrived hoops to justify their bloated salaries.

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  3. It's election season. No one on the council is going to say anything or make a decision that is going to alienate voters. The result is a lot of talking and little or no action.

    Even the departing Lisa Shaffer is very concerned about her legacy. Last night after the blistering criticism of Measure T during Oral Communications, she looked spooked and turned to the city manager and city attorney for help. Neither of the two said much, leaving Shaffer with a worried look on her face.

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    1. A pack of fools - all of them.

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  4. Shaffer's been warned for two years now about staff's machinations on Measure T. Only when it's too late to tell the whole truth about Measure T does she pretend to look concerned.

    Now let's see if she and Kranz continue to repeat the lie that the State will take over Encinitas if Measure T fails. Who wants to bet that despite looks of supposed concern, they continue to lie? I do!

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    1. No consequences! Ever!

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  5. Brother of anti-American racist latina La Raza Cultural Marxist leader Lorena Gonzalez is promising to sue the City of Encinitas for not allowing the browning of Encinitas with single Section 8 moms and their angry kids. Article by Andrew Keatts in Voice of San Diego| October 15, 2016

    Next month, Encinitas voters will reject, by a landslide, the city’s 'social engineering' plan for forcing people that cannot afford to live in Encinitas an opportunity to invade many neighborhoods throughout Cardiff, Encinitas, Olivenhain and Leucadia with Section 8 moms and NO DADS (disciplinarians) anywhere to be found. Because people that have toiled most of their lives and delayed gratification countless times throughout their adult lives (except Tony Kranz and Catherine Blakespear who live in FREE homes of their parents) in order to be able to afford to live here, Encinitas resident, Coast Law Group liberal democrat and attorney cry baby Marco Gonzalez (you know the scumbag that wanted to sue the city of La Jolla for launching 4th-of-July fireworks) says he’s ready to sue the tax payers of Encinitas. He wants to sue moms and dads for not wanting to allow undisciplined teenage boys to run rampant throughout their neighborhoods spying on girls, stealing things from side yards and bringing discipline problems to local schools (all data driven facts folks, no need to whine, take it out on your already neutered husbands some more, they're used to your hatred and bigotry and man-hating), since such a plan is needed to comply with the socialist and Cultural Marxist laws subverively approved in the 1970's that citizens seem unwilling to overturn for some strange reason.

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    1. 1) Wrong Lorena Gonzalez. Marco's sister is the California Assemblywoman, not the Seattle Councilwoman (who is connected to La Raza)

      2) There is no Section 8 or any other kind of affordable housing in Measure T. It's all market-rate luxury condos.

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