Wednesday, March 22, 2017

3/22/17 City Council meeting open thread

Please use the comments to record your observations.

98 comments:

  1. This council is the dumbest every elected. They think it might be a good idea to look at different properties for trails and open space by creating a new committee.

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    1. Except they didn't.

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    2. Dumbest comment every on EU?

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    3. Don't be too harsh on them. They're just obeying orders.

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  2. The wheel has been reinvented.

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  3. Muir is one lazy ass. Instead of getting up to speed and learning about carbons and how they are detrimental to our environment, he pleads ignorance on a subject matter that has been talked about for years. I suggest he get his face out of his chocolate cake and pay attention to what is going on in the world. This guy is a disgrace as a council member.

    I think Muir should also utilize those open space trails by taking a daily jog. Maybe that will help with his thick brain.

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    1. And he got reelected - what does that tell you about the electorate of this city?

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    2. Carbon taxes...unhungh...more power to Big Governemnt to tell us how to live out lives right? No socialism in Encinitas!

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  4. These people can't see beyond the end of their noses. Any mention of the suicide at the 101/Leucadia Blvd crossing?? Doubtful. Ignore it and it will go away, until the next suicide on the tracks. Hey council TRENCH THE TRACKS.

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    1. Trench and COVER our railroad tracks.

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    2. Covering makes the project even more expensive than it already would be. Covering would create new real estate, new development and bring more people. Covering would create a miles-long tunnel. Covering is unnecessary. Covering is not a good idea. Go to Solana Beach to look at their trench and crossings.

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    3. Covering the tracks could create a parkway that people could walk, bike, enjoy sunsets and get to and from business and or the beach.

      The cost is nothing compared to the damage being done by our citizen owned railroad tracks today and in the future if Trenching and COVERING is not done.

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  5. 8:47am Wrong, wake up.

    Trenching and covering is not the same as the tunnel that you keep bringing up.

    Covering allows multiple crossing opportunities, but is not the same as the one long tunnel that your appears to be stuck on. Is that you Mark Muir? Sure sounds like it.

    Some fencing will be required for the trench where the covering does not exist.

    Council, stop wasting $million on not so small piece meal solutions that will only serve to never have the tracks lowered. {Ecke School under crossing]

    At the least, until the tracks are lowered, some at grade crossings should be provided, but no more tunnels under the tracks. Stop the waste.

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    1. Go to Solana Beach and take a look.

      Read the 2000 Breazeale report the city commissioned to see how many crossings it suggests.

      Get your head screwed on straight and find out what you're talking about before you post. Ignorance doesn't pay.

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    2. Post to City Clerk Kathy Hollywood and ask her to send you the pdf of the 2000 Breazeale Report.

      Read it.

      Find the facts instead of publicizing your ignorance.

      Go to Solana Beach and look at the whole project. Especially look at the crossing at the Amtrak station.

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  6. waiting for another Julie G. siting...

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    1. 10:20, need your sidewalk steam-cleaned?

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  7. 10:20am Slimy Mikey, why must you always bring up an honored citizen who is not posting here? Crawl back into your hole and stay there. You have nothing to contribute. You are a fraud and a charlatan and your one claim to legitimacy with the New Encinitas Business Network is as much a fraud as you are.

    There are a couple of businesses that you claim to represent who have said they would have nothing to do with you, and wish you would stop claiming that they are a part of this group. As for the rest of them, it is more than likely they too, would not like their names associated with you in any way.

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  8. 12:55pm Please elaborate on this Breazeale report, if it is so clarifying.

    Solana Beach has two high budget over-crossing bridge contructions that would not work to solve our corridor divisions.

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    1. Post to City Clerk Kathy Hollywood and ask her to send you the pdf of the 2000 Breazeale Report.

      Read it.

      Go to Solana Beach and look at the whole project. Especially look at the crossing at the Amtrak station.

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  9. Looks like Surfy Surfy didn't pay his domain bill - no loss. Leucadia Blog lost all significance a long time ago.

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  10. 6:58pm We all come to here to learn what we don't know.

    Thanks for the reference, but if you have an issue with someone's ignorance, don't be so obtuse and provide more than a link.

    I know the area as well as anyone, and have seen their progress take place, while we are surrounded by other municipalities that are or have found a way forward.

    I suppose a fifteen year old report could still be relevant for us here in Encinitas. Your implicated knowledge could be of use while we try to lower our tracks. Come on down. Any help is welcomed.

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  11. And much of what you read here is uninformed opinion. It's people talking through their hats.

    Do your own homework. Get the report and read it. Go to Solana Beach and walk the rail corridor from the San Elijo Lagoon to the Via de la Valle bridge. Read what this guy wrote in the Coast News two years ago:

    http://www.thecoastnews.com/2015/05/22/now-is-the-time-to-trench-the-tracks-through-encinitas/

    Here's the Carlsbad report:

    http://www.carlsbadca.gov/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=32785

    This project makes ours look like child's play. It replaced 200 grade crossings:

    http://www.railway-technology.com/projects/alameda/

    Here's a video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbvvoQVAmwM

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  12. I understand that Blankstare (Blakespear) is getting advice from Marco Gonzales (campaign supporter) on how to undercut Bruce during the Housing Element subcommittee meetings. Stay strong Bruce - don't give an inch!!!

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  13. 10:13- That was always the deal. Marco stood before the City Council, when Blakspere was city council, and told them he would help the Council get rid of the pesky Measure T and do it a no charge to the city. Isn't that kind of like dictatorship might run things?

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  14. Does the city purposely allow these homeless campsites in the bushes along the railroad tracks and other places around town to hide the level of the problem? Along tracks north of surfing Madonna, along creek, it's getting pretty out of hand.

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    1. Cottonwood Creek is now Scummie Goo Park.

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    2. Remember, Blakespear promised to protect something. Guess it was her political career.

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  15. The council has invited the homeless into our community. Don't you remember Kranz making the invitation? Now they're using our tax dollar to entice them to come

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    1. "Don't you remember Kranz making the invitation?"

      No.

      Source?

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    2. Council meeting last year. Don't make those of us who were there research the date.

      Write Kranz yourself and ask - unless you are Kranz, 9:42.

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    3. Never happened.

      The OP explained that he or she was confused. Thought the Welcoming Cities declaration had something to do with the homeless. It doesn't.

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  16. 9:42 AM
    It's on the city website. Kranz wanted the Council to join Obama's welcoming city agenda. The Council voted yes.

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    1. Welcoming city is about refugees and first-generation immigrants only--nothing to do with homeless.

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  17. How about if the city limits the number of disruptive marathons to 3 a year. Businesses and churches take the brunt, as city streets are closed down. Let the organizers compete by paying hefty fees for their approval.

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    1. More people outdoors, healthy, and active.

      Less people shaken down and brainwashed.

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    2. Let them run along Vulcan instead.

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    3. And close off the entire coast! Bunch of bullshit if you ask me. I live here for the beach and could not access a single parking lot West of the 1. Every Encinitas pig is wasting money standing in the street looking like they are ready for war. Sunday, most businesses bread and butter day, they get screwed, less income for them which in turn means less income for the idiots at city hall. I pay dearly for that access, we all do, it is even state law. What do we get from all these marathons? Permit fees? No trip to Ace hardware this morning either. Idiots clearly are running this shit show around here. Can this city get a single thing right? I have only been here 10 years and these DF's are still working on the same crap and the same crap results, or lack of. They couldn't even redo the curb in front of my house, just went through and blocked everyone drains. They are proud of a run down, way over priced, property that is NOT on the beach but act like it is. The park, Jesus fing Christ, how much in fines? Surf madonna fiasco, talk about kicking a gift horse. OMG, that kook statue is literally the laughing stock of north county. Name one thing the city has got their hands on and got right? I can not think of a single thing. In the real world these shitheads would be on the street, living under the bridge at the tracks but still living off our tax dollars. They are like huge leaches or bums with pensions. It's like they get paid to screw things up.

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    4. Sounds like you are miserable and should consider a life change.

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    5. Or move to Solana Beach, they seem to have figured it out.

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    6. The churches lose about 70% of their regular attendance on these days - that costs them. Businesses lose customers, as there is no parking. Change the route around - run it down Vulcan and back onto the main highway if necessary. There are just too many of these events held anymore.

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    7. Does the city profit from these or are we funding them? That would suck if our tax dollars were used to shut us out of our own town. Are these really non-profit? How much goes back into the community and at what cost to tax payers? Do organizers donate to campaigns? How much do the state parks miss out on? Seaside, Cardiff reef, Cardiff, and Swarmies all blocked.

      Went to Dixieline for the first time today, Way better then China Depot and more selection then Ace. That is one positive, found a new hardware store.

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    8. You want to learn something about god?

      Then stay away from the man-made worship factories that The Bible doesn't mention.

      Spend your Sundays in the sunshine, the rain, the heat, the cold, the wind and sand, on stone. Swim in the ocean He created. Climb a tree. Test your amazing body. Push it and see how it responds. Run a half marathon.

      Sweat, bleed, laugh, cry.

      You'll know more about God this way.

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    9. 9:18 PM Run a half-marathon and praise the Nike god - just do it!

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    10. 9:18 PM When are you going to break out and start singing "Born Free"?

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    11. 8:47,

      Does your heaven have a beer volcano? Mine does.

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    12. Bong heaven!

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  18. 10:34 AM
    Get real. The city is going to pick and chose the people they welcome to the city? Paul Ecke school had a meeting to tell illegals don't worry your won't get caught in Encinitas. Don't answer the door, etc is among the techniques for illegals to avoid ICE. The plan for the homeless is to get them housing first, then worry about services. Free housing is certainly a welcoming city perk.

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    1. Wasn't Kristin Gaspar going to solve the homeless problem? She is too busy voting on development approvals in the open country.

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    2. 12:34 PM
      Yes, Gaspar used the homeless as part of her publicity for county supervisor, but the Council agreed to give money to the CRC for the program. No reports on how that is working out for the homeless.

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    3. Maybe Gaspar can get financial tips from Duncan (line your pockets) Hunter. He should get Duke Cunningham's old bunk bed.

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  19. 10:52 AM

    Get real. The city is going to pick and chose the people they welcome to the city? Paul Ecke school had a meeting to tell illegals don't worry your won't get caught in Encinitas. Don't answer the door, etc is among the techniques for illegals to avoid ICE. The plan for the homeless is to get them housing first, then worry about services. Free housing is certainly a welcoming city perk.

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  20. The issues with parking with the half-marathon today would be solved if we trenched and covered the railroad.

    People parking on the east side of the railroad could get to the event. And parking would be increased on the covered railroad!

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    1. Trench is necessary, cover is not.

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    2. Covering the trench is just as important as the trench itself.

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  21. Trenching the tracks is necessary, covering them is not.

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    1. Covering the trench is necessary to create the parking and access needed to stores and the beach!

      Don't trench without covering it!

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  22. Covering the tracks is a necessary component to trenching them as the means to get to and from business and beach is critical from the newly created parking and pathways.

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    1. No it's not.

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    2. There will not be the parking and parkway that is needed without covering the trench.

      A simple and easy solution to fixing our problems here only will occur if the trench is COVERED!

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  23. Trenching and covering the tracks is the best solution to our problems. A covered tracks will allow for separate areas. A community garden location. A tranquil location, a dog play area. A children's play area. The covered locations can be subject to limitations, i.e. No commercial development, no housing, etc. covered or not, at grade parking can and should be created. Modern parking meters sense when a car is present and when a car leaves a space. That money goes to nctd to cover the costs of construction and maintenance. 4 parking spaces, and area of 3 spaces wide for green zones then 4 parking spaces. Up and down the 101....
    Of course this will never happen as the powers at be are not capable of envisioning a better nicer 101. Weeds and dirt and is what they want and weeds and dirt is what they shall have.

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    1. Trenching is necessary, covering is not. Covering is expensive gravy. Go for the trench, forget the covering.

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    2. Covering the Trench is necessary to get the benefits we need...

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  24. Certainly parking is needed - only a daily basis it is unbearable. But take in a special event from the half marathon to dog days and hopefully an expanded farmers market it becomes impossible.

    Our Chamber of Commerce's should get on board and work to trench and COVER our tracks to get this fixed as currently it harms their businesses.

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    1. Remember that Sculpin said parking was not an issue with the demise of Whole Foods - he said new clients would rush to get at that now available open commercial space. Meanwhile crickets still chirp in the empty hollows of the former grocery store . . .

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    2. No need to cover the tracks after trenching.

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    3. 8:51, I don't think you understand how long it takes to negotiate a lease, draw up new plans for the space, and engage a general contractor to begin building a new business.

      Consider the ocean front restaurant in Cardiff next to PCG. Is that an undesirable space too? How long has that been vacant?

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    4. 10:17 AM Draw up a lease = rent concessions. New plans = revamp space to accommodate smaller venues. Engage contractor = not ready to rent in present condition. Overall meaning = it is not rentable in its present condition, therefore it is not as desirable as thought.

      The restaurant in Cardiff obviously has problems of some sort, making it undesirable.
      Location is relative.

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    5. Going out on a limb here. You've never opened a storefront business, have you?

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    6. 10:45 AM As a matter of fact - yes. And you?
      When Whole Foods left, it left an impression of the viability of that location. It now stands empty, bringing in no revenue. Concessions will cost the owner time and money, which further affect their bottom line. Anyone coming in will realize the vulnerability of the location and the diminished value of the space, giving them negotiation advantage. This location is hampered by parking access and excessively high rents; it is not to say some businesses can't make a go of it, but the exit of an anchor business leaves a permanent impression on that location.

      Now genius - your take on it.

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    7. That you don't know what you are talking about, if you think a month is a long time for a space to turn over. Same goes for your thinking that the only thing going into a lease negotiation is rent concessions.

      One of the things to negotiate is an out clause. If the tenant opts to break the lease before the term of the contract, they have to pay up. It's likely Whole Foods had to pay the landlord a chunk of change to exit. Depending on the size of the payout, the landlord may be fine on cash flow and want to set a higher price and be patient.

      Any new tenant would have to negotiate a new lease, which can be very complicated and take time between the lawyers.

      Any tenant will have to reconfigure the space. Your suggestion that the space is undesirable because it isn't turn key is really dumb--nothing is ever turn key in retail. Ever. The interior plans need to be drawn, then there's city permits for the construction, signage, and the operation of the business. Then there's city inspections at various milestones of construction. How long do you think all that takes?

      I seriously doubt you were ever a business person, because you are saying some really really dumb stuff.

      Why don't you go ask the owner of Moto Deli why it took nearly two years to create a sandwich shop where a sandwich shop used to be?

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    8. New lease and conversion times vary. Dick's put up a Coming Soon sign almost immediately after Sports Authority left. If Dick's isn't open already, it will be very soon. Elapsed time between SA gone and DSG open, what? About six months?

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    9. Petco to Lazy Acres took over a year.

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    10. 12:12 PM No new tenant will opt for a long term lease, unless they get it at a bargain rate. Whole Foods may have paid an early exit penalty, but they over-estimated the potential for the location. Doubtful that will happen again.
      The space will likely be sub-divided into smaller units; that will take time and the expense will likely be the owners'. Watch the spot - we'll see how long it takes to be reoccupied. A lot depends how how aggressive the leasing agency is in enticing tenants to come in - how do you suppose they do that? You think yourself so savy about commercial real estate - wannabe blogsite expert.

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    11. A minimum turn-over time between tenants is obviously the desired option. Alot depends on the economy, the types of merchants entering the market or relocating, the aggressiveness of the leasing broker, the location, the rent and terms of engagement, etc. A two year hiatus between tenants is not good, especially if you are servicing a commercial loan on the property. So what is a reasonable amount of time for a turnover? Obviously a generic answer - the shortest possible.

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  25. UNBELIEVABLE!
    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/visuals/video/92673911-132.html

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  26. Second grade arguments about rail projects that aren't going to happen.

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  27. No, four grade crossings gone.

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  28. In this world you have to plan for the future far in advance. Funding for trenching and covering these tracks could have been found if the plan was drawn and project approved from the various agencies involved.

    Their will never be funding for Trenching and Covering our tracks without an approved plan from City, State, our public railroad agency NCTD and SANDAG and Coastal Commission.

    Let's move forward and get the plan made to Trench and Cover our tracks!

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    1. Have you done your homework per March 24, 2017 at 8:50 PM above?

      Don't you think there's a reason Solana Beach and Alameda didn't cover their trench, and Carlsbad doesn't plan to?

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    2. Solana Beach messed up big time by not covering their trench ... we should not make the same mistake!

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    3. Nobody in Solana Beach agrees with you.

      Solana Beach, Alameda and Carlsbad came to the no cover conclusion. That makes you wrong by a 3-1 count.

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  29. The future will be Elon Musk's new tunneling technology, if it ever actually happens. still, that technology is available now and the tracks could be pulled from the entire coast and made into a really long rad bike path.

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  30. The KLCC doesn't even believe in solar energy or electric cars.....

    How can you possibly think they could understand the concept of tunneling.

    Even though something has been done for decades and works perfectly doesn't mean KLCC will even acknowledge it exists.

    Remember KLCC motto.... above all else, Keep it Crappy!!!

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    1. Weeds and dirt.
      Weeds and dirt.
      Weeds and dirt.

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  31. Make whole foods site a refugee center. After all our city council wants to welcome all those Syrian refugees. Shouldn't take long to remodel for a project they approve of. Or, it could be a sanctuary site for criminal illegal aliens. Maybe a drunk tank. Then all those Sat night revelers would have a close place to stay.

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    1. Maybe the Solana Beach Antique Warehouse can move in.

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  32. Covering and Trenching our railroad tracks is critical for our future on the coast of this citizen owned railroad.

    Without covering it the parking and other uses will not occur. And if done right the cover will create a parkway for walking and biking and can even provide revenue to pay for the project long term.

    Without covering the trench the greatest benefits will never be seen for the project!

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    1. Dude, we get it.

      Shut up now.

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    2. Does not seem like people get it... from the comments here already.

      Trench and Cover the tracks for our safety, prosperity and future!

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    3. Duck, don't cover. Trench, don't cover.

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  33. Has anyone noticed what a pitiful rag this blog has become? The original manager stepped down about four months ago and now it's one sensational out-of-tiown news story after another and NO comments on what Leichtag is up to. All you need to know is what those scoundrels are up to to be informed of who wants to control and dominate your lives here in Encinitas.

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    1. How do you know the EU blog originator stepped down? Was there a party? Leucadia Blog's domain name is up for grabs - looks like Surfy Surfy gave up on it.

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    2. 1:10 is a troll. WC still posting what concerned residents send him, so no idea where 1:10 gets the "one sensational out-of-town story after another" fabrication.

      If 1:10 wants to comment on Leichtag, what's stopping him/her? No, this sounds like a Mikey rant. Methinks some of us are getting too close to the truth and exposing too many frauds on a variety of issues for comfort.

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  34. 1:10pm Hmmmmm? Sounding like that San Diego cretin who spreads his antisemitic hate rants here on our local blog. Thomas Roger Ogden. He has not been missed. Go away. Stay away.

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    1. Sounds like Micky Andreen, Oceanside front for hire no matter how low his developer handlers want him to go.

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