Sunday, September 24, 2017

Orange County city chooses pension responsibility over trophy projects

Orange County Register:
Lake Forest is doing what many cities aspire to do — it’s paying off its unfunded pension liabilities. The move is estimated to save taxpayers $3.4 million in interest costs over 30 years.

[...]

But Lake Forest is lucky: The city possesses that rare combination of being relatively new, being relatively small and being a relatively wealthy city. That means its pension liabilities will remain small in comparison to larger and older cities. But that doesn’t mean that these obligations can’t grow beyond a manageable level — and fast.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hit-and-run on Encinitas Boulevard

Union-Trib:
Sheriff’s deputies are looking for the driver of a white Ford F-150 pickup that hit a 33-year-old woman crossing Encinitas Boulevard, leaving her with critical injuries Friday night.

The woman was mid-block, walking south between Interstate 5 and North Coast Highway at 7:27 p.m. when she was hit by the westbound truck, witnesses told deputies.

The driver stopped the truck, got out of the vehicle, told some people nearby that the victim appeared to be OK, and then got back in the truck and fled, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Knife-wielding burglar prowls Village Park

10 News:
A young woman says she chased an intruder from her Encinitas home. When she began the chase, she had no idead he was armed with a knife.

Just before midnight Tuesday, Maria Medvedev was reading a book in her home on Little Oaks Road. She was startled by the sound of the side gate opening. Then, she saw and heard a shadowy figure race out of her yard.

Medvedev took off after him and found him hiding behind a truck in the street. She says he tried to convince her he was a neighbor, then took out of a knife and approached her.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Amtrak drops Encinitas stop due to low ridership

Union-Trib:
Amtrak plans to cease its daily stops at the Carlsbad Poinsettia and Encinitas Coaster stations beginning Oct. 9, in part because of low ridership. Coaster service at the locations will be unaffected.

The two stops have the least riders of four North County locations where Amtrak initiated service four years ago, according to numbers provided by the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency, which oversees rail service between San Diego and the Central Coast city of San Luis Obispo.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

9/20/17 City Council meeting open thread

District election motion passes 3-2, with Muir and Kranz opposed.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Costumes damage Cardiff Kook; artist wants decorators arrested

Union-Tribune today, page B-1:
The city will likely ask the artist -- Hemet resident Matthew Antichevich -- to do the repair work, [... Arts Administrator Jim] Gilliam said.

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Never a fan of the continual redecoration of his piece or of the "Cardiff Kook" moniker, [...] Antichevich said Thursday the city wouldn't have a repair problem if decorating discontinued.

"Make a couple of arrests and then it will stop," he said. "It breaks my heart that they do that."

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Pedestrian killed crossing Encinitas Boulevard

U-T:
A 61-year-old woman died after she was hit by a vehicle in a crosswalk in Encinitas Friday evening, sheriff’s officials said.
The reporting isn't clear, but it sounds as if the woman may have been crossing against the signal.

UPDATE: The victim is Carmen M. Gonzalez, who resided on Gardena Road near Santa Fe Avenue.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Residents appeal Modern Times tasting room

Del Mar Times:
A group of residents is appealing the Encinitas planning commission's decision to approve a beer-tasting room downtown in July.

The Encinitas Citizens Committee (ECC) will go before the city council, tentatively set on Oct. 11, in hopes to overturn the commission's approval of the opening of the 150-seat Modern Times Beer tasting room, which is set to open at 470 South Coast Highway 101.

Issa owes $45,000 attorney fees in frivolous lawsuit

Lotsa news about frivolous defamation lawsuits lately.

U-T:
A judge has ordered Rep. Darrell Issa to pay his opponent from last year’s election more than $45,000 in legal expenses fees incurred during a defamation lawsuit.

In November, Issa, a Vista Republican, sued Democrat Doug Applegate over attack commercials the congressman said hurt his reputation. In March, a judge said that Issa didn’t prove his case, but also sided with Applegate who argued that he was exercising his free speech rights with the television commercials, and that Issa’s lawsuit was an attempt to silence criticism.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Paul Gaspar sues Dave Roberts for defamation

SD Reader:
The husband of San Diego County supervisor Kristin Gaspar says his wife's former opponent, Dave Roberts, defamed him and his business in an attempt to win the election.

Paul Gaspar, owner of Gaspar Physical Therapy, and one of his associates filed the defamation lawsuit in North County San Diego on September 6.

The lawsuit claims that Roberts, through his reelection committee, attempted to smear Kristen Gaspar in campaign mailers. The mailers accused Gaspar Physical Therapy — where Kristen Gaspar served as an officer — of elder abuse and medical malpractice.
The Roberts mailer was a sleazy, cheap shot about a settled lawsuit over actions by one of Gaspar's dozens of employees, something Gaspar presumably had no involvement in or knowledge of.

But defamation cases against public figures, particularly in election campaigns, are notoriously hard to win.

At the same time Gaspar's wife Kristin was running (successfully) against Roberts for county supervisor, Paul Gaspar was running (quite unsuccessfully) for Encinitas mayor.  He beclowned himself by sending campaign mailers dressed as a physician in lab coat and stethoscope despite being a physical therapist whose occupation does not generally call for such accoutrements. And Gaspar was earlier a central figure in the "We Love Encinitas" phony charity scandal.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Orpheus Park trees appear to have survived arborcide attack

Orpheus Park has a long history of tree lovers battling with neighbors who want unobstructed views.

A year or so ago, someone tried to kill some trees in Orpheus Park by cutting rings through the bark.



Fortunately, the trees seem to have survived the attack for now. No word on whether the likely suspects have been warned or visited by the cops.