Sunday, April 22, 2018

"Oldest living native of Leucadia" dies

Union-Trib:


Clark Kenneth Baumgardner, the oldest living native of Leucadia, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, March 25th, 2018. He was the youngest child of Everette Lee and Mabel Florence Baumgardner. He was born in the "Homestead" our grandfather had built for our grandmother in the 1920s. A Spanish revival-style home, it still sits at the top of Hillcrest Drive in Leucadia; and is as pretty today as it was when it was first built.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Hipsters of Encinitas

San Diego Reader's Ask a Hipster column:
The next hipster haven will be somewhere nobody expects. Maybe Encinitas. Can you not imagine all the hipsters caring deeply whether they live east or west of the five? Imagine the hipsters on the right (left?) side of the freeway not-so-silently judging the hipsters on the wrong (right?) side of the freeway; sort of how real life Encinitas people do, but with detached irony. It would start ironically, but the next thing you know all the hipsters are sporting yoga pants and board shorts, and complaining about “non-locals” taking up all the brunch parking. The future is now!

Friday, April 20, 2018

$3.9 million lifeguard tower late and over budget; city touts award from mutual admiration society

Coast News:
Originally, the tower’s opening was slated for Memorial Day weekend in 2017, but staff announced in April 2017 it would not be ready for several months due to weather delays, the discovery of lead, asbestos and an underground seawall that wasn’t anticipated. Summer came and went, and officials again delayed the opening until the fall.

The final price tag for the tower: $3.896 million, significantly higher than the $3.728 million price tag the council originally approved.

City officials defended the overruns and delays by pointing to the fact that the lifeguard tower won the 2018 American Public Works Association project of the year award.

“Please respond to this reporter. This might be a good opportunity to highlight the ‘Best Project Award!” Assistant City Manager Mark Delin wrote in an email to city staffers Brenda Wisneski and Stephanie Kellar asking them to respond to questions submitted by The Coast News.

Coastal Commissioners appeal Leucadia Streetscape approval

From the Inbox:
Two Commissioners appealed Streetscape: Steve Padilla and Effie Turnbull Sanders.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Quail Gardens site dropped from housing plan

Del Mar Times:
Deputy Mayor Joe Mosca — who motioned to remove the “L-7 property” near the conclusion of the April 18 meeting after the council voted April 4 to include the land in the city's draft housing element, which was sent to HCD on April 13 — said he met with a number of residents who were concerned the parcel wasn't ideal for access to mass transit and wasn't near retail space, which would cause more traffic congestion.

[...]

But Mayor Catherine Blakspear and Council member Tasha Boerner Horvath argued L-7 was the only piece of city-owned, residential land available and therefore the city's "only real shot" at getting deed-restricted affordable units.

Blakespear added she was concerned the vote would add credibility to existing litigation against the city. Encinitas is the subject of three lawsuits regarding the lack of its housing element. A hearing for the lawsuits is scheduled for April 30.

Because the housing document had already been submitted to HCD, Boerner Horvath said she was concerned Encinitas would look like "fools" and the removal might negatively affect the city's 45-day window for review and comments from HCD. Currently, the city is scheduled to hear back from HCD by May 28, after the state agency approved a 45-day period rather than the typical 60-day.
Watch the tempers flare here, beginning at hour 5.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Leucadia Streetscape appeal

Waves to Ride Blog:
The Encinitas Local Coastal Program (LCP) reflects the California Coastal Act of 1976. The Leucadia 101 Streetscape project is inconsistent with one or both in these ways:

• On page 4, the city of Encinitas Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2018-12 states that “the project is not located between the sea and the nearest public road.” That’s erroneous. The project is in the first public road for the half mile of Highway 101 from La Costa Avenue to Grandview Street. It proposes to reduce that half mile from four lanes to two and install four roundabouts in it. Three of the four would be one lane. Those factors alone would restrict beach access at the Grandview stairs. By choking southbound traffic in the first public road gateway, the project would also restrict beach access south of Grandview.

• One of the stated purposes of the project is to reduce traffic volume on Highway 101. It proposes to do that by shrinking nearly 2.4 miles of highway from four lanes to two and by installing six roundabouts. Five would be one lane. Fulfilling that purpose with those features would inherently restrict beach access. The project would discourage visits to the beaches by non-residents and slow visits by residents.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Unnoticed "stakeholder" meetings promote taller buildings, less parking

The city recently held two "stakeholder" meetings on housing that were not noticed to the public and attended by staff, consultants, and developers.

Recommendations coming from the meetings include raising the height limits to three stories and 37 feet, and reducing parking requirements.

Details on the attendees and recommendations can be found in the agenda report for this Wednesday's council meeting.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Quail Gardens parcel stays in the housing plan

Parcel L-7, the object of opposition from dozens of neighbors speaking at the council meeting last night, is still in the plan. The property is north of the EUSD Farm Lab on the east side of Quail Gardens Drive.

Del Mar Times:
A controversial piece of city-owned land will be included in Encinitas' proposal to the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) after nearly four hours of debate between residents and city officials at the April 4 City Council meeting.

The council voted three to two, with Council members Tony Kranz and Mark Muir dissenting, to keep the “L-7 parcel,” at 634 Quail Gardens Lane, on the list of properties to be included in the city's draft Housing Element Update, which it will send to the HCD on April 13 for a 45-day review period. Also included on the list of 16 properties are the Dramm and Echter farm — which has been proposed as an "agrihood," a neighborhood built around an agricultural property, and was formerly suggested as a cultivation site for marijuana — and the strawberry fields on Manchester Avenue.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

City Council meeting open thread

Special meeting on housing update.

Please use the comments to record your observations.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Coastal Commission to Leucadia Streetscapers: Not so fast!

Coastal Commission to city staff:
Staff appreciates the responses, but remains concerned that the issues raised in the previous correspondence continue to raise significant Coastal Act and LCP consistency issues related to the public’s ability to access the beach or enjoy a recreational drive along the historic Coast Highway. Specific concerns include the following:

[...]

The reduction of traffic speed and the desired outcome of deterring cut-through traffic or traffic shifts from Interstate 5 most likely means that the time it takes to travel through the corridor on Highway 101 will increase. The Commission’s primary concern is that the increase in travel time will deter the public from traveling to Encinitas beaches from inland destinations. If it will take significantly more time for a member of the public to travel from their home to the beach and then to get back from the beach to their home, they may be less likely to use the public beaches in the City.
Additional serious concerns at the link.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Dense enough already?

Builder Online:
There’s an outdated view circulating around that California urban areas are lower density than those of the Northeast Corridor, according to New Geography, but a comparison of Census data shows coastal California suburbs more than double Northeast suburbs in density.



New Geography compared “Coastal California” hubs Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and San Jose to the Northeast Corridor which runs from Washington, D.C., through Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Hartford, Providence, and Boston. The analysis shows urban core population density in coastal California is at least 60% higher than urban Northeast populations while suburban density more than doubles that of Northeast areas. New Geography’s Wendell Cox writes:

Given the already elevated level of density, proposals to cram more people into already settled areas of California could worsen the quality of life. California’s high urban densities are accompanied by the worst traffic congestion in the nation and some of the worst in the world. With plans in place and more proposals to increase densities, this can only get worse.
HT: Bubbleinfo

Friday, March 23, 2018

City Council spikes firefighter pensions again, this time by 11.5%

City press release:
At its March 21, 2018 meeting, the Encinitas City Council approved a new four-year contract with the Encinitas Firefighters' Association. This replaces the previous contract which expired on December 31, 2017.

Effective Date
Base Pay Increase
Cost Sharing Increase
Net Increase
March 16 ,2018*
3.5%
1.5%
2.0%
January 1, 2019
3.0%
1.0%
2.0%
January 1, 2020
2.5%
0.5%
2.0%
January 1, 2021
2.0%
0.0%
2.0%

The median firefighter pay was already $138,000 in 2016, and $183,000 including benefits.

The effect of the cumulative 11.5% increase in base pay is an 11.5% increase in future pension benefits and costs, while the "cost-sharing increase" minimizes the impact to the current council's budget. The council could have just given firefighters the straight 2% cost of living increase without using the "cost-sharing" gimmick to spike pensions even further.

Encinitas' pensions remain severely underfunded despite the decade-long stock market rally.

Meanwhile, the Encinitas $100,000 pension club already has 20 members.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Transparency and Trust

Voice of San Diego:
California law requires cities to keep emails for a minimum of two years, but half of the cities in San Diego County delete most of their emails from city servers in much less time — in some cases, within a few weeks.

A recent survey by Voice of San Diego showed that Encinitas and Poway have the shortest retention policy, deleting emails after 30 days. Del Mar deletes theirs after 60 days. Carlsbad, Escondido and Oceanside wait until the 90-day marker, while Solana Beach waits for 100 days, Santee for 180 days and Coronado for one year.

In justifying these policies, city officials argue that the law isn’t as clear on email retention as some would believe and they delete emails they view as non-public records to save taxpayer money. In the process, they’ve designated themselves the arbiters of what’s public and not public — a practice that troubles some of California’s leading open government advocates.

“It goes against what state law requires of them,” said Kelly Aviles, an attorney and vice president of transparency group Californians Aware, who reviewed Voice’s findings.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Encinitas hopes bike rentals will make people take public transit more

Del Mar Times:
Dockless bike sharing, the novel idea that rolled out with a rough start in San Diego in February, could spread to North County coastal communities as soon as this summer.

Led by Encinitas, the proposed one-year pilot program may also include Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, and North County Transit District.

The short-term bicycle rentals are based on a phone app, like Uber and other ride-sharing programs. Renters can pick up their bike in one place, such as a bus stop or train station, and leave it someplace else, maybe parked on the sidewalk outside their workplace, anywhere within the company’s service area.

Bike sharing is seen as a way to get more cars off the road, reduce pollution and greenhouse gases, and encourage more people to get out of their vehicles and exercise.

“One of the things we are trying to solve is that first-last mile in transit,” said Crystal Najera, an Encinitas climate plan administrator leading the group project.
Related: Coronado declares dockless bikes a public nuisance.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hit-and-run driver gets 1 year jail sentence

Union-Trib:

An Encinitas man who left the scene of a crash that seriously injured a mother of two near Moonlight Beach was sentenced Monday to a year in jail and placed on probation.

Justin Walt Parker, 39, pleaded guilty in Vista Superior Court in January to felony hit-and-run with serious bodily injury. He faced a maximum of two years in prison.

Parker — whose probation will run three years — turned himself in about two weeks after the Sept. 22 crash that left 33-year-old Ashley Lane with a concussion and broken bones, and caused her to suffer three strokes, according to sheriff's officials.
The article doesn't say how much time Parker is likely to actually serve. After California's "prison realignment," many criminals sent to county jails instead of prison are serving only a tiny fraction of their purported sentences.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Council and Planning Commission meet on housing

Coast News:
Encinitas officials appeared to reach consensus on whether to raise the percentage of affordable housing in developments, which currently stands at 10 percent.

The City Council and Planning Commission, appearing at a joint meeting dedicated to discussing the city’s inclusionary housing policy, agreed that the city should raise the percentage to 15 percent, among other things.

The joint body heard from a panel of experts assembled by former City Councilwoman Lisa Shaffer, who moderated the two-hour workshop. The panel included Carlsbad Housing and Neighborhood Services Director Debbie Fountain, Shea Homes of San Diego division President Paul Barnes, Chelsea Investment Corp. founder and CEO Jim Schmid and Community Housing Works President and CEO Sue Reynolds.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Santa Fe and Encinitas Boulevard pedestrian underpass work begins

10 News:
Construction is underway on bike and pedestrian improvement projects in North San Diego County.

Paths will be built beneath the Interstate 5 overpasses at Santa Fe Drive and Encinitas Blvd.

The work, which will cost $12.5 million, should be finished in late summer 2019.
The project comes just 10 years after a San Dieguito student was killed at the Santa Fe underpass.

Encinitas Handel's ice cream operator sued by franchisor

The Vindicator:
Here’s the scoop: Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court that accuses a franchisee of going rogue and using the company’s trade secrets to open an unauthorized ice cream parlor in San Diego.

Kenneth Schulenberg, who operates a franchise in Encinitas, Calif., executed a lease to construct an ice cream parlor in San Diego that would compete with his Encinitas franchise, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

The complaint alleges that Schulenberg, his business partner Juliana Ortiz and their company Moonlight101 Inc. cannot operate a competing parlor while Schulenberg operates a Handel’s franchise without improperly using Handel’s trade secrets.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

City staff celebrates successful behind-the-scenes orchestration of Streetscape

From the Inbox:
From: Brenda Wisneski
Subject: PC Recommends Streetscape Approval
Date: March 2, 2018 at 3:08:31 PM PST
To: Karen Brust
Cc: Roy Sapau, Stephanie Kellar, Anna Yentile, Mark Delin, Laura Ferguson


Hi Karen and Councilmembers (Blind Copied)

Good News!! Last night, the Planning Commission unanimously approved the Leucadia Streetscape project. We had 25 speakers. Twenty speakers were in support. Three indicated support, but were concerned with traffic overflowing onto Vulcan. One asked for the item to be continued for additional analysis and one was opposed based concerns with emergency response time delays.

It was a tremendous team effort. Anna Yentile introduced the project, Stephanie Keller orchestrated the staff and consultants behind the scenes, and Roy supported the Planning Commission.

We are on schedule to present the project to the City Council on March 21st.

Have a great weekend

BRENDA WISNESKI
Development Services Director

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Norby's back

Peder Norby, the controversial former six-figure city consultant from the Stocks-Barth era who was recorded on video suggesting 4- or 5-story zoning at a city meeting he was facilitating, is back, apparently getting a no-bid contract to work on train corridor issues.

From the Inbox:
According to the staff, their justification for hiring Norby is:

"Mr. Norby would assist in developing and implementing a near-term and long-term action plan, based on direction and approval from the City Council, coordination with other agencies and pursue securing grant funding sources. It is estimated that this effort would be conducted over a one year period at a cost of $60,000. As directed by the City Council, staff would develop a detailed scope of work and the contract would be authorized by the City Manager, subject to the review and final approval of the City Attorney. Consistent with the City’s Purchasing and Contracts Policy PC01, given Mr. Norby’s relevant experience and success with similar projects, such as in the City of Carlsbad, a Sole Source Justification form has been prepared (Attachment 7), which upon direction by the City Council would be authorized by the City Manager."

The city has a policy and form that must record the details of why a contract isn't put out to bid. The Sole Source Justification form has that information. Diane Langager requested the approval.

The staff report was part of a special Council meeting on Feb. 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

Encinitans Gone Wild!

Patch:
A speeding motorcyclist who allegedly eluded officers chasing him on an Oceanside highway was unable to shake a San Diego police helicopter that tracked him to Pacific Beach, where he was taken into custody, authorities said Wednesday.

The chase began a little before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on eastbound state Route 78 just west of College Boulevard in Oceanside, California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Latulippe said. That's where a CHP officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a speeding Yamaha sport motorcycle, but the rider refused to pull over, fleeing at speeds reaching more than 120 mph.

[...]

Apparently unaware that he was being tracked from the sky, the motorcyclist stopped at a Pacific Beach convenience store, where CHP and SDPD officers converged to arrest him, Latulippe said. He was identified as 27-year-old Encinitas resident Matthew Giordano.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Leucadia Streetscape at Planning Commission this Thursday

One of Encinitas' most controversial long-running issues is Leucadia Streetscape. Some Leucadians believe it's a poorly thought-out plan created by city staff that will increase traffic congestion and will not provide adequate parking.

What do you think?

The Planning Commission will be considering Leucadia Streetscape this Thursday.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ficus Wars!

From the Inbox:
A group of Encinitas residents have been working on preserving the ficus trees in Downtown Encinitas through identifying them as Heritage Trees. We have already lost most of the Leucadia treescape on 101, and the ficus trees on 2nd and 3rd Streets could also be in jeopardy if steps are not taken to preserve them. Lisa Shaffer and Teresa Barth both wrote emails to undermine advocates' position to protect these trees as a cherished and valuable resource that benefit residents, businesses, and visitors to our community. They are doing so by disregarding the feelings that people have about these trees and also taking a very narrow interpretation of the topic.

Kealani's / Manhattan Pizza building going upscale

Eater San Diego:
On the heels of announcing the conception of Animae, a new Asian restaurant slated to open downtown by the end of the year, Herb & Wood creators Puffer Malarkey Restaurants are revealing that it will give a new North County sibling to its first-born Little Italy restaurant. Scheduled to debut by Early 2019, Herb & Sea is moving into a 6,500-square-foot building on D Street just off Highway 101 in downtown Encinitas.

The team will be thoroughly remodeling the art deco-styled building, which is in much need of repair. Co-founder Christopher Puffer shared, “We want to bring the building back to its original glory and give Encinitas a dining venue they will be proud to have in their community.” With a design inspired by one of Puffer’s favorite childhood spots, the historic Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Maine, the restaurant is aiming for an atmosphere that combines a coastal fine dining experience with a friendly neighborhood vibe.

As the name suggests, Herb & Sea will have a significant focus on seafood. A reflection of co-founder/executive chef Brian Marlarkey’s affinity for the ocean, fishing and surfing, the restaurant will feature a custom oyster bar and a range of raw seafood. The menu will be rounded out by dishes familiar to those who have dined at Herb & Wood, including plates based on wood-fired cookery as well as housemade pasta, pizza and desserts.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Progressive Democrat wants son in conservative Christian school

Hmmmmm...

Del Mar Times:
The Deputy Mayor of Encinitas and his husband are alleging that a local Christian school discriminated against their family for their sexuality after they inquired about enrolling their son into the school.

[...]

Mosca said he and his husband were originally attracted to Santa Fe for their curriculum, community and sports orientation. They were also referred to the school by friends who either attended the school or had children that attended the school. Garrett also played on a lacrosse team last year that was run by Santa Fe's coach.
Did the politically ambitious, progressive Democrat really want his son to attend a conservative Christian schoool, or is he using his kid for a political stunt? You make the call.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Modern Times restaurant goes Full Vegan

Eater San Diego:
Initially planned as a satellite tasting room when it was first announced last year, Modern Times Beer’s new project in Encinitas, dubbed the The Far West Lounge, has since evolved into a full-fledged vegan restaurant. This will be Modern Times’ first venue with a food component in San Diego, although the Point Loma-based brewery recently launched beer-focused eateries in Los Angeles and Portland.

As founder Jacob McKean notes, “When we first signed our lease on this location, we didn’t have a single operating kitchen. Now we have two, with several more in planning, and the process of developing the menu and building the restaurant side of our business has been incredible. I’m extremely excited to now be in a position to bring our food program to Encinitas.”

The switch from tasting room to restaurant came in response to an appeal from a local community group. Last month, the new proposal was unanimously approved at a Encinitas Planning Commission and the appeal window recently closed with no new appeals made. McKean says that the original layout of the 150-seat space on S. Coast Highway remains the same, design-wise, save for office space that has now been swapped for kitchen.
Once the domain of hippies and weirdos, "plant-based" or vegan diets are becoming more mainstream as advocates tout health and environmental benefits. Encinitas already has at least three fully vegan restaurants: Plant Power, which replicates traditional American fast food, near the Santa Fe Vons; the fast-casual Native Foods next to Ralph's in New Encinitas; and Leucadia's long-standing raw food Peace Pies.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

City Council meeting open thread

Two sessions tonight, starting at 5pm.

Please use the comments to record your observations.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Housing issues on tomorrow's council agenda

Lots of housing issues on tomorrow's agenda, including accessory units, low-income requirements for developers, and an update from the housing element task force.

Also a special session at 5pm on the rail corridor.

Monday, February 12, 2018

City government logic


Lock the beach bathrooms at night, then put a porta-potty outside because the bathrooms are locked.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

We hope Larry Parker gets her $2.1 million

Hit-and-run driver pleads guilty:
The man charged with a hit and run crash that seriously injured an Encinitas mother entered a surprise guilty plea Wednesday in North County, according to the San Diego County District Attorney's office.

Prosecutors said Justin Parker was driving the white truck that hit Ashley Mullins Lane on Encinitas Blvd. on Sept. 22. Witnesses said Parker got out of his truck, spoke to them, but left the scene.

Lane suffered severe injuries and bone fractures that led to multiple strokes and partial paralysis, her parents said. They told 10News she has mobility issues on her left side and is left-handed.

Lane has two young children. A GoFundMe account established for the family raised more than $44,000 of its $50,000 goal.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The death of Bull Taco

SD Reader:
One of North County’s most unique restaurant chains, has closed its last, and original location, inside Cardiff by the Sea’s San Elijo State Beach campground.

“People drive up here everyday. They’re disappointed and heartbroken it’s gone,” said a park volunteer.

In 2009, when the Bull Taco restaurant took over the hamburger stand at the campground, it quickly attracted diners from throughout the area, not just campers.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Super Blue Bloodmoon Total Eclipse early Wednesday morning

Independent:
On the night of 31 January will come the super blue blood moon, or the purple eclipse. That’s a blue moon, a blood moon or lunar eclipse, and a supermoon.

None of the events are rare in themselves. But the collision of lunar phenomena is – nothing like it has been seen since 1982.
In Encinitas, see it peak above the horizon at 5:30 Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018

Gaspar joins crowded Congressional race

VOSD:
County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar has joined the race to replace Rep. Darrell Issa in California’s 49th Congressional District, and the decision is likely to split GOP loyalties in San Diego and Orange counties.

[...]

Assemblyman Rocky Ch├ívez and state Board of Equalization chair Diane Harkey wasted little time in throwing their hats in the ring for Issa’s seat. Harkey’s senior adviser has said she assembled a campaign team with the backing of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield.

In a statement, Issa said he “strongly” supports Harkey’s candidacy.

New Encinitas home totally destroyed by fire

Union-Tribune:
Investigators are trying to determine what started a two-alarm fire early Monday that destroyed an Encinitas home and left a resident with serious burns on her hands, a fire official said.

The blaze at the single-story home on Landquist Drive near Taegan Lane was reported shortly before 12:30 a.m. and quickly went to a second alarm as arriving fire crews found flames burning through the roof, said Encinitas Battalion Chief Robert Ford.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Crowded Republican field in 76th Assembly District

SD Rostra:
Former Encinitas Mayor Jerome Stocks has announced his candidacy. Business executive and former Assembly candidate Phil Graham announced his candidacy. Vista Deputy Mayor Amanda Rigby is expected to run. San Dieguito High School District Trustee Mo Muir has announced her candidacy.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

City ignores Starlight Drive residents, gets sued

Del Mar Times:
First, they unsuccessfully pleaded to the city council to not allow a path through their Cardiff neighborhood in October. Then, they agreed to come up with a compromise with the City of Encinitas. Now, the group of neighbors have sued the city after they felt their voices were not heard.

[...]

Council members instructed city staff to meet with the neighbors to discuss options, including paving the entire road, but six-year Starlight Drive resident Regan Schaar said no such meetings or attempts for a meeting have happened since the October approval. She said the residents hired an attorney to assist them in contacting the staff and city attorney's office, but the city would not return the lawyer's calls.

The five neighbors filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California on Jan. 8 after they received no response from the city for nearly three months, Schaar said.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Prison escapee caught at Santa Fe Vons

CBS 8:
A 33-year-old inmate from San Diego who escaped from a San Bernardino County prison Sunday night was recaptured Monday in Encinitas.

Sheriff's deputies recaptured Michael Martin Garrett, 33, at the Vons on Santa Fe Avenue. He was taken back into custody.

Garrett was unaccounted for Sunday night when guards conducted an evening inmate count at the California Institution for Men in Chino, said Krissi Khokhobashvili of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Doesn’t sound like much of a prison.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Mo Muir declares for Assembly seat

SD Rostra:
Today, San Dieguito High School Board Member Maureen “Mo” Muir announced that she will be seeking to represent California’s 76thAssembly District.
So I guess that Tom Arnold tweet about Jerome Stocks was fake news. The Muirs and Stocks have been political allies, and surely wouldn't want to split their vote and get knocked out of the open primary.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Stocks rebound?

Local news guy Thomas K. Arnold:

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Seeman Drive shows what happens when apartment complexes have inadequate parking

Coast News:
Seeman Drive is known for its rural feel: there are no sidewalks, no streetlights and the street narrows as you travel south [sic] toward its dead end.

But over the past few years, they said, cars have jammed both sides of the narrow street during the night hours, presumably from a nearby large apartment complex that banned guest parking.

Residents said that the management of the Elan Quail Pointe Apartments has been absent or largely dismissive of the neighbors’ concerns. Meanwhile, they said the street crowding is a fire hazard, as it narrows the driving lane to the point where fire engines and ambulances cannot pass through.
Those apartments were built a long time ago. In recent years, city staff and council have worked to further reduce parking requirements for new developments.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Another pedestrian killed on Encinitas streets

This time, apparently not because of Encinitas' downtown drunk drivers or unsafe crosswalks.

Union-Tribune:
A 61-year-old pedestrian died after he was hit by a vehicle near an intersection in Encinitas Tuesday night, authorities said.

The man was walking west and trying to cross North El Camino Real outside of a marked crosswalk near Encinitas Boulevard around 6:35 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle driving north on North El Camino Real, sheriff’s Deputy Michael Power said.

Issa quits ahead of Democratic wave

NBC:
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Ca., will not seek re-election later this year, opening up another battleground in the deep blue state as Republicans and Democrats spar for control of the House.

Issa's decision to leave Congress, reported Wednesday, follows the announced retirement of Rep. Ed Royce, R-Ca., earlier this week.

Issa, who joined Congress in 2001, only narrowly got re-elected to his seat in California's 49th Congressional District in 2016. In the presidential race, Hillary Clinton won his district by 7 percentage points.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Encinitas penny stock joins blockchain party

Well, if it works for an iced tea company, why not try it here?

Press release:
ENCINITAS, CA, Jan. 8, 2018 Com-Guard.com, Inc. (OTC Pink: CGUD), the technology company that has been designing and developing security applications for over 15 years, is happy to announce that our BlockChainPi.info site is now live.
The stock was up 48% on the announcement, and is now up 1080% since September, at $0.0059 per share.

The company apparently hasn't filed financial statements for more than a decade.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Council rejects Leucadia bike & pedestrian improvements

Coast News:
The City Council ultimately decided against both proposals: the first included bike lane improvements and mid-block pedestrian crossings in north Leucadia, and the second a multi-use path along the east side of Coast Highway 101. The council voted to send the first proposal to the Traffic and Public Safety Commission and voted against moving forward with the second one outright.

Both items were on the consent calendar, which signals they were supposed to be approved with little debate and a simple vote. But Mayor Catherine Blakespear and a member of the public requested the council discuss the items.