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Kellie Shay Hinze on helping the homeless:Encinitas employers are required to provide housing for their employees (which may include the homeless)? Where did she get that idea? Councilman Mosca wants to make it easier for volunteers to feed the homeless. Look for feeding the homeless in public areas - parks are always popular.
Councilman Tony Kranz knows about homeless according to his sad story. When he was in Alaska in 1983 he decided to join the national guard. He didn't know that housing was provided until he was actually called up for training. He only had a 1960's car. Sometimes he slept in his car while at other times he couch surfed with friends.It was such a sad story that Councilman Kranz told.
But for the generosity of his wife and mother-in-law, he would more than likely still be homeless.
Printer boy gets a council job by default. I don't know if he is any smarter than Kitchengate Dalager; it seems the quality of knowledgeable candidates for council has not improved.
Councilman Mosca wants to know if a sheriff office could be in downtown Encinitas. What happened to the sheriff's outpost at Moonlight Beach?
Mosca wants a sheriff office on every corner. Oh but wait, then all the Sheriffs are in the office instead of patrolling.....Oh who care about details... details....details.... let just get many more sheriffs offices... great idea fruit loop.
Where is Mayor Catherine Blakespear? Another time missing the council meeting that is her responsibility.
Councilman Mosca - when are you moving back to Sierra Madre?
He is not welcome back there. He was ridden out on a rail once, he wouldn't try it.
Did Mosca keep the rail. He can ride it out of town here.
Leucadia Streetscape update - no written report for no paper trail.Brenda, planning and engineering director, gave a mumbled report on what is happening to the El Portal crossing to 101. The property owners will have their property taken for the roundabout, the widening for the bicycles, and private property needed for temporary use of construction materials (and equipment?). A rendering of the future look can be seen on tonight's council video starting at 2:36:15 for the update and the renderings with a short look at 2:36:55 and a longer look at 2:37:10. What can stop this blitz·krieg of 101?
The streetscape can not happen fast enough. Why isn't it already built is the question?The City has known for years of the tremendous hazards on that roundway. Two women and one man were run down by cluesless or wasted motorists and yet nothing for 10 years. Criminal? Maybe..... really wrong? Definitely. The pending lawsuit with Walker will show the City's liability for not addressing the known hazard. My guess 10s of millions for that one incident. Who's kid is next? How many need to be run down before the City Council actually does something?I say criminal neglect. DA?
I agree. It was designed as the de facto freeway from LA to SD back in the day. It doesn’t serve that purpose anymore. The freeway is being expanded. The roadway design of 101 is ugly and the design is no longer suitable to its current and future use.Anyone who says otherwise is just an old, say-no-to-everything, afraid-of-the-future, living-in-the-past, took-too-many-drugs, brain-now-failing, won’t-be-around-much-longer, grumpy, get-off-my-lawn, in-my-day-sonny, dope.
Can one of you obvious 101 property owners explain to me how this road is any different than any other roadway anywhere? How can the city be on the hook for "10s of millions" when that same scenario could have played out anywhere? I understand the perceived property value effect for you when then road is upgraded and can understand your bias, however, after it is done there will still be injury and death just like any other road.
6:23 posts bullshit then posts more bullshit at 6:49 to agree with himself. Uninformed, misinformed yahoo.
8:11 argues that roadway design cannot possibly affect safety. Derp derp.
6:23/6:49 has posted the same stupid crap several times before. The stupidity is on the same level as the city council and staff. It defies rationality and logic.What happens wherever lanes are reduced in number? The traffic backs up. It's like crimping a hose. If Leucadia 101 is reduced from four or three lanes to two for almost the whole length of the corridor, the traffic will back up more frequently and over longer distances than it already does.People who live west of 101 will be restricted from getting to and from their homes, the beach accesses will be restricted, emergency response times will rise, and businesses will die.Leucadia 101 needs freer flowing traffic, not crimped traffic flow. If the project were a good idea that most people want, it would have been done years ago.It's not a good idea. It's an unbelievably stupid plan. Sensible people realize that. None of them are on the city council or staff.
Just like it backs up between Swami’s and the Campground—oops—it doesn’t.
“Hey Siri, does more lanes result in less traffic?”Siri: Nope. See: induced demand.https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wired.com/2014/06/wuwt-traffic-induced-demand/amp
12:56: There is no Leucadia Blvd intersection and extremely long light between Swami's and the campground. There are only a few residences and no businesses lining the road there. Do you actually live around here?
But that’s not what 11:26 said. 11:26 was very clear. The only thing that matters in traffic jams is lanes:“ What happens wherever lanes are reduced in number? The traffic backs up. It's like crimping a hose.”Now, if we’re admitting that is a stupid oversimplification, and that factors other than lane count play in to traffic jams, then I will of course agree. In fact, there are lots of things other than raw lane count that determine whether jams will happen. Things like smooth traffic flows, consistent speeds, reduced traffic conflicts—all play important roles in keeping traffic moving. Incidentally, these are also the factors that Streetscape is designed to maximize.
And what are the factors that Streetscape is designed to maximize?
3:17 Your post is irrational and evidence free.When traffic is heavy northbound on the freeway, and the lanes shrink by one at Via de la Valle, what happens?When you're driving on a four-lane road, and there's a wreck or the like up ahead that closes one lane in your direction, what happens?When you're driving northbound in afternoon commuting traffic down the Torrey Pines hill and the lanes go from two to one at the bottom, what happens?The same thing will happen if Leucadia 101 shrinks by one lane in each direction, and the extraordinarily long light at Leucadia Blvd will stack the traffic up for twice as many blocks as it does now.
It will only back up and be a long wait for those I5 cut through traffic wanting to blast through our mainstreet. Let them use I5 and we will use our mainstreet for all the users of our community. Thanks grumpy pants and stay on I5 if you don't like it.
Uh, 9:08, you're actually saying traffic jams made worse by shrinking Leucadia 101 to two lanes will selectively affect only "cut through traffic"?Really?Locals, beachgoers and visitors won't be affected?Really?
They'll learn to use I5 is Kranz's nonsense. The 101 was already down to one lane a couple of months ago. Southbound traffic backed up into Carlsbad.So yeah, 3:17 not oversimplifying at all. Reality. Try it sometime.
The streetscape will never be built, too expensive. Do any of you really believe that the city will spend $50M on Leucadia?? Never going to happen. Meanwhile the train continues to kill.....
Yeah it jumps off the tracks and goes after people. Right. Those the "train continues to kill...." are going to off themselves one way or the other.
11:26 What was it? 15 years ago when this "plan" was hatched? I remember a few business owners spent some dough on their properties, planted some nice drought tolerant plants and what did the boosters of Streetscam do? They went to these same businesses and told them they may as well rip up the plants because Streetscam was coming and if they didn't remove them, then the Streetscam people would. Good times!
Yeah it should have been built 14 years ago and then those people would not have been run down and the City would not be liable for millions. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid City.
9;12 - give it a rest shitswizzle.Drive bike in dark without light, you have assumed significant risk.The city, or more importantly, the taxpayers of this city owe you nothing. But sure- go ahead and repeat your swizzleshit. Over and over.
9:55- You give it a rest. Your outdated cars only road approach is dead like your mind. I'm sick of the City not addressing a known hazard and costing us taxpayers unnecessary millions. Plus not to mention they are severely negatively impacting the area and promoting I5 cut through traffic. I know you will not understand as you have closed your mind and are now just sinking into the darkest years of your pathetic life. Later Loser.
6:06 Like most other reactionary right-wingers, you live and think in a narrow, unrealistic tunnel. Nobody is pushing a cars-only approach. Being hazardous is the nature of any road, street, bike lane, CRT, etc. — any route that has people moving faster than a walk on it. That's why there are safety features, but they don't always work perfectly.The city has not lost millions. As an irrational alarmist, you're making that up.Highway 101 is a major arterial. It's a public highway paid for by the public. You can't deny the public's right to use it. Calling cars that drive, say, from Carlsbad to Solana Beach "cut through traffic" is silly. It's below even your level of idiocy.
101 is not a highway anymore since I5 was built and the pavement was turned over to the cities along the way. Del Mar, Encinitas, and Carlsbad both have 2-lane segments. Up North it is named Carlsbad Blvd. To the South it does not go through where UCSD is. We ought to stop calling it the Coast Highway because it is really just a local coast route. This is what progress looks like.
In Encinitas, north of Encinitas Blvd the highway is called North Coast Highway 101, south of Enc Blvd it's South Coast Highway 101. Those are the names in city documents and the address designations. By the definitions in the municipal code, the Coast Highway is a major arterial.5:24, if you want to change all that, good luck.
The Encinitas municipal code is often ignored. For instance a "prime arterial" is defined as a 6-lane road. But Encinitas Blvd is designated as prime though it is just 4 lanes. Similar with Manchester west of El Camino.
The City really should change the name of the mainstreet through Encinitas. I suggest Pacific Coast Historical Road. That way the acronym would be PCH. Yeah!!!
10:45am -Right Wingers?? - You are such a clueless turd ball. I am not going to waste any life on responding to your BS.
Ah, the truth stings!
This knobshiner that repeatedly posts that the 101 is now a sleepy thoroughfare and that the city is responsible for the tragic event when a bicyclist, riding in the road, in darkness, without a light was overrun by a vehicle, is sadly, working some kind of perverse effort to get settlement money to the in-the-road-in-the-dark-lady.
Ah, so that's the numbskull's trip!?The guy is about as bright as a burned out lightbulb.
What kind of steaming turd slanders an innocent victim by repeatedly lying and blaming her?“On the morning of December 8th at 6am Roberta Walker had just begun her bike ride when a large truck smashed into her from behind. She was wearing a helmet with a large light on the back. There was reflective gear and a headlight on her bike and she was traveling in a bike lane.”https://www.gofundme.com/f/roberta-walkerbike-accident-recovery
Is that paragraph right, wrong or somewhere in between?
Well, for one thing, she was in the sharrow, not a bike lane.
Innocent victim? Give us a break. Roberta was cycling in the dark without lights or reflective clothing and cutting through the empty Post Office parking lot at an angle to avoid the 90 degree stop sign at the 101. She is wholly responsible for what happened. The city should have no responsibility for her careless behavior at that hour. The large truck as you called it was a standard sized pickup. You are full of it in your rantings. Nobody is buying into your incoherent steaming piles of doodoo but yourself. Roberta is not an innocent victim. She should assumed some personal responsibility from the start. Blaming the city has shown how shallow she has allowed her name to become.Wake the f up.
Going for the deep pockets. Responsibility be damned!
Bullshit. I bet her family is going for reasonable damages for the liable parties. How would you like it if your kid was run down by a car due to a faulty known bad road design?If I were her family, I wouldn't settle for under $20 million. Her life and her families life will never be close to the same and I can't even imagine the level of pain and suffering. If you can't see that, you are either flat out stupid or evil. And then there are the other victims like Stephanie and the man that was mowed down by the drunk driver (hit and run) heading north. Payouts for liability are common and the City better get to fixing the road before more incidents happen and the settlement payments go up. Here are a few for consideration. $49 million https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2007-nov-28-me-settlement28-story.html$2.9 million https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-carlsbad-city-agrees-to-29-million-settlement-for-2011feb25-story.htmlWaite the hammer is about to fall on the City taxpayers and insurers. The sad part is none of these accidents should have even occurred had the road been fixed in a reasonable amount of time. Its soooo terribly sad. :(
Explain how the city is liable. The only thing you are sooooo sad about is the wait you've endured for the streetscape to elevate your property value.
"Roberta was cycling in the dark without lights or reflective clothing and cutting through the empty Post Office parking lot at an angle to avoid the 90 degree stop sign at the 101." (Saved me the time of typing.)8:33, are you claiming she had no part in what happened to her? Zero responsibility? This is a yes or no question.
Your quote is wrong. Go to the Gofundme page above to read a description of the accident written by her family, who know much more about the details of the accident than we do. What you quoted are lies frequently repeated by a prolific known liar.
Yeah, the GoFundMe page is the place to get the real skinny. The truth as "written by her family." You funny, 10:54.By "prolific known liar" you mean the guy who gave the cops an on the scene statement?
Bad road design? The road has been here for about 100 years. The sharrows are relatively new, were created in response to bicyclists' demands, are still there and in other coastal cities, so where does bad road design come in?Riding a bike anywhere in traffic in daylight is risky. Doing that in darkness is foolish and reckless.
let's not forget she is a self-proclaimed cycling expert who even has a published set of safety rules that she apparently neglected to follow. Terrible what happened to her, worse to use her as blakespear is as a political football to push through the highly controversial and fiscally insane streetscape.
She was wearing reflective clothing, had a large light on the back of her helmet, and a forward-facing headlight. All according to her family, who probably know more about the details than anyone commenting here. Unless you offer some proof, you are just a horrible human being making stuff up to blame the victim. Roberta was riding exactly where she’s supposed to under the outdated and dangerous roadway design: in a sharrow lane. Streetscape will do away with the sharrow, and provide a dedicated bike lane not shared with cars and trucks. Had that design been implemented earlier, Roberta’s accident would have likely been avoided, as the new design would not force her into a lane with the truck that hit her.
all according to her family who were, let me guess, home asleep in their beds? no reflective clothing, no lights according to the neighbor who was on the scene within two minutes of hearing the crash and who gave his report to the police.sharrows won't help the cyclist who darts out into traffic. nice you're loyal to her and the fam, not nice you're inventing reality.
So you are saying that someone didn’t see reflective clothing in the darkness, and didn’t see plastic lights operating after an impact with a truck? An impact strong enough to shatter a helmet, break a skull, cause traumatic brain injury, burst 2 vertebrae, break 9 ribs and a clavicle?And your expectation is that the lights would still be working, right?You are a terrible human being. I hope you find a better path.
Her clothes were her clothes. Dark, nothing reflective about them. Sad about her accident, outrageous about her lawsuit. But I'm just a sap taxpayer on the hook for her refusing to take any responsibility.
I think her family probably knows better than you what she was wearing, as the hospital would have turned over her personal belongings. If you are willing to tell lies and slander a victim of a tragedy to try to win an argument, then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate what type of person you want to be.
If you are willing to believe what the family is telling you and want to fork over $50M because you truly believe she bears no responsibility then we need to agree to disagree.Get back to us when you locate the sheriff's report.
If you are accusing the family of collecting over a hundred thousand dollars by intentionally using false information, we have a word for that. It’s called fraud. Are you accusing the family of Roberta Walker of committing fraud?Before you answer, I should probably warn you that your anonymity here isn’t absolute. If you libel someone, they can get a subpoena for Google and your cable provider to expose the name behind your IP Address.
no slander here 12:46 if people simply want to question what truly happened. you're confused on your terminology. merriam-webster has an outstanding online definitions lookup tool. check it out!
Oh, okay. So they are definitely telling the truth if saying otherwise has consequences, huh?You’re a real profile in courage.
Nope, Streetscam won't do away with sharrows. The renderings Brenda showed at the last council meeting showed sharrows at the Jupiter and El Portal roundabouts.Incidentally, the huge majority of Leucadia residents do not want Streetscam as proposed.
I don't know exactly what happened to the woman involved in the unfortunate accident (nor does anyone else on this thread), so I may be out of line here. But my initial reaction is that the city should not pay her family a dime. If her family thinks that a lawsuit is warranted, they should sue the driver, not the city. Although her death is unfortunate, it does not necessarily have to lead to a payout; some accidents are just that: accidents.
Small correction: she didn't die. Otherwise your comments are well reasoned. The police didn't cite the driver for anything, so believe she would not get money from him and is instead threatening the city.
I agree with you, unless the city is shown to have knowledge of an unsafe conditions, a plan to remedy it, and sat on them and did nothing about the problem for ten years.
which is not the case
We’ll see if a jury agrees.
Am sure you'll be called to give your expert testimony, 2:17. You can quote from her family's page.
Deep pockets = the City..
Those "unsafe conditions" and sharrows exist through downtown Encinitas and almost all the way through Solana Beach. So why do you persist in singling out Leucadia?Since whoever put the fund page up wrote she was in a bike lane — she wasn't, she was in the sharrow — how can anybody claim the other info there is right?Where's the sheriff's report?
He? is singling out Leucadia because his property is in Leucadia.
Community members generously donated $127,000 to help pay her medical bills. Is she currently on SSI disability or other assistance to keep her going day to day?
Is she not back working or doing whatever it is she does to make money? Maybe she can return to the Cardiff Mainstreet Assoc. Or perhaps make money off her blog as some do? https://beingberta.com/
It's important to remember that no lawsuit has been filed, only threatened. It appears at this point that it is unlikely that a lawsuit will be filed and the case against the city is weak. No citation was issued to the driver. This means the Sheriff Department is not required to release the accident report.For political reasons we probably will never see the report. Mayor Blakespear certainly exploited the accident to push her agenda and advance her career. She may have already seen the accident report. We don't hear a word from her about it now. The city contracts for services of the Sheriff and could easily access the report.The GoFundMe account is to help with medical expenses. Anyone can contribute if inclined. Right now it looks like the city has no legal obligation to pay up.
If no lawsuit has been filed, how about a public records request for the sheriff's report?
Its against the law to not publish the accident report. The DA should step in. WTF we do not live in the USSR, I think?A suite has been dropped and the City will pay. Wait for it dumb-asses. Your misinformation is pathetic like you.
OK, making a note that a suite has been dropped, but what suite? Is that an office suite at city hall? A dining room suite at Blakespear's house? A hotel suite when she travels?Please be specific about what suite.
Maybe the Nutcracker Suite?It’s music, and in music industry jargon a “drop” is an album release. So maybe there is a new version of the Nutcracker Suite that has been released in time for the holiday season.
Or perhaps an addition to Microsoft's suite of Office products? I do enjoy the others, would be happy to see what they offer next in their suite.
Or maybe it's tout de suite.
Here is what the Coast News says:https://www.thecoastnews.com/roberta-walker-husband-file-claim-against-encinitas-for-bike-accident/
On April 1, 2019, which was close to seven months ago.What's new since then?
I guess you will have to wait just like the rest of us. Why don't you do something productive and ask the DA or City when the accident report is coming out through a public records request?
Good idea, 6:32, why not do that yourself rather than suggesting it for someone else?
Oh, but I have. Hit a stone wall. Back to someone's comment above regarding mayor repressing the report. Many believe it doesn't support her version of reality and panicky restriping of streets city wide. Have a try at it yourself, you think it's a good idea. I did too, once.
So if you already know the report isn't available, why did you suggest somebody else should go on a wild goose chase? That's not productive, is it?
Another conspiracy theory.(yawn)
Because you people need to see for yourselves, mr. conspiracy theory included. If no conspiracy, produce the report. Otherwise folks are gonna think things, you know? It kinda works that way.
How in the world can any person with a working brain spin the above into a conspiracy theory?A poster suggested doing a pubic records request when he already knew that would produce nothing because he had done a PRR.How is that a conspiracy? It's just a jerk sending a fool on an errand.
Nope, just sending a non believer to find out for himself. The conspiracy is the report's being withheld, unless you think it's all an innocent mixup.
So, 5:42, you're so untrustworthy that you know people don't believe what you say?The word on the street was the report is being withheld because there's a lawsuit pending. No lawsuit has been filed.
When I walk or ride my bike after dark where the traffic is very light, I can hear a car and see its headlights coming up behind me long before it reaches me.
WTFC? Women getting run down on bikes is not funny and huge lawsuits that the City taxpayer will have to pay are not funny. You Fers are pathetic and the hammers about to drop.
Seems to me 8:34 simply stated a fact.
Seems to me that 8:34 is dropping senseless irrelevant insults. Who cares what they see when they ride a bike. They have no idea of the conditions that existed in any of the incidents regarding bikes on Hwy101. There are actually many that didn't even make the news they happen so frequently.
Totally relevant. If you don't see that, 6:35, you don't know the context.And in your one-note rants, you ignore the fact there are more car-bike collisions downtown that on Leucadia 101.
When James Swarzman was killed by a hit and run driver in 2011 - one block north of where Ms. Walker was injured- the 101 was very dark, with a 1-3' shoulder that served as a bike lane.It took the Sheriff 15 minutes to arrive, an ambulance another 15 minutes and finally flight-for-life a further 30 minutes. Swarzman was on the ground at Jason and the 101 for an hour. He died hours later at Scripps. Swarzman and two other cyclists all had beacons in back and lights in front. One could argue that the city failed to deliver competent emergency response to Swarzman but no suit was brought.Then there is Ms. Walker - How is it that someone driving in the road, without the lighting required of a vehicle in the road when dark, can claim, that the city is responsible - to any degree - for the accident?The 101 is safer today - as well as when Ms Walker was injured - than it has been in decades - certainly much safer than when Swarzman died. City politicians should not be allowed to award settlement money to political allies and friends. There is no precedent for such a gift and despite the trolling/advocacy for such a payout being done on this site, there is no justification for any settlement. Contest the claim from the Orange County Schisters all the way!
KLCC comments are as stupid as ever. Some old dogs just do not care to use their brain, they just bark out of boredom. So Sad :(
It would be much safer to ride on Neptune. The one-way hasn't been enforced for bikes since it became one way.
You are damn right its safer on Neptune and that is where I ride. Many locals know N. C. Hwy 101 is a death trap and avoid it like the flu. Its unfortunate that the major bike path through our town is soooo unsafe and that is why the City will continue to lose millions. Lets all wait for the accident report and the lawsuit results from Walker. You will see how bad this current roadway is for Encinitas. The City is sooooooooooo negligent for not addressing this known hazard YEARS earlier. Now we pay for their lack of leadership.
So where exactly is your property? You only care about money............your money.
6:21 One trick pony with the wrong trick. Your spleen is monotonous and boring.
Not only a one trick pony but a one track mind. Notice that 6:21 is the only person in the 100+ comment thread who has his wacko views.
That's because he's the only person on this thread who owns property on the 101.
Really? So the owners of properties along Hwy101 support the streetscape because they think it will improve their property values?.......because it would make it safer, more efficient, more trees and groundcover, quieter, and a look a hell of a lot better aestheticly. Two words - More Peaceful.And KLCC of course thinks that is bad because they like to keep property values down by keeping Leucadia - sketchy, ugly, and unsafe.That pretty much sums up the argument. Whoops - I dropped the mic.......... :)
Streetscape = Nowhere to park, congested the majority of the time, modernistic minimalist construction, antithetic to foot traffic. And "look better"? All a matter of aesthetic choice....maybe have a city wide vote on it???
Streetscam will gridlock the traffic and kill the roadside businesses,
Wrong. The gridlock level will stay the same and the roadside businesses and people with common sense know it will be good for their business. Plus it will kill less Encinitas residents. Encinitas residents are dropping like flies and all the City Council can focus on is how to make Encinitas more crappy like Oceanside, or San Diego.
We did vote on it. All three candidates got crushed.
With half the lanes, impossible the traffic won't gridlock twice as bad.We've never voted on Streetscam. To say we have is a lie.
6:23 - based on you - you mean that you've dropped the soap again - right?
And the train kills again.....
Don't you mean MOWED DOWN?!???!!!! You people.
Wrong- Mowed Down is when someone is hit when they are located in the proper location according to laws and common sense. Example would be a bicyclist riding in a Sharrow, or a pedestrian crossing the street legally. That is mowed down.This is an unfortunate incident when someone for whatever reason made a bad choice and end up dead. RIP.