Thursday, September 27, 2012

Skater Ian "Poods" Barry dead after fall from Neptune bluffs

Lifetime Encinitas resident and skateboarder Ian Barry has died after a fall from the Neptune bluffs early this morning.

NC Times:
A man who was found unconscious early Thursday after apparently falling from a cliff in Leucadia has died, authorities said.

Authorities identified the man as Ian B. Barry, 22, of Encinitas.

Sheriff's deputies got a call about 3:20 a.m. from a passer-by who spotted the man lying unconscious on the beach near the intersection of Neptune Avenue and North El Portal Street, said Lt. James Bovet.

The injured man was about 80 feet below the top of the cliffs above, Bovet said. Deputies did not suspect foul play.

Rescuers took the man to a hospital, Bovet said.

Barry died at the hospital at 7:28 a.m., according to the county medical examiner's office. An autopsy had not been completed.
Ian was featured in this 2011 issue of Soggybones magazine.

City Council to EUSD thugs: Pound sand!

It's nice to see the City Council unanimously (apart from "recusal" wonder girl Gaspar) stand up to the bullying tactics of EUSD Superintendent Tim Baird and the Art Pulse scammers.

The Art Pulse pitch is: we'll build a nice art center, but only if you upzone the property so we can flip seven houses on the historic property and make a fortune. Meanwhile, Tim Baird's pitch is: give me upzoning or I'll sue the pants off of you.

In a 4-0 vote, councilmembers agreed they could not approve the request because Encinitas Union School District is currently suing the city over the property. Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar recused herself from the issue, as she has done in the past.


“The lawsuit should have been dropped prior to the request for the rezone,” said Mayor Jerome Stocks. “We’re not going to start going down a process with a gun to our head. That’s just not appropriate.”

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Encinitas has second-worst pension funding in the county; Jerome Stocks still not worried because "it's complicated"

In 2005, Jerome Stocks voted for a 35% pension increase for city employees, who already had full retirement at 55 years old.  Now Encinitas has the second-worst funding ratio in San Diego County.

When asked recently about Encinitas' chronic underfunding of pensions, Mr. Stocks claimed that Encinitas was not, in fact, underfunding its pensions. He said that pension funding was complicated, that it fluctuates, that sometimes you're up, and sometimes you're down, etc.

In fact, pension records indicate that Encinitas pensions have not been fully funded for even a single year since Mr. Stocks' 2005 vote to increase pension benefits 35%. Even after the recent market rebound, Encinitas' pensions remain severely underfunded.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

And they're off!

The first campaign mailer of the season.


Professional, positive, a little light on specifics but with a nod toward preserving community character. Her web site featured prominently on the mailer does have quite a bit more detail on issues.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Grassroots homemade poster contest

There are a lot of creative folks in Encinitas.  Let's see if they'll put that creative energy into action for the election.

There will be a lot of big money mailers and campaign signs that usually determine who wins elections in Encinitas. But maybe a few grassroots flyers, collected here for sharing among neighbors, can counter the money tide.

You can use photoshop, or MS Word, or meme generator, or whatever you like to create a flyer that expresses your thoughts about the city council election. E-mail them to encinitasundercover -at- gmail -dot- com (anonymity is assured if you wish), and I'll post them here.

Here's a sample to get your creative juices flowing.

Winner gets a new city council.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Logan Jenkins: Shaffer will win one seat, Kranz, Stocks, Muir will compete for other two

Jenkins in the U-T:
Lisa Shaffer — As Houlihan’s hardworking heir, Shaffer appears to have earned a lock on a seat.

She owns an impressive academic background — environmental science and business ethics — and she’s been in campaign mode for a long time, smoothing her liberal-leaning message.

I’d be shocked if Shaffer doesn’t find her way to Maggie’s old chair.


Encinitas will return to its natural 3-2 split, a balance that reflects the city’s divided ideological soul.

The mystery, to be solved in November, is whether the new majority will lean right or left.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Some Kooks are more equal than others

Did you see how quickly the Maggie Houlihan Kook and the Remove City Council Surfing Madonna Kook were removed the first weekday morning?

The Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest Kook is still up late this afternoon.

Oktoberfest Kook

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Maggie Houlihan Memorial Kook

Don't bother clicking to enlarge; you still can't see it.  So get yourself down there on this beautiful day.

UPDATE: Better pics (and stories) at Coast News, Patch.

Friday, September 14, 2012

109 in El Cajon

Coastal living has its rewards.

Utility prices are going much higher thanks both to the Federal Reserve's money-printing and California's new global warming law.

Encinitas is at a distinct advantage to most of Southern California, not needing much heating or cooling.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Village Park resident Glen Doherty killed in Libya

One of the four Americans killed in Libya Tuesday was a former Navy SEAL turned author who lived in Encinitas.

Glen A. Doherty's family spoke to the Boston Globe, saying the government had confirmed that he was killed while providing security at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi that was attacked by extremists. He had only departed San Diego for the assignment eight days ago.

Fox5 San Diego reports that he lived in Encinitas, where he also worked at the CrossFit/SEALFit gym.
Doherty had lived on Rodney Avenue in Village Park since 2005.
It's time to go home.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Crash on Encinitas Boulevard causes gridlock

Encinitas Boulevard eastbound was closed and traffic was backed up on I-5 following a multiple-car pileup at FedEx around 4:30 p.m. this afternoon.

The driver of the Toyota was driving erratically westbound, according to witnesses. She crossed over the median into oncoming traffic in front of Town & Country Plaza.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Weekend stabbing and hit-and-run suspects named

There's a tragic, Shakespearean new twist tonight in the hit-and-run death of an Encinitan on Villa Cardiff.  The suspect is the victim's brother.  Patch:
An Encinitas man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murdering his older brother Sunday night by hitting him with his truck after they got into an argument, according to homicide investigators with the San Diego County Sheriffs Department.

Encinitas resident Camilo Perez-Ruiz, 37, is believed to have killed his older brother Joaquin Perez-Ruiz, 44 and also an Encinitas resident, after the two got into a heated argument at a friend’s house nearby, said investigators.
And the suspected stabber and getaway driver in the D Street Bar & Grill stabbing were also named:
Jose Villanueva, 34, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, the knife, Stevenson said. Jacqueline Albrecht, 23, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, the vehicle, Stevenson said.
The suspects were reportedly arrested at the Olivenhain mansion of Susan D. Albrecht, apparently Jacqueline's mother, on three acres on Wiegand Street. The Albrechts have owned the property since Jacqueline was middle-school age.

The assault with a deadly weapon charge against Jacqueline will likely be dropped or pleaded down to something much less. Police tend to over-charge in cases like this, and prosecutors tend to under-prosecute.  It will be very difficult to prove that Jacqueline intended to assault anyone rather than just get away, especially because she didn't hit anyone.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

It's getting kinda stabby out there

Nothing good happens after midnight in Encinitas, folks.

NC Times:
Two men were stabbed outside an Encinitas bar early Tuesday morning and authorities later arrested two suspects, according to the Sheriff's Department.
About 12:35 a.m., the victims reported that there was an argument in the men's bathroom of the D Street Bar, 485 S. Coast Highway 101, and continued outside the bar into the street, where they were stabbed, said Detective Robert Stevenson.
Come to think of it, it's not that safe out there after 11 either:
An unidentified man was killed late Sunday in a hit-and-run at the intersection of Windsor Road and Via Cardiff Drive in Cardiff, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
Deputies were sent to investigate a report of a "person down" in the area at about 11:30 p.m. They found a Hispanic male lying at the northeast corner of the intersection. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Well, with police resources diverted to revenuing, we can probably expect increasing crime rates. Be safe out there.

Sunday, September 2, 2012