Saturday, July 27, 2019

Lane diet fattens up to $54M in 18 months

In the face of Streetscape's mounting costs the Council continues to downplay the real number and under report expenses.  This is no longer a Leucadia-only issue, it is now an Encinitas taxpayer affair.

Here's a breakdown of what we do know:

What future surprises are in store?  Stay tuned....

Friday, July 26, 2019

We're gonna need a bigger boat

Press release:

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

City of Encinitas Posts Shark Activity Notices

 Due to recent reports of shark sightings and activity in the North San Diego County region and out of caution for safety, the City of Encinitas today posted advisory signs for "Shark Activity" on all public beach access points to advise beachgoers to use caution when swimming. The shark sightings and activity have been away from swimmers and have thus far been deemed non-aggressive. Despite the heightened vigilance, Encinitas beaches will remain open.

Encinitas lifeguards are on heightened awareness and they are following the California Marine Safety Chiefs Association Shark Sighting and Incident Response Guidelines. In addition to the posted signage, Encinitas lifeguards will be closely monitoring for shark activity.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Suffer from congestion? Relief is just a tax away!

Blakespear voted at a recent SANDAG meeting against excluding congestion pricing on local roads - another step in her mission to get us out of our cars.  (Congestion pricing is a surcharge for using roads during peak use times.)

We already pay road taxes and now we'll pay even more for the crime of driving our local streets during peak hours: Encinitas Blvd., El Camino Real, Santa Fe Rd., Vulcan Ave., Hwy. 101, San Elijo Ave., Leucadia Blvd., Quail Gardens Dr., and more.

From the SANDAG minutes:

Action: Upon a motion by Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, the Board of Directors voted to limit using congestion pricing only for managed lanes and to exclude its use for local roads and general purpose lanes.  Gaspar's motion failed.

Vice Chair Blakespear voted NO and congestion pricing on our local roads is on its way.  Who voted in the interest of Encinitas citizens?  Better start rearranging your schedule or pay the price. 

Friday, July 19, 2019

SANDAG pushes ahead with freeway toll plan

Coast News:
Gaspar, a Republican who represents District 3, pushed for the removal of the concept of congestion pricing from consideration within the 5 Big Moves. She added that any plan with that in it would serve as a “deal breaker” for garnering her support.

San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones concurred with Gaspar’s motion in the minutes before the vote ensued.

“Personally, I look at the price of what the congestion pricing would cost on our roads and I’m actually mortified that anyone would think for one second that it wouldn’t hurt our businesses, our low-income folks, and literally the goods, the services, how much everyone would be paying for this,” Jones said. “And I’m appalled that we would even discuss this.”

But SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata advocated for leaving all options on the table during the early stages of the planning phase.

“By doing this, you’re taking an important tool — a very important tool — out of the toolbox, and you’re putting your stock in such an impossible situation to meet the (state’s greenhouse gas emissions) requirement,” Ikhrata said.

Gaspar’s motion proceeded to fail. The meeting ended not long after that vote took place, with Gaspar quickly exiting the room before any other SANDAG member.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

7/17/19 City Council meeting open thread

Please use the comments to record your observations.

Drunken Tesla driver crashes in Cardiff, ignites building

10 News:
A driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI Wednesday morning after he crashed a Tesla into an electrical box in Cardiff, causing the vehicle to burst into flames.

Firefighters were called to the 100 block of Liverpool Drive at around 2 a.m. in response to the vehicle fire, 10News learned.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to put out the blaze before flames spread to a nearby building.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but law enforcement officers arrested the driver -- who escaped the fire without injury -- on suspicion of DUI after field sobriety tests were administered.
It looks like that's by the new Fish 101. Anybody down there see what building burned?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Encinitas Monopoly game

From the Inbox, taken at the Encinitas Ranch Walmart:

(click to enlarge)
I wonder what the rent is on the Pacific View square.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Council to reconsider e-mail destruction policy

Encinitas has one of the shortest records retention policies in San Diego County. It deletes emails deemed unimportant to the public at 30 days. But that could soon change.

Next month, the City Council will consider a new policy requiring staff to hang onto emails for the same length of time that it hangs onto other types of records: two years. Mayor Catherine Blakespear, who has already signaled her support for that effort, said it’s important “we do show people what we’re doing.”

Many municipalities argue that emails are a special kind of communication, but the courts, the Legislature and public are increasingly pushing back on the notion that emails aren’t subject to the same California Public Records act rules as other government documents.

A deposition filed recently in an Encinitas public records-related case gives a good sense why. It is a window into the subjective and arbitrary way that individual officials decide what is and isn’t a public record on a timetable convenient for no one but themselves.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

City Attorney Glenn Sabine resigns?

There's no news reporting of it yet, but EU commenters say controversial city attorney Glenn Sabine has resigned.

Sabine had long been seen as an adversary by resident activists, and had a history of giving dubious legal advice to the council.

UPDATE: Union-Trib:
Glenn Sabine, La Mesa’s part-time city attorney since June 1997, has been offered a three-year, full-time deal from the city.

A subcommittee comprised of City Council members Kristine Alessio and Bill Baber, both attorneys, recommended Sabine be paid a base salary of $223,000 a year for three years with a monthly automotive allowance of $400. The City Council unanimously approved the contract.

“The agreement is consistent with the market for city attorneys in California,” Alessio said.

Sabine, 56, has been working part time as city attorney for the city of Encinitas since 1999, and his firm, Sabine & Morrison, has been general counsel to the San Dieguito Water Authority, as well.

His agreement with La Mesa specifies Sabine’s full-time status as 40 to 60 hours a week, starting Oct. 7. He told Encinitas officials of his plans to leave late last week.
Thanks Anon.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

7/10/19 City Council meeting open thread

Please use the comments to record your observations.

Horvath pulls VRBO ban

In a stunning move Wednesday, a state bill that would have sharply curtailed the short-term rental of homes in San Diego County's coastal communities was held for a year by its author, even as the legislation had cleared the California Assembly and multiple Senate committees.
The decision by Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath, D-Encinitas, came amid heavy lobbying in Sacramento by short-term rental heavyweights Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO, who asserted that the legislation would have had a devastating impact on the region's tourism economy and unfairly barred the owners of second homes from renting out their properties for short-term stays.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Public transit ridership in long-term decline; NCTD raising prices

Bus and commuter train riders have been on the decline for a decade in North County, and transit officials expect the numbers to drop even further when fares go up this fall.

North County Transit District had no commuter trains until it began operating the Coaster between Oceanside and San Diego in 1995. It finished construction of the Sprinter between Oceanside and Escondido in 2007 and began that service in 2008. Together, they now carry about 3.8 million passengers annually.

Yet the overall ridership trend is clearly downward. Breeze buses, which carry most of the district’s passengers, are expected to get 6.2 million riders in the new fiscal year, down from almost 9 million in fiscal 2008-09.
Of course, if there were more congestion or prohibitive travel taxes on the freeways, people could be forced to use buses and trains...