Monday, June 29, 2020

Taxpayer-funded Leucadia 101 promotes Kellie Hinze re-election campaign

We have long noted the unseemly relationship between Encinitas’ private merchant associations and the city council politicians who vote to give them public funds.

They’re at it again. Leucadia 101, which still, as far as we know, receives public funds at the discretion of the city council, promoted the campaign of one of its benefactors at a charity event.

From the Inbox:
Kellie Hinze's call out and embedded link to her campaign website at the site below are illegal per the FPPC.

The link goes to Hinze’s campaign web site.

Were opposing candidates invited to participate?

Friday, June 26, 2020

Dine Out!

From the Inbox:
   News Release
Media Contact:          Pat Piatt, Public Information Officer

Thursday, June 25, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
For Immediate Release
City of Encinitas
New Street-side Dining and Outdoor Retail Coming to Downtown Encinitas!
Come join us as we partake in the new fresh air restaurant seating and retail display space on South Coast Highway 101.   The Encinitas City Council has authorized converting one traffic lane in each direction to restaurant seating and retail display space to allow restaurants and stores to provide safe dining and shopping experiences for their patrons as they comply with COVID-19 requirements. The City's new Downtown Shared Streets Program will initially be located between D and E streets and may possibly be expanded to additional blocks in the future. The City worked closely with the Encinitas 101 Mainstreet Association to develop a plan to reduce traffic to one lane in each direction, and to create an expanded seven-foot outdoor dining and retail space on each side of the street. New wheel stops will be placed in each parking space to create the new dining and retail area. Barricades and large boxed trees will be placed at intervals to further delineate the dining and retail area and help create a sense of place. Installation of the temporary improvements will be completed between June 29 and July 3 and is planned to remain in place until physical distancing is no longer necessary.
The project is partially funded by a grant from SANDAG.


Monday, June 22, 2020

Surfer's Point timeshare project rejected

Encinitas Advocate:
The Encinitas Planning Commission took the unusual step Thursday, June 18, of denying a permit modification request for the controversial Surfer’s Point hotel timeshare project on the grounds that the original permit had long since expired.

Without the approval of the permit modification, the 25-unit timeshare project can’t satisfy state Coastal Commission requirements and thus can’t move forward.

Dumping this design and drafting something completely new would be a wonderful idea, commissioners said. The current plans are “very dated and poorly thought-out,” said Commissioner Kevin Doyle, who suggested the expired permit option as a reason to reject the permit modification request.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Bad state housing legislation is back!

You may have thought a global pandemic would make politicians think twice about the merits of pushing high-density living.

You’d be wrong!

From the Inbox:

If you have a minute … these are the worst of the worst housing bills aimed at taking all local control away.  Click through and send opposition emails (and one support) using the attached links.  Senator Weiner is trying to push through his group of bills during the abbreviated Covid-19 session.

Pass it on.


OPPOSE the Worst Bills of 2020 and Back 1 Good Bill! Instantly Act Below on These Bills!

SB 50 is Hiding Inside 9 bad bills: Stop SB 1120, SB 902, SB 1085, SB 995 AND AB 725, AB 1279, AB 2345, AB 3040, AB 3107! "YES" to SB 1299!

Sacramento is trying to revive the hated SB 50 via 9 Bad Bills. Without your intervention, by contacting your own senator and your own assemblymember, many of the 9 Bad Bills may be approved by the senate or assembly in the coming days.
The divisive and now-dead SB 50, by Bay Area state Sen. Scott Wiener, would have banned single-family zoning, allowed10-unit luxury apartments on ANY residential block, and allowed apartments several stories high in low-density communities.
The 9 Bad Bills of 2020 do this —  by piecemealing. You are the key to stopping the 9 Bad Bills. Send a letter (click on highlighted areas below) TODAY, and set a time NOW TO TALK TO OR MEET your state senator or assembly member OR their district staff via Zoom or phone. If you ask, they will LIKELY agree.
You won't see these 9 Bad Bills in the news. Understandably, almost ALL media are covering protests, calls for reform and the Covid-19 pandemic. Several of the bills SEVERELY CUT the legislature's commitment to affordable housing, favoring luxury housing. This is wrong. The bills ban single-family zoning statewide. Allow 9-story buildings next to your homes. Target brown and black homeowner areas with gentrification and upheaval. Take an aspirin, and read on:
SB 1120 (by Scott Wiener and Toni Atkins)
Crushes single-family zoning in California, a threat to 8 million homeowners at all income levels. State Sen. Scott Wiener has called yards and single-family homes "immoral." SB 1120 allows 4 market-rate homes where a single home now stands (theoretically it allows 8 units, if cities have local "granny flat" laws). Requires NO affordable units. Clearly opens California to speculation frenzy.
CLICK HERE to Oppose

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

6/17/20 City Council meeting open thread

Please use the comments to record your observations.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Interactive map of city council's upzone development sites

This map was put together by Susan Turney, a candidate for city council.

Measure U citywide impact.

Measure U was the high-density development plan rejected by voters but then imposed on the city by the city council anyway in the face of state pressure to add housing.

In this Coast News op-ed, Turney points out that the numbers given to the public are quite different than the numbers given to developers.