Monday, August 30, 2021

Blakespear censors critics on Facebook in apparent violation of law

From the Inbox:
As usual, Blakespear can't be bothered with "the law" when it doesn't suit her.  Contrast the comprehensive language below, posted to her campaign Facebook page, with this: Court Rules Public Officials Can't Block Critics on Facebook | American Civil Liberties Union (

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Judge rules Blakespear can't overturn citizens' right to vote

From the Inbox:

"But nothing in these enumerated powers of enforcement allows state to require a jurisdiction to seek to invalidate a voter initiative, nor is there any provision for a jurisdiction to sue either private citizens or to invalidate a voter initiative."

Full ruling here.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

8/25/21 City Council meeting open thread

 Please use the comments to record your observations.

Blakespear's campaign manager: Build, Build, Build!

From the Inbox:

Sabellico when running for Carlsbad Planning Commission, though not clear how publicly he stated it. Fits with Blakespear's penchant for pushing high density and calling it "the law" whether or not she complies with said law. It's become painfully obvious that her agenda aligns with Sabellico's.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Blakespear on opponents: "anti-homeless, anti-immigrant, anti-BLM"

Mayor Blakespear seems to be taking a page from her friend, developer attorney Marco Gonzalez, who famously labeled his political opponents racists.

From the Inbox:

Housing propaganda aside, the highlighted portion in the below email sent last year from Catherine Blakespear to the president of the Encinitas & North County Democratic Club shows the kind of whispering campaign in which Blakespear engaged leading up to the 2020 election. This should serve as a warning to her Senate opponents.

It was sent about the same time as Blakespear was making much of her "Clean Campaign Pledge:" Blakespear, Thunder sign Clean Campaign Pledge - The Coast News Group. Note the Dem Club president's response that signals to other key Dem Club members the story they are expected to carry.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

8/11/21 City Council open thread

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Cradle of filth: Coast News tours Oggi's homeless encampment

Coast News:

Homeless resident Victor “Vic” Ballance died of a suspected drug overdose on July 24 in a swath of undeveloped land just behind Oggi’s Restaurant in Encinitas, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

After rumors of Ballance’s death, pervasive drug use and growing reports of property crimes in the area, The Coast News, accompanied by two longtime Encinitas residents, Jeff Morris and “JD,” visited the location of Ballance’s death on the morning of Aug. 9 to inspect the area.

Morris, the controversial founder of Encinitas Watchdog and North County Citizens Coalition (NC3), has been covering the homeless situation in Encinitas for years.

During the walkthrough, The Coast News found numerous dwelling areas consisting of large tents with beds scattered throughout the woodlands; countless heaping mounds of junk and stolen equipment; islands of assorted plastics, cans, glass bottles and drug paraphernalia; putrified food containers and dirty clothes — all of which was hidden beneath the sprawling tree-covered ditch reeking of urine, feces and garbage.

Monday, August 9, 2021

Barth gives council benefit of doubt on $11 million crony payout; doesn't want to know any facts

Former councilwoman Teresa Barth's newsletter on the injury payout to a personal friend of the city council:

My experience, while on city council, with these personal injury cases rarely had little to do with who was at fault but an analysis of potential costs. What are the expected legal costs of a trial, potential settlement amount (juries usually side with the victim) and is it covered by insurance? Not knowing all the specifics of this case, I am still confident that the council made a prudent decision.

The Sheriff's Department has a detailed accident reports on this case. What possible justification is there for our City Council to continue to hide this report from the public while giving away $11 million of the public's money? 

Anyone remember "Transparency and Trust?"

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

New homeless camp on North Vulcan

 From the Inbox (unedited):

On Friday, July 31, 2021 the space between the the train tracks and north Vulcan started filling up with junk, broken down vehicles and their owners. The exact location is across from Rivera Trailer Park at 699 N Vulcan Ave 92024. The invasion is spreading to south as the days go by. News residents arrived Monday around 11:45 pm with a loud reception from the occupations.

I live in the small apartment complex to the south of the Rivera. Several of us have worried about their needs. Such as restrooms. Well, it has been revealed what they plan to do. As, far as our complex they are using the privacy of the wall that surround the apartments for privacy do their. Everyday we get to pick up human waste in a play area.( never there in eight years). This is a health is and will be turned it. As for the trailer park their problems are greater. They are coming onto private property at both place and the Sherriff department acts like it is out problem; deal with it.

Just an hour ago I watch a one of the woman for the vehicles walk through our complex looking at the tot park and other things. I would have said but with delivery people who knows know people are.

They needs to be addressed before with is wall to vehicles and tents. Please send someone to look at this mess,