Thursday, September 15, 2022

Jeff Morris seems totally normal

From the Inbox:


We have no idea what anyone has done that could be considered felony harassment of voters, but we'd love to hear!

Saturday, September 10, 2022

iPalpiti classical music festival leaves town after dispute with city staff

Coast News:
The iPalpiti Festival, an international classical music event, is leaving the city of Encinitas and suspending the popular Music by the Sea event due to alleged mistreatment of program organizers and musicians by the city’s staff and newly-appointed arts administrator.

Director Laura Schmieder informed city leaders the iPalpiti Artists International nonprofit is officially terminating its 10-year run citing a number of grievances in a Sept. 1 letter addressed to Mayor Catherine Blakespear, City Manager Pamela Antil, Arts and Culture Manager Travis Karlen and Encinitas Friends of the Arts.

Friday, September 2, 2022

Blakespear campaign claims she took illegal guns off Encinitas streets

Did we miss something?

Coast News:
Katie Merrill, general consultant for Blakespear’s campaign, said of the poll results, “Blakespear has real accomplishments and real governing experience. From standing up for a woman’s right to choose, to taking illegal guns off of her city’s streets, to supporting small business owners, her record appeals to the kinds of voters who will decide this race.
What illegal guns were taken off Encinitas streets, and what was Blakespear's role in their confiscation?

Monday, August 22, 2022

Morris sought Democratic Party endorsement, promised to give Democrats priority for all city commissions

Locals were amused in July when it was revealed that mayoral candidate Jeff Morris, who has been publicly and vehemently opposed to current mayor Catherine Blakespear for years, had e-mailed Blakespear earlier this year proposing a political alliance.

Having apparently been spurned by Blakespear, Morris now turns to her Democratic Party for support.


From the Inbox:

another installment in the continuing saga of "Who is Jeff Morris?"  He applied for endorsement by the San Diego County Democratic Party - see attached agenda, item #8:

8. Endorsement Recommendations:
a. Encinitas Mayor – Tony Kranz, Jeff Morris

And on his application, among other things, Jeff promises his allegiance to the Democratic party, including the pledge to appoint only Dems to city boards and commissions: 




He also claims he had double the number of voters over the other candidates (who knew the vote happened already?):




This takes the cake: when the time came for Jeff to speak to the board, he was a no show.  When he should have been convincing the Party of his worthiness, he was instead busy on his police scanner saving the city:

 







In the Party deliberations on the endorsement, Morris was reportedly referred to as "a wacko."

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Morris blows up, accusing Cremona of being behind inflammatory flyer

From the Inbox, two purported group e-mails from Jeff Morris to the "NC3" group (apparently this group  which shared Morris' mission of shutting down the Leichtag homeless parking lot).

We haven't seen the original e-mail and can't vouch for the authenticity, but it certainly sounds in character for all parties involved. 

The e-mails are here, with background commentary interspersed in (blue parentheticals) by someone with knowledge of the situation. Apparently someone passed an inflammatory flyer around Morris' Poinsettia Park HOA, and Morris believes Cremona is behind it.

The inflammatory flyer circulated at Poinsettia Park HOA is here. The legitimate Clark Development Action Group flyer is here.



Friday, August 12, 2022

Muir out; teachers' union likely to recapture school board

From the Inbox:

 

The Muirs burned a lot of bridges in this town. We hear they're off to Idaho. You get a lot of house in Idaho with a $200,000 pension.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Happy 90th, Pat Curren!



More on Pat here.

HT: @saveencinitas

Republicans against Muir

SD Rostra:
Maureen “Mo” Muir is running for re-election to the San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Trustees. She has served on school boards for close to 12 years now. Four years ago, she ran for the California Assembly. She didn’t raise money, didn’t secure the Republican Party of San Diego County (RPSDC) endorsement, and at the 11th hour either launched or joined on to a coordinated (and baseless) attack against the GOP-endorsed candidate, Philip Graham.
We covered the Muir dirty tricks here.

Maureen's husband Mark remains the pension king of Encinitas, pulling in $202,500 a year after retiring in his 50's.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Morris4Blakespear campaign

From the Inbox:
A posse made rounds around town last night. Cardiff, Seaside, Stonesteps, Beacon’s, Grandview, the rail trail, ECR corridor, ECP, and the Leucadia crossing reported seeing hundreds and hundreds of fliers reporting a possible Morris/Blakespear connection. Where have you spotted these? Morris, the Dem wolf in sheep’s clothing, secretly riding the coattails and offering to massage Blakespear the career politician’s critics?

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Blakespear’s top donor is Trumper, San Diego’s biggest apartment landlord

Coast News:
San Diego’s biggest landlord is also the largest contributor to Mayor Catherine Blakespear’s state senate campaign, making her the only Democratic candidate in this year’s election to receive a donation (of any size) from the company’s principal owner and longtime Republican donor.

After contributing thousands of dollars to former President Donald Trump’s 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns, Gerry Ranglas, CEO of R&V Management — the owner of at least 8,000 apartments in San Diego County — has substantially backed Blakespear over her GOP counterpart, Matt Gunderson, in the 38 State Senate District race.

Friday, July 22, 2022

Legal fight over Blakespear censoring residents continues

 Coast News:

A group of residents continues to seek legal remedies against Mayor Catherine Blakespear over her alleged censorship of critics on social media, recently filing a new notice of intent to move forward with litigation unless previous settlement terms are satisfied.

San Diego civil trial attorney Carla DiMare filed an amended notice on July 14 with the city of Encinitas on behalf of Robert Nichols, former chairman of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, and approximately 28 other “citizens’ rights advocates.”

DiMare, who replaces Carlsbad-based attorney Michael Curran, claims her client’s constitutional rights were violated when Blakespear restricted access to her official mayoral Facebook page and blocked certain users for expressing dissenting opinions.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Encinitas Residents for Responsible Development appeal to county over Goodson project

North Coast Current:
Encinitas Residents for Responsible Development is calling for the county to lead a thorough, multidisciplinary analysis of a multi-housing development plan that the city of Encinitas has refused to complete following its third lawsuit against the city.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Small plane crash lands at RSF Road and Melrose

 Reportedly no one killed, pilot OK, perhaps some auto injuries.








Wednesday, July 13, 2022

“Leucadia… on its final breath”

“Quaint, funky old Leucadia soon to be all upscale La Jolla-ish” 

Jim the Realtor on big new Leucadia developments.


Monday, July 11, 2022

Campaign season open thread

 Lots going on around the campaign trail even as city meetings are in the slow summer season.

What’s got your interest?

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Fatal parking lot accident

Union-Tribune:

A 44-year-old man was killed Friday afternoon while lying near some bushes in an Encinitas parking lot when the driver of an SUV plowed through the shrubbery and struck him, authorities said.

It happened just before 3:45 p.m. in the parking lot of Enterprise Bank & Trust on North El Camino Real about a half-mile north of Encinitas Boulevard, according to San Diego sheriff’s Lt. David Collins.

Sheriff’s officials said the victim was lying on some grass on an embankment that was below and out of sight of the parking lot when he was struck. He died at the scene.

It was unclear why the SUV’s driver, a 61-year-old woman, drove over the curb and through the bushes.

Sheriff’s officials initially said deputies arrested her on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. But a news release several hours after the crash said investigators had not “yet determined if alcohol or drugs were a factor.” 

Friday, June 24, 2022

Resort hotel wins approval for new development next door

 Union-Trib:

The developer of the luxury Alila Marea Beach Resort won Encinitas Planning Commission approval Thursday for a project next door that will include apartments, hotel rooms and restaurants.

[...]

The 3.79-acre project site, which is just south of the hotel on N. Coast Highway, is proposed to contain 94 apartments, of which 19 will be set aside for low-income people. There’s also a 34-unit hotel that will be connected via bridge to the existing Alila Marea Resort. Some of the apartments will be built over a parking structure, others will be above commercial space. Jackel said the commercial areas could contain everything from an ice cream shop to high-end restaurants.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Monday, June 13, 2022

Armed robbery downtown

Times of San Diego:

Two women and two men were robbed early Sunday by four armed men, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Four men in their mid-20s and wearing ski masks robbed the victims of cash and jewelry at 12:21 a.m. Sunday on South Vulcan Avenue at East E Street, Sgt. William Clem said.

Friday, June 10, 2022

SANDAG tax increase fails to qualify due to huge number of fake signatures

 Union-Trib:

The county agency reported receiving by a May deadline 141,326 signatures, a 3 percent sample of which were counted. The number of projected valid signatures was 94,787, falling short of a needed 115,788 signatures, or 10 percent of countywide votes cast in the last gubernatorial election.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

6/8/22 City Council meeting open thread

 Please use the comments to record your observations.

Monday, June 6, 2022

Challengers likely to split vote and elect Kranz for mayor

By request:
Jeff Morris and his wife Kim alleged over the past few days that mayoral candidate Cindy Cremona deleted and blocked Jeff Morris’ political posts on the Nextdoor app. Escalating their accusations with increasingly extreme language over the past 72 hours, they posted their claims extensively on social media.

Here are the facts:

1.) Cremona as a “Welcome Team” member has no delete authority, in writing, per Nextdoor. From Nextdoor support: “Leads do not have the ability to remove neighbors, or otherwise affect a neighbor’s account in any way. Only Nextdoor’s Support team can take those actions."
2.) Jeff claims he spoke by phone with Nextdoor support to prove his claims. It is highly unlikely that he spoke with them; he needs to prove his claims in writing
3.) Jeff’s photoshopped screenshots do not constitute proof of his claims. This is hardly the first time Morris has made a baseless claim.

He needs to stop hiding behind his private social media sites and put his proof out here in the open. In other words: put up or shut up.
For the uninitiated, Cremona and Morris are both running for mayor as outsiders against the current council majority. Councilman Tony Kranz is the Blakespear ally, status quo candidate.

Cremona is involved with the Encinitas Viewpoint forum, which has a lot of overlap with the Prop A community character folks. Jeff Morris is more of an independent firebrand, and has pointed a spotlight on the city's homeless encampments with his Encinitas Watchdog group.

Best guess is Cremona is the stronger of the two challengers by a wide margin, and splitting the vote only helps elect Kranz.

UPDATE: Morris’s claims of Cremona’s supposed Nextdoor moderation appear to be unfounded:




Sunday, June 5, 2022

Council violated city code in naming Planning Commission replacement

Rules are for the little people.

Coast News:

The Encinitas City Council’s appointment of Robert Prendergast to the Planning Commission last week violated a provision of the municipal code regulating commission appointees, multiple sources have confirmed to The Coast News, confounding residents, legal experts and former city officials.

According to section D of Chapter 2.30.020 of the city’s Municipal Code, “Appointees to any city commission will not be selected from among members currently serving on any other city commission.”

However, the council on May 25 voted 4-1 to appoint Prendergast, a real estate businessman also serving as a member of the city’s Mobility and Traffic Commission, to become the new Olivenhain representative on the Planning Commission.

Kranz, along with Councilmember Kellie Hinze, Councilmember Joe Mosca and Mayor Catherine Blakespear all voted in favor of Prendergast’s appointment. Councilmember Joy Lyndes was the lone vote against.

Friday, June 3, 2022

Blakespear council sets city up for still more multi-million dollar cyclist injury lawsuits

 Facebook:


The Blakespear council already paid out $11 million to Blakespear buddy Roberta Walker for an early morning crash in the council’s newly created “sharrows” lane (though the Blakespear council is still hiding the accident report from the taxpayers).

And certainly millions more will be paid to the family of Dr. Jennings Worley, who was killed at the Blakespear council’s ill-conceived traffic bollards on Leucadia Boulevard.

And let’s not forget the dozens of injuries, several requiring ambulances and hospitalization, from the Blakespear road obstacles between Cardiff and Solana Beach. Lawsuits remain pending.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Backroom Blakespear in sneaky SANDAG scheme

Coast News:
In April, the San Diego Association of Governments announced it was including the scandal-plagued and asbestos-ridden 101 Ash Street and Civic Centre Plaza buildings in downtown San Diego into its controversial 2021 Regional Plan.

However, nearly the entire SANDAG board — with the exception of Chairwoman Catherine Blakespear, Vice Chair Todd Gloria and Executive Director Hasan Ihkrata — appeared to be unaware of the deal.

Now, according to an explosive report from La Prensa San Diego, a supermajority of the San Diego City Council approved a deal during closed session for the City of San Diego to buy the 101 Ash Street building — which was abandoned more than two years earlier due to asbestos exposure and non-functional mechanical systems — to bypass at least two lawsuits brought against the city over original deal.

According to La Prensa’s report, Gloria, members of the San Diego City Council and City Attorney’s office agreed to keep the vote secret until after the June 7 primary. The media outlet reported “City Hall insiders” suspect the city will buy the property and sell it to SANDAG as part of its Central Mobility Hub.

[...]

Blakespear, Gloria and Ihkrata acknowledged their plans to Voice of San Diego, although most of the SANDAG board was unaware of the deal until after the press release had already started trickling out from media outlets.

Last month, Ihkrata said he disclosed to the board twice about the plans for the Central Mobility Hub, however the properties involved were unknown to other board members until the press release.

“In a Dec. 3 meeting, we had a deep discussion,” Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall said at the April board meeting. “Chairwoman Blakespear promised. Mayor Gloria, too. Mayor Gloria said this board would be part of the process. All of a sudden, it’s in the paper and SANDAG is moving forward at warp speed. I’m very disappointed.”

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

5/25/22 City Council meeting open thread

Please use the comments to record your observations.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Blakespear's "apology" inflames her censorship victims

 Coast News:


Mayor Catherine Blakespear and the City of Encinitas are now under threat of legal action after the 38th State Senate District candidate issued what some residents called a “disingenuous” public apology over the weekend as part of a settlement agreement for blocking her critics on social media, attorneys familiar with the matter informed The Coast News.

Michael Curran, attorney at Carlsbad-based law firm Curran & Curran Law who represents more than a dozen of residents who were reportedly barred from Blakespear’s social media pages, told The Coast News his clients will pursue a government tort claim against the city and Blakespear in both her official capacity as mayor and as a private citizen for violating her sworn oath to protect and uphold the constitution and infringing residents’ free speech rights.

If the city does not agree to settlement terms under this action, Curran said the plaintiffs will pursue a lawsuit in state court.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

U-T endorses Joe Kerr over Blakespear

 Union-Tribune:
As vice chair of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board and a retired Orange County firefighter, Kerr understands drought and fire fears and conditions better than his opponents, fellow Democrat Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear and Republican small business owner Matt Gunderson. In a district that runs down the coast from Southern Orange County to Mission Beach, Kerr's resume and grasp of the issues is at least the equal of Blakespear's -- and better than Gunderson's.

But Blakespear has three strikes against her. Her vote against a local housing project drew a rare rebuke from the state Attorney General's office, which dinged Encinitas for not following state law on housing construction at a time when it is surely needed in the city. Her term as chair of the San Diego Association of Governmentshas seen the agency plunge into fresh scandal as it pursues ambitious transit plans with unrealistic business plans. And her disdain for critics she illegally blocked on her public Facebook accounts is troubling: it led to a lawsuit and a formal apology. We see these as warning signs when a fire captain could offer more.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

5/18/22 City Council meeting open thread

 Please use the comments to record your observations.

Blakespear agrees to stop censoring public comment and publicly apologize

Coast News

Mayor Catherine Blakespear will issue a public apology for blocking critics from participating in conversations on her mayoral Facebook page as part of a recent settlement agreement, sources familiar with the matter told The Coast News.



Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Planning Commission applicants to replace fired Bruce Ehlers

From the Inbox:

Prendergast and Vaughn are both Blakespear supporters.  Snedeker certainly makes up a unanimous third as we all know how much Blakespear can't stand dissent from "haters."
Applications here. Selection is on tomorrow night’s agenda.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Still more shady insider deals in city’s “affordable housing” program

Coast News:

A designated affordable home in Cardiff-by-the-Sea was sold to an investor and entered third-party escrow two weeks before the developer was authorized to advertise the sale, public records show, raising doubts as to whether the home was purchased legitimately under the terms of the city’s affordable housing agreement.
More history here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

5/11/22 City Council meeting open thread

 Please use the comments to record your observations.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Blakespear’s Body Count?

 Encinitas Guerrilla:

As part of Mayor Catherine Blakespear’s focus on increasing bicycling safety in Encinitas, the city had installed bollards — hollow green plastic posts about 3 feet tall — between the right traffic lane along Leucadia Boulevard and the bike lane next to the curb. The gaps between the bollards were about 10 feet. At Moonstone Court, the row of bollards extended close to the street’s corner.

Some cyclists commented that the bollard close to the corner forced the truck driver to make what cyclists call a “right hook turn.” That angle made it impossible for the driver to see Worley in his right-side mirrors. Photos taken at the scene shortly after the accident (see below) appear to show that the driver turned into Worley’s path, giving him no escape and causing him to fatally crash into the truck’s side.

Without bollards or had they stopped farther east of the intersection, the driver would have been able to see Worley in his right-side mirrors and to judge whether to slow and let him pass or to turn right ahead of him.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Attempted kidnapping at Moonlight Beach

 NBC 7:

A man attempted to walk away with a 5-year-old girl Sunday at Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.

SDSO said the man took the girl's hand and tried to walk away at about 4 p.m. in the 400 block of West B Street.

The child's mother saw this, grabbed her daughter's hand and yelled at the man, who took off in a southerly direction, SDSO said.

The child was not hurt.

The man was described as white, in his mid-30s, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 160 pounds, skinny, with short or buzz-cut blonde hair, wearing only gray sweatpants and no shoes or shirt, sheriff's officials said. Detectives were investigating.


UPDATE: False alarm. No charges for the false complaint.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Beacons closed due to bluff erosion

EU comments:
Breaking news on EU – Beacons beach closed until further notice. Bluff slide on northern half of parking lot with scarf going underneath rental house on North all the way down to the bottom of the tow of slops.

The repair is going to be expensive and long.

NextDoor:
Beacon’s parking lot and access closed. The bluff has new structural changes. Not good.


UPDATE: Encinitas Votes has a picture from JP St. Pierre:


County population declines

LA Times:
U.S. Census Bureau data released last month showed San Diego County’s population fell by 11,183 residents from July 2020 to July 2021 — mirroring the wider trend of more people leaving California’s high-priced coastal urban centers.

The data raise questions about whether the state’s expensive metro areas are on the brink of population declines fueled by falling birth rates, lower levels of foreign immigration and more residents fleeing for lower-cost locales.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

4/27/22 City Council meeting open thread

 Please use the comments to record your observations.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Encinitas crime rate rises much faster than region’s

Coast News:
Largely due to a surge in property crimes, the overall crime rate in Encinitas increased by 31% in 2021, according to SANDAG’s latest crime report released on Tuesday.

According to the report, crime throughout San Diego County rose by 9% between 2020 and 2021, with violent crime increasing by 8% and property crimes rising by 9% (Violent crimes were categorized as homicides, rapes, and aggravated assaults. Property crimes included robberies, residential burglaries, larceny, and motor vehicle theft).

While the city’s violent crime level rose by just 2% — below the regional average — property crimes increased by a whopping 37% in 2021, the data showed.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

4/20/22 City Council meeting open thread

 Please use the comments to record your observations.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

4/13/22 City Council meeting open thread

 There will be fireworks over the council’s planned firing of Planning Commissioner Bruce Ehlers!

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Cardiff man dies BASE jumping in UTC

Encinitas Advocate:

Authorities on Tuesday, March 29, released the name of a 48-year-old man who died a week ago when he tried to BASE jump at a high-rise apartment building in University City.

The county Medical Examiner’s Office said Cardiff resident Eric Roden jumped from the 23rd floor of Palisade UTC, a 23-story, upscale apartment building on the corner of Lomard Place and Nobel Drive. The Medical Examiner’s Office said Roden’s parachute likely malfunctioned.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Council plots to decapitate inconvenient Planning Commission

 This Wednesday's council agenda:
 

10A.Agenda item to terminate the term of Bruce Ehlers from the Encinitas Planning Commission effective immediately.  Contact Person:  Mayor Blakespear and Council Member Kranz

Ehlers is currently running for city council in the Olivenhain-New Encinitas district, and was a leader of the Proposition A "Right to Vote" initiative that the council despises.

More at Coast News.

Friday, April 8, 2022

Separated at birth?

 From the Inbox: 


Attentive campaign watchers noticing an incredible similarity between Morris and Kranz.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Mosca’s history repeats

Pasadena Star-News:
While more recent arrivals in town may be unaware of this fellow’s significance, veteran Sierra Madreanos are likely to remember Joe Mosca. The one-time mayor of Sierra Madre first arrived in town in late 2005, only to run for City Council less than a year later. Obviously he was a young man in a hurry. One of splendid gifts and much promise all were assured by his handlers.

Running as a preservationist opposed to a clunky mixed-use nightmare known as the “Downtown Specific Plan,” Joe rode to elective glory upon a wave of local revulsion at the city’s fraudulent proto-development political establishment. When his election gave slow-growthers a clear City Council majority, many declared the town’s troubles over.

Alas, no. As often happens with local baby-kissers, Mosca quickly flipped on everything he’d previously promised. He became an aggressive supporter of the very project he’d opposed when running for office. Something that led to a successful resident land use revolt called Measure V, an unsuccessful recall, general civic mayhem, plus some annoying blogs.

Then, for reasons remaining unclear to this day, in 2011 Joe suddenly resigned his office. This only months after he’d won re-election with a campaign vowing his eternal love of Sierra Madre. Some credited Chris Holden for effortlessly crushing Mosca’s state Assembly ambitions, leaving him with little reason to stay. Others pointed to his physician husband being awarded a lucrative job in San Diego, bread winner’s needs carrying the day.

Shortly after landing in the San Diego County surf and sand suburb of Encinitas, Mosca somehow managed to get himself appointed to an open seat on that City Council. This despite the many other hopeful applicants who’d lived there for more than a hot minute. When he actually needed to run for that seat a few years later, he barely eked out a victory over an 80-year-old resident who rarely left the house due to his ailments.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

As politicians continue to push high-density development, population is actually declining

I’ve got a feeling all those new units being built with inadequate parking in Encinitas under the pretense of the housing crisis are becoming Air BnB’s and vacation homes for the out-of town rich.

Voice of San Diego:
San Diego got smaller from 2020 to 2021, entirely because fewer people moved to the region than moved away from it, according to a Thursday release from the U.S. Census Bureau.

That made for three consecutive years in which San Diego had negative population growth.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

3/23/22 City Council meeting open thread

 Please use the comments to record your observations.


Thursday, March 17, 2022

Ehlers announces city council run for Olivenhain

Coast News:
I am Bruce Ehlers and I am running for Encinitas City Council District 4 (New Encinitas and Olivenhain) in November and hope you will join me in restoring a Council majority that will protect Encinitas from overdevelopment and fulfill the reason we incorporated in 1986.

Under the direction of our current City Council, Encinitas has undergone enormous changes that endanger the character of our community.

If you’re like me, you want to preserve the things that attracted you to live and stay in Encinitas: our beautiful coast, small beach town ambiance, overall quality of life and the special characteristics of our five unique communities.
Ehlers is the chairman of the Planning Commission and was a leader of the Prop A campaign to protect residents' right to vote on upzoning.

Incumbent Joe Mosca announced that he will not seek re-election. His role in upzoning the huge and hugely controversial Goodson development would surely have made that difficult.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

3/16/22 City Council meeting open thread

 Please use the comments to record your observations.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Leucadia still flooding after all these years

Coast News:
For nearly three decades now, Leucadia residents in an area spanning from roughly Basil Street to further north at Ponto Beach have lived with the distinct possibility of flooding during storm seasons.

The flooding not only causes extensive property damage but has had the ripple effect of pushing the city to pump untreated stormwater over the bluff through a pipe and onto nearby Beacon’s Beach, contaminating the coastal area and posing environmental hazards, experts say. Additionally, legal analysts believe the city’s diverting of stormwater from Old Encinitas to Leucadia may be unlawful, opening the city up to litigation.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

3/9/22 City Council meeting open thread

 Please use the comments to record your observations.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

City Council finds fame on ZeroHedge financial web site

ZeroHedge:
With oil now raging through $120 a barrel with little or no signs of stopping, we thought it would be a good time to look back over the "woke" virtue signaling ESG idiocy investment decisions that some actively managed funds made over the course of the last year.

[...]

The City of Encinitas also voted last September to "urge CalPERS to take such divestment action and update the city’s own investment policy which doesn’t have any direct fossil fuel holdings."

Monday, March 7, 2022

Our broken homeless system

San Francisco’s Michael Shellenberger:
If you take the so-called homeless problem, I believe it's fundamentally a problem of untreated mental illness and drug addiction, a form of mental illness. It's often self-inflicted, and it sometimes comes from trauma or from undiagnosed depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia, but sometimes it just comes from partying too much.

We don't have a functioning psychiatric system. A lot of people that are addicted to hard drugs might have done fine with an antidepressant, some cognitive behavioral therapy, and exercise, which works for almost everybody. We don't have that, and that's the traditional progressive criticism.

Then the other issue is why are there so many people on the streets in San Francisco? It's because we let them. There's a myth that it's because of the weather. Certainly in freezing places like Chicago, it's hard to be on the streets year-round. But there's other places like Miami, which are warm, which don't have the same problems that we have. Or they did, and then they fixed them. The solution is basically universal shelter—a safe and clean place to sleep. It should not be so nice that it attracts people to want to stay there.

That's not the policy we have. We have a "housing first" policy rather than a "shelter first" policy, under this utopian idea that we can just provide everybody who wants their own apartment in San Francisco or Venice Beach with their own apartment. It's obviously wrong. Just geographically you can't do it, but financially you can't do it. And it creates a terrible incentive for people to become homeless.

We need a "treatment first" policy. We need to enforce laws, including misdemeanors, including against public camping, public defecation, and public drug use. Those are cries for help from people. When they break those laws, they should be arrested, brought before a judge, and given the opportunity to have rehab or psychiatric care rather than jail or prison.

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Van Life Encinitas!

From the Inbox:
"Almost the friendliest van life town that I have been in in Southern California"

"Just full of stealth campers, van lifers"

"And they welcome it! They don't care that you spend the night here. There's one little area that there's a lot of people that sleep overnight in..."

If you don't have your own rig, you can always rent one.

We recall the council legalized camping in vehicles in order to start the Leichtag homeless parking lot. Did that apply to city streets as well?

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Residents sue over Olivenhain development

Encinitas Advocate:

 

Grassroots group Encinitas Residents for Responsible Development has filed its third lawsuit in two years against the city of Encinitas over a controversial proposed development.

The most recent one, filed on Jan. 28 in San Diego County Superior Court, contests a decision that the city made to allow the consolidation of four lots into one at the site of a proposed project by developer R. Randy Goodson.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

2/23/22 City Council meeting open thread

 Please use the comments to record your observations.

Division, Exclusion, and Inequality

A resident speaks to council about Mayor Blakespear's divisive "Equity Commission".

 YouTube:


Monday, February 21, 2022

Stabbing at downtown bar

 Encinitas Advocate:

Two men were stabbed in Encinitas late Saturday night, Feb. 19, a sheriff’s official said.

Deputies responded to a bar on South Coast Highway, south of E Street, to a reported stabbing just before midnight, Lt. Chris Galve said.

The deputies provided first aid, and paramedics took at least one of the victims to a hospital, Gavle said.

Bar patrons had detained the suspected assailant, and deputies took him into custody.


That’s the block of Biergarten and 1st Street Bar. Online commenters are saying it was 1st Street. 

Friday, February 18, 2022

Cremona announces for mayor

 Coast News:

I’m pleased to announce my candidacy for the office of Mayor for the City of Encinitas. I will run as an Independent/non-partisan candidate (NPP).

[…]

As with all growing cities, change is inevitable. But change requires good stewardship. Like my fellow residents, many of these changes are concerning, while some are outright alarming. Many residents feel overwhelmed by the amount of housing projects the city is approving and are frustrated by the lack of infrastructure to support the thousands of additional units looming on our horizon. 

It’s become clear in the last few years that city leadership disregards residents’ input. It seems the growing concerns over housing, traffic, crime, homelessness and our loss of open space are becoming endemic in our community and a new voice and different solutions are needed.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

2/16/22 City Council meeting open thread

 Please use the comments to record your observations.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

2/9/22 City Council meeting open thread

 Please use the comments to record your observations.

Monday, February 7, 2022

Friday, February 4, 2022

Carpet-bagging Blakespear crony given influential housing position

From the Inbox:

Mali Woods-Drake is one of two "Project Planners" on the city's Housing Acceleration Plan on next week's Consent Calendar.  Tasked with spending $310,000 in grant money, she will work to change city code with a "major area of area of focus to attain a legally compliant Housing Element."  Would love to know her qualifications other than she can be counted on to continue the mayor's attack on Prop A: MetaViewer.php (granicus.com).  Mali bizarrely blames Goodson [the huge Olivenhain condo development] on Prop A, not the council that put it on the map, and is getting her facts from who knows what source.  This is the latest mayoral appointment in a string that puts Mali, someone severely undereducated in Encinitas, its history, and its citizens, into yet another important position of influence.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Blakespear's Equity Committee suspects city and sheriff's department are profiting from ticketing minorities

FOIA request:
Robin Sales from the Equity Committee asked the below question re: traffic stops. Specifically, she wrote, "I had a thought that the sheriff's department and the city reap the financial benefit of traffic tickets and I'm wondering how we can look at that from an equity lens as the RIPA data clearly indicates a significantly higher stop rate of BIPOC in Encinitas. I would like to hear from Pam Antil how much the City takes in annually on those traffic stops."
There's lots more at the link between city staff and the outside consultant paid to coordinate the Equity Committee. Are we getting our money’s worth?

Cities abusing the public and minorities with fines for revenue is an actual thing, primarily in small towns in the Deep South. Thinking it's happening here requires an especially vivid imagination. As we learned in the Redflex saga, the city nets very little from traffic fines, as most of the money goes to the state, courts, and county. Further, our deputies are rarely observed spending all day manning speed traps (or even enforcing straight-pipe noise violations on 101, as a frequent commenter will tell you!).


Arrest made in racist high school vandalism

Regarding last month's racist graffiti incident at San Dieguito Academy:

From the Inbox:

Letter from school:
Yesterday [Feb 1], the Sheriff’s Dept made an arrest in relation to the vandalism that occurred on our campus on New Year’s Day. We appreciate your support in respecting the integrity of our site-based investigation and the privacy of any individual(s) involved by quelling any rumors or student-specific discussion related to the matter.
The suspect is reportedly a 16-year-old student at the school.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Another Democrat joins state senate race

Until recently it looked like Catherine Blakespear had a clear path to the state senate. She was the party insider choice. No other Democrat had announced for the race. She caught another break when redistricting made the district significantly more Democratic.

So it will no doubt come as very welcome news to voters who are loyal Democrats but don't like what Mayor Blakespear has done to Encinitas that now there's another choice:

Firefighter Joe Kerr.




If Blakespear holds on to the support of the party bosses, Kerr will need a lot of grassroots support. You can donate here.

Friday, January 28, 2022

Blakespear's Equity Committee gets criticism about influence over public safety contracts

 Coast News:

After a contentious public comment period, Blakespear addressed the criticism directed at her and the council.

“I’ll just say that I know you have the right to stand up here and to berate me, to insult me, to demean me, to bait me and that’s all part of the First Amendment rights that you have,” Blakespear said. “My hope is always that we can go back to recognizing that our democratic system relies on having the ability to see the humanity in others and to trust each other. And if you don’t like the policies, if you don’t like what you see from your elected officials, that you work really hard to elect somebody else.”

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Coast News commentary: The truth about Prop A

The Coast News has a history of Prop A and Mayor Blakespear's attacks on it. 

Here's the conclusion:
Throughout this prolonged and expensive legal process, it is worth noting that none of the city’s adopted housing plans provide adequate affordable housing, despite this being the stated goal.

In fact, the city is currently being sued in Federal Court due to alleged violations of Fair Housing law.

The city’s aim has always appeared to give the developers what they want, rather than to follow the intent of state law to create affordable housing. The mayor and city council lost sight of this intent and goal.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

1/26/22 City Council meeting open thread

 Please use the comments to record your observations.

Wall Street giant Blackstone Group involved in Encinitas fair housing scandal

 Coast News:

A federal housing discrimination lawsuit alleging an illegal housing scheme in Encinitas has recently widened its scope to include 14 defendants, one of which is controlled by private equity megalith Blackstone Group, according to new court filings.

[...]

Victor Spayde, [buyer Kenneth] Reed’s associate at Finance of America’s office in San Diego, was the preferred lender for the Mackinnon property. According to the complaint, Spayde discriminated against a low-income applicant during the qualification process to “enable his co-worker Kenneth Reed, a male investor to purchase the designated affordable home.”

Finance of America Mortgage, a publicly-traded company claiming to have originated over $65 billion in loans since 2017 from a variety of financial products, is owned by Finance of America Equity Capital and controlled by Blackstone Group.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Blakespear's sudden appreciation for democracy

Coast News op-ed:

Mayor Catherine Blakespear stated in her Jan. 6, 2022, newsletter: “The foundation of democracy is this: eligible people must be able to vote, the votes must be counted and the results must be respected.”

Has anyone noticed the hypocrisy of our mayor? Has Mayor Blakespear “respected” the results of our local elections? (Quoted text below is from her newsletter.)

1. She promoted Measure T that contained clear language that would have removed our Proposition A right to vote on all increases in zoning density and building height that exceeds 30 feet. When Measure T was voted down by the electorate of Encinitas, she doubled down with Measure U.

2. “Our precious democracy is at a tipping point.” The mayor formed a Housing Task Force to develop a new ballot measure. Several citizens put forth ideas that residents of Encinitas would accept. None of those ideas were included. The mayor arbitrarily overrode the Planning Commission’s lower height plan. The new measure contained language that would remove our Prop A rights. Measure U did not pass.

3.“And no matter who wins, we must agree to let the winner hold the seat of power until the next election.” When Measure U failed to pass, it went to the courts. During the trial, the city argued that the citizens of Encinitas would never pass a Housing Element no matter what was presented.

4.“The delegitimizing of our elections leads people to think that violence and physically thwarting the certification process is justifiable in the name of patriotism.” The city failed to defend prop A in court, siding instead with developers in its attempt to help delegitimize Prop A. The judge gave the city council 180 days to put forth a housing plan that would satisfy state requirements, allowing the mayor to set aside our Prop A voting right for one housing cycle. Instead of creating a voter-acceptable plan, she overstepped “the seat of power” (the people) and submitted the failed Measure U to the Housing and Community Development Agency (HCD).

5. “I call on each of us to speak out and demand that our elected officials participate in our democracy with faith to the Constitution.” Has she? The mayor did not stop at just “delegitimizing” two elections. She sued her citizens to permanently remove their voting rights. The mayor claims that she was seeking clarification. But I received notice that the city had filed a suit against the supporters of Prop A, asking the court to permanently set aside our voting right. The mayor later amended that suit to replace us with HCD, a friendlier defendant. The intent was the same: remove our voting rights. Prop A supporters filed as interveners which allowed us to defend our voting rights from this “delegitimizing” attack by the mayor. The decision sided with the citizens, upholding our constitutional right to vote on all up zoning.

6. “My biggest concern is that the delegitimizing of elections that led to this attack will become more coordinated and infiltrate deeper down into our system.” Mayor Blakespear used the word “democracy” 17 times in her newsletter. Either the mayor doesn’t understand the meaning or she has revised its definition. The greatest threat to local democracy, “delegitimizing” our local elections, and restricting voter rights, is Catherine Blakespear.

Dean Turney
Leucadia

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Big mixed-use project to replace Captain Keno’s

 Coast News:

The developer who purchased Captain Keno’s Restaurant and neighboring Portofino Beach Inn has shared new renderings exclusively with The Coast News, revealing a bright and colorful plan to redevelop the iconic Leucadia landmarks along Coast Highway 101.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Blakespear's revisionist history

Coast News Commentary

With State Senate stakes high for Encinitas Mayor Blakespear, she cannot rely on her actual record to get elected and instead has resorted to creating an alternate history to bolster her image.

Her revision of history started with the Cardiff Rail Trail and her flip-flop of its location on the east or west side of the tracks, and the embarrassment of having both SANDAG and the Coastal Commission disagree with her.

Last year’s loss in court when she sued Encinitas residents over Prop A further prompted her to begin changing the actual history of events to create a false and distorted record of her performance as mayor.

A review of “Catherine’s Top 10 of 2021” exposes her revisionist history on every single one of her “accomplishments.” Let’s take a look:
Click on over to read Blakespear's Top 10 rebutted. It's good.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Racist, homophobic graffiti at high school

North Coast Current:

Members of the Encinitas community and candidates for state office gathered outside San Dieguito High School Academy on Monday, Jan. 3, in solidarity against hate after racial and homophobic slurs were spray-painted on campus walls New Year’s Day.
District officials say that security cameras recorded a lone youth committing the vandalism about 4 a.m. New Year's Day, but the identity was obscured by a mask and beanie.