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

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.