Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Housing Plan Update Looms in 2016

In 2016 there will be a ballot measure on the new Housing Element for the Shire of Encinitas.

The city is seeking input on what the Housing Element will look like.

Visit the city's Housing Plan Update page: clicky clicky

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Pacific View site Proposal: Make it a "Glamping" Campground

I've been thinking about our recent Pacific View land purchase and I think I got a good idea for y'all.

We need more camping opportunities around here, camping in our urban beach environment is super fun. Even locals book a campsite at Cardiff or Carlsbad once a year.

With the proper landscaping and love the Pacific View site would make for great "Glamping" (glamor camping).

The city could put in cool Airstream trailers, build modern hipster tents and yurts and install facilities like showers and restrooms. It would be great.

Imagine spending the day with the family at Moonlight Beach all day, then walking a short walk to your Glamp Site. You could enjoy downtown Encinitas easily if you get tired of the beach.

I haven't crunched the numbers, but it should be an affordable build out and I have no doubt it would book out far in advance.

Don't laugh at my crazy idea, this could work. Classic retro family camping is the future. 

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Why Kristin Gaspar will be mayor of Encinitas for the next decade (and beyond)

Encinitas, Kristin Gaspar is your mayor for at least the next 10 years and maybe more. 

Let's think about that for a minute.

In the last election we all decided that we should start electing mayors instead of the ceremonial rotating system that always broke down into weird high school politics.

But, we are a fearful group so we adopted a mere 2 year term for mayor.

Now that Kristin Gaspar has handily secured the mayor spot she will now spend the next 2 years in campaign mode. Look for her to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and sharp and on point everyday all day. She will never really say anything too controversial and she will milk her role as a visible and attractive mascot of all the good things of Encinitas. Not even  Dan Dalager could crush a ribbon cutting like Gaspar.

Previous mayors like Christy Guerin and Jerome Stocks would always slip up and say mean grumpy things that eventually erode at their votes and reputations. Gaspar is way too savvy for such slip ups.

Who can beat Gaspar in the next election for mayor? There is nobody in this town with a strong enough cult of personality to energize the amount of money and votes it would take to upset Gaspar.

Newly elected council person Catherine Blakespear has good support coming out of the gate, but she would be foolish to challenge Gaspar head to head so soon, losing to Gaspar in a mayor run in 2 years would only erode her reputation and make her council seat vulnerable.  

Silver haired business men can come out of the woodwork and spend their retirement money on runs at mayor, but why would they beyond satisfying their own egos? Washed up ceo's fresh off the golf course won't beat Gaspar and they would be better off lobbying her in the background anyway.

It would take a major, major mistake on Gaspar's part to derail her destiny as the new perennial mayor of Encinitas. The now missing 10,000 strong Leucadian vote that once supported Maggie Houlihan has no-one to rally behind. Are they even still out there?

Media coverage isn't a factor.
The San Diego Union Tribune will never write anything overly harmful about Gaspar.
The Coast News might take shots at her but nobody will read it because you can't get past their online subscription form.
The Seaside Courier will probably just shut down now that election 2014 is over because the Courier is pointless.
The Encinitas Advocate will continue to do fair balance journalism and no-one will notice.
The handful of local blogs are only read by fringe weirdos like you and me.

Another huge factor, Kristin Gaspar is only in her 30's.

Bud Lewis recently passed away, he was mayor of Carlsbad for 24 years! (source)

Unless a bright new star emerges (preferably a millennial female) on the local political stage over the next year we can count on another easy win for Gaspar in 2016 and she will keep on winning every 2 years for the next 2 decades.

Easy Win for Mayor Gaspar

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Visit Encinitas Advocate for election roundup: clicky clicky

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Leucadians vote for Kranz & Blakespear Tuesday Nov 4th election 2014

On Tuesday November 4th 2014 I'm voting:

Tony Kranz for Mayor
Catherine Blakespear for city council

I've found both Kranz and Blakespear to be calm, intelligent, professional and reasonable people and Leucadia would do well to support them.

 Also, I'm voting Yes on F

 thank you

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Coronado city council approves plan to replace huge Eucalyptus trees cut down on E avenue

By John Carroll

Residents on the 100-block of "E" avenue in Coronado say they're happy with a city council vote on the future of huge Eucalyptus trees on their street.  But some of those same residents also say they're unhappy with how the cutting down of two Eucalyptus trees was handled.
When San Diego 6 first covered the story in late September, two trees had been cut down earlier that day.  Two others are scheduled to go, but it appears the remaining ones are safe.  Now the question turns to what kind of trees will replace the two that are gone and two others that are scheduled to be cut down.
The Eucalyptus trees along the 100-block of E avenue have been on the 100 block of E avenue between 80 and 100-years.  They're majestic, a draw for tourists, the pride of neighbors.  So when crews showed up here late last month and began cutting them down, surprised and horrified neighbors like Dan'l Steward swung into action.  You may recall Steward and another man climbed into two of the trees and refused to leave until the city listened to their concerns.
Fast forward to Tuesday night's city council meeting, and the issue before council members was approving a plan to replace the two trees already gone, and two more that will be cut down in the near future.

read the rest of the news story: clicky clicky

The city of Encinitas has been circling on the giant euc at Leucadia Blvd and Hwy 101 (which will cause 10,000 Leucadians to march on city hall with pointy sticks).

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stone Steps Contest 2014

Nice gallery online of the 2014 Stone Steps Contest: clicky clicky

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jasper St Dragon Tree Slain

You say you want a little shade break on your walk up Jasper St to Beacon's Beach?
Fuck You, that's why.