Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Encinitas Mag Issue 2

Hometown hero Chris Cote is doing a great job with Encinitas Magazine. Give it a look.

Monday, January 19, 2015

MLK Day

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. MLK


It is easy to stand up when we are all aligned. It is also inconsequential. It is a different story when those around you would rather not reflect on and defend the dominant trend. KMC 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Sales Prevention Squad Ups Operations in Leucadia Business District

Beware coastal Leucadia dwellers, the Sheriff Swat Buggy is writing tickets to tax payers for crossing the train tracks.
Will the shadowy NCTD (North County Transit District) and the city of Encinitas ever provide adequate pedestrian infrastructure in the coastal Leucadia business corridor???

Sunday, January 04, 2015

We Can't Make More Mountains

I've been busy the last few years. That's why it was so sweet to have the opportunity to take two weeks off over the holidays.

California, with the SF Bay Area and San Diego especially, is geographically positioned in a such a way that folks of even modest income can have a very rich quality of life for the active and adventurous.

We live within a day trip and weekend trip of so many different sorts of places. Here in San Diego, we get to surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon. After a winter storm, we can load up the family after breakfast and head to Julian or Palomar and play in the snow for free (not counting fuel costs) and be back for dinner.

With flat waves and snow in the forecast, my family took advantage of a friend's rental cabin on Palomar Mountain, before the New Year's storm. We felt fortunate to have that resource to enjoy. We felt relaxed, calm, and connected to be out of the urban rush. That was before the storm.

Deep snow on Palomar

We got snow. There was snow up to the bottom of my knees. Snow was down in the valley and thick across Rancho Guejito (think "smart growth"). It was absolutely a wonderful few days on the mountain. We were sorry more of our friends couldn't share the time with us.



View from Palomar looking south across Ranch Guejito and Hell Hole Canyon.

Five years ago, I wrote about how fun it could be to run up to Palomar to play in the snow, as a break from the normal routine. A definite quality of life benefit of living in Leucadia. Even then, we saw that benefit was stretched thin. We were glad we drove up early in the morning, even back then.

Well, what we observed this week was redonkulous. Mountain day trips to the snow are no longer on the list of reasons it is good to live in Encinitas.

After the storm, there was not enough room at the top of Palomar for everyone. There was no sense of getting away from the urban rush for the 10's of thousands that sought to go to the mountains across the county. South Grade Road up Palomar looked like an ant trail of cars (see below). It was stop and go all the way up... to get to a destination where drivers would find difficulty parking and families finding it hard to spread out. CHP ended up closing east and south grade road. Thousands of cars were diverted past Rincon and south toward valley center, as they later shut down parts of the 78. It was nuts and must have been sad for many of the families that made it that far without giving up.

South Grade Road Traffic Jam (Click to Enlarge)






 Traffic backed up for miles on Highway 78

We saw all this as we left the mountain. The cars lined up for miles. People must have crawled for hours just to find out they couldn't drive up to the top where there was still deep snow. Certainly, many probably tried to go to Julian when they were diverted back through valley center. That would have been painful, because there were reports of 4-5 hour travel times to get to Julian from San Diego. This was caused by the shear numbers of people heading out; a function of San Diego's population size. Thousands of people set out to enjoy a nice day in the snow and instead found themselves stuck in their car for a majority of their day. 

We can add many new (and expensive) facilities to our city that are nice to have. We already have(/had) lots of great reasons to enjoy Encinitas and greater San Diego. We must remain thoughtful about the diffuse effects of our planning decisions and how the future's quality of life will be impacted. That's fine if we collectively decide to make those tradeoffs, but we should recognize and articulate what will be lost, as well as what will be gained, when the choices are made. However, I will always regret the erosion of our "close to snow" resource.

I know some folk think we should only discuss positives. Ignoring negatives can result in less positives in the future and reduces the value of communication from those who speak up only on rosy topics.


KMC

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Leucadia a ‘problematic area’ for illegal crossings


You may have seen the Encinitas Advocate story:
Leucadia a ‘problematic area’ for illegal railroad crossings
Excerpt:
There’s a legal crossing at Leucadia Boulevard, but it’s common to see people just north breaking the law by walking across the railway.
In hopes of cutting down on illegal crossings, North County Transit District (NCTD) recently identified north of Leucadia Boulevard as one of three focus spots.
“It’s proven to be a problematic area for us since we’ve had a heavy number of incidents there,” said Katie Whichard, NCTD’s public information officer.

Stray Observations:
 *If you are one of the many citizens who live along the Vulcan corridor and want to access the coast highway business and the beach you are naturally going to take the path of less resistance.

*Crossings the train tracks is the easy part if you are non-suicidal sober person, it's the 4 lane coast highway that is the dangerous part of the journey.

*Fun Fact; the handsome founder of the Leucadia Blog also owns the business pictured in the background of the photo in the EA story. He recommends a marked pedestrian crossing at Jasper St. But, nobody listens to deadbeat bloggers.

See also:
Letter to the editor: Synchronize traffic lights

Thursday, December 25, 2014

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