Jerome Stocks made the front page of the North County Times yesterday. His proposal didn't come as a surprise to me because he had mentioned such a thing several times in e-mail exchanges. This should mitigate a lot of damage his reputation has suffered over the Hall/park property thing.
I'm glad Stocks made this proposal, I believe the council when they say they don't want to become landsnatchers (who wants that label to follow you in life?). If the council went ahead with redevelopment the citizens were going to force a ballot measure anyway so in a way this is a time saver.
Here is my prediction, the council will now push ahead with forming an RDA for Leucadia. Those redevelopment plans will call for bulldozing many existing buildings (remember, the city needs to find 30 million in new taxes so all you coastal Prop. 13 freeloaders watch out).
The plan will go to the voters. The plan will pass because all the newbies in "new" Encinitas will only take 3 seconds to consider what blight really means. The "new" Encinitas voters will surely vote for redevelopment because this will be their chance to finally get rid of all the icky Mexicans on Vulcan Ave. That sounds harsh but we know this to be true.
However, I'm not a total pessimist. A 2/3rds vote is in Leucadia's favor. I would like to think that the majority of red blooded Americans wouldn't vote to take another person's private property. That would be mob mentality.
This was a smart move by Stocks, and I think it was the correct move. Jerome knows the Supreme Court decision was wack and this is a great way to go on public record against it. Does this mean that your property in Leucadia is safe? No, but at least we have a chance to protect it.
Is this a Smoke Screen?
(from the comment page)
Don't be fooled again.!
Jerome Stocks is creating a smoke screen with this ordinance so that redevelopment can be brought in. From what I have read the Redevelopment Agency follows state statute (all 340 pages worth) not city ordinances. I think we need to have our own workshop with a land use attorney present to give an opinion as to what can really happen under the present Supreme Court decision. Does anyone know an attorney who deals with this?
I heard that anyone who reads all 304 pages on the state statute gets a free small soda with their lunch at Jaunita's!