DEMA president and Carlsbad resident Steve Aceti has been the #1 backer of Prop. C which would have raised your property taxes to pay for the existing clean water program. The Coast News story reports Voters Reject Prop. C Aceti said one idea he is going to suggest to City Manager Kerry Miller is that the city consider raising the hotel tax to fund the program, much as the city did to help pay for sand on the beaches.
Mr. Aceti is still unclear on the concept, the voters are telling the city to use the existing budget wisely. I never have liked Prop R which taxes tourist to help pay for sand, mostly because the sand that gets imported is always this god awful scratchy gritty stuff that leaves this weird white film on your skin. I feel sorry for the families that try to set up camp in those patches of crappy sand down at Moonlight Beach. We don't even need any sand imported this year, we had a mild winter and there is still lots of sand on the beach. The coming spring and summer south swells will refill the bare spots.
Mayor Guerin has this quote in the North County Times story, Clean-water initiative flushed in Encinitas "We'll do exactly what we need to and nothing more," Mayor Christy Guerin said.
That is fine and great (almost sounds like a threat) but I wonder if Mayor Guerin even understood what the clean water program is all about, which is this:
Moonlight Beach and Cotton Wood Creek cannot smell like sewage!. Moonlight Beach is the heart of the town and our #1 tourist destination. The city has been spending a lot of money on that beach, building a playground for example, and is about to spend more (new snack stand, etc.)
That area should not smell like sewage but trust me it does. Ride your bike through there on a hot August night and tell me you want to live in one those multi million dollar homes or stay in the nearby hotels or eat at the Moonlight plaza restaurants. The smell is bad for business, it's bad for tourist, it's bad for residents, it's bad for the new park and it's bad for the children's beach playground.
What is upstream from the Cotton Wood Creek outfall? Gas stations, car washes, grocery stores, hotels, car dealerships and restaurants line Encinitas Blvd. I wonder how much tax revenue per year the city collects from these places? Remember, Encinitas Blvd, stretches all the way east to Rancho Santa Fe. It's these business's and car traffic that contribute to the vast majority of runoff into Cotton Wood Creek. It's also reaping lots of income, the gas stations alone must be raking in huge taxes.
The revenue collected from Encinitas Blvd alone should be able to pay for the clean water program, there was no need to cherry pick home owners spread across the town's 5 communities.