Some Jewish residents pan Encinitas for scheduling of event on Rosh Hashana
By: ADAM KAYE - Staff Writer
ENCINITAS -- Some Jewish residents criticized Encinitas officials Tuesday for scheduling and promoting a regional event on Rosh Hashana, one of the holiest days of the year for Jewish people.
The event, Operation Homecoming at Encinitas, is a stop on a national reading tour that is scheduled to visit more than 30 cities.
The visit to Encinitas by editor Andrew Carroll and contributors to a just-published collection of war stories is expected to draw 1,000 guests to the Encinitas Community and Senior Center on Sept. 22.
Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown that day.
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It would be easy to milk the Dalagher/Jew thing for comedy but I'm going to cut Dalagher some slack. Between changing the name of the Holiday parade to Christmas parade and now scheduling an important event on a major Jewish holiday, Dan Dalagher isn't winning any Jewish votes in November. But I don't think Dalagher is some sort of Jew hater, I think he is just a goofy Gomer Pyle kind of guy who keeps having Seinfeld/Larry David type moments (ironically, both are Jewish) where he just keeps digging himself a hole by being sort of oblivious to the world around him. Dalagher is kind of like our very own Forrest Gump who has accidentally found himself as a city councilman and has to pee.
From the article: Dalager said Tuesday that the choice of dates for Operation Homecoming at Encinitas was not his.
"They gave us a choice of three dates, and we grabbed the one that the community center was open," he said. "Where else are we going to have it? In a parking lot somewhere?"
For Jewish people, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur on Oct. 1 are known as High Holy Days. Great numbers of worshippers attend synagogue on those days, Rabbi David Frank of Temple Solel in Encinitas wrote Tuesday in an e-mail to the North County Times.
Okay, fine. But you know what? If I was on the city council I wouldn't be scheduling events around people's superstitious beliefs, Jewish, Christian, Muslim or whatever either. That parking lot quote is hilarious by the way. Normally I would think a quote like that is political suicide but our president says stupid shit like that all day long and he got another term.
Slalom skateboarding coming to Encinitas this weekend
By: ADAM KAYE - Staff Writer
ENCINITAS ---- A two-day skateboarding event is scheduled in Encinitas this weekend, and it will close a segment of Saxony Road and take some participants back to the days of their childhood.
The Encinitas Open is expected to attract 100 competitors and 500 spectators to watch skaters carve through the cones at speeds of up to 30 mph, organizers say.
The course begins along a stretch of Saxony just north of Quail Hollow Drive. From that point north, Saxony will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
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This event almost didn't happen but when Dalagher saw a photo of local skater/surfer Josh E. he recognized him as a local kid who used to hang out at his house with his sons and encouraged the event to go ahead. There was confusion about the name of the racing club, The La Costa Boys, because it was assumed they were from Carlsbad. All of the La Costa Boys are from Leucadia/Encinitas and it's a good soulful local event.
Josh, who has worked with me at my family shop for years and years now, is not going to compete in the event because he is a new father and his wife won't let him race but he will down there helping out. It's a good thing Josh isn't Jewish eh?
Clouds of anger billow over city's anniversary fete
By Angela Lau
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
September 15, 2006
ENCINITAS – Tears of frustration flowed and harsh words spewed from a critic who told City Council members to take a hike over what was supposed to a joyous celebration of the city's 20th anniversary.
The flap at Wednesday night's City Council meeting stemmed from a five-day visit to Encinitas later this month by delegates from the sister city of Amakusa, Japan. The Japanese visitors have been invited to celebrate the city's 20th anniversary of incorporation.
The anger was a culmination of past frustration over the sister-city program, which critics call a taxpayer-subsidized activity that rewards council members and city officials with trips to Amakusa but excludes the public.
This time, critics accused the city of orchestrating a celebration that revolves around the sister-city visit and not the significance of Encinitas' first day as a city on Oct. 1, 1986.
Moreover, critics said, the city is spending roughly $10,000 of the $30,000 earmarked for anniversary celebrations to entertain the Japanese guests. The remaining $20,000 will be used for a community picnic scheduled Oct. 1 at Cottonwood Creek Park, city officials have said.
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Look, I love the Japanese. The local surf industry has been bringing Japanese tourism to Encinitas since the 70's. Last Tuesday my brother-in-law hired a limo to entertain his Japanese clients and drove them up to the Surfer Poll Awards in Anaheim. My Dad is a cult hero in Japanese surf culture, Cardiff pro surfer Rob Machado is a downright demi-god in Japan as is Joel Tudor. Leucadia shaper Mike Slingerland has been bringing free spending Japanese surfers here for over 20 years. So I'm down with the Japanese, I get the Japanese, I love the Japanese (and this is coming from a guy whose grandfather was a pilot who fought in the Battle of Midway).
So yeah, it would great if our sister city was a town with surf (Flower Capital-Surf Center, remember?). But whatever, it's not that big of a deal. But comon' you guys. $10,000 to impress your Japanese friends? Does that include booze and strippers? Can I come along?