A hidden gem in this NCT story about the candidates:
Encinitas council candidates play up volunteer work, family values
He [Long] hinted that volunteer work could stand in place of government process.
Citing the council's recent approval of $300,000 to $400,000 to build sidewalks in Leucadia, Long said, "This is something as a volunteer I would have taken on myself. I'd say put the sidewalks in and blow the (state) Coastal Commission off."
The Coastal Commission does not have regulatory oversight of the Leucadia sidewalk plan, nor has it registered formal opposition to the proposal, a city planner said after Tuesday's forum.
So, according to Doug Long all of you Leucadian taxpayers should just suck it up and install sidewalks yourselves.
Funny, Doug Long's plumbing business is on 2nd Street which has really nice sidewalks. 2nd Street is buddy buddy with coastal downtown Encinitas which has sweet sidewalks and landscaping from the streetscape program.
Did anyone see Doug Long out there with his shirt sleeves rolled up helping the city workers pour cement?
One thing I never understood, why making coastal Leucadia walkable is such high drama. We've discussed on this blog before how simple sidewalks really are. It would be cool if we just built our own sidewalks ourselves, but that isn't very realistic these days. The reality is we would probably get in big trouble.
Doug Long's paranoid comment about the Coastal Commission is disturbing. His best friend Dan Dalager has made some strange remarks about the Coastal Commission in the past as well. Are they hanging out after work having a beer and getting themselves all worked up over nothing?
I mean, seriously..."I'd say put the sidewalks in and blow the (state) Coastal Commission off." That is the lamest quote of the candidate race by far. Is he trying to sound like a badass?
It sounds to me that if Doug Long gets elected we can enjoy more of the status quo in Leucadia, a neglected infrastructure and more bad attitudes.