The local papers have been chocked full of Encinitas news and goodness lately.
Check out Robert Nanninga's piece in the Oct. 6 Coast News, Encinitas cronyism lets Guerin eat cake. (If the Coast News would update their website I would link it or copy and paste the meaty parts, hrmmph).
It's the best piece Nanninga has written in a long time and a refreshing detour from the usual doom and gloom "the human race sucks" drivel he usually writes. This one is sharp and witty and on the mark. He actually does some helpful journalism, exposing the growing creepiness of the Muir/Waynio/Guerin/Dalagher relationship.
This could mark a turning point for Nanninga. He weakly supported Prop A and Prop C while inbetween rantings about sunken ships and dive tours (?!?) but maybe this article is a sign of more great stuff around the corner for him. I look forward to this week's column from him.
Also in the same issue of the Coast News, a good letter by perennial pain in the ass, Kevin C who critizes Dalagher's attitude about the Mossy purchase and other meaty subjects. Kevin has improved greatly in the last year as a city critic now writing on the mark letters that appeal to the casual reader.
In the North County Times last week:
Encinitas ponders property sales
Includes a good web comment by our pal Kevin:
Kevin wrote on October 08, 2006 8:58 AM:"Page 20 of the appraisal explains why the estimated market value of the property (land & improvements) is $8.5 million, which is one million less than we paid. To the general market the buildings are actually a liability. The appraiser estimated it would cost $200,000 to demolish the buildings and deducted that from his appraised value to arrive at the $8.5 million dollar figure. The appraiser and commercial real estate people I ran the appraisal by agree that there are a number of very questionable things going on. The 8.5 mill figure was way too high. Given that, we very well may have come out ahead of other options for a public works yard even with the purchase at 9.5, but that does not explain the discrepancies in the council's justifications for the purchase price. They said two conflicting things; that we drove a hard bargain & we just simply paid market value. I doubt we drove a hard bargain because paid what we had budgeted for constructing a yard. I know we didn't pay market value. Page 2 of the appraisal reads, "Fee Simple Market Value: $8,500,000." We paid $9.5. "
Encinitas council up for a 20 percent raise
Honestly, I don't really care if the council gets a raise but they are crazy for bringing this up now. Stocks sounds like he is smart enough to know that the current climate to too volatile for this. If it makes the council feel any better, I get all the same long winded crazy e-mails they get but I have to read them for free.
Proposal calls for 19 homes overlooking Batiquitos Lagoon
There has been plenty of commentary about La Costa Ave on this blog before. The city really needs to consider improving that road before rubber stamping anymore development. Think the hotel, news homes, new condos, the nursery workers putt putting on their little work carts, increased traffic from the freeway offramp and the gas station.
Paperwork reveals Encinitas campaign finances
Just in case you are keeping score. Big spenders beware, the most money doesn't always win in this town.
North County Times to hold community forum in Encinitas
Without the NCT.com web coverage and new easy links they provide I would have given up on this blog a long time ago. This is your chance to praise/harass plucky local reporter Adam Kaye in person.