This blog has become really popular (I'm as surprised as you) and I find the comments people take time to post fascinating. Sometimes I post comments as a main blog post. Here is one of them:
The whole roundabout thing has caused me think in circles.
We came together as a city because we were less than pleased by the dumping attitude of the county. That was a time that if you had 5k (or a prostitute) you could get Paul Eckert, our supervisor, to vote your way on anything.
The five communities were necessary to achieve a critical mass (lafco) to become a city. I think that critical mass is still needed today.
That brings me to the circle part:
First it was the city services and the El Camino Real corridor that got the attention. That attention and expenditures were possible because of the property values along the coast that the new city of Encinitas was able to spend inland.*
Next it was downtown, those improvements were made possible by the new sales tax revenue of the Encinitas Ranch and the El Camino Real corridor.
Now, and the next five years, it’s Leucadia’s turn, those projects are made possible by the generation of property tax and sales tax generated by downtown and the Encinitas Ranch.
I have no doubt in the future, improvements to Cardiff and the El Camino Real corridor will be made possible by the Leucadia corridor property tax and hotel tax.
My simple point is that we are all making it better. It’s Leucadia’s turn at the wheel for the near future.
California has 33 million people and most of those folks (us) live in the bottom third of the state, along the coast.
It’s difficult to lock the doors and say stay away. Its possible to say here’s what we want when you come to our town, or drive through.
We have the right, and I think the obligation to control traffic and calm traffic as it comes through our city.
Reduce the lanes, the lane width, and most importantly the speed.
And finally, don’t pick on other areas of the city, but thank them for helping Leucadia.
*This is a key point. Without the original property tax collected from the private homes of old Leucadia, Olivehain, Encinitas and Cardiff none of the capital projects could have been jump started in the first place. The older neighborhoods deserve respect.