Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Leucadia Art Walk, Sunday August 26

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An artsy Sunday afoot in Leucadia

One mile of North Coast Highway 101, between Jason and Marcheta streets will be the venue for Leucadia Art Walk. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 101 artists will show and sell their work, bands will play and hundreds of visitors will mingle at the colorful festival. The highway will remain open and no traffic diversions are planned.

Morgan Mallory sez, "Every piece of art is going to be presented by the artist who crafted it, we do not want window salesmen, hawkers, Chinese imports or cheap T-shirts. We want unique, one-of-a-kind stuff."

For the convenience of visitors, two of the double-decker buses will make continual trips to the event from City Hall and the Encinitas Commuter Station, at Vulcan Avenue and D Street, where parking is abundant and free.

Musical performances are scheduled at bandstands throughout the event. Performers include Randy Fontaine & The Swingers, Joe Hager, Peter Hall, Julie Mack, Stevie Lynn & Triple Threat, Drums of Fire, The Flounders, Adrienne Nims, Full Revolution, Frank Leong Hawaiian Dance & Song, Ms. Magic Meryle Cohen, Megan & Austin Burns, Loren Golden & Marie LaMar.

One stage will be located at Leucadia Roadside Park on the Coast Highway at Leucadia Boulevard. At that small and grassy patch, the 101 Artists Colony will stretch out a large, blank canvas for children to paint.

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  1. These comments on the survey are too good not to post. I watched the council meeting and that Kevin Cummings guy is bright. Council better start paying him to help run the City.

    Encinitas survey criticized; results show most respondents satisfied with services

    By: ADAM KAYE - Staff Writer

    ENCINITAS -- Despite mostly positive results, a telephone survey of Encinitas residents drew negative reactions and skepticism from some City Council members and speakers Wednesday.

    No vote was taken to accept the 31-question survey conducted in July by Moore Information, Inc., an Oregon-based firm. The city paid the firm a $10,450 fee.

    While some council members defended the survey as a useful tool to craft policy, others noted disparities and raised concerns about the survey's administration. Critics also demanded that the pollster furnish the city with all of the raw data the firm had collected.

    The survey showed 58 percent of residents feel the city is headed in the right direction. That percentage, pollster Hans Kaiser told the council, illustrates a representative sample of 300 residents.

    To arrive at that sample, Kaiser said pollsters performed 11,753 "dials" to fill demographic quotas based upon age and gender.

    Those quotas, however, donít mesh with the Encinitas' demographic makeup as reported by the San Diego Association of Governments and Census 2000, said Bernard Minster of Melba Road.

    He complained that the raw data the city paid for was not packaged with survey results presented to the City Council, nor was a description of the survey's methodology.

    Random dialing meant that households with multiple phone lines would be more likely to be called, Minster said, and meant that younger people who used cell phones -- which don't have an Encinitas prefix -- would be underrepresented.

    Kaiser defended the survey as meeting or exceeding industry standards.

    The results showed Encinitas could improve its roads, traffic management and communicating with the public.

    "We need to figure out how to better connect with our citizens," said Deputy Mayor Jerome Stocks.

    Council watchdog Kevin Cummins asked how the survey would direct policy.

    Councilman Dan Dalager said later that survey respondents have shown Encinitas needs to "dump more money" into its roads.

    The survey showed declining optimism among respondents.

    While 58 percent of respondents told interviewers in July the city was headed in the right direction, 66 percent of respondents gave the same answer in December 2005.

    The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 6 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. That means if the survey were repeated 100 times, in 95 of those cases, responses would not vary more than the sampling error.

    The survey shows 38 percent of respondents are "very satisfied" with the city's delivery of services, compared with 42 percent who gave the same answer two years ago.

    The results also showed Encinitas could improve its delivery of information about programs and policies.

    As they did two years ago, respondents said that newspapers were their leading source of information about the city.

    -- Contact staff writer Adam Kaye at (760) 901-4074 or

    Comments On This Story

    Just plain wrong! wrote on Aug 23, 2007 1:16 AM:

    " I watched the meeting on cable tonight. Why is this terrible reporter trying to put a negative spin on things? A great majority (92%) said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the services provided by the city. This badly slanted story does a disservice to the city, its employees, and the programs which are appreciated by most that use them. When will NC Times management take steps to correct this? I for one am tired of the innacurate reporting ... "

    Rosie wrote on Aug 23, 2007 6:25 AM:

    " It is not that the services provided by the city have diminished over the past year that have caused a 2 percent decrease in overall satisfaction on the annual survey, it is the increase in technological whining that has increased. As the whiners, Cummins, Bonde, Murphy, Lees (are any of them employed?) et al, have better used their technological forums to expand their audience. It doesn't mean the whiners are correct, just more effective. In local politics, especially, perception IS reality. And the reality today appears to be wholesale bufoonery upon the Encinitas council dais. We would normally pity the poor staff, but it is their job to protect the councilmembers with good advice. This staff has slowly become the personification of the Peter Principle. Watching Dalager cower on the television broadcasts is dispiriting. "

    Wow! wrote on Aug 23, 2007 6:57 AM:

    " Those are big changes in the percentages of people unhappy about the direction of the City and traffic management. I think its time Council drop the focus on creating a $60 million+ regional sports complex, and spend more money managing/reducing freeway avoidance traffic. You are supposed to be representing Encinitas interest and not Carlsbad's interests. If you love Carlsbad so much, you should move there. Otherwise, start focusing your attention and the City money as your citizen’s want and what's in the best interest for all the Encinitains quality of life. "

    Votinig resident wrote on Aug 23, 2007 7:18 AM:

    " 42% of residents felt the City was heading in the wrong direction- an 8% increase in just 2 years. That is huge! Jerome Stocks and Jim Bond this should be your wakeup call. Time to drop the focus on spending $20 MILLION+ on fancy fire station upgrades and $60 MILLION+ on a regional sports complex and spend it on improving the safety of the roadways for pedestrians and reducing cut-through traffic in town. "

    To Dan Dalager and Council wrote on Aug 23, 2007 7:22 AM:

    " Did you Listen and hear the residents. LESS MONEY ON A REGIONAL PARK. MORE MONEY TO MAKE SAFER ROADS ! "

    Just Plain Lying wrote on Aug 23, 2007 7:38 AM:

    " Just plain wrong! couldn't have watched on cable. He was on the dais with the rest of the council. "

    Just plain right wrote on Aug 23, 2007 7:39 AM:

    " I was at the council meeting last night. I think the reporter reported the story accurately. He gives balanced comments from both sides. He didn't report that the pollster slipped up several times by calling the poll respondents voters. The survey didn't poll voters, but residents. Councilwoman Barth corrected the pollster. Reporting this would have made the article even more negative. The pollster also made a comment about targeted return calls. What? This made the survey sound like a political poll, not an opinion survey. Have we been had? "

    Makes sense wrote on Aug 23, 2007 7:58 AM:

    " The usual City Council critics can't stand the fact that an overwhelming majority of those surveyed think the city is an excellent place to live and is doing a fine job for its citizens. They don't like the results so they attack the survey. The survey is right, the critics are the minority opinion, keep up the good work! "

    Mike wrote on Aug 23, 2007 8:07 AM:

    " Phone polls are so outdated. Younger people don't have land lines. And with people using skype and vonage, they'll never be contacted. So everyone who is likely to complain about the city's use of technology are eliminated. This poll is a perfect example showing that the city doesn't know how to effectively use technology. "

    Ann wrote on Aug 23, 2007 8:09 AM:

    " The three boys get lots of money from developers and soccer people. They will continue ignoring the people who say no to regional sports tournaments and no to more building. They will say yes to continue over-building Encinitas and ruining this town. "

    Diego wrote on Aug 23, 2007 8:18 AM:

    " People of the city of Sad Diego also believed they were in an excellent place to live and their city was doing a fine job for its citizens, until they found out what was going on. "

    Joe wrote on Aug 23, 2007 9:28 AM:

    " Ann is right. The three boys are bad for Encinitas. Vote for someone other than Jerome Stocks and Jim Bond in 2008 and help save our City for becoming a JR. Carlsbad. "

    Nick wrote on Aug 23, 2007 9:32 AM:

    " News flash people: Encinitas is already ruined and has been for many years now. You think you are disgusted? How do you think those of us who have been here for generations feel? We are apparently in another drought and they want us to cut back on our water usage. Do you hear and see it? Tractors and dump trucks leveling land and building more new tracks of homes that 90% of locals can't afford. What's that you see on HWY 101 every day? All the traffic from O-side and Carlsbad using HWY 101 as their personal road to avoid getting on I-5 with the rest of the daily commuters. Pretty sad when all the traffic problems caused on a daily basis aren't even made by residents of Encinitas. You losers know who you are! Get up on the freeway with the rest of the cattle where you belong! "

    I think Rosie has a thorn in her side wrote on Aug 23, 2007 9:44 AM:

    " And does not like to hear the truth. Thanks all you concerned citizens who keep council informed about how we citizens feel. An active citizenry creates the best Cities and your helping keep Encinitas from becoming an OC Carlsbad. "

    Rosie has a thorn wrote on Aug 23, 2007 9:45 AM:

    " And does not like to hear the truth. Thanks all you concerned citizens who keep council informed about how we citizens feel. An active citizenry creates the best Cities and your helping keep Encinitas from becoming an OC Carlsbad. "

    Onandonanon wrote on Aug 23, 2007 9:58 AM:

    " I see that the pot hole posse is out in force again. Unless y'all can find a way to stop the other North County cities from building and get CalTrans to rush its I-5 widening project, freeway avoidance will continue. City roads are generally safe IF one puts down the latte, hangs up the cellphone, and drives the speed limit. New Roundabouts, sidewalks, and traffic calming must be helping... don't hear many stories about pedestrian accidents. And to the anti-everything folks: take up a sport -- you'll learn to work and play well with others. It's great for stress relief & anger management! "

    Headline wrote on Aug 23, 2007 9:59 AM:

    " The headline almost nailed it. It should have read: "Encinitas survey criticized;BECAUSE results show most respondents satisfied with services" Can't we get back to 18 months of governing and 6 months of campaign garbage? The comments here show that we're in for 18 months of campaign garbage instead. Such petty politics so far from an election is depressing. "

    bonddi wrote on Aug 23, 2007 10:04 AM:

    " The survey was a total waste of money -- just a political ploy to get a pat on the back -- except it backfired and showed satisfaction has gone down. I guess those special interest households got left off the phone list this year. Next time spend the money on mailed surveys -- gee could have put one in the Recreation Guide instead of the puff-piece which prominently featured Bond's mug. "

    Hal wrote on Aug 23, 2007 10:10 AM:

    " "We need to figure out how to better connect with our citizens," said Deputy Mayor Jerome Stocks. Hey,how about being candid and transparent on a consistent basis, do what is in the best interest of the citizens. STOP catering to those few that financially support your campaigns and political aspirations. "

    too much service wrote on Aug 23, 2007 10:43 AM:

    " 92% very satisfied or satisfied by the City's service is too high. All the surrounding City residents are using our services at reduced costs and supplemented by our taxes. The City should not be in the business of competing with the YMCA. The Y can do it better and let expensive. Reduce the City recreational services, cut staff and long term financial liabilities, and build safer and slower roads. Do Not build an aquatic and teen center for the region. Its that simple. Get er done! "

    Sic&Tired wrote on Aug 23, 2007 12:38 PM:

    " What this "poll" says is completely irrelevant since the results are pure garbage. Anyone involved in any kind of market research knows the methodology used for this supposed study was completely flawed. From sample size, sample quality, the way questions were asked, to conducting a phone survey period! What demographic group even picks up their phone to answer questions anymore?! ..... ARGH! How does this staff/council continue to make such idiotic mistakes?!!!! It is truly reprensible! BTW, there a plenty of local and reputable market research companies who could have provided a valid and usable survey. More waste of our tax dollars and time. This reminds me of when staff conducted a "traffic study" on Devonshire Drive during a road closure and construction. We need to so some serious housecleaning at City Hall. "

    Bill wrote on Aug 23, 2007 2:12 PM:

    " Nice spin on things guys. Keep up the good work. "

    onandonanon wrote on Aug 24, 2007 10:09 AM:

    " Not sure about the teen center but the aquatic center has been nixed from the project in light of the Ecke Mag Y pool rennovation. It's not the roads that are unsafe, it's the drivers and excessive speed. Enforcement is the answer and future traffic calming measures should help as well. So what "new" road(s) needs to be built, Mr. Too Much? "


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