Visitors to this blog have probably noticed that on the righthand sidebar there are several polls you can vote on. One poll asks, Should Encinitas Ban Smoking from Beaches and Streets?
So far 208 people voted have YES (69%) and 93 people voted NO (30%)
Total votes so far: 301 (You can still vote. You can only vote once).
I bring this up because last year the city of Encinitas paid a firm $10,000 to poll 300 residents. Some people suggested that the smoking ban question be included in the poll but mayor Jerome Stocks rejected this idea saying it would cost too much.
I had the idea that the city of Encinitas should post the survey on the official city website so people could vote online.
Phone survey: $10,000
Blogger poll: FREE
The Encinitas Taxpayer's Association website has several in depth blog post about the $10,000 survey,
Survey Says Residents Satisfied: Taxpayer Not Satisfied with Survey
We Can’t Have the Data
and from this blog,
Comments from the community
Killing 2 birds with 3 stones
Burning Questions about the Beach Smoking Ban
The Surveys Usefulness is Dubious
$10,000 Warm & Fuzzy waste of funds.
NCT.com, Encinitas survey criticized; results show most respondents satisfied with services
Coast News story