A lot of micro-managing goes on in the city of Encinitas:
ENCINITAS: Council to weigh in on Lumberyard performances
The Lumberyard has to higher a consultant to monitor acoustic street musicians playing by the fountain. Meanwhile, 500 ft away a massive train is blaring it's obnoxious horn while motorcycle clubs rumble down the coast highway. How the hell can anyone even hear the musicians?
Encinitas passes ban on novelty lighters
Novelty lighters are banned! I ask, has any kid in Encinitas actually bought a novelty lighter? Who the hell would buy one of those crappy lighters anyway? How much income do liquor stores make a year off those goofy things? How many times have you heard Encinitas city council members say outloud "I am a free market kind of guy?" Now I can't light up a grit at the beach with a lighter shaped like a dolphin? I feel safer already.
Speaking of smoking at the beach, the giant ashtray that is Moonlight Beach has been replenished with that itchy crappy sand the city's Prop R Sand Barons love, Grainy gift for Moonlight. It's funny that would dump ashtray sand on the beach the same year they banned smoking at the beach. This "replenishment" comes during a spring that has our local beaches covered in bountiful natural sand. I haven't seen this much sand down at Swami's since the 70's. Meanwhile, the Sand Barons are taking credit for all prosperity in Encinitas in this funny op-ed piece, Mike Andreen lobbies for more taxes in Encinitas.
More "free market" Encinitas news, we are banning new billboards. Okay, I support this because I find billboards to be crass and obnoxious. I despise the billboard above the cool Yu Me Ya Sake House restaurant on Leucadia 101. Not only does it look tacky above a mom&pop business, the owners of that billboard keep chopping down trees that don't belong to them. I personally boycott any product or service that appears on a local billboard, so there!
The city of Encinitas held it's public budget workshop on a Tuesday at 3 pm in the afternoon when everyone has a lot of free time to attend stuff like this.
Oh yeah, and your sewer rates are going up, ENCINITAS: Sewer-rate increase