Friday, February 29, 2008

Groovy Encinitas Art Tile Trash Can Database

I confess, I love the groovy tile art trash cans that are all over Encinitas. I never knew how many of them there are scattered around town. The people responsible for their existence have a nice website with a complete photo gallery of the groovy trash cans.

ESI Public Arts

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Leucadia Coast Highway Artifact

What is the history behind this object located in the northeast corner of the Leucadia roadside park?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Where? What?

In light of the fact that an anonymous commenter is going to stalk me every time I use the term L101 to describe the Leucadia's section of the 101 coast highway, I was wondering how I should refer to it?

Downtown Leucadia?


Leucadia Mainstreet?

Leucadia Mainstreet 101?


Leucadia Hwy 101?

Pacific Coast Highway in Leucadia?

PCH Leucadia?

Leucadia Coast Highway?


Monday, February 25, 2008

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Old Leucadia Streetlamp Artifact and the Vanishing 101 Flower Bed

Follow up on previous post about the old 101 streetlamps and the recently vanished center median flower beds:

I think this is the last streetlamp base left on the coast highway.

From the files of Fred Caldwell, the old Leucadia streetlamps:

Click for large view

For some reason somebody decided to stash their trash into the vintage streetlamp base(???).

Winter center median flower bed a couple of years ago, blooming with native California Poppies.

The same center median today, scorched earth.

Leucadia Blog: Remember the Coast Hwy Flowers?

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Leucadia Streetscape Saturday

The north Leucadia walking tour with the streetscape consultant Dan Burden.

Checking out the center median.

A beautiful post-storm day, perfect for walking Leucadia.

Donut shop under police protection.

Have mustache, will travel.

The area in front of Scott's Automotive has some walkability issues.

The Streetscape Workshop at city hall,

Residents lay groundwork for Leucadia improvements

Planning begins for Leucadia beautification

Walkable Communities, Inc

MW Peltz + Associates

Friday, February 22, 2008

Winter Rains Tough on Leucadia Small Business

Posted in the comments section:

I spent $100 yesterday at Paper Rose for my Mom's birthday & they were soooo happy! Apparently their sales are so low they will have to close down in a couple of months if they don't improve. SO SAD!!! LOVE this place! The owner told me they have had crowds of people looking & loving it but nobody buys anything. Can't believe it! They have such cool stuff & all these new cute things.

The Paper Rose is in one of the old houses converted into retail on Vulcan Ave, south of Leucadia Blvd. I call this little strip of small business and art galleries "L101 Jr".

The back area is unique and fun.

Directions to Paper Rose via Google maps.

705 North Vulcan Avenue
Encinitas, CA 92024

Insider Pages Dot Com review.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The First Leucadia Streetscape Workshop

Did anyone attend the first Leucadia streetscape workshop at Oak Crest Jr. High school? I wanted to go but had a prior commitment. Any feedback/thoughts?

I will definitely be attending this one: Community Participation Workshop #1 – Part B: Saturday, February 23, 2008 8:30 am – 1:30 pm at Encinitas City Hall; This workshop includes a walking tour of the project area (participants will be bused back and forth from City Hall to North Coast Highway 101) then regrouping at City Hall for presentations and brainstorming sessions with participants.

Residents lay groundwork for Leucadia improvements

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Switchfoot's Jon Foreman at Lou's

You may have noticed the big crowd gathered at Lou's Records in Leucadia last week. Encinitas local Jon Foreman from the high profile and popular band Switchfoot played an acoustic set to an enthusiastic crowd. There are a number of videos of the performance (of varying sound quality) posted on YouTube. The different angles recorded by amateurs of the same event are pretty interesting.

In this vid Jon tells a funny story about buying the Boilermaker album titled 'Leucadia' at Lou's.

Switchfoot electrified (and with professional lighting)

Switchfoot with animation and special effects,

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Larry Himmel Visits Leucadia

Himmel prepares to get funkified.

KFMB Ch 8's Larry Himmel did a pretty good human interest piece about Leucadia tonight, Still Funky After All These Years

Watch Video

Stray Observations:

-The piece begins with a first person view point of driving north bound on the L101, a perspective pioneered by my car cam right here on this blog, heh.

-Barb knows Leucadia well (so intriqued!)

-Are you Biff or Skippy had me lmao. I confess that I loved Larry Himmel's old half hour variety show as a kid.

-Watch for the north bound lycra 10 speed biker spinning out in the dirt due to the total lack of a bike lane.

-"The last of the laid back beach towns." So true. All the other beach towns have been infected with a strange competitive aggressive vibe. What gives?

-"Leucadians say they are from Leucadia, never Encinitas." Hell yeah, I don't even write Encinitas on my return address on my mail. I write Leucadia.

-Final shot includes those pesky orange sandbags, curse them!

Nice story Larry, thanks man!

"Quality of Life" Tax Looms

I blogged about the unfortunately named Quality of Life Tax back in December 2006. It is beginning to surface again and we need to keep our eyes on this beast before it mutates into something larger.

"Many elected officials...agreed that a new sales tax ranging from a quarter cent to a half cent on the dollar is needed,"

California sales tax is already a whopping 7.75% DOES THIS REALLY NEED TO BE RAISED???

Read the NCT's SANDAG sets stage for 'quality-of-life' tax

and, Getting creative with your money

Stay on top of these sneaky new taxes with the Encinitas Taxpayers Association.


Monday, February 18, 2008

UT's Logan Jenkins no likey the Funky

Union Tribune columnist Logan Jenkins has given our town motto, Keep Leucadia Funky a "brick" award and says we should ditch the word because in his mind "funky" equates something damp and smelly.

Read the column online.

A brick – the Junk the Funk award – to the aesthetic champions of Leucadia who can't seem to resist the adjective funky to define the Encinitas community's character.

Look, I'm also guilty of using the slang term as a label for dilapidated grandeur, the sort of hippie unpretension Californians love to Haight, so to speak.

A quick database search shows I've used the word, especially to express affection for little Ponto, the tiny coastal hamlet north of Leucadia that's slated for the wrecking ball.

During a Wednesday meeting to plan a new and improved “streetscape” for Leucadia, a consultant from Solana Beach and an Encinitas councilwoman both employed funky to evoke Leucadia's artistic soul.

Enough is enough.

I'm advocating a moratorium on a word that means, in its first definition, moldy or smelly. In the '50s, that earthy definition morphed into a style of blues music with a fashionable sexy swing.

While funky is often used in a positive sense – as in casual, free, easy – I'd suggest that Leucadia shouldn't aspire to be funky (i.e., down to smelly earth) so much as authentic.

A clean '55 Chevy, for example, is hardly funky. It's cool, but not funky.

More than more funk, Leucadia needs its house pride stoked. It needs new trees to replace its signature eucalyptus on Highway 101. To slow traffic, it might look to Bird Rock's roundabouts for inspiration.

But down-and-dirty funk? Who needs it?

Throw it in with the dirty socks.

BLOG REBUTTAL: In my opinion Keep Leucadia Funky is a great town slogan. Most cities would kill for such marketing. Yes, funky rhymes with junky which is a shame and some people associate the word funky with smell but in the context of Leucadia, funky means eclectic and groovy and offbeat and cool and non-corporate. Keep Leucadia Eclectic sounds too yuppie and Keep Leucadia Unique sounds wimpy so the KLF will continue. In 2006 I wrote a blog post very similar to Logan's column asking if the word Funky was serving us well. I've since come full circle and have embraced it again. It's a local thing and I don't think folks are too concerned if outsiders don't get it. I don't see people peeling their KLF stickers off their cars anytime soon.

Examples of why the word Funky is a positive thing: Cartoonizer Funky Photos Cluster.

James Brown "Ain't it Funky Now", Paris 1971

Logan uses a 1955 Chevy as an example, citing that a clean '55 Chevy is not funky. This is true! However, a rat rod primer gray '55 Chevy is funky.



Leucadia Blog: Leucadia: funky, groovy, classic...home.

Leucadia Blog: What is the Funky anyway?

North County Times offering buyouts to reporters/staff NCT offers voluntary buyouts

ESCONDIDO -- In response to a downturn in the economy, North County Times newsroom employees on Wednesday were offered voluntary buyouts.

Publisher Peter York said that advertising artists also were offered buyouts following a recent restructuring of sales teams.

"We've avoided this as long as we were able to," York said. But, he added, the newspaper, which covers North San Diego County and Southwest Riverside County with its Californian edition, is not immune from the realities of the local economy.

The "real estate industry and allied industries like floor covering, home furnishings and landscaping are some of what drives the economy in this region," he said, and the downturn has left the newspaper with declining revenues.

In an e-mail sent to the 130 newsrooom employees, Editor Kent Davy said the paper is seeking up to 20 staff members to volunteer for the buyout. He said no decision had been made on what will happen if that goal is not reached.

In the meantime, Davy said, it is important to stay focused on what the newsroom does each day.

"As we move forward through turbulent times, the goal will always be how to improve the quality of the newspaper even as we have fewer resources to do it," he said. "This staff is composed of remarkable journalists, and I am confident we will overcome these challenges just as we have overcome challenges in the past."

Those who accept the offer will receive one week's severance pay for each year of service up to 26 weeks and some health benefits, according to the e-mail.

The North County Times is not alone in dealing with declining advertising revenues. The Chicago-based Tribune Co. plans to cut 400 to 500 jobs companywide, including about 100 each at the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, the company announced Wednesday.

I recently let my NCT subscription lapse. I had gone from getting the daily paper to only receiving the weekend editions. Then I started feeling burdened by the big stack of newspaper I had lying around the house that needed to be collected and taken to the recycle bin.

I still buy the Sunday NCT from the coast highway hawkers. I still read the color Sunday comics although the only one I like is Mutts.

I use daily. The news is becoming increasingly web based and the concept of daily delivery with a car driving by your house at 4 am is looking more and more archaic.

The NCT website is decent but could be a million times better. They made it easy for bloggers like me by creating the easy copy and paste headline link which is very cool. They are adding video stories which is a good idea.

But, their web advertising is clunky and looks like a website from 1995. I think the NCT could make some good money of their website if they gave it an overhaul. Websites like Craigslist have just killed newspapers which used to make a lot of revenue off classified ads (I still haven't figured out how Craigslist survives if everything is free).

As for the paper itself, many of the stories are not in depth enough. It's like reading the Cliff Notes version of a story. I wonder if they cut back from a daily paper to 3 or 4 times a week if they could concentrate their resources and write deeper stories.

I like the local weekly papers like The Coast News and The Reader. It's nice that those papers linger around all week giving you time to pick it up and absorb it. The Coast News website is not as much fun as the NCT because the Coast News doesn't allow users to post comments.

The NCT has the most active online comment posters., the Union Tribune website, has the occasional story that will grab a lot of comments, but in the last year or so the NCT comments have gone from zero the 20 or more per story (and the posters are good at blaming illegal aliens and gay marriage as the root of every problem).

I think NCT reporter Adam Kaye does a good job covering Encinitas and Leucadia, I just wish some of the issues in town could be covered in more detail. It appears that Encinitas coverage may diminish. Maybe the local watchdogs like the Encinitas Taxpayers Association, Hoodlink and Donna Westbrook can pool their resources and create a really good local news website that explores and archives what is really going on in Encinitas.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Leucadia Streetscape News Roundup

photo from Planning begins for Leucadia beautification

Coast News City asks for ideas in Leucadia highway improvements Leucadia plans streetscape workshops

Leucadia streetscape workshops

Thursday: 6 to 8 p.m., Oak Crest Middle School, 675 Balour Drive, Encinitas

Feb. 23: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave. Workshop includes walking or shuttle tours of North Coast Highway 101.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Remember the Coast Hwy Flowers?

Photos courtesy of Fred Caldwell.

Remember a few years ago when flowers bloomed in Leucadia's center medians? Our state flower, the California Poppy was especially prevalent. California poppies bloom in the winter and added rich color to the coast highway. If you drive north up the California coast towards Pt Conception you will see orange poppies growing wild everywhere.

These flowers were planted by members of the community with no irrigation and no outside funding and very little follow up maintenance.

So what happened to our poppies? For some strange reason city crews removed all of our center median flowers and then poisoned the dirt so no more would grow. You'll notice that today, this winter, the only thing growing in our center medians is the hardiest of scrubby weeds.

Was this scorched earth policy accidental, with a miscommunication between staff and workers? Or, was this just another way for former city manager Kerry Miller to make Leucadia look 'blighted"?

Friday, February 15, 2008

Friday Night Video

Need to burn 2 minutes and 49 seconds of your Friday night? Then watch the Crazy Frog Brothers,

Keeping it Funky, Not Junky story: Leucadia plans streetscape workshops

By Her name was Lola and she was a dancer Sherman

ENCINITAS – The mantra remains: Keep Leucadia funky.

Representatives of a consulting firm hired to formulate a “streetscape” plan for the area along North Coast Highway 101 between A Street and La Costa Avenue say they'll keep that in mind during two public workshops set for next week.

“We've actually been at it for about a month,” consultant M.W. Peltz, head of the consulting company that bears his name, told the Encinitas City Council during a presentation Wednesday night.

He said he has walked the entire 2 miles of highway, hearing often about the need to retain its artsy, surf-town appeal. Peltz's firm has been hired for $231,000 to draw a plan for landscaping, sidewalks and street design. The workshops on Thursday and Feb. 23 will give the public a chance to offer suggestions.

Peltz, in an update to the council on his firm's efforts, described Leucadia as an area of “an eclectic mix of architecture, business types and trees,” plus traffic from cars, pedestrians and bicycles.

“Leucadia likes to present itself as very artsy and funky,” said Mike Nichols, an associate of the Peltz firm and a Solana Beach city councilman.

“It's very important to listen first and design second,” he said.

The consultants offered no specific plans, although Peltz said he had heard a lot about a desired return of the “canopy of trees” that once lined the boulevard and helped define it. Many of the old eucalyptus trees have been removed after succumbing to disease.

Several members of the audience supported the idea of a streetscape plan.

“Leucadia's time has come,” said Morgan Mallory, a member of the Leucadia 101 MainStreet Association and a business owner along the highway.

Mallory, who described the area as an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and a mobile home park, asked the council to “maintain the identity, community character and scale” of Leucadia while fostering improvement.

“This is like the most wonderful thing,” said Rachelle Collier, president of the Leucadia Town Council. Residents want a plan that creates a walkable community and slows down traffic, she said. And that canopy of trees.

Councilwoman Maggie Houlihan said “a great chapter is opening” with the preparation of the streetscape plan. But she, too, told the consultants to “be sure it remains artsy, funky.”

Houlihan suggested the addition of a forum area – a poet's corner – and places for people to sit and relax. “We want it to be enhanced, we just want it to be cool,” she said.

Councilwoman Teresa Barth had one specific request: “We just have to put the canopy back,” she said.

Nichols said he expects 100 to 200 people to attend the workshops. The city has mailed out 4,000 invitations to homes and businesses within 500 feet of the highway.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Chaingang Center Median Cleanup

photo by L.B. Jefferies.

The raggedy center median in front of Caldwell Antiques, Bamboo 4 U and Apple Hair Salon got some TLC today from the slap on wrist community service crowd. I wonder if it's because the developer next door is spending a lot of money on his new building and complained? Or, has the city finally decided to stop harshing on poor Fred Caldwell?

Love for Leucadia on Valentine's Day

Encinitas approves $457K for capital program

One of the six capital improvements approved at last night's city council meeting was a drainage channel within North County Transit District's railroad right of way just north of Leucadia Boulevard. During her presentation, Smith showed photographs of deep gullies near the boulevard and bright orange sandbags piled along the right of way. At recent meetings, residents have complained the sandbags are an eyesore. The project would tap $35,000 from the operating budget.

QUESTION: If the drainage channel is in North County Transit District's railroad right of way why don't they pay for it?

A special V-Day video for all the married couples out there:

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Encinitas City Council Meeting Webcast

I'm watching the city council meeting on the internets!

You can too, click here.

Paper Rose Moves to Leucadia Just in Time for V-Day

The Paper Rose has moved from the Lumberyard in Encinitas to the cool little mixed use row of houses converted into businesses on Vulcan Ave in Leucadia. I call that tiny business district "L101 Jr".

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

L101 Streetlamps

From the files of Fred Caldwell

Click for large view

Full Agenda for the Encinitas city council meeting this Wednesday. Feb 13th 6 pm

If you like to keep track of current events in Encinitas this week's city council meeting will have something for you:

Mid-year review of Fiscal Year 2007-08 Operating Budgets and Update on the City's Financial Condition (Sales Tax revenue is down, development fees are down, property taxes are stable....for now.)

Capital Improvement Program status report and recommended mid-year program funding adjustments. For my friends in Cardiff, this also includes a request for $100,000 to provide matching funds to FINALLY fix the seeping alley behind VG donuts.

Applicants for various commission appointments will speak to the council, including the applicants for the newly formed Environmental Advisory Commission. There are 17 applying but only 7 seats. It also includes the Planning Commission seats for New Encinitas, Leucadia and Olivenhain. All the incumbents have re-applied but there are also new applicants for the Leucadia and Olivenhain seats.

*Leucadia overwhelming supports keeping Gene Chapo and a big NO to the return of Alice Jacobson.

Alice Jacobson seeks return to Encinitas Planning Commission

If you support Gene Chapo send a polite but firm e-mail to the city council requesting his reappointment:

Informational Kick-Off presentation for the North Coast Hwy 101 Streetscape long last!

Plans advance for Leucadia highway improvements

Discussion on proposed amendments to the Regional Transportation Improvement Program and expenditures of TRANSNET funds for a number of roadway projects.

First review of the No Smoking ordinance.

Here it the agenda for the meeting online.

***Attention married guys, a reminder that Thursday is Valentine's Day. (Valentine's Day is a fake holiday invented by the greeting card companies but try telling that to your wife. Visit the new Paper Rose location on Vulcan Ave in Leucadia if you know what is good for you.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Google Maps Street Views of Leucadia

The Google Orwell Van has photographed and mapped parts of Leucadia and Encinitas. The Street View feature on Google Maps is fun to play with, but feels a little creepy too. To see if they caught you in your driveway picking up your newspaper in your bathrobe click here.,-117.301444&sspn=0.002486,0.00743&layer=c&ie=UTF8&ll=33.084135,-117.30257&spn=0.039769,0.090723&t=h&z=14&om=0&cbll=33.065676,-117.302605,+Encinitas,+CA+92024&sll=33.084135,-117.30257&sspn=0.039769,0.090723&layer=c&ie=UTF8&ll=33.083056,-117.30257&spn=0.039769,0.090723&t=h&z=14&iwloc=addr&om=0&cbll=33.065676,-117.302605

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Hey, look at those big trees...