Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Open house for Leucadia streetscape and Candidate Forum on same night, Wed. Oct 1st

From the NCT: ENCINITAS: Open house set for Leucadia streetscape project

ENCINITAS ---- The public will be given a chance to view concept design plans for the North Coast Highway 101 streetscape project from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the community room at the Encinitas Public Library, 540 Cornish Drive .

Unfortunately the candidate forum is the same night which will dilute the participation for the Leucadia streetscape.

NCT: ENCINITAS: Olivenhain Town Council to hold candidates forum

The Olivenhain Town Council is set to hold a City Council candidate forum from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall on Rancho Santa Fe Road.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Coast Hwy Traders


The cool and funky gift shop Coast Hwy Traders in downtown Encinitas is currently running second place in the Channel 10 News contest for best gift shop in San Diego county. Hop over to the Ch 10 website and vote Coast Hwy Trader's in the #1 slot.

click here to vote

Voting ends October 3rd.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sent to America's inbox

From: Henry Paulson

Date: Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Subject: URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP

DEAR AMERICAN:

I NEED TO ASK YOU TO SUPPORT AN URGENT SECRET BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH A TRANSFER OF FUNDS OF GREAT MAGNITUDE.

I AM MINISTRY OF THE TREASURY OF THE REPUBLIC OF AMERICA. MY COUNTRY HAS HAD CRISIS THAT HAS CAUSED THE NEED FOR LARGE TRANSFER OF FUNDS OF 800 BILLION DOLLARS US. IF YOU WOULD ASSIST ME IN THIS TRANSFER, IT WOULD BE MOST PROFITABLE TO YOU.

I AM WORKING WITH MR. PHIL GRAM, LOBBYIST FOR UBS, WHO WILL BE MY REPLACEMENT AS MINISTRY OF THE TREASURY IN JANUARY. AS A SENATOR, YOU MAY KNOW HIM AS THE LEADER OF THE AMERICAN BANKING DEREGULATION MOVEMENT IN THE 1990S. THIS TRANSACTIN IS 100% SAFE.

THIS IS A MATTER OF GREAT URGENCY. WE NEED A BLANK CHECK. WE NEED THE FUNDS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. WE CANNOT DIRECTLY TRANSFER THESE FUNDS IN THE NAMES OF OUR CLOSE FRIENDS BECAUSE WE ARE CONSTANTLY UNDER SURVEILLANCE. MY FAMILY LAWYER ADVISED ME THAT I SHOULD LOOK FOR A RELIABLE AND TRUSTWORTHY PERSON WHO WILL ACT AS A NEXT OF KIN SO THE FUNDS CAN BE TRANSFERRED.

PLEASE REPLY WITH ALL OF YOUR BANK ACCOUNT, IRA AND COLLEGE FUND ACCOUNT NUMBERS AND THOSE OF YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO WALLSTREETBAILOUT@TREASURY.GOV SO THAT WE MAY TRANSFER YOUR COMMISSION FOR THIS TRANSACTION. AFTER I RECEIVE THAT INFORMATION, I WILL RESPOND WITH DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT SAFEGUARDS THAT WILL BE USED TO PROTECT THE FUNDS.

YOURS FAITHFULLY MINISTER OF TREASURY PAULSON

Unfinished Nantucket Development Blighting Leucadia




Watch the Ch. 8 video about the now humbled Barratt American and the unfinished (and controversial) Nantucket development which is currently blighting Leucadia.

WATCH VIDEO

Barratt American has lost it's Bank of America loan. Recall that not to long ago Barratt American bragged about it's record profits. Barratt is also being sued by their unpaid sub-contractors.

LA Times: Barratt lays off 100 of 130 employees.

From August 2006:Barratt Finishes Record Year

Barratt American, a Carlsbad-based residential builder, on Aug. 1 reported record high revenue of more than $378.6 million for the fiscal year ended June 30.

The figure includes $361.1 million on sales of 598 homes, up from 431 homes sold in fiscal 2005, and land sales valued at $17.5 million, according to Michael D. Pattinson, the firmÂ’s president and chief executive officer.

The average home-sale price was $603,965, ranging from products in the high $200,000s to luxury residences priced around $2 million.

San Diego Business Journal online story.

Barratt American CEO Michael D. Pattinson wrote and now defunct but entertaining column for the North County Times. His controversial columns include strange bi-polar mood swings from hubristic bullying to whining like a little girl, often in the same paragraph.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Quiet War against Leucadia's Tree Canopy


Leucadia's logo is an old growth tree.

FYI to all the Leucadia faithful, some of the most influential people in Encinitas are drinking the "Leucadia's trees are at the end of their life cycle so let's cut them all down" kool-aid and spreading it around.

If you meet one of these people do not panic for they are mostly harmless. They tend to be nice people, just misinformed. It's up to all of us to set these folks straight.

The propaganda war against Leucadia's heritage tree canopy seemed to begin with the hired gun from the NCTD (who have a scorched earth policy against Leucadia).

The most common piece of twisted logic you hear is, "We have to cut down all the trees and plant new ones so in 50 years we can have a nice big tree canopy."

This makes little sense, why cut down what you already have-in order to achieve what you already have? And, in 50 years some knucklehead is just going to try and cut down ALL of those trees and the whole sick cycle begins again.

The trees ARE NOT at the end of "their life cycle". Trees are not like humans and other mammals, they don't live for 100 years and then drop dead. Trees have no set end date, trees will live on for hundreds of years if given a chance. Look for more detailed post on this all this week.

There are thousands and thousands of eucalyptus trees older and bigger than Leucadia's trees around San Diego county.

Warning, the majority of anti-tree talk is coming from NON-Leucadians. Why are non-Leucadians piping in on this?

Some of the anti-tree talk is ironically coming from people who have done good work with preservation and with our local historical society. I would rate preserving Leucadia's heritage tree canopy with preserving the Boat Houses and the La Paloma.

The tree canopy is what makes north Hwy 101 unique. We are letting the trees vanish, this means less shade for pedestrians, less ambiance for tourist and locals and a more bleak tone.

Have you walked the non-tree zones of Leucadia in the summer time? It's hot and sweaty my friends.

We need a urban tree management plan for the entire city of Encinitas. We need to protect our classic old growth trees, trim their dead branches, feed and water our trees and plant new ones so we can preserve and improve the ambiance of our hometown.

The only city council candidates for election 2008 who has made preserving our trees a major issue is Bob Nanninga and Rachelle Collier so keep that in mind.

Paul Ecke alerted me to Indiana University professor, Burney Fischer who wrote a paper titled "Street Trees -- A Misunderstood Common-Pool Resource," check it out here.




Tuesday, September 23, 2008

King Paulson

Henry Paulson, an unelected man, is now the most powerful person in the United States of America:

Monday, September 22, 2008

THE FLEENER REPORT--241 Toll Road Hearing Sept 2008




THE FLEENER REPORT

“A Toll-tally Lame Meeting”

The first time I wrote about Toll Road 241, I was proud to be an American, because it looked like we were going to prevail, so naturally, I was feeling patriotic. Today, I am not so happy. I am ashamed to be part of the human race, if the truth be told, and it’s not because the road might actually be built, but I am saddened by the way we, the public were treated, and the utter disregard and disrespect shown by the Del Mar fairgrounds, the TCA, (the crooks that are financing this boondoggle), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. After the Coastal Commission voted down the project, the TCA appealed, and stated that because of the “circus like atmosphere”, they wanted to deny the public any access to their meeting with the NOAA.



So we got a compromise, if you want to call it that. We got treated like cattle. We got treated like crap. Anyone wishing to speak had to send a letter via snail mail, and that didn’t guarantee you would be chosen to speak. You could not donate time another speaker, and even if you were a politician, like Pam Slater (who was in Washington), you could not have an assistant or representative to speak on your behalf. That was forbidden. No, boys and girls, these were the Feds and they were calling the shots.





The meeting was held in a huge room with no air conditioning. You were not allowed to bring any water into the room. You could not hold signs over your head. Unless you were the media, you weren’t supposed to take any pictures, and the parking fee was a whooping 9 dollars per car. The sound system was ridiculous and it was impossible to hear what anyone was saying. When I was in the bathroom I almost felt like I was in an old church, the echoing was so bad. We weren’t supposed to clap. We weren’t allowed to cheer. I was asked to sit down several times. Our only form of expression and/or protest was to hold our thumbs up, or down. Quite a few of us starting waving dollar bills in the air when appropriate and one guy showed me how to hold my money using my middle finger, which I did with relish and there wasn’t a damn thing the security could do about it.



I walked around and took pictures anyway, and while I was aiming at the pro toll road people, who were paid to be there, a security guy asked me if I was from the media. I lied and said I was a free lancer. “Oh, OK”, he said. However, an hour later, when he noticed I was taking pictures of everyone, he asked to see my “Media pass”. “I don’t have one, I’m a free lancer, remember?”, I said. “Then you can’t take any pictures. I don’t make the rules.”


Two hours into the meeting, I guess the Feds had enough of letting us exercising our rights, and a woman in a black power suit with a walkie talkie started making the rounds, checking everyone out and making people obey the rules. Of course, I noticed she only mingled with the side of the room that had the potential to become a “circus” and ignored the other side of the room- the pro toll road folks in their ubiquitous orange shirts. It was a rainbow coalition of security, I must admit. There were regular police, sheriffs, the ELITE guys, Del Mar Fairgrounds staff and who knows how many undercover agents.

As for the speakers, I will say this much. The pro toll road people were the best dressed hookers I’ve seen in a while, oh yes, indeed. Oh yeah, check this out: did you know that the toll road will help National Security? If we have a catastrophic earthquake, it’ll come in handy! The surf won’t be affected at all, in fact the waves will be even better! They’ll be less crowded! On yes, all true, all true. Hell, maybe global warming will get better because more cars will be traveling less miles and fewer emissions will be created! The endangered animals will find new places to live and they’ll be even happier in their new locale. The birds will be able to migrate easier because now they’ll have a nice big freeway to point them to their destination!! Never once did anyone bother to mention that a toll road cost money to drive on each and every time you use it, but hey, that’s what credit cards are for, so no biggie.


And then… there’s the children. Think of all the happy kids that get to drive on the toll road when they grow up! It’s a win-win, people. Like one of the signs outside said, are you willing to sacrifice you lifestyle because of all this “disinformation”? Are you willing to sacrifice your entitled place on this planet where you get to consume as much as you want and use as much as you desire because that’s THE AMERICAN WAY? No way, man! I want my toll road and I want it NOW!


Tell you what, this time the pro toll roaders were expertly organized. We, the people against it, were organized, but we should’ve kicked ass this time, and I’m sorry to have to report this, but, we didn’t. If Good is to triumph over Evil, we must make our voices heard and we must go to the next meeting and pack the house. Even if it does mean shelling out 9 bucks for parking.

watch video from the event here.

TAXPAYER ALERT: Trestles Toll Road Hearing Today at Del Mar Fairgrounds



WHEN, WHERE
The hearing will be held on September 22, 2008 in O’Brien Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014.

WHAT TIME
The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m., and end promptly at 8:30 p.m. Public should arrive by 10am. Come for two hours, four hours, or the entire day if you can.

MOTOR HOMES, RVS
Yes, but be advised that front row parking can not be arranged in advance. To ensure the best possible front parking, we recommend that large vehicles arrive before 9am.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
You . The “sweet spot” will be from 10:30am – 1pm.

WHO WILL SPEAK
Only those who have requested in writing to speak will be allowed time at the podium – 3 minutes for individuals, 5 minutes for representatives of organizations and elected officials.

MORE SCHEDULE
A 30 minute intermission will be called at 2PM and again at 5PM. Other recesses may be called as necessary by the hearing officer,

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE THERE
The venue holds 6,000 people, considerably larger than Wyland, which held 3,500 max.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN
The Department of Commerce will be sending legal representatives from NOAA, which is a division within DoC, who will chair and conduct the meeting. They will hear from the public but will not make a decision at the meeting. Rather they will return to Washington D.C. And report to the Secretary of Commerce. He will make the decision and respond to TCA before the end of November. If he refuses TCA’s appeal to overturn the CA Coastal Commission’s decision, the alignment on the table will be dead. If TCA wants to pursue another alignment, they will need to create a new process to do so. In other words, the Save State Parks – Save Trestles campaign will have been won. However, if the Secretary of Commerce approves TCA’s appeal, then TCA will continue on its path to build the road, which means it will still need approval from seven other government agencies before construction can begin. One of those seven agencies is the CA Coastal Commission (again). The road could get shut down at that juncture but we do not want it to go that far. WE WANT THIS STOPPED NOW.


Read about the last toll road meeting, click here.

The 241 Toll Road is a taxpayer scam that will destroy a valuable state park, more info click here.

$700 Billion Bailout



LA Times.com: Ron Paul has nothing good to say about the Wall Street bailout plan

... contrary to the White House's contention, this plan does not help Main Street.

"This is Wall Street in big trouble and sucking in Main Street, now, and dumping all the bills on Main Street. ... And you can't solve the problem of inflation, which is the creation of money and credit out of thin air, by more money and credit out of thin air, and not changing policy. We have to change basic policy.

"Yes, it would be painful, but it wouldn't last so long. What they're doing now, they're propping up a failed system so the agony lasts longer. They're doing exactly what we did in the Depression."

"So, yes, there are going to be losses, but everybody lived beyond their means when the prices of houses were going up. Nobody cared about it. They kept borrowing against it. Oh, yes, that was fine and dandy. Everybody was making money, and the owner of the home kept borrowing and living beyond their means. Now they have to live beneath their means.

"What the government is doing now -- and this new program is trying to prop up prices. You want the price structure to adjust. You want the price of houses to go down. You don't want to fix the price of housing. You can't price-fix. We've had too much of that.

"We need a market economy. We need to believe in ourselves. We need to believe and understand how the economy got us -- how the government got us into this mess. And believe me, it wouldn't be that tough. It would be a bad year. But, this way, it's going to be a bad decade."

Paul had nothing but disdain for Republican presidential nominee John McCain's suggestion to create a new government entity to deal with the crisis, calling it "just more of the same, more government, more programs, more spending, more regulations, trying to prop up a system that has been undermined."

He did say that Democratic candidate Barack Obama "has a pretty good grasp on how to attack this politically and go after McCain, but he doesn't have any answer. He's not talking about the Federal Reserve system. He's not talking about balanced budgets. He's not talking about bringing troops home from Afghanistan."

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Peder Norby on Streetscape and Roundabouts

E-mail from Hwy 101 Coordinator Peder Norby,


Currently there are five roundabouts proposed. One at El Portal is in the first phase of the streetscape project, and does not involve encroachment into private property. The other four are in future phases.
If, and it's a big if, NCTD allows their right of way to be used, then no encroachments to private property at any of the locations..
If not, two of the locations Including El Portal by Leucadia Glass, would have no encroachments on private property.
Two locations would have very small encroachments to the planter/landscape areas of private property but would not impact parking or buildings.
One location which is Grandview would have very significant encroachment and impacts to building(s) on either the north or south of the intersection.
It is my opinion as an individual, that if an agreement with the property owners can be mutually reached, this would be possible but with a unknown cost at this time. If neither property owner wants it, it will not happen. I seriously doubt that anyone would support eminent domain and a forcible taking. I would not.
Hope this helps.
I also support Rick and Ray [Leucadia Glass and Sub Palace], and their right to petition and present their views. Their efforts are to help the project by voicing their opinion. These comments are offered honestly and should be respected. That's what open and transparent is, as opposed to boycotting or not shopping somewhere because of a point of view on one issue that Simonne disagrees with.
A person may or may not agree with the comments, but all should be encouraged to participate without being bullied. That is the way that we will get the best community designed streetscape project.
Ultimately we will only get to build this one way, one time, and not everyone will agree with everything in the plan. I hope that most will agree with most of what is in the ultimate final plan.
What we can all do is be advocates to get as many folks involved as possible.
Cheers
Peder


Peder Norby
Hwy 101 Corridor Coordinator
Encinitas, Ca

818 S. Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas Ca
92024
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O 760-943-1950
f 760-943-1977

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Streetscape Reaction

Here is the North County Times article about last nights Streetscape discussion at the Planning Comission:ENCINITAS: Consultants explain streetscape alternatives

Two of the alternatives call for as many as five roundabouts to be installed along the highway at El Portal, Jupiter, Grandview, Sea Bluff and La Costa Avenue.

The idea of building roundabouts didn't go over well with some community members, however. Building them to calm traffic would be foolish, said Rick and Kathy Smith, who own Leucadia Glass on Coast Highway.


The Smiths are being harshly criticized for being anti-roundabout but what the newspaper fails to mention is that the Smiths will lose their building to eminent domain to make room for the roundabout. This is because nobody in this town has the savvy to convince the NCTD to surrender 9 feet of crappy wasteland dirt for the roundabout thus leaving a longtime small business and outstanding member of the community to lose everything. No good deed goes unpunished eh?

Planning Comission Discussing Leucadia Streetscape right now

I just got home and realized that the Planning Commission is reviewing the north Hwy 101 portion of the Leucadia streetscape tonight. So, if you are sitting at home reading this get over to city hall. A member of the Leucadia 101 Mainstreet will be reading a letter with a list of wishes, desires and concerns regarding the streetscape.

The streetscape is Agenda item #8 so you probably still have time to get there and fill out a speaker slip.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Cardiff Candidate Forum

Unfortunately I was not able to attend the first candidate forum held in Cardiff and hosted by the lovely Barbara Cobb.

It sounds like there was a decent turnout. It had to be tricky to moderate a forum with an incredible 10 candidates vying for 3 seats.

Encinitas: City Council candidates square off

Who knows, maybe one of these 10 will go on to run for president or something in a couple of years?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Clay Pardee

Video and text by Fred Caldwell:


A few years back, a guy named Clay asked me if he could have some stalks from our bamboo plant (that we were plagued with for 40 years). Sure! No problem. I didn't know him well but coincidentally I know two of his brothers pretty well.
I didn't see Clay for a year then he showed up with numerous bamboo flutes he had made from the bamboo. I helped him sell a few of them.
One night I was at Keno's with my camera I thought of recording Clay and one of his flutes to post on Youtube and maybe get him some sales that way. The 2nd generation video is attached below. It was completely unscripted and spontaneous as I said basically "Sell me a flute while I videotape you for the Internet". So with a little light in the dim recesses of Keno's I rolled the camera.
The video is attached.
I was shocked to hear today that Clay was the man shot and killed by the new security guard where I do my laundry every week. My heart goes out to his mom, brothers and girlfriend.

nctimes.com: ENCINITAS: More details emerge in shooting

SignOnSanDiego.com: Security guard fatally shoots man in Encinitas

Monday, September 15, 2008

Build the Hall Park at Ponto Beachfront Village in Carlsbad


Wow, empty land right on the lagoon and by the ocean, neato.

Shopping centers instead of sports fields? Why does Carlsbad hate children so much?

Since so many people from Carlsbad showed up to an Encinitas city council meeting demanding that Encinitas taxpayers pony up the $35-$50 million it will take to build the Hall Park sports complex, I figured it might be easier if we all just built the park at the 50 acre future site of the Ponto Beachfront Village instead of the 44 acre site in Cardiff.

City of Carlsbad website: Ponto Beachfront Village

Propaganda website for the Ponto Beachfront Village: www.carlsbadconnected.com

SignOnSanDiego: Panel to discuss report on beachfront plan


Soccer is a favorite game of elitist liberals who want their kids to grow up to be socialist Europeans.

Imagine, soccer fields with an ocean view! Carlsbad is kid friendly right? So no doubt that Carlsbad will embrace my idea and build soccer fields instead of shopping centers.

"Friends" of the Hall Park website: www.hallpropertypark.com

northcountytimes.com: ENCINITAS: Park supporters play hardball

Coast News: Residents still divided over Hall property


Many Cardiff locals are concerned that the tall field lights will shine directly into their homes at night.

SignOnSanDiego.com: Panel denies permit for park project, suggests changes to scale back plan

nctimes.com: ENCINITAS: City voted one of country's most playful

Check out this quote from Encinitas city councilperson Dan Dalager from this SDUT story on Aug. 24 2008:

“When I was a kid, we always had open fields and vacant lots and nobody used them, so you'd go out there and get exercise,” Dalager said. “Kids obviously can't do that. As we get more densely populated, you have to plan and you have to create these places.”

Dalager is on to something here, why does the park have to cost $35-50 million dollars...to play soccer?!?

Soccer is popular all around the world in every economy. It cost almost nothing to play, you just need a ball, some friends and an empty field. Why can't the Hall Park just be wide open grassy fields? Why the mega-park?

At the very least, we could grade the land, plant grass, and water and mow the fields and the let the kids run around and play soccer. The adults can even keep score and write GO LINDSY #1 on the windows of their SUV if they want.

Soccer in Sierra Leone. Our soccer fields should probably be nicer than this one.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Stop the senseless train dust pollution






Copy and paste from the comments section:

Friends that live on or near North Vulcan Avenue -

Years ago there was more ice plant and mulch along the train tracks that
would help keep the dust (pollution) down when the trains went by, etc.
This changed when the drainage ditch was dug to assist with the flooding
issues. Mulch was never added after the ditch was dug and the ice plant is
limited to a few areas.

The following is copied from the San Diego Air Pollution Control District
website:

"Prohibition against causing a public nuisance. California Health and Safety Code [
http://www.arb.ca.gov/bluebook/bluebook.htm ] Section 41700 states that no
person can discharge air contaminants that cause injury, nuisance or annoyance to any considerable number of persons or the public, or discharge air contaminants that endanger the comfort, health or safety of such persons. If a business violates this prohibition or any other air quality requirement, the District may issue a Notice of Violation to the business.

If a Notice of Violation is issued, the business must take action to correct the violation and pay a monetary penalty to the District.

Penalties are determined in accordance with Health and Safety Code Sections 42400 – 42403."

If you are annoyed by the air pollution caused by the trains, please go to the following website and fill out the Nuisance Complaint Form.

http://www.sdapcd.org/comply/cplt/cpltprog.html

Please send this to anyone else you know along the tracks, perhaps if a "considerable" number of people complain something will be done.

Maybe the PTA for Paul Ecke Central could start a petition and encourage all members to send in a complaint considering NCTD is polluting our kids lungs while they are out running around in the playground.

Thanks,

Friday, September 12, 2008

Dalager: Better than Reality TV

If you remember JP's golden blog post about Dalager being untouchable you would have been rolling in the aisle Wednesday night (see Dalager celebrates election victory by clubbing baby seals).

The council was discussing a plastic bag policy for the city.

This guy above said something along the lines of:
Allowing more plastic bags to go in the ocean is killing baby seals. So not stopping the plastic pollution is like clubbing baby seals.

Classic.

Dalager and Stocks ended up voting against Houlihan, Bond, and Barth on the plastic bag policy.

Dalager said some things very close to:
"There is a reason why plastic has become so popular"
"We just stocked my fish pond with a plastic bag filled with fish"

I fell out of my chair on that one... when the audience was worried about the plastic killing fish
.

Some other Dalager quotables:
"Americans love change but dread revolution"
"But remember the flies? I do, in my mom's kitchen."
"I would go along with a ban if we can't come up with something better."

JP's NOTE-The council did not ban plastic bags on Wednesday. They gave direction to staff to return with a ordinance to phase-in the elimination of single use bags (paper & plastic). Teresa Barth specifically requested that it have a large public education component.

northcountytimes: ENCINITAS: Council wants ordinance to ban plastic bags

See also: previous blog post about plastic bag ban.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Health Alert: West Nile Virus Found in Encinitas



We received this notice at city hall today from the County Department of Environmental Health:

On August 28, 2008 the Department of Environmental Health Vector Control
Program trapped adult mosquitoes as part of the routine monitoring of
adult mosquitoes in the Encinitas Creek area. One mosquito sample (17
mosquitoes) from the trap was analyzed by U.C. Davis for the presence of
mosquito-born viruses.

The results were returned to Vector Control on
September 5, 2008 as being positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The
location of the mosquito trap is in the Encinitas Creek region near
Village Square Drive. To date there have been 12 West Nile
positive dead birds retrieved from the City of Encinitas.


The WNV positive mosquito sample, as well as the presence of the dead
birds is strong indicators of the presence of WNV in the area. The
Vector Control Program is taking the following actions:

1. Mailing out precautionary letters to the residents of Encinitas in
the potentially infected area.

2. VCT staff will canvass the neighborhood and conduct an aerial search
for un-maintained swimming pools

3. VCT staff will be searching the adjacent creek and storm water
drainage courses this week for evidence of breeding and treat with
larvicide as needed

4. VCT staff has placed more mosquito traps in the area. These will also
be sent to U.C. Davis for testing

5. A press release has been issued regarding the positive mosquito
samples and personal protection information.

We wanted to make you aware of these actions we are taking in your city.

Gary Erbeck, MPH, REHS
Director, Department of Environmental Health
County of San Diego
gary.erbeck@sdcounty.ca.gov
619-338-2211
619-338-2088 fax
http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/deh/

Detailed pdf report click here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Art Walk Dead Zone: Phoebe St Post Office Area


The recent Leucadia Art Walk was a reasonable success with an estimated 2500+ visitors. All the small businesses looked like they were really benefitting from the foot traffic, so I found it odd that the owner of the small and perennially slow Leucadia Surf Shop had posted hand written NO PARKING signs. The above photo was taken on Art Walk day!

This would have been a great location for artist and musicians and a beverage cart and the surf shop could have sold some Leucadia t-shirts. Why wasn't this location utilized?

Sunday, September 07, 2008

N. Leucadia Pedestrian Hell





The Leucadia Streetscape calls for ambitious multi-million dollar plans that include radical realignment of the highway and tree canopy and threat of eminent domain to install large Bird Rock, La Jolla style roundabouts. All we really want is safe passage down the street.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Economy, Location Wilts Paper Rose

From the inbox--"After struggling for months to pay the bills I am now closing down the store. Currently we have everything on sale at cost price 50% & our last day of trading is October 18th so we need all the help we can get to get the merchandise sold by then. Many thanks for your past support,"
Kind regards,
Kerrie Stewart
owner Paper Rose

705 N Vulcan Ave
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 436-2855
www.paperrosegifts.com