Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pile 'o Gravel


Location: Just north of Leucadia Blvd on Hwy101.
First item: Some resourceful commuter used a bike chain to lock a plastic chair to the bus stop sign.
Second item: Remember when everyone in Cardiff was pissed that giant mulch piles were showing up on San Elijo Ave? Well, you guys were lucky because in Leucadia we get big piles of gravel. ooooooOOOOOh! Pretty!

34 comments:

  1. If we can get another of those on the other side, we can built a ped overpass.
    email council

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  2. They city thinks
    "It fits in well with that area"

    If you ask L-nn, she tell you it looks fine. Leave it be why change anything.

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  3. If the pile were spread at the crossing, with a little planting, it would look better than it does now.

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  4. In Leucadia, that's considered an outdoor art installation.

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  5. Wake up your being B-f_ckedApril 30, 2009 6:58 AM

    A must read for all Encinitas tax payers.-

    Last year, Encinitas City Council elected to provide a 15% increase in salaries and pick up the entire cost for the 50% increase in pensions. We will be paying the price for their stupid action for a really long time.... and that why you heard the City Employees cheer when council approved the item.

    Under California's system, it is possible for retirees to earn more from their pensions than they did while working.

    In 2002, most state and local governments instituted a 50 percent increase in benefits for active workers to "3 percent at 30," meaning employees with 30 years of service could receive 3 percent of their salary multiplied by the number of years they worked, or 90 percent, when they retired. After a few years of cost-of-living adjustments, some employees could see their pension benefits exceed their salaries while employed.

    Before the increase seven years ago, most pension benefits were capped at 2 percent of the salary multiplied by the number of years of service.

    And the pension benefits are blind to the status of the employee, meaning some retirees can return to work at another company, earning a salary as well as the pension benefits.

    For example, Mike Poehlman left as Oceanside's chief of police in 2005 for the same position in Reno, Nev.

    Now, he draws checks for $142,000 per year from California's pension program and earns a salary of about $168,000 from the city of Reno, according to the Sacramento nonprofit and the Reno Gazette-Journal.

    Poehlman, who worked 27 years in the CalPERS system, was not available for comment Wednesday.

    Another such example is Ray Patchett, who worked as Carlsbad's city manager. According to the foundation's report, Patchett is the seventh-highest earning retiree in the state's pension fund. He worked 34 years within the CalPERS system.

    Patchett earns about $240,000 in pension benefits while maintaining his own consulting firm he set up after retiring. He charges between $150 and $200 per hour and works about 20 hours per week, he said.

    "I think I earned what I'm getting from my pension, and when I work I earn for the work I'm doing," Patchett said.

    Carlsbad Mayor Bud Lewis, who hopes to reform the city's pension plans over the next two years, said he agreed with Patchett.

    "From what Ray Patchett accomplished in Carlsbad, I think he earned every penny," Lewis said.

    Still, Lewis said the city's pension system is unsustainable and that benefits for future workers need to be re-examined.

    Carlsbad might have more wiggle room than other cities following the market turmoil; Standard & Poor's recently awarded the city a credit rating of "AAA," the highest level possible.

    "The unions are very progressive," Lewis said. "The idea that salaries are going to remain where they are, according to the unions, is not what they want to accomplish. They want them higher and higher, and I understand that, but somewhere the bubble is going to burst. I think at some point we need to get away from this idea of 3 percent."

    http://nctimes.com/articles/2009/04/29/business/z369891e76bd8c39c882575a700709a9b.txt

    Under California's system, it is possible for retirees to earn more from their pensions than they did while working.

    In 2002, most state and local governments instituted a 50 percent increase in benefits for active workers to "3 percent at 30," meaning employees with 30 years of service could receive 3 percent of their salary multiplied by the number of years they worked, or 90 percent, when they retired. After a few years of cost-of-living adjustments, some employees could see their pension benefits exceed their salaries while employed.

    Before the increase seven years ago, most pension benefits were capped at 2 percent of the salary multiplied by the number of years of service.

    And the pension benefits are blind to the status of the employee, meaning some retirees can return to work at another company, earning a salary as well as the pension benefits.

    For example, Mike Poehlman left as Oceanside's chief of police in 2005 for the same position in Reno, Nev.

    Now, he draws checks for $142,000 per year from California's pension program and earns a salary of about $168,000 from the city of Reno, according to the Sacramento nonprofit and the Reno Gazette-Journal.

    Poehlman, who worked 27 years in the CalPERS system, was not available for comment Wednesday.

    Another such example is Ray Patchett, who worked as Carlsbad's city manager. According to the foundation's report, Patchett is the seventh-highest earning retiree in the state's pension fund. He worked 34 years within the CalPERS system.

    Patchett earns about $240,000 in pension benefits while maintaining his own consulting firm he set up after retiring. He charges between $150 and $200 per hour and works about 20 hours per week, he said.

    "I think I earned what I'm getting from my pension, and when I work I earn for the work I'm doing," Patchett said.

    Carlsbad Mayor Bud Lewis, who hopes to reform the city's pension plans over the next two years, said he agreed with Patchett.

    "From what Ray Patchett accomplished in Carlsbad, I think he earned every penny," Lewis said.

    Still, Lewis said the city's pension system is unsustainable and that benefits for future workers need to be re-examined.

    Carlsbad might have more wiggle room than other cities following the market turmoil; Standard & Poor's recently awarded the city a credit rating of "AAA," the highest level possible.

    "The unions are very progressive," Lewis said. "The idea that salaries are going to remain where they are, according to the unions, is not what they want to accomplish. They want them higher and higher, and I understand that, but somewhere the bubble is going to burst. I think at some point we need to get away from this idea of 3 percent."

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  6. Barbara Henry with NCtimes sounds like a mouth piece for our City Manager.

    why doesn't By BARBARA HENRY - Staff Writer for NCtimes do a worthwhile story about the current and future costs of pensions obligations and its crushing impact on Encinita's future?

    The crush of pension obligations is a real story that is being pushed under the rug by current council and City Manager and it needs to be aired to the public. When it airs, the public will be pissed and will have pointed sticks moving towards our standing council.

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  7. Gravel to pensions. Some of you are sick, sick, sick...

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  8. Back to the gravel. Where is our city attorny? Why don't we have an environmental impact report before NCTD drops dirty gravel next to houses?

    What is Jerome Stocks doing about it? He is our representative on the NTCD Board.

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  9. I BARELY noticed that pile of gravel. You people are whiners.

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  10. seriously, would I get in trouble if I took a couple of carloads of that gravel for my garden?

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  11. I used the mulch for part of my garden. Hmm, wonder what I could use gravel for. Come and get it is the answer. Surely it can be used for something around your home.

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  12. How come when a group of people whine about not having enough perfectly manicured soccer fields in Encinitas no one tells THEM to stop whining?

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  13. July 5th, 1776-

    America, stop whining.

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  14. Doug Long was at the meeting last night. He went to the podium and whined about DEMA not getting enough government funding. He also said DEMA needed more government money so that DEMA could pay for their half of the downtown community service officer.

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  15. Holier than thouApril 30, 2009 8:09 AM

    He who is without sin, cast the first stone. But not from this NCTD pile or you'll be breaking the 8th commandment.

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  16. Whats more important a pile of gravel or our City's future financial health?

    John Adams

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  17. The pile of gravel is a reflection of the community character of Leucadia.

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  18. Employee retiring in 4 years at $124,500April 30, 2009 9:32 AM

    Lets get pissed about that pile of gravel. Something must be done. Start a petition. Call your council members. Dammit we are pissed!!! Lets storm City Hall.

    No No gravel piles! No No gravel piles!!

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  19. dump it at their homeApril 30, 2009 9:44 AM

    Can we get a local with a skip loader or something like that to take loads of gravel to city hall and dump it at their front door?? Or better yet how about dumping this gravel at a council persons home. Maybe that will get their attention and get them off their fat asses and do something!!!

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  20. No. They wont even look up.

    They are to busy figuring out how much their pension payments will be after they voted themselves a huge increase last year. "Lets see... 3 times my highest paying year times 16 equals?... Crap. Its to difficult for me... I will have to have staff help me with this."

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  21. anon9:50- keep informing the public. Sadly, I will leave Encinitas and California when I retire. Why?? Too expensive to live here. I don't get a giant govt funded pension so I will have to do with what I have saved over the last 25 years.
    And that isn't much with the state and feds taking over 50% of my $$$. So another decent, hard working citizen will leave California to move elsewhere.

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  22. If this isn't an example of blight, then what is?? Are you happy glass man?? I'd like to dump this shit gravel at your front door!!

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  23. I think it has been there since they worked on the crossing several months back. I further think it causes (NCTD) busses to have to stop in travel lanes. The city loves to pays for 8 figure projects, but has little concern to maintain what they have.
    ENC: "Leucadia Last."
    NCTD: "We Hate You."

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  24. Hey ANON April 30, 2009 10:17 AM

    Don't let the door hit you in the Arse ya whiner. Leucadia will be a better place without you and your crybaby friends. Can't afford it? You're probably one of those that has lived here forever and done NOTHING to fix up your house and neighborhood. Move. Go ahead, please move.

    Leucadia Native

    p.s. Horace and Mary Anderson, the original owners of La Costa Nursery and Flower Shop, never complained as the traffic grew more dense they just kept making their operation more beautiful and appealing.

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  25. Anon3:08- I have live and worked in Leucadia for years!! My house is one of the nicest on my street. I pay huge taxes so that ASSHOLES like you can go to a library that was behind schedule and over budget and rent a DVD for less than the true cost.

    Yes, I will be leaving Leucadia in several more years and the community will be worse off for it. Don't think so?? Turn out the lights when you are the last ASSHOLE/Idiot to realize that it's only lawyers, illegals, corrupt politicians and welfare cheats left in the state.

    On my way home from work I will stop and grab and hand full of gravel, perhaps if everyone did the same the pile will be gone in a day or two.

    Sign me,
    Too smart for you, ASSHOLE!!!

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  26. bonddi aka L__n B--N etc.April 30, 2009 9:21 PM

    Dear Anon:
    We know who hired you and why your diatribes are posted almost hourly. Obviously, you were not hired for your intellectual knowledge or satirical creativity. Blow hard.

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  27. so sad that this site went from being about Leucacia to being about OC natives that have "lived here for years" and like their all cap cursing. I too, will be glad when Leucadia is again. Evolution happens. Enjoy all the California transplants you will be moving away with and as Leucadia Native says, "don't let the door hit you in the arse."

    Leucadian born and raised.

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  28. OK L___n-

    take a deep breath and repeat, I appreciate ___ in my life. I appreciate _____ in my life, I appreciate ____ in my life.

    after that hug your daughter and husband and thank the lord for what you have.

    Be happy there is plenty of time to go negative once your short life is done.

    Peace be with you.

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  29. Anon 3:22- Do you need a little help with some stress management tools? Be glad to work with you on that. Generalizations about any group of people are sad, and often make to life harder than it already is. Enjoy the beauty, and fight the system for an even more beautiful Leucadia. For that matter, let's go for a more beautiful Encinitas.

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  30. Well said Dr. Lorri!

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  31. American A-holeMay 04, 2009 8:42 AM

    Hey Too Smart,

    Thanks for the Library! We'll all miss you when you leave Leucadia, but we know it's gonna make you proud to simultaneously raise the I.Q. of Leucadia and whatever town you end up in.

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  32. This is the first time I have commented on this post. I am ONLY commenting under my name, lynn, for about a month or more, now.

    Anon, 12:16 a.m., you continue to be an obsessive, "sponge head" coward.

    Shut up and stop thinking everyone that you want to paint as ugly is me.

    I don't like the pile of gravel. I am not against all change.

    Get a life and leave me the Hell alone.

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  33. OK L__n. If that is where you are at this moment.


    Take a deep breath and repeat, Life is good, Life is blessed, Life is change.

    God Bless L__n and let your stress be released.

    LC

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  34. WOW!!! A pile of gravel! Imagine the railroad companies dumping a pile of railway gravel near what else, ahhh a railroad!!! Lets posts a photo and blog about it!!! As for the chair, I guess you have never been to LA or any metropolitan area where those without the money you possess, use public transportation and like to sit while they wait the 20 minutes plus for the bus. Look around youʻll see chairs, boxes and what ever else tied or chained as a means of rest or shelter. Sometime even an umbrella! exciting huh! Get out of your box, look around, awareness, common sense ah!

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