Monday, November 30, 2009

Women's Surfing Champ crowned in Hawaii

Over the weekend 21 year Stephanie Gilmore from Australia was crowned the 2009 Women's World Champ after making the finals of the Gidget Pro held at perfect 6-10 ft Sunset Beach, one of the premier surf spots on the legendary North Shore of the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

The Gidget Pro was one of 6 contest held at Sunset this year.

Watch the video of the final,

For contrast here is the video from the 2008 Women's Longboard Championship, the event we are "stealing" from France.

And, the 2009 highlights,

I bring all of this up because of the proposed Women's World Longboard Championships (WWLC) at Swami's, to be held October 2010 (called "the biggest thing to ever happen to Encinitas" by the new CEO of the old Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Marshall Weinrab).

Women's longboarding has a problem and it's called women's shortboarding.

This new generation of women shortboarders are surfing at an incredibly high level right now. They are charging waves of consequence on the world stage. Women's shortboarding is leaving women's longboarding in the dust. I already asked if it is wise to have a world champ event at a soft wave like Swamis. Previous post: Leucadia Blog: An alternative venue for the proposed Swamis surf contest: Tavarua Fiji

Of course, the reality is that women's shortboarding, women's longboarding, men's shortboarding, and men's longboarding is all bullshit invented by the Costa Mesa based surf industry for marketing purposes. In real life surfing is not segregated by gender or board length. All surfers love to ride waves with their friends. That is what it is all about when you peel away all the hype. I've believe that one of the coolest things about surf culture is the wide variety of people out surfing at the same surf spot.

It is my opinion that surf contest should not be segregated by gender. To me this is backwards and sexist. The Supreme Court ruled that separate but equal is unconstitutional. Jackie Robinson broke racial barriers in professional baseball and I'm shocked we still don't have women playing in the big leagues. I'm unclear why sports gets away with segregation, especially in surfing.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Dan Thanked for His Compliance with the City's Laws

In August 2008 the city sends a letter to Deputy Mayor Dalager. It was a notice that he is no longer in violation of city codes now that he has converted his 3 unit rental building back to a 2 unit building.
These pictures are from today. It is curious, but not definitive, that there are now three addresses on the building.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Leucadia Sand Update

November 15, 2009 Sand Report
Back by Popular Demand!
We've already had several wind swells, which has helped flatten the beach profile.

Cobbles remain a notable part of the beach environment.

Just like the kelp on the beach, the cobbles are a part of the Leucadia experience.

Despite the taxpayer purchased construction soil being deposited, and taxpayer funded sand lobbyists, the coastal bluffs of Leucadia remain exposed to surf at high tide.

Click to Enlarge

Cobbles are part of our natural environment and have been used as decorative and structural components of Leucadia's infrastructure.

The Highway 101 workshops were dominated by traffic issues and I didn't see or hear much discussion about the streetscape elements. I would vote for including cobblestone decorated elements to the streetscape.

See Also:
Romancing the Cobble Stone
Beach Replenished with Construction Dirt

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Most Boring Topic Ever Just Became Most Boring Topic Possible

From some press release website:

Gary Tucker, former CEO of the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce, alleged today in San Diego Superior Court that the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce, Pres. Ken Gross, Board Member Colleen Walsh, and her company CFO To-Go have repeatedly defamed him.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Your H1N1 Local Update

According to Ch 8 there has been 8 deaths in San Diego county related to the H1N1 flu.

The latest victims were 44-, 46-, 47- and 67-year-old men and women aged 35, 41, 42 and 48, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.
All but one of the victims had underlying medical conditions, according to the HHSA. Three of the victims were not San Diego County residents.

All tested positive for H1N1, but the virus might not be the cause of death, the HHSA reported.
So far, there have been 45 deaths in San Diego County linked to the H1N1 influenza, according to the HHSA. Thirty-eight of the victims were from San Diego County and seven were visiting.
There have been 659 people hospitalized with the virus locally, according to the HHSA.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Bigger Things to Worry About

The Leucadia blog focuses on the local. There are bigger issues than how we enjoy our hometown, ways to improve Leucadia, and lurking threats to the qualities that made us choose to stay here.

We know there are more important issues. Here are a few examples:

Unbalanced budget of the United States of America

By 2030, the optimistic projections say that the USA will be broke and our debt payments will be making foreign countries happy. Watch I.O.U.S.A. [here]. It is worth your time to see what some people think our country needs to do to avoid the decay of the USA.

Financial Blabs of Trillion Dollar Proportions
At the same time, we have federal and state governments that have little accountability. The political parties, voters, and increasingly, the press rarely follow through when really bad decisions are made or when decisions are made to benefit special friends instead of the general public.

Brookysly Born was pushed aside and called a naysayer. She held out a warning that all of America should regret not digesting. It was a mistake the public should learn from.

Watch the full version of Frontline here. Watching it is worth the punchline about the Obama administration and our hope for a change in the accountability of our leaders.

National Security
At the same time, we have serious national security threats and we will have our friends, neighbors, and children being sent off to fight insurgencies for many years ahead (if we still have capacity to fund the military).

Watch the documentary called Obama's war that has changed people's mind about our challenges in Afghanistan.

Water Resources at Risk

Good news. A threat to a key water source is being cleaned up (with a billion dollar aftertaste).

Initially, plans were to cap the radioactive tailings in place because of the high costs of moving them away from the river. After "naysayers" pointed out that no one had noted that the tailings pile lay on the outside bend of the Colorado River (see photo above) where natural processes could eventually erode away not only the cap but the tailings themselves, possibly sending them into a water supply for much of the West, the government decided to move the whole pile away from the river [source].

The Local Stuff
There are huge challenges that dwarf our local issues and many of those issues will define our futures more than locally made decisions. The presence of bigger challenges does not excuse us from reviewing local decisions. Many of those local decisions still have significant impacts to our quality of life, even if they are in the background of more serious challenges.

We should expect our local government to lead by example.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Botanical Gems of Leucadia: Part 4

Leucadia is a great place to grow macadamia trees. You’ll find them scattered throughout the older neighborhoods and, right now, many of these trees are loading up with this season's crop. One of the nice things about macadamia (as a backyard tree) is the fruits drop when they are ready to be harvested.
I’m told mac's tend do well in California where avocado are grown and do best along the coast. Commercial growers often give them as much water as they would avocados. This can be a lot of water. Macadamias originate from rain forests in Australia, however they are known for their ability to withstand drought conditions. They won’t produce as much with reduced water, but they can hang on and do well with strategic supplemental watering.

I’ve got two macadamia volunteers that have never been irrigated. If you have a keen eye you’ll find old mac trees in the open space by the golf course and in the vacant lot next to Station 3. They don’t look so hot now, but I’d bet that a wet winter or mild supplemental water would ramp up their production again.
Macadamias are sensitive to frost, but our coastal climate moderates extremes of temperatures, which is one of the great natural features of Leucadia. The Burdick variety was developed in Encinitas and was known for its thin shell (it is actually a seed coat). Most kids who grew up in Leucadia were exposed to lots of Avocados, Loquats, and Macadamias. There are still some macadamia orchards in Leucadia that are used for small scale commercial production. Macadamia nuts are crazy tough to get open. If you have a tree, invest in a specialty nutcracker and check out these suggestions for processing the nuts.

Macadamias don’t need much care, have few pests (beyond rodents), and are part of the history of Leucadia. We will be propagating new trees so let us know if you want to adopt one.

See Also: Botanical Gems Series, & Macadamia Facts

Streetfair Today

Here is the entertainment schedule for today:

Courtyard Stage

11:00am – 1:00pm Adrienne Nims & Spirit Wind
1:30pm – 3:30pm Luna Llena

Community Stage

11:00am-11:30am Dance Fitness
11:30am – 12:00pm California Music Studios
12:00pm – 12:30pm Scripps Performing Arts Academy
12:30pm – 1:00pm Chanara Casey Richmond
1:00pm – 1:30pm Janice Lee Ballet
1:30pm – 2:00pm Kelsie Martin (from Singing Solo)
2:00pm – 2:30pm Dance Connection
2:30pm – 3:00pm Encinitas School of Music Jazz Big Band
3:00pm – 3:30pm Encinitas School of Music Jazz Big Band
3:30pm – 4:00pm Pink Army

Saturday, November 21, 2009

How to drive in a Roundabout

Click image for large view. Study carefully. You will need this knowledge.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

DOGS! ENCINITAS: Off-leash dog hours debated before commissioners

"We feel we have lost our park to the dogs," said Cathy Andrews, who also lives in Quail Gardens. "It is perceived as a dog park, and once the dogs started coming there, we were outnumbered."

Tim Baird spoke in favor of extending off leash hours to Hawk View Park.
"I believe the city should use the criteria it has already used (when it originally decided to allow off-leash hours at some parks). Is there something unique to this park? No. Quail Gardens is on a big street and has parking. The design of the park separates the dogs from the playground and the lawn is under-utilized for sports ... These are the criteria that should be used to determine whether a neighborhood park should be used, not on who brings the largest pitch forks and yells the loudest."

*blogger's note-Did Tim just move here or something? Don't mock our large pitch forks, it's an Encinitas tradition.

The City Council is scheduled to consider Wednesday whether to expand off-leash hours from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at Orpheus, Sun Vista and Viewpoint Parks.

An unholy alliance forged in Encinitas

Another op-ed about the most boring issue Encinitas has ever faced, the Chamber of Commerce drama. BATRA: Reps not doing the right thing

What's even more puzzling is Maggie Houlihan, who requested an independent third party audit from the chamber, chose to pay them even though they failed to provide the required audit, and maintain a commercial insurance policy indemnifying the city, as required by their contract. What compelled her to continue paying a vendor that failed to meet basic obligations it was contracted to meet?

See also Leucadia Blog: Kydd Wants Bailout for Encinitas Chamber of Commerce

Read past blog post about the chamber, click here

Monday, November 16, 2009

Local dogs to be unleashed? ENCINITAS: Dog politics to dominate City Hall meetings next week


On Tuesday, the city's Parks and Recreation Commission will consider whether to allow off-leash dogs at Hawk View Park on Heron Avenue and Glen Park on Orinda Drive.
That meeting, which begins at 4 p.m. at City Hall, is expected to become intense because homeowners near the two parks are divided over the issue, residents and city officials said Friday.

If the commission decides to support off-leash hours at the two parks, it will probably recommend that the hours be identical to what exists at the three city parks where off-leash dogs currently are allowed, Commissioner Doug Long said Friday.
Those three parks --- Orpheus Park in Leucadia, Sun Vista Park in Olivenhain and Viewpoint Park on D Street near City Hall ---- now allow dogs to run leash-free from 6 to 7:30 a.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
However, those off-leash hours may change.

On Wednesday, the City Council will consider whether to expand them and allow off-leash dogs from 6 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 8 p.m. on those days as well as on Sundays.
Debate over whether to give dogs more freedom in city parks jumped into the public spotlight last summer when sheriff's deputies ticketed 18 people with off-leash dogs at Viewpoint, Orpheus and Hawk View parks. The tickets were issued about a half hour after the nighttime off-leash hours ended at Viewpoint and Orpheus parks.
People who got the $445 tickets, as well as other off-leash dog supporters, have lobbied fiercely since to get the city to increase its off-leash periods. The city's mayor said Friday that she believes the new expanded-hours proposal meets those requests.

Blogger's note-
People in Encinitas are very passionate about their dogs. There are many pet stores and veterinarians located in Encinitas that are major contributors to our local economy.

Titan, 2nd place Howl 'O Ween costume contest winner 2009.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

"Biggest thing ever" in Oceanside today

The proposed Swamis 2010 ASP (Associated Surfing Professionals) women's longboard surf contest has been described as "the biggest thing to ever come to Encinitas". This weekend the ASP is holding a men's and women's longboard contest at Oceanside Pier. The finals start Sunday morning at 8 am. It is without a doubt, the biggest thing to ever happen to Oceanside.

Follow the action on the PLA website (Professional Longboard Association) click here. Or visit in person and gasp at the large crowds that these longboard surf contest draw. The absolute hugeness of it all may blow your mind.

Hidden camera footage of a Encinitas city council backroom deal

Genuine Traditions

Dan D. changed the "Holiday" Parade back to the "Christmas" Parade because of local tradition. No contests at Swami's is also a local tradition and should be respected.
N. Glasgow

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Swamis systematically being shut off

In this photo: lobster boat and a diverse crowd of surfers. Soon there will be no boat and only 4 people in the water surfing for points and money. Yay!
Map via the North County Times website.
Lobster fisherman are being banned from the Swamis kelp forest. For now you can still spear white seabass. Soon the waves at Swamis will be controlled by private interest groups half the year. What is happening to Swamis???

Nov 30th-An Evening to Benefit the Employees of Calypso

At the Belly Up in Solana Beach! More details here.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Jerome Stocks throws the best internet hissy fit in forever

Encinitas former mayor and current city councilman Jerome Stocks is one of the bloggers over at SD Rostra. His latest post is a classic hissy fit of epic proportions. He completely wigs out over a mailer he received from The Young Republicans asking for money for their Christmas party, which was signed by Joe Sheffo who ran for Encinitas city council against Stocks in 2008. *whew*

Read Jerome's blog post, GO POUND SAND

SD Rostra then let Joe Sheffo respond with this tightly written post, SHEFFO RESPONDS TO STOCKS

Monday, November 09, 2009


This email from Linda Benson has been circulating all day. It addresses the rumor that she had decided to do the right thing and stop pursuing the controversial Swamis contest:

Dear All,

I've just been contacted by Tanya Mannes the Union Tribune writer of yesterday's article on the contest. She wanted to confirm if I had, indeed, decided to not go forward with the event. I was surprised. In the comment section, Gary Baum's communication to the Club membership was quoted stating that due to the split in the community over the contest, I had decided to withdraw.

What I agreed to last night talking to Gary was that it was probably in the best interest of the Club for Dan Dalager and I not to attend Tuesday evening. The Club is not a public forum and the opposition was rallying people to attend. The City Council is the place for such a public forum. I stated last night that I had not yet made any decision about the event.

Gary and I have just spoken and he will clarify to the members that a decision has not been made to withdraw from pursuing the event. He had a different impression of our conversation.

I just wanted you to know that I haven't made a decision about the event. If I do, I certainly will let people know in my own way.


Dan had been quoted as saying people shouldn’t mount opposition to a project “before they have any idea what the facts are.”

What facts are we missing? We won't know if Dan and Linda do not show up to tell us.

This meeting would have been the perfect time to explain to the opposition what it is they misunderstand. Now, the opposition will only grow as it is looking like Linda does not want to publicly address questions about this contest. Dan certainly knows that a council meeting will be a place where Linda will not have to answer questions from the public. Dan and Linda should reconsider.

Send Dan an email at ask him to fill you in on the important facts to consider.

Dalager to address small tribe Tues 7pm

SWAMIS MEETING - Regarding the Proposed Contest At Swamis - This Tuesday Night (tomorrow) Nov 10th 7pm above Pillbox. Solana Beach Rec Center. Encinitas city councilman Dan Dalager and contest organizer Linda Benson will be there to pitch their case for the privatization of a public resource to the Swamis Surfing Association.

“We’re talking about public resources,” Dalager said. “Are we going to have a system of law, or are we going to have little local tribes that decide what everybody can do?”

Leucadia Blog: Holy Moly

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Holy Moly

Dalager was quoted in the UT about the Swamis contest.

“We’re talking about public resources,” Dalager said. “Are we going to have a system of law, or are we going to have little local tribes that decide what everybody can do?”

Dan is the guy who condones subversion of the law, backroom deals, and enjoys doing favors at city hall for his bros. Dan has endorsed the idea of commanding his sheriffs to not enforce laws that he personally doesn't like. He has told friends of mine how to violate building codes and not get caught. General plan laws and municipal code laws don't apply to Danny's tribe of supporters. Public records laws and open government laws are something for him to literally laugh about.

Recommendation for Dan
Instead of doing personal favors for your bros, correct/set up city policies to the benefit of everyone.

Dan has done favors for my friends when they ran into issues at city hall. Instead of fixing the structural problem so the rest of us wouldn't have to deal with the same crap, Dan provides personal favors. Expectations come with the favors.

Side Notes on the Contest
If the city wants 1, 2, 3 + contests at Swamis the city should make that as a policy decision and then the city should take competitive proposals for the contest slots.

I consider Linda a budding Dalager bro. She supported Dalager in his last election and never answered questions about why she was supporting him or her interest in being involved. Both Linda and I (a former Dalager supporter) are partially responsible for the current way in which issues are handled at city hall.

See Also:
No Word from Dalager
It is all on Dalager Now
Dalager, Developers, and Campaign Supporters

LKP CRC Food Drive

Sponsors a

Non Perishable Food Drive

Benefitting the

Community Resource Center (CRC) in Encinitas

Saturday, November 21 from 2:00 – 4:00

Moonlight Beach Park

Please bring non perishable food items to the park on this date! The Leucadia Kids for Peace group will transport the items to the CRC. The CRC is open that afternoon and awaiting our delivery. Let’s help them stock their pantry for the holidays! Here is a list of ‘High Needs Items’.


For sale to the highest bidder

Beautiful point break for rent. Have the waves all to yourself and your gang. Cash prizes and t-shirts too!

See Also: Online discussion with Linda and Cori, the contest promoters.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Encinitas Subculture

The youtube video with over 28,000 views has been removed due to fear.

Strange headline concerning Encinitas...somehow

It reads, Encinitas man not picked for role as next "Bachelor"

It did not know that not getting picked for something was news. Gosh!

Sweep it under the rug

Read the Tanya Mannes story on SignOnSanDiego: Chamber to be repaid for Visitors Center work


The City Council voted 3-2 on Monday, with Councilman Jerome Stocks and Councilwoman Teresa Barth dissenting, to pay the chamber what was owed.

Stocks dissented because he didn't think a subcommittee was needed. He also said the chamber should stop relying on city funding and that it should be an independent business advocacy group.

Barth said she voted no because she wanted the subcommittee to investigate the claims of wrongdoing in the financial review. “It bothers me a lot that we're just going to try to sweep this under the rug,” she said.

Stray observations:

Another bad vote from the people's mayor, Maggie Houlihan.
Why can't the Visitor's Center be moved into the spectacular and popular downtown Encinitas library?
It's good to be a lawyer in this town, everybody is always suing each other.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Alternative venue #3 for the proposed Swamis contest: The Ranch

This is a photo of a surf spot called Big Drake's. It is a perfect longboard wave and is the most logical location for a world championship contest.

Because I am a very helpful person I have already proposed an alternative venue for the 2010 Womens Longboard Championship. Since Swamis is a terrible location for the contest (for a long list of reasons) I had suggested holding it on Tavarua island in Fiji.

The complaints about that location was that it was too far away and that the wave itself is out of the league and skill level of the competitors (an odd complaint for a world championship professional event but so be it). Luckily I have thought of the perfect place to have the contest!

There is a zone of epic surf just under the tip of Point Conception called The Ranch. It has the best surfing pointbreaks in California and maybe the world. It is the ultimate longboard surfing zone. There has never been a surf contest at The Ranch.

The Ranch is on private land and average people who are not owners must boat in from Gaviota to surf there. This won't be a problem for the contest because many of the former contest sponsors are Ranch landowners and have access by road.

Undeveloped coastal California and the surf is perfect.

Having the 2010 Womens Longboard World Championship at The Ranch would be historic. The contest would be covered by every surf media outlet in the world. The contestants would get to surf the best longboard waves on Earth in a pristine environment. And the contest would not infringe on public access like at Swamis because the public cannot get into The Ranch.

This is a win win for all parties.
Learn more about The Ranch on Surfline, click here

Pictured is the first surf spot you encounter as you drive into The Ranch. Incredibly there are more waves like this within The Ranch. The wave above is a million times better than Swamis, I know because I have surfed it several times.

Silent Film Festival at La Paloma this weekend

This should be pretty cool. They even rented an old timey piano for live music to play along. Bonus points if you show up in your best 1920s Flapper gear. story Encinitas chooses Mary Pickford as subject for first Silent Film Festival

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

An alternative venue for the proposed Swamis surf contest: Tavarua Fiji

Since the majority of Swamis surfers object to selling off our public surf spots to private parties for days and weeks at a time I have been thinking of an alternative location to hold the contest. The answer is obvious, have the contest on Tavarua island in Fiji.

Tavarua has two world class surf spots, called Cloudbreak and Restaurants. Both waves are far better than the wave at Swamis. Tavarua is home to a luxurious surf camp that has exclusive rights to the surf spots and the camp is sanctioned by the Fijian government. Tavarua has already hosted many high profile mens and womens contests. These contests gain international media exposure because of the high quality of the wave.

The contests held at Tavarua have had successful live webcast that are viewed by hundreds of thousands of people. Yes, they have the technology and the facilities to host these modern events!

Since the proposed Swamis contest is going to crown a world champ, then it needs to be held in classic surf that will bring legitimacy and respect to that champion. Although it is a fun wave and can be world class once or twice a year, Swamis is too weak and mushy of wave 95% of the year for a world class surf contest. Cloudbreak is an epic wave that is respected by surfers all over the world.

The mens pro tour decide and crown their world champ in Hawaii in serious waves of consequence. The women's tour needs to be on the same level. Having this contest in real surf will teleport the womens longboard tour into the big time. As is, the women's longboard tour is not taken seriously by the major surf media outlets. Holding the contest at Swamis is only going to make that worse. The contest organizers need to see the big picture and do the right thing for their sport.

Ask any competitor, where would you rather surf? Swamis or Cloudbreak?
Learn more about Tavarua at
Sign the online petition to stop surf contest at Swamis click here

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Leucadia coast highway as seen from the sky

Land Purchase and Chamber Special Meeting

The Nov 2 Special Meeting of the City Council was special. Watch it here.

The Council discussed the Visitor Center and buying more property for the Hall park. It was a great meeting to watch. I recommend watching both agenda items.

One of the many things that stood out to me was how Barth and Stocks were the ones saying they wanted to keep things from being swept under the rug and conduct business outside of closed session. I was disappointed that Houlihan did not join Barth and Stocks.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Streetscape Next Steps

From the city's website:

Next steps

The project is scheduled to be presented to City Council on January 13, 2010. The consultant will be giving an overview of the entire process, the project plan alternatives and traffic analysis. In addition, staff will be seeking Council direction on which alternative the City should pursue. Dan Burden, a walkable communities and project facilitation expert will also be in attendance to present traffic calming concepts and design criteria which had been considered by the participants of Workshops #1 and 2.

Workshop #4 and Other Events

To allow for additional public input related to project alternatives, Community Workshop #4 was held on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at the Encinitas Community Center; at which time a new design alternative (#5) was presented to compare to a refined version (#4A) of the previously created design Alternative #4. The results of additional traffic analysis were also presented.

The two alternatives provide differing design concepts which the public was asked to consider and provided feedback via a survey questionnaire. The Plans were also made available at City Hall for viewing during normal city hall business hours Monday, October 12 through Wednesday, October 14, 2009. Feedback from the citizens viewing the plans at City Hall was also requested via the Workshop #4 survey; however, the questionnaire distributed at City Hall clearly specified October 12 – 14, 2009. The results of the survey received from participants at the formal workshop on October 10, 2009 are computated separately from the results of the survey received form the citizens viewing the plans at City Hall.

Results of City Hall Survey

Results of Workshop Survey

Streetscape plan 4A to remove big euc

The most popular Streetscape plan is Alternative #4. This plan has a lot of desirable qualities, unfortunately it calls for removing this huge eucalyptus tree just north of Leucadia Blvd. I assume it's because with the tree gone the left turn lane can be extended.
View the streetscape plans on the city website, click here.