Monday, November 30, 2009
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
These pictures are from today. It is curious, but not definitive, that there are now three addresses on the building.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Back by Popular Demand!
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.
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.
Romancing the Cobble Stone
Beach Replenished with Construction Dirt
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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
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
We know there are more important issues. Here are a few examples:
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.
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.
Watch the documentary called Obama's war that has changed people's mind about our challenges in Afghanistan.
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].
We should expect our local government to lead by example.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
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 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
11:00am – 1:00pm Adrienne Nims & Spirit Wind
1:30pm – 3:30pm Luna Llena
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
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
nctimes.com: 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.
nctimes.com: 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
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.
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
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.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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???
Read the nctimes.com story: TASK FORCE RECOMMENDS CLOSING KELP BEDS
At the Belly Up in Solana Beach! More details here.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ask him to fill you in on the important facts to consider.
“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
“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?”
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.
No Word from Dalager
It is all on Dalager Now
Dalager, Developers, and Campaign Supporters
Non Perishable Food Drive
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’.
CLICK FOR MORE INFO
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
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.
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
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.
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.
NCT.com story Encinitas chooses Mary Pickford as subject for first Silent Film Festival
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
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.
Learn more about Tavarua at www.tavarua.com
Sign the online petition to stop surf contest at Swamis click here
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
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
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.
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.
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.