Sunday, June 27, 2010

News from the Neighbors

NCT Escondido Streetscape

"This would slow things down and make downtown seem bigger than just Grand Avenue," said Thora Guthrie, chief executive of the Downtown Business Association.

They say such a change would make downtown more visible to drivers, who whiz by the city's Grand Avenue business district too quickly to notice what they are passing. "These are the most highly traveled streets in Escondido, but we do nothing to capture those people," City Councilwoman Olga Diaz said last week. In addition, supporters say downtown would become a more appealing place if it was "unified" by allowing pedestrians on Grand to travel more easily across Second to the public library and across Valley to Grape Day Park and the city's arts center.

NCT Parents Ask for Testing

A group of Kelly [elementary school] workers wrote a letter to San Diego County's public health officer in May, saying they want to make sure that Kelly educators who have suffered from the disease ---- but don't live in the city of Carlsbad ---- are part of any statistical study. The letter included the names of 8 teachers diagnosed with cancer in the last 10 years, as well as a few from the 1990s. The employees said they were concerned about an "alarming number of staff and former students who have become seriously ill."

Kelly Elementary is a small campus in northern Carlsbad, near the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. It was built in 1979, before certain types of testing were required for school construction projects. The area was once mostly farm land and Quartarone's group is worried that there may be a variety of pollutants ---- such as arsenic, methane or heavy metals ---- in the ground, air and water around the campus.

NCT Ballfield to be Cleaned Up

A tentative settlement has been reached in a court dispute over who will pay for the cleanup of French Field, a former burn dump that had been used by baseball and softball teams for more than 20 years before officials shut it down in 2005.

The Oceanside City Council last week approved a $2.6 million contract with a private company, Brickman Chargers Inc. of San Diego, to perform the cleanup.


  1. The Kelly Elementary School cancer cluster should be a warning to our city council. The Hall property park soil has documented pesticide, heavy metal, and diesel oil contamination. The 3-man majority has gone to extraordinary lengths to suppress this.

    It took two lawsuits by local citizens to get the city to do an EIR and make a reasonable response to the problems. It was only at the court hearing of the second lawsuit that the city finally admitted there was contamination that it would deal with. The level of toxaphene was so high, the city had no choice.

    There is still a good chance that Stocks, Bond, and Dalager will try to avoid dealing with the contamination. After all they spent the last 9 years trying to hide it. It will cost a lot of extra money, money they don't have.

    We all must be vigilant to be sure the city does what its attorney promised in court. If not, we may see a similar situation to what is happening in Carlsbad.

  2. Sell your house dude. its over.

    Carlsbad and special interests win. You lose.


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