Originally posted over a year ago, I predicted the public would finally wake up to city's delays on the Hall park if the park didn't get started by now. Now, the city is not allowing the public access to its documents that would show us if the city has been purposely dragging its feet on getting the Hall park construction plans completed. Dalager is still getting the benefit of the doubt, even after his city management delayed the release of the Hall park EIR, the Roads Maintenance Report, the Cardiff Specific Plan, and the City-Wide Traffic Study.
The second Hall property park lawsuit is finally over [In the middle of September 2009!]. The City prevailed in this lawsuit (the city lost the first lawsuit).
The city can now use their empty property, which it bought years ago and has been paying gobs of bond interest on.
The construction of the park is not fully funded.
About a month ago I had an email exchange with the Encinitas Soccer League. They seemed to be unaware of the evidence that the city was responsible for some of the substantial delays in the park construction process. They had been blaming all the delays on Citizens for Quality of Life. I was also asking about park funding issues. The Encinitas Soccer League (ESL) wrote this about funding for the park, "the money is already in the capital budget."
I thought that was funny because the budget document adopted this summer was clear that the city didn't have the money to start Phase I (even though lots of other things weren't so clear, that it was laughable). After pointing out the apparent discrepancy to the ESL, they wrote, "The park can be funded once it becomes a genuine option."
Opening the park is now a genuine option. [September 2009]
I would really like to move to a post park period where the public will consider other important issues. Unfortunately, I don't think its over. Either Dalager, Stocks, and Bond are going to be roasted for not quickly building the park, or we are going to see some intriguing financing schemes.
Updated note: Once we move past the Hall park, what are Jerome and Danny going to run on?