A private company is proposing to provide $16,000 worth of doggie waste collection bags for free each year to Encinitas parks and trails, if the city will allow advertising on the bag distribution posts.
The proposal, which the City Council is scheduled to debate at its Wednesday night meeting, could mark the first time that permanent advertising is allowed in an Encinitas city park, said Jim O'Grady, the city's interim parks and recreation director.
"This is kind of uncharted territory for us, but the signs are going to be fairly small," he said Monday.
The city has allowed sponsor signs at special events in the parks, but those haven't been permanent advertisements, O'Grady said.
The city is spending about $16,000 a year on its "Mutt Mitt" waste disposal bags, which are distributed for free at 19 locations within city parks and along city trails, a city staff report states. By giving away biodegradable bags, the city hopes to encourage pet owners to be responsible and to keep the parks tidy. See NCTimes.
A few years ago the Leucadia blog came out hard on the use of public park resources without holding an open process, where others could compete for the exclusive use of park space. We also warned against giving out contracts that provide the city or the public the "net revenues" without that number being explicitly defined and audited. Looks like the city of Encinitas is not into the competitive part of managed competition.
Is Ms. O'Grady really going to spend $16,000 on doggie mitts?
Somebody do the math on this. How many doggie land mines is that a year? How many trash cans is that. How many poos per dog use hour is that!