We try hard to keep up with what's happening around town, but sometimes we're just skating to get a burrito, we turn a corner and suddenly there's 40 people checking out art in a nameless building just north of Le Papagayo. We stop in for a brew and view. This is reason #867 why we love Leucadia.
Inside there are a number of paintings from various artists and a photo exhibit from the ever eclectic pro skater/actor/comedian Jason Lee. The proprietors of this unnamed gallery are a bit clandestine about their whole project, but we are glad to learn that it will not rely solely on selling art to exist. The proprietors are reluctantly glad to learn from us that they should be open this Sunday for Artwalk...
'Don't be cheap you bastard, buy some art' go the lyrics to this song by Jenk's Band, scheduled to play Artwalk from 11am-1:30pm at the Leucadia Glass stage. For a full schedule of Artwalk music, please visit the Ruthless Hippies Blog. If you are an unabashed cheap bastard, you can still follow us and like us on facebook. Like most of the events we get the word out on, it costs you nothing. We are unabashed self-promoters.
And on to the boring stuff you all love...
We attended the city council meeting last night. Here are some highlights:
-Encinitas will put off applying for the Beacon Award which measures a city's progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It won't cost the city much in the way of time or effort to apply and it's part of the Environmental Action Plan--but hey--there's no deadline to apply so we're going to chill on that one for a bit.
-Leucadia's flooding issues will remain an issue. We can either micro-bore our excess rainfall right over the bluff and into the ocean (a method council member Bond has championed since the early 90's, but which is not cool with his 'friends in the environmental community'), spend nearly 30 million on railroad grade separation or just send out some workers to pump it over the bluffs each time it rains heavily (our current solution).
-The guy who started the Rock n Roll Marathon wants to create a major 10 mile run event on a Sunday this coming February. The event will go from the Del Mar Fair grounds to the Cardiff Kook and back. The council majority is stoked, while council member Barth feels that more community input is needed before considering such a major event that will shut down the 101.
-The council voted unanimously to draft new rules for private groups applying for temporary permits to display banners on city property. The new rules will aim to give the city control over content while placing the city at a low risk of being sued, should it choose to censor content. Danny Salzhandler of the 101 Artist Colony will be invited in on the subcommittee to create these ordinances. Council member Barth could not get a second amen to bring a motion to vote on lifting the temporary moratorium on banner applications. This moratorium has prevented both Leucadia Artwalk and Summer Fun on the 101 from displaying their banner ads on public property. The ban on banner applications remains and will not be lifted until the new rules governing content are in place.
This has been your Ruthless Report for August 2012. There's so much more we'd like to say, but we won't.