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The City Council in Berkeley is hell-bent on taking the title of “Wackiest Elected Body.” They are heading toward proposing banning smoking cigarettes in your very own apartments, condos, and yes… even your single family home! I couldn’t make this up…
Mind you, this is in a city that professes to espouse a “do your own thing” mentality, and is very OK with people smoking pot with little or no restriction and has no ban on fireplaces or outdoor charcoal BBQs, which put out a lot more toxic smoke than a cigarette.
The big news today is that the President made a speech where he said the law Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would no longer require individual plans, previously issued to individuals, to be cancelled on December 31, 2013.
Cancellation notices have been sent to hundreds of thousands of consumers, and by some estimates, up to a million in CA alone as required by the various provisions of Obamacare.
But now, 45 days before the deadline, Mr. Obama himself says he can change that. The truth is that the new rules of engagement outlined in this morning’s speech do nothing to compel the insurance companies to rescind the cancellation notices to their future former clients, and the proposed reprieve is only a temporary one year reprieve.
Take the Encinitas Transit Survey!!!
No doubt some fool consultant, or some clever consultant is promoting this survey and charging the city $$. The problems are that:
A) It’s “Opt in” and therefore bereft of any semblance of scientific or statistical validity, and
B) It doesn’t prevent anyone from taking it multiple times from the same computer (So I’m told)
Really, I encourage you to take it numerous times using fun facts!
(Reuters) – Ambulance operator Rural/Metro Corp… filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with the aim of cutting its debts after it missed an interest payment in July, according to court filings. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based company also intends to renegotiate unprofitable contracts and free up capital for investments through the bankruptcy process, according to the filings.
Freshman Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (R, AD-77) appears to have quickly adopted the ways of Sacramento, at least according to a story in today’s Sacramento Bee.
He got the Assembly gig, he got campaign contributions, and he got the girl, too! I am impressed.
He’s only been in office about six months, has collected $10,000 in campaign contributions from the California Medical Association (CMA), is dating the CMA employee whose job is to lobby state legislators (is she an over achiever?), and he therefore isn’t required to disclose gifts or meals when with her. Oh yeah, AND he’s authored AB1000, a bill VERY dear to the CMA. Oh, and did I mention the girlfriend is a lobbyist for the CMA?
The new Encinitas City Council majority will consider an agenda item Wednesday evening which may result in the City Council setting hours of operation for bars and restaurants in Encinitas, may limit said hours to 10PM or midnight, may impose a new and as yet undetermined fee upon all alcohol licensed businesses to pay for additional special police enforcement of the new, as yet undetermined, rules they may be be establishing, and they may impose a moratorium on the expansion of any existing establishment, or any new alcohol licensed business applicants. All this throughout the city because some folks have deemed the downtown Encinitas very popular nightlife, too popular, vibrant, and successful.
If the boat is leaking, does one figure out what to do with the new supply of water, or does one first stop the leak?
We will never know if the amiable fellow with a disarming smile would have reached us up here in North County. Or if he would have robbed, or beaten, or attempted to kill someone had he arrived.
This popped into my inbox recently and I thought I would share it with my fellow Rostrafarians. Mayor Christy Guerin is a friend of mine and she served eight years on the Encinitas City Council and then six years as district director for Congressman Brian Bilbray in the 50th District.
Prop A would be devastating for the future of Encinitas homeowners:
This landed in my email inbox today:
Covered California to release list of health plans, rates
Sacramento Business Journal by Kathy Robertson -
Monday, May 20, 2013:
Covered California, the new state health benefit exchange, will release a tentative list of health plans and rates for the program at a board meeting in Sacramento Thursday.
The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the auditorium at the Office of the Secretary of State, 1500 11th Street in Sacramento. The open session is expected to begin about 12:30.
An impressive list of bi-partisan folks and organizations have lined up to oppose Encinitas’ Prop A, the deeply flawed initiative coming to a very expensive taxpayer funded special election on June 18th of this year! Check it out.
As the following list shows, the opposition to Prop A is very broad and does not simply fall along the standard developer, big property owner lines. The opposition list includes a unanimous current City Council, many of whom were supported by the promoters of the initiative. As you will note, this is not a partisan issue. Opposition is coming from all sides:
Some residents of Encinitas, working with a Carlsbad based activist/NIMBY group, have used the initiative process to force the City of Encinitas to spend at least $350,000 on a special election to be held in June of 2013. Nice.
This ill-conceived measure:
A) Won’t correct or address state mandated forced planning for additional housing units,
B) Will actually replace steep-slope local 12 ft building height limits currently in place with its blanket 30ft limit which would be very destructive to the impacted neighborhoods and their views,
Newly elected Encinitas City Councilman-elect, Tony Kranz, has indicated via email to the City that he is having “trouble” grasping the grading required for the Encinitas Community Park, a 43 acre $18 million dollar project, 12 years and countless public meetings as well as hearings and litigation, in the making.
He seems to want a 3D model built for this project (already under construction) which would cost about $56,000 to create.
Dang! $56,000 because this guy can’t visualize grade changes?
Seems extreme, but hey, the voters selected him to represent them…
I can’t wait to see what comes next.
It is an honor to once again receive the endorsement of our San Diego County daily newspapers.
It reads in part as follows: “In the crowded and hotly contested race for three seats on the Encinitas City Council, we endorse incumbent Jerome Stocks, appointed incumbent Mark Muir and candidate Kevin Forrester.
“This trio represents the best possibility for the city to continue on its path of fiscal responsibility and economic development.
“The candidates most likely to be the top vote getters in this race can clearly be divided along ideological lines, with the above three pitted against Lisa Shaffer and Tony Kranz, who represent a more liberal point of view.
Third District candidate for County Supervisor Steve Danon, the presumptive front runner, chose not to wait until being inaugurated to begin helping our fellow San Diego County residents!
After a lunch meeting with the owner of a a newly opened Encinitas business and me, he realized that people needed a way to better navigate the bureaucracy inherent in each city as well as the county.
Steve took action and created www.sandiegojobcreators.com, which at no cost will help any budding, hopeful, or even experienced entrepreneur get through the process needed to create business and the jobs we so badly need.
Do you miss the days of friendly, even cordial, political seasons in small town America? I contend they probably never existed.
Check out below what landed in my inbox with an admonition “DO NOT FORWARD!”
…and this is in bucolic and prosperous Encinitas where a recent citizen’s satisfaction survey says that an unbelievable 98 percent of the people love this city and think we’re on the right track with our amenities and our services. Now as they say “Ya’ can’t tell the players without a program,” so here’s who is referenced in the forwarded “do not forward” email:
During the past few years, public trust in government has deteriorated—and rightfully so. Leaders at all levels of government have thrown fiscal restraint out the window and prioritized their own political interests above the public good. And frankly it makes the job much harder for those of us who haven’t!
Now, more than ever, we need candidates for office who promise to restore public confidence in our elected officials.
Fortunately, the voters of the Third District in the race for County Board of Supervisors have the opportunity to vote for such a candidate this November.
As Joe Biden might say, this is a big “F@#%&in deal”!
The California Farm Bureau has endorsed Rocky Chavez.
Sept. 25, 2012
FARM BUREAU ENDORSES CHAVEZ FOR STATE ASSEMBLY
A candidate with a history of service and a commitment to economic development, Rocky Chavez, has earned the endorsement of the state’s largest farming organization in his bid for the state Assembly. Chavez, R-Oceanside, seeks election in the 76th Assembly District, representing northern San Diego County.
“San Diego County is a unique and important agricultural region, and Rocky Chavez has the background and experience to represent the area well in the Assembly,” California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger said.
A recently placed, then fairly quickly removed, “SPY” sunglass company billboard in Encinitas caused some buzz this week. Some thought it was funny or clever, others not so much. The Outdoor Advertizing Company which owns the billboard claims to have received complaints, but my office did not. So, does this fall under the 1st Amendment, or is it prurient in nature and therefore not in keeping with community standards? I suppose it matters little because other than the photos, it’s gone. Spy is based in Carlsbad … they don’t have billboards in Carlsbad? SPY couldn’t post clever ads on the front of their building in Carlsbad? One wonders…
The North County Coastal region will be bidding farewell to some local elected leaders who have chosen to step aside rather than run for re-election. In all the cities where one or more incumbents have failed to file papers for re-election, non-incumbents folks have until August 15 to file and become a candidate instead of the normal cut-off which is today, August 10. So come on folks, don’t just criticize, get out there and get in the race! You have until Wednesday!!!
To all the incumbents, I say thank you for your service to our region and wish you well with your future endeavors and adventures..
The SDUT published an editorial today that was mostly correct re: Encinitas and the “Surfing Madonna”. It was indeed a piece of art which was illegally and anonymously affixed to public property and subsequently removed by the artist to prevent it from being destroyed.
The artist then went through the permit process to gift the piece to the city, but the site he selected was owned by the CA State Parks Dept and merely leased by Encinitas. The Encinitas Arts Commission recommended approval and the City Council voted 5-0 for its placement on the parcel, but the state Attorney General Kamala Harris opined that it would be illegal due to its religious imagery.
This press release was issued today…
June 27, 2012
ENCINITAS MAYOR ENDORSES ROCKY
Mayor Jerome Stocks backs Rocky, further uniting District 76
ENCINITAS – The people of Assembly District 76 are uniting in support of Rocky Chavez.
Today, Encinitas Mayor Jerome Stocks announced his endorsement of Rocky for California Assembly. With his support, Stocks joins dozens of elected and former elected officials from Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas and Vista.
Mayor Jerome Stocks:
“Rocky is a fighter who will stand up for the people of District 76,” said Stocks. “We need a strong leader in Sacramento who will build support for fiscal reform and government accountability.”
The District 3 County Supervisor’s race race looked early on like a battle between Steve Danon, the challenger, and Pam Slater-Price, the 20 year incumbent. After Danon racked up a serious list of endorsements and accumulated a respectable war chest, indicating he was serious about “bringing it,” the incumbent folded her tent, said “no mas,” and withdrew from the re-election bid leaving Danon all alone. When I was interviewed regarding this sudden development I said that there was no way Danon was going to walk unopposed into that seat… I was more right than I knew… A little while later Dave Roberts (D) of Solana Beach and then Carl Hilliard (R) of Del Mar entered the race and between their self-funding and their fundraising they made sure it was a very competitive contest.
When SANDAG bought the SR125 late last year it stated the intention to reduce tolls for the motoring public.
There were skeptics (you know who you are) who said that like all government agencies, SANDAG would become addicted to the money keep the tolls the same or higher.
Today the SANDAG Board of Directors voted unanimously to reduce the tolls, and as far as I can tell, we’re the first agency in the country to actually reduce the tolls on a toll road.
The SANDAG Board agenda and report are available here.
Public safety routinely consumes 50% or more of municipal budgets and crime rates are very much associated with the perception and reality related to “quality of life” issues. Is your local park an amenity or a menace? Additionally, property crimes have a direct effect on the cost of your area’s property Insurance. The attached annual SANDAG Crime Report indicates that in 2011, both the violent and property crime rates for the San Diego region decreased and were again at new 30-year lows. Good job people!
Annual CrimeReport 2011
This press release came across my inbox this morning and I thought I would share it:
Electric vehicle charging stations abuzz at
Oceanside Transit Center
OCEANSIDE,Calif.—Electric car charging stations are now live and available for customers to use for free in the Oceanside Transit Center (OTC) parking lot.
The North County Transit District is offering the charging equipment as part of a nationwide test program with the U.S. Department of Energy. Solar panels in the OTC parking lot cover the top of a carport structure built over seven parking spots designated for transit customers who want to charge their electric vehicles (EV).