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The Coastal Rail-Trail

Tuesday, December 29, 2015
posted by Jerome Stocks

This recently came across my inbox:

Gaspar and Muir NO vote on the
Cardiff Coastal Rail Trail Project
By Mayor Gaspar and Council member Muir

The Coastal Rail Trail project is not new; it was originally envisioned in the late 1980s. Several prior councils recognized the negative impacts this project would have on our coastal community and, as a result, did not support it.

While some focus on the limited benefits of this project, such as encouraging people out of their cars and onto bikes, they fail to recognize the negative impacts associated with the project for the Cardiff community.

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The Day The Music Died

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
posted by Jerome Stocks

“The Kraken” is an iconic part of Cardiff-By-The-Sea, a community of the City of Encinitas. Separated from the beach by Coast Hwy 101 on the west and the residential neighborhoods by the outlet of the San Elijo Lagoon and San Elijo Avenue to the east.

But although they have always had the ability to allow their patrons to enjoy live local music and dancing, the management has had to shut down the live music, hopefully only temporarily, due to the actions of the City of Encinitas Department of Code Enforcement. Code enforcement in Encinitas has traditionally been a “responsive” agency, meaning that if the neighbors aren’t upset the city shouldn’t get involved, even if there was a technical violation occurring. The only exception was in matters of public safety.


BIA vs. Encinitas Lawsuit

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
posted by Jerome Stocks

On October 10, 2014, the San Diego County Building Industry Association (BIA), a CA not for profit Trade Association, sued the City of Encinitas in Superior court (case# 37-2014-0034550-CU-WM-NC) because of changes the City Council adopted in how the city should interpret Government Code section 65915, also known as the “Density Bonus Law.”

According to BIA Vice-President Matt Adams, the BIA simply wants the City of Encinitas to “uphold and administer the laws of the State of California.” Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar would only say that “it would be inappropriate to comment on ongoing legal matters.”

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All Aboard?

Sunday, March 1, 2015
posted by Jerome Stocks

Another Metrolink train crash and derailment, this time in Oxnard, caused by a big rig that got stuck on the tracks in the early morning hours.

It could’ve been worse of course, but if your loved one is among the 30 or so injured, some critically, that’s not what you’re thinking about.

On Sept. 12, 2008, a Metrolink train failed to stop at a red signal near Ventura, causing a collision with a Union Pacific freight train. In this tragic incident, 25 lives were lost and another 135 people were injured. U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) led Congress in adopting the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which mandated the installation of PTC, or Positive Train Control by the end of 2015.


Update from Covered CA … They’ll Trust You on This.

Monday, February 23, 2015
posted by Jerome Stocks


The old deadline of February 15, 2015 to enroll was too restrictive. So now, basically, if you pinky swear that you just didn’t know about the IRS penalties for not having a Qualified Health Plan you can sign up as late as April 30th and avoid the penalties. Gosh. What a sincerely caring, generous and forgiving government program we have here. My heart swells with pride…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California is offering a special enrollment opportunity for consumers who did not know or understand there was a tax penalty for being uninsured in 2014 or who learned they may face a penalty for 2015.

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Encinitas Community Park… Finally!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
posted by Jerome Stocks

Everybody loves a park, right?


I asked twice because apparently some people do not. How else can you explain why it took 14 years to turn a piece of prime Encinitas real estate, west of I-5 mind you, into the new park that finally will open on Saturday January 10th?
Fourteen years of lawsuits, name calling, motive questioning, opposition, picayune objections, moving goal posts, Coastal Commission hearings, and on and on and on.

Not for a factory. Not for a prison. Not for a high density housing development. For a park.


City of Imperial Beach Mayor race is Tied!

Saturday, November 8, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

This is a first for me, I don’t remember seeing an actual exactly tied ballot count before, but I’m certain the candidates are glad there’s (despite what the AP says) 74,000 provisional / AB ballots yet to be counted.

Question: What happens if the I.B. Mayoral election results in an actual tie when all is said and done?


Precincts: 11
Counted: 11
Percentage: 100.0%

Vote for: 1


Curious minds want to know

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

So an innocent question gave me pause today:
Unnamed person said: “If this was a record setting low voter turn-out, why do we have the same crazy 180,000 ballots to be counted and no vote count updates on a quick schedule?”
I didn’t have a good answer, but one hopes there is a valid answer and I hope some Rostrafarians can enlighten us all.


That’s why they call it dope?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

It appears the pot initiative in Encinitas is going down in flames as it did in Solana Beach and Del Mar two years ago:

PROP F City of Encinitas – Regulate Med. Marijuana Dispensaries

Precincts: 48
Counted: 22
Percentage: 45.8%



The pro pot / anti Sheriffs Dept. Mayoral candidate “Alex Fidel” is also flaming out running dead last:

Precincts: 48
Counted: 23
Percentage: 47.9%

Vote for: 1

Minimum wage dribbles into Encinitas

Thursday, September 4, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

I received an enthusiastic robo-call tonight urging me to not sign any petition to repeal the new and increased San Diego City minimum wage. The call indicated we should pay higher wages in San Diego because we respect hard working people. And it professed to be from a Bill Walton. No way to verify it, but THE Bill Walton is a sports legend and by all accounts a great guy who lives in San Diego.

I wonder what he pays his housekeeper, gardener, car detailer, and any other personal service people who help him or his wife.
I can’t verify the call came from THE Bill Walton, but:


Senator Hueso Arrested

Friday, August 22, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

While he isn’t the first Legislator to receive a DUI in Sacramento, my info says he is the fourth Democrat Senator to have charges filed this year in our State Capitol.  Is that a new record?

From the Sacramento Bee:

Sen. Ben Hueso arrested on suspicion of DUI
By Jeremy B. White
Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 – 11:11 am

Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested on Thursday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.


Another Health Insurance Company bids the golden state adeu

Friday, August 22, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

SeeChange Health Insurance Withdraws from Market effective January 1, 2015

SeeChange Health will be withdrawing from the California and Colorado group health insurance markets effective January 1, 2015.We are working to transfer our policyholders to another, established carrier and will announce details of this arrangement as soon as possible.

We are committed to making this transition as seamless as possible for you, your clients and their employees. SeeChange Health is working with the Departments of Insurance to protect your clients. We are confident SeeChange Health has the capital and reserves necessary to pay all eligible claims for which we are responsible. By September 15th, SeeChange Health Insurance will provide you specific information concerning your client’s options and help facilitate their transition to new coverage. Your clients will receive customized information packages and forms by the end of September. (We’re expediting this communication for groups renewing on October 1st).

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An “Intriguing Twist”

Friday, June 27, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

According to Logan Jenkins of the UT San Diego, Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz of Encinitas thinks turning the closed, dilapidated, but recently city purchased Pacific View school site in Encinitas into a federal detention center is an idea worth considering. It’s purpose would be to supposedly house a portion of the mass of homeless illegal/undocumented immigrants currently rushing the U.S. southern border. The same ones Escondido recently said “go away” to.


Bees and disease in Encinitas???

Monday, June 23, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

“Looking at an aerial map of Encinitas in the 1970s and 1980s compared to today, it’s sad,” Tony Kranz said. “The city had agriculture everywhere; we have to fight for small farms today.”

BUT, a new study from UC Davis says the exposure of pregnant women to agriculture may increase the incidence of babies being born with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Yet Encinitas Deputy Mayor Kranz wants to increase small agriculture in suburban neighborhoods, including bee hives. Bees? Our family-friendly suburban neighborhoods are to be living with swarms of bees if this guy gets his way? Really?


Justice Prevails in Encinitas!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

Justice prevails in Encinitas as the bullies blinked under the intense public scrutiny they received this past week or so.

Encinitas City Council Member Kristin Gaspar will, by a second unanimous City Council vote, become the city’s last appointed Mayor preceding the November general election when the voters will decide the Mayoral matter. And thank God for that!

My thanks to all who contacted the city council members by calling, writing, emailing, and/or attending tonights city council meeting, whether you spoke or not. Your efforts definitely swayed the Council majority (bullies that they are) and made them uphold the concept that they made a deal, and a deal is a deal. Too bad they had a very public temporary lapse which showed their true core unscrupulous selves, but again, your efforts helped them regain their footing. Good work!


A Call to Action in Encinitas — Meeting Starts at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

This came into my inbox today: As I couldn’t reach the author for permission, I have left their name off the piece.

Hello my friends. I’m sending this to you to let you know that Kristin (Gaspar) needs our help at this Wednesday’s Encinitas City Council meeting (5/28).

As you may have heard, although there was a unanimous agreement of the City Council on the issue of rotating the Mayor’s job, the current majority is now trying to renege on that agreement. They intend to revoke Kristin’s term which is scheduled to begin on June 11. There are several links below to articles covering this naked power grab.


Obamacare / Covered California News Update

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

This just in from my inbox: The closed “open enrollment” period is cracked open for some:

Covered California Enrollment Opportunity for COBRA & Cal-COBRA Participants

Covered California, the California state health insurance exchange marketplace established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has launched a limited, special enrollment period for people who have COBRA or Cal-COBRA health insurance and who would like to switch to an exchange health insurance plan.

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Covered CA / Obama Care Update.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

This email came to me, as I am a Covered California Certified Insurance Agent,  from Covered California re the end (sort of) of Open enrollment which is (sort of) today, April 01 @12:01AM aka April Fools Day:

Bottom line is that if you missed the open enrollment to apply for your potentially subsidized Health Insurance through Covered CA, you can get a mulligan by contacting a Certified Insurance Agent and simply asserting that you were “unable to create an online account or start your online application because of technical difficulties  prior to March 31, 2014” or because you “experienced difficulties”. . . unspecified… We’ll take your word for it… Because we like you…

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Picking the pocket of the Public

Friday, March 14, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

Encinitas is a city of about 63,000 friendly people. It has a healthy balanced budget and healthy reserve funds. It also has among the best credit ratings of any municipality in California. I take pride in whatever small amount my 12 years of City Council service contributed toward its fiscal stability.

The new city council has decided it has more “wants” than it has money to spend on them. Frankly, as a living, breathing human being, who is not Bill Gates, I can’t imagine many people or organizations that don’t. Be that as it may, the new city council majority wants to try to increase local sales tax in Encinitas, and they are behaving much like a child jumping up and down demanding more allowance so they can have candy, McDonalds and the movies instead of budgeting and setting spending priorities.


Coast News publisher sued over alleged campaign violations

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

Dang, Karma is a funny thing sometimes…

By Ken Stone for the Seaside Courier Community Newspaper.

The state’s election watchdog is suing the publisher of The Coast News in Encinitas over what it calls campaign-spending violations.

The Fair Political Practices Commission, in a suit filed Jan. 23 in Vista Superior Court, seeks at least $30,000 in civil penalties against publisher Jim Kydd and two others.

Read the entire article here.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

Never in the history of people talking about Things They Know Nothing About have we had so many people saying so much about something of which they know so little.

Of course we are talking Obama Care.

The most astonishing thing to me and others in the Health Insurance business is that the people behind this plan clearly know little about insurance, and even less about selling it. If they did, the first thing they would do is stop saying Obama Care is about insurance, because it isn’t.

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Puff Puff

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
posted by Jerome Stocks

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.



Obama and Obamacare: NO exception to the rule

Thursday, November 14, 2013
posted by Jerome Stocks

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.

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Stuck on Stupid?

Friday, October 11, 2013
posted by Jerome Stocks

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!


Rural/Metro files Chapter 11

Monday, August 5, 2013
posted by Jerome Stocks

(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.


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