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Perverted Permitting Process?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

Don’t we love local politics, especially in small town Encinitas where the gloves ALWAYS come off!

This missive came into the magic inbox. The writer is a candidate for City Council, Julie Graboi, who indicates that she supports the current expensive and laborious permitting process be unaltered as it is a way to identify registered sexual offenders … Interesting logic … But she also makes a valid point in that her primary campaign challenger, fellow female Democrat Catherine Blakespear, a practicing attorney, represented the permit seeker and testified before the City Council re the claimed lack of impacts of having the business there, but without ever disclosing that the registered sexual offender was there or in any way affiliated with said enterprise. Is that cool in re transparency and full disclosure? Is that looking out for the community? Read it for yourselves and decide:


Sweating students and Swilling School leaders

Thursday, September 4, 2014
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

AC finally comes to Encinitas school

The U-T reporter missed what really caused the outrage: While the students sweated, the school district administrators and 4 of 5 school board members (Board Member Maureen “Mo” Muir didn’t go) attended a booze fueled “retreat” at a luxury hotel. They didn’t post this as a public meeting, there was no “facilitator” and as many as 35 people were allegedly there on the school district’s dime? This party cost the district a heck of a lot more than 13 temporary A/C units will!!

And some are questioning if they managed to break the CA Ralph M. Brown Act.


Breaking News / Rumor In Good Old Encinitas: The first Mayor’s race

Friday, August 8, 2014
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

Encinitas politics is a really fun blood sport. And the newest piece of info/rumor to hit the spotlight is that none other than Sheila Cameron has decided to run for the Mayor’s seat and has put in the papers to make it official! This is the first election in the history of Encinitas where the voters will elect the Mayor, rather than the City Council selecting from its ranks.


Question for the legal eagles!

Monday, July 15, 2013
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

If the common thought in the vapor is that “no woman is safe alone around Mayor Filner” wouldn’t it be prudent for the City Council to adopt a rule / law / policy that forbids the Mayor from meeting alone with any woman on city property or in his official capacity as mayor when off site? It may save millions in claims against the city and therefore has a nexus.

An urgency ordinance could take effect quickly.

But is something like that legally possible?

If it is and Filner vetoes it, an override should be easy.


Politics 101 on the 101

Monday, June 3, 2013
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

This found its way into the Smiling Inbox today regarding the Encinitas Special Election known as Prop A. The election date is June 18:

Inbox:“How about a ROSTRA posting about how the Yes on A proponents are illegally littering the public ROW w/ signs costing the Taxpayers money to remove them?”

TSS: It’s true that in Encinitas one is not allowed to post political signs in the Right of Way, unlike in many other cities. It’s also true that the Proponents of Prop A are posting a lot of signs in the public Right of Way, and that city staff does the clean-up and that costs money. And hey let’s not forget the $500,000 tax dollars the special election is costing!

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Encinitas: Silly Season Mail call

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

As a Smiling Spotlight I get plenty of campaign mail, as we all do this time of year. My informants tell me that retiring Councilman/Mayor/Elder Statesman James Bond of Encinitas coined the phrase, “the silly season” which it is, and he nailed it with that moniker.

Mr. Bond also served as Board Chair of the San Diego County Water Authority, an honor never before bestowed upon a representative from the San Dieguito Water District whose Board consists of Encinitas City Council Members.

Today I’m looking at mailers I received from Jerome Stocks, city councilman and current Encinitas mayor, as well as a mail piece from Lisa Shaffer, a candidate for City Council.


North Korea’s Kim Jong-il has nothing on Encinitas!

Monday, December 19, 2011
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

If a fairly creepy “Cult of Personality” is what you’re into, there’s no need to go to North Korea because we have our own right here in San Diego County. Just look to Encinitas where some artists want to plaster 101 banners with the likeness of a recently deceased city council woman and hang them on light posts along public right of way on Hwy 101.

Respect for the dead is appropriate, but should any official anywhere in this country, living or deceased, be emblazoned throughout their community? Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong il, Adolf Hitler, and Josef Stalin couldn’t be more proud!


Read the details from the U-T here:

And from the N.C.Times:

Now that Slater-Price has voted to down-zone the back country, stealing millions of equity value from the property owners, and pushing added development into the coastal areas, his campaign should REALLY take off!

And what does it mean when the people who write checks to campaigns wrote plenty of checks to Steve Danon, but didn’t mail the incumbent even one? She has a campaign committee, and yet reported $0.00 in contributions? Strange but telling…


The Republican Club of North County Endorses Steve Danon for Supe!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

The Steve Danon for 3rd District San Diego County Supervisor campaign continues to build momentum.

When Steve started out last year many questioned his strategy of starting so early for a 2012 race.  But based upon the team he’s assembled so far, including Tom Shepard as his consultant (He previously worked for the incumbent… I wonder what, if anything, that should tell us?), and Karolyn Dorsee as fundraiser just to name a couple, and the growing list of endorsements garnered to date which includes:


County G.P. Update, a quick animated video – Clever

Saturday, February 12, 2011
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

Interesting insight regarding the County’s proposed General Plan Update:


A Technical Foul?

Sunday, January 30, 2011
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

Third District County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price received a special gift from a member of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association last week… It was a ticket for talking on her cell phone while driving.  The curious part is that she’s well known for bragging about driving a Prius; and even old models of the Prius were equipped with “Blue Tooth” for wireless cell phone communication. Which begs the question: was the Supe driving a County fleet car instead of her own?

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New Coucilwoman an effective counter puncher!

Friday, December 31, 2010
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

Today’s Community Forum piece in the North County Times:

Take away quote: In Encinitas, the positions of mayor and deputy mayor are not entitlements; they are earned by acquiring a majority vote of the council, in accordance with city ordinance. If one wishes to be considered for a leadership role on the council, one must earn the trust and respect of a majority of one’s fellow council members.

It appears our county has been blessed by a clear thinking Councilwoman  taking office in Encinitas, who’s approach seems to lend itself toward “save the drama for your mama”.

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Regional Appointments in the news!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

Local elected officials routinely serve on various regional or sub-regional Boards or Joint Power Authority Boards, and usually the appointment of Council Member X or Mayor Y to such mundane tasks is a matter important only to them.

Not so regarding the appointment to SANDAG from Oceanside and Encinitas this year! This has gone full blown political…read it here.

The Mayor of Oceanside, Jim Wood,  is VERY unpopular with the City Council majority, and they’re threatening to pull him off of the regional appointments such as SANDAG. He insists that as mayor, he has the final word… We’ll see how this shakes out on Wednesday! Attorneys to the ready!!!


The ETA is in Encinitas

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

There is a group called ETA that is spreading political fliers around Encinitas. They are very clear about which City Council Candidates they support and which they oppose.

This is what Wikipedia says about ETA — could the Basque Homeland wars have come to Encinitas California?…

ETA or Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, (English: Basque Homeland and Freedom; pronounced [ˈɛːta]), is an armed Basque nationalist and separatist organisation. The group was founded in 1959 and has since evolved from a group promoting traditional Basque culture to a paramilitary group with the goal of gaining independence for the Greater Basque Country from a Marxist-Leninist perspective.[4][5]


Slater-Price’s Ticketgate Scandal = Need for a Gift Ban

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

 The Smiling Spotlight keeps Smiling because people send us such enlightening emails!

Thank you, and keep ’em coming.

By Steve Danon

San Diego Union-Tribune investigative reporter Jeff McDonald has just been nominated for a “Golden Watchdog” award by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association for breaking the story how San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Pam Slater-Price has funneled millions of taxpayer dollars from the Neighborhood Reinvestment fund to the San Diego Opera, Old Globe and other arts groups in return of thousands of dollars worth of free gifts and tickets.


Supervisor Slater-Price details $3,590 worth of gifts in 2009

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

Read all about how this County “public servant” lives high on the hog as the beneficiary of the very groups she hurls big sack of your tax dollars at! UNBELIEVABLE!

Good job and atta’-boy to Mr. Mark Walker of the North County Times for keeping the public informed.

The salt in the wound is that she takes personal credit for donating YOUR MONEY to HER favored groups!


Candidate Steve Danon sends a shot across the Bow!

Monday, March 22, 2010
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

The Smiling Spotlight received this missive today. The third District race isn’t until 2012, but it’s already heating up and if this is any indication it’s promising to be a very aggressive campaign.


March 22, 2010

To: Chairwoman Pam Slater-Price

San Diego County Board of Supervisors
1600 Pacific Highway, Room 335
San Diego, CA 92101

Dear Chairwoman Slater-Price:

As you know, County Supervisors Cox and Jacobs have introduced a board letter (legislation) for consideration on Tuesday, March 23 calling for the Board of Supervisors to reduce the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program. This proposal will reduce the program by 50 percent from $2 million per Supervisor to $1 million per Supervisor per year.

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Slater-Price fails to report gifts of tickets to arts performances

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

According to some excellent reporting by the Union Tribune, “Pam Slater-Price, chairwoman of the county Board of Supervisors, failed to report 20 tickets she received as gifts from the San Diego Opera and the Old Globe Theatre, arts groups she was funding with repeated six-figure grants of taxpayer money.”

As I am after all a Spotlight, I can be found at both the Old Globe and the Opera. In the newspaper story, Ms. Slater-Price’s Chief of Staff, John Weil, indicates she was the recipient of the lowest priced tickets. Nice try. This spotlight has never seen the Supervisor in the nosebleed section. Keep digging U-T, the public DESERVES to know the whole truth!

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Wow, What an Insightful Editorial!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

The U-T Editorial Board was at the top of their game last weekend when they published this hum-dinger of an editorial that really nails this local Encinitas issue. No doubt the entire County didn’t get to see this North County editorial, and no doubt, other jurisdictions have had to deal with similar issues. So I just thought publishing it here would be beneficial to all. The bottom line is that I’m impressed by the U-T!  It’s a good read…

Vote ends nine years of obstructionism


Term Limits?

Saturday, November 21, 2009
posted by The Smiling Spotlight


The S.E.I.U. local 221 is the Labor Union promoting term limits for the County Supervisor. One newspaper story says the Labor group feels that the supervisors are “too entrenched and fail to represent constituents fairly”. Is that really what this is about?

The County Board had plenty of organic, natural turn-over prior to the inception of the $2,000,000 per year, per Board Member “community grant” program (many people knowingly wink and deny it’s a slush fund) in the mid 1990’s.

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Is it the Chamber of government, or the Chamber of Commerce?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

A very good column was printed in today’s North County Times. It leads one to questions such as: what is a Chamber of Commerce for? What is their rightful role in our society?, and, how do we judge them and what do we do about them if we find they’ve “lost their way”?

By SUNANA BATRA — For the North County Times | Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 12:00 am |

Traditionally, chambers of commerce exist for the sole purpose of promoting, marketing and advocating on behalf of businesses they represent. In Encinitas, however, an unholy alliance has been forged between the city and its chamber. 

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Encinitas Chamber of Commerce, up in Smoke?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce has accepted advertising for a Marijuana Dispensary in the Encinitas North Coast Chamber of Commerce official newsletter called “Encinitas First”.

This seems untoward, especially since they take public funds from the City of Encinitas and from Supervisor Pam Slater-Price’s discretionary (slush?) fund each year.


What, if anything do these have in common?

Thursday, October 15, 2009
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

Frank Lopez, Council Member, Vista?

Betty Rexford, Council Member, Poway?

Maggie Houlihan, Council Member / Mayor, Encinitas?

Jerry Kern, Council Member, Oceanside

Your choices could include any combination of: Hard working servant of the people, Possible, probable, or confirmed FPPC violation, possible / probable  D.A. investigation, currently being, should be, or should not be recalled, and more. North County can hold its own against San Diego and South Bay when it comes to shenanigans!    Have fun with your creative input on this!


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