Some strange white painted trains from L.A. will be seen in San Diego County… A first!!

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That’s right folks, you read it here first. The Metro Link trains will be sliding south of Oceanside for the very first time ever this weekend to serve the Del Mar horse races, although they’ll technically be stopping in Solana Beach as Del Mar kicked the trains out about 10 years ago… A free shuttle takes people to and from the Solana …

Innovative Transportation Choice Slated to Arrive in San Diego

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I received this email today and thougt I’d share it. The car2go program is reportedly operating in Europe, Canada, and I believe Austin Texas at this time. The Yelp reviews were not all flattering from Austin so hopefully the technology they intend to deploy in San Diego has had some of the bugs worked out: car2go is pleased to announce …

Regional MSCP report coming on the 29th

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This email came from the County Dept of Parks and Recreation. I thought some may find it useful information: The San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) Annual Report Workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 29th from 9:00am-noon at the Balboa Park Club Ballroom.  The workshop is a collaborative effort between local jurisdictions, state and federal agencies to highlight …

I-5 debate rages on. Here’s a history lesson…

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http://www.nctimes.com/news/opinion/article_527d8e25-90d1-5a75-8ce1-d66cdf358668.html It seems that back in 2004, many North County Mayors including Democrats Maggie Houlihan of Encinitas and Crystal Crawford of Del Mar  were very much in favor of getting the voters to adopt “Prop A,” the extension of the TransNet sales tax measure. In fact, they were so in favor of it they were among others who penned a North County …

A strategy to repeal ObamaCare and/or shrink the Federal Government?

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I recently received this email, and though I’ve never met the author and have no way to know if the proposed strategy would work or is in fact being considered in Congress, I thought it was intriguing and well written enough to share with my fellow Rostra-farian’s… Enjoy! Jerome MAKING BOEHNER’S BONES Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler Thursday, 13 January 2011 …

An Example of Government in Action vs. Gov’t Inaction

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Crews have been working around the clock to repair and restore the Coastal Rail line to service. This post is not political, but it is informative, and you read it here first! NCTD is pleased announce the completion of repairs along a section of railroad track damaged by considerable storm erosion. Crews from NCTD, Transit America, and Herzog worked around the clock to …

Rail Service notice

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Per the North County Transit District: COASTER and Amtrak train service between Oceanside and San Diego is cancelled until further notice due to severe weather conditions. Severe weather is also impacting the SPRINTER light rail line between the Oceanside Transit Center and the El Camino Real Station.  A bus bridge is in place to bypass the Coast Highway and Crouch Street …

Mailer hitting Encinitas Mailboxes

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OK, So every City and community in the County is involved in the upcoming “mid-term”elections in one way or another. Encinitas’ race is interesting because there are two incumbents being challenged by two outsiders. The incumbents are on opposite sides of the issues, and each of the challengers line up with one incumbent but not the other. What makes the …

Encinitas Election News!

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In addition to the fantastic endorsement she received from the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Kristin Gaspar now has the UT, along with a lot of other support.  From the UT: Gaspar for Encinitas City Council Tiny Encinitas, with an intractable 3-2 City Council split, sometimes comes across as some dysfunctional Mayberry. Yet, it has a low crime rate, no employee layoffs …

The Sprinter update!

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The final accounting for the Sprinter rail project is in. The final federally approved budget was $484.1 million dollars, and the project is now closed out. The final tab was $477.628 million. The Sprinter opened for service to the public in March of 2008,  was the lowest cost per mile rail project in the U.S.A., moves a lot more people …

The Public is Being Ripped Off!

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Teresa Barth’s letter to the editor in the North County Times on August 05 states that “…there has been a lot of misinformation regarding this issue [drought level 2 vs. level 1] …” And while I agree that there has been misinformation spread, I contend her letter has been one of the sources of misinformation. When she writes “…A Level …

A Post Not About the Election

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The “Deepwater Horizon”, a semi-submersible Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit, was operating under lease to BP, formerly known as British Petroleum, and tasked with drilling an exploratory deep-water oil well in American waters located in the Gulf of Mexico in water 5,000 feet deep. The rig was certified to operate in waters as deep as 8,000 ft deep so this was …

Public Works Open House, May 21

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Ever wonder how the water gets to your tap, graffiti gets cleaned, or a pot hole gets filled? Join us as the Encinitas Public Works Department Invites the Public to Tour the Public Works Yard  The City of Encinitas Public Works Department invites the public to take an educational tour of the public works facility, located at 160 Calle Magdalena in …

Trial Court Overturns Voter-Approved Housing Cap

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The following is a reprint of an email I received from the law firm Best Best and Krieger. The court ruling addressed makes it clear that authority for local land use has been usurped by the State of California. Even local voters don’t have the ability to trump the state. Isn’t that a comforting thought? …In a recent ruling with potentially …

Today’s N.C. Times editorial espouses Niggardly behavior.

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From www.dictionary.com Niggardly –adjective 1. reluctant to give or spend; stingy; miserly. I received an email from Mr. Kent Davy, editor of the North County Times asking about a proposal to give the Encinitas City Manager a pay raise and so I sent him what I thought was a reasoned response. I got no feedback from him via email, but today …