Encinitas Arts & Events Calendar. Enjoy!

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There’s been so much local tragedy and scandal lately I thought I would post some positive things we can all take part in, mostly for free! It’s likely nothing listed will be of interest to all, but scan through and I bet you find SOMETHING you’re interested in! Encinitas Arts & Events Calendar March 8-14, 2010 Mon., Mar. 8, 6:00pm …

The Feds can’t legally spend money on transportation projects as of today. Huh?

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What’s the Surface Transportation Program (STP), and how does it impact you? The STP provides flexible funding that may be used by States and localities for projects on any Federal-aid highway, including the NHS, bridge projects on any public road, transit capital projects, and intra-city and intercity bus terminals and facilities. Wow, that seems important! The funding is authorized by …

Got Plans on Saturday?

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The North County Transit District (NCTD) invites everyone to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the COASTER train with a “COASTER Crawl” on Saturday, February 27. The event will carry customers to the rail line’s stations in Oceanside, Carlsbad Village, Encinitas and Solana Beach where merchants will offer special COASTER Anniversary product promotions. Many businesses around the COASTER stations will be offering …

Carlsbad Desalination update

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I just got the message I’ve pasted below these comments  from the Carlsbad Desal Update folks and want SDRostra.com readers to be up-to-the-minute informed on this important regionally significant project. This project represents the first step in making our region drought proof! The California Coastal Commission voted today to dismiss a request filed by opponents of seawater desalination to revoke the …

“Green Police”

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The link below should take you to the “Green Police” Audi commercial from the Super Bowl. It’s an absolute crack-up, and well worth the 30 second investment! Be sure to watch it to the very end. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq58zS4_jvM

Giving Credit where Credit is Due!

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I must give credit to the North County Times editorial board for having the integrity and honor to very boldly publish a correction for a previously published misleading piece. They didn’t hide it on the page two “corrections” blurb, they put it right out there in the editorial section where the error occurred. If this type of responsive and admirable journalistic character  and …

A Raspberry for the Raspberry!

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I was troubled by the “Raspberry” the NCTimes handed out to SANDAG the other day for a number of reasons. I have emailed them my concerns but doubt they’ll have the fortitude to publish any correction, so I’ll post here and you will know the accurate  facts. It’s a shame the editorial Board couldn’t have the courage or courtesy to call and confirm their concerns… …

I Saw the Light

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I was tasked with purchasing four 40 watt light bulbs for the new floor lamp my lovely bride just knew (correctly) would make a huge improvement to our family room decor. So off to Home Depot I go. There I found Compact Fluorescent bulbs with  the “soft white” equivalent light output of a 40 watt incandescent bulb, but only use …

Congressional Reform Act of 2010?

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I received this email this morning and thought it was worth posting. It would seem that our current Congress has irritated at least one person enough to cook up these “reforms” for our consideration.  Of course, if I were a betting man, I would bet the chances of this actually happening are between slim and none, and slim is on …

Early Oceanside Recall Results!

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NO 11144 63.17% YES 6498 36.83% The question is “shall Jerome Kern be Recalled?”  And the early results show an answer of “NO”. These results are mostly absentee results, but it would be staggering for the margin of nearly 2 – 1 to be overcome with precinct results. Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood put himself very publicly out in front of …

NCTD’S SPRINTER Wins National “Project of the Year” Award !

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  A press release from NCTD: OCEANSIDE, Calif. – November 23, 2009. North County Transit District’s SPRINTER rail line has won the 2009 “Project of the Year” from the American Public Works Association (APWA), an international professional association of public agencies and private companies. APWA cited the SPRINTER as the Transportation Project of the Year for projects valued over $75 …

Public to Private transition

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Yesterday the Board of Directors of the North County Transit District (I am a member of that 9 member Board) voted unanimously to  outsource the bus drivers and mechanics to a private concern. The buses and routes will be the same, and most of the employees will likely be the same but they will work for a private company instead of …

A local Blog posted some pretty damning stuff about a sitting Councilman. Is this legal? Is there a lawyer in the house?

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Dan Dalager, Two term City Councilman Encinitas The Blog starts out with a Dalager quote: “We’re talking about public resources,” Dalager said. “Are we going to have a system of law, or are we going to have little local tribes that decide what everybody can do?” The blog then states: Dan is the guy who condones subversion of the law, backroom …

Go Pound Sand

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I recently received an email requesting monetary or other donation to the Young Republicans Christmas party. I like the Young Republicans and have previously donated to their cause, which is likely why I was on the email distribution list. What made this request irritating if not brain-dead stupid is that the name under the ask was one “Joe Sheffo”, V.P.  …

Got boat?

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At 05:30 am Monday morning there was a human trafficking incident involving a boat/ponga from Mexico in Encinitas. The boat came ashore in Leucadia, a community of the City of Encinitas, near Beacons Beach. Local Sheriffs, U.S.Border Patrol & Customs Agents were able to interdict & seize the boat and its passengers. All 21 people onboard were arrested and taken …

Health Insurance reform debate

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One indisputable fact of the health care reform debate is that free care provided to the uninsured is a hidden tax on all the rest of us. It’s a hidden tax because it creates “cost shifting” which is where the costs of free care are shifted to those of us with money or private / commercial Health Insurance. The predictable result is higher …

Stop goofing with the Commute, JERK OR JERKS!!

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This from the U-T: By Susan Shroder Union-Tribune Staff Writer 5:34 p.m. October 1, 2009 SAN DIEGO – Fires in the Interstate 5 median between Balboa Avenue and Nobel Drive have caused problems for both commuters and firefighters, and authorities on Thursday asked for the public’s help to find who is setting them. About 15 fires have been set in …

The Turko Files Reports!!

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A project has been trying to get off the ground since the City purchased the property in 2001. It has caused two seperate CEQA lawsuits and cost over a million dollars to get through the environmental impact report and legal fees. What was the City proposing? A cement plant? A power plant? A smelting plant? Nope, nope, nope. The City …

Life Guards on the Beach

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Ever wonder what lifeguards at the beach do on an average summer weekend? Here’s a small taste of some incident’s covering just the northern half of Encinitas’ beaches last weekend. 1.     Friday September 28th, at 14:35 Moonlight Beach a 15yr Male struck his head on ocean floor. He was transported to Scripps La Jolla TraumaCenter. The boy suffered spinal injuries, confirmed fractures  reported via his Mother – …