Eye on the Coast

Del Mar as SoCal horse racing center?

Some folks favor it Back stretch banter is that horsemen would like to see racing at the Surfside course the year-round. Among them is Del Mar Councilman Carl Hilliard, who owns a stable and races were the Turf Meets the Surf. The scenario goes likes this. Fairplex at Los Angeles County Fairgrounds is ready to […]

Politicos have been on the stump

Now it’s voters’ turn Politicians have been telling folks how well they have represented them while on their junkets to faraway places. Now voters can tell them on Tuesday whether they agree. Locally, there is a mixed bag of choices. No contests for city councils in Surfside and SolBeach communities. There were two seats open […]

Messing with political signs is a crime

Considered personal property Removing legal political signs, defacing them, or just messing with them is a crime that can be prosecuted. In 2008 a Parks and Rec employee in C’bad was found guilty and suffered dire consequences. In addition to a fine and probation, the devoted volunteer subsequently resigned. Helps to take a pic of […]

Taxpayers group rates Flower Capital candidates

Based on responses Encinitas Taxpayers Association recently announced the results of its evaluation of the four City Council candidates based on Q&A responses, record and position statements. Teresa Barth, seeking a second term, received the highest score. Candidate Tony Kranz was a close second, followed by Mayor Dan Dalager and candidate Kristin Gaspar was last. […]

Minor league coming to North County?

Maybe by 2012 More than just talk now. Recently Escondido allocated a pile of dough to have consultants tell them it’s a great idea like the Performing Arts Center. Padres are involved and would like to bring the Portland franchise to the city. It would require a 9,000-seat stadium costing in the neighborhood of $50 […]

Residents less like I-5 expansion plans

Difficult to fight big bro The more residents learn about the proposed expansion of I-5 from La Jolla to O’side the more convinced they become parts of it izzn’t such a good idea. Like expanding to 14 lanes in some areas and wiping out homes. At this point it’s only ideas on paper that would […]

Community garden coming to Encinitas?

Months in the planning The Flower Capital may soon have a community garden where poinsettias once bloomed. After a year of searching, the city’s Community Garden Committee, headed by Gordon Smith, has reached an agreement with Encinitas Union School District to use a five-acre parcel on the district’s Quail Garden Drive property. It will have […]

Pension plan draws wide interest

Taking action City electeds throughout the county and all parts are showing lottsa interest in Solbeach’s announced employee pension reform plan that basically has hires contributing more toward their retirement plans and provides less benefits for new hires. As more workers claim benefits and live longer the strain on the budget has reached unprecedented heights. […]

Talk of fall racing, track surface at Del Mar

Interim events on schedule Lots to stimulate backstretch chatter. According to published reports some owners and trainers are not happy about the Polytrack surface and are threatening to ship east next summer. Management contends track surface is a horse safety issue and will remain in place. Much talk, too, about the Oak Tree fall meeting […]

November elections drawing a heap of interest

Some hot issues on ballot Traditionally, mid-term elections don’t draw gnats but November may be different. Some issues surrounding the vote likely will have an impact. For example two U.S. reps are facing ethics charges. Both say they are innocent, of course. Both will have their day in court, at taxpayers’ expense, about election time. […]

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