July 15 challenge:

Visitor Commentary:

Change is upon us. New county funds helps Encinitas put together


Should you instructed me three years in the past I might spend weeks on finish remoted at house, gasoline would value $6 a gallon, I’d be watching a struggle in Europe, and reproductive freedom can be unlawful or near it in a majority of the nation, I wouldn’t have believed you.

However the actuality is that our world has modified — and this transformation is being thrust upon us from all instructions. With the best planning and investments we are able to climate that change — and create a stronger, extra resilient San Diego County.

This was my objective once I voted final month to approve the County of San Diego’s new $7.35 billion funds. It’s a resiliency funds — an funding plan to guarantee that San Diego is prepared not solely to answer the change we’re experiencing however to enact the change we’d like. It furthers the work we’ve carried out, and proceed to do, to make County authorities extra equitable, sustainable, responsive, and consultant of our communities.

As we really feel the warmth from rising temperatures, this funds invests $100 million to combat local weather change, broaden County parks and neighborhood gardens, purchase land for the preservation of pure habitats, plant timber, scale back greenhouse gasoline emissions, and arrange “cool zones” round our area so that you can take pleasure in air-con at no cost.

As we develop extra involved about sewage in our oceans, this funds invests $40 million in enhancing our stormwater infrastructure to maintain air pollution from our cities from flowing onto our seashores.

As we see folks struggling on the road, maybe speaking to themselves, this funds pays for brand new Cellular Disaster Response Groups staffed with educated psychiatric clinicians to reply rapidly — permitting our sheriffs and law enforcement officials to deal with combating crime.

As we’re squeezed by inflation and want a bit further assist to make ends meet, this funds will fund new assets to assist residents entry meals and healthcare via packages like CalFresh and Medi-Cal.

As we witness wildfires extra steadily threaten our properties, this funds bolsters our firefighting fleet with a brand new dual-engine helicopter with the power to fly at evening and carry extra water and emergency responders. However we’re not ready for hazard to reach at our doorsteps — we’re additionally investing $2 million to cut back the danger of wildfire via vegetation administration, improved evacuation routes, and hearth breaks.

And as we enterprise out extra to reconnect with our neighbors, you possibly can expertise the tens of millions of {dollars} in grant funding put aside on this funds to help important packages. That is along with final 12 months when my workplace championed $1 million for design and environmental overview for the Encinitas Landfill Park conversion undertaking, $1.25 million to finish the Pacific Promenade and Bamboo Backyard on the San Diego Botanic Backyard, and extra.

If you already know a company that’s doing essential work that ought to obtain funding, please have them attain out to me at terra.lawson-remer@sdcounty.ca.gov.

We’re a resilient area — and this funds displays that spirit. We are able to’t at all times management what comes our means. However we’ll proceed to work laborious regionally to be ready for winds of change, regardless of the place they arrive from, so we are able to chart a greater future for us all.

Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer represents San Diego County’s Third Supervisorial District, which incorporates Encinitas.

July 29 challenge:

Cardiff Faculty rebuild: A special perspective

Reflecting on the winners and losers of the Cardiff Faculty rebuild, I’d like to supply a special perspective than that provided by Save The (View).

Winners: The kids of Cardiff who could have a secure and trendy faculty. The Cardiff Faculty District board who didn’t sacrifice both scholar security or scholar studying expertise due to a small group of litigious neighbors.* (*We’ve to imagine the plural “neighbors” as a substitute of merely “neighbor” because the membership of Save The (View) is unknown, and it’s possible that a number of early members distanced themselves from this lawsuit-at-all-costs group way back.) The taxpayers of Cardiff who will lastly get the college they overwhelmingly voted for years in the past after they handed the bond measure with a close to tremendous majority approval.

Loser: Save The (View)

Somewhat than waste any extra vitality, or newspaper print, on Save The (View), the group who tried to gaslight everybody into considering that this was about saving a park (and with out whom the undertaking would have been accomplished on time and inside funds way back), I as a substitute favor to deal with Cardiff Faculty and the wonderful Cardiff neighborhood. The neighborhood that was concerned within the course of and overwhelmingly supported the undertaking; the neighborhood that has despatched and can ship their kids to this wonderful faculty; the neighborhood that can take pleasure in a contiguous ball area and trendy playground; the neighborhood that can take pleasure in Ice Cream Socials and Boos-by-the-Sea in a multi-purpose room deserving of such an ideal neighborhood; and, lastly, the neighborhood that is aware of “Lawsuits Are For Kooks”.

Scott Platenberg


My ideas

Re: “Cardiff Faculty resolves land grant points, building to renew.”

The article frames the Cardiff Faculty Board “ceremoniously” reducing the plastic off the brand new multipurpose room on campus. I couldn’t assist however muse if the celebrants additionally celebrated the: defamation, vandalism, and outright disregard for the letter of the legislation that occurred in “resolving” the grant challenge. Additionally, a hearty congratulations to the Faculty Board President in her try within the article to one way or the other tie the latest Texas faculty bloodbath to our native challenge. Clearly with adept political expertise akin to this she has an exquisite profession forward of her.

James G. Carroll


Fuel ban is scorching air

The Encinitas Metropolis Council has not too long ago banned the usage of pure gasoline in all new building. Why? What does this “local weather laws” accomplish? At .34 per kWh, Encinitans already pay greater than the state electrical energy common and greater than double the U.S. common. Decreasing entry to pure gasoline, the state’s main supply of energy, reduces selection and can end in even greater vitality prices. California already imports 30% of our vitality consumption. By growing electrical energy use in lieu of decrease emission pure gasoline, we’re pressured to import extra high-polluting coal and biomass vitality from different states – a minimum of 10% of vitality imports, together with one other 5% of in-state coal and biomass, based on the California Vitality Fee. Good.

And because it solely impacts new building, why move it in any respect? Is it simply cynical virtue-signaling? It’s actually elitist, as it’ll principally have an effect on future residents of decrease revenue housing to be constructed. Our mansions can proceed to take pleasure in their grills, hearth pits and BBQs. It additionally discourages new enterprise formation in our metropolis. Future residents can request an exception, however these are slender in scope and topic to the whims of the Metropolis’s allowing generosity.

Since “world” warming is world, two inconvenient information loom giant. First, take into account that Encinitas’ 24,000 or so households require 30-50 MW to run, relying on the kind of gasoline. In 2020, China alone constructed new coal crops producing a thousand occasions the quantity of vitality Encinitas makes use of, with one other 100 coal crops beneath building or in planning phases. At the moment, fossil fuels are sadly nonetheless 84% of world gasoline consumption, and demand is rising about 4-5% yearly, principally in Asia and Africa, the place folks need the identical entry to electrical energy we take without any consideration. The influence of Encinitas’ gasoline ban on world emissions is just not even measurable. Energy for USA stories that, to get to zero emissions within the U.S. by 2050, the buildout of photo voltaic and wind energy must be 6 ½ occasions every thing that has been constructed since 2000 – every single 12 months to 2050. The footprint wanted to do that would take huge quantities of open land, and the transmission, storage and waste points haven’t but been resolved.

If we’re severe about taking up world warming and working a contemporary financial system, we’d like dependable baseload energy with minimal CO2 emissions to enhance our renewables. For the foreseeable future, this contains pure gasoline. Regardless of the way you have a look at it, the Metropolis Council’s restriction on pure gasoline fails on each entrance conceivable. It ought to be repealed, and the Council ought to chorus from its pious posturing and refocus its efforts the place they’ll have a significant influence on the lives of Encinitas residents.

Neil Hokanson


Editor’s Observe: The gasoline ban was permitted final fall.

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