O PINION &EDITORIAL LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Why is “Art Pulse” pushing for re-zoning of the “PacificView Elementary School”property? What Encinitas needs, and most people want is an art center in a relaxed garden-like setting. Restaurants, shops etc. are not in keeping with the surrounding homes; however, if a coffee cart or a snack shop for artists and visitors is desired a re-zone would not be necessary. Even a shop selling “art oriented” items could be included without re-zoning. In my opinion all that would be required is permit approval similar to those granted to the coffee carts located in other “public” areas such as the Scripps medical building, Encinitas Library etc. Scripps Hospital has a gift shop, and cafeteria without the need to re-zone. Do not let special interests get this important piece of real estate re-zoned so they can build more houses, which seems like the real agenda here. Dennis Coffey, Leucadia
Don’t privatize Pacific View Thanks to the editor of the Coast News for printing this correction in last week’s, Sept. 14 edition: the hearing regarding upzoning Pacific View School to mixed-use, from public/semipublic, has been rescheduled to the Sept. 26 Encinitas Council Meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. The Sept. 26 hearing will be to give direction to staff whether it should begin processing the Encinitas Union School District’s application for a zoning change. Considering the importance of this irreplaceable asset to our community, and the fact that this land was donated “for the children,”to remain in the public domain, we urge Council to “stick to its guns,” and tell staff, for the third time, the community doesn’t want to rezone the surplus school site, Pacific View, which would effectively privatize the land. Please, Council, don’t waste more time and taxpayer dollars reconsidering.
SEPT. 21, 2012
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Re-zoning unnecessary for an Art Center!
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EUSD put out a RFP (Request for Proposals) asking nonprofits for preliminary plans, with the provision that proposals were to be for redevelopment within public/semi-public zoning. The other entities submitting proposals followed EUSD’s guidelines, although only 20 business days were allowed for submission! More time should have been allowed for proposal submission. Moreover, rules shouldn’t have been changed, “midstream,” through closed session negotiations. EUSD chose out-oftown, newbie, Art Pulse’s proposal, in partnership with for-profit developer John DeWald,contrary to RFP protocol. Through Art PulseDeWald,the zoning must be privatized,changed to mixed-use, for funding. Art Pulse’s proposal was chosen in February because it allegedly had deep-pocket philanthropic backers and “cash on hand,” when it’s actually been running at a deficit, and had a major grant rescinded by the California Arts Council last October, because April Game had counted a $600,000 loan as income. We support our children, the Naylor Act and a smaller-scaled community art center with more open space! Lynn Marr, Leucadia
Backers of pot shop ballot measure are storefront owners In the Sept. 13 article “Pot shops to go on ballot in 2014,” it is important to note who is behind the pot shop ballot initiative. The financial backers are a group called the Patient Care Association and if you go to their website you see its a bunch of pot shop operators. These aren’t caregivers, they are shop owners who were likely flushed out of the City of San Diego from their recent crackdown and are looking to set up shop, literally, in Encinitas, Del Mar and Solana Beach. Also important to note, the article quoted two pot shop supporters, one is a pot TURN TO LETTERS ON A44
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Life and death politics By Mike Croghan
Recently, I read a friend’s message about outsourcing services currently provided by our city (Oceanside). That evening, I took a seat on a wall in my front yard to enjoy the peace and quiet of my neighborhood and an adult beverage. I live on a very nice street in north Oceanside where my neighbors sometimes remind me it would be an elite street but for the fact I live on it. Anyway, I was sipping and listening to the neighborhood children conspiring something only they could understand while in their makeshift cardboard home (inhabited by girls. Were it boys, the place would be called a fort). (Is that sexist or what?) While sipping and thinking how lucky I was to live in such a neighborhood and city, the loud growl of a diesel engine drew my attention. Slowly, an Oceanside Fire Department truck came into sight and parked. Three firefighters emerged. I hoped their visit would help, even save a neighbor’s life. After a short visit, they boarded the truck and drove away. Evidently, the crisis that called them here had passed. I sipped again, relief, gratitude, concern, and anger crowding out the earlier peace of mind. I was relieved the cause for their visit had passed. I was grateful for the knowledge that they’d come from a firehouse less than a mile away. Then I got concerned. In the future would a neighbor, a loved one, or I lose this benefit of fast response by trained paramedics to a lifethreatening crisis? In her yard, a neighbor has a sign saying, “For Mayor. Jerry Kern. Leadership.
Accountability.” Pondering the question, I got angrier. How many of my neighbors will die for lack of quick response when Mr. Kern’s self-styled “Leadership and Accountability” outsource life-saving of Oceanside’s citizens to those more interested in profit than service to our community? What’s next? Mr. Kern would have us believe he’s saving us taxes — In exchange for our lives? Thanks anyway! Maybe Mr. Kern’s leadership would take us to a place where, to save on our insurance premiums, we have EMTs staff our hospitals’ emergency rooms. Anything to lower costs. Using his logic, we could wait for taxis rather than have to pay for expensive luxuries like the city’s emergency response vehicles. I have a son who served as firefighter in a city where firefighters are not required to be paramedics. Without exception, he and his fellows arrived at an emergency scene a few to several minutes ahead of the privatized ambulance service. My daughter, an ER physician in the same city, assures me that minutes — no, seconds — can mean the difference in saving a patient’s life and preventing a lasting, chronic disability. Mr. Kern’s peculiar definitions of leadership and accountability, his pious and pretentious pronouncements about protecting the taxpayers, his quest to remove emergency services, library services, community and recreational centers threaten my city’s vibrancy and citizens’ protections. To invest in the vibrancy and protections of my city services, I’ll happily pay my taxes. Mike Croghan is an Oceanside resident.
Crime down? Electric cars good? The truth about cars and guns By Bill Gunderson
The stock market works two ways and everyone knows the first: Use current information to guess the future price of a stock. But the opposite is also true — and probably even more useful: Financial information from stock reports can give us insight into current events. What we learn here is often better for one reason: If a CEO lies about his stock on his quarterly reports, he can go to jail. Let’s look at news about cars and guns as two recent examples. The airwaves are full of happy horse apples about electric cars, especially the Chevy Volt. After the Obama administration loaned or gave GM $100 billion, reporters could not tell us enough about what a great car this is. The spin continues today. CNN recently told us the Chevy Volt may have had a rough start, “But those concerns
are beginning to fade.” Sales are up by 700 percent over last year. Hooray! Then some wisenheimer at Reuters checked the real numbers and figured out that GM was losing $49,000 on every car. And the two biggest customers of the Chevy Volt are also its two biggest stakeholders: The federal government and GM itself. Take away the subsidies. Take away the artificial purchases. Take away all the rosy forecasts about the millions of electric cars that will soon dominate the highways. All that is left is a company betting its future on a car few people want; depending on subsidies more and more people are less and less willing to tolerate. The stock is down about 33 percent over the last two years since GM zeroed out its stock price and issued a new IPO. Economists like to look at what people TURN TO COMMENTARY ON A44
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