The coast news, february 19, 2016

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VOL. 30, N0. 8

FEB. 19, 2016




Supporters and opponents of Measure A voice their opinions through yard signs on Adams Street in Carlsbad. The special election for the controversial plan is Tuesday. Photo by Steve Puterski

Both sides make final RANCHO push for Measure A SFNEWS

Former mayor mourned

By Steve Puterski

Margaret Schlesinger, left, the first Solana Beach mayor, passed away on Feb. 9. She is seen here with former County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, center, and resident Gerri Retman during a 2012 party celebrating the acquisition of a 3.4-acre parcel at the north of Solana Beach. The threat of development on the property was a driving force behind the city’s effort to split from the county and a springboard for Schlesinger’s political career. Full story on page A7. File photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Bluff-top property fees to be voted on soon By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Council members will soon vote on the final version of a plan that determines how much bluff-top property owners should pay to compensate the public for beach that is lost by sea walls they build to protect their homes. The draft public recreation impact fee, created using a methodology that considers factors such as beach size, use and visitor income, is currently set at $870 per linear square foot for sea walls permitted this year. The varying annual increase is between about $25 The final draft of a study that determines how much Solana Beach bluff-top property owners should pay to TURN TO FEES ON A18

compensate the public for beach that is lost by sea walls they build to protect their homes will be presented to council members for approval in the coming weeks. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

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while the remaining 177 acres is reserved for developing open space with hiking trails and expanding strawberry farming, to name a few, on the south shore of Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Both sides have engaged in a lengthy battle, with Caruso Affiliated, the project’s developer, spending more than $8 million on the campaign including television ads, signage, mailers, an information center and walking the neighborhoods. The opponents, spearheaded by CNC, has used social media to spread its message, but also has engaged in pop-up events, going door-to-door, phone banks and mailers as well. A majority of CNC’s funding came from a $75,000 donation from Westfield LLC, which sold its stake in the Carlsbad Mall last year. “We are making our TURN TO ELECTION ON A18



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CARLSBAD — It is a mad dash toward the finish line. Both opponents and proponents of Measure A are engaging in a rigorous, last-minute push to sway voters come Tuesday. As of Wednesday afternoon, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters confirmed that about 20,500 mail-in ballots (or 49 percent) of the more than 42,000 distributed have been received. There are about 62,000 registered voters in the city. The measure is one of the most controversial issues to hit the city in years and activists with Citizens for North County (CNC), among others who are not affiliated, and the supporters led by Caruso Affiliated are making the rounds. On the ballot is a proposal to develop 26 acres of commercial space anchored by a luxury mall,

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