The coast news, january 8, 2016

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VOL. 30, N0. 2

JAN. 8, 2016



.com The stability of the bluffs atop Beacon’s Beach, which is operated by the city under a 20-year agreement with state parks, is being monitored daily as heavy rains and severe weather affect the county.


Photo by Tony Cagala

High Stepping it The Carlsbad High School Lancer Dancers will compete in the varsity division at the Universal Dance Association’s National Dance Competition between Jan. 29 and Jan. 31 in Orlando, Fla. The program owns 10 total national championships and is one of the best in the country. See full story on page A9. Courtesy photo

By Aaron Burgin

Annual homeless count looking for more volunteers By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The annual Regional Task Force on the Homeless count happens at the end of the month and more volunteers are needed. Oceanside needs about 60 additional volunteers to help with its census of city homeless. The annual count helps identify trends, and is a requirement for cities and nonprofits to secure Department of Housing and Urban Development funds that are used to address homelessness. “It enables our region to better understand the scope, impact and potential solutions to homelessness,” Angie Hanifin, Oceanside housing program manager, said. TURN TO HOMELESS ON A18

Oceanside counted 150 unsheltered homeless people last year. This year’s count takes place Jan. 29. Photo by Promise Yee

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Beacon’s Beach bluff . ‘daily’ being monitored ENCINITAS — The California Coastal Commission appears to have become more supportive of Encinitas’ proposed method of stabilizing a notoriously unstable coastal bluff at Beacon’s Beach. Encinitas officials and officials with the state parks department in February met with Coastal Commission officials to present their preferred alternative, using soil cement to reinforce the bluff. But the coastal commission had reservations about the size and scope of the project. But Coastal Commission officials said after having time to digest the city’s proposal, they have a better understanding of the project and are “moving closer to a solution.” “They had proposed a different and a unique

way to utilize soil cement, which we refer to as erodible concrete, which we had only seen used in smaller scales,” said Gabriel Buhr, a coastal program manager for the coastal commission. “There proposal to use it as a buttress was something we hadn’t seen before, so we were being somewhat conservative and we went back to them with a number of questions. “Last month, we had a very productive meeting and it gave us a better appreciate of why they chose this alternative and better presented the other alternatives they had considered and rejected,” Buhr said. Buhr said the next step will be to evaluate how the city’s preferred TURN TO BLUFF ON A18

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