The coast news, march 25, 2016

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VOL. 30, N0. 13

MARCH 25, 2016

‘Baked Adventures’ gathering raises . city eyebrows SAN MARCOS -NEWS


By Aaron Burgin

More than meets the eye San Dieguito High School Academy’s Robotics team, Team 2102 Paradox, is competing in a regional competition this weekend in Sacramento as a final tune-up for the world championship. They now need the public’s help to get to the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis. Full story on page A10. Courtesy photo

Watermark team outlines details, responds to concerns By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — When Watermark Del Mar was proposed for a vacant lot on the southeast corner of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive the developers anticipated some opposition. “We never went into this expecting that we would have 100 percent support,” Kitchell Vice President Don Glatthorn said. “That’s virtually impossible.” In fact the team, which also includes Watermark DM LP and San Dieguito Land Partners, has used comments received to modify the multifamily complex, which has been presented to the community several times since 2013. For example, Watermark began with 57 units and was scaled back twice to its current 48-unit iteration in response to concerns that it was too dense. A pool

This to-scale rendering shows what a completed Watermark Del Mar would look like from the across the street. In response to public comments, the development team is “sincerely studying” the utility pole undergrounding process. Courtesy rendering

originally slated for the southern section of the site was moved to the other side of the property to minimize noise impacts to existing property owners.

“We’ve got to focus on what we can control, which is working on the details, listening to concerns and improving our proposal,” Glatthorn said. “We hope

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clearly smoking recreationTHE ally,” Jewel Loveless wrote in an email toVISTA city officials in February. The Coast NEWS News obtained the emails during a public records search pertaining to another issue. “I bet if you had your lifeguard or beach police come over to that crowd you would find that the majority of people do not have a (medical marijuana) card. “I have a problem with them gathering at the beachRANCHO and we all have to smell SFNEWS the marijuana from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the full moon,” Loveless continued. “I (sic) they should be told to leave the beach BEFORE OTHERS START TO COPY THEIR BEHAVIOR. If alcohol is not allowed then why should they be able to sit out in the open and SMOKE MARIJUANA?” The email, sent to the parks and recreation department, prompted City Manager Karen Brust to have then-Marine Safety Capt. Larry Giles and Sheriff’s Capt. John Maryon look into the group’s gatherings to determine if any city codes were being violated. According to an email Giles sent to staff on Feb. 17, which included a photo of one of the most recent bonfires, the group was violating a city ordinance that requires people to obtain a permit for groups larger than 25 people. Craig Vollgraff, one of the group’s organizers, said that Maryon also contacted him in February, the first



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ENCINITAS — A group that has arranged marijuana-smoking gatherings and bonfires at Moonlight Beach for a year is in the city’s crosshairs, after a resident complained about the monthly gatherings. The group, known as San Diego Baked Adventures, has arranged fullmoon bonfires where it invites members — who it says all have medical marijuana cards — to come to the city’s signature beach for stimulating conversation and good times. “San Diego Baked Adventures is organizing to facilitate adventures for Prop. 215 compliant medical marijuana community members. It’s about fun, laughter and good times,” the group says on its Meetup web page. “You should join if you like fun times with chill people. If you like conversations that are deep and meaningful, punctuated by laughter and hilarity.” The events have become increasingly popular and the crowds have grown as the weather has improved, which prompted a local woman to complain to the parks and recreation department in February about the swelling crowds and the marijuana smoking at the events. She said the group was flouting the state law that allows marijuana use for medicinal purposes by recreationally smoking at the beach. “These people are

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