The coast news, may 13, 2016

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VOL. 30, N0. 20

MAY 13, 2016




“It’s an unbelievably penetrating sound,” says Lew Dominy on motorcycle noise. The city of Del Mar looked into ways to possibly reduce motorcycle noise. Photo by Tony Cagala

City finds no RANCHO way to muffle SFNEWS motorcycle noise . By Bianca Kaplanek

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Chase Fine of Carlsbad aboard Quality DB during the $5,000 1.20M Jumper Classic held at Del Mar Fairgrounds on Saturday. The event was part of the three-weeks long Del Mar National Horse Show, which wrapped up on May 8. See photos from the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar on page A9. Photo by Bill Reilly

Encinitas launches a pilot program to end veteran homelessness By Promise Yee

ENCINITAS — The Community Resource Center is partnering with Interfaith Community Services to launch a one-year pilot program to end veteran homelessness in Encinitas. The city program’s oneyear goal is to find permanent housing for 25 homeless veterans, and develop a model to continue service. The pilot program will replicate the nationwide 25 Cities Program that has had success in ending veteran homelessness within a

year in some cities. Efforts bring together stakeholders to share resources and help solve the problem. A key component of the 25 Cities program is a shared assessment tool to pinpoint services an individual or family needs and track assistance they receive, which can range from a small loan to long-term assistance. Another aspect is where housing navigators help to place clients in permanent housing, and connects them with additional

needed services to remain self-sustained. North County cities collaborate in a regional 25 Cities effort. The Encinitas pilot program will focus efforts on specific city needs, and call on veteran service groups, churches, landlords, law enforcement and homeless individuals to help solve the issue. Regional, state and federal resources will also be utilized. Rebecca Palmer, Community Resource Center director of programs, said

the solution calls for honest communication about the problem. “We know Encinitas has a lack of obtainable housing,” Palmer said. Current regional efforts are based on yearly point in time homeless counts, which at best provide a snapshot of needs. The Encinitas 2015 homeless count recorded 123 homeless individuals, which includes 43-sheltered homeless and 80 living on TURN TO HOMELESSNESS ON A21


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solve every problem and … let the community know we did take a really hard look at it but there’s nothing effective that’s practical that we can do about it.” Two Del Mar residents and one from Solana Beach asked council at the April 18 meeting to consider adding signage or addressing the issue through the city’s noise ordinance. Richard Levak said the excessive noise is at times unbearable, “especially when a gang of motor bikes comes through.” “The whole house shakes,” he said. “Car alarms go off. … There is no reason for it.” “It’s an unbelievably penetrating sound,” added Lew Dominy, who suggested posting whimsical signs such as “This is where our families sleep … Too much TURN TO NOISE ON A21


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DEL MAR — Responding to complaints that included a petition signed by 70 residents, the city looked into ways to possibly reduce motorcycle noise, especially along north-and-south running streets in the northern beach area. Based on findings presented at the May 2 meeting, council members concluded there is little they can do. “Our options are extremely limited,” said Councilman Don Mosier, whose main mode of transportation is a motorcycle. “I think it’s a valuable exercise when there’s an issue that’s frustrating to members of the community to do what we’ve done, which is research it,” Councilman Dwight Worden said. “But it’s also important to recognize we can’t


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