The premise of this piece is simple; Encinitas is a bedroom community that succeeds on a constant influx of income from a Commuter Economy.
90% of Working-Adults in Encinitas commute outside the City to gain their income/wages. When a City Council Majority declares war on commuters, as the current one does and has, then they are attacking their own residents and business-owners.
Below is data proving just how wrong this Council-Majority is: we use links and quotes to make our point.
If you live in Encinitas and work outside the City, or if you own a business or provide a services locally, or if you are indeed interested in Encinitas’ future, this Christmas Message is for you.
Because, while the rest of us are all searching for old addresses to send gifts to friends and relatives; your Encinitas Council Majority; Lisa Shaffer, Tony Kranz and Catherine Blakespear, referred to as a group by the acronym C.M., short for Council-Majority; are quietly taking actions that will change the City’s identity and future income to the point where their wrong-headed actions will significantly first strain, then irreparably damage the City’s Commuter-Economy hindering Encinitas’ ability to provide necessary Public-Safety institutions, negate the City’s annual income which underwrites parks, beaches leased from the State of California; and will ultimately leave our beach-city without the power to continue protecting this paradise.
Please don’t say we didn’t warn you. You’ll find graphs, charts and links below to document the C.M. actions.
1) CLOSING 3 OUT OF 5 MAJOR NORTH/SOUTH CIRCULATION ROUTES IN ENCINITAS
If you read the 12-8-15 Strategic Plan Agenda by the C.M. (Excerpted below and linked) you will find that the C.M.’s Primary Goal is NOT public-safety, or healthy civic finances, but something called ‘Active’ Transportation, otherwise referred to as the cult-planning cause called ‘Complete-Streets’.
How does the C.M. plan on making City circulation routes ‘Complete’?
By reducing the width of travel lanes from 15 feet to 12 feet and then creating a significantly widened ‘bike path/walking path’ designed for the disabled, senior citizens and local bicyclists; that will run alongside the auto-travel lane thus making the street’s transformation ‘Complete’ as half the route designed for auto-travel will now make the route ‘Complete’ to integrate neighborhood activities that do not include cars or trucks.
It will also, by its narrowing, cause unnecessary doubling or tripling of travel times for commuters; for ‘in-concert’ with ‘Completeness’ comes the doubling or tripling of ‘travel-time’ combined with the doubling or tripling of gridlocked cars generating substantially increased green-house gases; meaning this idea is extremely anti-environmental.
THEY ARE CALLED ‘CHOKEPOINTS FOR A REASON
The C.M. has approved 6 chokepoints for the part of Hwy 101 in Leucadia; AND is expected to approve city funding for a ‘Road-Diet on Hwy 101 in downtown Encinitas from E Street to I Street; in addition this Wednesday night (12-16-15) at the Council Meeting, plus, Monday evening, (12-14-15) the sole Agenda Item before the Traffic Commission (City Hall, 5:30 PM) is the return of requests from the E3 Cluster; EUSD, Botanic Garden and Leichstag Foundation) that has spent over $100K plus on architectural drawings, AND are collectively asking for the City to use $2 to $4 million in tax-payer dollars for ‘traffic calming’.
WHY DOES THE COUNCIL-MAJORITY BELIEVE SAXONY AVENUE AND QUAIL GARDENS DRIVE ARE MORE DANGEROUS THAN ANY OTHER LOCAL STREETS?
Admittedly, this returning E3 Plan no longer includes a $2-million-dollar chokepoint at the intersection of Councilwoman Shaffer’s cul de sac and Quail Gardens Drive, no, that expensive ‘vanity’ project designed for Councilwoman Lisa Shaffer was embarrassedly removed in the Spring when discovered by the public, to now be replaced by a raised 1/8th of a mile street formation that is lowered to 25 mph adjacent to Shaffer’s intersection, in complete violation of the State’s 85 percentile law.
TRAFFIC-ENGINEERING ALREADY CALMED THE TRAFFIC LAST YEAR ON QGD
The State law states, ‘speed-traps’ cannot be created and miles per hour posted must be kept within 85 % of the prevailing average speed; which, along Quail Gardens Drive was found to be 45 mph, just weeks before the E3 Cluster requests of the C.M. Encinitas’ Traffic-Engineering dropped the posted speed as 40 mph, down from 45 mph.
These good folks want to manipulate different laws to lower the speed to 25 mph on Quail Garden’s Drive between Encinitas Blvd. and Leucadia Blvd.
The E3 Plan calls for several unnecessary chokepoints along Quail Gardens Drive (with no cross-streets) and to this date has been unable to show ANY reason that $2 to $4 million dollars in taxpayer monies should be used to in essence stop through-traffic along Quail Garden’s Drive and Saxony Avenue.
NOTE: 2 things; Lisa Shaffer and Kristin Gaspar both live just off of QGD; and neither will be allowed legally to vote ‘approval’ of this very expensive and unnecessary investment in ‘traffic-calming. Nobles oblige?
FLOODING NEW ENCINITAS WITH TRAFFIC TO ALLOW 2 ‘PRIVATE’COMMUNITIES AT RESIDENT’S EXPENSE
On July 8th, 2015, Councilman Mark Muir informed those attending the public-hearing that both Lisa Shaffer and Tony Kranz had that very morning attempted, very illegally, to remove both Saxony Avenue and Quail Gardens Drive from the City’s Circulation-Element and disturbingly neither Councilperson felt it was necessary to have staff do an ‘Impact Report’ on exactly what might happen when the 15,295 cars a day that combined travel both these North/South Circulators; AND only when they found out that they would need to take the removal of these 2 major routes to SanDag to get permission, did their tune change.
Just where does the C.M. expect all these cars to go? One answer; 15, 295 ‘new’ cars daily for New Encinitas.
Again, the C.M. attempted to act and operate with ‘willful ignorance’ (a link to the New York Times describing ‘willful ignorance’ is provided readers at the end of this essay.)
SHAFFER’S ‘SIEGE MENTALITY’ AND WAR ON CARS CONTINUES
Also, on July 8th, 2015, Councilwoman Lisa Shaffer asked the Planning-Director, “The Community wants to know if we (Encinitas) have to continue to have through-traffic, or can we start our major ‘Complete-Streets’ Projects?”
Meaning, she, Kranz and Blakespear want to begin impeding ‘through-traffic from traveling through Encinitas’ by consciously impeding the 5 major North/South’ Travel Routes. Again, if they are allowed to continue in this plan the income stream into the City from the Commuter-Economy will falter and the generation of green-house gases in Encinitas will increase wildly.
These important ‘travel-routes’ are Hwy 101, Saxony Ave., Quail Gardens Drive, Via Cantebria and El Camino Real. (Rancho Santa Fe Road is not included as it is already impeded by unwarranted Stop-Signs, this route impeded by a previous Council)
And seeing that the data proves that between 85% and 90% of the City’s Annual-Income is generated either directly by Parcel-Taxes or indirectly by Sales-Taxes which are unquestionably derived from the Commuter-Economy, there is no other conclusion to reach
2) CHEN RAY ROAD-DIET CONTRACT, THIS WED. NIGHT BEFORE COUNCIL
Those who read the C.M. Agenda for Wednesday night 12-16-15, will find a Contract for Council-Approval to create a Parking-Study to utilize the guise of a ‘parking-study’ with which to achieve the Road-Diet downtown (and later on El Camino Real).
This C.M. designed requests openly of the Consulting firm, Chen Ryan, to create a ‘Parking Plan’ that involves the ‘Road-Diet’ discussed late Summer by Council-Surrogate Traffic Commission Vice-Chair Brian Grover, which called for the removal of all on-street parking along Hwy 101 downtown from E Street to I Street and the removal of 2 North/South travel lanes; and while the C.M. has given lip-service to assuring residents and business-owners that no Road-Diet will decrease traffic/sales downtown, this is the second-time in 6 months this item has surfaced. AND, make no mistake, El Camino Real is targeted too!
Tony Kranz told the rest of the Council, last Tuesday, 12-8-15 that he wouldn’t be personally satisfied until El Camino Real was reduced to a single Northbound lane and a single Southbound lane, flanked by extremely wide bicycle and walking paths, on both the East and West sides.
THERE IS NO CITY-BUDGET ‘SURPLUS’ THERE IS ONLY PUTTING OFF INFRASTRUCTURE RENOVATION
‘Complete-Streets’ is a recipe for disaster and if the C.M. continues in their fairy-tale-based financial actions, then the voters are faced with deciding to move, replace the C.M. en masse or do nothing and watch the City slowly die financially.
C.M. Agenda for this Wed. Council Meeting just below.
|10G.||Award of a Professional Services Contract for the development of the Comprehensive Parking Study. Contact Person: Deputy Director Deane
Recommended Action: 1. Authorize the Director of Public Works, or his designee, in coordination with the City Attorney, to execute a contract with Chen Ryan Associates, Inc. in the amount of $104,080 plus 10% contingencies to develop the Comprehensive Parking Study, for a not to exceed total project allocation of $114,488 (the Agreement in Substantial Form contained in Attachment 4). 2. Adopt Resolution 2015-87, authorizing the appropriation of general funds in the amount of $64,488 to the Comprehensive Parking Study (WC15C) (Attachment 1).
ROAD DIET CONTRACT LINK FOR COUNCIL AGENDA, WED. 12-16-15
Traffic Commission Hearing on E3 Cluster Request for Calming QGD and Saxony Ave.
C.M.’s ‘Willful Ignorance’Link: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/07/the-rules-of-denialism/