State Assembly, District Mapping, Rail Corridor and more!
September 20 & 27, 2017 Encinitas City Council Update

Dear Friends,

There are many ways to serve our city: As a community leader, commissioner, council member, assembly member or congressional representative. Whether it is housing, roads, transit, education, renewable energy, economic development or the environment, one of our biggest challenges is that we do not have the representation in Sacramento that we need. We deserve an Assemblymember who reflects our values of sustainability, prosperity, safety and opportunity and can work with -- not against -- state leaders.

Today I announced that I am running for State Assembly to cut through the bureaucracy and get good things done for our communities. This is a partisan race, and you can count on me to take my same reasonable, balanced and community-oriented approach I have demonstrated as a community leader, Planning Commissioner and City Council Member to the state capitol and fight for what's right for Encinitas and our region.

I love my work with you and the City of Encinitas, and there is so much more we can do together! Regardless of the campaign, you can expect the same dedication, hard work and tenacity as your City Council Member. If you would like to get together to discuss City issues or my positions as a candidate for State Assembly, I always make myself available to speak with constituents.

If you'd like to follow the campaign, I'd encourage you to like my page on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. You can also sign up to volunteer or contribute.

It's going to be a tough race and I am the only candidate with the experience, track record and temperament to promote collaboration over isolation; community over division; and balance over extremism.

Thank you in advance for your support in what will surely be a historic race for the 76th State Assembly District!

Cheers,

Two weeks at a glance.
September 20. 
  • Listened to public comment, provided input to demographer in our second public hearing on districting; unanimously approved the criteria for mapping districts.
  • Unanimously amended fees for planning and zoning services.
  • Approved 4-0 (Mayor Blakespear recusing herself due to proximity) the vacation of the land on which a house was build under San Diego County and denied the remainder of a summary vacation request in Cardiff. 
  • Approved unanimously several administrative items, including at the authorization to file an application for a amendments, an easement to the San Dieguito Water District, a public utility easement, the second reading of the changes to the Youth Commission, Merchant Processing Agreement, construction contracts, speed limit reductions, cost allocation plan, a vacation of a roadway easement, state trash amendments compliance strategy, initiation of public safety element update to our general plan, legislative position letters, community development block grants, improving Fire Department Strike Team compensation, HUD participation plan, additional funding for the Housing Update Taskforce, and contract approvals. Whew!
September 27.
  • Reviewed and provided feedback on the Coastal Mobility and Livability Working Group feedback on the parking study, pedestrian rail crossings and the pedestrian rail crossing in Cardiff. 
  • Received a Housing Element Task Force update as well as suggestions for preventing Hepatitis A in Encinitas. Please read Mayor Blakespear's newsletter for more information.
  • Approved unanimously several administrative items, increasing Planning support, legislative position letters, street seeping contracts, quiet zone processing contracts, parks maintenance agreements, re-bidding of the City's fiber optic communications network project, and a staff salary adjustment.

September 20 & 27, 2017.

DISTRICT MAPPING
The mapping tools are here! After two public meetings the Council moved unanimously to accept mapping criteria and the online, paper and excel tools are available. If you want your map considered for review at our Third Public Meeting on October 11 at 6 PM at City Hall, please make sure you submit your maps by October 4.
Read more....


MAKING THE RAIL CORRIDOR A BETTER NEIGHBOR
Council received an informational update on the Coastal Mobility and Livability Working Group, specifically on the coastal parking study, rail crossings and the rail crossing options in Cardiff.

Read more...

 


THE LEAGUE OF CALIFORNIA CITIES
It is always great to get together with other elected officials to discuss the challenges and opportunities we have at home. The time together breeds creativity, innovation, trust and momentum. There were sessions on environmental requirements of development, coastal cities issues, My favorite session was the one on decision-making. Every week we make tough decisions and having a frank and open conversation about it was rewarding and valuable.

As an aside, Mayor Blakespear, Councilmember Mosca and I went to the capitol to see state politics in action. It was eye-opening and exciting to see the legislative process in real life!


 


SPEAKING UP ON THE SENATE HEALTHCARE BILL
I was honored to introduce Congressman Mark Takano from Riverside (where I went to high school) and join together with my fellow Encinitans to raise our voices against the proposed (and subsequently failed) Senate Healthcare Bill that would have disproportionately punished California and those most vulnerable in our society, like special needs children and the elderly. Regardless of your party affiliation or whether you think reform is necessary, I believe that this bill would have been bad for us and bad for California. We are better than that!

Read more about the event from the Encinitas Advocate. Photo courtesy of Brittany Woolsey.

Committee Meetings.

San Elijo JPA on 9/11: We awarded a contract for solids treatment project, consolidated contracts with the Olivenhain Water District.
SANDAG Borders Committee on 9/22: We discussed the Park and Ride study from Western Riverside County to San Diego County. I urged the project managers to look at active transportation and transit connectivity to and from the Park and Rides as well as how we can provide electric vehicle charging stations -- like our demonstration project -- in the future. 
 

Upcoming Meetings.
  • Youth Commission: 9/4, 4:30-6 PM, City Hall
  • Cultural Tourism: 10/5, 9-10:30 AM, City Hall
  • San Elijo JPA: 10/9, 9-11 AM, Cardiff
  • SANDAG Borders Committee: 10/27, 12:30-2:30 PM, San Diego

Shout out!

I want to thank our Encinitas Little League team players for coming in third in the WORLD CUP SERIES!

Such an amazing job by a group of hard-working and dedicated young men. What an inspiration!




Recommended Links.
  • Mayor Catherine Blakespear's Newsletter: If you don’t subscribe already, I’d like to encourage you to subscribe to Mayor Blakespear’s email newsletter. Her journalist prowess, strong leadership and sound judgement shines through and offers her perspective on our city.
  • Council Member Joe Mosca's Newsletter: Getting different perspectives on our city from various sources is important. I appreciate Council Member Mosca's succinct summaries and thoughtful overarching commentary. You can subscribe here.
  • SeeClickFix: This is a smart phone app by the City of Encinitas that let's you easily report issues -- from potholes to graffiti. It's free and easy to use and I'd encourage everyone to install it on your phone.
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