Flower Capital trees finally get respect

Care policy in the works
Residents in the Flower Capital may sometime in the near future have a policy of sorts on shrubs and trees and their care and demolition. Up to the present time chopping down a tree has been at the whim of “arborist” and staff. At the March 18 meeting of the city’s electeds, it was determined that trees are an integral component of the landscape and a proposed policy under discussion for several years was reviewed. Staff then was directed to return within 90 days with a written policy. It will contain plenty of verbiage but likely missing will be a section on penalties when procedures aren’t followed. In the Surfside City a few years ago, at least two incidents related to homeowners created quite a stir when a coppla Torrey pine trees were victims of the chainsaw. One incident involved a $16,000 fine; the other, $32,000 plus. Results of court decisions never were made public. Will there be a penalty clause in the Flower Capital’s ordinance and will it include city staffers?
NCTD faces growing deficit
The area’s transportation system could be as much as $20 mil. in the sock by 2013 according to published reports. Not necessarily due to bad planning, it has been pointed out. The state legislature has slashed some funds North County Transit District traditionally receives. In addition, ridership has not met projections but could eventually. No need to panic yet.
Interim trustee at MiraCosta
William Fischer, a retired New York English professor, has been named to complete the term of Judy Stratton who resigned effective March 31. The term ends in 2010. The district includes most of O’side.
O’side’s Day of Art
The Harbor City’s most colorful family special event — the 17th annual Days of Art — is scheduled for April 18 and April 19 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Pier View Way. One of the favorite features is circle painting in the street. Spokesperson Kris Nelson sez the exhibition is something the family can truly enjoy. More than 100 artisans will be participating.
UT sale
David Black, who was reported to be involved with Platinum Equity of Beverly Hills in the purchase of the Union-Tribune, rescued the Honolulu Star Bulletin when it was on the verge of quitting publication. Report is that the Star Bull is neither better or worse since then but recently tightened the noose on circulation particularly to homes and the neighbor islands. Black owns Black Press in Canada.
Million nonsmokers
Judy Callahan Warfield, a Harbor City hypnotherapist, is on a campaign to encourage a million folks to quit smoking. Her effort was triggered when her pop was the victim of painful and terminal complications from the habit. Interested in helping her reach her goal? Dial (619) 303-8511.
Good idea …
Cardiff Town Council recently asked folks to submit names of service providers whom they had used with great satisfaction. It has compiled a list of local plumbers, electricians, painters, dry wall, tile and paving contractors, appliance repairs and others.
Grunion time
It’s the season for grunion to come ashore to spawn. The tiny, silvery mariners are scheduled to appear at night following high tides on April 10, April 1l, May 9, May 25 and June 8. Spawning occurs when the females come ashore to deposit their eggs. The males are right behind them to fertilize the eggs. Info is available from Birch Aquarian at Scripps at (858) 534-7336.
La Colonia design OK’d
Van Dyke Landscape has received the OK from Solbeach electeds to proceed with final design of La Colonia Park in Eden Gardens. Work will be done in two phases with the first to be for the development of a skateboard plaza and an artificial turf for the playing field. Cost is estimated at $1.5 mil.
Animal rights club
Vista High School students are the first to organize an Animal Rights Club. A fundraiser April 26 themed Bowling for Animals will be held at Vista Entertainment Center with proceeds earmarked for the Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas.
Get it done
The various bureaucrat departments of SANDAG should get Highway 76 improvements done sooner than later. Too much lip
service about funding already and not enough resolve. Meanwhile, cost for doing the project continues to increase. If Caltrans can do the Lomas Santa Fe interchange a year ahead of schedule, why the Highway 76 delay?
One-linersx
State electeds say they feel the taxpayers’ pain when they raise taxes but they felt no pain spending money during the past session when 1,350 bills requiring funding were introduced … Wild Animal Park has adopted a policy that prohibits visitors from providing their own chow inside the park … Olivenhain Town Council will have its highly popular Bratwurst & Brew Fest from noon to 4 p.m. April 26 … Still time to volunteer to help in the Encinitas Garden Festival to be held in Cardiff-by-the-Sea on April 25 by calling (760) 753-8615 … Prop. 1A in the statewide election May 19 is reported to be loaded with tax increases … Solbeach is recognizing historic buildings with attractive plaques sponsored by the Civic & Historical Society … Although some residents have objected to the County Fair installing a sign along I-5 there was no noise made when the San Dieguito River Park JPA petitioned the Dept. of Transportation and received an OK for a pair of signs on I-5 to identify the lagoon … Plans are moving forward for a new fire station at Fairbanks Ranch that will replace the one on Apajo Road … Francisco Rodriguez, the new president of MiraCosta College, is on deck and making the rounds getting acquainted with staff and students … Alcohol is now banned on Surfside City beach until Sept. 8 … Thanx to a county grant engineered by Supe Pam Slater-Price and a last-minute infusion of cash from former Mayor Carl Hilliard and spouse, Sharon, the Surfside City library has a new addition and other neat improvements.

Hasta la Vista

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