Author Archive for gerald.sodomka

Language matters with the General Plan update

The city of Encinitas has been going through the process of updating its General Plan with a series of public workshops encouraging citizen participation. “This is your General Plan,” we are told. The draft revisions have finally been released. Already there is grumbling, especially about raising density through mixed use and higher height limitations in […]

Is City Council spinning the truth?

It happened on June 22, 2011, at a City Council meeting during a discussion of the reported neighborhood poisoning on North Hymettus. Several speakers had mentioned the soil contamination on the Hall property. Planning Director Patrick Murphy suddenly leapt to his microphone to speak. He said there was no significant contamination on the property, and […]

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Residents have a right to know

The city of Encinitas held its first budget meeting for the coming fiscal year April 28. There was a small audience mostly made up of city staff and those who do business with the city. There were only four public speakers. Two, Marshall Weinrab of the chamber and Steve Aceti of Coastal Coalition, had their […]