Eye on the Coast

Memorial service held for first Fairest of the Fair

Reigned in 1946 Memorial services were held in San Diego on Aug. 14 for Gloria O’Rear Lakin, who reigned as the first Fairest of the Fair in 1946. Gloria was a San Dieguito High School grad and worked at the Del Mar Drug Store when she was talked into running for the San Diego County […]

Bell’s salary mess best reason for sunshine law

Where was the city attorney? It will be years before the city of Bell’s obscene payouts are resolved and it’s the best reason to have sunshine laws and residents who know what their electeds are up to. City attorneys who are supposed to advise them on what is wrong and what isn’t received equally fat […]

Cardiff sculpture garners nationwide attention

Cardiff surfin! The bronze surfer sculpture that has been the object of lottsa brickbats is still reaping attention a month after it was encased in the jaws of a papier-mache shark. Unfortunately, city officials saw the need to destroy it when it was attracting a constant flow of onlookers and, yes, admirers. The statue made […]

Sometimes change creates static

Soon forgotten Wild Animal Park is now San Diego Zoo Safari Park and that has created a lotta shouting, media editorials and public disdain. Change is constant and it’s normal that it creates public reaction. Some folks object to change of any kind. They get up in the morning figuring there is something to be […]

Public meetings scheduled for major I-5 improvements

Four on tap Residents have four opportunities to view and provide input on an I-5 draft environmental report for the North Coast corridor HOV/managed lanes project. Proposed is widening of the highway to 14 lanes between La Jolla and Oceanside. One option will be to relocate 112 homeowners and 13 commercial establishments. The first meeting […]

Four counties enact new DUI law

May go statewide In Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare counties, residents who are first time offenders or have been previously convicted of driving while being looped have a new law to contend with. They have to install an ignition gizmo, costing about $125, that monitors booze presence. If the would be driver has consumed […]

Some property owners will enjoy lower taxes

Thanks to reduced valuations Approximately 660,000 property taxpayers will be rubbing their eyes in disbelief when they scan their bills and find the amount due is less rather than more, compared to last year’s. One reason is Prop. 13 provides that taxes can only be raised a max of 2 percent of the assessed valuation […]

Finally a Cardiff specific plan after more than a decade

Been a while In 1999 four Cardiffians, including Teresa Barth, Barbara Cobb, Mike Clark and Jim Bush, met to organize residents who were interested in developing a specific plan for the community. They scheduled meetings that were held two weekends during the summer. It was the rule rather than the exception to have several hundred […]

Recent elections forecast change is in the wind

No longer biz as usual While recent election results weren’t of earthquake dimensions they did forecast that voters are paying more attention to the way their electeds are running the people’s affairs. Examples: Tax measures that were routinely OK’d in the past went down in flames in the Surfside City and Solbeach. Del Martians nixed […]

It’s time for state budget capers

Will be late again State electeds will maintain their perfect record of never having a balanced budget approved on schedule. Controller John Ching has served notice it will be necessary to begin issuing vouchers and IOUs in August. Some scheduled projects will be postponed. Last year’s dithering went into July. However, an agreement may be […]