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The Encinitas City Council voted to extend its use agreement for the Safe Parking program at Leichtag Commons. File photo
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Encinitas extends homeless parking lot use agreement

ENCINITAS —After reading over 100 testimonials and comments, the Encinitas City Council voted to reauthorize the extension of the Jewish Family Services Safe Parking Program for its full 16-month lease during its May 20 meeting.

The council also adopted the revised 2019-2020 Fiscal Budget, among 16 other items that caused the meeting to end around midnight.

Voting unanimously to extend the use agreement at Leichtag Commons, the city council approved the extension of the Safe Parking Program, which accommodates households living in their cars and holds a maximum of 25 vehicles.

Additionally, the council passed 16 other items, including a budget amendment to receive $250,000 from the California Department of Housing and Community Development for homeless prevention and intervention services, a recommendation by the youth commission to prohibit the sale and distribution of flavored tobacco products, and a reduction in the speed limit to 35 miles per hour on South Coast Highway 101.

Furthermore, the council voted to approve Encina Wastewater Authority’s Fiscal 2020-2021 Pension policy, adopt Phase 3 of Encinitas’ Plastics Initiative, complete new MUFG Union Bank Funds Transfer Authorizations, consider an exclusive negotiating agreement with Encinitas Arts, Culture, and Ecology Alliance, and adopt a resolution to improve fire prevention security gates.

The council also voted to reject bids for the Conservation Demonstration Garden, approve plans surrounding the FY 19-20 Citywide Sewer Rehabilitation Project, finalize negotiations on the 1711 Eolus Avenue Storm Drain project, conduct a public hearing on TransNet Local Street Improvement Project as well as authorize the city manager to accept a grant from SANDAG Shared Streets Pilot Program.

As with other city council and commission meetings during the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting was broadcast live via Zoom, incorporating residents’ opinions remotely.

Julie Thunder, Encinitas mayoral candidate, questioned why the city council chose to entertain so many “non-routine” items in the consent calendar that could have been individual action items, without any option for residents to be physically present to represent their concerns.

“I suspect this is a result of nearly canceling half of the City Council meetings,” Thunder said. “Now, you’re cramming two meetings worth of items into one agenda”

However, the council did vote on individual items in the calendar, often without in-depth discussion.

Members of the public were given the option of removing an item by submitting a “PINK” slip to the city clerk, however, few residents did.

The overwhelming majority of public comments were directed towards the Leichtag Commons Safe Parking Program, as well as residents opposed to high-density housing and a restaurant complex in the residential Fox Point neighborhood.

At one point during the two hours dedicated to hearing public comments on the Safe Parking Program, City Clerk Kathy Hollywood noted there was a skunk in the chamber, pointing out that those listening through Zoom were lucky to be at home after all.

1 comment

Jeff Morris May 23, 2020 at 12:46 am

There is nothing you can do to stop a mayor who stacks the city council with opposition, pink slips or whatever when she ALWAYS had her mind made up, that’s what dictators do. When I do background checks on the “pro” 3 cars in the lot that I saw with my own eyes from my buddy’s house, they will all be tied to the local charities who have taken over Encinitas.

If they are RIGHT about the residents being in favor of the lot that always almost empty, do a poll Coast News…. an accurate poll. That won’t happen because we must maintain the lie and you guys don’t want to hear from the residents.

If anybody would like he truth to these lies contact me, Jeff Morris of Encinitas Watchdogs, and find out the REAL story, not this 100% phony lie that was made up YEARS AGO. 760-815-6795

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