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Eye on the Coast

Gas prices hover around $3.40 but no public outcry

Buck less in 2003
Less than a decade ago motorists were shaking their fists at station operators when petrol was inching toward $2.50 per gallon. Average price had averaged $1.85. State and national electeds were threatening to hold hearings on the matter. They went on vacation and when they returned there were other concerns. Today prices in some areas are around $3.35 and climbing but there’s nary a whimper. How come?
Fire pits stay
At least for another season fire pits on Harbor City beaches will remain in place so marshmallow and weenie roasts can continue to hold forth. Thanks to an 11th hour influx of cash donations from San Diego Foundation and La Jolla Community Foundation and others, the pits were saved from demolition. Hizzoner Jerry Sanders said there was no money in the till for their maintenance so they would have to go. The donations came as wrecking balls were swinging. So at least for this summer beachers can enjoy them.
Encinitas way?
During a recent council meeting the deputy mayor asked to place on the agenda a discussion to establish a process to address council member complaints. She said she had been aware of other complaints in the past. However, her request didn’t get past the all-male troika. Is this the Encinitas way?
In the mail
Registered voters throughout the county have received their ballot information for the June 8 primary and now are being pounded with campaign propaganda including robocalls from all sources. According to the Registrar of Voters, deadline for registering was May 24. There are 1,4604,550 residents eligible to vote. Supervisor Pam Slater-Price’s 3rd District has 315,204 voters and there are 285,213 in Supe Bill Horn’s 5th District.
Solbeach entry sign
City is in the process of installing an monument sign at the entry to the city adjacent to the recently completed pump station on Stevens Avenue. The avenue there has been restriped for safer traffic mobility.
Dog Days of Cardiff
Now going into its fifth year highly successful and bulging at the seams, Cardiff-by-the-Sea’s Dog Days will be held Aug. 14 under the auspices of Cardiff 101 MainStreet Association. The event, where canines of all sizes and lineage are the honorees, will be held in the Headline Graphics parking lot and on Aberdeen and Newcastle streets. Dog Days is the brainchild of Councilwoman Teresa Barth who heard about the event at a National Trust MainStreet conference she had attended.
School visitations
Katie Phillips, the County Fair’s exhibit manager, sez staff has visited 118 schools to give more than 30,500 students an advance peek at exhibits that involve them like the livestock. They had an opportunity to pet the animals.
Soledad cross
U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a cross at Mojave National Preserve erected to honor World War I vets can remain. Unfortunately it was uprooted and stolen after the decision was handed down. Local boosters of the beleaguered Mt. Soledad cross in the Harbor City are wondering if the decision can be applied to it.
Double tracks
Schedule calls for construction to start in June for a second set of tracks through two miles of C’bad . The double tracks are reported to reduce the time it will take for commuter and Amtrack trains to travel in the area.
Ford scholarship recipients
Twenty-three area high school seniors have received $1,000 scholarships from a Ford fund of local dealers. Among them are Sean Huynh and Nicholas Kotsyubko of Carlsbad High School; Marco Meza-Ruiz and Kristen Smith, La Costa Canyon; Gabriel Berkland, Tiffany Lamke, Carolyn Ordway, Katherine Sakai, Lindsay Stewart, Tara Trujillo, Catherine Villa, Anton Walker and Danielle Ziegler, Poway High School; Kevin Brice and Katherine Merchat, San Dieguito Academy; Hurjade Vongsachang, San Marcos High School; and Brian Brentlinger, Sunset; Jessica Brown, Emily Cai, Linda Carter, Chang Liu, Dale Timm III and Ling Young, Torrey Pines High School. Congrats to all.
Million miler
Diana Schwering, who has been tagging parking violators in the Surfside City since 1989, sez she walks an average of 10 miles daily Monday through Friday. The slim, trim officer is also the city’s visitor and miscellaneous information provider and answers lottsa questions about everything during her walks.
Summer season
Vista’s Moonlight Stage Productions in the Moonlight Theatre opens its 30th season July 14 to July 31 with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” followed by “Crazy For You,” Aug.11 to Aug. 18; and closing with “Miss Saigon,” Sept. 8 to Sept. 25.
Tighter smoking regs
Solbeach is looking at prohibiting smoking in common areas of apartment buildings. Folks are askin’ “How much more intrusion into personal pleasures before enuff is enuff?”
Study group commissioned by Board of Supes has determined there is a need for 14 more fire stations costing approximately $92 million to adequately fight wildfires … Now open in O’side, a new VA health clinic that will relieve the pressure of the one in Vista … Encinitas Rotary Club has its annual Wine Festival on June 5 at San Diego Botanic Garden that benefits a passel of local charities … Dry cell batteries that contain heavy metals can be disposed of at EDCO recycling center, 224 S. Las Posas Rd. in San Marcos … Del Mar Schools Education Foundation has raised in the neighborhood of a million bux to fund science, music, art and technology projects and also pay for 10 PE teachers’ salaries in all of its schools …. Cardiff-by-the Sea Town Council reminds motorists to move into the slow lane when poking along becuz there’s a law that sez you gotta.
Hasta la Vista