The Coast News Group

Hall property development still in question

Too many soccer fields?
If the $18 million, 44-acre Hall property off Santa Fe Drive in the Flower Capital ever becomes a park, it likely will be more passive and less sports-intensive than currently proposed.
Presently, the rendering shows five soccer fields, baseball/softball fields, a small dog park, walkways and greenery. The fields could be lighted to accommodate tournament competition. Residents in the area are underwhelmed by the heavy sports emphasis and are askin’ “What’s in it for us?” Recent attendance at workshops and a planning commission meeting will attest to that. When the project comes before the city council one can expect every seat in the chambers will be filled.
Heavy fine
A sewer pipe break that messed up Buena Vista Lagoon bigtime last year has resulted in a $1 mil. fine that will be shared by Vista and C’bad, owners of the pipeline. The assessment by the San Diego Water Quality Control Board will go toward lagoon studies and enhancement. Two hundred grand of the fine will be mailed to the state. Seeking to avoid a similar calamity that could endanger the San Dieguito Lagoon, the 22nd District Ag. Assn. (County Fairgrounds) is in the process of replacing a vintage sewer line beneath the channel that connects to the Surfside City’s sewer system. It will consist of a pipe within a pipe.
Encinitas candidate forum
Wanna meet the candidates up close? A couple forums are scheduled. One will be Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Olivenhain meeting hall and the other Oct. 14, also at 7 p.m., at Paul Ecke Central School in Leucadia. With 10 wannabes in the running, voters have a wide selection including the three incumbents.
Marine Towers land sale
Land beneath the 17-story Marina Towers complex in O’side that is in the process of being sold by the city has been delayed by the State Coastal Commission. An appeal was filed by former council elected Shari Mackin and Carolyn Krammer. The sale, when finalized, will be worth $5 mil. to the city.
Ending junk mail
EDCO Waste & Recycling Services advises that folks can reduce unwanted junk mail by taking the following steps. Call a hot line or Web site linked to any of the three major credit bureaus and request to have your name and address removed from the data base of credit card companies. You will be asked for your social security number and mailing address. Or call 1-888-567-8688 or visit www.OptOut
McCain boosters
Vivian Hardage, Kelly Burt and Doug Barnhart — all members of the County Fair’s board of directors — were at Sen. John McCain’s fundraiser recently at Grand Del Mar Hotel. More than $1 mil. bux was reportedly raised for the senator’s presidential campaign.
Informational open house
Leucadia Town Council reminds residents of the informational open house Oct. 1 in the Encinitas Public Library community room. Materials regarding the project will bedisplayed from 4 to 8 p.m.
Scream Zone a
frightful happening
If you have trouble staying awake at night you might want to catch the 11th annual Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. According to reports, it’s a real waker-upper. Scheduled Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, Oct. 3 to Oct. 5, Oct. 9 to Oct. 12, and Oct. 23 to Nov. 1. The ghouls are out from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and until 11 p.m. other nights. Lotsa scary stuff in a haunted house of horror, haunted hayride and an eerie chamber.
Concert prices
With local casinos now in the big name entertainment concert biz and cost of celebs for their services becoming more competitive, fans are facing rising admission prices at all venues. Although some halls have to depend exclusively on admissions and concessions, casinos see concerts as a means of getting folks exposed to slots and other enticing devices.
Qualifications for
public service
The news almost daily is about electeds and appointeds sticking their mitts into public funds or some other improprieties when all the time they say they are providing great services for taxpayers. Case in point is the growing investigation into the State Employees International Union operations, which is implicating top level honchos. And there are the two redevelopment agency scandals in the Harbor City. The L.A. mayor and the termed-out state electeds in Sacramento are also in the news. Izzn’t it time to clean house and give others an opportunity to serve?
State budget mess
Since the high-profile state electeds were unable to keep redistricting off the ballot, they figured they wouldn’t be in a rush to settle the state budget mess since they weren’t running for re-election. So what if folks were in a deep state of hurt? Many of them likely will become lobbyists the day after they clean out their desks.
Solana First
With sales tax revenue sagging a bit, Solana Chamber, city of Solbeach, and merchants have launched a “Shop Solana First” campaign. Also on board are Lomas Santa Fe Plaza, 101 Village Walk and Cedros Avenue Design District.
One liners
Marriott Residence Inn has started construction of a 112-room facility on Las Posas Road in San Marcos … 99 Cent Stores are raising prices a penny or so to meet increasing costs … State Senate has voted to ban electronic bingo games operated by nonprofit organizations on the urging of casinos who contend they are infringing on their gambling jurisdiction … A dozen dead birds in the Flower Capital have been found to be infected with the West Nile Virus and folks are being advised not to handle them and to call the city at (760) 633-2600 for proper and safe removal.
Hasta la Vista