Encinitas, Carlsbad in same fight for open space

Have you taken a good look at the Rick Caruso project?  I don’t know about you, but I don’t need any more fancy shopping and a bigger parking lot on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad.

A recent political meeting featured Mayor Matt Hall advocating for the mega mall as if it was a done deal with no opposition presentation.

Mr. Caruso was there, very charming as always.  He even suggested bringing me in from Encinitas for the vote.

Not sure, but I think he was kidding.

Do you trust the officials hired to draft the plans for this project? Where is the oversight of development plans if the governing body of the city is assisting the developer with legal support?

Where are the conceptual models?  Scare tactics have been employed in terms of what would happen to the land if this development is nixed.

Can the developer make changes if Prop. A passes?

Few people have scrutinized the issues to see what’s really going on behind the screen.

With 397 pages of the plan, one of the councilmen said he hadn’t read it but voted “yes” anyway.  Sound familiar?

Last Saturday afternoon the traffic was heavy and it was nearly impossible to find a parking space at The Company Stores.  The price of a piece of luggage I needed was about $200, so I ended-up at TJ Maxx and got the exact same thing for $79.  That’s what I’m talking about!

The more closet space I have, the more stuff I accumulate to fill it — not unlike, in this case, more lanes, more cars, more sitting in endless traffic, more pollution, more insanity.

Where does it end?

The revenuers/developers/city council elders never have enough of our tax money.

That’s just what they do.

Encinitas is more of a bedroom community than Carlsbad, but we are fighting the same battle, trying to hold on to the little bit of open space we have left.  Our liberal state legislature endorses and enables these policies leaving us vulnerable to lawsuits if we don’t comply.

It is not elitist to object to ruining our communities with too much development.

As a conservative and a conservationist, I oppose more gratuitous paving of the planet despite the lure of another Nordstrom next door and the efforts of a charismatic developer who thinks it’s a good idea for North County to look more like “The Big OC,” or because SANDAG and Caltrans don’t have a better solution to ongoing transportation challenges.

I oppose more “affordable” housing on the coast where it doesn’t belong, where most people don’t know that tons of subsidized housing already exists.

I wasn’t opposed to the desal plant, but I do object to the claims of a drought that have been proven to be mostly political, and now we’re paying for water being dumped in a local lake because the contract was signed to purchase it, as rates continue to rise.

None of this is good planning and our coastal quality of life is at stake.

The vote on Prop A is scheduled for Feb. 23.

Celia Kiewit is an Encinitas resident.


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