Caution, railroad disaster ahead

Everyone will lose if Encinitas City councilpersons continue to ignore the North County Transit District’s and San Diego Association of Government’s power plays.  It appears that the leaders of these agencies know that Encinitas has never developed a long term plan for the rail corridor and are making their moves to lock in their desires before the city can complete one based upon the needs and wishes of its people.

NCTD’s goal is to double track and fence the right of way.  SANDAG wants regional government to supersede local control.  To accomplish their goals, they are dangling publicly funded carrots in front of our elected officials in the form of so called corridor improvements.  They know that once installed these developments will make it nearly impossible for any substantial city plans, like trenching the railroad, to be fully implemented.

The mayor and councilpersons must not allow themselves and the city to be railroaded by the elected officials from the county and cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, Escondido, San Marcos, etc. who sit on the NCTD and SANDAG boards.  These out-of-towners don’t care if our beach access is severed, that beach parking is drastically reduced, that our bluffs collapse, that our economic base is affected, and that our community character is destroyed.  They just want their way!

Sadly, it appears that a majority on the Encinitas Council are oblivious to the plot and don’t see its danger.  Unbelievably, at this time, five Encinitas rail projects are progressing without a Corridor Master Plan. It is piecemeal development at its worst.

Every school child is taught to Stop-Look-Listen to avoid being hit by a train.  It is time for Encinitas politicians to follow suit.

Encinitas councilpersons must STOP all developments within the corridor while awaiting the results of its pending railroad study and master plan.

Encinitas city councilpersons must LOOK at the ramifications of all of their actions and see what impacts their decisions will have on the lives of their constituents, the future of the community, and the fiscal viability of the city.

Encinitas city Councilpersons must LISTEN to their constituents.  Consultants and city Staff members can help but the ultimate support must come from the people, if a meaningful rail corridor master plan is to be accepted, funded and developed.  All ideas and suggestions must be considered.

Readers please, take a few minutes to inform Encinitas elected officials of your concerns.  Somehow they must be led through the smoke before the train leaves the station and it is too late to save our future from the dictatorial wishes of bigwig outsiders.   Phone (760) 633-2600 for Encinitas city councilpersons and mayor.

Bob Bonde is president of the Encinitas Taxpayers Association.


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