Eye on the Coast

$220 fine levied for unleashed pooch in park

Owner happy
Several dog owners weren’t happy campers when they were smacked with tickets recently becuz they claim their pooches remained unleashed a few minutes after they were supposed be haltered at the Flower Capital’s Viewpoint Park. One owner claimed he received a $220 citation. According to published reports, 20 tickets regarding the unleashed law violation were handed out on a Friday nite at Glen, Viewpoint, Orpheus and Hawk View parks.
Dredging delayed
Major dredging of the San Dieguito Lagoon to the sea that was to begin this month has been delayed until January. Reason given by senior environmental planner on the project, Dustin Fuller, was that improvements to the railroad trestles spanning the lagoon have not been completed.
La Costa shopping complex OK’d
A combined shopping center and residential development that will include professional offices was recently OK’d by C’bad City Council to be built on 83 acres at Rancho Santa Fe Road and La Costa Avenue. The project received significant opposition at informational workshops. The council did impose conditions. It eliminated 128 condo units and reduced the possibility of “big box” stores being located within. Already congested Rancho Santa Fe Road through Olivenhain is expected to be further impacted.
Big eye
The world’s largest telescope will be built on Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island. It will be powerful enough to allow scientists to view 13 billion light years away enabling them to see very early years of the universe. It will be built by University of California’s Institute of Technology.
Growing voices
More folks are raising their voices over the $2 mil. community grants fund each member of the Board of Supervisors receives each year to parcel out at his/her discretion. Supervisors allocate the funds to nonprofits within their jurisdictions including cultural art groups, chambers of commerce, community organizations and similar. Naysayers contend these contributions are aimed at currying political support.
NCTD promo seeks college ridership
A recent two-week promotion by North County Transit District that gave free rides to students, staff and faculty at the three colleges — Mira Costa, Cal State San Marcos and Palomar — is being evaluated for effectiveness and whether this segment of the community will continue to use buses and trains operated by NCTD.
Saldana eyes Roberts’ seat
Termed-out State Assembly-elected Lori Saldana has announced she will run against Ron Roberts for the County Board of Supervisors. He likely will seek another term. Also in the running is San Diego school board member Sheila Jackson. Another likely candidate is Councilwoman Donna Frye, also termed out, who ran a strong campaign against Mayor Jerry Sanders his first time around.
International film series
MiraCosta’s Language & Culture Alliance and the International Language Department will sponsor a film series that will be presented on Fridays beginning Sept. 25 and continuing through Dec. 4. It opens with a Japanese flick “Love & Honor” in Room 3601 on the O’side campus and Room 204 at the Cardiff campus. Admission is free.
Camping fees
New day-use camping fees are in effect at seven area state parks. Costs vary with those with an ocean view being the most expensive. Generally there has been a wait list for reservations.
Maintenance improvement districts
In the Harbor City, residents in 40 neighborhoods have formed special districts and agreed to tax themselves to obtain services that are not available from the city, similar to assessment districts throughout the county where residents join to provide underground utilities, provide streetlights, sidewalks and even landscaping.
Flag flap
Mayor of the city of Carson created a flap recently when he ordered U.S. flags be lowered to half staff on the day of Michael Jackson’s memorial observance. Some folks screamed he lacked the authority to do that for a celebrity. There are several rules of flag protocol. In some instances the head city honcho can have flags lowered on city buildings only. The Governator can order flags be lowered on state buildings but not federal buildings. That authority rests with Washington. Only the president can order a 21-gun salute.
Coast Cruiser
The recent locally subsidized mini-bus that operated between Leucadia and Cardiff has concluded its schedule and although ridership was below projections, the operation deserves another shot. Service was excellent and staff was friendly. However, it lacked promotion.
Credit cards
New rules now mandate that adequate advance written notice be given when credit card fees are to be adjusted. No more surprises. Other new regs are in place and more are due in February. Check them out.
Fast food joints are coming up with all sorts of marketing promotions such as Carl’s Jr. offering a Big Carl and some Denny’s are having a special late nite menu to catch late party and concert attendees who are mostly of the younger generation according to the Wall Street Journal … City government employees in La Mesa are reported to be the first in the county to start making an annual contribution to their pension fund … O’side City Councilwoman Esther Sanchez has been appointed to the powerful State Coastal Commish … Hollywood Park has lopped 13 days off its fall meet and is now scheduled to run Nov. 14 through Dec. 20 … Rancho Santa Fe is seeking volunteers to serve on its Art Jury that provides an important service to the RSF Association … David Miyashiro, previously from the Whittier school district, has been appointed assistant supervisor of educational services for the Encinitas Union School District … Starbucks, the pricey place to be seen, has new prices … San Diego County Fair in 2010 will run June 11 through July 5 … North County Firefighters & Law Assn. will hold its annual 9/11 Memorial Sept. 11 at Cardiff State Beach parking lot at 4 p.m. That includes a barbecue … Lotsa fun and entertainment in the sun is on tap Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 at the Greek Festival in Cardiff sponsored by Saints Costantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church.
Hasta la Vista