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DUI prevention program may be coming south

Pilot project in L.A. County
According to an L.A. Times story, folks in L.A. County who have been convicted of driving while pie eyed will have to install a blood alcohol measuring device on the cars they drive and will have to blow into it when getting behind the wheel. If it detects alcohol the vehicle will not start. The program also will be in effect in Alameda, Sacramento and Tulare counties. States where it is in effect report a decline in DUI arrests. According to a Sheriff’s Department newsletter circulated in the Flower Capital, there were 37 DUI arrests in September, an additional 34 arrests for being looped in public and two for riding a bike while under the influence. Will they have to install an alcohol-measuring gadget on their bikes?
Internet gambling
Legislation floating around in Congress will continue to ban sports betting but not other types of gambling. Proponents say it could produce as much as $34 bil. in tax revenue proving that folks like to bet even though they may be outta work and standing in food lines. Caliente Race Track in Tijuana and Vegas accepts all forms of sports betting.
Merriam Mountain
A development project north of Escondido identified as Merriam Mountain that has the blessing of Supervisor Bill Horn is creating a lotta pro and con chatter. The County Planning Commission approved the development 5-2 recently following an on-site inspection of the area. It projects 2,700 homes on 2,327 acres and will include a 10-acre shopping center.
Nix on future power plants
C’bad electeds recently adopted a moratorium prohibiting the construction of power plants in the coastal zone that may affect NRG Energy’s proposal to build a 558-megawatt power plant adjacent to the Encina power station. The issue may wind up in court becuz NRG officials contend the state, not the city, has jurisdiction over energy plant developments.
Solbeach ponders biz tax
Like all government entities, Solbeach electeds are studying ways to shore up their sagging revenue intake. Under review is a tax that would apply to home-based operations, retail and service business. It is likely voters will be asked to make that decision at the June primary. Small biz owners contend any tax will be devastating if approved becuz of the economic climate. However, it would be at least a year before the tax became effective.
At-grade ped crossings
Minimal support for below-grade pedestrian crossings, except by the Flower Capital elected majority and one speaker who objected to noise from train horns, was heard at a recent council meeting. More than a dozen speakers favored doing away with these proposed crossings projected to cost in the neighborhood of $5 mil each. At-grade crossings would be considerably less expensive. Councilwoman Teresa Barth said San Clemente officials are facing the same noise dilemma. Barth suggested working jointly toward a legislative solution. Staff was directed to pursue this possibility.
Lease law alternative
A traffic school alternative in lieu of paying a fine for a leash law violation has been adopted by the County Board of Supervisors. A person so charged could choose to attend a session similar to the highly successful traffic school and avoid paying a fine. Persons who have not yet ponied up the fee might want to investigate this alternative.
Season’s Greenings
The Flower Capital’s holiday parade Dec. 5 will have a “Season’s Greenings” theme. Parks & Recreation Department is now seeking entries of floats, bands and marching groups. And the question you might ask is will Santa be wearing a green suit?
Pre-Thanksgiving Day doin’
The highly popular band The Encores will provide the music for a “Giving Thanks” social dance Nov. 20 at the Encinitas Senior Center from 2 to 4 p.m. A modest $4 admission tab will include refreshments and lavish intermission raffle. More info is available by calling (760) 943-2250.
More parking?
The Surfside City’s Department of Planning & Community Development is contemplating reducing the southbound lane on Camino del Mar, between l5th & 12th streets, to one lane to provide additional diagonal parking and as a traffic calming measure. Sidewalks and streets also will be repaired.
Events schedule
Lots happening at the fairgrounds starting Nov. 26 with the 15th annual Holiday of Lights featuring more than 400 animated scenes. New this year — a Holiday Hayride on Friday nights — Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec.18. Surfside Race Place will be offering an exciting calendar of thoroughbred racing events from tracks throughout the country including Hollywood Park.
Oceanside High School has inducted nine former grads into its three-year-old Hall of Fame including Herb Gabriel, Edward Fisher, Michelle Bray Davis, Gilbert Nares, Chris Chambliss, Janice Tait Schultz, John Daley, Ray Raub and Alda Maureen Nancillas … C’bad is reporting a 19 percent decline in sales tax revenue … No vote yet on the controversial fishing restrictions off the Southland coast that includes the local area … State Supreme Court has declined to rule on the “clothing optional” sunbathing law on beaches meaning you can still get pinched if local jurisdictions so dictate … Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has been accredited by the National Thoroughbred Assn. of Safety & Integrity Alliance … Flower Capital electeds have delayed to publicly review alleged Chamber of Commerce financial irregularities related to the operation of the tax-supported Visitor Center … Encinitans can dispose of electrical waste items at Solana Recycling Center, 137 N. El Camino Real, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. until noon … Alleged corruption in the Cal Highway Patrol Dept. remains unresolved … Men’s Fashion Depot in the Harbor City is offering a $50 cash rebate on old clunker suits whether torn or spotted when traded in for new threads.
Hasta la Vista