Eye on the Coast

Hungry coyotes stalking small animals

Poodle snatched
Community Connections, the Surfside City’s very active nonprofit organization, has issued an alert to small animal owners. It reports coyotes have become overly aggressive and recently invaded a resident’s backyard and snatched a poodle in the presence of the horrified owners. Residences that border on canyons experience frequent visits from all sort of wildlife including deer. This is not the first report of missing small animals. A resident some time ago was hiking in a canyon and came across a bunch of cat skins.
Time to celebrate?
Cardiffians are wondering if 2010 will be the year they can have a fiesta to celebrate the delivery of their specific plan. Residents who were around in 2001 recall volunteering summer weekends and nights to develop a comprehensive community growth plan to guide sprouting developments. They completed their task in good time. To date nothing for their efforts. How come?
Employees recognized
Veteran employees of the 22nd District Agricultural Association (San Diego County Fair) recently were awarded 20-year pins. The list included Christina Almaraz, Surfside Race Place custodian; Chris Myers, painter in the Operations Department; Willie Bodden, Surfside Race Place Equipment Department; Michael King, Surfside Race Place head custodian; Dennis Page, Surfside Race Place night time employee; Heidi Reinholz, graphic designer in the Exhibits Department; and Mark Anderson, general manager for Premier Services who is lead liaison with the district.
Sports park
A 16-acre, $18.7 million sports complex in Vista adjacent to the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum is projected to be finished in 2010 according to reports. It will include two synthetic turf soccer fields, three baseball diamonds, bleachers, picnic areas, a tot lot, a concession stand, and a location for a future community center.
Adopt-a-Highway spat ends
San Diego Minutemen, who were denied an Adopt-a-Highway sign south of the Border Patrol station in San Onofre in 2008, won a federal court suit and sez the case is closed. The Minutemen based the suit on the constitutional right to free expression and speech. The California Department of Transportation had originally assigned the group a remote stretch on Highway 52 near Santee.
Wildfire night flights
Los Angeles County, which experienced devastating destruction from wildfires this year, wants the U.S. Forest Service to allow fire suppressant aerial equipment to fly at night. Local county residents here recall the loss of lives, homes and property that occurred during the wildfires in the backcountry in past years and were frustrated when equipment was grounded at nightfall. L.A. board of supervisors endorsed the after- dark request.
MiraCosta College headache
Although peace and tranquility has returned at MiraCosta College after months of rancor, it’s back in the news over action taken during the dispute. At issue is payment of a hefty cash award to then-President Victoria Munoz Richart on her departure. This was challenged in court as being in excess of what is allowed.
World Cup of Soccer
Harbor City Councilwomen Donna Frye and Marti Emerald voted against an application to host the World Cup of soccer in 2018 or 2022 but their colleagues decided to go ahead. The gals say the council duzzn’t have a clue about what the venture will eventually cost and are probably right.
Battle predicted
The Governator has nominated State Sen. Abel Maldonado to fill the vacant lieutenant governor’s post. However, the Assembly leadership sez it should remain vacant becuz an appointment now would give that person an unfair advantage to being the incumbent when the post is up for grabs in 2010. Expect a lotta horsetrading to settle the issue.
Community Gardens growing
Temecula is the latest city to allocate additional space for a community garden following in the footsteps of Sun City’s highly popular and expanding community garden project. Temecula’s garden will be behind the Mary Phillips Senior Center where it will benefit the folks who frequent the facility. Meanwhile, shovel ready plans for a community garden in the Flower Capital are in limbo while the council majority dithers over a location.
A reader reports receiving an unsolicited T-shirt in the mail from a nonprofit organization suggesting a contribution. The logo on the shirt had two U.S. flags with the words “Proud American” emblazoned on the front. Well-made and of good quality. The stunner was the “Hecho en Mejico” disclaimer. For folks who are not bilingual it translates to “Made in Mexico.” Question is, does China know it has competition?
Cookie avalanche
St. James Catholic Church deacon Peter Hodsdan, who ministers to prisoners in local lockups, wanted to continue a tradition started several years ago of providing homemade cookies to prisoners. He appealed to parishioners with the only stipulation being they had to be home baked. He needed 100 dozen. As the deadline approached for receiving them they started rolling in … 100 dozen, 200 dozen, 300 dozen and more. All homemade. He was overwhelmed as were the recipients behind bars.
A lawsuit has stymied La Costa Town Center that is already years behind in the development stage … North County Transit drivers and maintenance employees will soon be under management of First Transit outta Ohio as a cost-saving measure … In an effort to beef up its rolls, San Marcos Chamber is offering companies with a single employee knock down membership rate … The Surfside City’s Rachael Platt finished in second place in New York’s Skate America competition and is rated a potential Olympics skater … Former mayor and current council elected Dave Roberts of Solbeach has exited the race for assemblyman in the 50th Congressional District.
Hasta la Vista