The Coast News Group

Letters: June 5, 2009

Editor’s note: In the May 29, 2009 edition, a letter was run that included a personal attack on a letter writer from the previous week. The Coast News has since re-evaluated its letter policy and going forward, letters with personal attacks and name calling will be returned to the writers for revision. We encourage you to stick to the issues. We regret the error.

I say dirt, you say sand
Regarding excessive “sand” being dumped on local beaches and the May 29, 2009, letter by Rodney Scow: while “dirty” may be an opinion, so is mischaracterizing me as propounding “vitriolic ignorance.” Vitriolic is defined as bitterly scathing; caustic. Scow’s criticism of me, personally, is an obvious ploy of someone attempting to distract from the issue of dirt/low silica content /excessive “replenishment” by attacking the messenger
Dirt dumped on our beaches from the Pacific Station garage excavation wasn’t “coarse.” In my May 22, 2009, letter to The Coast News, I described that when I went to Stonesteps with my family “the so-called ‘sand’ was more like dirt, very dark, almost black, and not coarse.” It wasn’t pleasant to sit on, was finer, and clung to us more than sand. Del Mar, as reported by The Coast News, has opted out of SANDAG’s sand replenishment program. Encinitas, also experiencing challenges with declining revenues, would be wise to opt out as well.
The Coast News’ May 29, 2009, article “Beach garners award for sand restoration,” reads like a press release, a puff piece put out by a group of private property owners who expect the city of Encinitas to subsidize expensive bluff top homes by using money from our General Fund to pay for armoring the coastline. Fortunately, The Coast News did report “some residents have taken exception to the replacement material, claiming it is more like dirt than sand, with a low silica content, threatens local flora and fauna and changes the surf breaks because of the amount of material deposited.”
The Coastal Commission has ruled sea walls are to be used in emergency situations. We’re now subjected to excessive “silt” being dumped on our beaches. Construction dirt isn’t coarse. Is Scow affiliated with Big Sand through lobbyist Steve Aceti? Is he another private property owner along unstable bluffs?

Lynn Braun Marr

City only cares about sales tax
Is this the kind of city you want? The General Plan adopted by the citizens calls for a unique, low-key downtown in the village, with maximum two stories and adequate parking.
Well, look around at what’s happening! Our tax hungry city is taking the current “walkable” sidewalks and giving them to the restaurants for a paltry $2/square foot per year, when it should be for per month! The city must not care, as long as they get more sales tax!
And now the sidewalks won’t be “walkable” unless the city does away with a traffic lane to really widen the sidewalks. They already have drawings for what that will look like. The city must not care, as long as they get more sales tax!
And parking? Forget it! All of this new restaurant use surely would require more parking, but the city must not care, as long as they get more sales tax!
A vacant commercial building at 12th Street is already being remodeled for another new restaurant, yet the parking requirements haven’t been met. Where in the residential zone will the patrons park? The city must not care, as long as they get more sales tax!
Let your City Council know if this is the kind of city you want!

Ralph Peck
Del Mar