Letters to the Editor: Aug. 31, 2012

Don’t mess with Crest 

At the west end of Birmingham we have shopping, restaurants and a traffic light.

At the east end of Birmingham we have country with birds, animals and lovely trees. Encinitas is unique in having two such different areas just a few blocks apart.

Please don’t mess with Crest.


Irene Kratzer,



In support of food trucks

I wish to express my enthusiasm for the food trucks at the Black Sheep on Friday evenings. It is different and delicious, just what Encinitas needs!

So to the disgruntled restaurant owners who stand off to the side in a huddle observing, if you can’t share the wealth for one day a week for three hours, and, if you in any way hinder the progress of this wonderful event, I shall not patronize any of your downtown restaurants! There are many who agree.

See you Friday evening, 6 to 9 p.m. for a fun and delicious time!

Diane Burton,



Displaying disdain for district voters, Tri-City Healthcare Directors

Coulter, Anderson and Reno chose to strip other elected directors of their power to approve annual hospital audits.

These Directors realized that district residents might respond by choosing not to re-elect incumbents. They cynically postponed the effective date until after their presumptive re-election.

These Directors considered that placing this year’s audit on the consent agenda might result in a public firestorm. They shrewdly shelved this scheme.

These directors should’ve focused on providing quality care instead of scheming. Then they wouldn’t face seasoned public servants, running to refocus the hospital on its mission statement.

Your votes electing your representatives shouldn’t be negated by Directors’ machinations. Come alongside thousands of your fellow residents voting to replace the Tri-City Healthcare District incumbents in the November election.


Randy Horton,

Board Member,

Tri-City Healthcare District


Not compatible

Another section of the proposed Village Specific Plan, which is contrary to the adopted Community Plan, is the allowance of 140 residential units in the downtown commercial zone. There are only approximately 42 properties in the C-Zone.

The Community Plan Goal 3 (E), on page 57 states “Encourage and facilitate provision of lower cost housing for low and moderate income households.” It goes on, in item 2, to state where that housing should be — “Implement a floor area bonus provision to encourage private owners to provide low-income rental units in the R2, RM-East, RM-West, RM Central Zones.” It says nothing about the R1-10, Industrial, or Commercial Zones! So, why provide bonuses to put it in a zone that is completely incompatible with housing?

Provision for low-income housing is a mandate from the State, but our adopted CP tells us where it should be, if we’re going to provide it, and it is not the C-Zone. In my opinion, housing is really not compatible with the primary uses of commerce in a small neighborhood village. There is a conflict with parking, children, loud noises of residential life, etc.

This is another section of the Village Specific Plan, which is contrary to our adopted CP, and should therefore be voted “NO” on in November.

Ralph Peck,

Del Mar


Contradiction in terms

A “new kind of funky” is a contradiction in terms. We can improve our cherished neighborhoods, including our “funky” business community, by enforcing reduced speed limits, enhancing the canopy, while honoring Leucadians’ widely expressed desires to be left alone. After reading through all of Anton Gerschler’s many words reminiscing about his personal history and promoting his lawfirm, we get to his statement: “Don’t blame poor emergency response times on the Streetscape plan. Blame that one on the Leucadia community . . .”

Are you kidding me? Do you know if Encinitas were not to do the streetscam as planned, and didn’t undertake any of the remaining underground pedestrian “bridges,” north of the one being installed at Santa Fe Road, we’d have $30 million or more to actually underground the train. Once all the money is drained into giving a few, with interests on the west side of North 101, big benefits at the expense of increased cut-through traffic speeding through our neighborhoods, and slower emergency response times, there would never be an opportunity to underground the train. I don’t agree “that ship has sailed.” It’s still feasible, if we eliminate projects that most businesses and the general public don’t support!

Gerschler’s disrespectful commentary puts down longtime residents and business owners, whom he describes as “21st century deniers” and “recalcitrant merchants.” Moreover, Leucadians never “turned down” an opportunity to underground the train! We were never given that option!

In all his 1,568 rambling words, personal recollections and self-promotion, Gerschler never actually addresses neighbors’ concerns about further slowing already subpar emergency response times, or our real worries about gridlock, increased cut-through traffic, concerns about the safety of beachgoers, pedestrians, bicyclists, dog walkers, people pushing baby strollers, along Neptune and side-streets west of north Highway 101, and children in a school zone on Vulcan.

Lynn Marr,



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