Community Commentary

Letting Freedom rant

The extremely long article last week, “Time for a New Kind of Funky,” about Leucadia’s issues tried my patience and was sorely in need of corrections and editing. 

Some of the other recent articles on this subject were informative and well presented.

“Strange” indeed.

Thanks for all the history, but as Anton Gerschler notes, traffic and trains have existed going way back, and the train has been passing through Leucadia long before he moved in. Solana Beach paid to have their tracks lowered. Encinitas could have hired Kiewit to do the same, but chose not to. The city probably would have supported it. Pedestrian walkovers? Is that in the funding? If the beautification plans are paid for, what’s the hold-up? Oh boy, elections are just around the corner.

Funny thing about Leucadia, but not exclusive to it… I’ve been told that many of the funky shops along 101 have been fronts for drug dealing for decades. Probably no truth to it.

Are there no California beach cities that serve as models of workable solutions? I strongly disagree that Interstate 5 needs to be expanded. Wasn’t it Maggie Houlihan who stated that her doctor told her the poor air quality, i.e. particulate matter due mostly to the freeway, contributed to her cancer?

The more closet space I have, the more stuff I accumulate to fill it. Shouldn’t we make better use of the lanes we have?

Surface street traffic problems are best controlled by speed limits and enforcement.

It seems like reducing speed limits would allow all to patronize businesses and enjoy the scenery. And discourage those who don’t need to be there. There’s plenty of room for bikes, walkers and cars. Is Anton suggesting that a noise ordinance be enforced? Good. Hilton Head Island prohibits motorcycles by enforcing a noise ordinance, which would be nice in all parts of our city.

At certain times of the day and year, the island traffic is awful, and painfully slow, but relatively quiet. Much of the island’s design is attributed to the forward-thinking land use planning of a young man named Charles E. Fraser in the ‘50s who convinced the locals that nature, housing, churches and recreation should be top priorities. No billboards, few signs, no high profile buildings and some of the best restaurants and golf courses in the world.

The island is beautiful!

Leucadia has other issues.

Anyone who buys property in a flood zone can hardly blame others. How do you get insurance? A massive culvert system could have been built (by Kiewit) many years ago, but is too expensive now.

An assessment district, organized around the properties adversely affected, is another solution. The mobile home owners will not like that idea. Every house and business should also have cisterns to catch rainwater, helping to prevent all kinds of crap, like pesticides, poop, oil and trash, flowing to the ocean, and preserving precious water for gardens.

Let’s make Leucadia the first plastic-free zone in the state!

Regardless, doesn’t drainage need to be addressed before money is spent on roundabouts and beautification?

Should other property owners foot the bill for Leucadia’s problems? Similarly, referring to a recent letter to the editor, “Help to Save Crest Drive,” should we be paying for the maintenance, protection, and virtual privatization of a long section of one street in the guise of “unique and historic character,” thanks to the lobbying of a small group of residents who have become accustomed to walking in the street? Speed bumps and limits of 15 miles-per-hour. Unlike 101, why would you use this street unless you lived there? Exactly.

There are no schools and no churches, like on neighboring streets.

Are you aware of the volleyball court blocking the south end?

It was the actions of a few corrupt politicians in 1986 when our city was new that created and preserved this anomaly. Hmm.

Are these provincial misguided perspectives worthy of space in my newspaper?

Yes, let freedom rant.

Celia Kiewit is an Encinitas resident


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1 comment

flaire September 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm

If there’s no truth to the rumor that shops along 101 are “drug dealing”, then why do you have to repeat the misinformation? Yes, this is a rant, nothing more, nothing less. Go back to selling your Tupperwear, you.

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