Eye on the Coast

They felt your pain and took the pay increase

Layoffs continuexx
While some folks were finding pink slips in their envelopes a coppla elected officials said they felt their pain — but took an increased salary. Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister was given a 3 percent increase to $155,480 from $150,945 and Assessor-Recorder Davis Butler received a 4.5 percent increase from $190,569 to $199,139. Members of the board of supervisors opted out of a salary adjustment. Sheriff Bill Gore and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who will be asking for your votes in the June primary, decided to delay a pay increase until July. Dumanis will be eligible to receive $240,730 and Gore $218,104. Both, of course, will have to survive the primary which is highly likely.
Garrick garners top GOP post
Former staffer for President Ronald Reagan and current State Assemblyman Martin Garrick, a longtime Solbeach resident, has been elected GOP Assembly leader. He is the second Solbeach resident to ascend to a higher political position. Former mayor and current Councilman Dave Roberts recently was appointed to serve on the national Advisory Panel for Medicare Education and chairs the area’s Health Policy Team. Garrick and his wife, Jane, have four grown children — two boys and two girls. He is regarded as a hardworking and effective legislator who works both sides of the aisle. In the primary he will be opposed by former mayor and current Deputy Mayor Crystal Crawford of Surfside City.
Jockey Krone featured in flick
The storybook life of retired Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone of C’bad is being recorded in a movie titled “Freak” due for release late this year. It is based on her autobiography “Riding for my Life.” Krone is the only female rider to have won a Triple Crown race — the Belmont Stakes in 1993. She and her husband, Jay Hovdey, ace journalist for the Daily Racing Form, have a 4-year-old daughter Lorelei.
Encinitas way?
Garden Grove School Trustee Dr. Nguyen Lam walked out of a board meeting over an alleged violation of the Brown Act by other members that passed her over for a officer’s position. Folks are askin’ if the deal to skip over Councilwoman Teresa Barth as deputy mayor was cooked up behind closed doors by the council three. That would be a blatant Brown Act violation. Will the mayor explain it at his State of the Whatever address next month?
Hyping tourism
Tourism guru Cami Mattson sez that with the economy showing signs of recovery, folks are beginning to venture out and are concentrating on shorter destinations — North County being one of them. She notes it has plenty to offer at affordable prices. Legoland is expanding, there’s the San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Gardens), surf and pier fishing, and of course the beaches. Mattson has served as president of San Diego North Convention & Tourist Bureau for more than two decades and has been involved in the tourism industry a lot longer.
Sports center
The fairgrounds has firmly established itself as an all-around sports center unlike any other in the Southland. It is the home of the professional San Diego Derby Dolls and San Diego Sockers. It has satellite wagering on horse racing and during the summer has live horse racing that is second to none. There’s also a miniature golf course with a nautical theme and the exhibit halls are used for seminars and sports clinics. Horse shows of international quality are held the year ‘round. Media pro Linda Zweig says attendance at the various events continues to grow.
The census
Folks throughout the county soon will receive a 2010 census survey and the choice is to respond by providing the information requested or have someone come to your door. Field workers are now being recruited. Better Business Bureau warns about phony census takers. ACORN is not involved. You should not provide your social security number, bank or credit card numbers or give a cash donation. More census info is available by contacting www.bbb.org.
Supervisors’ race
Termed-out assembly lady Lori Saldana sez she running in District 4 of the Board of Supervisors. That is Ron Roberts’ area. Another formidable candidate, still a maybe, is Councilwoman Donna Frye. Roberts gambled his political future when he opted to bring back for a second vote the highly controversial Merriam Mountain massive housing development north of Escondido. His colleague Bill Horn, who supports the project, also is expected to receive strong opposition although he has survived bitter competition in previous contests.
Leucadia Streetscape
Lottsa jubilation when the Flower Captial City Council OK’d the Leucadia 101 Streetscape. The challenge now is for Leucadians to keep the project moving ahead unlike the Cardiff-by-the-Sea specific plan that was OK’d in 2001 with equal fanfare and is still stuck in the bureaucracy with a review period deadline scheduled to end Feb. 8. Councilwoman Teresa Barth, who moved to approve the Streetscape plan, suggested to staff that the parts of it that can be done first be included in Phase 1 while there is money in the till.
More people-friendly
One-way streets, wider sidewalks and landscaping have been recommended by consultants retained by O’side electeds to develop a walkable downtown. Roundabouts were discarded early on becuz it was felt there was the possibility of greater traffic congestion. Major streets could become one-way and reduced to two lanes.
North County and San Diego Humane Societies have merged to provide greater resources and to reduce the euthanasia rate … CALPERS (Cal Public Employees’ Retirement System ) has lost a pile of dough through investments and could use a thorough house cleaning of its investors … A $5 million sewer-pumping station at the intersection of Valley Boulevard and Via del Valle in Solbeach, that has been in the works since mid-2008, is nearing completion … Kudos to Lexi Caruthers, a student at Pioneer Elementary in Olivenhain, who collected rocks at the beach, painted them with beautiful art, sold them and donated the proceeds amounting to more than hundred clams to Haiti relief … A part of the Flower Capital community is divided on whether the Women’s Longboard Championships should be held at Swami’s Beach becuz of access, parking and traffic concerns … North County Transit District reports ridership on trains and buses continues downward but is optimistic sunny days are ahead … L.A. has joined some North County cities in axing smoking in al fresco eateries.

Hasta la Vista