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What Are the Real Campaign Issues in our Five Communities?

Encinitas has issues that are shared citywide and issues and concerns that are specific to each community.  Many interlinked issues are rooted in land use decisions that have a rippling effect on quality of life issues and our identities as five distinctive communities.  Residents from each of the five communities share concerns about traffic, high density housing, and safety, but the way they are expressed is different in each community.

Downtown Encinitas
Downtown Encinitas has been changing with more bars setting up shop.  While many point to improved tax revenues that bars bring to the city, those who live downtown are not sure if it is worth it in terms of increased late-night traffic, noise, and crime.  If elected, I will bring to the Council for adoption a “deemed approved” ordinance to bring peace and quiet to our surrounding neighborhoods. The ordinance is ready to go and only Tony Kranz’ NO vote kept it from being adopted. Downtown Encinitas is fast becoming “Pacific Beach North”. We must not let this happen.

Leucadia
Leucadians are concerned about density bonus projects as the community that has been most targeted by this type of construction.  Residents are worried about preserving the bluff entrance into Beacon Beach and are divided over streetscape including the removal of many iconic eucalyptus trees and the proposed introduction of five round-abouts on North 101 within less than a mile of road. If elected, I will listen to the residents on these issues. I will continue to fight Density Bonus Projects that invade our neighborhoods and bring increased noise, traffic and pollution, and destroy our quality of life.

New Encinitas
Residents of New Encinitas remain concerned about traffic on El Camino Real and Encinitas Boulevard and are closely watching the Housing Element Update. There is concern that this area could be targeted again for greater density in the form of out-of-scale mixed-use projects.  If elected, I will put this issue on the Council agenda so we can hear the concerns of our residents and take appropriate action. I vow to oppose any housing element update that allows neighborhoods to be targeted for excessive density and will urge a vote for each community as a separate ballot question.

Cardiff
Cardiff residents remain concerned about traffic impacts and lack of parking when the Encinitas Community Park opens.  Like Leucadia, Cardiff wants to have safe rail crossings.  The Wayside Horn that was planned for the Chesterfield crossing was cancelled due to our Council removing the funding and directing it to the Encinitas Community Park. If elected, I will work to restore the Wayside Horn funding during the budget process. Cardiff is also being targeted for Density Bonus projects which will further gridlock narrow streets and aggravate already insufficient parking.

Olivenhain
Olivenhain is foremost concerned with wildfires and the preservation of Fire Station 6. Olivenhain is located in a high-fire zone and must be protected at any cost.  Also of concern is preservation of the rural community character and Rancho Santa Fe Road traffic. If elected, I will fight to ensure that these community values are protected. Again, Density Bonus projects are completely inappropriate in a high-fire zone with narrow roads and easements.

These are some of the issues that I have heard about while meeting voters during my campaign.  I am interested in communicating with residents and have found that all of us who live here want to protect our Community Character and do not want our Quality of Life to be diminished.

Julie Graboi is an Olivenhain resident and city council candidate

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3 comments

Encinitas4Real October 20, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Julie Graboi gets what Encinitans are about. She has fought against the destructive forces of outside developers and Density Bonus and will stand for you in your neighborhood. She will not turn her back on you like Lisa Shaffer and Tony Kranz have done. Not to mention Barth, who’s the worst. Elect Julie and Sheila if you value your Quality of Life and love Encinitas as it is! They forgot FOR PROP A and know how critical it is. They will not attempt to stack and pack during the General Plan Update and slide it through! They will not allow the Encinitas city staff to hoodwin the residents like the current council does!

Encinitas4Real October 20, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Should read …FOUGHT FOR PROP A…

TellingtheTruth October 20, 2014 at 5:14 pm

I spoke to Ms.Graboi today and was deeply impressed. My family is completely committed to her election and that of Sheila Cameron. Why? BECAUSE THEY TELL THE TRUTH! It was apparent that she really knows what we are seeking with regard to preserving Community Character and Quality of Life. There is no slick sales pitch…she and Sheila are for REAL. We have been sold down the river again and again with campaigns paid for by Out-of-town business interests. I saw a chart at last week’s City Council Meeting: the majority of Gaspar’s political contributions come from OUTSIDE Encinitas! She held one fundraiser at the local bar which has the most complaints against it…while having bar owners contributing to her campaign. Is this REALLY what you choose, Encinitans?

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