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Rant with Randi: Part 2: Do something that scares you

Randi Crawford

I left you wondering whether or not our Baltimore trip was the “experience of a lifetime” or a “hot mess,” and a lot of you emailed me “hot mess.” Thank you for the vote of confidence. So here’s how it really went down. I decided to find someone who could help us get around. I went into survival mode people. I emailed a lacrosse dad from the OC, and I asked him for his help. Yes, I felt like a complete idiot, but it was necessary if I wanted my son to get to any of these fields. He emailed me back and said that it would be fine.

May Del Mar Mayor’s Message

Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu

Over the past few months, the City Council has been discussing, analyzing, and planning for a new City Hall/Civic Center. A new City Hall/Civic Center will be one of the City’s largest capital projects and will serve residents for decades to come. Therefore, it is important to me and the City Council that we seek and listen to community input during all aspects of this project.

Del Mar Council needs to take a second look at in-lieu parking program

Del Mar should immediately halt the in-lieu parking program. It was ill conceived and harms the community. The program was created by the City Council to enable commercial properties to expand without having to provide the required onsite parking. It allows property owners to pay a fee for each additional required space that cannot be provided onsite. This fee is supposed to go towards building a downtown parking structure where those additional cars could theoretically park.

The dream of a Del Mar commons lives

The English name for public land held in common where villages hold events for the community is called “commons.” In a recent letter to the editor, Jacqueline Winterer asked, “Is that dream dead?” The answer is, “No.” The Leeger/Watkins plan for a community center is exactly that. A plan organized around outdoor courtyards and plazas serve as a public gathering place.

In-lieu parking permits — why would council not want to hear appeal?

Last week the Del Mar City Council voted not to hear my appeal of the Planning Director issuing 17 in-lieu parking permits for $17,000/year, without providing 17 actual parking spaces!

They didn’t want to hear the appeal, which pointed out that the director should have required the issuance of 10 more permits, for $10,000/year more, based on showing that the applicant had miscalculated the number required for Bull Taco to open in that location, and spaces counted that were not permitted, per the California Supreme Court!

Taking aim at Alzheimer’s disease

Dave Roberts

The Board of Supervisors has taken aim at Alzheimer’s disease.

The County of San Diego is the region’s largest provider of public health services, and by a 5-0 vote earlier this month, my colleagues and I agreed to confront Alzheimer’s disease, one of the region’s leading health issues.

Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and I brought forward legislation to launch the Alzheimer’s Project.

Rant with Randi: Do something that scares you

Randi Crawford

This might sound crazy to some people, but if you are anything like me, and you have absolutely no sense of direction, you might relate. If you are one of those people who understand when someone is giving you directions, and they tell you to go “East” off the freeway, and you know what that means, then you definitely will not get me.

Open letter: Thank you, Mayor Faulconer

Dave Roberts

Thank you for your letter of Friday. I couldn’t be happier that you have budgeted $254,000 for the 2014-15 fiscal year to pay for an additional year of San Diego’s membership in the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority. I am confident that the city’s annual investment in this regional asset will pay great dividends for many, many generations.

Join our campaign to fight the bite

Dave Roberts

The county’s Vector Control Program is digging in to fight the bite. And we need your help.

A countywide campaign to kill mosquitoes is in full force. Our arsenal includes helicopters, mobile phones, tiny fish and chickens. Our infantry includes anyone at risk of a mosquito bite. That’s more than 3.5 million of us.

Spring cleaning? Dispose of unused prescription drugs

Dave Roberts

On April 26, at locations across the county, authorities are making it easy for people to responsibly dispose of unused prescription drugs.

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