Opinion

  • July 6: Letters to the editor

    When the San Diego County Water Authority filed its initial rate case lawsuit in 2010 against the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, we knew it would be a marathon. Seven years later, we passed another important marker in the long-running litigation when a June...

  • Feb. 10 and Feb. 2 Letters to the Editor

    Feb. 10 Letters: Yes, there is global warming In response to Robert Westcott’s uninformed letter last week, global warming is a fact that can no longer be disputed. The average temperature of the earth has increased over the past 50 years at the fastest rate in recorded history. That fact is well...

  • Letter to the Editor: SDUHSD Board decisions

    SDUHSD board decisions: Our children should always be the first priority I read with interest the recent article regarding trustees John Salazar and Maureen “Mo” Muir. As we come upon the November election, the power of democracy will play a large role in shaping our board and the future direction...

  • Farewell letter from SDUHSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt

    Dear Friends, It is with both a sense of sadness and excitement that I bid farewell to our San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) community to accept the position of Superintendent in San Ramon. As I’m sure many of you are aware, I have worked very hard over the past 13 years to support...

  • Letter: Has Del Mar moved to Encinitas?

    I just came across an article about a few individuals who live in Sandlewood who are suing the city of Encinitas. The reason for this is that a couple who live in Pacific Serena, on Rosebay, have gotten a building permit to put on a second story and will in some small way, block their vast view...

  • Letter: Schools should focus on education

    Did anyone in Encinitas who voted for Proposition P back in 2010 imagine that the EUSD would borrow and spend millions to try to convert a vacant lot into a farm? Prop P was funding for much-needed infrastructure repair and capital improvement. My student has been in the district for five years...

  • Letter: Compassionate computing in schools

    Here at The Grauer School, it seems every year we have more conversations about how ubiquitous cellphone technology is becoming. We debate if it’s addictive. We talk about what students, teachers and parents should do. We ramp up the policy or decline to. We’d much rather teach “discretion” and...

  • Letter: Cardiff Kook Run and copyright infringement

    Last month, the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce sued the organizers of the Cardiff Kook Run for copyright infringement. The organizers of the Cardiff Kook Run used the Cardiff Kook statue as the centerpiece for their marketing and had done so for years. The Kook is a copyrighted work, and the rights...

  • Letter: Encinitas Historical Society holding photo contest

    During that horrific wind and rainstorm the weekend of Jan. 23 and 24, I lost a childhood “friend.” Planted in 1883, the main cypress on the Derby House property — which I grew up admiring for literally my whole life — succumbed to the brutal wind. Thankfully, no one was hurt and the only damage...

  • Letter: Make it easier to legalize auxiliary units

    According to state law every residential property owner has a right to create an auxiliary unit on or in their land if there is space, yet current Encinitas regulations and codes make it nearly impossible to do so. Individuals have pleaded for consideration for years, but the bureaucracy has been...

  • Letter: I support the Welcoming Communities Initiative

    I support the Welcoming Communities Initiative Last week, as I watched the city council discuss the Welcoming Community topic, the saying...“Be the change you wish to see in the world” came to mind. Right now tolerance and compassion seem to be in short supply in many parts of the world, including...

  • Letter: All council members strive to be fiscally responsible

    In a letter to the editor, a resident accused me of a double standard in not considering repair and replacement expenses for a rail crossing in Cardiff, while voting against artificial turf at Leo Mullen sports park for reasons he assumed were the absence of budgeting for repair and replacement....

  • Letter: Where is the leadership?

    In November 2014, Encinitas elected its first Mayor, Kristin Gaspar. Her campaign for the position stressed her fiscal responsibility and leadership. Over the past year, I have observed Mayor Gaspar at City Council meetings, albeit as they are broadcast on TV. It appears to me that Mayor Gaspar...

  • Letter: Safer pedestrian paths to schools

    Traffic around Encinitas schools is a dangerous problem. I live adjacent to the Paul Ecke Central school and the traffic in the morning is crazy as parents jockey to drop off their children and rush off to the day’s activities. The school has done an amazing and admirable job of coordinating the...

  • Letter: Will there be a lottery at SDA this year?

    San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) school selection has begun. Will there be a lottery for San Dieguito Academy (SDA) this year? Will students living within a mile of SDA get in? Stakes are high for many families as parents fear that their kid will be displaced from their friends...

  • Letter: Hypocrisy on the Encinitas City Council?

    This is a tale of two projects approved by the Encinitas City Council. The first is the Coastal Rail Trail (CRT) approved on May 20, 2015 and eagerly championed by Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer. This approval was followed by an add-on project to construct an at-grade railroad crossing at Montgomery...

  • Letter: Just love this small dirt trail in Cardiff

    This letter is in to response to Mike Verdu’s letter to the editor on Feb 5, 2016 in support of the Rail Trail. Mike stated that the current dirt rail trail from Cardiff to Encinitas was unsafe, unaccessible, unpleasant for walkers, runners and cyclists. I have been running this dirt trail from...

  • Letter: Beautiful pedestrian path ruined by smell of urine

    As a longtime resident of Encinitas and active walker I forgot the reason that I hadn't for some time walked the spectacular pedestrian path along the coast highway between south Encinitas and Cardiff. Unfortunately, it didn't take long for me to be reminded as I strolled south along the path....

  • Letter: A plan that went off the rails

    The Coastal Rail Trail project is not new; it was originally envisioned in the late 1980s. Several prior councils recognized the negative impacts this project would have on our coastal community and, as a result, did not support it. While some have focused on the limited benefits of this project,...

  • Letter: The rail trail — a community benefit

    Encinitas City Council members Kristin Gaspar and Mark Muir recently went on the record about why they voted against the Cardiff Rail Trail (they were on the other side of the 3-2 vote). I am compelled to respond to their inaccuracies and scare tactics. First of all, Gaspar and Muir sound like...

  • Letter: 13 percent water rate increase

    Without apparent concern or empathy for their constituents, Encinitas City Councilpersons, sitting as the San Dieguito Water District Board, on Jan. 20, 2016 approved a whopping, two-year 13 percent residential water rate increase. Worse, they did so without appropriate public input or exploring...

  • Letter: Real affordable housing

    The City of Encinitas has, since incorporation, failed to conduct a comprehensive housing inventory; therefore, up to 1,000 illegal dwelling units go uncounted. As a result of faulty information, the State Housing and Community Development Office and the San Diego Association of Governments have...

  • Letter: Encinitas should adopt local drone ordinance

    By Encinitas standards, Christmas Day was blustery. Winds were 15 miles per hour, gusting to 20. By any standard, a bad day to fly a drone. But that didn’t stop some from trying. Two drones showed up at Cardiff Sports Park, and one crashed three times because of gusty winds. The drone pilot then...

  • Letter to the editor: Find the best way to deal with noisy neighbors

    When you live in an apartment community, sharing is everything. Residents usually share amenities like parking, swimming pools, laundry rooms and gym equipment, not to mention those shared walls, walkways and stairwells. Being so close to your neighbors has its benefits, but sometimes it has its...

  • Letter/Opinion: School board should postpone pay increase vote

    Today (Dec. 7) I requested from San Dieguito Union High School Board President Beth Hergesheimer a postponement of the vote for the across-the board 12.5 percent pay increase for all San Dieguito Union High School District employees, which the school board will be having this Thursday, Dec. 10,...

  • Education Matters: More questions than answers

    Education Matters: More questions than answers

    Late last Friday it was revealed that the San Dieguito Union High School District’s Board of Trustees would be voting to accept an agreement with its teachers union (the San Dieguito Faculty Association — SDFA) this Thursday night, Dec. 10, at its regular board meeting. Although the agreement calls...

  • Letter to the editor: Questionable Business Practices?

    On Nov. 11, 2015, the Encinitas City Council approved a $521,650 contract (more correctly $573,766 with contingency) for construction plans, environmental documents, and State approval for an at-grade RR crossing at Montgomery Dr. (11/16/15 Encinitas Advocate article, “Encinitas council OKs contract...

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