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Mayor Catherine Blakespear wrote a great little history of the city's troubled housing plan - which was recently certified by the California Department of Housing and Community Development.
Here's a quick summary with some added color:
After the voters passed Proposition A in 2013, which requires voter approval of any up-zoning, the city tried to pass long term housing plans that would comply with state law in two different elections (Measure T in 2016 and Measure U in 2018). A coalition of special interest groups fought against both plans, running online ads, placing signs around the city, and campaigning against the measures. There was no natural constituency in favor of the plans... and so there was no balancing force against the NIMBY groups. Both measures went down to defeat.
The city was sued because it was out of compliance with state law (which requires that cities create a path for building enough housing - including affordable housing - to provide for future population growth).
The court required the city to suspend Prop A and comply with state law by adopting a housing plan that could be certified by the state. Encinitas submitted Measure U (the second housing plan put in front of voters in 2018). As a condition of approval, the state required Encinitas to pursue city-initiated litigation to establish the limits of Prop A (formally resolving the issue of pre-emption, namely that this local law does not pre-empt state law).
Encinitas found a defendant willing to take the other side of the argument: A special interest group called "Preserve Prop A". This group initially signed up to be the defendant, hoping to make their case in court. However, the group turned tail before the lawsuit got off the ground... so the city dropped them as a defendant and sued the state instead. Preserve Prop A was never served.
The city never sued Preserve Prop A. The city sure as hell didn't sue any residents.
The coda to this whole mess is that Preserve Prop A decided to jump back into the lawsuit recently, making an about-face after their about-face. That little maneuver will simply cost us all more money... because ultimately we are on the hook for the costs.
Catherine Blakespear's much longer and more comprehensive story is at the link below:
Julie Thunder is running for mayor against Catherine Blakespear.
We should all take a hard look at Thunder, because she's not being straight with us.
She claims to be an "independent", taking pains to say that she has no partisan affiliation. This is what she posted on her campaign website:
In a number of online posts, Julie Thunder pushes this theme even farther:
Don't be deceived. The truth is that Julie Thunder is a long-time Republican with strong partisan beliefs and deep party connections, and she's been working to conceal this from Encinitas voters.
Here are the facts:
If all that wasn't enough, Thunder was also endorsed by the Trump-supporting, right-wing Executive Director of the San Diego Gun Owners PAC, who said that the election in Encinitas was "one of the most important races in the county". He also called our current council "ridiculous":
And here is a Facebook post showing Thunder hanging out with Curtis and Morris, the two right-wing activists, at a gathering for the Republican Women of Del Mar (with no masks, apparently):
Julie Thunder is not an independent. She's a hardcore partisan Republican. And that means she's a wolf in sheep's clothing.
Encinitas voters deserve to know where Julie Thunder's loyalties lie. 75% of Encinitas residents care about the partisan affiliation of their candidates for Encinitas Mayor and City Council. Julie should be straight with us.
She should not pretend to be something that she's not.
It makes you wonder what else she's hiding from us.
In sharp contrast to Julie Thunder, Mayor Catherine Blakespear was endorsed by the Democratic Party in the last two election cycles and openly supports other Democratic candidates and causes. She is completely transparent about her partisan affiliation and her actions and her words reflect her values.
Like Julie's political affiliation, this "newsletter" pretends to be one thing while being something else entirely
Julie Thunder and scandal-ridden former City Council member Mark Muir are co-publishers of a newsletter called "The Encintas Current". It is ostensibly a non-partisan source of community news but in truth, it's a platform for partisan politics.
Check out the front page for July, 2020:
All of the features circled in red are political in nature, and specifically emphasize themes of Julie Thunder's campaign for mayor.
She's featured under "Campaign 2020" (yep, that's the co-publisher herself in the upper right).
The article with the innocuous sounding "Downtown 101 lane closures" headline is actually a hatchet job on the current City Council.
The article on bike crashes is a hit piece on the bike lane improvements along Coast Highway south of Cardiff.
And we round out the top features with Alex Riley's announcement for his City Council campaign (he's part of a slate with Julie Thunder and Susan Turney challenging the current mayor and Council).
It's really not cool to pretend to be a community newsletter when the real objective is to score political points and advance the interests of the co-publisher's mayoral campaign. Wow, how cynical!
If all this weren't bad enough, Julie usurped the "Current" name from a legitimate community paper that's been around for years: The "North Coast Current". Once again, designed to deceive.
The editor of the "North Coast Current" is clearly not amused and had this pointed response to Julie's political rag in the form of an editorial in his own paper (excerpt below, full article at the link).
Excerpt from "North Coast Current" editorial about the deliberate confusion between the "North Coast Current" and "The Encinitas Current":
EDITORIAL: Which Current are you reading? Encinitas site stirs election season confusion
Are you reading the North Coast Current or Encinitas Current? Look carefully. Not just at the nameplate, but at the web address. If you thought you were reading one and not the other, beware. It might be by design in this era of murky news outlets, leading to confusion stoked by political parties, bureaucracies, candidates and special interests.
The North Coast Current, an award-winning Encinitas-based news outlet founded 18 years ago, has battled misperceptions about its purpose and content since mayoral candidate Julie Thunder and former Encinitas Councilman Mark Muir founded the Cardiff Current in early 2018.
Given the years it’s taken to build the North Coast Current’s brand, it has every right to defend itself against this potential confusion.
Had Thunder and Muir named their sites “Cardiff Coast News” and “Encinitas Coast News,” would the ownership of the long-established Coast News accept it?
“Our original goal, conceptually, was just to have a community newspaper online and just focus on issues that were important to Cardiff,” Muir told the North Coast Current in 2018.
Thunder said in the same article that she had never heard of the North Coast Current. That claim is inconsistent with her outlet’s statement on the site: “Both Mark and Julie would be the first to say ‘We’re not journalists!’” Why would such a statement be necessary unless they already knew a journalistic enterprise with the Current name already existed, covering the same communities?
Neither explained to the reporter why there was such a similarity in name to the North Coast Current.
What happened, however, was that the Cardiff Current website disappeared not long after Muir’s run for City Council as Cardiff’s representative, a race he lost to Jody Hubbard. Then, in a quick turnaround, the Encinitas Current website appeared, incorporating the content from its earlier version. Within a year, on Jan. 31, Thunder announced her candidacy for Encinitas mayor on the site.
Without more transparency from Thunder or Muir in 2018, when the Cardiff Current first appeared, and the behavior of the sites leading up to election seasons 2018 and 2020, the North Coast Current is left with this impression — that the Cardiff and Encinitas “Currents” are designed to mislead residents into reading political sites as news sites.
Since Thunder announced her candidacy for mayor, the North Coast Current has received notes of congratulations and offers of campaign assistance meant for her.
The [North Coast] Current has been derided for supporting a candidate it has nothing to do with.
Thunder supporters have attempted to post free political advertising on the North Coast Current’s social media sites.
Thunder’s Encinitas Current posted an almost exact screen capture from a City Council meeting — labeled “Campaign 2020” — included in a Jan. 23 North Coast Current news story about her candidacy.
The Cardiff School District incorrectly referred to a North Coast Current news report as one from the Encinitas Current.
The [North Coast] Current would prefer to give Thunder and Muir the benefit of the doubt, but a recent trend in politics makes that more challenging.
This is a pretty scathing editorial. And just to rub it in, "The North Coast Current" put their front page side right next to "The Encinitas Current" front page (below). Ummm... yeah. It's confusing. And that's no accident... it appears to be quite deliberate.
The link to the full "North Coast Current" editorial is below:
The Mayor recently updated her website to include a great summary of her record and her positions on the issues.
She's running on a strong record of leadership - with several notable accomplishments. In her words:
The City of Encinitas is financially stable, one of the safest places to live in the county and deeply committed to environmental stewardship. In the four years that I’ve been your mayor, we’ve made substantial investments in our community’s public spaces, including the creation of a Coastal Rail Trail, a quiet railroad crossing, more sand and dunes on the beaches, and road connectivity improvements throughout the city.
Follow the link below to see the whole thing: