Poseidon: I would not approve of the plant being build simply because Poseidon has never completed a plant that stayed on line for very long. Since they are building one in Carlsbad we have the perfect opportunity to see how it goes. What’s the true cost of the water and what’s the real damage to the environment and the neighborhood. Poseidon also has not complied with the proper permits. Desalination has been around for years. While the plant in Carlsbad is being build I think the city should investigate other companies and other more modern desalination technologies.
Fixing sidewalks – We need an urgent priority to create an immediate program to systematically fix our sidewalks, Sidewalks are uprooted by trees, alleyways in the older sections are falling apart. We shouldn’t have to wait until you hire one more consultant or build one more building or give a raise to employees, we want it done now. Fixing sidewalks would also go a long way it preventing lawsuits, sec there saving money.
Density– Reduce the density at Bella Terra- Edinger corridor and the Downtown Specific plan back to 2010 levels. Grandfather in current building started and completed, not in planning stage.. Might need to have new specific plans done. . I’ve seen enough.
Downtown– If additional police patrols are the only answer to controlling downtown then Bars must pick up the tab. We get the same 1% sales tax from all business. Many shopping centers like the ones on Beach and Adams or Walmarts brings the city many tax dollars and are rarely a police or neighborhood problem. We have to provide more services than a normal business we need to have them pay. New Business lic by category or surtax on alcohol.
Ban on Bags – Should only have banned plastic bags in all stores, regardless of size. Need to modify ordinance to allow stores to sell paper bags for free or charge , up to them. If I cannot get a majority to agree with me I will put forth an agenda item to put the question on the ballot.
Sports Complex – Like to investigate why our Little League can’t use that for free. We spend 18 Million dollars to build this thing and our children should benefit. The city treats the Sports Complex and the downtown like they are a event management company. Need to review recreation available for our kids.
Senior center – Since the city has now won the law suit it looks like the Senior Center will be build. I would hope that we soon see detail plans and more importantly a real Budget.
Pensions– Police and all employees need to contribute more. Stop hiring more policemen just to control the late night crowds downtown. Solve the cause of the problems rather than just try to contain them.
Parking permits Downtown If the parking permit program is implemented I think all the numbered streets would have to sign off on it. The people I’ve talked to that live in that area do not feel there is enough transparency as to what the status is the parking permit program. If the people on 6th-9th. approve it then the late night partiers will just park on 10th and above. In order to free up some parking so the late night crowd does not park on the residents streets I would like to see the parking lot opposite Zack’s be available for the downtown employees.
Term Limits – Two years and you’re out. I know the argument against this, “We should be able to vote for who we want”. You can’t do that now because the incumbent as an advantage that is rarely overcome. Recycled Council persons just wear thin after to much use, much like recycled bags. They don’t have solutions to the problems because in many cases they created the problem. Downtown is best example of that. The Council planned on a family oriented downtown. That never happened so why trust them now.
Revenue Source – We need to find a different type of revenue for the city, Instead of always relying on tourism.