Have you heard about that plan for a mall at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad? There’s a special election to decide its fate next week.

The Union-Tribune received some heated letters on both sides of the debate. Opponents and proponents of Measure A are accusing the other side of running a campaign based on lying to the voters.

Coast News discusses the traffic analysis, which is one of the main issues. They find that many of the intersections around the proposed site will fall below level-of-service goals with or without the project. The developer will be improving the roadways, however, and congestion will be within acceptable limits, according to Carlsbad’s city manager.

Oceanside Wants to Slow the Road, Grow the Neighborhoods

Oceanside has for years had a plan to turn Coast Highway into a more walkable corridor of neighborhoods, and rid the street of … less reputable uses. That could include a road diet all through town, which means removing two lanes of traffic to add bike lanes and adding roundabouts to keep cars moving.

This week, VOSD looks at how in a town with few alternatives to cars for moving people around, residents are worried that the plan for Coast Highway will make it too difficult for anyone to drive to restaurants and beaches.

The city has been undergoing a study to analyze different options – two lanes all the way through, or a combination of two and four lanes – and the City Council is expected to reach a decision in the coming months.

Kern Is Out, Graham Weighs His Options

Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern ended his bid for the 76th District Assembly seat in the wake of Assemblyman Rocky Chavez’s decision to end his own bid for U.S. Senate, and run for re-election.

“I can’t be upset — this is the way the game is played; politics is not fair — but I’m just disappointed that Rocky misled me, that he told he was all the way in and then he bailed out,” Kern told the Seaside Courier.

Phil Graham, the other Republican in the race, said he is taking time to weigh his options.

Also in the News

 Del Mar is set to pass a plastic bag ban. (Times of San Diego) (Disclosure: I work in IT for the Surfrider Foundation, which publicly supported Del Mar’s ban.)

 Carlsbad is perfectly happy to take crap from Vista. (Union-Tribune)

 Del Mar will borrow up to $18 million to build its Civic Center. (Del Mar Times)

 Escondido is being urged to pass a “puppy mill” ban. (Coast News)

 Carlsbad is moving ahead with a public art vision plan. (Union-Tribune)

Ruarri Serpa is a freelance writer in Oceanside. Email him at ruarris@gmail.com and find him on Twitter at @RuarriS.

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