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Fights over housing are on the verge of ramping up even more in Encinitas and Del Mar.
Encinitas voters in November have to decide whether to approve the city’s plan to make way for new housing. If they say no, attorney Marco Gonzalez says he’s ready to sue, since such a plan is needed to comply with California law.
And fellow attorney Cory Briggs has issued a letter promising to sue Del Mar if it doesn’t increase the allowable density on a piece of property where the city had previously promised to do just that. Del Mar voters, meanwhile, will decide in November whether to make all major development decisions subject to a popular vote.
Maya Srikrishnan has the details in a new story. It’s the latest step in the ongoing fight by some residents of small, coastal cities to keep out new development.
Gonzalez says he isn’t stopping at Encinitas, though. He’s getting ready to look into the zoning regulations in cities across the county to make sure they increased the density in all the places they’ve promised to in the long-term plans they’re required to file with the state.
Sacramento Report: Maienschein Brings in Big Bucks
With nearly $1.2 million in the bank, local Assemblyman Brian Maienschein has more money for his re-election bid than nearly any other state lawmaker.
This despite his running for re-election in a district that’s seen as pretty safe for the incumbent Republican. But since candidates can roll over unspent money into the next election cycle, it is possible Maienschein is stockpiling cash because he’s got his eyes on another seat in 2018 or 2020.
Nearly a third of Maienschein’s haul came from the health care industry alone.
That’s a report from Grant Oliveira in this week’s issue of the Sacramento Report.
Also this week, the report covers the bad news the state received about its first dog, Sutter Brown, some of the sticky situations the state will need to unpack if voters legalize marijuana and the L.A. Times takes a close look at a the legacy of Gov. Pete Wilson’s pension changes.
VOSD Podcast: Chasing the Money Going to Local Ballot Measures
My friend Joe Yerardi, reporter for inewsource, joined Scott Lewis and me on the podcast this week to look into what the donations to the region’s most contested ballot measures tell us about the coalitions forming for and against them.
It’s splitting up some traditional labor allies on Measure A, SANDAG’s half-cent tax increase for transportation projects, and a motley crew of supporters for the Chargers’ downtown convadium initiative, Measure C.
We also this week went over the contentious fight over the Chargers stadium, with Lewis and I both expressing surprise that the Chargers are still picking fights after winning over Mayor Kevin Faulconer last week.
Op-Ed: Another Word on Those Competing Stadium Studies
Earlier this week, Lisa Halverstadt dissected the competing assumptions within two different economic reports on the Chargers’ downtown convadium plan to get a sense of how they could come to such different conclusions.
Friday, the author of one of those studies, Thomas Hazinski, whose work on behalf of the local hotel industry was much more bearish on the new facilities’ potential benefits – wrote another piece to emphasize why his study is better.
It isn’t just assumptions that separate them, he writes. It’s that the Chargers’ study claims the facility would draw potential new convention customers to town, but doesn’t back up the claim with evidence.
Op-Ed: Make it Easier for Teens to Register to Vote
In another new op-ed, Kacey Caputo argues its time to reform the state’s “pre-voter-registration” process, which lets 16- and 17-year-olds who will be eligible to vote in the next election to register ahead of time.
Despite its intentions, the pre-registration paperwork, Caputo argues, is sufficiently confusing to make teenagers think they aren’t actually eligible to pre-register.
“Sixteen- and 17-year-olds in California who are eligible to pre-register to vote are reading these lines and deciding that they are not eligible to complete the registration form,” he writes.
In Other News
• Irene McCormack, Bob Filner’s former communications director who came forward with her story of sexual harassment, has a message for women victimized by Donald Trump: “Silence is not golden, it is invisible,” she writes in a new op-ed. (Union-Tribune)
• The County Board of Supervisors has a number of decisions in the coming years on major development projects in undeveloped areas. It’s becoming a defining topic in the race to represent the county’s District 3, which covers the northern coastal part of the county. (KPBS)
• Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher emailed Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager to suggest they attack Sen. Marco Rubio on his legislative attendance, according to a trove of emails released by the radical transparency organization Wikileaks. Both times Fletcher ran for mayor, his rivals damaged his campaign considerably by focusing on his assembly attendance. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• More than 15,000 international law enforcement officials are in town for a conference this week, and it turns out they’re being shuttled from the airport using San Diego Police Department cars driven by retired SDPD personnel. A spokesman for the department wouldn’t explain to U-T reporter Jeff McDonald why it was a good use of city resources. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• An act expected to be signed by the president in December could finally make an $87 million, 50-year sand replenishment project a reality for Solana Beach and Encinitas. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Wendy Fry takes a look at the tight race eight-term Rep. Darrell Issa has on his hands from Democratic challenger Doug Applegate. The race has blanketed the district, covering north San Diego County and south Orange County with nasty attack ads. (NBC San Diego)