Homes in Encinitas / Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle

The city of Oceanside has North County’s second largest homeless population (after Escondido). And as of this week, it’s gearing up for its first homeless shelter.

To bring this much-needed resource to life, the city and The San Diego Rescue Mission had to come together in a rare confluence of energy, money and opportunity.

Till now, homeless prevention orgs would have to send folks out of city to get a bed and such services. Now, there’s promise that one of the region’s most populous cities could have a stable, 24-hour place to house the unhoused.

Voice of San Diego North County reporter, Tigist Layne, joined hosts Andrew Keatts and Andrea Lopez-Villafaña this week to talk about how this solution came together and what it means for the region.

A Tale as Old as Time

Encinitas was in hot water this week for flouting housing law.

It’s a bit complicated, but here’s the gist: Last year, the city rejected a housing project. That violated state law. The attorney general issued a warning to the city, saying they broke the law and they must approve the project. Or else.

The “or else” part of that is pretty unclear right now. Layne, along with Keatts and Lopez-Villafaña, discuss the city’s thorny housing history and what the state would actually do to Encinitas — or any of the many California cities that aren’t complying with housing laws.

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  1. March 17, 2022
    Daniel Smiechowski was born on Christmas Eve 1953 to an Italian Mother born in France and Polish Father. Daniel’s mother lived on the shores of Normandy during D Day 1944 where she met his father a WWII veteran. Daniel has visited France at least 33 times and has worked with veteran’s organizations in District 2 representing the United States as a journalist in Colleville sur Mer and Le Havre, France. He attended the 75th ceremony of D Day at Omaha Beach along with President Trump, former Secretary of State John Kerry and many other notables. There is no question that Daniel is the most diverse candidate to ever run for San Diego City Council. As a little boy living in Brittany, he played in abandoned German bunkers on the Atlantic Wall. He has lived in New York and Milwaukee before coming to San Diego in 1967 with his parents. Daniel has been both a private and public-school teacher, a real estate sales person, landlord, movie extra, model, lifeguard, caregiver and became an Ironman triathlete in 1983 with his endurance compound in Borrego Springs and Jacumba Hot Springs. He also is a former big wave surfer around the world, organized ice hockey player, golfer, basketball and baseball player plus long-distance swimmer who spoke to Point Loma’s Florence Chadwick on occasion. Daniel graduated from SDSU with a degree in French and Linguistics and also holds degrees in Real Estate and Sociology. Daniel attended the Sorbonne in Paris, France. His post graduate work in Education was at United States International University. He has served as Clairemont Town Council’s public safety chairperson as well as many years on the Clairemont Community Planning Group. He is the only candidate besides the incumbent to speak at the City Council for three months straight.

    My fellow citizens, four years ago I ran for this same seat and warned you of the consequences in electing disingenuous, untruthful candidates who rise in power by way of prostituted campaign cash and their important cronies. This is immoral, unethical and just plain wrong. Why do you continue to vote on a false narrative without regard for truth and responsibility? This in part is why I am running again, in order to instill independent and honest governance. The Ash Street fiasco, the vendor ordinance, so-called granny flats, scooters and short-term vacation rentals must be addressed in truth by conscientious honesty. I will not tell you what you want to hear. I will tell you what you ought to hear. I may lose the election by telling the truth but I will win conscientiously. The perception of a winning top tier candidate ought to be predicated on their desire to lose an election by telling voters the truth before they are elected not subsequent. You are duty bound to vote fairly and without prejudice as per false descriptions candidates put forth in a phony popularity contest.

    What are the major issues in this election?
    There exist a host of major issues in this election including private property rights, so-called granny flats, out of control rogue scooters, public safety, regulating vendors, a new Ocean Beach Pier, undue taxation, fixing third world streets and infrastructure, a bleeding liability fund, childcare, senior centers plus my unique proposal for a children’s advisory group to the City Council. Children tell the truth. But transcending these material public policy issues is the overall responsibility and issue of voters to decern that money and endorsements alone do no allow for the best candidate. A final word that Measure E which will ultimately come to fruition has my strongest support. Let’s redevelop the Midway area and bring back the NBA and even NHL to San Diego.

    Why are you the best candidate for the job?
    I have open communication with my District and a community voting record on affordable housing, parks and recreation, zoning and setbacks, contractor compliance, SANDAG, eliminating all scooters NOW! The desire of my constituents is my heartfelt and moral responsibility. But fundamentally, it’s all about the preceding discourse in character traits which define me as a candidate.

  2. Daniel Joseph Smiechowski: Spamming the Voice is not an effective way to get votes nor your message out. What currently defines you as a candidate is your spamming!

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