The Carlsbad City Council met Tuesday in closed session to discuss litigation. In open session, the council introduced an ordinance adding e-bicycles to the city’s bicycle regulations. The ordinance establishes definitions for e-bicycles and other regulated mobility devices, and sets prohibitions on where they can be used. The council gave final approval to the city’s redistricting map. A public hearing was held and the council approved amendments to the city’s inclusionary housing in-lieu fees (fees paid by developers in lieu of building affordable housing in their projects). The council also heard a presentation on an internal audit of the city’s code enforcement program.
The Del Mar City Council met in closed session Monday to discuss litigation. In open session, the council approved a five-year contract with the County of San Diego and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement and traffic services. Total annual cost is roughly $2.7 million for 2022-23. Percent increases are 1 percent for this year and the next, and 3.5 percent for the following three years, which would be about $3.1 million by 2026-27. The council also approved several appointments to city commissions: Arlene Prater, Parks and Recreation; Valerie Dufort-Roy, Daria Flores, Watson Strowbridge and Nilmini Silva-Send, Sustainability Advisory.
The Encinitas City Council met Wednesday for a workshop to discuss the city’s Capital Improvement Program, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funding and other operational programs/initiatives. The council also met in regular session to discuss its new five-year contract with the County of San Diego and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement and traffic services. Total annual cost is roughly $17.4 million for 2022-23. Percent increases are 1 percent for this year and the next, and 3.5 percent for the following three years, which would be roughly $19.5 million by 2026-27. The council approved deferring construction and redesigning the Bishop’s Gate Road roundabout on Segment C of the Leucadia Streetscape Corridor. The city’s parking code was revised to allow private companies to enforce the city’s parking regulations.
The Escondido City Council met Wednesday in closed session to discuss litigation. In open session, the council gave out special awards for exemplary community service to: Maribel Valle, parent liaison at Mission Middle School; Kevin Pressley, volunteer with the Bridge after-school tutoring service; Robert Jenkins, a local housing activist and officer of the North San Diego County NAACP; Estela Chamu, a community volunteer who helps provide medical and housing information; and Laura Hunter, environmental activist. Mayor Paul McNamara gave the State of the City address. He cited several accomplishments, including partnering with other agencies to reduce homelessness; the opening of a new fitness court and new skateboard park; the Spruce Street channel improvement and pedestrian bridge; and paving roads and sidewalks. However, he said, the city is still facing a deficit that can’t be remediated through one-time grants.
The Oceanside City Council met in closed session Wednesday to discuss labor negotiations and personnel. In open session, the council approved a separation agreement and release for City Manager Deanna Lorson. The vote was 3-1-1 with Mayor Esther Sanchez voting no and Councilman Christopher Rodriguez absent. Deputy City Manager Jonathan Borrego was appointed as interim city manager. The council also held a public hearing on its draft 2022-23 annual action plan. The final version of the city’s revised district map was approved.
The San Marcos City Council met Tuesday to approve the final version of its revised district map. The council also gave final approval to ordinances regarding electric bicycles on city trails, and gap funding for affordable housing at Villa Serena II Phase 2 and Mariposa II Phase 2. The council also held a hearing on its proposed community development block grants.
The Solana Beach City Council met in closed session Wednesday to discuss litigation, labor negotiations and property negotiations. The council held its fourth redistricting hearing and approved District Map 202 as its final redistricting map. The council approved a new five-year contract with the County of San Diego and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement and traffic services. Total annual cost is roughly $4.88 million for 2022-23. Percent increases are 1 percent for this year and the next, and 3.5 percent for the following three years, so the cost would be about $5.47 million by 2026-27. Michele Jaffee was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission.
The Vista City Council met Tuesday for several public hearings, including one on revisions to the cannabis business tax which included a mechanism to allow refunds for overpayments, and a way to provide an appeal process. Another hearing was held on the annual community development block grants, for which the council also opened a 30-day public review period. The council approved its 2022-24 goals, which included homelessness and housing, public safety, fiscal responsibility and a cleaner Vista. Appointments to city boards were approved: DeeDee Timmons, Lisa Deju, Anthony (TJ) Crossman, Traci Lawson, Will Burtner, Christine Alvarado and Terry Woods to the CVBID Advisory Board, and Brad Peterson and John Tobey to the Investment Advisory Board.
The Bonsall Unified School District board met in closed session March 16 to discuss labor negotiations and property negotiations. In open session, the board approved its second interim financial report.
The Carlsbad Unified School District board met Wednesday and approved a plan to allow unvaccinated volunteers on campus. The board also decided to return to in-person meetings. A study session was held to review public feedback on the district’s Local Control and Accountability Program. The board also met in special closed session afterward to discuss litigation.
The Del Mar Union School District board met Wednesday for a governance workshop on budgets and visioning.
The Escondido Union School District board met Thursday for a study session on its facilities and its facilities bond program. Two phases of the program ($63 million and $57.1 million) have already been spent on improving or building facilities. The third phase ($17 million) is being used for security cameras and technology updates districtwide, plus shade structures at Bernardo, Conway, Lincoln, and Reidy Creek elementary schools. The district also plans to break ground on a second two-story building at Del Dios Middle School this summer, and two two-story buildings at Mission Middle School early next year. The board approved Thomas Donovan as interim principal for Hidden Valley Middle School.
The Oceanside Unified School District board held a board study session on Tuesday on how to use its Measure W bond funds to upgrade facilities.
The Ramona Unified School District board met Monday and appointed Maya Phillips to the board vacancy caused by the January death of trustee Kim Lasley. Phillips will serve until the November election, which is the end of Lasley’s term.
The San Dieguito Union High School District board canceled its meeting scheduled for Thursday.