How they voted, Nov. 20: Escondido OKs higher waste disposal rates; Vista approves Camino Largo development

CITY COUNCILS

CARLSBAD

The Carlsbad City Council met in closed session Tuesday to discuss litigation. In open session, the council introduced a proposal to reduce the speed limit along parts of Cadencia Street and Gateway Road. The council voted to direct staff to drop efforts to include the site known as Lot 11 to relocate San Diego Gas & Electric’s North Coast Service Center, and to return to the council for further direction.

DEL MAR

The Del Mar City Council met Monday to discuss SANDAG bluff stabilization improvements from 15th Street south to Carmel Valley Road. The council approved the next phase of bluff stabilization work, which will protect the bluffside railroad tracks until they can be relocated. The council also heard a presentation on the Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project. The council set fees for use of credit cards, debit cards and electronic funds transfer to pay for fees, services and other balances owed to the city. The council postponed to Dec. 5 a review of plans to transition to in-person public meetings.

ENCINITAS

The Encinitas City Council met Wednesday to discuss safety and mobility enhancements on La Costa Avenue. The council directed staff to move forward on a four-way stop at La Costa Avenue and Sheridan Road. The council approved an agreement with San Diego County and the county Sheriff’s Department to place five fixed license-plate reader cameras from Reckor Inc. The council approved adding a Homeless Solutions Manager to the Development Services Department. on city traffic signals, and the formation of a one-year community task force to evaluate the city’s infrastructure and opportunities for funding.

ESCONDIDO

The Escondido City Council met in closed session Wednesday to discuss labor negotiations. In open session, the council reviewed and approved annual rate adjustments for Escondido Disposal Inc. for the city’s residential and solid waste recycling. EDI’s rate will increase by 8 percent, which means a residential increase of roughly $2.20 monthly and a $10 increase for commercial pickup. The council also approved having the city manager review and set parking restrictions at municipally owned lots.

OCEANSIDE

The Oceanside City Council met in closed session Wednesday to discuss litigation and property negotiations. In open session, the council approved an ordinance correcting omissions to the Local Coastal Program suggested by the California Coastal Commission. The council also approved receipt of a $12,200 grant from the California State Library to launch the “Uke Can Do It” program to teach people about music and how to play the ukulele.

POWAY

The Poway City Council met Tuesday to review and approve an permit amendment to allow expansion of a veterinary clinic at 14861 Pomerado Road. The council also approved a consultant agreement for operational analysis and fee study of the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. A closed session followed to discuss property negotiations.

VISTA

The Vista City Council met in closed session Tuesday to discuss litigation. In open session, the council held a hearing and approved rezoning for the proposed Camino Largo development of 46 homes at 2123 Camino Largo. The council asked that a U-turn be redesigned at the site. The council also heard a fourth-quarter financial report.

SCHOOL DISTRICTS

BONSALL

The Bonsall Unified School District board met in closed session Wednesday to discuss personnel and litigation. In open session, the board heard an update on the Bonsall Forward Initiative, which is aiming to increase the number of BUSD students in college and in STEM careers. A tentative contract with the Bonsall Teachers Association was approved.

CARDIFF

The Cardiff School District board met Nov. 10 and approved renewal of the superintendent’s contract through 2025-2026. The board also recognized retiring trustees Dave Clark and Siena Randall. A closed session followed to discuss litigation and labor negotiations.

CARLSBAD

The Carlsbad Unified School District board met in closed session Wednesday to discuss litigation and student discipline. In open session, the board approved reorganizing Pupil Services to serve a nearly 40 percent increase in student needs. The board also accepted opening contract proposals with the Carlsbad Unified Teachers Association and with Laborers International Union of North America Local 777. The board approved a conflict of interest policy.

ENCINITAS

The Encinitas Union School District board met in closed session Tuesday to discuss litigation. In open session, the board heard an update on the district’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports for students for 2022-23.

ESCONDIDO

The Escondido Union School District board met in closed session Thursday to discuss student discipline and litigation. In open session, the board approved entering a contract with Willdan Energy Solutions to design, install, operate and maintain a solar photovoltaic system. The district would pay $26.7 million over the course of 20 years. Overall, energy savings in the amount of $48.4 million are anticipated over the term of the solar contracts.

FALLBROOK

The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District board held a special meeting on Friday. Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Cindi Martin was named interim superintendent, effective Dec. 1. The board also approved a tentative contract agreement with the Fallbrook Elementary Teachers Association.

OCEANSIDE

The Oceanside Unified School District board met in closed session Tuesday to discuss property negotiations and labor negotiations. In open session, the board reviewed and approved the sale of the remainder of the Garrison Elementary School property. The offer was from the True Life Companies for $17.5 million.

POWAY

The Poway Unified School District board met Nov. 10 in closed session to discuss litigation. In open session, the board heard and approved proposals to and from the Poway School Employees Association Units I and II. The board also approved the Expanding Learning Opportunities Program guide and expenditure plan, which will fund after-school and summer school enrichment programs for children in grades TK-6. The board also approved the Learning Recovery Emergency Block Grant expenditure plan to improve students’ learning recovery.

RAMONA

The Ramona Unified School District board met in closed session Nov. 10 to discuss litigation, labor negotiations and student discipline. In open session, the board heard a presentation on plans for the Extended Learning Opportunity Program, which will provide after-school services. The board also heard a report and discussed the ad-hoc History-Social Studies committee that will review materials to be used in teaching. The board heard and approved initial contract proposals to and from the Ramona Teachers Association and the California School Employees Association Chapter 733. Board Vice President and Clerk Bob Stoody was recognized for 20 years of service to the students and community.

SAN DIEGUITO

The San Dieguito Union High School District board met in closed session Thursday to discuss labor negotiations. In open session, with only three members present, a motion failed in an effort to appoint an interim associate superintendent of Business Services to replace Tina Douglas, the interim superintendent. Efforts to approve a one-time off-schedule payment of $3,000 for management and executive management employees as well as a financial disclosure certifying that the district can meet its financial obligations under the proposed contract agreement also failed. The board also heard a presentation on student assessment scores.

SAN PASQUAL

The San Pasqual Union School District board met in closed session Nov. 8 to discuss personnel and litigation. In open session, the board heard reports on and reviewed the district’s special education program and its financial reports.

VALLECITOS/RAINBOW

The Vallecitos School District board met Wednesday and approved its Expanded Learning Opportunities Program plan, which will fund before- and/or after-school activities at Vallecitos Elementary School that focus on developing students’ academic, social, emotional and physical needs and interests. Presentations were also made on the Multi-Tiered System of Supports and various grants.

VALLEY CENTER-PAUMA

The Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District board met in closed session Nov. 10 to discuss labor negotiations, student discipline and litigation. In open session, the board heard a report on the annual Native American Parent/Guardian 2022 Survey. Johnna Jenkins, director of Child Nutrition Services, received an Honorary Merit Award from the California School Nutrition Association.

VISTA

The Vista Unified School District board met in closed session Thursday to discuss labor negotiations and litigation. In open session, the board heard updates on its special education and multilingual programs.

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