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Point of View: Call ‘85/15’ what it is, and let Carlsbad vote on it

Point of View: Call ‘85/15’ what it is, and let Carlsbad vote on it

Roman S. Koenig

September 6, 2015


Filed under Carlsbad, COLUMNISTS, Point of View, Politics, Region

There is no such thing as a shopping mall in harmony with nature. No matter what slick pseudo-campaign advertising tells you, such development is not in harmony with its environment. Yet that’s what the proponents of Carlsbad’s so-called “85/15 Plan” for the Agua Hedionda Lagoon area want you to ...

Point of View: Housing mandate could doom Encinitas by design

Point of View: Housing mandate could doom Encinitas by design

Roman S. Koenig

February 8, 2015


Filed under Cardiff by the Sea, COLUMNISTS, Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain, Point of View, Politics, Region, San Elijo Hills, San Marcos

“Community character” is a phrase that’s been batted about for months as Encinitas debates the shape of its state-mandated Housing Element, a plan that requires an accounting of how the city is going to accommodate population growth, affordable housing and environmental stewardship. The Enc...

Point of View: Bad crops growing at the ‘like farm’

Roman S. Koenig

November 28, 2014


Filed under Arts, Carlsbad, COLUMNISTS, Media, Point of View, Politics

I’ve never been one for popularity contests. I learned to be suspicious of them long ago in high school when I saw what kind of twits could be elected to student office. But I never really questioned whether I was naive about them. Until now. Late in October, I took part in the Four Points Fi...

Point of View: Principals, principles and politics

Roman S. Koenig

November 7, 2014


Filed under Cardiff by the Sea, COLUMNISTS, Education, Encinitas, K-12, Leucadia, Olivenhain, Point of View

This season’s election netted some interesting results, from the campaign for Encinitas’ first elected mayor to the unseating of a longtime high school board trustee. Are these contests — the mayor’s seat and the San Dieguito Union High School District board — a sign of what’s to come in...

Point of View: Locals in spotlight to revive film commission

Roman S. Koenig

October 3, 2014


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Encinitas, Point of View, Region, San Diego County, Solana Beach, Uncategorized

Our region is in need of a film commission, and thanks to the efforts of some key players on the North Coast, we just might see it go from script to screen. County Supervisor Dave Roberts (a former Solana Beach city councilman) and Encinitas arts Commissioner Francine Filsinger (who serves on the board of directors of San Diego Filmmakers) have joined a growing chorus calling for a sequel to the region’s now-shuttered film commissi...

Point of View: Encinitas and the snob effect

Roman S. Koenig

August 1, 2014


Filed under Cardiff by the Sea, COLUMNISTS, Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain, Point of View

To anyone who has lived in Encinitas more than 20 years, it’s very likely they’ve observed a remarkable change in the culture and attitude of the city. Impatient drivers on El Camino Real who try to replicate the racing moves they see in the commercials for their priceless new car. Local shoppers ...

Point of View: Urban farm tiff has quite a plot

Roman S. Koenig

June 13, 2014


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Encinitas, Point of View

Encinitas’ long, rich history of agriculture has lost out to crops of so-called “McMansions” over the years, but patches of that past tradition continue to hold ground in the city’s urbanized environment. A new movement in urban agriculture stands to revitalize that tradition. Standing in the ...

Point of View: School’s in session this political season

Roman S. Koenig

April 11, 2014


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Encinitas, Point of View

Rocks, sand and a glass container. Encinitas City Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar brought teaching tools and a lesson plan for her portion of the State of the City address on April 4 at the Community Center. With a volunteer from the audience, Gaspar used the rocks, sand and glass to illustrate the i...

Is there a punch line to Encinitas politics?

Roman S. Koenig

June 3, 2013


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Encinitas, Point of View

I first learned that Encinitas politics was nasty business when the punches were thrown. Literally. The realization hit me – figuratively – when I was attending a community business meeting in 2002. Not surprisingly, politics was just as much on the agenda as business. I don’t know what the kerfu...

Would you like fries with your city?

Roman S. Koenig

April 8, 2013


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Encinitas, Point of View

I’m not really clear on our city’s apparent infatuation with fast-food restaurants. Is it part of our larger culture’s obesity epidemic? Is it comfort food to nourish our collective depression? Or have we become “Anytown USA” instead of Encinitas? Unfortunately, “Anytown USA” is the mo...

Will ‘right to vote’ really save the magic?

Roman S. Koenig

March 26, 2013


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Encinitas, Point of View

If you want to find a hint of the North County coast that once was, take a trek up to the Central Coast. Each January, I take a trip to Morro Bay for a college journalism faculty conference. It’s one I look forward to all year, in large part because the small town by the bay reminds me of some cha...

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