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What's in Your Trashcan?
Ed Kravitz March 17, 2014 at 11:09 pm
Thanks for an informative and objective overview of the trash situation Tom. How are the trash ratesRead More these days and how many increases have been approved for EDCO by City Council in recent years. Maybe if Imperial Beach collected it's own trash the recycled materials could pay off some of the City's Bond Debt? Competitive bidding on services from law enforcement to city attorneys would be prudent. Over-use of consultants has been rampant for years. If staff can't do the work...Hire more staff or fire staff that's responsible and can't perform before you hire more consultants. Many of us are skeptical about just what these consultants actually produce as work product for those big bucks on the warrant register. Same goes for the city attorney who's retainer is over $2k a week + massive bills for questionable or confidential legal services. Just why is the city involved in so much litigation? Any settlements are almost always confidential. I think it would be interesting to learn why they loose lawsuits against them frequently? The good part is that a homeless person can make enough to buy a burger if he wants to dumpster dive. It's just a little creepy having people going through your personal refuse.
Dante Pamintuan March 18, 2014 at 07:33 am
I confronted someone going through my recycle bins. They were not looking for food or bottles orRead More cans. They were looking for personal information such as social security numbers, Credit card numbers and banking info. Identity theft and fraudulent credit card applications are a big problem for people who do not take precautions.
Kay Kardian-Porter March 18, 2014 at 07:47 am
Is that newsworthy? Trash is trash if anyone is that stupid to put private papers out in the trashRead More knowing that it is pilfered through and not taking the precaution to protect ones private stuff well that is how it is today. Oh do not forget the Internet and how many people are robbed. Let's pick on the issues of what is more important.
Historic Home Still Standing on 10th Street
Ed Sorrels February 23, 2014 at 03:19 pm
I was in the alley debate from the first day back in the day, and Ed K. is right they lied, Well notRead More lied say misrepresented the thing from the first day, What would be paved, how much it would cost, how much it would cost extra to pave up to a garage or house. This was brought up at aropund last election time when a citizen spread gravel in his alley and the city was going to fine him or hang him by his thumb's to make an example so that other folk's didnt spread gravel in their alleys. I volenteered to help on it but was never contacted by I think it was Pat that they were thinking about it again. They already spent a bunch of Re=development money on the last try, Why do it aagain ? This is nut's !
Ed Kravitz February 23, 2014 at 05:11 pm
The council discussion on the streaming video seems to indicate that staff will prioritize whichRead More ones get done first by a set of criteria that determines which are most needy first. The fact that there was no mention of citizens' additional financial participation other than those who wished to contribute some of their own money could move higher up on the priority list. It sounds like they are going to embark on this project and use tax money for it rather than charge everyone a second time with an assessment district. I am surprised nobody has sued to have their taxes pro-rated since they don't have a paved street on alley front yards? It's very over-due...but a good thing. Perhaps it's an issue they don't want to raise it's ugly head around elections next year? They also talked about street lighting and how to prioritize who might get new street lighting first. Crime and Traffic Accidents will be key things that are considered. Glad to see an active community discussion underway. Don't be timid folks. We all want to hear what you are thinking.
Ed Kravitz February 25, 2014 at 05:12 pm
The new alley rules might also allow some under-utilized alleys be incorporated into developments asRead More was done with Ocean Lane at the Beach Club Condos (example). Or an alley that is not being used at all for rear access might be deeded back to the property owners and increase their back yard size. There may be issues with utility easements but it's all interesting discussion.
The Port Is On The Hook For Parking !
Ed Kravitz November 21, 2013 at 05:55 pm
Copied and pasted from the Port Master Plan Imperial Beach Tidelands Section. Parking FacilitiesRead More The District has purchased and developed a landscaped surface parking lot of about 0.5 acres in area, located on the northeast corner of Elkwood and Seacoast Drive to provide replacement off-street parking to serve the municipal pier. Ultimate development of the parking area could involve a parking structure with commercial uses on the ground level. The use category shown on the Precise Plan is Commercial Recreation. The parking facility may provide space for patrons of the proposed restaurant on the pier saddle as well as public users of the beach, Pier Plaza, and the Pier. The District and City of Imperial Beach will perform a cooperative peak parking demand and supply monitoring study for five years following the completion of Pier Plaza redevelopment, and will annually meet to confer with the California Coastal Commission to review its findings and recommendations. In the event that additional parking demand from projects implemented as a result of the Port Master Plan is identified by the monitoring program, the Port will provide appropriate mitigation for it. Thank You !
Does This Make Sense? It's Your Money!
JOhn October 6, 2013 at 06:13 pm
I do not agree with selling the land for just 213,000.00. However what other options do we have? OneRead More you sell for that price and the property gets developed and we start generating tax revenue from the property. Another option is you try sell it for market value and it sits vacant for a couple of more years. The developers know they have the city by the balls which makes it impossible to negotiate a fair price. I say just sell it and get it developed. We need to move on what is done is done. Make your voices heard the next election.
Ed Kravitz October 8, 2013 at 07:11 am
The document says Sudberry can sell any of the parcels anytime he wants and only has to give a smallRead More % to the Successor Agency. What's to keep him from subdividing and selling? OH! It's already subdivided? How convenient! It also says Sudberry can pull out whenever he wants to! Is the city so desperate they have to pay for everything to get a qualified contractor to develop? There are at least two others interested that feel that they were excluded from the process by former Redevelopment Director Jerry Selby. It would be nice to see a true transparent process and an adjudicated newspaper that would print agendas prior to meetings like a real newspaper should. Boycott the Eagle Times. It's not IB's newspaper and they do a dis-service by not posting public notices in a timely manner....to the extent that their official adjudicated status should be challenged and revoked!
R Keen October 8, 2013 at 11:11 am
John, such a sale will typically have requirements, such as construction to commence within aRead More certain period, budget for construction has to be over X$, and the zoning stipulates the type of development that will go there. This is simply a lack of transparency and a total giveaway. This is totally outrageous, the taxpayers of our town could have received substantially more for the lot. This is just awful what the officials responsible have done. Sad.
I read it in the Union Tribune so it must be true?
Ed Kravitz October 29, 2013 at 06:24 am
Nowhere in this story does it mention the $11.2 Million that was spent to buy the property or howRead More much it cost to litigate and relocate all the displaced grass roots business's that were doing just fine and producing real tax revenue instead of an empty lot for 3+ years? Throw in another $480,000 or so for demolition, hazardous waste removal, ground cover and fencing at $27 a linear foot. Multiple employees from Redevelopment Director Selby, Code Enforcement David Garcias and Greg Wade and Gary Brown all got half their salaries or more from the RDA. It took them 10 years to clear the lot to the way it is now.That's a lot of money spent to destroy the heart of the business community for big box development...and now they sell it for the price of a shack in Imperial Beach. What's wrong with this picture. I know some other property owners that want to know the name of the property appraisers, because they could save lots on their tax bills if he would re-appraise their property. By the standards of this deal...the average house in Imperial Beach would now be worth about $8.50 ! Something else is looming regarding the proposed grading issues and a Caltrans Flood Plain and how raising the grade will make adjacent neighborhoods the new flood plain in the event of flooding. Neighbors are concerned they will not be able to get FEMA flood insurance or even have their homes taken by eminent domain. If they would put it back like it was at the same grade, it might not be tied up in court for the next 10 years. An extra lift pump station means nothing in an emergency event when power is usually off anyway. The proposed grading plan is D.O.A. and you can expect adjacent neighborhoods to stop the developer from raising the elevation higher than it is now. Ed Kravitz --------------------------------------------------------------- $213,000 for 4.75-acres of prime commercial land in southern California - less than one mile from the beach... is a really good deal for the 'selected' developer. Not sure why this article fails to mention the state's letter to the city - which denied and chastised the city for the original deal of $1... Now it's a buy-sell agreement - it really should go out to bid, again, considering the first time in 08/09 the RFP was... greatly flawed! Marcus Boyd
Ed Kravitz October 29, 2013 at 06:45 am
Let's see....Taxpayers pay 100% for starters. Then they sell it for pennies on the dollar to aRead More developer...and when he sells it again...they get a whole 1.5% of the money! Wow! What a deal? Do you think less than 2% return on investment is a good deal? This thing is already in the red from the loss of sales tax revenue for the last 3 years. Then fence cost $27 a linear foot! It's a money pit!
SUCCESSOR AGENCY  ADVISORY MEETING
Tom Summers September 26, 2013 at 10:45 am
Well, you were there, Ed. Thank you for that. This issue of non-attendance by the publicRead More underscores, to me at least, the absolute need for a recorded live feed. People need to be able to listen (and look) in during these sessions, and we need to be able to review them, after the fact, and /or see them later. So, what was voted on or decided? Did we get screwed again, or did the can get kicked down the road...again? Thanks. Tom Summers.
Ed Kravitz September 27, 2013 at 06:43 pm
Dear Tom, As is usually the case; IF IT'S ON THE AGENDA...IT PROBABLY GETS RUBBER STAMPED YES. IRead More photographed the agenda and I believe it is posted on the City's website....They voted yes on the actions outline in the Agenda. I wonder if these un-elected officials get paid for serving on the RDA Successor Agency and I also wonder how Mayda Winter became chairperson and Greg Wade seemed to be telling everyone what they were going to do? Makes me nervous to have un-elected officials voting on matters that will affect the finances and debts of Imperial Beach for years to come. The RDA may be gone...but Libi was right....THE SUCCESSOR AGENCY IS THE RDA ON STEROIDS. Not much has changed...Their intentions are still the same and they are intent on getting their MAD MONEY back from the State Dept of Finance that had been seized! FILM AT 11:00 !
Serge Dedina September 30, 2013 at 05:54 pm
Ed--Thanks for reporting. I think that the more you refrain from personal attacks and stick to theRead More issues, the more impact you will have and the more productive engagement you will have with city staff and the more possibility of change.
Attorney Lyon & Gary Brown
Robin Clegg September 7, 2013 at 08:26 am
I remember hearing that this Attorney is paid a lot of money over a years time and have oftenRead More wondered if the City would be better served by having a staff Attorney that is paid an annual salary?
Pop Quiz September 2, 2013 at 04:51 pm
What is the last thing this council did to benefit or enhance the lives of the residents? 1) PalmRead More Ave (more dangerous and more pollution) 2) Hotel (Millions spent, Nothing so far) 3) Sand replenishment (ruined homes and surf) 4) 9th & Palm (dirt field) 5) Traffic circle 9th & Donax (dangerous, wasteful and unneeded) 6) 13 st. reduction to one lane (wasteful and unneeded) 7) Corner hemorrhoids reducing beach parking (dangerous) 8) Killed Sand castles 9) Killed fire works 10) Killed parade can't wait to see what they have planned next.....
Pop Quiz September 2, 2013 at 05:16 pm
11) Little League & Soft ball players sold out
Ed Kravitz September 3, 2013 at 10:59 am
And the public continues to allow them to make decisions and spend money? Most everyone is pastRead More denial by now...except the Mayor, Council and Staff. If investigating agencies don't have the stomach to hold these officials responsible.........it's long overdue for the citizens to take their city back....and there isn't much time left. Probably most of the scheduled dirty-work will be law before the next election. What are you going to do? What are your neighbors willing to do? If you live here....It's got to be worth it. It's your pocket book...If not now....paying the bill in the future.
Pick Up After Your Dog Or Win A Prize ?
miss michele... August 6, 2013 at 05:09 pm
This looks this is from the condos by the beach...bsd lazy owners!!!
luisa August 19, 2013 at 04:31 pm
Mr Kravitz,why did you include the sentence about Dr McCoy? It has no reference to your story?
Ed Kravitz August 19, 2013 at 05:19 pm
There have been some folks complaining that I don't even live here and I should shut up. Perhaps Dr.Read More McCoy is close enough to a certain political action committee and married to a former City Councilwoman, etc....that perhaps the nay sayers and doubters might believe him that I actually exist. He walked right past me and made eye contact. I was there surveying the dog walkers for the dog poop story. Dr. McCoys walk took place shortly after the 10 gallons of poop were removed by a private citizen. I presume that during his walk he also surveyed the ammount of dog poop along the trail since he was briskly traversing the trail. Perhaps he would like to comment about what dog poop he saw on the trail. If there was any left or if it all got picked up? Maybe even a little piece about what kinds of parasites and weird foods were eaten and whether or not he could see coyote scat out there. He is a veterianarian and very close to the refuge and SWIA. It would be nice to hear what they are doing about the dog poo . The post with the poo bags is a great start. I was actually qute please to see how many dog owners are thoughtful and take care of their dog's business. I salute them. If the "SAINT" CAN FIND !0 GALLONS OF POOP from I.B. Blvd south on Seacoast....IT'S STILL TOO MUCH. Who else isn't picking uip the poo? Comment and send your pictures. Thanks to all the good dog owners and spread the word.
Proposed Seacoast Inn Signage On Plans
cynthia ellen hites August 7, 2013 at 11:56 am
I've lived on south seacoast on and off for 10 years - I, for one, DID like the Seacoast Inn logoRead More & name and was disappointed with the corporate feel and large presence of the new structure. I think it's a reasonable conclusion that they made the name change to shake a stigma --- locals and locals' guests are going to be the ones using it & i think the coordinators of the project should have considered the feelings and suggestions of such a small community. They could have at least considered letting the citizens vote on a new name - such a hulking yellow thing... Not to mention poooooor ole sandcastle inn. Asta lavista
Ed Kravitz August 7, 2013 at 11:57 am
Thanks to the folks who have real stuff to say and no thanks to the folks who are doing all the nameRead More calling. You can flag as inappropriate anyone who makes derogatory comments about private citizens. You can "OUT" them too! Some of you know who these fake name writers are who hide behind their annanimity so they can be rude with impunity.If the only fault you can find with my writing is a spelling mistake here and there....then at least you understand the content. Did it make you think. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you face to face and see if you are as rude in person as you are on your computer terminal. Save your insults for your wife or yourself.
Nancy Croisant October 17, 2013 at 07:04 pm
I am very excited about the advent of the new hotel and restaurant. I love the new name and theRead More energy this hotel will bring to our great IB community. It might change our beach but only to make it better and better.
Vanimaniac August 6, 2013 at 06:48 am
Aww. The Priced Rite Pet Shop was one of my favorite places to go since I was a child. TheRead More demolition of the building forced the owner into retirement. :(
MTS Bus that almost sideswiped me at Palm and Rainbow Westbound Sunday around 1:00 PM
Dennis Lepak July 2, 2013 at 11:00 am
The photo actually shows a safer portion of the route as it has a designated bike lane unlike theRead More westbound lanes just east of Rainbow.
Elizabeth Smith July 2, 2013 at 01:33 pm
Dennis, you're right, of course. The redesigned Palm Ave is not safe for either bikes or cars inRead More that area. The fact that people *think* it is a good place to ride their bike makes it even more dangerous.
Ed Kravitz July 3, 2013 at 08:58 pm
I had a camera on the seat next to me and took the photo just after the guy almost ran me into theRead More median. I was just driving in my lane and thought he was driving in his....Too bad he ran out of lane and had to take mine by brute force. I took the photo just after the incident but still driving westbound.
COUNCIL WATCHDOG
Fayette (Davis) Driskell July 16, 2013 at 04:34 pm
well, thank you..you make a dent in mine too with your honesty & telling it like it is..keep upRead More the great job..
Ed Kravitz July 17, 2013 at 08:49 am
It has been brought to my attention that pages 274 and 275 in the support document package for theRead More agenda contain some figures which are blatantly false. It has been questioned whether Hank Levine from Public Works is trying to build a case for overstated maintenance costs on items that are not correctly portrayed in his spread sheets. Is this a simple error or planned fraudulent misrepresentation of the facts? One glaring item is in regards to fence and bleachers alleged to have been built by the City. That land was deeded over in 1993 so saying those ammenities were put there by the city in 1978 is blatantly false! Haven't had a chance to hold any of the other numbers up to the light of day yet but this will be part of the city's argument to do the sports park deal with the YMCA because they want to say all this money will be needed in the future....most of which is not really needed. How long does a fence last? 10 years? 30 years? How come City Employees are doing the Eagle Scouts Project under Hank Levine on Saturdays? Is there a liability issue having 18 year old un-insured scouts working on City Property...or do the real Public Works Employees just want to come work on Saturday's when the Code Inspectors are not out?
Fayette (Davis) Driskell July 17, 2013 at 11:07 am
ahhhh..wooo-raaay..you are still on the throne!!!!! and..I don't mean the porcelain one either. :)Read More ...sounds like the city maintenance dept. is hiding in the bushes..maybe the inspectors need to be "compelled" to make a surprise visit..on a Sat.!!..or..get your camera out & take pix to "hand deliver".....the Scouts are doing community service???..whatever it is, I bet I recognize a gentleman that will figure it out!! :)
The Run-Around Continues
Ed Kravitz July 14, 2013 at 01:30 pm
The reason people may not know any better is because the two adjudicated newspapers do not informRead More the public prior to civic actions taking place. In fact they provide cover and assist in obscuring and obfuscating the truth from the public. If I raise a question in an effort to get people to ask themselves a few questions or discuss it with their neighbors....that's not wrong. It's not like I'm fanning the flames of racism or hatred. I am asking people to quit being sheep and actually question the validity of the actions their elected officials make in near secrecy. So tell everyone your whole name and tell us how and why you are a cheerleader for maintaining the status quo? Do you work for the City or any of their consulting firms? You really love everything they do without question? You should throw the first stone!
Pop Quiz July 16, 2013 at 02:28 pm
Q: who has the right of way in a traffic circle? A; no one knows so they just run into each other.
Fayette (Davis) Driskell July 21, 2013 at 08:35 pm
Ed, I so agree regarding the newspaper there in IB..for years I subscribed to the Eagles/Times..theRead More only news I got was about the happenings in Coronado..I questioned them..hmmm. never did get any answers, but kept getting Coronado news..then..I found you & this site...I'm a happy camper again, I get to know what is & what is not happening in my lil' ole hometown...thank you..for your time, energy, honesty, patience, & guts to open cans of worms..
Captain "Wrong-Way" Jim Janney Sinks Imperial Beach !
Tom Summers July 11, 2013 at 03:01 pm
So, as I understand the Grand Jury findings, and requirements, the City Manager, the Mayor, and theRead More City Council have until 26 August to respond. Is that correct? I'm assuming that by then, these people will be forthright enough to affix their signatures to their responses. And then, they have until the end of the Calendar Year to implement the accounting changes. Of course, none of the above, whether done or not, will change the reality of us, as a city, still owing over a hundred million dollars. Is that right? Help me out here folks. I'm still trying to get the big picture here after being overseas for the last couple years. Thanks.
Ed Kravitz July 11, 2013 at 03:24 pm
Most People in town don't realize the reality you just described Tom. The local newspapers haveRead More burried it and most of the litigation and strategy has been closed session. Anyone who's been to the Grand Jury has been ADMONISHED and can't legally discuss details. I can't wait to hear their answers...especially after reading the official reply in the Eagle Times! SHAUDENFRUEIDA ?
Fayette (Davis) Driskell July 14, 2013 at 07:52 pm
Ed, I do hope you keep up on this ..reeeeel close..:)....its a shame that the ones we put our trustRead More in to run our cities, get so money hungry they would screw their own family just to get a dollar...not to say of the thousands they steal from those who put them in their chair..we had this same problem in a little town here in MO..(Grain Valley)..when the Jackson Co. courts got involved, it sure didn't take long for seats to vacate!!..retirement, quit, & ran..the mayor drew unemployment for months, no one would hire him..they sold their home & left the area..sure hope he didn't move to the southern west coast...:)..Grain Valley is up & running again, ALL new blood in all offices, even to the trash dept...new businesses, home sales up, tax money being used for city use, etc..but..it has taken nearly 12 yrs to get there..