How they voted, Dec. 19 – The San Diego Union-Tribune

CITY COUNCILS

CARLSBAD

The Carlsbad City Council met in special session Monday to discuss, with Sommer Kehrli, Ph.D., of The Centre for Organization Effectiveness, how to begin the process of developing a City Council Strategic Plan. A strategic plan will establish a common vision to help align policies and operations with the community’s values and needs. The council met in closed session Tuesday to discuss litigation. In open session, the council introduced an ordinance to establish no-parking zones from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on both sides of Armada Drive between Palomar Airport Road and Legoland Drive; and finalized an ordinance regarding the parking of oversized vehicles. The council held a hearing and approved permits for a 35,855-square-foot, four-story, mixed-use building at 3039 Jefferson St. The council also approved four new positions for state-mandated organics, recycling and food recovery programs.

DEL MAR

The Del Mar City Council met in closed session Monday to discuss litigation. Interim City Manager Ashley Jones was appointed as city manager. In open session, the council heard a presentation from San Diego Gas & Electric on the Del Mar Reconfiguration Project, which includes installation of one mile of underground line in Via de la Valle, and undergrounding some lines. The council gave final approval to an ordinance revising consumer water demand requirements to meet recent state and county actions. A hearing was held on a resolution for the 6th Cycle Housing Element to add revisions required by the state Department of Housing and Community Development. The council approved the resolution with some modifications. Mayor Terry Gaasterland ended her term, and the council selected Dwight Worden as its 2022 mayor and Tracy Martinez as deputy mayor. The council approved a revised parking ordinance that relaxes parking standards for retail, personal service and restaurant uses, and allows an exemption for restaurants to operate an accessory food or beverage cart on private property.

ENCINITAS

The Encinitas City Council met in special closed session Monday to discuss litigation and personnel. The council also met Wednesday in closed session to discuss personnel. In open session, the council discussed the expiration of the order allowing temporary outdoor dining and what changes to city policy might be made. The council directed staff to proceed with several options, including extending the waiver of parking requirements and extending the allowance of alcohol service outdoors and on sidewalks. Limits on new outdoor dining areas were not favored. The options will return in the form of interim solutions and transition policies. The council also approved adopting an urgency ordinance and changing city code to align with Senate Bill 9, which allows lot splits and two-unit homes on single-family lots. Staff will develop objective zoning, subdivision and design standards for SB9.

ESCONDIDO

The Escondido City Council met in closed session Wednesday to discuss property negotiations. In open session, the council approved issuing $68 million in revenue bonds by the California Municipal Finance Authority to buy and renovate Heritage Park Escondido at 2549 E. Valley Pkwy. The council discussed amending an ordinance to increase the salary for council members and the mayor up to 5 percent per year, effective when city officials elected in 2022 are sworn in. The proposal failed, 2-3. The council also heard an update from its Revenue Measure Subcommittee.

OCEANSIDE

The Oceanside City Council met in closed session Wednesday to discuss labor negotiations, litigation and property negotiations. In open session, the council held several public hearings, including one appealing the Planning Commission’s decision to allow a four-story development of 54 condominium units and 3,244 square feet of ground floor commercial space at 1602 S. Coast Highway. The council voted 3-2 to affirm the Planning Commission’s decision to allow the project. The council also directed staff to study a possible dog beach location.

SAN MARCOS

The San Marcos City Council met Tuesday for its second hearing on redistricting, including public input on redrawing trustee district boundaries. Information is available at https://bit.ly/3GU9vcQ or by searching for “redistricting” at the city website, https://www.san-marcos.net/home. San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan presented information on the establishment of the North Family Justice Center in San Marcos. The center is a branch of the San Diego Family Justice Center in San Diego, which provides legal, medical, mental health therapy (children and families) and social services to victims of domestic violence. The council approved an urgency ordinance and changing city code to align with Senate Bill 9, which allows lot splits and two-unit homes on single-family lots. At Mayor Rebecca Jones’s initiative, the council discussed and agreed, 3-2, to support a citizens’ initiative on local land use decisions proposed for the November 2022 ballot. The council approved, 4-1, naming the trail around Discovery Lake “Gratitude Trail” in memory of Aris Keshishian.

SOLANA BEACH

The Solana Beach City Council met Wednesday for a staff report and its first public hearing on redistricting. The council approved a schedule for further hearings. The council also gave final approval to the landscape plan for the Solana 101 Project.

VISTA

The Vista City Council met in closed session Tuesday to discuss litigation. In open session, the council heard a report from Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath (District 76), who updated the council on $9.1 million in funding for local funding priorities she worked to secure as part of a package of budget bills. Five million dollars will go to replace the Old Taylor Street Fire Station, $3.5 million will go to the Civic Center Solar Project, and $600,000 will go to Brengle Terrace Park Well. The council held a public hearing to discuss redistricting. The council approved an ordinance regulating live entertainment at restaurants and bars.

SCHOOL DISTRICTS

BONSALL

The Bonsall Unified School District met Wednesday and elected Larissa Anderson as president. The board met in closed session to discuss property negotiations, litigation and personnel. In open session, the board approved the district’s spending plan for $410,995 in Educator Effectiveness block grant funds, and approved its first interim budget report. A resolution was approved to cut $825,000 from the budget in 2022-23 and in 2023-24 if the district’s fiscal conditions don’t improve. The board also agreed to continue virtual meetings.

CARDIFF

The Cardiff School District board met Tuesday and elected Rhea Stewart as president. The board reviewed and approved its first interim budget report and gave final approval to its Educator Effectiveness Block Grant spending plan. A closed session followed to discuss litigation.

CARLSBAD

The Carlsbad Unified School District board met Wednesday and elected Elisa Williamson as president and Ray Pearson as vice president. A closed session followed. The board then met in open session for a report by Cooperative Strategies, which presented a demographic analysis showing the need to readjust district boundaries. The board revised and approved updated procedures for public participation at board meetings, approved continuing virtual meetings, and approved the spending plan for $2.3 million in Educator Effectiveness block grant funds.

DEL MAR

The Del Mar Union School District board met Wednesday and elected Erica Halpern as president. The board went into closed session to discuss litigation and labor negotiations. In open session, the board heard a report on the Amplify Science program that was implemented during the 2021-2022 school year. The board also heard reports on school facilities, including the Del Mar Heights School Rebuild, Pacific Sky School, the Del Mar Hills Academy Modernization, and other district projects.

ENCINITAS

The Encinitas Union School District board met Tuesday and elected new officers: Marla Strich as president and Marlon Taylor as vice president. The board heard a report from Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School, and updates on communications and social media to ensure better community communications. The board approved the district’s plans for spending $1.18 million in Educator Effectiveness block grant funds, certified its first interim financial report for 2021-22, and approved a one-time offer of early retirement incentives to certificated employees and to employees 58 or 59 years old. The board also approved continuing to meet virtually.

ESCONDIDO

The Escondido Union School District board met Tuesday and elected Georgine Tomasi as president and Mark Olson as vice president. The board also met in closed session to discuss litigation and personnel. The board appointed Shannon Wrzeski as assistant principal to a school that will be assigned later, and Trishauna Pulos as assistant principal of Bear Valley Middle School. The first interim budget report was reviewed and approved. The Amplify Science curriculum for grades 6-8 was approved, and the district’s spending plan for $4.1 million in Educator Effectiveness block grant funds was approved.

The Escondido Union High School District board met in special session Tuesday for a presentation on the Educator Effectiveness block grant spending plan. In closed session Tuesday to discuss litigation and student discipline. In open session, Christi Knight was elected board president and Jon Petersen as vice president. The board also approved its 2021-22 first interim budget report, and approved the spending plan for $4.1 million in Educator Effectiveness block grant funds. A six-year contract for the Amplify Science curriculum for grades 6-8 was approved.

FALLBROOK

The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District board met Monday and elected Suzanne Lundin as president and Susan Liebes as vice president. The board heard a presentation on redistricting; approved the spending plan for $1.35 million in Educator Effectiveness block grant funds; and agreed to continue virtual meetings.

The Fallbrook Union High School District board met in closed session Monday to discuss litigation and labor negotiations. In open session, the board elected Eddie Jones as president and Diane Summers as vice president. The board approved benefits increases of $500 to $1,500 for Service Employee International Union Local 221 members; and agreements with the Fallbrook High School Teachers Association and with the unrepresented employees for increases of 3.5 percent retroactive to July 1, 2021. The board also approved its first interim budget report, and approved the spending plan for $517,706 in Educator Effectiveness block grant funds. The board also scheduled a special workshop for Friday.

OCEANSIDE

The Oceanside Unified School District board met in closed session Tuesday to discuss personnel and litigation. The board held a hearing and approved the district’s spending plan for $3.9 million in Educator Effectiveness block grant funds. The board elected Dr. Stacy Begin as president and Raquel Alvarez as vice president. In other business, the board heard reports on its Community School program. The board approved the sale of the Pacifica property to MLC Land Holdings Inc. (“Meritage”) for $15.8 million. The board also chose an offer of $16 million from Van Daele Homes, for the Garrison Elementary property. A public hearing was held on rebalancing the trustee district maps because of population shifts.

POWAY

The Poway Unified School District board met in closed session Thursday and appointed Frank Issa as the district’s new director of risk management. The board also elected T.J. Zane as president and Dr. Darshana Patel as vice president. The board approved 4 percent raises effective July 1, 2021, for Poway Federation of Teachers members, the Poway School Employees Association, the Association of Poway School Managers, associate superintendents, and the superintendent. The board also approved a 4 percent increase for its members. Board members’ compensation has stayed at $750 per month for 25 years.

RAMONA

The Ramona Unified School District board met in closed session Tuesday to discuss personnel and labor negotiations. In regular session, the board approved the district’s spending plan for $1.26 million in Educator Effectiveness block grants, and its first interim budget report. The board also approved a resolution denouncing the National and the California School Board Associations’ actions related to community members’ free speech in public meetings. Daryn Drum was elected board president and Bob Stoody was elected vice president/clerk.

SAN DIEGUITO

The San Dieguito Union High School District board met in closed session Tuesday to discuss personnel, labor negotiations and litigation. In open session, the board elected Maureen “Mo” Muir as president and Michael Allman as vice president. The board agreed to continue meeting virtually for another 30 days, and approved the district’s spending plan for $2.3 million in Educator Effectiveness block grant funds. The board also met in special closed session Thursday to consider student discipline.

SAN MARCOS

The San Marcos Unified School District board met in closed session Tuesday to discuss personnel and labor negotiations. In open session, the board elected Stacy Carlson as president and Sydney Kerr as vice president. The board reviewed and certified its first interim budget report. The board approved a resolution committing to make budget cuts of $15.5 million by 2022-23, if required, to achieve the minimum 3 percent reserve required in the next two fiscal years. The board also heard a report on its adult transition program, which is designed for students without a high school diploma who also have special needs. Todd Marquet was announced as the new assistant principal at Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary School. The board also agreed to support statewide advocacy that calls for a net solar energy metering structure that will allow school districts that have installed solar to continue to realize savings. The board opposes a proposal from the California Investor Owned Utilities to the California Public Utilities Commission.

SAN PASQUAL

The San Pasqual Union School District board met for an organizational session Tuesday and elected Angie Baker as president and Matthew Zdunich as vice president. The board also met in closed session to discuss litigation and labor negotiations. In open session, the board reviewed and approved its first interim budget report, and approved the district’s spending plan for $130,671 in Educator Effectiveness block grant funds.

SOLANA BEACH

The Solana Beach School District board met in closed session Thursday to discuss labor negotiations. The board elected Vicki King as president and Debra Schade as vice president. In open session, the board approved the district’s spending plan for $860,000 in Educator Effectiveness block grant funds. The board also approved a 2.5 percent 2021-22 pay increase for supervisory and classified employees, and for managers. The board also agreed to continue meeting virtually.

VALLECITOS/RAINBOW

The Vallecitos School District board met Tuesday to review and approve its first interim budget report for 2021-22, and to approve the district’s spending plan for $66,255 in Educator Effectiveness block grant funds. The board elected Michael Darnley as president and Dr. Martin Kurland as vice president. A closed session followed to discuss litigation and labor negotiations. The board agreed to meet Friday to approve a tentative collective bargaining agreement with the Vallecitos Educators Association.

VALLEY CENTER-PAUMA

The Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District board met in closed session Wednesday to discuss litigation and personnel. In open session, the board elected Craig Adams as president and Julie Stroh as vice president. The board heard a presentation on the 2020 Census data on the Trustee Area population balance, and the next steps it must take to readjust district boundaries. The district spending plan for $874,712 in Educator Effectiveness block grant funds was approved, as was the district’s first interim budget report. A public hearing was held and the district gave final approval to its Indian Policies and Procedures report for 2022-23.

VISTA

The Vista Unified School District board met in closed session Tuesday to discuss litigation, labor negotiations and personnel. In open session, the board approved its first interim budget report; its spending plan for $5.1 million in Educator Effectiveness block grant funds; tentative contract agreements with the Vista Teachers Association; and continued virtual meetings through January 2022. The board also heard updates on its Community School program and its Measure LL bond projects. Cipriano Vargas was elected board president and Debbie Morton was elected vice president.