The mid-year FBI index crime data results are in! It's bad news. VIOLENT CRIME is up 58% and PROPERTY CRIME is up 17% in Encinitas since 2019. This is in stark contrast to the average 9% DECREASE most of our neighbors in the county experienced. All the while, some Encinitas crimes may not be included in the data. There are examples of crime reports not being disclosed on the www.crimemapping.com site, which the Sheriff's Department cites as the source for Encinitas crime statistics, so the real increase in crime might be even higher. Children have been the targets in some of these crimes. How much is enough? We need leaders who value law enforcement and do not deny reality, especially when it comes to public safety. Here is a look at some of the details of these crimes and their impact in our community.
Encinitas should help take care of Encinitas residents who become homeless. However, Encinitas is not equipped to take on SoCal-at-Large's vagrancy problem. So why did our council tell us the homeless lot, which has cost taxpayers over $500K, would be for Encinitas families living in their cars, then place what amounted to vacancy ads in the SD Tribune? Now the word is out that Encinitas is vagrant-friendly, the homeless lot averages only 55% occupancy, while the council gaslights the public saying there hasn't been an increase in people living on the streets in Encinitas! Let's think about this. Picture what Cottonwood Creek Park, Glen Park, the area around Oggi's and In-n-Out, Pacific View school, Moonlight Beach and other public spaces in Encinitas looked like this time last year. Now look at this.
The Cardiff Cycle Track was created to connect Encinitas' 1.3 mile Cardiff Rail Trail to the 1.7 mile Solana Beach Rail Trail. While a great and well-intentioned idea, it was clear early-on the design is horribly flawed and dangerous. In week 1 there were a half dozen crashes, and concerned cyclists and citizens such as the members of Please Restore Safety in Cardiff have been trying to get the city council to rethink the project and take immediate measures to ensure public safety. However the council has steadfastly stood by the ill-fated project denying the dangers and blaming accidents on user-error. The injury toll is climbing, and here we are 7 months and over 20 accidents later later, yet nothing has been done to make the area safer and at least one injury lawsuit has already been filed against the city.