Captain Taft was hired to lead San Diego County Sheriff’s North Coastal Station around the end of 2018. He talked a big game and stated “I hope to build a relationship of trust and understanding and I am very vested in the community. If anyone has any concerns stop by the station. No issue is too small.”
About the time Captain Taft was hired, the City Council quietly declared an “emergency shelter crisis.” A “Declaration of a shelter crisis” means the duly proclaimed existence of a situation in which a significant number of persons are without the ability to obtain shelter, resulting in a threat to their health and safety. You can check 8698 (d) of California Legilslative Information.
Encinitas didn’t even come close to having a crisis. The 2020 Regional Task Force on Homeless Point in Time Count revealed that we had only 47 unsheltered homeless between Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, and Rancho Santa Fe. That’s 9.7 people “TOTAL” and some had cars. It was the “opposite” of a crisis. A crisis would be similar to the Hepatitis A outbreak in 2017 among the homeless, that’s a real crisis, but this was a scam in the making with lots of players.
Before Encinitas had a chance to figure out what was going on, Leichtag notified the community via Nextdoor. Our city council didn’t tell us anything and who the hell is Leichtag anyway? We didn’t know who Leichtag nor Jewish Family Services was but they put together a marketing campaign before the residents found any details from the City Council. The news was already going viral before we could even figure out what just happened to us.
Dates showing proof marketing was on it’s way before the residents even had a City Council meeting.
The parking lot was passed and we watched our hometown getting marketed to the world to “ATTRACT” homeless, not resolve or reduce. The mayor and the nonprofits didn’t give 2 cents about Encinitas. All they cared about was getting paid and getting Blakespear into the senate. Homeless were pouring in like illegal immigrants and crime was skyrocketing like a NASA space ship. In the first month, Crimemapping.com showed a 27% spike in overall crimes. It took no time for the nonprofits to fill Encinitas.
It took no time for this scam to have an impact on Encinitas. Shame on Blakespear, her nonprofits, and Captain Taft for allowing this to happen.
Captain Taft became a controversial figure on May 20, 2020, when the parking lot was coming up for renewal. The residents were releived that “finally” all of these nasty nonprofit people who were harassing the residents were going hear the real truth about crime. There was a ray of hope that this hoax would be ended, we could fix our local homeless issue, and go back to being a quiet surf town.
That didn’t happen. Captain Taft pulled out a giant dagger and deflated the entire community by saying “the Safe Parking Program had zero impact on the community.” In other words he pretended Encinitas was just the same town it was before the marketing of the program filled multiple hotels and all of our streets. To add insult to injury, he had the audacity to say the “residents” were the problem.
It’s fair to say his approval rating plummeted immediately. This is our Captain, he is in charge of the HOPE Team. The HOPE Team counts the homeless. He knew the numbers before the parking lot and he counted the numbers as they grew out of control. Furthermore, he knew the crimes they were committing. That’s his job. He decided on 5/20/2020 it “wasn’t” his job.
Captain Taft false number and omissions put to rest.
Shortly after this whopper I discovered the FBI/SANDAG Crime reports which compile violent and property crime in every city. It proved everything he said was a lie. This guy is the #1 guy in North County. He knew exactly what was going on and chose not to tell anybody. He appears to have been another chess piece in this massive scam against the residents starting with Blakespear, her nonprofits, and possibly all the way up to the state senate.
This isn’t over, it’s just beginning. Captain Taft may be gone from Encinitas but he is not going to be able to run away from the biggest humanitarian crisis in the history of Encinitas. Encinitas Watchdog took action TODAY against the Captain and we’ll be updating you in the coming days.