Coastal Mobility & Livability Working Group (CMLWG)


As part of the public engagement and outreach effort, a Working Group was formed by City Council to broaden engagement opportunities and help develop the overall Coastal Mobility and Livability Study.  This page will be used to track the progress of the Working Group over the next several months.


Mission Statement

The Coastal Mobility and Livability Working Group (CMLWG) is an open stakeholder forum to provide organized and publicly-based input to assist the City Council on issues affecting the Rail Corridor Vision Study, and the Active Transportation Plan and Coastal Business Districts Parking Study, which are related mobility studies, referred to as the Coastal Mobility and Livability Study. The CMLWG also assists in guiding the Montgomery pedestrian railroad crossing study in Cardiff. The added role of the CMLWG members is also to serve as a conduit of information and help raise public awareness to keep community members and stakeholder groups fully engaged in the public review process.

The CMLWG was created for the purpose of assisting the City of Encinitas with the preparation of a unified vision for the rail corridor to address connectivity and quality of life needs while addressing the safety and character of the corridor; which involves:

  • Guiding the public engagement process; 
  • Reviewing of needs and constraints assessments;
  • Providing feedback on key issues and opportunities;
  • Developing solutions studies and alternatives; and
  • Having the principal duty of acting as an advisory body to the City Council regarding recommended actions associated with the Final Concept Alternative.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Coastal Mobility and Livability Working Group (CMLWG) will be primarily responsible for:

  • Working collaboratively with the project team; 
  • Serving as two-way conduits of information about the project (for example, communicating information about the project out to organizations and the broader public; and relaying community comments, ideas, and concerns about the project back to the CMLWG, etc.) 
  • Actively seeking out the perspectives of organizations and individuals with relevant knowledge, expertise or experience; 
  • Identifying areas of consensus and disagreement among constituency groups; 
  • Assisting with publicizing community involvement opportunities and attending community workshops; 
  • Providing strategic guidance on ways for the project team to obtain broad community input and to resolve matters of community concern during the study; and 
  • Providing feedback on key issues and opportunities, commenting on draft concepts, and participating in the presentation of the Final Report to the City Council.

Group By-laws (as revised in September 2016)


The CMLWG will consist of 13 regular members and account for a board range of socioeconomic and stakeholder interests.

  1. Kellie Hinze, Leucadia 101
  2. Brett Farrow, Cardiff 101
  3. Tom Cozens, Encinitas 101
  4. Jim Benedetti, Chamber of Commerce
  5. Richard Risner, Preserve Cardiff Rail Corridor
  6. Jody Hubbard, Yes Rail Trail
  7. Rahul Deshpande, Cardiff Town Council 
  8. William Morrison, Leucadia Town Council 
  9. Judy Berlfein, Bike/Walk Encinitas 
  10. Mikayla McFadden, Paul Ecke School 
  11. Robert Hemphill, Engaged Citizen 
  12. Ron Dodge, Engaged Citizen 
  13. Carmen Barnard, Latino/Hispanic Community

The CMLWG will also consist of a representative from each of the City’s Commissions to serve as ex-officio members. Each Commission will designate a representative and alternate to the CMLWG. 

  1. Planning: Greg Drakos (primary) and Kevin Doyle (alternate)
  2. Traffic and Safety: Peter Kohl (primary) and Charlie Lisherness (alternate)
  3. Environmental: Joy Lyndes (primary) and John Eldon (alternate)
  4. Youth: Nickolas Barth (primary) and Scotland Muir (alternate)
  5. Parks and Recreation: John Gjata (primary) and Doug Goad (alternate)
  6. Senior: Kris Stewart (primary) and Alan Lerchbacker (alternate)
  7. Art: Judy Thum (primary) and Deanne Sabeck (alternate) and Tomoko Kuta (alternate)

Meeting Schedule

All meetings will be held at 6pm at City Hall, unless otherwise noted.  All meetings are open to the public.

Meeting No.1 - July 28, 2016

Meeting No. 2 - September 7, 2016 (at the Encinitas Library)

Bus Tour and Walking Tours (September 22 - September 28, 2016)

Meeting No. 3 - September 29, 2016 (5:30 to 8:30pm at the Poinsettia Room, City Hall)

Meeting No. 4 - January 10, 2017 (5:30 to 8:30pm at the Poinsettia Room, City Hall)

Meeting No. 5 - April 25, 2017 (5:30 to 8:30pm in the Council Chambers, City Hall)

Meeting No. 6 - September 13, 2017 (5:30 to 8:30pm at the Poinsettia Room, City Hall)

Meeting No. 6.1 - September 18, 2017 (6:00 to 8:00pm at the Poinsettia Room, City Hall)

  • Agenda
  • Meeting Packet (continuing with materials from September 13 meeting)

Meeting No. 6.2 - October 2, 2017 (6:00 to 8:30pm at the Poinsettia Room, City Hall)

Meeting No. 6.3 - October 10, 2017 (6:00 to 8:30pm at the Poinsettia Room, City Hall)

Meeting No. 7 - November 14, 2017 (5:30 to 8:30pm at the Poinsettia Room, City Hall)

Meeting No. 8 - January 9, 2018 (5:30 to 8:30pm at the Poinsettia Room, City Hall)

Meeting No. 9 - January 30, 2018 (5:30 to 8:30pm at the Poinsettia Room, City Hall)