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Encinitas planning commission nixes Cardiff 8

Development on former flower grower's site seems to pack in too much

The developer of the former Maldonado Farm, next to I-5, has run into a bit of a snag. The City of Encinitas’ planning commission doesn’t like their plan for eight homes on the 1.25-acre parcel. ...

Still no showers at San Diego state beaches

Near-normal snow pack and water surplus won't change situation

Even though the California Department of Water Resources reports a near normal snow pack after four years of little snow, the governor’s office is not ready to turn on the rinse-off showers at local state ...

I know when it’s my turn

Surfing Cardiff

Sixteen-year-old Julie Schuman, a Cardiff native, ranks among the top three spots in the lady longboarders 18-and-under-category. She has been surfing since she was six years old. “There were always a bunch of kids out ...

Cardiff State Beach lot tossed

Storm relocates sand, stone, picnic tables, parking stops...

The strong storm and big waves that hit on Sunday, March 6, have forced officials to shut down the parking lot at Cardiff State Beach. The beach’s sand has been washed away, and several inches ...

Cheapest 21-window VW bus you'll find

Dog validates Cardiff artist's work with a pee on the rear left tire

When graphic artist and illustrator Steve Burrows looks at a curbside utility box, he sees a blank canvas. A sign painter by trade (Burrito Art), he recently turned an SDG&E-owned box, on the northwest corner ...

Farm bought, Park and Ride going in

Caltrans project at Manchester Avenue doesn’t spell end for early strawberries

A longtime coastal farm has been sold, following the announcement that Caltrans has closed escrow on 21 acres needed for a freeway interchange on I-5. The farm, north of the San Elijo Lagoon, butts up ...

Frank and June return to San Elijo

A 50-year love affair with Cardiff by the Sea campground

In 1965, Frank and June Nuttall were camping throughout the desert Southwest with their kids in a tent trailer when they decided to travel west from Arizona on old U.S. Highway 80. After heading up ...

Speedee's back (briefly)

Remodel exposes historically significant façade

While a restaurant remodel in Cardiff by the Sea was recently underway, residents witnessed a long-forgotten commercial artifact. Built in 1958, Cardiff’s first shopping center housed its anchor convenience store named Speedee Mart. The Southern ...

Riprapped in the nick of time

“This beach has been changing every day,” said a patrolling lifeguard.

Repairs to the riprap rock protecting part of Cardiff State Beach’s parking lot came just in time. The project quickly went from planned maintenance to an emergency repair. After applying for California Coastal Commission permits, ...

Cardiff flower farm is history

Acreage bought in 1948 to be split into plots for four homes

One of Cardiff-by-the-Sea’s last farms has been sold. The four-acre former Fugimoto flower farm at the corner of Lake Drive and Birmingham Drive has sat vacant for years, since Morizo Fugimoto retired. The Fugimoto family ...

Encinitas rail trail to fail or sail?

Though approved by council, vocal detractors include the mayor

A “frankenstein monster of a concrete path” threatens the coastal community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea in Encinitas, according to No Rail Trail organizer Joe Alkhas. Plans for a Coastal Rail Trail in Encinitas have inspired more civic ...

Call them FAT. They don't care.

Undercover law-enforcement officers makes arrest in Cardiff

For the second time in as many weeks in Cardiff by the Sea, well-armed U.S. Marshals in unmarked vehicles pulled over and arrested a male driver. Both times the arrests occurred in front of San ...

Cardiff train track safety barriers replaced

Yet, town council members would have preferred something less industrial

Cardiff by the Sea’s “unwelcomed wall of ugly” has almost come down. Earlier in February, the North County Transit District suddenly placed 54 orange construction barricades along San Elijo Avenue, overlooking Coast Highway 101 and ...

North County millionaires' buyers market

Slowdown or just a blip in normally robust real estate sales?

Are rising post-recession real estate prices starting to crack? Yes, for high-end properties, says inland North County realtor Suzan Isber. “Three weeks ago we started noticing sellers of million-dollar-plus properties not getting their asking price. ...

No favor done for western snowy plover

Endangered birds didn't survive despite protective effort in Cardiff

It’s been four months since a small strip of beach in Cardiff by the Sea became federally protected nesting grounds for the western snowy plover. The endangered birds had settled on the beachside of Coast ...

More marine-life protection from people like you

"...but surfers and water people are very environmentally conscious.”

For decades, kids and families have made recreational use of the front channel of San Elijo Lagoon’s mouth, between Coast Highway 101 and the railroad tracks, south to behind Restaurant Row. It’s less crowded than ...

Kraken's still makin' noise

Cardiff club's band schedule has been reinstated

Today’s U-T full-page-headline: LIVE MUSIC SILENCED AT KRAKEN NIGHTCLUB. Bands booked to play the seaside nightspot were told on Tuesday that their shows were cancelled indefinitely because the owner was “worried that a series a ...

Showered with nothing

Freshwater rinse-offs at the beach are over until the drought is

On Wednesday, July 15, the outdoor showers at San Diego’s four state-park beaches were scheduled to be shut off, in compliance with the governor’s mandated 25 percent reduction in water usage. The cold-water shower towers ...

Expect a gas-price hike of at least 30¢

Because “West Coast gasoline inventory declined..." blah blah blah yeah right

After weeks of lowering gas prices, on July 9 at 2:00 p.m., the gas-price website gasbuddy.com sent its San Diego subscribers a text alert: “Gas prices expected to rise 15–30 cents. Fill up now.” By ...

Slimy blue things die on Cardiff beach

What were the little, deep-blue slimy things that washed up on Cardiff by the Sea’s beaches last week? There were several hundred of them deposited on the sand above the low-tide line in front of ...

Lost Abbey gives Cardiff a tasting room

The Confessional brings craft beer to a thirsty community

After nine years brewing Belgian inspired ales, San Marcos–based brewer Lost Abbey opened its long-awaited tasting room on April 22, settling into a small retail space in a coastal shopping center in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Previously the ...

Tickets issued for crossing train tracks

“Trains travel through at 35 to 73 miles per hour… Sometimes a ticket educates.”

The North County Transit District has started writing tickets for people who illegally cross their railroad tracks. The enforcement carried out by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept. covers all train tracks from the Orange ...

Rimel’s Rotisserie

The plan is for you to eat the chicken with one of several sauces.

I’m fond of buying my rotisserie chicken from little neighborhood markets such as Grant’s in South Park or Olive Tree in Ocean Beach. I even threw down for a Whole Foods chicken once when I ...

The word is totally bird

Western snowy plovers hop Coast Highway to set up on beach

The western snowy plover must not be able to read. For the first time in years, the federally endangered bird has jumped across its well-signed and protected nesting areas in the San Elijo Lagoon, on ...

Where there's hope, there's a fire station

Encinitas community and businesses consider new use for empty building

For sale or lease: one used fire station. The City of Encinitas is looking for another use for the old Cardiff by the Sea fire station. Built in 1960, the 1600-square-foot, two-truck station was the ...

Cardiff's unwelcomed wall of ugly

Barriers on bluff top rankle residents and just about everyone else

Cardiff by the Sea residents noticed last month the placement of what they described as, “ugly,” “intrusive,” and “view-blocking” barricades along San Elijo Avenue, which has an elevated view of the ocean; over a two-block ...

If a tree falls in an suburban forest...

Massive eucalyptus blows over in townhome parking lot

A fairly new Cardiff by the Sea family got a welcome-to-the-neighborhood wake-up with last week’s Santa Ana winds. The National Weather Service had called for a two-day high-wind alert. Bursts of up to 80 miles ...

Nature slinks through the neighborhood

Bobcat caught on camera in Cardiff

Most residents in the neighborhoods east of I-5, in the vast amount of open space near the San Elijo Lagoon and its Escondido Creek watershed (flowing between Olivenhain and Rancho Santa Fe), purchased homes in ...

Sigh… Remember lowering gas prices?

Better go fill up — that romance may be ending

Uh-oh! Gas prices are on the rise. Late Friday afternoon, January 30, gas prices at three Cardiff by the Sea stations — Valero, Chevron, and USA — shot up six cents a gallon more than ...

Bluff collapse

Sandstone hillside in Cardiff slides toward staircase

A bluff collapse hit below the San Elijo State Campground in Cardiff-by-the Sea on Friday, January 9. No one was injured below. Cheryl, who walks daily along the beach, said she walking down the wooden ...

At work on Christmas

What it’s like

Christmas Day seems to be the last sacred work holiday for most employees working in the retail, food, and service industries — for some anyway. Back in the 1970s, I worked several Christmases at the ...

Transition tower

Scaffolding provides perch for lifeguards until new structure is built

Folks on Coast Highway 101, passing by Cardiff by the Sea’s San Elijo State Beach campground, often ask what’s up with the scaffolding on the bluff with the lifeguard tower on top. The three levels ...

Why walk when you can drive to the beach?

Encinitas seeks funding for pedestrian walkway under railroad tracks

The City of Encinitas has been denied, twice, transportation funds for undergrounding two pedestrian railroad crossings. Having been turned down previously at the state level, SANDAG recently denied the $4.8 million grant request. The crossings ...

Post-surf sando satisfaction

Flat Rock creates an uncommon meal in Cardiff by the Sea.

I would love to live in one of the North County beach towns, with their ability to catch summer swells and too many gorgeous beaches to count. Of course, I tell myself that by living ...

Surfers to the rescue

Hot-air balloon with newly engaged couple nearly falls into the ocean

Sunday, October 5, was supposed to be one of the most romantic days in a young L.A. couple’s life together. It might have been, until the hot-air balloon they had just gotten engaged in dipped ...

How was I-5 traffic this summer?

SANDAG plan moves forward to widen 27 miles of interstate

On August 13, with the unprecedented support of all six cities between San Diego and Oceanside, the California Coastal Commission gave the green light to SANDAG’s long-term plan to widen I-5. After the unanimous vote ...

Boom. Just like that

Lightning threat prompts lifeguards to close beaches from Solana to O'side

With locals and tourists trying to grab in a few more days of summer, the beaches in North County were suddenly closed to all activity on August 20. Starting around 4:00 a.m., an incoming weather ...

It’s not a bicycle — it’s an ad!

Orange ghost-bikes seen locked up around North County

North County folks from Carlsbad to Cardiff by the Sea may have been wondering what’s up with the bright orange bicycles seen around town. They are just sitting there all day, chained to sign posts. ...

Lost Abbey’s Cardiff Confessional

Encinitas’ first brewery-owned venue to open this summer

It’s only 1,202 square feet, but when all is said and done, the satellite tasting room Port Brewing Company and The Lost Abbey are inserting into Cardiff Towne Center Complex (2007 San Elijo Avenue, Cardiff) ...

Witness to a reef

An abundance of ocean life awaits discovery on a beach walk.

Walk at low tide to discover multiple tide pools. Get to know your anemones from Cardiff to Carlsbad.

North County’s prince of skate

Middle-schooler bests mentor, scores gold and $30K at X Games

On June 13, when most eighth-graders at Earl Warren Middle School in Solana Beach were sitting at their graduation ceremony thinking about summer and what high school might hold in store for them, student Tom ...

Baseball Street

Ball-biz bigwigs find a bastion in Cardiff

After his final two years playing outfield with the San Francisco Giants, current San Diego Padres bench coach Dave Roberts returned to his San Diego roots. (He graduated from Rancho Buena Vista High School in ...

Too much Grand Theft Auto?

Reckless driver in speeding truck knocks over tree, runs away

Encinitas sheriff’s deputies were on the lookout for a silver Nissan Titan truck with Mossy Nissan new-car plates on the evening of May 12. Shortly after 8:30 p.m. they found it, missing a large part ...

Encinitas: Roundabout Capital of California

Traffic circles planned for off-ramps at Birmingham Drive

Caltrans has announced future improvements to the Birmingham Drive/Interstate 5 interchange in Cardiff by the Sea — roundabouts, rather than traffic signals. The Birmingham Drive exits are the last remaining I-5 interchanges that don’t have ...

Cardiff is the new Del Mar? Says who?

Cardiff-by-the Sea was named for Cardiff, Wales; Del Mar was originally built to resemble an old English Village. But is the British connection where the similarity ends for these two North County beach towns? Realtors ...

Encinitas mayor keeps campaign promise

Teresa Arballo Barth won’t run for reelection

In an announcement that stunned many supporters, populist Encinitas mayor Teresa Arballo Barth recently announced that she will not run for reelection. In her April 5 email to constituents, she cited her original campaign pledge ...

Ki defied Cardiff’s jinx

Was it the smoking sage?

Cardiff by the Sea’s restaurant matriarch has passed away. Ki Holcomb, 88, founded the popular oceanfront Ki’s Restaurant along Cardiff by the Sea’s Restaurant Row, on Coast Highway 101. In 1980, at the age of ...

Maldonado family farm closes in Cardiff

Land owner sells parcel (zoned for 7 homes) to developer instead

Maldonado Farms, active in Cardiff by the Sea for over 40 years, is shutting down — at least at the location they’ve held. The large greenhouse at 1412 MacKinnon Road was torn down last week. ...

Cardiff seal pup rests up (mostly uninterrupted)

“Who are these parents that are letting their children do this?

Early on Sunday morning, March 2, after a storm had passed, I ran past a little seal sleeping on the beach in Cardiff by the Sea. He looked really tired and even though he was ...

Surfers learn wooden board building in Cardiff

Four-day workshop to teach near-lost art costs $1700

Trying to revive the art of 1930s hollow wooden surfboards and expand the “sustainable surfing” movement, seven surfers recently took a four-day board-building class. On March 7 — day two of the class — the ...

Off-ramp improvements part of I-5 HOV lanes

Dangerous exit to be redesigned for safer traffic flow

On February 20, Caltrans began construction on the long awaited improvements at the I-5/Santa Fe Drive on and off ramps — on the west side of the freeway. The southbound I-5 off-ramp is one of ...

Coastal Rail Trail discussed in Cardiff

Consideration of Encinitas segment of Oceanside-San Diego bike road

The San Diego Association for Governments (SANDAG), in partnership with the City of Encinitas and the North County Transit District, held a meeting with Cardiff residents on February 11 to discuss the Coastal Rail Trail. ...

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