Encinitas News

Notorious drug house goes up in flames

Home on Rancho Encinitas Drive has history of search warrants and arrests

Emergency personnel responded to reports of a fire at 3:45 a.m. yesterday at a home located at 1507 Rancho Encinitas Drive. The home was known to law enforcement as the target of search warrants and ...

Lizards, snakes, and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches

Thursday | 23 Join Slow Food Urban San Diego for a pre-screening event featuring honey-bee experts and mead and honey from local producers. Join the conversation and the community. Then you can head across the ...

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 ...

Vet-clinic signage considered rude to some, funny to others

Just add funk

For the past several weeks, Coast Highway 101’s Coastal Animal Hospital, has created a brouhaha over its comedic signage. Currently, Dr. Brian Evans’s 4´ x 8´ highway frontage sign reads, “In Leucadia, stinky hippies are ...

Torrey pine down

Sadness among botanic garden staff over loss of historic tree

On Tuesday, June 30, the last of a 100-foot-tall Torrey pine was cut down at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. It took six workers 35 hours to remove the tree, one of four ...

Fireworks, Where’s Waldo, and Brian Posehn

Thursday | 2 Gluten-free folks can have foodie fun on the Fourth of July. Complete with gingham tablecloths and the scent of an evening barbecue, the bakery hosts their first in-house lawn party featuring food ...

Encinitas groaned

Council to decide later on more policing of Moonlight Beach

Does Moonlight Beach need more sheriff’s deputies for daytime summer policing? Encinitas City Council members weren’t sure at the June 10 meeting and voted to take more time to consider a $200,000 budget item for ...

Residents pooh-pooh Surfrider erosion theory

Court case over Leucadia staircase heads to state supreme court

An Encinitas bluff tour organized by Surfrider San Diego drew a host of media and disgruntled oceanfront homeowners to Grandview Beach on Monday afternoon (June 8). Surfrider representatives had organized the tour to tout their ...

Lofty’s blend

Encinitas roaster Lofty Coffee has extended its beach-town coffee boutique reach to Solana Beach, setting up a new shop two blocks from the coast on South Cedros Avenue, taking over the property formerly held by ...

Getting classy, Encinitas

Plans in motion for construction of two-story office building downtown

Another old downtown Encinitas building is soon to bite the dust. The 1950s-era building, at 860 South Coast Highway 101, was built as an auto-repair garage in the heyday of the pre–Interstate 5 route to ...

Gladys was there

San Dieguito Heritage Museum opens doors to almost-finished Teten House

For the first time since they began its restoration nine years ago, on May 23 the San Dieguito Heritage Museum opened the doors to its almost-finished Teten House, perhaps Encinitas’ oldest original house remaining. Fred ...

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 ...

The upscaling of North County

“It’s not like when the old Encinitas families used to own it," says business owner

Early in the morning on May 19, the 7-Eleven at 1446 Encinitas Boulevard closed permanently. It’s been a fixture near the El Camino Real corridor for decades — since the 1970s. According to 7-Eleven’s director ...

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 ...

The teenager next door sure didn't help

Encinitas shooter sent away to mental hospital before he was sentenced

A man who admitted firing a handgun at his Encinitas neighbor in 2012 was sent away to a mental hospital on April 15. “After much litigation he was found not competent to be sentenced, and ...

Is yoga a religion?

Courts say it is, but Encinitas schools have scrubbed their yoga programs clean

Since 2012, the Encinitas-based Sonima Foundation has given $3.3 million to the Encinitas Union School District so that students can practice yoga. Sonima is spreading money around elsewhere — for example, it is giving $400,000 ...

Pencils make a comeback at San Dieguito

Reintroduction of dispenser, discovery of Gimpy's graffiti

Little did Encinitas resident Norm Keith know that his 1953 act of high school hi-jinx would be discovered in 2015. Keith was a senior at San Dieguito High School in the early '50s when he ...

Cartman, where are you?

Accumulation of shopping carts awaits pickup at Encinitas city yard

Residents along Encinitas’ Santa Fe Drive may be wondering what’s going on with all the shopping carts. The 19 carts have been sitting for weeks in front of a San Dieguito Water District’s maintenance yard ...

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 ...

Spock lobster

Trekkies on Encinitas council unmask themselves, declare territory for Spock

No, it was not an April Fool’s joke or a Cardiff Kook prank. The City of Encinitas officially proclaimed a Vulcan Avenue block for its favorite Vulcan — Mr. Spock. “Spock Block” was proclaimed for ...

New England lobster rolls on the left coast

Nothing deflating about this regional specialty spot

I pronounce the R in chowder. So I'm not going to pretend I'm dialed in with which New England shorelines offer the best lobster rolls. Maybe it's Massachusetts, maybe it's Martha's Vineyard. Lobster West, a ...

Kiss your asset goodbye

Michael Vilkin signed quit-claim deed upon learning of wrongful-death suit

“The Court grants Plaintiff’s request to set aside the transfer of the property from Mr. Vilkin to Mrs. Vilkin,” a superior court judge wrote in a judgment published last week. The court’s decision appears to ...

Hot cup of science

Ironsmith quantifies its refraction and extraction

Ironsmith Coffee Roasters officially opened its Encinitas roaster shop to the public in February, the culmination of a year-long effort by rock-climbing cohorts Raul Macias and Matt Delarosa. Prior to founding Ironsmith, neither had experience ...

Lost in homicidal ideation

Defendant says he was "just a sitting duck, waiting to be shot"

Michael Vilkin, 63, was sentenced to 64 years to life in prison yesterday, March 18, nine months after he was declared guilty of murder for shooting his neighbor, John Upton, after repeated confrontations over trimming ...

Pacific View saved

$10 million for 2.8 acres of Encinitas bluff top? Not bad

On March 12, the City of Encinitas offered the public their first walk-through of the former Pacific View Elementary School site. The public got see what their $10 million purchased. Closed since 2003, the 2.8-acre ...

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 ...

Gas price sag

ISIS fighters and refinery explosion in Torrance fail to jack up prices

The dramatic rise in gasoline prices cracked on Thursday, March 5. Just as oil-industry watchers predicted, there was no true explanation for the daily price increase that occurred in San Diego County during the past ...

Don't play ball then?

Likely the last year Little Leaguers can use Magdalena Ecke YMCA fields

With opening day of the 2015 Encinitas Little League baseball on March 7, until last week, the league wasn’t sure it would hear “play ball” this year. And this may be the last year they ...

Awesome organic tacos, but where's my beer?

Leucadia taco shop's new location not perfect, but worth it

I could have a new favorite neighborhood taco spot — at least I will, if I ever successfully make the move to Encinitas or Leucadia. In the meantime I'll just have to be content admiring ...

Ramble along the shores in Encinitas

The ocean is the high point at this legendary surf spot.

The hike begins at the top of a cliff adjacent to a small park with a few artistic statues. A long stairway leads down to the beach. Here, the ocean is the high point as ...

When reporting a fire, best to use a land line

Olivenhain incident shows the downside of using a cell phone

Friday night, February 20, a eucalyptus tree caught on fire in the 600 block of Windmill Ranch Road in Olivenhain. Around 8:00 p.m., residents Nadine and Robert noticed what they described as a “giant torch” ...

Beagle brigade rolls into Encinitas

Over 30 dogs rescued from hoarder who called to request help

Just before 11:00 a.m. on February 23, 35 beagles arrived at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas. Taken from the home of a hoarder, the dogs were brought in by four vehicles, with the ...

Roast Highway

Move over Hops Highway, the caffeine tour has arrived

Coffee tourism hit San Diego in January with the Caffeine Crawl, a series of coffee-shop tours inspired by the pub-crawl concept. This is the second year beverage marketing firm the LAB has organized the tour ...

California gnatcatchers should be extremely worried

Removal of birds from endangered list to be seriously considered soon

The California gnatcatcher, the little blue-gray songbird that sounds like a kitten, may come off the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's list of threatened and endangered species — a result of a series of DNA ...

Taste the East at Lobster West

Encinitas spot for real-deal Maine lobster both sizzles and fizzles

It was only a handful of months after he’d finished his lobster crawl across the island of Martha’s Vineyard (ingesting 9 lobster rolls in 11 days) that David discovered Lobster West in Encinitas. We were ...

Listen, this is a life and death matter

Prominent citizen flames Encinitas Fire Dept. for mismanagement

Last week, Cardiff-by-the-Sea resident Bob Bonde showed the Encinitas City Council how the city could save $2.5 million. He’s been telling the same story to the council for years. And the city’s firefighter’s union will ...

What's poppin? Not corn

Hardware store's popcorn machine shut down by health department

Customers coming into the ACE Hardware store on Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas are missing something. Something that was as important as the wide selection of nuts and bolts, and friendly advice. The fresh, free, ...

One in the gut. One in the head.

When words won’t do, bullets get the job done.

“I have been trained to shoot special way, in Russian military,” Vilkin told the jury.

Reality, Encinitas style

Car-shop owners expect success with TV pilot program

Encinitas may soon be the star in a new TV show. A pilot for a proposed “reality” series, entitled “Life on the Lot,” follows the lives of Gene and Karen Ventura; owners of EZ Cars ...

Rake in $1 million a year! Pay no taxes!

Then go to the slammer for four years

Encinitas osteopath Dr. James Francis Murphy today (January 13) was sentenced to four years in prison and his wife, Denine Christine Murphy got a year under house arrest for paying almost no federal income taxes ...

Move along, people...just a retirement party

Strong motorcycle cop presence in Encinitas

In the early afternoon on January 8, 25 clean and shiny San Diego police motorcycles parked in formation in front of La Paloma Theatre and the D Street Bar & Grill. Those passing by on ...

Rat daddies skate their hearts out

Encinitas opens 44-acre park on last day of the year

Without any announcement or fanfare, the City of Encinitas, on December 31, took down all the security fencing surrounding its new, multiuse, 44-acre park. While under construction for over a year, once the skate park’s ...

“Open sanctuary for criminals” in Encinitas

Hotbed of heroin and gang members, says deputy

A woman who was arrested at her Encinitas home 11 days ago made it to court on January 2, but she did not enter a plea to charges of resisting arrest and being under the ...

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 ...

Why, Y?

Baseball, soccer players squeezed by city

Recently the city of Encinitas took bold action to cancel a 10-year lease with the YMCA which provided the best and most useful park and playing fields in the city, and replaced it with a ...

Bacon, lettuce, and tornado

Looking for an off-the-wall gift for your white-elephant holiday party? Get to Lou’s Records in Encinitas and pick up one of their random mystery boxes. Each box costs $5 and contains around 30 compact discs. ...

Wanted: one cheap deputy

Encinitas park host would be “eyes and ears” for sheriff’s department

Looking for a spot to park the RV? The City of Encinitas has a deal for you — an RV spot with free hook-ups. The city is looking for a “park host” for their new, ...

Encinitas seeks to control invasive plants

City's move on policy sparks action in Sacramento

It began with a focus on accurate seed-container labels. But in July, as Assembly Bill 2470 neared signing, it took a spin for the worse, its critics now say. The dangerous twist was the insertion ...

Any Pebble Pups in the house?

San Dieguito High School reunion yields historical nuggets

About 60 alumni from San Dieguito High School gathered on November 6 to celebrate the fourth annual “founders” reception — graduates from the Encinitas school’s first classes of 1937 to 1942. The class of 1944 ...

Double-tracked = doubly jacked in North County

Rail line improvements aim to increase train traffic usage twofold

On October 24, the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency (known as LOSSAN) made available to the public new information on the plans affecting its 7.6 million annual passengers and the residents in ...

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 ...

This is about roots

Resident-owner of Encinitas farm gets go-ahead from Encinitas council

Last Friday, September 24, the Encinitas City Council reached a compromise in the “conflict of cultures.” The council voted to reject the appeal by a few disgruntled neighbors of the Coral Tree Farm and Nursery ...

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