Encinitas News

Help for Highway 101

Approval for emergency repairs took six years — soon they begin

In December 2009 and January 2010, winter storms tore at the underpinnings of Highway 101 at the south end of Encinitas, causing erosion that threatened to compromise the highway. The city's Public Works department subsequently ...

Firemen’s empire

“We are treated as one district now — the closest fire truck goes.”

Residents of Encinitas, Del Mar, and Solana Beach may soon see a different name on the side of their fire trucks. The combined department’s name change is part of a management agreement reached a few ...

Tow-truck yard to lose ocean view

Time to beat it — arts center development takes priority

Encinitas’ AAA tow-truck operation, Leucadia Towing, is losing its tow yard at the closed Pacific View Elementary School, which will soon become a city-owned arts center. The City of Encinitas has a fairly unused storage ...

Get your butt off the beach

Coastal cleanup numbers for 2015

The trash tally for San Diego beaches was released on January 12 by San Diego Coastkeeper and the San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. In beach cleanups hosted by both groups, 197,788 pieces of ...

Another first Bitcoin ATM

North Park firm places cryptocurrency trading kiosk in Encinitas teriyaki shop

A device being billed as "San Diego's first 2-way Bitcoin ATM" made its debut in a North County fast food restaurant this week. A similar device where users could purchase the so-called "crypto-currency," which is ...

Surf Cleaners sign saved

Detour from dump

Encinitas firefighter Bob Voorhees, a downtown Encinitas resident for many decades, recently took it upon himself to track down and save a piece of old Highway 101 architecture. Last month, Voorhees and several other residents ...

Anastasia Kirkeby sentenced to therapy

Drug house burned down in July, killing Shelby Ann Black

On the day set for her misdemeanor trial, Anastasia Kirkeby, 50, a woman plagued by multiple drug-related arrests at her home in Encinitas, made a plea deal and was ordered to get counseling. That hearing ...

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 ...

Another one to remember from Vietnam

San Dieguito Academy memorializes student who died in 1971

It may have been 12 years in the making, but U.S. Army corporal Armando Diaz Ramos, killed in service during the Vietnam era, received a hero’s recognition on Veteran’s Day, November 11. “Mando” was not ...

Encinitas' facelift continues

Will elimination of smog shop end summertime car shows?

For the third time this year, another Coast Highway 101 building in Encinitas’ downtown is scheduled for demolition. Encinitas Smog, at 682 South Coast Highway, has lost its long-term lease, says owner Alex Stanton. He ...

Who cared? Hitler didn't surf

San Dieguito High alumni recall the World War II years

Last week’s homecoming was a big one at San Dieguito High School Academy. At the end of the accelerated first semester, the student body enjoyed homecoming activities and dress-up spirit days. Elsewhere on the 79-year-old ...

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 ...

Study this would-be kidnapper's face

Two perps try dragging 17-year-old girl into white pickup truck

Authorities in North County are looking for two men accused of attempting to kidnap a 17-year-old girl on her way to school in Encinitas. According to a report from Capt. John Maryon with the San ...

The largest beach run

It began as a sketch in 2005 and was further conceptualized at a mosaic school in Ravenna, Italy, in 2010. The ten-by-ten-foot mosaic of the Virgin of Guadalupe was completed nine months later. The piece, ...

Bluff-top homeowners breathe easier

Encinitas council approves sand-replenishment project

The Encinitas City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night (October 14) to approve a plan to try and control coastline damage from storms. The Army Corps of Engineers project would reduce bluff collapses by adding sand ...

Encinitas styrofoam ban unwelcomed

"The solution is more trash cans on the beach.”

Steve Amster is fighting Encinitas city hall again. In his 30 years as owner of Garden State Bagels, he has won, and lost, several battles over sign ordinances and sheriff’s department traffic enforcement. This time ...

The sunglasses thing didn't work out

Arnette Eyewear closes shop, leaves Encinitas

Arnette Eyewear, a high-end sunglasses brand popular with surfers, skaters, and skiers, quietly closed down their Encinitas world headquarters last week. The building at 444 South Coast Highway, which also served as a sales and ...

Encinitas house fire victim almost 24

Her mother described her as “out of control” since she was 14

The body of Shelby Ann Black, 23, was found directly underneath the window through which the sole survivor of the house fire had escaped, according to a medical examiner’s report released on September 20. At ...

Feast! North County Coastal

Restaurant scene blossoming along the county's northern coast

Along 20 miles of coastline between Del Mar and Oceanside you can find food aimed at surfers, yogis, young families, and millionaires. Del Mar and Solana Beach give fine dining spectacular views, Carlsbad embraces the ...

Puppy supply line threatened

Vista City Council delays vote that would spell out source requirements

Even though pet-store operator David Salinas's legal bills are mounting, cities are outlawing his puppy-supply pipeline, and animal-welfare activists continue to bite into him, he plans to continue selling puppies. "If you run a small ...

Better Buzz mini empire expands their off-center third-wave style

Better drinks for everyone

The Coast Highway in Encinitas is home to another coffee shop. Vista-based roaster Better Buzz opened a 1900-square-foot storefront on August 8. It’s the sixth shop for the retail chain, which also has locations in ...

I eat better than you, so I am better than you

Raw plus vegan equals Sonima

Since I haven’t taken a yoga class in a while, I’ve needed something to fill me with that sense of self-righteousness that comes from doing something more healthy than those around me. Being in Encinitas ...

Suit alleges brutish Border Patrol behavior at sea

Did their 38-foot boat intentionally ram panga of immigrants?

The family of a Mexican immigrant killed after the panga she was riding in off the coast of Encinitas collided with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vessel is suing the officers involved in the ...

Stephen P./Steven J. Corso's name game interrupted

Securities and Exchange Commission I.D.s banned accountant

"Steven John Corso and Stephen P. Corso are the Same Person." Thus states a headline in a memorandum of law sent out by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday (August 17). In 2009, Stephen ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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