Encinitas News

North County wealth study

Poverty lower, incomes higher than countywide

North County is better off economically than the rest of San Diego County, according to a study released yesterday (December 7) by the Center on Policy Initiatives. It used data from the Census Bureau's 2015 ...

Uber as designated driver choice backfires

On the street at bar-closing time sparks presumption of intoxication

In an effort to cut back on public intoxication and loud noise from drunken bar patrons leaving Encinitas' burgeoning bar scene, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department is targeting minorities and chasing out “undesirables" from ...

How supervisor-elect Gaspar avoided the jinx

Road trip!

After a drawn-out vote count that began after election night (November 8), earlier this week county supervisor Dave Roberts called Encinitas mayor Kristin Gaspar to concede the District 3 seat. It wasn't looking so good ...

La Paloma Theatre restoration in progress

Tiles removed, replaced, good for another 80 years

The arts and music community of Encinitas recently got together and held a benefit concert to kick-start the restoration of La Paloma Theatre, built in 1928. "Love the Dove" (paloma is Spanish for dove) featured ...

Leucadia shop talk soon to stop

“With zoning, I don’t know if the owner can move.”

An eight-unit, three-story, residential, and commercial development in Leucadia will soon replace two businesses and a home, including North County Equipment, one of the last North County small-machine repair shops. The shop’s manager, Shane, says ...

Europa Street alley is a street, say residents

Councilmembers shut down concerns over siting of underground garage

A battle over the entry to an underground parking garage in Leucadia has been decided in favor of the developer. At a public hearing on November 9, the Encinitas City Council voted to deny two ...

High schoolers against (and for) Trump

San Dieguito Academy students get green light to protest

At 1:00 p.m. on November 10, at least 200 kids walked out of their San Dieguito Academy third-period classes for a planned anti-Trump protest. The night before, a junior had put up a message on ...

Encinitas loses longtime restaurants

“Normally you’d get three to six months to move. Thirty days? That’s ridiculous.”

October 26 was a sad day for customers of two longtime Encinitas restaurants: Kealani’s Hawaiian food and next-door neighbor Manhattan Giant Pizza both announced it would be their last day in business. On September 30 ...

Encinitas gas station stories

USA to become Arco — both owned by Tesoro

On October 17, the USA gas station off I-5 at Birmingham Drive in Cardiff by the Sea was set to shut down and begin a makeover to an Arco branded station. In an Arco-less city ...

North County growers sell and tempted to sell land

"I don't let them tell me [the value]. I'm not interested."

Two more family-owned plant nurseries on the ocean-view ridges just east of I-5 are headed toward being developed: one in Encinitas and one in Solana Beach. Tayama Greenhouses, on Requeza Street in Encinitas, will be ...

Paul Gaspar is not a medical doctor

Encinitas mayoral candidate accused of exaggerating qualifications

Some Encinitas residents are accusing mayoral candidate Paul Gaspar of misleading voters by using the "Dr." title without attaching the appropriate suffix in campaign brochures and on his website. Also on his website are pictures ...

Encinitas battle lines drawn

Rail Trail realities pump up interest in local elections

In Encinitas, in what is supposed to be a nonpartisan race for city council, the battle lines are now clearly drawn for November’s elections, with a slate of three candidates on both the conservative and ...

Untouched property on Neptune Drive

New, never used. Comes with Robern uplift medicine cabinets

Beds: 5 Baths: 6 Current Owner: Leonard Okun List Price: $11,995,000 The newly constructed oceanfront estate at 824 Neptune Avenue in Encinitas is billed as “an exquisite masterpiece” that is “sophisticated and inspiring” as it ...

Where endangered species thrive

An island in Encinitas

The Manchester Preserve is an island in an urban-suburban setting where endangered species such as the Del Mar manzanita, Orcutt’s hazardia, San Diego thornmint, and California gnatcatcher can thrive. Since the Center for Natural Lands ...

Where Gandhi and C-3PO converse

Writers, artists, musicians floated to San Dieguito Academy.

SAN DIEGUITO ACADEMY’S DESIGN would fit better amid the incohesive architecture of Tijuana than the square sterility of Southern California, where rows of beige-and-white dwellings and office buildings cloak themselves in the camouflage of each ...

No Encinitas home for Mom or Pop

Longtime Mexican restaurant the next to close up

August 21 was the last day of business for Garcia’s, a longtime Mexican restaurant in Encinitas’ Village Square I strip mall shopping center, on the 1400 block of Encinitas Boulevard. According to neighboring businesses, the ...

Encinitas Kentucky Fried Chicken flies the coop

“I got to work and they were just gone.”

The Kentucky Fried Chicken at 266 North El Camino Real closed abruptly last week. The signage and familiar KFC logos were removed overnight. “I got to work and they were just gone,” said an employee ...

Encinitas elections seemingly a family affair

Did husbands of outgoing councilwomen spoof mayoral candidate husband?

The seat in the Encinitas mayor’s office and three on the council are up for grabs in November. Three spouses of current and former councilwomen and one son-in-law of a former governor indicated they would ...

Encinitas No Rail Trail group displeased

Mayoral candidate/councilwoman Blakespear answers accusations

A group of Encinitas residents is accusing a councilmember of rigging the public process in a proposal to construct biking and walking paths along San Elijo Avenue in Cardiff. The residents feel the Cardiff portion ...

Culture crowlers for Encinitas farmers' market

Next year, maybe a downtown tasting room

Culture Brewing Co. has a thing for beach communities. The Solana Beach brewery has been pouring beers for more than three years on Cedros Avenue and for nearly two years at its tasting room in ...

Encinitas' one-man beach-renaming lobby

“It's not supposed to be Beacon’s. It's Beacon.”

For years, Leucadian Doug Fiske has been pointing out that the City of Encinitas has the wrong spelling on one of its popular beaches — Beacon’s. Until now, his plea for historical accuracy has fallen ...

Close to the edge on Neptune Avenue

Bluff-top homeowners seek to prevent erosion

Surfrider and two members of the California Coastal Commission are challenging two homeowners’ plans at the bluff’s edge on Neptune Avenue. While the City of Encinitas approved the projects 40 feet back from the edge ...

Bluff-top building permits challenged in Encinitas

"It's a perpetuation of irresponsible planning, especially in light of sea-level rise."

Though approved by the City of Encinitas, Surfrider and two members of the California Coastal Commission are challenging two homeowners' plans at the bluff's edge on Neptune Avenue. While the city approved the projects that ...

What's killing the crows of North County?

“It’s West Nile virus."

Dead crows are being found in Cardiff by the Sea and Encinitas. Over the past two weeks, neighbors and friends in the Poinsettia Heights and Park Place neighborhoods have found at least seven dead and ...

Encinitas before yuppies, the proposal to divide Fairbanks Ranch

Oceanside's secret French village and the University City bridge fight

The Most ideal of Provinces Rancho Santa Fe proposed an alternative plan, which called for preserving Del Dios as a two-lane road and, instead, extending and expanding San Dieguito Road (Route 728) such that it ...

He who would steal from a dog

Older surfer type rips off humane society collections box, gets away on bike

On June 24 at 2:47 p.m., a Caucasian male walked into My Sister’s Closet resale and consignment clothing store in La Jolla and stole the cash donation box earmarked for the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. ...

Encinitas moves toward drone ordinance

“There isn’t a ‘drone police.’ Who will enforce it?”

It’s one thing to fly a paper kite at the beach and another to control a metal drone that can weigh more than a watermelon. But both objects can be played with in public, which ...

Gun mogul's cash targeted Gaspar for assault weapons vote

AR-15 accessory-maker backed PAC attack on Encinitas mayor called flip-flopper

A San Diego gun-owners’ group financed by a wealthy Santee-based assault-weapons magnate that drew a June primary bead on county supervisorial candidate Kristin Gaspar may now be open to a change of mind. From the ...

San Dieguito trots out its old metal mustang

Original artist returns to give sign a new coat

On June 7, former Encinitas resident Susan LaForest Williams returned to San Diego from her home in Los Alamos, New Mexico, to repaint the San Dieguito High School mascot sign. As a sophomore in 1979, ...

Bat-wielding doctor loses license

Spat at neighbor's guest, made death threat, had stroke soon after

Michael Patrick Smith of Encinitas lost his medical license last month, according to the Medical Board of California. He did not dispute the board's account of his behavior. On July 21 of 2012, Smith's neighbors ...

Proposition 47 a culprit in increase of burglaries?

“It’s not just Encinitas. It's also Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad..."

On the morning of May 20, a home on Nolbey Street in Cardiff by the Sea was the second home burglarized on the same street in the past two weeks. Combined with an increase of ...

Objections to Encinitas Library renaming

“I hope our city is not for sale. Find another way to make money."

Steve Mizel, a wealthy investor and a philanthropist, wants to have the name of the Encinitas Library changed to honor his wife. He’s offered $2 million to the city to change the library’s name to ...

Encinitas surf writer covers (getting covered on) the waterfront

Chris Ahrens's greatest compliment: “It was just like that, man.”

In February of 1997, the Reader did a cover story featuring surf writer Chris Ahrens as one of San Diego’s leading “micro-publishers” in the then-growing field of authors self-publishing their books. Now, six books later, ...

Marine Safety Center greenlighted for Moonlight Beach

Don't call it a "lifeguard station" — it's got a pole, mini cop-shop, and animal-rescue pen

Eleven years in the making, a new Encinitas lifeguard tower at Moonlight Beach finally got the green light. The city’s planning commission unanimously approved it last week. The new “Marine Safety Center” was conceptually approved ...

Armenians recall genocide in theater

“They survived by throwing themselves on piles of dead bodies."

On April 24, 1915, the government of the Turkish Ottoman Empire arrested 250 Armenian intellectual, community, and religious leaders. Most were later killed. It was the start of what would become the 20th Century’s first ...

Cantebria Trail was part of the Ecke poinsettia empire

This coastal Encinitas trail offers surprising diversity in an urban setting

You will be pleasantly surprised to discover so many varieties of California native plants along this short urban canyon walk. This is an easily accessed trail, welcoming all levels. The trail is popular with neighbors ...

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. ...

You can’t run, but you can hide Papa Burger in Oceanside

Cover blown on Angelo Man’s previous life as family man

Since 1977, many Oceanside residents have passed by the Angelo’s Burgers at the south end of town, on Coast Highway. One can’t miss the statue of a big man holding a big hamburger. Most people ...

Encinitas ocean-view battle

"The houses up on the hill obstruct my view of the moon rise."

Some Encinitas residents are suing their downhill neighbors who won city approval to build a second story onto their Pacific Serena home, saying it will partially block their views. The neighbors — known as Friends ...

Encinitas Student Film Symposium

Industry pros come to town Saturday, April 23

There’s a new festival coming to town, this one brought to you the City of Encinitas and San Diego Filmmakers. I’m the first to grumble that art shouldn’t compete, but there’s more to the Encinitas ...

Benghazi victim Glen Doherty was kind of a homemaker

Friends serve up his chili recipe at memorial foundation fundraiser

Glen Doherty, a former Navy SEAL who did contract work for the CIA, lived in Encinitas. He was one of four Americans killed on September 11, 2012, in an attack on the United States diplomatic ...

Physical therapy business has become a thorny issue

Therapeutic conflict

The Republican mayor of Encinitas, currently challenging incumbent Democratic county supervisor Dave Roberts, runs a physical therapy business on the side. What to do when a lawyer for DCM Properties, a real estate developer suing ...

Traffic-signal experiment in Encinitas

“The study shows the new lights are more intuitive and lower crashes.”

Encinitas drivers are seeing a new type of traffic signal on South Vulcan Avenue, at the intersection of D Street — something not seen much in California. And some motorists have complained of dangerously making ...

Mom 'n' pop restaurant remodels — not closing — after 38 years

Roxy rumors

It blew up on Facebook this week: Encinitas’ longtime Roxy Restaurant is closing March 31st. Customers are calling with their condolences, the owners receive hugs from people passing by… But, “It’s not true,” said co-owner ...

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 ...

Switchfoot has left the building

...but their Bro-Am studio/performance space stays vital in Encinitas

After one year of operating the Bro-Am Studios, Encinitas’ multiplatinum band Switchfoot has moved on from their 600-square-foot practice studio/performance space on Highway 101. The space shared the name of the band’s annual Bro-Am Surf ...

Grocery gamble or gold mine

Uppity-scale market from up north to compete with four other stores

In the shopping center at the northwest corner of I-5 and Encinitas Boulevard, Smart and Final vacated two years ago, and earlier this year, so did Petco. Both stores moved to larger space just east ...

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 ...

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