Leucadia Stories

First-class gas for cheaper

North County station owner explains economics of local fuel biz

Gas prices along North County’s coastline — from Del Mar to Carlsbad — usually average 10 to 15 cents higher than most areas of San Diego. However a few days ago, the FOX5 morning news ...

Leucadia funk-removal machine to start up soon

City of Encinitas to remove 130-year-old eucalyptus for streetscape project

One of the last remaining tall, old, eucalyptus trees along Leucadia’s Coast Highway 101, at Leucadia Boulevard, is scheduled to come down soon. Planted in the 1880s, images on old postcards are all that remain ...

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 ...

Staring at the stars (including Barbarella)

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, August 21-August 27

The Radvocate magazine and Housefire Press present an evening of readings from Riley Michael Parker, Rachel Lee Taylor, Parker Tettleton, and Sunny Katz. Reserve your complimentary tickets for the best movies from South Korea, with ...

In search of coastal sage scrub

Remnants remain in some of our coastal canyons and in special reserves.

The coastal sage plant community has been nearly eliminated in San Diego County, replaced by housing developments, shopping centers, business centers, and golf courses. However, remnants remain in some of our coastal canyons and in ...

The line-up comes ashore for Fish 101

Leucadian spot is hot, but fish tacos fall just shy of fabulous

I'll make the effort for a good fish taco, even if it means hustling up to Leucadia from Golden Hill and standing in line out on the sidewalk along PCH. That's where you find Fish ...

Remember California?

Leucadia liquor store muralized

Royal Liquor, at 1496 North Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia, is the first site of a mural project by a new Encinitas area arts group named Paint Encinitas. Cardiff by the Sea artist Skye Walker ...

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 ...

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 ...

Calypso on a Baja beach

Only the Belly Up has a greater tradition of bringing live music to North County than Gilles Knafo. He opened the Calypso Cafe in 1995 as a Mediterranean-style restaurant and dinner club. His seven-night-a-week blues, ...

Leucadia resident can’t replace stairway to sand

Coastal commission says nay to Beacons Beach homeowner

A long fight by a Leucadia homeowner to try to replace a private stairway to Beacons Beach ended sharply at the California Coastal Commission Thursday, March 13, with the commission rejecting the owner's appeal. "It ...

Auction looms for Encinitas' Pacific View school

Residents aim to stop sale of parcel that was donated in 1883

Recently, Leucadia resident Scott Chatfield woke up one morning at 3:00 a.m. and realized he had to do something to save the old Pacific View Elementary School. The 2.8-acre property comes up for public auction ...

Little Leucadia post office to close?

Postage-stamp-sized building has been there since the 1940s

The United States Postal Service, in an effort to reduce continuing losses, has been looking to close, consolidate, or downsize several area post offices. While the possible closures of the La Jolla, Mission Valley, and ...

Scott Samuels takes a Fall

New solo EP dropping in Leucadia on November 2

“It’s about falling for someone and falling out of romance,” says former Roxy Dioxide singer/guitarist Scott Samuels of his solo EP The Fall, which drops this week. “It tells the story of a shallow L.A. ...

San Diego sheriffs choose 9/11 to conduct parolee check

“They could have picked a different day,” says angry parent

Arriving parents and the students they were dropping off in front of the San Dieguito High School Academy may have been concerned on the morning of September 11. From out in front of the campus ...

Café Ipé: old-school espresso for North County

Leucadia coffee house's espresso boldly challenges the artsy java of the cutting edge coffee shops

Despite the fact that Lofty gets all the credit for fancy North County java, Café Ipé (970 North Coast Highway, 760-436-2233, rhymes with eBay) is equally serious about coffee production. The coffee shop has partnered ...

Special election wins power for the people of Encinitas

They, not councilmembers, will decide density and height zoning matters

With an extremely high voter turnout for a one-issue special election, over 40 percent of Encinitas’ voters turned out on June 18 to express their opinion on Proposition A — the Right to Vote Initiative. ...

Reduction of car lanes begins on Leucadia’s Coast Hwy. 101

Plans for a bike-, pedestrian-, and diner-friendly vision

The four-lane, tree-lined Coast Hwy. 101 through Leucadia — a roadway that’s facilitated nine decades of cruising — changed on Wednesday, February 6. Since the 1930s until 1964, the highway served as the only arterial ...

Leucadia’s Calypso Cafe closes

The Calypso Cafe, which opened in Leucadia in 1995 and featured music seven nights a week for most of its existence, held its final show this New Year’s Eve. Located in a converted house, the ...

Santa art sought from Del Mar to Oceanside

One painting depicts St. Nick smoking pot

After seeing a window painting of Santa smoking a pipe and a snowman holding a water pipe at an Oceanside smoke shop, I decided to see if there were any other businesses that had pictures ...

Stiff Drinks, Bad Carpeting

Bar Leucadian gets its music permit revoked due to cocaine sales on the premises.

Encinitas Art Auction Backstory

Over 100 people turned out for Encinitas' 101 Artist Colony's banner auction on May 20. The annual art sale invited 97 local artists to submit original paintings, on white vinyl banners, that were then hung ...

Three DUI Busts After High-Speed Chase and Crash in Leucadia

A high-speed chase that started in Oceanside on Thursday night, April 12, ended in a three-car collision on La Costa Avenue at the I-5 off ramp in Leucadia. Oceanside police observed a stolen vehicle at ...

Dr. Bill and GT Surf Hwy 101

A few words about my bike. I call him GT, but his real name is GT LTS 3. He is a brute. He was born in 1998 and listed for $4295. My wife Debra bought ...

Witness Takes Keys from Stumbling Driver

In June, an off-duty firefighter was almost struck by a black BMW in the parking lot of the Leucadia Liquor Store, according to testimony in the Vista courthouse on September 12. The firefighter-witness watched William ...

Leucadia’s Eucalyptus Trees Threaten Trains?

Encinitas resident Russell Levan spoke during the public comment of the February 23 city council meeting, voicing his concern for the cutting of eucalyptus trees along the railroad corridor in Leucadia. “Where does it become ...

The Hippies Win One

On Friday, February 19, a San Diego County superior court judge dismissed a defamation of character lawsuit against the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce. The chamber’s former CEO, Gary Tucker (also the former owner of the ...

Another Perfect Day

Snapshots of all sides of our neighborhoods.

BALBOA PARK Another Perfect DayBy downtownphotoguy, June 26Today we were in Presidio Park in the morning and Balboa Park in the afternoon. We were shooting with a variety of lenses and techniques…. It seems everybody ...

Mixed-Media Leucadia

Matt Curreri of the Exfriends has been looking for a venue where he can play weekly shows, like the dive bar on Manhattan’s Lower East Side where he used to play every Sunday with his ...

Road Rage

So far, 2009 has been a bumpy road for city council members in Encinitas. Several issues have damaged relations between city officials and the public. During the past several months, public outcry over cutting down ...

Keep It Funky Now

“Keep Leucadia funky” has been the battle cry from residents and merchants for years. But in a community where surfers live next to neurosurgeons, a major rift is occurring over the future of Highway 101. ...

All That's Left

Lots of expensive land.

Israel and Lebanon were at war. England and Argentina were at war. In Hollywood, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were formed. Navy beat Army 24-7, the Chargers beat the Dolphins 41-38 to make it to ...

Leucadia

Title: Leucadia Address: http://leucadia.blogspot.com Author: Funky Leucadian From: Leucadia Blogging since: May 2005 Post Date: May 26, 2007 Post Title: Leucadia/Encinitas Will Absorb Carlsbad's Traffic The following was posted in the comments section in the ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago How do 13 parking controllers cover the entire city? "It isn't easy," said Sammons, sitting in his Traffic Department office near 6th and Market Street. Complaints of underenforcement are regularly received from ...

Ramble along the beach below the Leucadia and Encinitas sea bluffs.

Some of the most geologically instructive vistas in San Diego County can be seen by walking the narrow strip of sand and/or cobbles below the Leucadia (northern Encinitas) sea bluffs. If you want to avoid ...

Best of 2003: Best Tourist-Free Beaches

Leucadia and Encinitas State Beaches Neptune Avenue from Roseta Street north to Grandview Street The mile and a half of sand along the bluffs of Leucadia and Encinitas is mostly tourist-free because it's hard to ...

Best of 2003: Best North County Dive Bar

The Boardroom Bar 109 Diana Street, Leucadia 760-634-3415 The Boardroom Bar's been spiffed up and there's a new marquee in the shape of a surfboard. But the old "Cocktails" sign still blinks against the sky. ...

Best of 2003: Best Mexican Chicken Soup

La Especial Norte 664 North Coast Highway 101, Leucadia 760-942-1040 La Especial features a dozen terrific soups, but their Mexico City-style chicken soup is the best of them all. Based on a full-flavored, made-from-scratch chicken ...

Best of 2003: Best Deals On Long-Stemmed Everything

Franco's Flowers 842 Leucadia Boulevard, Leucadia 760-632-1624 A remnant of Leucadia's once-flourishing flower-growing industry, Jose Franco grows roses and carnations in five greenhouses and uses a sixth as a walk-in refrigerated room where customers roam ...

Best of 2000: Best Mexican Soups

La Especial Norte 664 North Highway 101, Leucadia (760) 942-1040 Though it boasts neither a gorgeous interior nor superior service, people line up outside on Friday nights to sample the chicken soup. You can dine ...

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