North County Coastal

Back to the 1940s

Advertisers got hip and realized that everybody was changing the channel when the commercials came on.

Not a lot of people know this, but I wasn’t actually around in the 1940s. It’s true! I was still waiting for my parents to get born so that I could get born; but I’ve ...

Tree to table woodworker in Encinitas

Lumber from 50-foot Aleppo pine won't go to waste

Carlsbad resident Chris Platus tries to save trees — but not from being cut down. The retired California State Parks ranger, now a woodworking hobbyist, seeks out old trees that developers are going to take ...

The undiscovered Brown Cup

Mexican hot chocolate in Oceanside

There are no fedora-wearing hipsters at the Brown Cup. Which is why I go there. Not because I have anything against hipsters, but because this coffee joint is still undiscovered and I can find a ...

The business of Santa

Don't tug on the beard, it's real

For the first time since 2003, one of Oceanside’s real bearded Santas, James Wornia, will not be working this Christmas season. Due to health reasons he’s had to cut back. But if the real Santa ...

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 ...

Cardiff hippie shop readies for fade-out

Shopping center rent spike could threaten VG's, the Office, and barber

A self-described “hippie shop” that's been around for 37 years will be closing next April. Cardiff by the Sea’s Good Morning store is being forced out because of a tripling in rent. Owner Darreld Kitaen, ...

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 ...

Dirty gas dream to come true in Carlsbad

State court denies another hearing to prevent power-plant construction

Opponents of a controversial gas power plant proposed along Carlsbad's coast were dealt a blow this week, as a three-judge panel at the state First District Court of Appeals denied a request to have the ...

Heartache at 100bpm

“We try to honor traditional styles, but I’m not from the 1920s — I grew up playing punk rock and skateboarding.”

With roots music on the rise, it’s a prime time for Wish & the Well to be prepping their debut album for release. The Oceanside-based five-piece fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Corey Leal is finishing up mixing ...

Soul man: Lee Fields & the Expressions

Soul singer Lee Fields brings his Special Night tour to Belly Up

A hit with the younger crowd — this, after four decades of pounding the road and getting older all the while. Lee Fields is 65. And the irony is, the better he gets, the more ...

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