North County Coastal

Burger phase continues in Carlsbad

Worth the Hamilton

“But whatever you do,” he says confidentially, “don’t eat crabs from Southern California.”

What’s that in the water?

Whales play in Cardiff

Around 5:15 p.m. on May 6, my wife called me from Cardiff beach. For the past 30 minutes, she’d been watching two whales off Seaside past the surf break, bobbing up and down and playing ...

Cardiff school board proposes $22 million bond measure

Expenditure prompts question, “What is the academic justification?”

The Cardiff Elementary School district presented a proposed $22 million bond measure at its monthly meeting on May 12; only 19 people showed up, mostly teachers and parents. All were in support, except for members ...

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, ...

San Diego watershed survey yields fair–poor results

Some H2O levels so low, sample collections not viable, says Coastkeeper

Water-quality watchdog San Diego Coastkeeper released results on Tuesday (May 10) of its annual water-quality survey that compiles monthly data collected from San Diego's nine watersheds. As has been a trend in recent years, the ...

Del Mar’s Boardroom

Like, wow, dude.

Beginning in the mid 20th Century, surfing culture was its music, clothing, and language. For decades, the boards were pretty much the same; the main difference being the long board and the short board. Hobie, ...

Alleged father-son fleecers in trouble again

Galanis family charged in case involving investors in Native American bonds

Oceanside's John Galanis and his son Jason of Los Angeles have been charged both civilly and criminally with defrauding investors in phony Native American tribal bonds. Both suits were filed against the pair and five ...

Carlsbad's Marty Schwartz is "the number-one online guitar teacher in the world"

I watch that guy!

“It’s crazy,” says Carlsbad resident Marty Schwartz, “so far my lessons have gotten over a half a billion hits on YouTube. Not to sound pompous, but I am the number-one online guitar teacher in the ...

Plenty brewing in Oceanside

Three barrels and no shortage of creativity

Miramar, Vista, North Park. Now, up in the northwest corner of the county, Oceanside has become San Diego's latest craft beer epicenter. Oceanside Ale Works kicked the whole thing off ten years ago this month, ...

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 ...

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