Solana Beach

Butt Out

For Solana Beach city councilmember Lesa Heebner, cigarette smokers should be confined to their houses with their doors and windows shut tight when they spark up. “My father died from smoking,” said Heebner during the ...

Train Travel Shake-Up

An earthquake occurred at 6 p.m. Friday evening, June 19, off the coast of Southern California. The USGS website reported the quake as a 4.1 magnitude event with its epicenter 45 miles west-southwest of Oceanside, ...

Dug in Deep

According to police radio traffic on Saturday, May 30, at about 2:00 p.m., a man was seen smashing a car window with a shovel in the parking lot of the Vons shopping center on Lomas ...

Party's Over

During the May 27 meeting of the Solana Beach City Council, councilmembers made permanent a ban outlawing brews, wine, and cocktails, making dry the last of San Diego County’s beaches during busy summer months. (Del ...

Amtrak Management Train Wreck

The day before Easter, Saturday, April 11, the Solana Beach train station was crowded with people awaiting the northbound Amtrak Pacific Surfliner No. 769. A lot of baseball fans, most of them wearing Bosox T-shirts, ...

Four People, No Laughs

I fit a couple of parties into one night. Both were at bars. Well, the first wasn’t really at a bar, per se. It was in the cantina of Fidel’s in Solana Beach. I was ...

Solana Beach’s Financial Straits

Back in the 1920s, Colonel Ed Fletcher took his brother in-law to the cliffs overlooking the ocean on his newly purchased land in what is now Solana Beach. Fletcher armed his brother-in-law with a fire ...

How Much Green To Go Green?

At the December 10 Solana Beach City Council meeting, councilmembers adopted a resolution that requires all publicly funded building projects within city limits to meet minimum “green” building standards established by the Leadership for Energy ...

Intimate Opera

“Operetta is a lighter genre; it’s somewhat bubbly and occasionally frivolous and comedic in nature,” says Tom Oberjat, coordinator and tenor for the Solana Intimate Ensemble, an opera singing group. Eight members of the San ...

Tacos Are a Tiny Taste of Temptation

Eat up, little burros

Fancy wimmen are okay, but there's nuttin' like the real thing: a nice warm adobada taco on a nice cold night beside a nice hot grill outside a friendly taco catering truck, with that marinated ...

Venice

Belly Up Tavern, Thursday, December 20, 8 p.m. 858-481-8140. $17. Jackson Browne says they're one of his favorite bands, and he compares their vocal harmonies to Crosby, Stills, and Nash -- an appropriate choice, because ...

The Sarcastic Killer

San Diego’s mean streets

A boy 3-1/2 months old was the youngest homicide victim in San Diego County during the first half of 2007. The oldest was a 75-year-old woman. Both were killed by family members, allegedly, the infant ...

Room for Jell-O

Making it to two parties in one night isn't usually a problem, but driving down from L.A. for a 5:00 p.m. event, traffic gets in the way. The first event was a fundraiser for Habitat ...

The People's Music

'Verdi was really good at not just writing the music, but making the music match what it was about," says Timothy Todd Simmons, chorus master for the San Diego Opera. "You can listen to the ...

Thoroughly Modern Blanca

Oh, lucky are the residents of Solana Beach! They've got sand, they've got money, and now they've got an eatery to equal those of San Francisco, New York, and Chicago. The opening of the sleek ...

Big Government by the Sea

Hank Williams III's recent obscenity-laced appearance at the Fiesta del Sol was a topic of discussion at the June 14 Solana Beach City Council meeting. Although no action was taken, some councilmembers suggested that the ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago WANTED: Women who worked in or led liberation movement, to help me in a liberation movement for myself, as I can't alone. I am hypnosis-controlled, trying to hold reversed. -- CLASSIFIEDS, November ...

Art on Rice

As every good chef — and good mom — knows, we eat with our eyes. Food is both a visual art and the artful combination of flavors. In traditional sushi, the visuals are vital. Sushi ...

The First Nobu

As a relative newcomer to San Diego, I held some misconceptions about both Solana Beach and Nobu. The first wrong idea was that the town was some snooty rich folks' enclave just a notch below ...

Do we not know how to PARTY?

The high cost of diversion.

What do people spend money on when they go out Saturday night? I went to a variety of locations to ask a variety of people. I hit Horton Plaza downtown, the Belmont Park roller coaster ...

What Insiders Eat

Restaurant staff gab and gobble.

Food = joy…guilt…anger…pain…nurturing… friendship…hatred…the way you look and feel.… Food = everything you can imagine. —Susan Powter Tim Klepeis, the chef at Adams Avenue Grill, spoke hesitatingly at first. “I think the greatest reward is ...

Best of 2003: Best Marathon Religious Experience

Saint Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church 360 North Granados Street, Solana Beach 858-635-2169, 858-259-2585 Cymbals crash in peppy rhythm. Huge clouds of incense roll through the nave. People line up in their stocking feet to receive ...

Best of 2003: Best Wheelchair Rock

Belly Up Tavern 143 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach www.bellyup.com 858-481-9022 "I saw a good band there...from Colorado...they had an electric cello, a couple guitars, a banjo." Vern taps his hand on the side of ...

Best of 2003: Best Second-Hand Stuff

Cedros Classic Antiques and Décor, Inc. 124 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite 206, Solana Beach 858-792-2929 "We take nice consignment," says Rita Hitchin; her partner is Marilyn Hughes. "We get mostly large things -- armoires, ...

A Tall Steeple Pastor Confronts His Fall

Solana Beach Presbyterian Church members felt hurt and betrayed and outraged and surprised when they learned that for more than ten years their former pastor, a trim and handsome married man, had been sexually intimate ...

Best of 2001: Best CPA

Fred Cutler, CPA 609 South Highway 101, Solana Beach 858-794-9035 Cutler's not interested in preparing simple returns. "I tell those people to go to H&R Block. They don't need me. I go for the more ...

Best of 2001: Best Store For Women Suffering From Cancer

The Brighter Side 439 S. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach 858-481-7565 The Brighter Side has been helping cancer patients for six years. "We like to think of ourselves as a one-stop shop for women who are ...

Best of 2001: Best Place To Look Like One Of The Beautiful People On Your Salary

Marshalls 685 San Rodolfo Drive, Solana Hills Town Center, Solana Beach 858-755-0791 As a chain, the company advertises prices 40 to 60% off. But there's a difference between the Solana Beach store and the other ...

Best of 2000: Best Art Supply

Rhino Art Company 125 South Highway 101, Solana Beach (858) 792-7449 Rhino offers more than the generic art supplies and atmosphere found elsewhere. Here, you'll find discount pricing on fine-art products and a range of ...

Best of 2000: Best Upscale Private Dining Room

Pamplemousse Grill 514 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach (858) 792-9090 In the early 1900s, private dining rooms were the rage for romantic evenings. All this came to an end after World War I. Now, ...

Best of 2000: Best Place To Take Your Dog For Lunch

Cafe Zinc 132 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach (858) 793-5436 Of course, the pooch should be a little sophisticated. Preferably an Afghan. Even better, two Afghans on a leather leash. We're talking Cedros Design District ...

Best of 2000: Best Pasta And Fruit Tarts

Cafe Pasta Pronto 117 West Plaza, Solana Beach (858) 481-0634 2673 Via De La Valle, Del Mar (858) 481-6017 Owners and proprietors John and Paula Freatas opened the first Pasta Pronto on Via De La ...

Best of 2000: Best Deck Dining

Fletcher Cove Cafe 106 South Sierra Avenue, Solana Beach (858) 259-7866 Ulys Miller thought he was buying a restaurant with inside and outside dining. He got it half right. There's no inside. Keep your eyes ...

Best of 2000: Best Afternoon Tea

Victoria Station 315 South Highway 101, Solana Beach (858) 481-1950 On any day of the week, you can get a cup of strong, steaming Yorkshire tea served in a real china tea service and combined ...

Visit the uncrowded San Dieguito Park, just east of Solana Beach.

While late-afternoon traffic snarls and tempers flare on North County's Interstate 5 and at the "merge," just inland lies an oasis of tranquillity: San Dieguito Park. Not to be confused with the huge San Dieguito ...

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