Leucadia – funky no more
La Costa Ave. time capsule, changing Hwy. 101, insults to hippies, battle over stairway, a eucalyptus logger
- In the 1970s, Encinitas sheriff’s deputies would make the Leucadia rest area one of their first stops in their morning patrols, to kick out squatting hippies and camping homeless. The rest area was eventually shut down, until carpool commuting became a thing in the 90s, and the site was reopened as a Park and Ride lot.
- By Ken Harrison, December 14, 2018 Read full article
- Property owner Allan Brent rents out a small cottage next to the Beacons project's south wall. The parking entrance was sited too deep in the alley, he said, which will leave his tenants to deal with fumes, noise, and lights. “Would you want to sleep in this cottage with commercial traffic turning five feet away from your head?”
- By Sheila Pell, November 14, 2016 Read full article
1948 USGS topographical map
- “When the city started asking, ‘What do you call this beach?’ the surfers would have just said 'Beacon’s.'" It's similar to Midwesterners adding an "s" to names of retailers, as in Walmarts or Targets.
- By Ken Harrison, August 4, 2016 Read full article
- “We do plan to use these along the rail corridor in the Leucadia area,” said Rhinerson. “The exact locations have not been determined.”
- By Ken Harrison, February 29, 2016 Read full article
The view from Station White
- Leucadia’s lookout, “Station White,” was established in 1942 after the February 23rd Japanese sub attack on a Richfield oil facility in Ellwood, CA, near Santa Barbara — the first of five documented attacks on the U.S. mainland during the war. When Leucadia’s 1600 block of Gascony Road was developed, the City of Encinitas required the panoramic view to be maintained by the homeowner.
- By Ken Harrison, December 28, 2015 8:30 a.m. Read full article
- Business owner Laura, two doors down at Stone Steps Haircuts. She doesn’t think it’s funny associating hippies with Leucadia; and referring to them as “stinky” is rude.
- By Ken Harrison, July 2, 2015 Read full article
Part of the eucalyptus canopy that hovered over Highway 101, from Leucadia Boulevard to La Costa Avenue
- Leucadians rallied against the issues of the day on Coast Highway, a proposed 7-Eleven, a drive-thru Jack in the Box, and the terminus of proposed Highway 680 — a four-lane road to link I-15 to I-5, from Rancho Bernardo, ending in Leucadia.
- By Ken Harrison, September 5, 2014 Read full article
- The steps are made of railroad ties and come down the 85-foot bluff from Matthew Gordon's house, immediately north of Beacons. Records from the commission and City of Encinitas show that Gordon has been battling with the city and the commission since the city issued a stop-work order in 2005,
- By Marty Graham, March 14, 2014 Read full article
The building has served Leucadia since the late 1940s.
- Although Leucadia is part of the City of Encinitas and shares the same zip code (92024), many Leucadians insist on using their town’s name in addressing mail — Leucadia, CA 92024. Leucadia has had a separate post office for over 100 years.
- By Ken Harrison, November 14, 2013 Read full article
- Going northbound from A Street to Leucadia Boulevard, motorists in the right lane will now see signs and bike symbols on the pavement — what traffic engineers call “sharrows.” Basically, motorists must share the complete right lane with bicyclists. North of Leucadia Boulevard, to the city limits at La Costa Avenue, the entire right lane has become a dedicated bike lane, reducing vehicular traffic to one lane.
- By Ken Harrison, February 11, 2013 Read full article
- At last week’s annual Main Street Association meeting, not much was mentioned about the proposal. Leucadia Glass owner Rick Smith, a Highway 101 merchant for decades, says, “We all want improvements, just not this.”
- By Ken Harrison, March 7, 2009 Read full article
Audrey and her pet cat. She was muttering something about “luggin' these damn small saws like that.” She finished this tree, too, and handed me back the saw.
- Audrey owns a pickup, a half-dozen smoke-beiching chainsaws, a 3/4 ton stakeside, sledges, and wedges. She doesn't do the work herself; she’s the bull o' the woods, and a bull needs a crew. So she hires North County surfers down on their luck - and that includes a lot of surfers in the fall and winter months.
- By Steve Sorensen, March 4, 1976 Read full article