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Encinitas, not a neighborhood but a kingdom

Bicyclists, roundabouts, low-income-housing, Swami's, who was Yogananda, sea bluffs, condos raffled, Moonlight Beach,

As long as Encinitas residents keep voting against affordable housing, the city will remain out of compliance. - Image by Encinitas Coast Life
As long as Encinitas residents keep voting against affordable housing, the city will remain out of compliance.
  • Bicyclists dominate Caltrans meeting

  • About half of the meeting’s 40 attendees indicated they were cyclists, and will use the proposed bike lane. But even hard-core cyclists were skeptical of some sections of the proposed eight-mile bike path. Starting at the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Preserve at the I-5 Manchester off-ramp, the lane will proceed north to Mackinnon Avenue, Nardo Road, Requeza Drive, Westlake Street, Encinitas Boulevard, Saxony Road, Urania Street, terminating at La Costa Avenue.
  • By Ken Harrison, Oct. 14, 2019
Some pylons appear to have been run over.
  • There goes the funky Leucadia vibe

  • Six roundabouts are planned on Coast Highway 101 between La Costa Avenue, south to Leucadia Boulevard. Most will be placed one-fifth of mile from each other. Opponents say four of the traffic circles, at only 100 feet in diameter, will not big enough for transit buses and large trucks.
  • By Ken Harrison, March 30, 2018
Opponents point out what is happening now in downtown Encinitas.
  • Now the builders are mad at Encinitas

  • At Home In Encinitas was put to voters on the November 2016 ballot per the city's mandate of voter approval for such plan updates. It failed to pass, with voters defeating the measure by a ten percent margin. Encinitas is the only city in the county that doesn't have an up-to-date affordable housing plan in place.
  • By Dave Rice, July 1, 2017
  • Swami's Beach

  • Looking for a place to escape the summer heat? Look no farther than the scenic strand of beach stretching south from Swami’s Park in Encinitas. The walk on the sand isn’t difficult, and if you want you can ratchet up the exercise by climbing up and down several staircases along the way.
  • By Jerry Schad, July 28, 2010
  • 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 getting squeezed between a breaker and a cliff, any such walk should coincide with a low tide -- better yet a "negative" tide.
  • By Jerry Schad, Nov. 4, 2004
  • Encinitas

  • While some towns form inland and grow toward the coast, the roots of Encinitas are coastal and its heart is beachside. This is where the core of the town is, where people and their families have lived for decades and grown up with their neighbors. These are the people who remember the days of bicycling to work, when there were no stop signs on Highway 101 and when newcomers were immediately noticed, none of which are in the too-distant past.
  • By Gabrielle Clifford, Dec. 24, 2003
  • Those who knew Yogananda

  • Yogananda gave eight “soul-stirring free lectures” on the subject of “everlasting youth” in April of 1932 in the ballroom of the Hotel San Diego. And it must have been around then that he discovered the undeveloped Encinitas acreage. Omar Garrison, Yogananda’s journalist friend, recalls that the guru had a mobile home custom-built for him by the Pullman Company, which he would park up on top of the cliffs. “He meditated there.”
  • By Jeannette DeWyze, Oct. 20, 1994
Yogananda's temple, 1940. Naval authorities forced the Fellowship members to cover the golden domes with white cloth, to foil Japanese bombers.
  • The disappearance of Denver Lucas

  • Love of music creates communities — usually short-lived communities, called “scenes” — that can change lives and, if the circumstances are right, change the world and the course of history. When I moved to Encinitas (really, southern Leucadia) in February of 1994, it was a time in my life of reawakened interest in new music, especially innovative rock music created by and enthusiastically appreciated by young people (ages 17 to 26).
  • By Paul Williams, July 24, 2003
Denver Lucas at Lou’s Records, 1994. Lucas greeted me warmly the next few times I visited Lou’s used record and CD section, gave me copies of Powerdresser’s records.
  • Heavy breathing at Sandalwood Court

  • Thirty minutes from now, a Shea Homes representative will begin drawing names for the Sandalwood Phase I raffle. “Winners” — those who are called first — will have their choice of 13 lots, whose homes, when built, will cost between $451,000 and $665,000. The lots, Numbers 72-86, form an inverted horseshoe about Sandalwood Court. Lots 74 and 77 already are presold.
  • By Susan Vaughn, Jan. 21, 1999
Construction site of Shea Homes, Encinitas. The sign at Via Cantebria that, in early 1998, advertised homes selling “from the high three hundreds” now said “from the mid-four hundreds.”
  • Swami's

  • To the surfers, the Self-Realization Fellowship temple is a landmark. Its glistening white walls and gold, lotus-blossom archway serve as a marker for their playground below—one of the finest point-breaks in California—“Swami’s.” To the nudist, the SRF is a temple of ogres who ran a full-page ad in a local newspaper last Fall explaining why they are opposed to nude sunbathing on the beach directly below their grounds.
  • By Steve Sorensen, April 22, 1976
“It takes thousands of incarnations to perfect our souls."
  • A kingdom bought and sold

  • On Third Street in Encinitas, just up the hill from Moonlight Beach, there’s a pair of low-rent triplexes facing each other. They were built at about the same time from flip-flopped blueprints so that one is the mirror image of the other. They have two apartments upstairs, and a basement apartment downstairs, are painted the same shade of postwarboom-green, and are backed by a garbage can alley that serves as an overflow parking lot on Saturday night.
  • By Steve Sorensen, Dec. 9, 1976
The occupancy seemed to change daily and sometimes doubled and tripled on the weekends.
  • Where the myth meets the sea

  • At the first ray of sunlight, a drunk rolled in a pink electric blanket stretches his arms and fumbles in the sand for his sunglasses. An aging triathlete with shin splints and tendonitis drags himself from the water after swimming a mile and a half and hobbles toward his vision of full sponsorship. A harmlessly deranged jogger slogs through the surf, dragging behind him a string of tin cans.
  • By Steve Sorensen, Nov. 14, 1985
The California dream might be an illusion, but it's still for sale. All those rooms, which a few months ago were vacant lots, are filled with people from who knows where, come to get their share of the lunacy.
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As long as Encinitas residents keep voting against affordable housing, the city will remain out of compliance. - Image by Encinitas Coast Life
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  • Bicyclists dominate Caltrans meeting

  • About half of the meeting’s 40 attendees indicated they were cyclists, and will use the proposed bike lane. But even hard-core cyclists were skeptical of some sections of the proposed eight-mile bike path. Starting at the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Preserve at the I-5 Manchester off-ramp, the lane will proceed north to Mackinnon Avenue, Nardo Road, Requeza Drive, Westlake Street, Encinitas Boulevard, Saxony Road, Urania Street, terminating at La Costa Avenue.
  • By Ken Harrison, Oct. 14, 2019
Some pylons appear to have been run over.
  • There goes the funky Leucadia vibe

  • Six roundabouts are planned on Coast Highway 101 between La Costa Avenue, south to Leucadia Boulevard. Most will be placed one-fifth of mile from each other. Opponents say four of the traffic circles, at only 100 feet in diameter, will not big enough for transit buses and large trucks.
  • By Ken Harrison, March 30, 2018
Opponents point out what is happening now in downtown Encinitas.
  • Now the builders are mad at Encinitas

  • At Home In Encinitas was put to voters on the November 2016 ballot per the city's mandate of voter approval for such plan updates. It failed to pass, with voters defeating the measure by a ten percent margin. Encinitas is the only city in the county that doesn't have an up-to-date affordable housing plan in place.
  • By Dave Rice, July 1, 2017
  • Swami's Beach

  • Looking for a place to escape the summer heat? Look no farther than the scenic strand of beach stretching south from Swami’s Park in Encinitas. The walk on the sand isn’t difficult, and if you want you can ratchet up the exercise by climbing up and down several staircases along the way.
  • By Jerry Schad, July 28, 2010
  • 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 getting squeezed between a breaker and a cliff, any such walk should coincide with a low tide -- better yet a "negative" tide.
  • By Jerry Schad, Nov. 4, 2004
  • Encinitas

  • While some towns form inland and grow toward the coast, the roots of Encinitas are coastal and its heart is beachside. This is where the core of the town is, where people and their families have lived for decades and grown up with their neighbors. These are the people who remember the days of bicycling to work, when there were no stop signs on Highway 101 and when newcomers were immediately noticed, none of which are in the too-distant past.
  • By Gabrielle Clifford, Dec. 24, 2003
  • Those who knew Yogananda

  • Yogananda gave eight “soul-stirring free lectures” on the subject of “everlasting youth” in April of 1932 in the ballroom of the Hotel San Diego. And it must have been around then that he discovered the undeveloped Encinitas acreage. Omar Garrison, Yogananda’s journalist friend, recalls that the guru had a mobile home custom-built for him by the Pullman Company, which he would park up on top of the cliffs. “He meditated there.”
  • By Jeannette DeWyze, Oct. 20, 1994
Yogananda's temple, 1940. Naval authorities forced the Fellowship members to cover the golden domes with white cloth, to foil Japanese bombers.
  • The disappearance of Denver Lucas

  • Love of music creates communities — usually short-lived communities, called “scenes” — that can change lives and, if the circumstances are right, change the world and the course of history. When I moved to Encinitas (really, southern Leucadia) in February of 1994, it was a time in my life of reawakened interest in new music, especially innovative rock music created by and enthusiastically appreciated by young people (ages 17 to 26).
  • By Paul Williams, July 24, 2003
Denver Lucas at Lou’s Records, 1994. Lucas greeted me warmly the next few times I visited Lou’s used record and CD section, gave me copies of Powerdresser’s records.
  • Heavy breathing at Sandalwood Court

  • Thirty minutes from now, a Shea Homes representative will begin drawing names for the Sandalwood Phase I raffle. “Winners” — those who are called first — will have their choice of 13 lots, whose homes, when built, will cost between $451,000 and $665,000. The lots, Numbers 72-86, form an inverted horseshoe about Sandalwood Court. Lots 74 and 77 already are presold.
  • By Susan Vaughn, Jan. 21, 1999
Construction site of Shea Homes, Encinitas. The sign at Via Cantebria that, in early 1998, advertised homes selling “from the high three hundreds” now said “from the mid-four hundreds.”
  • Swami's

  • To the surfers, the Self-Realization Fellowship temple is a landmark. Its glistening white walls and gold, lotus-blossom archway serve as a marker for their playground below—one of the finest point-breaks in California—“Swami’s.” To the nudist, the SRF is a temple of ogres who ran a full-page ad in a local newspaper last Fall explaining why they are opposed to nude sunbathing on the beach directly below their grounds.
  • By Steve Sorensen, April 22, 1976
“It takes thousands of incarnations to perfect our souls."
  • A kingdom bought and sold

  • On Third Street in Encinitas, just up the hill from Moonlight Beach, there’s a pair of low-rent triplexes facing each other. They were built at about the same time from flip-flopped blueprints so that one is the mirror image of the other. They have two apartments upstairs, and a basement apartment downstairs, are painted the same shade of postwarboom-green, and are backed by a garbage can alley that serves as an overflow parking lot on Saturday night.
  • By Steve Sorensen, Dec. 9, 1976
The occupancy seemed to change daily and sometimes doubled and tripled on the weekends.
  • Where the myth meets the sea

  • At the first ray of sunlight, a drunk rolled in a pink electric blanket stretches his arms and fumbles in the sand for his sunglasses. An aging triathlete with shin splints and tendonitis drags himself from the water after swimming a mile and a half and hobbles toward his vision of full sponsorship. A harmlessly deranged jogger slogs through the surf, dragging behind him a string of tin cans.
  • By Steve Sorensen, Nov. 14, 1985
The California dream might be an illusion, but it's still for sale. All those rooms, which a few months ago were vacant lots, are filled with people from who knows where, come to get their share of the lunacy.
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