Cardiff-by-the-Sea news & stories

Breaking news and stories about Cardiff, California. For event listings, blog entries, photos, and places to go in Cardiff, visit the Cardiff neighborhood page.

Bicyclists dominate Encinitas Caltrans meeting

Path from Cardiff to Leucadia

Encinitas locals had their first opportunity on October 7 to see an upcoming master plan for a mid-city bike lane to run east of I-5, the entire length of the city, from Manchester Avenue in ...

Cardiff's Torrey Pine comes down amid suspicions

“We’ve done everything we can"

“It wasn’t supposed to come down,” say Cardiff by the Sea activist opposing the August 26 removal of a 70-year-old, 65-foot Torrey Pine tree at Cardiff Elementary School. The tree was planted by school children ...

The Willis way to survive rip currents

North Shore Big Wednesday vets say don't swim along the shore

‘Look for the bubbles; it’s all in the bubbles!” That’s Milton Willis preaching at the beach, extolling his approach to avoiding rip currents and surviving those you can’t evade. He calls it the Willis Way. ...

San Elijo Lagoon temporary road headed for permanence

Bluff dweller gets data dump

The North County Transit District and SANDAG, with the support of Encinitas's mayor, want to make a temporary construction road near the San Elijo Lagoon permanent, and they quietly took the request to the California ...

Face first into coral reef in Fiji

Lucky to make it out alive

Amanda was surfing Cardiff Reef on her 9’6″ triple stinger when I reached out to her. “When I’m home I typically like to keep it mellow — I like to walk the board,” she said. ...

Surf contests on Calif. public land will have to include females

And don't call them Surfer Girls

Former Encinitas city councilwoman, Tasha Boerner Horvath, has held her 76th District Assembly seat for just ten weeks. Usually freshmen legislators take up to six months to start legislating. However, on February 14, Boerner Horvath ...

Christmas king tides ravage Cardiff by the Sea

South of Chart House sand from San Elijo Lagoon washed away

Christmas Day was not kind to the beaches of San Diego County. The strong wind and rainy day saw ravaging king tides, which washed away sand and flooded parking lots and low-lying areas. The National ...

Cardiff main drag cut off from I-5

Go up to Encinitas to get to 101 or the beach

Cardiff by the Sea residents must be getting a little fed up with all the construction and orange fencing around town; widening of I-5 to eight lanes at Manchester Avenue, I-5 interchange expansion at Santa ...

The real story on Cardiff's mystery house

Once owned by the Pannikin's Bob Sinclair

Every few years, on an Encinitas Facebook page, someone will ask what’s up with the abandoned-looking home, which sits outside of Cardiff Elementary School’s northwest corner. The two-story brick house has been there since the ...

End of quaintness for San Elijo beach

How California Parks Co. ruined Idyllwild's Garner Valley

For the last twelve years, the Manganelli family has operated San Elijo State Beach’s camp store and little restaurant. But on December 13, their Cardiff by the Sea operation has started to come to an ...

Carlsbad, Cardiff dinging RVs

$10 charge for black water

Cheryl Brandstrom of Escondido recently made her annual camping trip to South Carlsbad State Beach campground. She had campsite on the bluff, great weather, good fishing, and yet came away miffed. Prior to the summer, ...

Happy hour with sunset and dessert

Order before 6 pm for prix fixe or sushi specials

I kept calling it the happy hour menu, and my server kept correcting me: “Sunset menu.” Sounded like semantics to me. It’s available from 4:30 until 6 pm nightly, conventional happy hour timing. Then the ...

Trestles pulled down. No, not those Trestles.

Better tidal low for San Elijo Lagoon

A longtime beach fixture in Cardiff by the Sea is coming down after 80 years of use. The old wooden train trestle bridge over the San Elijo Lagoon, behind Restaurant Row, started to be dismantled ...

The mother-in-law alibi

Kellen Winslow confined to gated home on Lake Drive in Cardiff.

When Cardiff by the Sea resident, former NFL tight end star Kellen Winslow, Jr. was first arrested on June 7, for attempting to break into a unit in the El Camino Real neighborhood of Park ...

Encinitans storm city council till 2 am

Cardiff neighbors win point on Lake Drive

Over 250 residents packed the Encinitas city council chambers, an overflow room, and a large patio outside city hall. 90 speakers signed up to address the council. At issue at the June 20 meeting, California’s ...

The Cardiff creakers

Before it was just part of Encinitas

In the 1970s and early 80s, they were the movers and shakers in Cardiff by the Sea. “Now we’re just creakers and crawlers,” joked Meg Kleeb. A group of 16 longtime Cardiff residents met in ...

So much for the fire extinguisher

Mercedes on fire on I-5 near Manchester

Traveling northbound on I-5 just past the Manchester Avenue exit in Cardiff by the Sea, Jose and Augustine’s 1998 E-Class Mercedes car became disabled. They thought it had just overheated. Anthony from Allied Gardens Towing ...

Cardiff post office to get new address

Low-traffic site has been great for avoiding lines

After it was announced that Cardiff by the Sea’s post-office property had new owners, numerous rumors blew up on social media on February 23 over the possible eviction and end of use of the town’s ...

Trash talk (and arrest) in Cardiff

“No one has the money to pay for a hundred hours of a lawyer’s time.”

In the Poinsettia Heights neighborhood of Cardiff by the Sea, a middle-aged woman, well known for her mental illness and attacks on neighbors, was taken into custody last week by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. ...

So much for the bull penis tacos

San Elijo State Beach to get new food vendor

One of North County’s most unique restaurant chains, has closed its last, and original location, inside Cardiff by the Sea’s San Elijo State Beach campground. “People drive up here everyday. They’re disappointed and heartbroken it’s ...

Jesse Billauer's second life on a board

Adaptive Surfing Championship at La Jolla Shores

In the mid-1990s while still in his teens, Surfer magazine named Jesse Billauer one of the top 100 up-and-coming surfers in the world. He was surfing Zuma Beach at Drainpipes before school in March of ...

Cardiff's trashy neighborhood

“If you challenge her, she will leave trash in your front yard.”

Residents of the Poinsettia Heights neighborhood in Cardiff by the Sea have a trash problem. Often residents will wake up in the morning to find trash strewn on their street. The problem has been going ...

Lawsuit against Lyft following alleged rape

Company accused of putting "profits over people"

A woman who was allegedly raped by a Lyft driver in Cardiff in December 2016 has filed a lawsuit against the company and the driver in state court. The lawsuit, filed by the unnamed victim, ...

Salty water kills beneficial bugs at San Elijo

Rescued by seed sludge from other sewage plants

Most wastewater treatment plants rely on microorganisms to dine on sewage and render it harmless during secondary treatment; and, much like wine and sourdough bread, if the beneficial bugs die, what’s left is an unappetizing ...

Cardiff’s lifeguard tower project is bumping campers

“The last thing they want is to hear a jack hammer all day.”

Since the 1970s, Mira Mesa’s Dave Timms has been camping for a week, once a year at the San Elijo State Beach campground. Recently when he tried to make his usual reservation, he found his ...

How to dive Cardiff Reef

You won't see any spaces to swim around the kelp canopy

The following comes from DiveBums.com Getting Wet: Head to the north end of the parking lot and enter the water where the lagoon flows into the ocean. You'll most likely see surfers to the south ...

VG's is not leaving

San Diego North Coast real estate churning pushes the rumor mill

When it opened in 1968, Joe Mettee started working in his dad’s Cardiff-by-the-Sea donut shop when he was 14. VG’s, with its morning customers lining up out the door, has grown to become an icon ...

Coastal Commission to Encinitas — No!

Bike trail must go east of the tracks

After a 13-hour meeting, the City of Encinitas’ attempt to increase bike and pedestrian safety and mobility along the Highway 101 corridor was dealt a big blow. Despite unanimous city council support for a proposed ...

Self Shape Surf Competition in at Seaside Reef in Cardiff

Cam Richards, Andrew Doheny, Nathan Strom, Leah Dawson will be competing on their self-made boards

Just off El Cajon Boulevard and 30th Street, there is a surf shop that has a mandatory day off to surf every Monday and you don’t even have to work there to work there. You ...

Cardiff walled off by Amtrak double track project

Chesterfield Drive your only way to the beach

Orange is the new color seen around Cardiff-by-the-Sea as the North County Transit District and Caltrans have blanketed the town with miles of orange construction fencing. Most of Cardiff’s four miles of train track right-of-way ...

Dorms closest to the surf

Did you know colleges have surf teams?

In 1997, I returned to San Diego to work on a couple university projects; a new parking garage at USD and then the new Commons building at Point Loma Nazarene. The Point Loma job was ...

Cardiff shreds

Camp Shred hits the beach on March 11 and 12

It was never this good in Beach Blanket Bingo. Kut U Up’s singer/bassist Chris Cote assembled the lineup for Camp Shred, a combination campout, beach party, music fest, and surf-industry demo held at the Cardiff ...

Encinitas eyes strawberry patch for sale

"We don't have the money to buy it but I'd like to be able to."

A 33-acre Encinitas strawberry farm landed on mayor Catherine Blakespear's wish list this week when the real estate agent representing the family owners offered it to the City of Encinitas. "It's just north of the ...

In defense of Cardiff beach parking lot

Riprap repairs deemed necessary — bring on the rocks

It's nearly an annual event — a big storm tears up the riprap that protects the turn-around for emergency vehicles in the Cardiff State Beach parking lot. "It got eaten away again last year," said ...

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, ...

Not littering Coast Hwy 101 is the Norm

Daily walker picks up trash, ladders, surfboards, and sometimes money

Norm Tang is a local celebrity among morning commuters, cyclists, and joggers along Coast Highway 101 in Cardiff by the Sea. But many don't know who he is, only that he is there every day, ...

Cardiff founder's house "found"

“Our jaws dropped. We assumed it was long gone."

It took a guy coming from Cardiff, Wales, to identify the 1911 home of Cardiff by the Sea’s founder, J. Frank Cullen. Mark Gubb, from the Queen’s Cardiff, was visiting Cardiff by the Sea to ...

What's killing the crows of North County?

“It’s West Nile virus."

Dead crows are being found in Cardiff by the Sea and Encinitas. Over the past two weeks, neighbors and friends in the Poinsettia Heights and Park Place neighborhoods have found at least seven dead and ...

Boy buried in sand at Cardiff's Seaside Beach

Tunnel collapsed while digging big holes

At 5:30 p.m. on Thursday (June 16), Cardiff by the Sea lifeguards at Tower 11 responded to a report of a boy buried in the sand on Seaside Beach. Two boys were digging big holes ...

Wood beach fires come to an end

Nails and leftover coals prompt state to institute new rule

Effective last week, the California State Park beaches at Carlsbad, Ponto, and Cardiff by the Sea outlawed wood fires on the sand. Banners advising of the new regulation have been posted on most lifeguard towers ...

Cardiff's "waterhouse" to face wrecking ball

Nobody's calling the former druggie hangout a historic structure yet

Recent Facebook posts on an old-school Cardiff by the Sea locals’ page wondered what was going on with the old Cardiff “waterhouse,” with its 16-sided top floor and unobstructed 360-degree view of the ocean and ...

Morning burglary interrupted in Cardiff

Three suspects jump backyard fence to get away, but...nope

Three burglary suspects were apprehended, caught almost red-handed, on May 25, in a Cardiff by the Sea neighborhood. Just after 9:00 a.m., “Allison” was driving east on Birmingham Drive when she noticed a sheriff’s deputy ...

Proposition 47 a culprit in increase of burglaries?

“It’s not just Encinitas. It's also Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad..."

On the morning of May 20, a home on Nolbey Street in Cardiff by the Sea was the second home burglarized on the same street in the past two weeks. Combined with an increase of ...

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 planning commission nixes Cardiff 8

Development on former flower grower's site seems to pack in too much

The developer of the former Maldonado Farm, next to I-5, has run into a bit of a snag. The City of Encinitas’ planning commission doesn’t like their plan for eight homes on the 1.25-acre parcel. ...

Still no showers at San Diego state beaches

Near-normal snow pack and water surplus won't change situation

Even though the California Department of Water Resources reports a near normal snow pack after four years of little snow, the governor’s office is not ready to turn on the rinse-off showers at local state ...

I know when it’s my turn

Surfing Cardiff

Sixteen-year-old Julie Schuman, a Cardiff native, ranks among the top three spots in the lady longboarders 18-and-under-category. She has been surfing since she was six years old. “There were always a bunch of kids out ...

Cardiff State Beach lot tossed

Storm relocates sand, stone, picnic tables, parking stops...

The strong storm and big waves that hit on Sunday, March 6, have forced officials to shut down the parking lot at Cardiff State Beach. The beach’s sand has been washed away, and several inches ...

Cheapest 21-window VW bus you'll find

Dog validates Cardiff artist's work with a pee on the rear left tire

When graphic artist and illustrator Steve Burrows looks at a curbside utility box, he sees a blank canvas. A sign painter by trade (Burrito Art), he recently turned an SDG&E-owned box, on the northwest corner ...

Farm bought, Park and Ride going in

Caltrans project at Manchester Avenue doesn’t spell end for early strawberries

A longtime coastal farm has been sold, following the announcement that Caltrans has closed escrow on 21 acres needed for a freeway interchange on I-5. The farm, north of the San Elijo Lagoon, butts up ...