Encinitas News

Speedway invades San Diego

Part of corporate shell game?

A popular Midwest brand of convenience stores and gas stations is quickly making a play into the competitive San Diego County market. Late last month, Speedway, headquartered in Ohio, acquired six stations in the area; ...

San Diego's granny flats were last year

This year it's triplexes, and a loophole in a rent cap

Last year, San Diego opened the door wide for backyard granny flats, and not the tiny kind on wheels, but units as large as 1,200 square feet. This year brings an even bigger change. Triplexes. ...

Encinitas mulls ban on natural gas

Report says methane more trouble than CO2

An expected vote on a ban on natural gas in new buildings took a surprise turn last week, when the Encinitas Environmental Commission announced a change of plans. They would devote the meeting to public ...

Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas not giving up on red light cameras

El Cajon, Poway, Vista saw benefits, but chose to dump them

While other cities in San Diego have stopped using red light cameras, a photo enforcement tool meant to reduce accidents, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas, which installed the cameras in 2004, are keeping theirs. ...

Why these nine Encinitas restaurants are closing

Retirement, fire, property taxes, competition, franchise fees, poor economy

What’s happing to restaurants on Encinitas’ El Camino Real? In the last two months, eight restaurants have closed in the ten blocks between Encinitas Boulevard and Leucadia Boulevard. The latest being on November 25. The ...

Plant Power Fast Food growing fast

San Diego-born vegan fast food chain is flipping burgers throughout So Cal

I recently wrote about how a certain global fast food chain has brought meatless versions of its burgers to the San Diego market, but a more exciting development may be the growth of a 100-percent ...

Credit card did not work at Encinitas Target, so....

"Nothing more than a mistake”

An unlucky parolee wheeled his shopping cart full of stolen goods into a parking lot where a deputy in his patrol car already had one suspect in the back seat, a prosecutor alleged in court ...

Granny flat subsidies may not work – look at Encinitas

Gaspar says work on middle-income housing instead

San Diego isn't waiting around for proof that granny flats can fly. The state requires the county to add 171,688 housing units over the next decade, and small cottages can quickly tap infill in idle ...

Prime ocean frontage above Moonlight Beach

“White water views from every single room in the house”

This 2005-built blufftop estate home at 806 4th Street in Encinitas features five bedrooms, seven baths, and 100 feet of prime ocean frontage above Moonlight Beach. According to promotional materials from Realtor.com, the 5300-square-foot home ...

Jeremy Blakespear too soft for San Diego's Bicycle Coalition

Doesn't want bikes sharing road with motorists

Jeremy Blakespear who lives in Encinitas, says he'd like to see more people getting out of their cars and using bikes for recreation and better health in protected bike lanes. His advocacy has caused him ...

Coastal Rail Trail: Encinitas and Solana Beach

Walk through and along three city beaches on this promising hike.

The San Diego Coastal Rail Trail is an ongoing project that will ultimately provide a way to navigate the 44 miles between downtown San Diego and Oceanside without a car. Ideally, this will be mostly ...

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 ...

Why Encinitas wants to ditch Sunset High

"There is not a rush to do this"

As the campus of Sunset High School in Encinitas was scraped to the ground over the summer, the school board of the San Dieguito Union High School District is considering a name change when the ...

The China effect on San Diego's recycling

After rePlanet closes, EDCO sees 100 percent increase

When the Chinese government announced last month that they no longer want to buy mega-tons of America’s recycling waste, it may have been the final blow to a collapsing recycling industry, forcing the closing of ...

A fateful ride with Kellen Winslow, Jr.

Homeless 58 years old lived at Encinitas transit center

"He said, Hey, do you want to go get some dinner, something to eat? And I said, I already ate dinner. And so then he mentioned coffee. And I said, Sure! Coffee! And for some ...

Bed bugs in Leucadia?

Union protest at John Moores' Encinitas Beach Resort

Warning . . . Crime is coming to Leucadia. Robbery. Prostitution. And worse yet . . . an infestation of bed bugs. That’s according to a two-week-long protest by a construction union. Carpenters Local 619 ...

What Vons, Albertsons, Ralph's customers will do

So many non-union alternatives

Thousands of retail clerks in Southern California, workers for Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions, and Ralph’s grocery stores, overwhelmingly approved their union to organize a strike, if needed, in the near future. Their union’s contract with the ...

San Diego cool coworking spots – do they work?

I got so little done, but I like the way I feel

A mile east of all the beer Stacy Keck tells me she can’t function at 6 am. So we decide to meet instead at 8:30, and she gives me an access code so I can ...

Birthplace of skateboarding – Encinitas and Carlsbad

Forget about Santa Monica

It started in 1974 at the Bahne surfboard manufacturing shop on Westlake Drive in Encinitas, and quickly spread to a street known as Black Hill in La Costa. Within a few years, skateboarding was a ...

A master of Indian classical music

Anoushka Shankar, Secret Fun Club, Roni Lee, Joshua White, Superorganism

Sitar master Anoushka Shankar takes the stage April 18 at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. Shankar and her family moved to Encinitas in the early 1990s, while her father Ravi Shankar worked as a ...

Seawall policy outdated says Coastal Commission

Encinitas and Solana Beach homes challenge rules

Even where public safety may be at risk, seawall applicants are in for a fight. Armoring the coast has become the equivalent of overprescribing antibiotics. "It's gonna get ugly," said Maricela Morales of the California ...

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 ...

Lights out at La Paloma for Valentine's film

Interrupts The Princess Bride

On Valentine's night, at the La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas, about 75 people, couples and families, were two-thirds of the way through one of the greatest love stories ever filmed, when the power went out. ...

Encinitas rolls back ban on dancing at Peabody's

“What is this? Footloose?"

The Old Testament quotes, and the 1960s band, the Byrds, sang of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 – “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven . . . A ...

Hinze appointment shows Encinitas splits

Mayor Blakespear: “She turns residents into citizens”

The January 9 unanimous appointment to the Encinitas City Council of Kellie Shay Hinze, executive director of the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association completes a singular vote for Encinitas of what one longtime community activist ...

Conquering the far West Coast

Modern Times pours out of town beers in Encinitas

Modern Times Beer has arguably become San Diego beer's most compelling success story. At the time it opened, in 2013, with design-savvy beer cans, a bartop made from paperback books, and a gigantic Michael Jackson ...

Finally, something great out of D.C.

Buzzed about fast casual joint marries Chinese and Korean food in Encinitas

A portmanteau is a new word created from combining parts of two separate words, the way we get brunch from mashing together breakfast and lunch. We use some portmanteaus without realizing it, such as bodacious ...

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 ...

How to bring poor people to Del Mar

Annex Surf & Turf from San Diego

Will Del Mar horse groomers and fairground carnies be the next group to get squeezed out in the ongoing housing shakedown? Those temporary Del Mar fairground employees may eventually feel the pain due to a ...

San Diego's last ocean front lots

32 empty spaces left – from Oceanside to Imperial Beach

Thirty-six years ago, the Reader surveyed the San Diego County coastline in search of any remaining vacant, buildable land along the coast. In January of 1982, we found a scant 79 parcels of land remaining, ...

Intruder took shotgun away and assaulted homeowner

Flower grower armed against copper thieves

An intruder took a shotgun away from an Encinitas homeowner and then tried to kill him with it, according to an attorney who spoke in court yesterday, Wednesday, October 25. Chuck Edward Neil, 43, pleaded ...

Encinitas shark signs stolen

Look for them on eBay

About 70 signs that read “Keep Out — No Entrance — Shark Sighted Water Is Closed — Tiburón Avistado Agua Está Cerrada” were stolen throughout the Encinitas beaches last weekend (September 29-30). “You’re stealing public ...

Ice creamery in summertime meltdown

Court scoops downtown's Cali Cream out the door

On June 22, a federal judge ordered a newly-opened ice cream shop in the Gaslamp to close down, citing a "high likelihood" that a venerable ice cream parlor chain based in Youngstown, Ohio, would otherwise ...

Burger issue issues

Diet-friendly, but too good to be truly good

The Reader’s annual burger issue will soon be here, and we food writers have been hard at work, taking on the grueling task of eating many of the county’s best. Somebody’s gotta do it, right? ...

No more county animal shelter for Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee, and Solana Beach

But yes for Bonita, Borrego Springs, Fallbrook, Julian, Ramona, Spring Valley, Valley Center

The San Diego County Department of Animal Services just got a lot smaller. As of July 1, the county no longer provides animal services – rescues, adoptions, enforcement, to the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, ...

ALDI's sixth San Diego County store

Encinitas first on moneyed coast

Encinitas grocery shoppers are about to get a little more European influence. A design review permit application with the city became public last month, for the opening of an ALDI supermarket. It will be the ...

Switchfoot surf jousting at Moonlight Beach

Kinda like Nerf

Minnesota placekicker Fred Cox invented the Nerf football in 1972. Nerf soon became associated with safe and soft athletics. Today, the weapon of choice for surf jousting is not actually a Nerf product; the soft ...

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 ...

Cursed Encinitas bluff

Another friendly developer bets 5.9 million

Early last fall, a developer named Weston Harmer hosted a meet-and-greet with neighbors who live adjacent to a bluff known as The Gateway to Encinitas. The property is just south of La Costa Avenue and ...

Short on seats, big on beer

Encinitas' crowded barstools speak for themselves

The city of Encinitas hasn’t been 100-percent welcoming to local breweries eyeing its downtown retail district along the Coast Highway. The local planning committee is hesitant to permit any brewery presence, and even when it ...

Expect long lines this summer

Ice cream worth waiting for in Encinitas

“By the summer, this line will get even longer.” So says a friend as we wait for scoops at Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream, in Encinitas. The line was about 20 customers deep when we joined, ...

Encinitas — roundabout capital of California

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 ...

Finding God in a shack

"Once we realize the love that God gives each one of us, we see our neighbors a little differently."

Membership: 750 Pastor: John Shaver Age: 47 Born: Dayton, OH Formation: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA; Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.; University of Pittsburgh Years Ordained: 19 San Diego ...

"The will of the people"

Anti-Trump protestors on Encinitas Blvd.

For the last year, every Thursday afternoon in Encinitas, a group of 15 – 25 protesters have stood on the northeast corner of El Camino Real and Encinitas Boulevard. On March 22, to the honks ...

First the styrofoam, now the straws

Encinitas led by child in fight against plastic

In the public comment period of the Encinitas city council’s March 21 meeting, the city’s Environmental Commission proposed a regulation to eliminate the use of single-use plastic straws in the city’s restaurants. Seven people spoke ...

To fight strippers, no one gets to dance

Encinitas' Mr. Peabody's busted

In most restaurants in the city of Encinitas, when live music is offered, dancing is not allowed. After finally paying off a $3,000 fine a few weeks ago, levied in September by the California Alcohol ...

Oceanside Monarch vs. Encinitas Monarch

Name-sharing leads to confusion

The Metal Monarch is none too pleased. Monarch is an Encinitas-based Allman Brothers–ish instrumental jam band. They released their album Two Isles in 2016. One problem: there was another band named Monarch that had been ...

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 ...

Santa Fe Christian School's "truth"

"We wouldn’t consider sending our child there now."

Both Matt Bosse and Joe Mosca, an Encinitas couple, grew up Catholic and want to share their faith with their children. So when they started to think about a middle school for their older son ...

Contenders list is long for Rocky's seat

New blood for North County's 76th Assembly District

Election season is heating up in coastal North County with incumbent Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside) not running for re-election in the 76th Assembly District. He was elected to the seat in 2012. The district runs from ...

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