Encinitas News

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 ...

A progressive agenda of flavors

Driftwood's Vanilla Old Fashioned

The bartender for Driftwood Craft Cocktails at Open House, Scarlett Hannon is an Old Fashioned kind of gal—but just because it’s her favorite drink doesn’t mean she has to play by all the rules to ...

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 ...

Encinitas enclave resists hole in wall

“Even with signs, Siri and Google Maps still takes them down our streets.”

Cardiff by the Sea residents to Mayor Blakespear: “Don’t tear down this wall!” That’s the battle cry from 40 neighbors on the private streets of Caretta Way and Starlight Drive, and a public street, Warwick ...

Chino prison escapee covered some distance

How Michael Garrett busted out remains unknown to the public

Michael Martin Garrett, 33, a felon who escaped from a California state prison on Sunday, January 14th, was captured in front of a Vons grocery store in Encinitas at about 6 p.m. Monday, less than ...

PO'd to miss San Diego's big snow day

"I actually saw all the nuns smile, while they were playing in the snow.”

Fifty years ago yesterday, on December 13, 1967, from Borrego Springs to downtown to Oceanside, snow fell in San Diego County. Perhaps the most dramatic scene was a blanket of snow on the beaches of ...

Amazon Go in Encinitas no forgone conclusion

“I suspect it’s a left hand/right hand communication issue."

Last week, downtown Encinitas was all aflutter with news that the now-closed Whole Foods market in the Pacific Station Center would soon be occupied by an Amazon Go store. Made sense, considering Amazon recently purchased ...

"It tastes like when I go surfing"

Seaweed Margarita at Open House Asian Kitchen

Located on the 101, within sniffing distance of the shore, Open House features practically every imaginable oceanic edible — including vegetables. So it was that this al fresco eatery’s general manager Matt Handy went deep ...

Grandview surfer girl fought attacker

“I felt like they were watching me. I know at least one of them was.”

The teenaged blonde girl said she was on her knees in the driveway, waxing her surfboard, when a man came up from behind and grabbed ahold of her neck. “I saw his foot come into ...

Halcyon brings on the fun

The Stella Public House space now full of games

At least one San Diego coffee shop features a ping pong table. The Halcyon coffee shop experienced a game reimagining in September. Since opening, the Texas based business has shared real estate with a sister ...

Amtrak won’t stop in Encinitas or South Carlsbad

Agreement with North County Transit District to end October 9

Encinitas and South Carlsbad will be losing Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train service. Both stations receive six daily Amtrak train stops — three northbound and three southbound. The move, effective October 9, ends a four-year “Rail-2-Rail” ...

Encinitas council votes under legal pressure

“It’s with a heavy heart that I support the district process."

The City of Encinitas will probably be switching to district elections for its council seats — not because it’s a good idea for democracy or to better represent the five communities that make up the ...

Craft beer seeps into new neighborhoods

Benchmark, Culture, Eppig, Kensington carve out territories

The growing trend among beer companies to open satellite taprooms in commercial districts is bringing a craft-brewery presence to neighborhoods that didn't previously haven't one. There were 20 off-site tasting rooms at the beginning of ...

Dave Roberts never apologized to Kristin Gaspar

Former county supervisor sued for defamation

The husband of San Diego County supervisor Kristin Gaspar says his wife's former opponent, Dave Roberts, defamed him and his business in an attempt to win the election. Paul Gaspar, owner of Gaspar Physical Therapy, ...

Tantalizing chance to fish in Encinitas forbidden zone

From Moonlight to Seaside beach

Recreational anglers, along with a scientist from Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UCSD, got to fish where the rest of us can’t — in the Marine Protected Area of Encinitas — a no-take area for ...

Garden State Bagels in Encinitas sees nit-picking by County Health

"We get blamed"

Steve Amster, the owner of Garden State Bagels got his Encinitas restaurant’s health rating dropped from a long-term “A” to a less-than-90% “B” rating. He was cited for what county health inspector, Diego Velasquez, reported ...

Speed limits to be lowered on La Costa Avenue, Quail Gardens Drive

But increased on El Camino Real

Some major streets in Encinitas are scheduled for speed limit changes, mostly downward by five miles per hour, but some will be increased, based on a little-known California law. Last week, although some residents protested ...

Encinitas arson spree ends with arrest

Man charged with igniting multiple fires

On July 5, Tyler Carender, 20, was arrested on federal charges of that in fall of last year he committed three arsons at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and Oak Crest Middle School in his home ...

Rancho Peñasquitos' Andy Wiess reviving Crown Books

Used books on trial in Encinitas, Horton Plaza, and Chula Vista

A long gone, but once familiar nationwide business has reappeared in Encinitas. Back in the 1980s, a lanky Robert Haft went on TV with the his three-piece suit and heavy New Jersey accent, to tell ...

Now the builders are mad at Encinitas

They fear the worst — total ban on new construction

After nearly 25 years of non-compliance with state law requiring municipalities to provide space to develop affordable housing, the city of Encinitas is headed back to court. According to a petition filed to San Diego ...

Where are Mike Doyle, Mike Hynson, Skip Frye, Joe Roper,Chris O'Rourke, Chris Godfrey, Larry Gordon, Tom Bessell now?

San Diego surfers of future past

Just prior to the advent of the pro surfing tour in the mid 1970s there was a group of San Diego-based surfers who set the pace for the sport. They helped dictate everything from how ...

Local, organic, and rich in that umami flavor

So Cal stereotype

I was cruising through Encinitas, and the words “organic café” caught my eye. I pulled over and parked, and before long I was noshing on a grilled chicken pesto sandwich on a casual patio, trading ...

San Dieguito High honors classmates killed in battle

Twenty names read on Saturday, most by someone who knew them

During the Vietnam War, Del Mar resident 1st Lt. Jimmy Mitchell, a member of the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, landed at Chu Lai in South Vietnam. On an August 31, 1965 patrol, the Marine from ...

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 ...

NPR, SDSU, UNICEF, and Doctors Without Borders beat back Encinitas attorney

Appeals court says he influenced his sick client.

On April 20, the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, agreed with a lower court decision assailing an Encinitas attorney for making himself the recipient of the fortune of an elderly, mentally ailing client, who ...

Sheriff deputy cleared in 2015 "suicide by cop" death in Encinitas

Despondent Kendrick aimed the shotgun at Block which prompted the deputy to shoot six rounds

A law enforcement review board has ruled that San Diego County Sheriff's deputy Steven Block was justified in the shooting death of 56-year-old Gary Kendrick in Encinitas on March 27, 2015. The Community Law Enforcement ...

Blissing out on chicken pot pie

Just like mom and Roman soldiers used to make

When Pop Pie Co. opened in University Heights last fall, its single-serving pie concept roused a social media sensation that drew lines out the door. But it’s not alone in the pie-as-entrée space. Betty’s Pie ...

Encinitas' love/hate for a certain tree

"Like pit bulls, sometimes ficuses get a bad rap."

An attempt to pass a tree ordinance in Encinitas drew a slew of people to a meeting Wednesday night (March 8). Besides being generally interested in protecting publicly owned trees, people wanted to talk about ...

North County has less heroin today

Forty-six gang members rounded up

Federal indictments unsealed yesterday (March 1) charge 55 drug dealers and gang members with crimes including money-laundering, robberies, vehicle thefts, burglaries, assaults, and trafficking in heroin, methamphetamine, and firearms. The gang members operated in North ...

Honey's Bistro & Bakery is anything but boring

Longtime Encinitas cafe easy to miss, but not to forget

When I first walked into Honey’s Bistro & Bakery in downtown Encinitas, I had one of those déjà vu moments. I was so sure I had been there before, but I hadn’t. A new friend ...

What's the affordable housing plan, Encinitas?

"Like a herd of wild turtles we are moving slowly toward our goal."

The Encinitas City Council set up a task force to put together a proposed housing plan Monday night (February 6) in hopes of avoiding another legal defeat for failing to identify how to create almost ...

We ordered them all

Fresh tacos, just like Tijuana

We were in the mood for tacos, and Alberto’s or actually any ’Berto’s wasn’t going to cut it. I had heard about The Taco Stand in Encinitas and was told it was authentic and beat ...

New North County transportation situation

Bus drivers look forward to management change and...raises?

The North County Transit District has announced a new firm, MV Transportation, will operate and maintain its regular bus routes, paratransit, and special transportation services. The contract includes the hiring, training, and employment of bus ...

Finding Oscar’s

Smoked fish tacos worth seeking out

Even when I couldn't find the place, my friend was about to miss the train, and a Rubio’s was staring at me from across the street, I pursued the siren call of the smoked-tuna taco. This family-run Pacific Beach taco stand started in 2011 and recently added East Village and Encinitas to its lineup. The Encinitas shop is so new it didn’t even have a proper sign up yet.

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 ...

Say bye to Oceanside Digiplex's squeaky seats

Theater giant buys small chain to add to its big one

On January 31, as I sat in the Oceanside Digiplex Theater at the Mission Market Place, I couldn’t help but be bothered by the squeaky seat behind me; I also noticed a seat covered up ...

Trader Joe narrowly avoids disaster

Elderly driver felt bad, didn't intend to create a drive-through

Around 3:00 p.m. on January 26, a woman in her late 80s backed into the Trader Joe’s in Encinitas, injuring four people. Two victims were transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, one to ...

Glass elevator with mosaics that change on every floor

Pick up this beauty for just under $14 mil

Current owner: Leonard M. Okun Listing price: $13,500,000 Beds: 4 Baths: 5-1/2 House size: 5540 sq ft The “Venetian Villa” located at 828 Neptune Drive on a quarter-acre oceanfront lot, according to listing materials, “offers ...

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