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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 ...

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Ken Harrison March 10, 2013 @ 6:49 p.m.

Have you noticed how many bicycle shops are on Coast Hwy. now? There used to be only the one in downtown. I think I counted six from Leucadia to Solana Beach. I saw one by La Paloma that I think caters just to women bikers? And include off Coast Hwy., there's one on Vulcan near the 7-11, and CBS - Cardiff Bike Shop - on Newcastle. More bike shops than surf shops? Can anyone list all of them?


Ken Harrison March 23, 2013 @ 8:06 a.m.

Clearing up some misinformation - the Valero Gas and Oggi's Pizza will be staying. However In N Out's design and construction will create a site plan for all three businesses, creating better parking, landscaping, and egresses that work for all three businesses.

The Enc. Planning Commission approved the plans last Wednesday night. The only negatives comments from citizens were concerns about traffic. Really? They're probably vegetarians. Really? We have the town's largest road which accommodates thousands of cars heading towards SoCal's largest freeway, and one is concerned about traffic created by a Double Double?


Ken Harrison March 19, 2013 @ 10:34 p.m.

They really use Liquid Nitrogen? Sub Zero is a newly opened ice cream shop in the Ralph's/CVS/Trader Joe's shopping center. Its the new buzz for dessert lovers. They mix up the cream - still in a liquid form - which your chosen flavor and any toppings, and then freeze it right before your eyes with liquid nitrogen at -321 degrees. One can also order a non-fat, custard, or soy version. A little too sweet for me, and not cheap. $5.00+ for a small. But worth it once or for special occasions. We'll still hit Swirls Yogurt across the street for the regular sweet tooth.


Alexis H. March 20, 2013 @ 8:37 p.m.

We really like Sub Zero in my family, although I agree that it's not cheap.


Malia March 23, 2013 @ 10:37 a.m.

Thank you SUBZERO for donating many coupons for free ice cream and yogurt as rewards for Pi Day winners at SDA.


Ken Harrison March 20, 2013 @ 4:02 p.m.

I see these young moms out almost every morning on Via Cantebria behind Target. Sometimes there are 15 or more jogging with their little ones. Today I was waiting for a UPS truck to turn in front of me. When he didn't move and he clearly had the right-of-way, I saw he was staring at the moms. Being a cautious driver, I simply had to follow his line of sight and realize I still had to wait for him to make his move first. So I waited . . . and waited . . . .but I wasn't staring . . . really. But most of us have to admit, these moms are beautiful in a healthy way. Keep it up ladies!



Ken Harrison March 20, 2013 @ 4:06 p.m.

Hey - New Bird of Paradise Plants Mature Bird of Paradise plants being planted today along Leucaida Blvd near the top of the hill next to the golf course. Thanks CIty of Encinitas!



Ken Harrison March 21, 2013 @ 1:06 p.m.

Japan Invades Encinitas Students that is. 19 students attended San Dieguito Academy for a week. Read all about it:

(It's been 72 years for crying-out-loud, so I can use the "Invade" headline as humor, hopefully without someone being offended.



Mercy Baron March 23, 2013 @ 10:32 a.m.

One of the neighbors in Encinitas Ranch wrote me after my story was posted. He talked to the HOA and they said there is no sober living house in the Ranch. Not true. I was there the day this guy jumped out of the second story window of the house on Cypress Hills Drive. He would love to find some more neighbors that will back him up in trying to get this house out of their neighborhood. i don't have his info anymore though. But anyone living there might want to contact their HOA to find out what's going on. Neighbors are complaining that crime has increased exponentially since the home was put there. My son's house was robbed of $50k, worth of stuff 4 days before Xmas and lives in the Ranch.


Ken Harrison March 24, 2013 @ 11:53 a.m.

Help me out. Where specifically is "Encinitas Ranch"?


Mercy Baron April 23, 2013 @ 1:47 p.m.

Sorry Ken, hadn't made it back to this page until now. It's up Quail something road...sorry, right off of Encinitas Blvd.


Ken Harrison March 24, 2013 @ 11:22 a.m.

Mark Anderson Passes Away Longtime downtown business owner of Anderson Stationers (on 2nd St.) has passed away. A 1961 graduate of San Dieguito High, he open Anderson's Stationers in '69 and has been one of the oldest continually operated businesses in downtown Encinitas.

As of this posting, I have not talked to any of his family or staff, but it would appear that he died of cancer, as the family suggest donations to the American Cancer Society. Let's hope that Mark made plans for Jim and his great staff to continue this one-of-a-kind business.

Services are Thursday, March 28th, - 5:00 PM at Eternal Hills in Oceanside.


Ken Harrison March 26, 2013 @ 2:53 p.m.

Talked with Jim today @ the store. Unfortunately the store will be closing soon. It is the end of an era, now taken over by big box retailers and on-line consumerism. Jim said Mark would have kept it open just to be able to continue to support his great employees, but it hasn't made a profit in years.


Ken Harrison March 25, 2013 @ 1:48 p.m.

Moonlight Beach Renovations Almost Done The city is in the process of receiving applications to run the concession stand and beach rental facilities. The city wants more than a greasy hamburger place. Read all about it:


Ken Harrison March 27, 2013 @ 1:35 p.m.

Marley Girl is the town host, in her favorite resting place in front of One Day Signs (across from La Paloma.) She welcomes everyone walking up Coast Hwy. @ D St.



Ken Harrison March 27, 2013 @ 1:57 p.m.

Really? Is This What We Really Needed in downtown Encinitas? We've spent millions on improving Coast Hwy. Thousands on the historic Encinitas sign. And we get this large, obnoxious, free-standing ATM on the busiest corner at D St.

Let the city know how you feel about this. [email protected]


Ken Harrison April 13, 2013 @ 9:40 a.m.

That's One Way To Slow Down The Amtrak Trains Amtrak has announced it will soon begin limited service to Encinitas. As we know, the Amtrak trains fly by the Coaster station up to 24 times a day. Soon, the Amtrak Surfliner will be making up to three scheduled stops a day at the E St. station.

San Clemente has enjoyed this type of limited service for years. Their train station stop is literally on the beach at the pier.
If your younger kids have never been on a train before, take 'em. It would be a big deal. Take them on a short trip to downtown San Diego and back. What fun! Also Amtrak is a great way to catch an Angels game, the station is right in front of the Big "A" stadium. Want to surprise your partner with an impromptu romantic trip? Amtrak stops right at The Old Spaghetti Factory at the Fullerton station. A brief get-a-way and nice dinner!
And when riding Amtrak, sit back and relax knowing that the American taxpayer is funding most of your ride. But its still fun!

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Ken Harrison April 24, 2013 @ 4:44 a.m.

Last Days For Anderson's Anderson Stationers, the downtown Encinitas icon, is in its last days, expected to close on Tuesday, April 30. Anderson's is one of the last downtown retail establishments - been around over 40 years, long before the invasion of Italian restaurants, wine bars,and Whole Paycheck grocery stores. Owner Mark Anderson passed away last month.


Bayou Bengal May 21, 2013 @ 1:51 p.m.

Between the subway, starbucks and whole foods, Encinitas is starting to look like every other coastal town in CA, we are losing our funky coastal vibe to corporate interests...whats next, a costco and a home depot on the 101?


Ken Harrison May 10, 2013 @ 2:02 p.m.

Jimmy Hoffa's Body? Nope, just a huge hole in the ground, right off the Moonlight Beach parking lot at 3rd and C Streets. The huge hole goes way down, more than 20 feet below the street level. They are drilling, adding new sewer pipes underground, rather than rip up the streets to replace. The project is drilling under 3rd St down to the pump station on B St. (Cottonwood Creek), up one block of C St. to the fire station offices, and several blocks down 2nd Street, all mostly to be done underground. It appears that all the dirt being removed is being processed for recycling. Considering the number of gas stations that were along old Hwy. 101, and that every home was on a septic tank up to the 1960s, there may be some other stuff in that dirt.


Ken Harrison May 12, 2013 @ 6:44 a.m.

Steve Amster for Mayor? Garden State Bagel owner Steve Amtster is ticked off again. Find out with who. Read all about it!


Ken Harrison May 13, 2013 @ 4:13 p.m.

Its for a Good Cause The Encinitas Lions Club worked two days in one of the beer booths at the annul Gator by the Bay Zydeco Festival in San Diego last Friday and Saturday. Dennis and Sunshine Smith and their crew made over $800 just in tips. Their percentage of the beer sales will be added later. The funds help in many community service projects. One great event the Lions do each year is take blind folks surfing. Wow! Great job Lions!!!!!!


Ken Harrison June 2, 2013 @ 10:39 p.m.

Dog House Diner Gone, Dog Gone It Dog House Diner gets evicted from Home Depot. Read all about it . . .



Ken Harrison June 22, 2013 @ 2:47 p.m.

Papa Toni's Closed Popular pizza place Papa Toni's in the Seven-11 shopping center on Santa Fe @ I-5 has closed. Joe Vitale opened the place in the late 1980s. The new place will be called PIzzaiolo. No word if this will be a remodel for Joe, or a new owner.



Ken Harrison July 6, 2013 @ 6:32 p.m.

San Dieguito Mustangs - Class of 1973 - 40 Years! 27 of us attended the 6th annual "All-Class" San Dieguito High School Reunion on June 29th. Fellow Mustangs, can you name your former classmates?







Readerreg Sept. 24, 2013 @ 7:15 p.m.

"...The City of Encinitas is evaluating the need, cost effectiveness and long term sustainability of a locally operated shuttle service system...." It has posted an online Transit Survey at:

"...Beginning September 23, 2013, Encinitas residents are encouraged to take an online Transit Survey, in which they can share their opinions on current transit systems and their visions for a future transit model.

The ten-question survey will take only a few minutes to complete, but the information gleaned will be invaluable, says Planning Intern Keelie Rocker. She states, “The City would like to get as much feedback as possible, so we hope that many Encinitans will take the time to help us plan the system of tomorrow...”

There are also copies of the survey in the library (Cardiff and Encinitas)

This is an important and urgent quality of life issue for all residents of Encinitas.


Readerreg Dec. 19, 2013 @ 7:42 p.m.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, Christmas and New Year and the spirit of the season.


Readerreg Dec. 28, 2013 @ 7:51 a.m.

Just a reminder to all lest we take it for granted: we have the privilege of using and enjoying a great library system that makes even the remotest book requests possible and deliverable to our local/requested branch library. We also can enjoy the comfort of our branch libraries and their programs without any charge.


Readerreg Feb. 3, 2014 @ 7:43 a.m.



Readerreg March 24, 2014 @ 8:24 a.m.

KUDOS and thanks for the Encinitas Arts Festival at San Dieguito Academy on Sunday 3/23/2014. An excellent community effort and an enjoyable FREE afternoon.


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