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Stories by Ken Harrison

Oceanside Mohsen gas stations at war with G&M stations

Southern Californians are driving more this holiday season, as evidenced by an unusual post-Christmas Day traffic jam on December 26 through Camp Pendleton south to Del Mar on I-5. It was bumper-to-bumper most of the ...

Christmas king tides ravage Cardiff by the Sea

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

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 ...

An unwanted December phone call

A new telephone scam may be circulating around San Diego. On December 19, 68-year-old Vickie Harjo, of Fallbrook, received a phone call from the "Medicare office" stating her Medicare coverage will expire on December 25. ...

December 24, 2018
The real story on Cardiff's mystery house

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 ...

La Costa Ave. missing time capsule found

Back in 1966, a young Dave Naylor remembers he and his father attending a dedication of the new Interstate 5 rest area at the La Costa Avenue exit, in Leucadia. He clearly recalls a time ...

End of quaintness for San Elijo beach

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

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, ...

Finally a landing and take-off

After a failed launch of California Pacific Airlines on November 1, due to a maintenance issue, the rescheduled maiden flights of a new Carlsbad-based airline took off on November 2. It’s been nine years in ...

November 6, 2018
Once more from Carlsbad

One has to give credit for tenacity to 97-year-old Rancho Santa Fe millionaire Ted Vallas. Since 2013, he’s tried several attempts to get his Carlsbad-based California Pacific Airlines in the air. After two Federal Aviation ...

November 2, 2018
San Marcos carrying water for developers

Tom Scaglione was assistant general manager and CFO at San Marcos’ Vallecitos Water District. He retired in May and now teaches at Palomar College in their water/wastewater technology program. He’s become a critic on a ...

Oceanside's middle managers want a raise

The city of Oceanside’s mid-range employees are in the middle of a wage dispute battle with city hall. They’ve been working without a contract since July 1. At the council meeting on October 3, their ...

October 25, 2018
Eastern Sierra not Eden

When former Allied Gardens resident, Shelly Snoderly, walked into the Big Pine Saddle Club early one morning, three months ago, she was upset to see the place had been ransacked. Saddles and tack were obviously ...

October 22, 2018
Our own trailer park talent

It’s been one month now since Oceanside comedian Vicki Barbolak appeared in the live final round of America’s Got Talent. Although she missed out on the one-million-dollar prize placing (she placed sixth out of the ...

October 19, 2018
Hippie fest near Jacumba – more to come

Over 300 San Diegans gathered in the boulder-strewn, high desert mountains near Jacumba, to celebrate Desert Rising; a three-day consciousness-raising festival held over the October 12 weekend. Though it is best described as a version ...

In-filling with 130 houses in South Carlsbad

Pressure to develop a project on one of North County’s last, large coastal properties may be coming to a head, but not if the residents in the South Carlsbad community of Ponto have anything to ...

October 1, 2018
Trestles pulled down. No, not those Trestles.

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 ...

Lilac fire survivor comes to the races

On December 7, 2017, horse trainer Joe Herrick said, “Hell came to town.” Herrick was was involved in trying to rescue 450 thoroughbred horses caught in the raging Lilac fire through Bonsall’s San Luis Rey ...

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

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, ...

The mother-in-law alibi

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 ...

ALDI's sixth San Diego County store

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 ...

Encinitans storm city council till 2 am

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 ...

Hidden and weird treasures lurking at Del Mar Fair

For lovers of Americana, memorabilia, or plain ol’ junk, the display of collections is the coolest place at the San Diego County Fair. The Home & Hobby Show is out of the sun and in ...

June 19, 2018
No more Bunch-a-Lunch, Mojo potatoes

Pizza lovers in Oceanside are disappointed to see the only Shakey’s Pizza Parlor in North County close down. No more Bunch-a-Lunch buffet, Mojo potatoes, big screen sports, and arcade games. Without notice, the pizza joint ...

Biggest gross-outs at fair

The gates to the San Diego County Fair officially opened at 4:00 p.m. on June 1. And just like the last 30 years, Margaret Austin of Escondido was first in line. “I woke up at ...

June 4, 2018
The Cardiff creakers

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 ...

Too ugly

“They were considered ugly and too expensive,” says Bob Meigs, of his rare 1970 Plymouth Superbird. Meigs, a Solana Beach collector of classic cars, is the car show coordinator for the San Diego County Fair. ...

Maybe you can use lead sinkers

San Diego anglers are sharing a sigh of relief over the change in a ban on the use of lead in fishing sinker and tackle. On April 24, the bill’s author, Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), ...

May 15, 2018
To dispel the rumors

Some Leucadia residents have been wondering for years, what’s up with the Fulano’s Restaurant. The restaurant appears never to be open. But a look through the windows shows a clean, well kept, and comfortable establishment. ...

DeMaio looking beyond the gas tax repeal

Led by San Diego’s AM600 KOGO’s Carl DeMaio, conservatives have caused a political earthquake in Sacramento. Some pundits say it may be the largest political shakeup since Howard Jarvis’ 1978 Prop. 13 initiative. "The outpouring ...

May 7, 2018
We're not L.A.

Every Thursday night at the La Costa Town Square shopping center, a scene from the 1950s and 60s boulevard car cruses repeats itself. Instead of slow street cruising, 200 car enthusiasts park, hang out, talk ...

Small San Diegans conquer Sierra lakes

Two San Diego kids slaughtered hundreds of anglers at the April 28 opening of the Eastern Sierra trout season. At June Lake’s Monster Trout contest, El Cajon’s Silas Stoll, age 7, took the overall grand ...

May 1, 2018
The lifeguards clear out a section for us

In 2012 , a group of beachgoers were hanging out on the sand in Del Mar. They started recognizing each other as regular beachgoers, started socializing and going out to eat. But they had one ...

April 30, 2018
So much for the fire extinguisher

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 ...

Big trout eight hours away

As hundreds of San Diego anglers get geared up for Merry Fish-mas, the April 28 opening of trout season in the Eastern Sierra, reports indicate good fishing is ahead. Ernie Cowan, of Escondido, the Eastern ...

Encinitas — roundabout capital of California

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 ...

"The will of the people"

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 ...

March 26, 2018
First the styrofoam, now the straws

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 ...

March 23, 2018
To fight strippers, no one gets to dance

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 ...

Cardiff post office to get new address

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 ...

In search of mom's death certificate

Longtime Carlsbad resident Jim Majeski thought he had it all worked out for when either he or his wife of 65 years passed on. Prepaid and preplanned cremation, he thought, would help ease the family’s ...

Trash talk (and arrest) in Cardiff

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. ...

Oh, say, can you play the better "Star Spangled Banner"?

Former Kensington resident Jason DeBord, a 1988 graduate of San Diego’s O’Farrell High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, did a 17-year stint on Broadway as a conductor, arranger, and musician. According to DeBord, ...

Gas-tax repeal campaign prompts motorists to drive

News Radio 600 KOGO held a petition-signing event on February 5 as part of afternoon talk-show host Carl DeMaio’s Reform California campaign — an attempt to roll back the new 12-cent-per-gallon gas tax and up ...

February 8, 2018
Rancho Bernardo gas at $4.19 a gallon

In the last month, gas prices have unexpectedly risen in San Diego County, up to 75 cents a gallon. Ten local stations hit $4.00 a gallon on January 30, with the Chevron station at 16998 ...

So much for the bull penis tacos

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 ...

Contenders list is long for Rocky's seat

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

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 ...

January 20, 2018
PO'd to miss San Diego's big snow day

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 ...

Recreational fishing under attack?

“Recreational fishing in California is under attack every day,” says Wayne Kotow, executive director of the Coastal Conservation Association – California. In a year-end report to the Oceanside Senior Anglers on December 5th, he reported ...

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