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Jessica Kort named Leichtag Foundation’s philanthropy manager

The Leichtag Foundation has announced the appointment of Jessica Kort as the nonprofit’s new philanthropy manager. In her new role, Kort will develop giving opportunities for community members, oversee a new giving circle initiative, build the Foundation’s philanthropic consulting practice and...

  • Encinitas student, detained 23 hours at LAX and then deported, returns to U.S.

    Sahar Muranovic’s hands trembled as she waited for her sister. The 27-year-old scanned the crowd Sunday morning, Feb. 5, at Los Angeles International Airport, hoping that her family’s anxious, weeklong ordeal — which began when her older sister was detained, then deported — would soon come to an...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (Feb. 10)

    For more information on the event below and others, visit the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2ksEMK4 The Hutchins Consort will play a free concert at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, on Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. Songs will be a “chant of freedom and liberty.” For more information, visit www.hutchinsconsort.or...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (Feb. 1-Feb.7)

    Feb. 7 • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 100 N block Cedros Avenue, 4:41 p.m. • Fraud - 1700 block Tara Way, 11:45 a.m. • Vehicle break-in/theft - 200 N block El Camino Real, 6:30 a.m. • Misdemeanor elder abuse/neglect - 1400 block Country Club Drive, 2 a.m. • Misdemeanor...

  • Cardiff Kook Run

    Cardiff Kook Run

    Runners sped around Cardiff Feb. 5 in the annual Cardiff Kook Run. The run, which began under the Encinitas sign on Coast Highway 101, included 5K and 10K categories, as well as a costume contest. The names of the people who won 1st place in the Costume Contest “Group” category --for the costume...

  • Feb. 9: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe

    Boys basketball: Torrey Pines defeated San Dieguito Academy 96-72 in a Avocado League West game on Feb. 3. Ethan Esposito scored 17 points and had seven rebounds to lead the Falcons in their 11th straight victory. Hayden Helfrich scored 16 points, and Finn Sullivan scored 14 points and had seven...

  • City council creates Housing Element Task Force

    City council creates Housing Element Task Force

    After a wide-ranging discussion Feb. 1 regarding where the city should go with its pending Housing Element, the city council and residents met once again at a special meeting Feb. 6 to go over its options in moving forward with a plan. The council voted unanimously to create a Housing Element task...

  • Local author pens children’s books about popular musicians

    Local author pens children’s books about popular musicians

    A South Carlsbad father has taken his love for music and writing and combined the two to tell the stories of rock ’n’ roll and blues legends. Michael Mahin, who studied American literature at Clairemont Graduate University and grew up playing various instruments, said he originally pursued lecturing...

  • Off Track Gallery to host artist’s reception

    Off Track Gallery will host an artist’s reception honoring three San Dieguito Art Guild members on Feb. 11. Cheryl DeLain, featured jewelry artist; Pat Smart, batiks; and Carla Funk, ceramics, will have art featured and sold. DeLain said the event is perfect for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday....

  • CCA students march to protest Trump immigration policies

    CCA students march to protest Trump immigration policies

    Students at Canyon Crest Academy peacefully protested President Donald Trump’s immigration policies during lunchtime on campus on Thursday, Feb. 2, carrying signs and marching silently through common areas at the school. Between 100 and 150 students took part in the march, said Safi Jafri, 16,...

  • New County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar jumps right into the fray

    New County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar jumps right into the fray

    As the newest member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Kristin Gaspar quickly found herself in a high-pressure situation. At her first meeting on Jan. 10, she cast the lone “no” vote on a 12.5 percent raise for herself and her board colleagues, as about two dozen people spoke against...

  • Feb. 2: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas

    Feb. 2: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas

    Boys basketball: Torrey Pines extended its winning streak to nine games as the Falcons defeated La Costa Canyon 73-53 in an Avocado League West game on Jan. 27. Ethan Esposito scored 26 points and had eight rebounds to lead the Falcons. Jacob Gilliam scored 13 points and had 10 rebounds and seven...

  • Housing Element at issue with city council, residents

    Housing Element at issue with city council, residents

    One thing was apparent at the Feb. 1 housing workshop: high-density development will likely come to Encinitas, but there's no clear route how it will be implemented.Encinitas residents and city council members had a wide-ranging discussion at the community workshop as everyone tried to reach a...

  • Young author self-publishes children’s book

    Young author self-publishes children’s book

    When 9-year-old Emerson Birchmeier found two roly-poly bugs and couldn’t keep them as pets like she wanted, she kept them another way: in a story. “I went underwater in the pool and saw two roly-polys,” the Cardiff-by-the-Sea girl said. “I wanted to help them because the walls were too steep and...

  • Cardiff Kook Run takes place Feb. 5

    Runners will zip around Cardiff the morning of Feb. 5 in the annual Cardiff Kook Run. The run, which begins under the Encinitas sign on Coast Highway 101, includes 5K and 10K categories, as well as a costume contest. The route passes by the famous “Cardiff Kook” statue, goes by popular surf breaks...

  • Pacific Ridge to host student Science Extravaganza

    Pacific Ridge to host student Science Extravaganza

    Pacific Ridge School will hold a Science Extravaganza event open to the public on the evening of Feb. 10. Students from the nonprofit, independent middle and high school will present theatrical science experiments, which will all be set to music with dramatic staging and lighting. David Emmerson,...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (Jan. 25-Jan. 31)

    Jan. 31 • Misdemeanor possession of controlled substance paraphernalia - 1700 block Blue Water Lane, 11:23 p.m. • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 600 S block 101, 9 p.m. • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 200 S block El Camino Real,...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (Feb. 3)

    For more information on the events below and others, visit the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2j6e1LP Vision boards and oracle cards Participants will learn how to create a vision board at this class on Feb. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost of the class is $48. It will take place at 816 South Coast...

  • Wellness Week Festival

    Wellness Week Festival

    Wellness Week in Encinitas began Jan. 21 and is running through Jan. 27. The event is a week-long program of events and special offers designed to engage the public in learning about and experiencing ways to improve their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The week began with the Wellness...

  • Encinitas proceeds with rail crossing

    Encinitas proceeds with rail crossing

    Encinitas will spend nearly $900,000 to design a railroad under-crossing point for pedestrians at El Portal Street, but it may drop plans for a controversial, at-grade crossing at Montgomery Avenue and instead pursue an underground crossing at Verdi Avenue. On Jan. 25, the City Council unanimously...

  • North Coast Health Center installs solar rooftop

    North Coast Health Center installs solar rooftop

    North Coast Health Center has installed a 265-kilowatt rooftop, which provides more than 452,000 hours of energy each year to the Encinitas facility. The roofing, installed by San Diego-based developer Borrego Solar Systems, will provide 75 percent of the facility’s common energy needs and save...

  • Botanic Garden, Humane Society host 5K walk for people, dogs

    Botanic Garden, Humane Society host 5K walk for people, dogs

    The San Diego Botanic Garden and Rancho Coastal Humane Society present the fifth annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden on Feb. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon. The non-competitive event, which is open for people and their dogs, spans an optional 3.1-mile course. “Saturday seems to be the day when more people...

  • Nominations being accepted for citizen recognitions

    The City of Encinitas is accepting nominations for outstanding citizens in youth, senior and volunteer categories through March 1. According to a news release from the city, nominations will be accepted for residents who “have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to the community.”...

  • Surfing Madonna donates $30,000 to Pacific View project

    The Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, a local nonprofit group aimed at protecting the coastline, donated $30,000 to the Encinitas Arts Culture and Ecology Alliance (EACEA) on Jan. 19. Bob Nichols, president of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project and board member of the EACEA, said the donation is...

  • Jan. 26: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe

    Jan. 26: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe

    Boys basketball: Torrey Pines defeated Canyon Crest Academy 51-46 in an Avocado League West game on Jan. 20 as the Falcons extended their winning streak to seven games. Ethan Esposito scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Falcons and Hayden Helfrich scored 10 points. Jacob Gilliam scored...

  • 76 volunteers count the homeless in Encinitas

    76 volunteers count the homeless in Encinitas

    While most people were likely sleeping, more than 70 people grouped together at the Community Resource Center (CRC) in Encinitas on the morning of Jan. 27 to participate in a nationwide effort to count the homeless population. The We All Count effort — which annually takes place on the last Friday...

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