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  • Encinitas city council plans priorities for coming year

    Encinitas city council plans priorities for coming year

    The Encinitas city council last week set its priorities for the 2017-2018 budget. After a seven-hour planning session with key staff and department heads on April 18, the city council decided to focus on four efforts that they believe need attention in the city. Those items include: attaining a...

  • Homelessness on the rise in Encinitas, study finds

    Homelessness on the rise in Encinitas, study finds

    Homelessness in Encinitas is up about 25 percent in the last year, according to findings from a point-in-time homeless count earlier this year. In a study released April 20, the San Diego County-based Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFHSD) found 117 people were living on the streets or in...

  • Sheriff's Department to host Coffee with the Community

    Sheriff's Department to host Coffee with the Community

    The San Diego County Sheriff's Department's North Coastal Station will host a "Coffee with the Community" event April 27 from 8 to 10 a.m. at McDonalds, 1064 N. El Camino Real in Encinitas. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the deputuies who patrol...

  • Encinitas hit with another housing element lawsuit

    Encinitas hit with another housing element lawsuit

    The City of Encinitas was slapped with another lawsuit April 14 regarding its failure to include a state-mandated housing element. San Diego Tenants United, an affordable housing group, sued the city for failing to facilitate the development of housing for low-income families, as required by California...

  • Encinitas pushes forward on bar reforms

    Encinitas pushes forward on bar reforms

    Encinitas is barreling forward with its booze crackdown. After years of wrangling, piecemeal measures and mounting uproar from neighbors along the Coast Highway 101 corridor, the Encinitas City Council on Wednesday, April 19, signed onto a package of sweeping reforms that focus on bars and restaurants...

  • Encinitas Spring Egg Hunt

    Encinitas Spring Egg Hunt

    Families enjoyed arts and crafts, prizes, jump houses, face painting and the opportunity to hunt 22,000 eggs at the city’s Spring Egg Hunt on April 15 at Encinitas Community Park.

  • Woman going through chemotherapy completes Encinitas Half Marathon

    Woman going through chemotherapy completes Encinitas Half Marathon

    Three minutes of running. One minute of walking. Repeat. More than three hours later, there’s the finish line. Not Dana Sobotka’s usual pace. Tears stream down her cheeks. “Are you OK?” an Encinitas Half Marathon race official asks. Sobotka’s cheeks move upward, and she uses her hand to wipe away...

  • Angels Foster Family Network helps children in need of homes

    Angels Foster Family Network helps children in need of homes

    More than eight years after fostering a little boy, Terra Jones and her husband still have a place in the child’s life. The Encinitas couple, who also have two biological daughters and adopted another girl a few years ago, began fostering the boy, who was four months old at the time, through Angels...

  • Artist paints music mural at former concert bar

    Artist paints music mural at former concert bar

    Four years ago, Bar Leucadian was still known as a local destination for concerts. When its live music license was revoked after some trouble with the law, the bar was forced to close earlier and the performances stopped. Artist Michael Rosenblatt is paying tribute to the musical sounds that once...

  • John Craigie to bring folk songs to Encinitas

    John Craigie to bring folk songs to Encinitas

    Folk musician John Craigie will perform at the San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Supporting his new album No Rain, No Rose, Craigie is preparing for his summer tour dates opening for singer/songwriter Jack Johnson. His songs include touches of piano,...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (April 12-April 17)

    April 17 • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 100 block North Court, 2 p.m. April 16 • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 2nd Street/W D Street, 7:43 p.m. • Residential burglary - 1600 block Scott Place, 1:43 p.m. • Commercial burglary -...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (April 21)

    Encinitas Arts Festival The annual free arts celebration will take place April 23 from noon to 4 p.m. at the San Dieguito Academy Performing Arts Center, 800 Santa Fe Drive. The festival will include performances by Fern Street Circus, Ovation Theatre, Balley Folklorico, Encinitas Balley, Vocalocity,...

  • Former atheist and heavy metal rocker to help lead spiritual exploration class

    Former atheist and heavy metal rocker to help lead spiritual exploration class

    Nuno Bandeira left the Catholic Church when he was 8 years old and didn’t come back to Christianity until his late 30s, after having a series of conversations with a friend in which he found that Christian beliefs “resonated with me.” In between, he spent about three decades as an atheist, became...

  • Taste of Leucadia

    Taste of Leucadia

    Local residents enjoyed great food at the fifth annual Taste of Leucadia held April 6. For the event, many of Leucadia’s restaurants served samples to ticket holders, and seven “Sip Stop” locations were open after hours for attendees to drink libations from local breweries and wineries. Visit leucadia101.com.

  • The Spice Way celebrates 2nd anniversary

    The Spice Way celebrates 2nd anniversary

    The Spice Way in Encinitas celebrated its two-year anniversary April 9 with an event that included free cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, free tastings, an opportunity drawing and more. The Spice Way offers a wide variety of spices, blends, tea and infusions. The spice and tea store has...

  • Proponents, opponents debate pot cultivation

    Proponents, opponents debate pot cultivation

    After a divided meeting in February when council members and residents couldn’t agree on marijuana’s place in Encinitas following the statewide passing of Prop. 64, the city held its first subcommittee meeting on the subject at City Hall on April 12. More than 50 residents attended the nearly three-hour...

  • Emilio Nares Foundation offers transportation, relief for children with cancer

    Emilio Nares Foundation offers transportation, relief for children with cancer

    Sixteen-year-old Yuntasha can’t live the life of a normal teenager.The San Diego girl was diagnosed with a stage 4 brain tumor last April, her second battle with cancer. On top of that, she also suffers from water diabetes, obesity, hormone problems, a learning disability and hypertension disorder,...

  • Local man to run 250 miles in Greece for charity

    Local man to run 250 miles in Greece for charity

    A Cardiff man will run nearly 300 miles in Greece next month to raise awareness and funds for charity. Lance Cummings, 57, is running with nearly 20 athletes from all over the United States and Europe on the 300 of Sparta Endurance Run. The eight-day venture through rugged terrain, beginning May...

  • Encinitas begins eco-friendly employee ‘Try Transit’ program

    Encinitas begins eco-friendly employee ‘Try Transit’ program

    The City of Encinitas is encouraging its employees to be eco-friendly and have more peaceful commutes with its new “Try Transit” program. In partnership with SANDAG’s iCommute transportation demand management program, about a dozen city employees who attended a meeting at City Hall on April 10...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (April 5-April 11)

    April 11 • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 500 block Santa Fe Drive, 8:23 p.m. • Misdemeanor battery on person - 2400 block Camto Ocean Cove, 6:50 p.m. • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 600 N block Vulcan Avenue, 1:16 a.m. • Residential...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (April 14)

    For more information on the events below and others, visit the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2o7ZcN1 Spring Egg Hunt Families can enjoy arts and crafts, prizes, jump houses, face painting and the opportunity to hunt 22,000 eggs at the city's Spring Egg Hunt on April 15 from 10 a.m. to noon....

  • Motorcyclist who died in hit-and-run last week identified

    Motorcyclist who died in hit-and-run last week identified

    Authorities on April 11 identified a motorcyclist who died in a hit-and-run on the I-5 Freeway in Encinitas last week. Christopher Allen Issacs, 24, of San Diego, died on April 7 about 5 p.m. after being hit by an unknown vehicle while riding his motorcycle, according to the San Diego County Department...

  • Solana Beach woman gives shoes to the needy

    Solana Beach woman gives shoes to the needy

    A Solana Beach woman is giving back to San Diego County’s homeless population by giving them proper shoes. Adele Levy, in partnership with Anthony’s Shoe Repair, donates old pairs of shoes to the homeless men and women she meets each Sunday at Father Joe’s Villages in Downtown San Diego. Her volunteer...

  • Sheriff’s department to hold reading day

    Sheriff’s department to hold reading day

    The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s North Coastal Station presents a free reading day with children at the Barnes & Noble in Encinitas on April 19. A sheriff’s deputy will read to children and answer questions. Children of all ages are invited to attend the event, which begins at 10 a.m....

  • American Red Cross hosts blood drives

    The American Red Cross will present opportunities for people in Encinitas to donate blood later this month. The first opportunity will take place in Encinitas on April 17 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. A blood drive will also be held in Cardiff on April 30 from 8 a.m....

  • Leucadia woman gets ‘Second Chance’ with new book

    Leucadia woman gets ‘Second Chance’ with new book

    Claire Marti had always longed to write a book, but life got in the way. Various careers, including as a fitness instructor in the North County area, took precedence over the Leucadia woman’s passion for writing. But in January 2010, when Marti was diagnosed with breast cancer, books and stories...

  • Trees to be planted at Encinitas sports park

    Trees to be planted at Encinitas sports park

    Thirteen trees will be planted at an Encinitas park after the city council voted unanimously on March 22 in favor of adding the trees. The 15-gallon Tristania trees — which were first discussed last fall as a way to allow for a soccer club to resume using temporary lights to illuminate the soccer...

  • Cardiff School District sells $14M in general obligation bonds

    The Cardiff School District has announced the completed sale of $14 million in general obligation bonds. Series A was completed on Feb. 23, and the funds were received March 9, the school district announced in a news release March 21. The district said this is the first issuance of the $22 million...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (March 15-21)

    March 21 • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 200 N block El Camino Real, 12:15 p.m. March 20 • Misdemeanor petty theft (shoplifting) - 600 S block 101, 3:55 p.m. • Misdemeanor simple battery - 1000 block Hygeia Avenue, 3:06 p.m. • Felony take vehicle without owner's...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (March 24)

    For more information on the events below and others, visit the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2nx7Ntq Lagoon in Bloom Family Discovery Day Children and their families are invited to explore nature’s blooms through arts and crafts and hiking on March 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Elijo...

  • Man suffers ‘serious injuries’ after being struck by car in Encinitas

    Man suffers ‘serious injuries’ after being struck by car in Encinitas

    A man was seriously injured after being hit by a car in Encinitas in the early morning of March 20, authorities said. Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s North Coastal Station responded to a vehicle-versus-pedestrian collision in the area of Leucadia Boulevard and Town Center...

  • Encinitas launches new city website

    Encinitas launches new city website

    The city of Encinitas launched a revamped version of its website, www.ci.encinitas.ca.us, earlier this month, city officials said. The goal of the new website was to "make it easier for community members to get accurate, timely information about what’s happening in their city and are empowered...

  • DUI checkpoint in Encinitas nets eight arrests

    DUI checkpoint in Encinitas nets eight arrests

    Eight drivers were arrested for driving under the influence during a DUI sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint conducted in Encinitas over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, according to a news release from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s North Coastal Station. A total of 878 vehicles passed...

  • SDA senior writes children’s book focused on STEAM

    SDA senior writes children’s book focused on STEAM

    A senior at San Dieguito Academy wants young girls to know they can play important roles in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) alongside the boys. “Even though I love it now, I don’t want more girls to feel like I did,” said Nikki Arm, 18. “When I was in elementary...

  • Crowdfunding seminar to take place March 23

    A three-hour seminar called “Crowdfunding: For Profits and Nonprofits” will take place March 23 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at the Leichtag Foundation Commons, Barn 2, 441 Saxony Road, in Encinitas. Speakers will present information on the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act and new laws that affect...

  • Botanic Garden on list of top 10 gardens around the world

    The San Diego Botanic Garden has been recognized as a recipient of a “Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For” Garden Tourism Award. The Canadian Garden Council and the American Public Gardens Association placed the San Diego Botanic Garden as ninth on the list of gardens from around...

  • U.S. Army engineers learn about sand replenishment project in Encinitas, Solana Beach

    U.S. Army engineers learn about sand replenishment project in Encinitas, Solana Beach

    Encinitas and Solana Beach city officials hosted colonels from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers March 15 at city beaches to show them the sand replenishment efforts the cities have taken on.During the tour, city officials showed the colonels Moonlight Beach in Encinitas and Fletcher Cove in Solana...

  • Upgrades of schools discussed at superintendents forum

    Upgrades of schools discussed at superintendents forum

    Superintendents from four local school districts discussed modernizations of learning institutions, among other topics, at a forum at Pacific Trails Middle School in Carmel Valley on March 15. The event, which was part of the North Coastal Council of PTAs’ bi-monthly meeting, invited Superintendents...

  • Man arrested for 'annoying a child' in Encinitas

    Man arrested for 'annoying a child' in Encinitas

    Officials from an Encinitas pre-school said authorities incorrectly identified a homeless man as trying to lure a girl from the school last week. Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department's North Coastal Station arrested 34-year-old Nemo P. Bailey on suspicion of annoying a child...

  • Case of measles confirmed in San Diego County

    Case of measles confirmed in San Diego County

    A case of measles has been confirmed in a San Diego County resident who traveled out of the country and may have exposed others at two North County medical facilities, the Health and Human Services Agency announced today. One of those locations is the Scripps Coastal Medical Center Urgent Care...

  • CRC English Tea Party to help victims of domestic violence, homelessness

    CRC English Tea Party to help victims of domestic violence, homelessness

    Local residents have the opportunity to sip tea and munch on scones and other foods for a good cause April 1. The Community Resource Center (CRC), which has offices in Encinitas and has been serving North County since 1979, will host its 22nd annual English Tea event from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. that...

  • Encinitas moves forward with climate action update

    Encinitas is pushing forward with plans to have a draft update of its Climate Action Plan ready for City Council consideration in June. That was the message city employees and consultants had March 9 for the city’s Environmental Commission, which is tasked with handling the city’s latest efforts...

  • Encinitas Union School District recognized nationally as exemplar district

    Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) has been named by P21, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, as one of four districts nationwide to earn the distinction of an exemplar district for 2016-2017. The P21 program searches for schools that have successfully used innovative practices to transform...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (March 9-14)

    March 14 • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 1500 S block El Camino Real, 10:10 a.m. March 13 • Felony take vehicle without owner's consent/vehicle theft - 1200 block Cornish Drive, 10 p.m. • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 0 N block...

  • Senior Expo planned for Feb. 25

    The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Encinitas, will host the 2017 Senior Expo on Feb. 25. The free event — called “Embracing Retirement, Before and After 65” — will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. It is...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (March 17)

    For more information on the event below and others, visit the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2mpab1O West African Dance Daunte Fyalll will lead a West African Dance class on March 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Dance North County, 533 Encinitas Boulevard. The cost is $15 per participant. For more...

  • Cardiff Purim Carnival

    Cardiff Purim Carnival

    A Purim Carnival with games, rides and ethnic foods was held March 12 at Temple Solel in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The carnival raises money to help fund programs for the Temple’s youth. Visit www.templesolel.net.

  • Encinitas National Little League Opening Day

    Encinitas National Little League Opening Day

    Encinitas National Little League kicked off its 2017 season with an Opening Day Parade of Teams, ceremony, tasty food, photos and more March 4 at Park Dale Lane Elementary School. Visit www.enll.org

  • 2017 Arts Alive Banner Unveiling

    2017 Arts Alive Banner Unveiling

    Leucadia 101 and The 101 Artists’ Colony presented the 2017 Arts Alive Banner Unveiling March 5 at The Leichtag Commons, Barn 2, in Encinitas. Each year the Arts Alive Encinitas exhibit features 101 local artist creations in a display of color on the lamp posts along a 6-mile stretch of historic...

  • Birthday celebration held for 102-year-old Elks member

    Birthday celebration held for 102-year-old Elks member

    A birthday celebration was held Feb. 23 at the Encinitas Elks Lodge for Elks member Fred Schneider who turned 102 years old Feb. 28.The Elks organization is a charitable organization donating hundreds of thousand of dollars to charities, schools and veterans each year.

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