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  • Following rescue last month, lifeguards issue safety tips to beachgoers

    Following rescue last month, lifeguards issue safety tips to beachgoers

    Encinitas lifeguards are warning beachgoers to always be aware of their surroundings after a boy rescued a girl at Moonlight Beach last month. Thirteen-year-old Sean Golding, a Boy Scout, carried 10-year-old Jacinda "JC" Marko out of the water to safety July 10 when she was having an epileptic...

  • Culture Brewing opens as Encinitas' first craft beer tasting room

    Culture Brewing opens as Encinitas' first craft beer tasting room

    Culture Brewing Company is now pouring in Encinitas as the city’s first craft beer tasting room opened up on Aug. 2. Locals can enjoy a tasty Session IPA and the ocean breeze in the rustic concrete space on Highway 101 with 20 rotating taps. Owners John Niedernhofer, Steve Ragan and Dennis Williams...

  • San Dieguito ready to tackle special education with task force

    San Dieguito ready to tackle special education with task force

    The San Dieguito Union High School District held a special education workshop on Aug. 17, providing a general overview of the state of the program as a whole and sharing goals for the future with the board and a group of highly-engaged parents. Mark Miller, the associate superintendent of administrative...

  • Encinitas to move toward district elections following lawsuit threat

    Encinitas to move toward district elections following lawsuit threat

    Encinitas will move toward implementing district elections, following a litigation threat from an attorney representing rights for minorities. The Encinitas City Council on Aug. 16 announced after closed session that it will direct staff to begin the hearing process to end its citywide elections...

  • San Marcos and CSUSM join forces to benefit the community

    San Marcos and CSUSM join forces to benefit the community

    As North County’s education hub, San Marcos is building tomorrow’s workforce — and thanks to a new initiative, some of that homegrown talent is being channeled to help city staff better serve the community. The City and Cal State San Marcos (CSUSM) recently joined forces to launch Democracy in...

  • Seany Foundation to host first bereavement camp

    Seany Foundation to host first bereavement camp

    The Seany Foundation, which was started by a Carmel Valley couple in 2006 after the passing of their son Sean Robins, will host its first bereavement camp Aug. 25 to Aug. 27 in Julian.

  • Firefighters extinguish flames at Encinitas residence

    Firefighters extinguish flames at Encinitas residence

    A residential studio caught fire in Encinitas on Aug. 14. Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department's North Coastal Station responded to a call from a resident at 865 Saxony Road at 3:34 p.m. regarding a fire inside a detached studio behind the resident's main property, according...

  • Local activists gather in response to Charlottesville attacks

    Local activists gather in response to Charlottesville attacks

    A crowd of more than 250 people gathered in Cottonwood Creek Park in Encinitas on the evening of Aug. 13 for the Love is Louder March and unity event to honor and stand in solidarity with the victims and those impacted by the cruel and racists events in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend. Organized...

  • Encinitas auto detailer helps restore original Air Force One

    Encinitas auto detailer helps restore original Air Force One

    An Encinitas auto detailing business owner last month had the chance to work on currently "the most elite detailing project" when he and 50 others helped restore historical aircraft, including the Original Presidential Jet Air Force One. Jose Junco, who has owned High Performance Auto Detail for...

  • Suspect wanted in Encinitas hit-and-run

    Suspect wanted in Encinitas hit-and-run

    Authorities are looking for a person who struck a woman with their car and fled the scene on Aug. 11. in Encinitas. Deputies from San Diego County Sheriff's Department's North Coastal Station responded to the area of North Coast Highway 101 and Basil Street at 10:07 p.m. in response to reports...

  • Lower building heights, fewer units possible, consultant says

    Lower building heights, fewer units possible, consultant says

    Lower building heights and fewer units than what were proposed in Measure T could be possible in Encinitas' next housing element update, a consultant told the city's Housing Element Task Force in a meeting Aug. 10 at city hall. Dave Barquist, project manager for the Orange County-based Kimley-Horn...

  • Solana Beach woman completes Camino de Santiago

    Solana Beach woman completes Camino de Santiago

    "When I first heard about it, I think I kind of took it lightly and thought, 'Hey, it's just walking,'" Elizabeth Gillingham said. "As it turns out, 20 miles [a day] is pretty far."

  • City approves electric vehicle charging stations

    City approves electric vehicle charging stations

    Encinitas residents and employees will soon have a public spot to charge their electric vehicles. The city council on Aug. 9 unanimously approved a three-year contract with Corridor Power for 10 parking spaces for electric vehicles in an existing City Hall lower overflow parking lot at 505 S. Vulcan...

  • Two poets tie for first place in Encinitas competition

    Two poets tie for first place in Encinitas competition

    Fourteen wordsmiths competed in the La Paloma Summer Poetry Jam, presented by Full Moon Poets, on July 30, with two ultimately coming out on top. Leon Alexander and Mario DeMatteo tied for first place at the annual competition. Danny Salzhandler, the evening's host, said both poets were a clear...

  • One Love Movement to raise money for charity through yoga

    One Love Movement to raise money for charity through yoga

    More than 600 yogis will gather at the Embarcadero Waterfront Park on Aug. 19 to do yoga and raise money for a good cause. The annual One Love Movement event will feature yoga, live music, vendors, food and libations to raise money to support underserved youth locally in San Diego and abroad at...

  • Four candidates in the running for 49th Congressional District election

    Four candidates in the running for 49th Congressional District election

    Three people have filed so far to run against incumbent Congressman Darrell Issa in the 49th Congressional District of California election next year. Retired Marine Col. Douglas Applegate, businessman Paul Kerr and environmental attorney Mike Levin have thrown their hats in the ring for the primary...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (Aug. 4 to Aug. 7)

    Aug. 7 • Vehicle break-in/theft - 600 block San Rodolfo Drive, 4:55 a.m. Aug. 6 • Felony take vehicle without owner's consent/vehicle theft - 17100 block Alva Road, 10 p.m. • Misdemeanor simple battery - 900 block Encinitas Boulevard, 9:15 p.m. • Felony vandalism ($400 or more) - 1000 block Woodlake...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (Aug. 11)

    For more information on the events below and others, visit the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2vjVwff Dog Days of Summer The free event on Aug. 13 from noon to 6 p.m. includes 200 dog-related vendors and rescue groups, pet adoptions, live music, dog contests, kid activities, beer & wine oasis,...

  • Local's Word Rocks project spreads ripple of kindness, love

    Local's Word Rocks project spreads ripple of kindness, love

    Encinitas resident Carol Arêas started Word Rocks six years ago to help get over her homesickness.

  • Encinitas team headed to Junior League World Series

    Encinitas team headed to Junior League World Series

    Thirteen Encinitas boys will represent the United States' western region this weekend when they compete for the first time ever in the Junior League Baseball World Series. The Encinitas Little League All-Stars junior division will head to Taylor, Mich. on Aug. 11 to represent 13 states against...

  • San Dieguito district forms special education task force

    San Dieguito district forms special education task force

    For the last several months, parents of special education students in the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) have been working to make their voices heard. Parents have protested in front of the district office, filed a petition and often filled the district board room to advocate...

  • Joe’s Paving takes a unique approach

    Joe’s Paving takes a unique approach

    At Joe's Paving, CEO Sean Repko says there's "no guesswork." With thorough proposals that are Microsoft Excel-driven, the Valley Center paving business stands out among its competitors. "It's almost like a menu," Repko said. "You know exactly what you're getting." Customers also don't pay until...

  • Woman struck by train in Encinitas dies

    Woman struck by train in Encinitas dies

    A woman died on the early morning of Aug. 8 after being struck by a Coaster train in Encinitas, authorities said. Deputies from the North Coastal Sheriff's Transit Enforcement Unit responded to a report of a Coaster versus pedestrian at the intersection of Santa Fe Drive and Vulcan Avenue at 6:28...

  • Encinitas woman documents cancer journey in fictional book

    Encinitas woman documents cancer journey in fictional book

    When Encinitas resident Sylvia Peddycord set out to write a fictional book, she didn't imagine her personal life would be written out on the pages. However, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer during the writing process that all changed. In the early 2000s, Peddycord began writing "Shouting...

  • ATP program to move out of portables to La Costa Canyon

    ATP program to move out of portables to La Costa Canyon

    Facing criticism from parents over the decision to house students in the Adult Transition Program (ATP) in two portable classrooms on the new Earl Warren Middle School campus, the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) invited parents to tour the facility and participate in a special...

  • Rock ’N’ Roll Camp for Girls aims to boost confidence, talents

    Rock ’N’ Roll Camp for Girls aims to boost confidence, talents

    A San Diego camp is hoping to empower girls through music later this month. Leucadia resident Melissa Grove founded the nonprofit Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls San Diego two years ago as a way to help the girls build confidence and talents. The San Diego chapter is one of more than 100 worldwide....

  • Local martial arts students earn big wins at World Championship

    Local martial arts students earn big wins at World Championship

    Local martial arts students are showing off some serious gear after they were named champions at the ATA International World Expo in Little Rock, Ark., last month. More than a dozen young competitors from the Encinitas and Carmel Valley-based Church's ATA Martial Arts placed in various competitions...

  • Climate Action Plan update discussed at workshop

    Climate Action Plan update discussed at workshop

    Residents want to see limits on drive-thru restaurants, coordination of traffic lights, electric school buses and options for plug-in electric vehicle charging stations – those opinions were expressed at a draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) update workshop on July 11 at Encinitas City Hall. The meeting...

  • San Marcos is gaining steam in key economic, education areas

    San Marcos is gaining steam in key economic, education areas

    In recent years, San Marcos has seen household incomes grow and the already low unemployment rate fall. At the same time, the city is home to high-paying industries and universities that are a pipeline for regional talent. Those are among the takeaways of a recently released City of San Marcos...

  • Community shows support for Mayor Blakespear following threatening text

    Community shows support for Mayor Blakespear following threatening text

    Encinitas residents are rallying around Mayor Catherine Blakespear after authorities say she was sent a threatening text message earlier this month. The mayor, who was elected to a two-year term in November, was sent the text on July 2 from a disposable cell phone, according to Capt. John Maryon...

  • City to host public Climate Action Plan update workshop July 11

    City to host public Climate Action Plan update workshop July 11

    The City of Encinitas will hold a public workshop on its draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) on Tuesday, July 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue, in the Poinsettia Room. The workshop will outline proposed changes to the City’s existing CAP and will also provide an opportunity...

  • Coastal Commission permit for seawall can't be challenged after it's built, state high court rules

    Coastal Commission permit for seawall can't be challenged after it's built, state high court rules

    A landowner who objects to a condition of a building permit but proceeds with the project anyway cannot later successfully sue to have that condition removed, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Thursday, July 6. The state high court ruled against two homeowners in Encinitas who built...

  • Man caught on video burglarizing Encinitas businesses

    Man caught on video burglarizing Encinitas businesses

    A man is wanted on suspicion of burglarizing Encinitas businesses in May, authorities said. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said in a news release on July 6 that the man, who was caught on video surveillance, is wanted in connection with a May 11 burglary at a dermatology business in...

  • Sham Saints ‘Pledge Allegiance to the Earth’ in benefit song

    Sham Saints ‘Pledge Allegiance to the Earth’ in benefit song

    Local advocates have taken their passion for politics and combined it with their love for creating music to raise money and awareness for the climate. Sham Saints, comprised of Darius Degher and Michael Packard, on June 23 released "Pledge of Allegiance (to the Earth)," a song advocating for climate...

  • Bach to Rock opens first Southern California location in Encinitas

    Bach to Rock opens first Southern California location in Encinitas

    North County children can now take steps to become the next rock star or classical composer at Bach to Rock in Encinitas. Children can learn how to play a variety of instruments in nine artist-themed learning rooms — like Beethoven, Nirvana, The Beatles and Katy Perry — at the franchise's 23rd...

  • Plant chandeliers delivered to San Diego Botanic Garden

    Plant chandeliers delivered to San Diego Botanic Garden

    The San Diego Botanic Garden has given new life to drought-stricken catalpa trees in East County by transforming them into 12-foot plant chandeliers, which were delivered to the garden on June 29. These chandeliers are the first-ever created in the world by Weldon Exhibits, an internationally-recognized...

  • Taste of Encinitas to take place Aug. 8

    Taste of Encinitas to take place Aug. 8

    The Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association recently announced the 29th Annual Taste of Encinitas, presented by Sea Coast Exclusive Properties. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., along Coast Hwy 101 in downtown Encinitas. Tickets are now on sale. With the purchase...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (July 7)

    For more information on the events below and others, visit the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2t9zM2h Blue Star Museum Program The San Diego Botanic Garden will offer free admission to all active duty, National Guard and Reserve members of the U.S. military and their families May 1 through...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (June 26 - July 4)

    July 4 • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 900 block Edwina Way, 4:30 p.m. • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 300 N block 101, 9:15 a.m. • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 1300 S block 101, 7:38 a.m. • Vehicle...

  • Encinitas to help research community choice energy plan

    Encinitas to help research community choice energy plan

    Encinitas will pay for part of an estimated $100,000 study to determine whether setting up a regional alternative to San Diego Gas & Electric is a good idea, the City Council agreed this week. During June 28’s lengthy meeting — the last before the council's month-long summer recess — the panel...

  • City eyes big changes along El Camino Real

    City eyes big changes along El Camino Real

    Encinitas can make El Camino Real more pedestrian-friendly by widening the sidewalks, improving the crosswalks and adding more trees, according to recommendations from an expert the city hired to study the thoroughfare. Consultant Dan Burden presented his recommendations to the City Council on...

  • Cardiff author remembers Paris in upcoming anthology

    Cardiff author remembers Paris in upcoming anthology

    For most people, Paris is often thought of as a romantic, spontaneous city. For Michelle Gable, a trip to the city in France proved stressful and a little too planned. But it all paid off in the end. Gable, who lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, recounts her 2014 trip to Paris with her husband, parents...

  • Jorge Pardo leaves his mark at the Lux Art Institute

    Jorge Pardo leaves his mark at the Lux Art Institute

    When Jorge Pardo was invited to spend time as an artist in residence at the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, he had a set goal in mind: to create an original, new art piece in just five days. The Mexico-based artist spent June 12 through June 17 staying at the Lux to work on the large canvas-based...

  • Grassroots group organizes weekly protests against Issa

    Grassroots group organizes weekly protests against Issa

    About 20 Encinitas residents have gathered every Thursday for the last month to protest the actions of Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista). Dan Garren, a member of the advocacy group Encinitas Unity and organizer of the Thursday protests, said the goal is for Issa to know there are Encinitas residents...

  • Cake4Kids expands to San Diego to offer birthday experiences for foster youth

    Cake4Kids expands to San Diego to offer birthday experiences for foster youth

    When Alison Andreas heard that there were children who had never celebrated their birthdays properly, she decided to do something about it. The Cardiff-by-the-Sea woman set a goal for herself this year to provide 100 birthday cakes and other treats to San Diego foster children and other kids in...

  • Housing task force to meet July 6

    Housing task force to meet July 6

    The Housing Element Update Task Force will hold its next public meeting July 6, when the group is expected to hear suggestions for the first time from its recently hired housing consultant. The Encinitas City Council hired Dave Barquist, project manager for San Diego-based Kimley-Horn and Associates,...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (June 21 - June 25)

    June 25 • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 100 block El Camino Real, 3:15 p.m. June 24 • Misdemeanor petty theft (all other larceny) - 1500 block Leucadia Boulevard, 2:30 p.m. • Residential burglary - 2000 block Mackinnon Avenue, 11:17 a.m. • Misdemeanor simple battery...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (June 30)

    Kevin Rones at Cardiff Library The Friends of Cardiff Library presents Kevin Rones, who will play and explore the connection between stories and music on June 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Avenue. For more information about this free event, call 760-753-4027. SD Botanic Garden...

  • Special education parents continue to advocate for inclusion

    Special education parents continue to advocate for inclusion

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board approved its Local Control Accountability Plan for the 2017-18 school year at its June 22 board meeting. The LCAP depicts district goals and actions to address state priorities and details how the district will utilize state Local Control...

  • San Dieguito approves budget with $7.4 million deficit

    San Dieguito approves budget with $7.4 million deficit

    At the June 22 San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board meeting, the district adopted the 2017-18 budget in a 3-1 vote, with John Salazar voting against it (board member Mo Muir was absent from the meeting). The budget reflects revenues of $95.9 million and expenditures of $103 million,...

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