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  • SANDAG seeks public input on next executive director

    The SANDAG Board of Directors is conducting a nationwide search for a new executive director to lead the agency. As part of that process, the board is seeking input from the community at a series of public meetings and through an online survey. One of the meetings will take place in Encinitas on...

  • World-renowned harpist to perform in Encinitas

    World-renowned harpist to perform in Encinitas

    Cristina Montes Mateo will perform her "Voyage" show on Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. The harpist has won First Prize at the Torneo Internazionale di Musica (Rome), the International Harp Competition "V. Bucchi," and in international contests in Paris, Madrid...

  • Wind-powered, metal sculpture to launch city's new public art effort

    Wind-powered, metal sculpture to launch city's new public art effort

    A wind-powered, titanium sculpture by a famed Encinitas metal artist will be the first featured piece in a new city-orchestrated effort to establish public art displays in all five of its communities. Plans to install the kinetic metal sculpture won City Council approval Jan. 10. The piece, titled...

  • Escaped prison inmate caught in Encinitas

    Escaped prison inmate caught in Encinitas

    A 33-year-old escapee from a state prison in Chino was arrested in Encinitas on the night of Jan. 15, less than 24 hours after he was discovered missing. Michael Martin Garrett was found just after 6 p.m. at a Vons grocery store on Santa Fe Drive just west of Interstate 5, according to a news release...

  • 'Agrihood' proposal may be used to help win passage for latest city housing plan

    'Agrihood' proposal may be used to help win passage for latest city housing plan

    An "agrihood" development option that proposes to combine Encinitas' fondness for farmland preservation with its need for higher-density housing could be used as a poster child in the effort to win voter approval for a citywide housing plan this fall. Support for adding the new proposal into the...

  • Man dies after being hit by vehicle while crossing Encinitas street

    Man dies after being hit by vehicle while crossing Encinitas street

    A 61-year-old pedestrian died after he was hit by a vehicle near an intersection in Encinitas on the evening of Jan. 9, authorities said. The man was walking west and trying to cross North El Camino Real outside of a marked crosswalk near Encinitas Boulevard around 6:35 p.m. when he was struck...

  • Darrell Issa won't seek re-election to Congress

    Darrell Issa won't seek re-election to Congress

    After nearly two decades in office — and facing what was shaping up as the toughest re-election campaign of his career — longtime Rep. Darrell Issa announced Jan. 10 that he will retire from the House of Representatives at the end of this term. The announcement signals the end of a chapter that...

  • The Grauer School to host panel on sexual harrassment

    The Grauer School will host an Empowerment in the Workplace panel on Jan. 23 to address the recent surge in public reports of sexual harassment and to give students practical tools for dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace. The event, which takes place at 3:15 pm at 1500 S. El Camino...

  • Students at The Rhoades School raise $1,500 for nonprofit

    Students at The Rhoades School raise $1,500 for nonprofit

    Sixth grade students at The Rhoades School in Encinitas recently raised $1,500 to benefit The Pulsera Project, a nonprofit organization that buys hand-woven pulseras, or bracelets, from Central American artists, and partners with student groups to sell them through schools in the United States....

  • Encinitas commissioners refuse to recite Pledge of Allegiance

    Encinitas commissioners refuse to recite Pledge of Allegiance

    Two commissioners — Darius Degher and Christina Simokat — threw a spotlight on the standard agenda item when they both chose not to say the pledge during the commission's Dec. 11 meeting and sat while the other commissioners recited it.

  • Unique gifts abound at Handcrafted

    Unique gifts abound at Handcrafted

    As if moving to a new country wasn't a big enough undertaking, Tomoko Sakurai took over ownership of a unique Solana Beach business just a month after. The Japan native, who moved to Solana Beach last June, purchased the Handcrafted store in the South Cedros Avenue Design District in July from...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (Jan. 4 to Jan. 9)

    Jan. 9 • Felony take vehicle without owner's consent/vehicle theft - 2900 block Cape Sebastian Place, 5:30 a.m. Jan. 8 • Felony take vehicle without owner's consent/vehicle theft - 100 block Cancha de Golf, 8 p.m. • Residential burglary - 1900 block Avenida La Posta, 10:35 a.m. • Misdemeanor drunk...

  • Encinitas accepting nominations for Senior Citizen of the Year

    Encinitas accepting nominations for Senior Citizen of the Year

    The City of Encinitas Senior Citizen Commission in partnership with the Encinitas Rotary Club is pleased to announce that they will be honoring individuals for the 2017 “Senior Citizen of the Year Award” and “Service to Seniors Award.” Both awards will be based on nominations made from the public....

  • Encinitas woman pens confidence book for girls

    Encinitas woman pens confidence book for girls

    "A is for amazing, abundant, adventure, awesome, aware. B is for bold, brave, beautiful, brilliant, blissful." Each word represents confidence, a trait that a first-time author from Encinitas hopes to help instill in young girls. Carly Mentlik wrote "Inner Rainbow Project's ABC: An Alphabet Book...

  • Direct Orthopedic Care office opens in Encinitas

    Direct Orthopedic Care office opens in Encinitas

    Direct Orthopedic Care (DOC), an immediate access orthopedic-only clinic treating pediatric to geriatric orthopedic conditions, announces that the orthopedic surgeons and staff of Pacific Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine have joined Direct Orthopedic Care to open a second Southern California DOC...

  • Authorities continue to warn about 'crimes of opportunity'

    Authorities continue to warn about 'crimes of opportunity'

    Overall crime in Encinitas, Del Mar and Solana Beach was down or stayed about the same in 2017 compared to 2016, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department North Coastal Station. However, Captain John Maryon warns that the cities' top problems — property thefts and burglaries — have...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (Jan. 12)

    Encinitas Historical Walking Tour The Encinitas Historical Society will hold a free walking tour of Historic Encinitas on Jan. 20. The tour, which is led by an Encinitas Historical Society volunteer, begins at 10 a.m. in the classroom of the 1883 Schoolhouse, located at 390 West F Street. The tour...

  • San Dieguito Academy students to perform 'Twelfth Night'

    San Dieguito Academy students to perform 'Twelfth Night'

    San Dieguito Academy theatre students will present William Shakespeare's classic comedy "Twelfth Night." The play, set in the 1920s, follows a woman who disguises herself as a man after the passing of her twin brother. Soon after, a series of romantic dilemmas ensue. The show will be performed...

  • 'Medicine Show' to take place Jan. 13

    'Medicine Show' to take place Jan. 13

    Kevin Roth and Ken Lehnig's Medicine Show will be performed Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Ave. in Carlsbad.

  • Encinitas students raise nearly $1,000 for Operation Smile

    Encinitas students raise nearly $1,000 for Operation Smile

    Instead of receiving gifts that would make themselves happy, 11 Encinitas students raised nearly $1,000 to put smiles on other children's faces this holiday season. The group of fifth and sixth graders from Claire Killeen's class at Encinitas Ranch Academy raised $960 in December for Operation...

  • Dr. Sunil Rayan elected new chief of staff at Scripps Encinitas

    Dr. Sunil Rayan elected new chief of staff at Scripps Encinitas

    Physicians at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas have elected vascular surgeon Sunil Rayan, MD, as the hospital's new chief of staff. Rayan's three-year term began on Jan. 1 As chief of staff, Rayan will serve as the primary medical staff liaison to Scripps Encinitas’ administrative leadership...

  • Egyptian tapestries to be displayed in Encinitas again

    Egyptian tapestries to be displayed in Encinitas again

    Back by popular demand, the hand-woven, one-of-a-kind, garden-themed tapestries from the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre in Egypt will be on display at the San Diego Botanic Garden located in Encinitas once again this year. The Egyptian artists who create these unique pieces, vividly celebrate the...

  • County dedicates day to Carlsbad girl for her volunteer work

    County dedicates day to Carlsbad girl for her volunteer work

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  • Encinitas Crime Report (Dec. 28 to Jan. 2)

    Jan. 2 • Felony take vehicle without owner's consent/vehicle theft - 3300 block Avenida Platino, 2 a.m. Jan. 1 • Misdemeanor simple battery - 15300 block Cayenne Creek Court, 11:30 a.m. • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 800 S block 101, 2 a.m. Dec. 31 • Misdemeanor...

  • Encinitas Union School District wins Golden Bell Award

    The Encinitas Union School District has been selected by the California School Boards Association as one of 56 recipients of the Golden Bell Award, the state’s leading educational honor. The awards and cash sponsorships were presented at a ceremony recently at CSBA’s Annual Education Conference...

  • Encinitas explores limiting drinking straws

    Encinitas explores limiting drinking straws

    Hamburger servers and taco stand workers could be required to ask, "Do you want a straw with your drink?" if the latest proposal to reduce Encinitas’ consumption of single-use plastic items wins approval. The city's Environmental Commission voted Dec. 14 to ask the City Council to consider approving...

  • Broadway star Christian Hoff to perform with CCA students

    Broadway star Christian Hoff to perform with CCA students

    A Tony Award-winning actor is lending a hand to the students of Canyon Crest Academy. Christian Hoff — perhaps best known for his role as Tommy DeVito in the hit Broadway show "Jersey Boys" — will perform with dozens of kids at CCA's Proscenium Theater on Feb.10 for the school's annual gala, "Oh!...

  • Local Brownie troops collect 200 toys for Toys for Tots

    Local Brownie troops collect 200 toys for Toys for Tots

    Brownie Troops 1280 and 3185 ran a very successful toy drive during December and collected 10 large boxes (about 200 toys) toys for local children in need. The two troops partnered together and held the toy drive during morning school hours from Dec. 1 through Dec. 15th. Marines from Camp Pendleton...

  • Aerial holiday light tour offers a Santa-eye view

    Aerial holiday light tour offers a Santa-eye view

    If your family’s annual tour of local Christmas lights has grown stale, a new aerial sightseeing service gives you a perspective seen only by Santa Claus. This month, Carlsbad pilot Kurt Dawson introduced the region’s first holiday lights tour by helicopter. The half-hour round-trip from Oceanside...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (Dec. 15 to Dec. 19)

    Dec. 19 • Fraud - 20200 block Cedar Lane, 9 a.m. • Misdemeanor battery on person - 200 block Leucadia Boulevard, 7:30 a.m. • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 600 block Beach Street, 3:22 a.m. Dec. 18 • Felony take vehicle without owner's consent/vehicle theft - 800...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (Dec. 8 to Dec. 10)

    Dec. 10 • Vehicle break-in/theft - Avenida Encinas and Embarcadero Lane, 9:30 p.m. • Misdemeanor DUI alcohol - 100 block Via Cantebria, 8:40 a.m. • Residential burglary - 7300 block San Bartolo, 5 p.m. • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - Encinitas Boulevard/I-5 SB,...

  • Encinitas girl lands dream 'Nutcracker' role

    Encinitas girl lands dream 'Nutcracker' role

    As a toddler, Gabrielle Fish became mesmerized by a San Francisco Ballet production of "The Nutcracker," particularly by the whimsical main character, Clara. Now, at 11, the dancer at Encinitas Ballet Academy is getting the chance to play the role Dec. 16. Gabrielle, who has been dancing since...

  • Council, task force to discuss housing Dec. 16

    Council, task force to discuss housing Dec. 16

    The Encinitas City Council and Housing Element Update Task Force will explore options for the city to meet its state-mandated housing requirements at a special joint meeting Dec. 16. Mayor Catherine Blakespear said she hopes at the meeting, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the two groups will be able...

  • SDA club raises more than $4,000 for children's hospital

    San Dieguito Academy on Dec. 7 raised more than $4,000 for Rady Children's Hospital and a student battling a life-threatening illness through a fundraising event called A Whimsical Winter. The evening included dancing, singing, specialty acts and guest speakers to support SDA's own Travis Selinka,...

  • Encinitas, Solana Beach officials advocate for sand replenishment in Washington, D.C.

    Encinitas, Solana Beach officials advocate for sand replenishment in Washington, D.C.

    Public officials from Encinitas and Solana Beach kicked off their December by visiting Washington, D.C. and advocating for sand replenishment on their cities' beaches. Following the trip, Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear said it is vital for the North County cities to have their sand replenished....

  • Botanic Garden begins construction on education conservatory

    Botanic Garden begins construction on education conservatory

    Visitors to the San Diego Botanic Garden will soon be able to immerse themselves into a tropical paradise. Construction crews on Dec. 7 began erecting the $5.3 million, 30-foot-high, 9,024-square-foot Dickinson Family Education Conservatory building on the garden's property near Hamilton Children's...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (Dec. 15)

    For more information on the events below and others, visit the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2B1lMOm. Garden of Lights The San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 100,000 sparkling lights for a magical holiday experience....

  • Redesigned senior living complex wins Planning Commission approval

    Redesigned senior living complex wins Planning Commission approval

    A senior living complex that once was to be as large as a Walmart big box store won the approval Thursday, Dec. 7, of the Encinitas Planning Commission after it underwent a months-long redesign that cut the number of units by 23 percent. It will still have a "a bit of an impact" on El Camino Real...

  • Cardiff School District students participate in parade

    Cardiff School District students participate in parade

    More than 100 Cardiff School District students proudly marched down Pacific Coast Highway Dec. 2 in the City of Encinitas Holiday Parade. The students were from the Cardiff School third grade music program and the Ada Harris Wildcat Band. Cardiff School District students have performed in the City...

  • Encinitas siblings perform in 'Peter Pan' production

    Encinitas siblings perform in 'Peter Pan' production

    An Encinitas brother and sister will take part in a production of a beloved fairy tale with modern-day twists later this month. Hayden Luedde, 14, and his sister, Hunter Luedde, 11, will perform in Lythgoe Family Panto's production of "Peter Pan and Tinker Bell" from Dec. 21 through Dec. 31 at...

  • SDA presents William Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'

    SDA presents William Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'

    San Dieguito Academy’s Advanced Drama Honors students will perform William Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night" on Jan. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20.

  • Encinitas Crime Report (Dec. 1 to Dec. 5)

    Dec. 5 • Misdemeanor simple battery - 700 block Olympus Street, 5:47 a.m. • Misdemeanor possession of controlled substance paraphernalia - 400 W block B Street, 1:45 a.m. Dec. 4 • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 3300 block Calle Santiago, 10:17 p.m. • Vehicle break-in/theft...

  • Nanny charged after leaving toddler in Encinitas store

    A Carlsbad nanny who allegedly abandoned a toddler in her care at a strip mall, prompting an intensive 6 1/2-hour search for his parents, pleaded not guilty Dec. 1 to charges of felony child abuse and misdemeanor petty theft. Desirae Harris, 42, is suspected of leaving the 2-year-old boy, identified...

  • SDA Boys Water Polo Team prep holiday baskets for CRC

    SDA Boys Water Polo Team prep holiday baskets for CRC

    The San Dieguito High School Academy Boys Water Polo Team helped out with the Encinitas Community Resource Center’s Holiday Baskets at the Del Mar Fair Grounds Dec. 2, in preparation for the Holiday Baskets event that will be held Dec. 15 to 17. As part of the team’s commitment to community service...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (Dec. 8)

    For more information on the events below and others, visit the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2ByiwGT. North Coast Symphony, Holiday Cabaret The program Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, will include festive holiday selections including Festive Sounds...

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