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  • Divided commission approves second drive-thru Starbucks for Encinitas

    Divided commission approves second drive-thru Starbucks for Encinitas

     Plans for Encinitas' second drive-thru Starbucks got a green light Thursday, Feb. 15, from the city's Planning Commission, but the board set multiple conditions on the project to alleviate traffic congestion concerns.

  • Pacific Ridge robotics team goes undefeated in league play

    Pacific Ridge robotics team goes undefeated in league play

    The Pacific Ridge robotics team 4262 Ridgebots went undefeated for the second time in a row on Jan. 28 in a FIRST Lego League match at Mater Dei Catholic High School. The group is currently the highest ranked team in the First Tech Challenge League. Each year, teams engage in a new challenge where...

  • Public help sought in solving $150,000 heist

    Public help sought in solving $150,000 heist

    Authorities are hoping that someone can help them solve a residential burglary in Encinitas last year that saw the theft of items worth a total of more than $150,000. The reward has been increased to up to $5,000, Crime Stoppers said in a news release Jan. 25. The break-in happened Aug. 4, when...

  • Neighbors to city: Stop cars from crashing into our backyards

    Neighbors to city: Stop cars from crashing into our backyards

    After a car plowed into his Encinitas backyard, knocking down a wooden fence, this past Christmas Eve, Carlos Rios said he considered the incident “only a matter of time.” For more than 30 years, neighbors along Village Wood Road have estimated at least 10 vehicles have crashed through their backyards...

  • Vehicle stops on tracks, gets hit by train

    Vehicle stops on tracks, gets hit by train

    An alleged drunken driver was pulled out of a car straddling railroad tracks in Encinitas just before an Amtrak train smashed into the vehicle, deputies said Dec. 31. The train struck the car at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, near the intersection of East E Street and South Coast Highway 101....

  • Update: Pedestrian dies from injuries sustained in alleged vehicle hit-and-run incident in Encinitas

    Update: Pedestrian dies from injuries sustained in alleged vehicle hit-and-run incident in Encinitas

    An 87-year-old male pedestrian,identified as Jack Hesselbach, died Dec. 24 from injuries sustained in an alleged hit-and-run-vehicle accident that occurred Dec. 23, according to a San Diego County Sheriff's Department press release. On Dec. 23, at about 6:04 p.m., deputies from the North Coastal...

  • Pedestrian severely injured in alleged hit-and-run driving incident in Encinitas

    Pedestrian severely injured in alleged hit-and-run driving incident in Encinitas

    On Dec. 23 at approximately 6:04 p.m., Sheriff's deputies responded to an alleged hit-and-run driving accident where a pedestrian was struck by a car, according to a San Diego County Sheriff's Department press release. An 87-year-old male was walking in the crosswalk near the intersection of Balour...

  • Council leaves it to voters to decide pot’s fate in Encinitas

    Council leaves it to voters to decide pot’s fate in Encinitas

    After months of deliberation and arguments from proponents and opponents, the Encinitas City Council on Wednesday, Oct. 18 decided the voters should decide whether marijuana should be cultivated and delivered in Encinitas. The council ultimately voted 4-1 to place an initiative on the ballot regarding...

  • Encinitas man pleads not guilty to hit and run charge

    Encinitas man pleads not guilty to hit and run charge

    An Encinitas man who allegedly left the scene of a traffic crash that badly injured a mother of three last month near Moonlight Beach pleaded not guilty Oct. 12 to a charge of felony hit-and-run with serious bodily injury. Justin Walt Parker, 38, faces up to four years in prison if convicted....

  • Hit-run pickup that ran down woman in Encinitas is focus of search

    Hit-run pickup that ran down woman in Encinitas is focus of search

    Sheriff’s investigators have identified — but not yet found — the pickup used when a driver critically injured a woman in Encinitas on Sept. 22. They are asking for the public’s help in finding the white Ford F-150 Platinum Edition truck with California license plate number 835224A2. Crime Stoppers...

  • Woman critical after Encinitas hit-and-run

    Woman critical after Encinitas hit-and-run

    Sheriff’s deputies are looking for the driver of a white Ford F-150 pickup that hit a 33-year-old woman crossing Encinitas Boulevard, leaving her with critical injuries Friday night, Sept. 22. The woman was mid-block, walking south between Interstate 5 and North Coast Highway at 7:27 p.m. when...

  • Pedestrian dies after being hit by vehicle in Encinitas

    Pedestrian dies after being hit by vehicle in Encinitas

    A woman who died after she was struck by an SUV on Sept. 15 in an Encinitas crosswalk was identified three days later as Carmen M. Gonzalez. Gonzalez, 61, of Encinitas died at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla about two hours after the crash, which was reported at 6:05 p.m. Friday at the intersection...

  • Surfing Madonna run aims to become world record-holder

    Surfing Madonna run aims to become world record-holder

    This year’s Surfing Madonna Beach Run could be one for the record books. Organizers are hoping their Nov. 5 event on Moonlight Beach in Encinitas will win gold medal status as the world’s “Largest Race on Sand” and they’ve invited judges from Guinness World Records to observe the proceedings. “It...

  • San Dieguito pursues pact with Carlsbad to manage sports fields

    San Dieguito pursues pact with Carlsbad to manage sports fields

    The city of Carlsbad is back in discussions to manage the San Dieguito Union High School District’s La Costa Valley fields. The 28-acre parcel on Calle Barcelona in Carlsbad, home to two baseball fields, a softball field and three soccer and lacrosse fields, was built using funding from Proposition...

  • 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...

  • Blakespear highlights accomplishments, challenges in State of the City address

    Blakespear highlights accomplishments, challenges in State of the City address

    Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear forecasted the city's present as "clear and beautiful" and the future as "bright" in a State of the City address on March 28. After being introduced by her two children, Blakespear detailed city finances, public safety and housing, among other topics. "By all...

  • Principal Bjorn Paige leaving San Dieguito High School Academy

    Principal Bjorn Paige leaving San Dieguito High School Academy

    San Dieguito High School Academy Principal Bjorn Paige recently announced he will be leaving the school at the end of the school year. In July, he will become the principal of the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton, Oregon, a school of over 700 students in grades 6-12 with a focus...

  • Man killed when hit by train in Leucadia

    Man killed when hit by train in Leucadia

    A man died when he was struck by a train in Leucadia on the afternoon of March 15, authorities said. A preliminary investigation found that at about 2:45 p.m., a man stepped onto the train tracks in the area of Leucadia Boulevard and North Coast 101, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's...

  • Woman crashes car into Encinitas Trader Joe's, injures four people

    Woman crashes car into Encinitas Trader Joe's, injures four people

    An unlicensed 87-year-old woman crashed her car into a Trader Joe’s store in Encinitas and injured four people on the afternoon of Jan. 26, authorities said. A preliminary investigation found the woman, who was the sole occupant of a 2002 Honda Civic, backed her car into the store at 115 N. El...

  • Encinitas residents encouraged to prepare for powerful storms

    The National Weather Service is warning that a series of powerful Pacific storms will bring heavy rainfall to Encinitas and the surrounding region now through early next week. It’s expected that five-day rainfall totals will be substantial, ranging from several inches at the coast to as much as...

  • Stuart is a Master of running

    Stuart is a Master of running

    Racing with Team USA across her chest earlier this fall was a type of fun Encinitas woman Laura Stuart has never had before. And for the Cardiff School teacher who has played college soccer, competed in the Ironman Triathlon, run in the Olympic Trials and has four kids, that is saying something....

  • Through parents’story, Encinitas man hopes to help heal divisions

    Through parents’story, Encinitas man hopes to help heal divisions

    Martin Kent is a man on a mission – to spread what he calls a “universal message of tolerance.” The 65-year-old Encinitas resident, a retired documentary filmmaker and journalist, said he seriously considered moving to Canada after the election of Donald Trump as president in November. The son...

  • Deep SDA boys soccer squad expects to contend

    Deep SDA boys soccer squad expects to contend

    Though the San Dieguito Academy boys soccer program certainly wasn’t down — the 2015-16 squad reached the San Diego Section Division I playoffs and lost to the eventual section champion — new coach Keith Whitmer wants to take it to the next level. The 2016-17 edition of the Mustangs has talent...

  • Mustangs girls soccer team kicks off the season with four wins

    Mustangs girls soccer team kicks off the season with four wins

    When a high school like San Dieguito Academy is in a region where girls soccer is serious business, records don’t always tell the whole story. So while the Mustangs think they have a more balanced roster this year, the fact that they opened the season at 4-0 after winning four games all of last...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (Dec. 9)

    Check out the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2gO9f4o for more information. North Coast Symphony Orchestra Directed by Daniel Swem, the North Coast Symphony Orchestra will perform “Dashing through the Snow” on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park...

  • Museum of Making Music presents SoundLounge

    The Museum of Making Music (MoMM) is hosting SoundLounge, a special holiday event which is part of the newly launched MIX quarterly event series. On Saturday, Dec. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m., the community is invited to celebrate the holiday season with live music, a silent disco, a pop-up shop with local...

  • Fuel leak shuts down Leucadia offramp

    Diesel fuel leaking from a tractor-trailer prompted authorities to close an Encinitas freeway offramp on Dec. 7. A caller told the California Highway Patrol shortly after 7 a.m. that enough fuel had spilled onto the exit from northbound Interstate 5 to Leucadia Boulevard to leave a puddle. The...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (Nov. 30-Dec.5)

    Dec. 5 • Misdemeanor use/under influence of controlled substance - 1800 block Eastwood Lane, 5:15 p.m. • Vehicle break-in/theft - 800 block Summerhill Court, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4 • Felony take vehicle without owner’s consent/vehicle theft - 100 block La Costa Avenue, 11:30 p.m. • Misdemeanor drunk...

  • Reward offered for information on theft suspect

    Reward offered for information on theft suspect

    San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station are asking for the public’s help to locate an unknown suspect wanted in connection with a stolen vehicle and identity theft that occurred in Encinitas on Dec. 5. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000...

  • Work begins on $700M in North Coast Corridor projects

    Work begins on $700M in North Coast Corridor projects

    Construction kicked off Nov. 29 on the $700 million first phase of a 40-year project along coastal North San Diego County that will target multiple modes of transportation — an approach that state and federal officials say should be a model for all of California. The work is part of the North Coast...

  • Encinitas-based GrassrootsHealth gets Humanitarian Award

    Encinitas-based GrassrootsHealth gets Humanitarian Award

    The American College of Nutrition (ACN) honored GrassrootsHealth, an Encinitas nonprofit, with a Humanitarian Award at the organization’s 57th annual conference, which was held in San Diego in early November. The Humanitarian Award is presented to individuals or organizations that have worked selflessly...

  • Create new holiday traditions with Spice Way cooking demo Dec. 11

    Create new holiday traditions with Spice Way cooking demo Dec. 11

    The Spice Way in Encinitas is offering two free holiday-themed cooking demonstrations on Dec. 11. At 12:30 and 3 p.m. that day, owner Debbie Kornberg will teach demo recipes, including poached pear salad with a wine lemongrass vinaigrette, sweet potato latkes for Hanukkah and Christmas Morning...

  • Principal’s perspective on the SDA student walk out

    As a child of the ’80s, the notion that I’m the guy in the tie is still an odd one. I grew up knowing that as an adult I didn’t want a job where I bought anything, sold anything, or processed anything, I didn’t want to buy anything sold or processed, or sell anything … you get the idea. As an educator,...

  • Community Resource Center Holiday Baskets event is Dec. 17

    Holiday Baskets, an annual event held by Community Resource Center (CRC), has set a goal to help more than 1,000 households (with 2,000-plus children) in need this year by providing food, toys and household necessities. Last year, with the support of 1,000 volunteers and 200 businesses, Holiday...

  • Reception at the Off Track art gallery

    The public is invited to an artist’s reception that will honor three talented San Dieguito Art Guild members as well as present the winners of the Off Track Gallery’s Annual Small Image Show. Being honored at the free event, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, are Artie Mattson, a...

  • San Diego Sheriff’s Department add patrols for holiday safety

    The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has begun its Holiday Watch, a program of extra patrols to keep local residents safe during the holiday season. Deputy Sheriffs will be stationed throughout the county to try to prevent crime during the busy shopping and traveling season. One of the locations...

  • SDA boys water polo team is making strides

    SDA boys water polo team is making strides

    For a program that is supposed to be taking baby steps, the San Dieguito Academy boys water polo team took a giant leap forward in 2016. In just their sixth season as a varsity team, the Mustangs went all the way to the CIF San Diego Section Division III championship match, where they almost knocked...

  • Runner with MS to run 7 marathons on 7 continents

    Runner with MS to run 7 marathons on 7 continents

    Some of the most inspiring stories anyone’s ever heard are a daily occurrence in the life of Encinitas orthotist Ara Mirzaian. Out of his local Hanger Clinic office, Mirzaian has fitted orthotics on patients who have gone on to win medals in the Paralympics — in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro...

  • Flora Vista is first to benefit from OMWD’s Village Park Recycled Water

    Flora Vista is first to benefit from OMWD’s Village Park Recycled Water

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony at Flora Vista Elementary School on Nov. 28 celebrated the beginning of operation of the Olivenhain Municipal Water District (OMWD) Village Park Recycled Water Project. OMWD Board President Edmund Sprague cut the ribbon — while Encinitas City Council member and Board Chair...

  • Gaspar prepares for role as newest county supervisor

    Gaspar prepares for role as newest county supervisor

    It took 20 days for Kristin Gaspar to learn how she’ll spend the next four years. On Nov. 28, after thousands of late mail-in and provisional ballots were counted, Gaspar had a solid lead in her race for San Diego County supervisor, and incumbent Dave Roberts called to concede the election. “It...

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