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  • 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...

  • Superior Floor Designs to hold Grand Re-Opening event Aug. 5

    Superior Floor Designs to hold Grand Re-Opening event Aug. 5

    Everyone is invited to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Superior Floor Designs on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. featuring food,

  • San Dieguito parents demand solution for ‘unequal’ portable classrooms

    San Dieguito parents demand solution for ‘unequal’ portable classrooms

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board continues to face questions on how it plans to address the issue of the ATP (adult transition program) portables on the Earl Warren Middle School campus. Parents feel that the conditions are “separate and unequal” with two portables on...

  • 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...

  • Schneider increases lead on Sinay for EUSD school board spot

    Schneider increases lead on Sinay for EUSD school board spot

    With nearly all of the provisional and mail-in votes counted, challenger Leslie Schneider looks to have unseated incumbent Patricia Sinay for the second open spot on the Encinitas Union School District Board of Trustees. As of Nov. 30 — with only 28,000 ballots left to be counted from throughout...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (Dec. 2)

    Heritage Tree Lighting at Moonlight Beach The city-designated Heritage Tree, a 90-foot Norfolk Island pine tree, will be covered in LED lights during the holidays and the ceremonial lighting event is set for Friday, Dec. 2 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the corner of Fourth and C Streets. Enjoy caroling,...

  • Celebrate the holidays at Cardiff Kringle Mingle

    Celebrate the holidays at Cardiff Kringle Mingle

    Cardiff 101 Main Street invites the public for a special community holiday celebration, its ninth annual Cardiff Kringle Mingle from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. Centered in the north courtyard of the Cardiff Town Center, the event will feature musical performances by the Ada Harris Band and...

  • Military personnel to train for disaster assistance at Botanic Garden

    More than 25 military personnel are being trained to assist with disaster relief in the Pacific Region with a seminar at the San Diego Botanic Garden next week. Agriculture Development for Armed Forces Pre-Deployment Training (ADAPT), is hosting the training seminar designed to give the men and...

  • Week in sports (Dec. 2)

    The third-seeded La Costa Canyon football team lost to No. 2 St. Augustine, 28-17, in a San Diego Section Division I semifinal on Nov. 25. After falling behind 7-0 early in the second quarter, the Mavericks (6-6) scored 17 unanswered points. That spurt culminated with Tanner Clark’s 39-yard scoring...

  • SANDAG and Caltrans to host open house

    With construction about to begin on the first phase of the 40-year North Coast Corridor improvement project, SANDAG and Caltrans will host an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at San Dieguito Academy. At the meeting, community members will be able to learn about construction activities,...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (Nov. 23-29)

    Nov. 29 • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 1000 N. block El Camino Real, 8 p.m. • Misdemeanor use/under influence of controlled substance - 1700 S. block El Camino Real, 6:15 p.m. • Misdemeanor use/under influence of controlled substance - 800 block Birmingham Drive,...

  • Kristin Gaspar elected County Supervisor as Roberts concedes

    Kristin Gaspar elected County Supervisor as Roberts concedes

    Supervisor Dave Roberts conceded to Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar Monday, ending his effort for a second term and bringing a new face to county board of supervisors for just the second time in two decades. Gaspar’s victory, coming nearly three weeks after Election Day, will remove the lone Democrat...

  • Garden of Lights is back in December

    Garden of Lights is back in December

    The San Diego Botanic Garden’s annual gift to the community is its popular Garden of Lights, scheduled this year for Dec. 3-23 and 26-30. Each day after the sun goes down (until 9 p.m.) the Botanic Garden, 230 Quall Gardens Dr., is transformed into a winter wonderland with more than 125,000 sparkling...

  • Pro surfer Machado named Grand Marshal for Encinitas Holiday Parade

    Pro surfer Machado named Grand Marshal for Encinitas Holiday Parade

    The Encinitas Holiday Parade Committee has chosen professional surfer Rob Machado to lead the thousands of people on floats and in bands down Coast Highway 101 as Grand Marshal of the Saturday, Dec. 3 event. A crowd in the tens of thousands is expected for the parade, which has the theme of “Encinitas86!”...

  • Encinitas Guitar Orchestra to perform Christmas Concert on Dec. 2

    Encinitas Guitar Orchestra to perform Christmas Concert on Dec. 2

    The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra, made up of more than 35 local amateur and semi-professional acoustic guitarists, presents its Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Drive in Encinitas. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. and a $12 donation at the door is suggested....

  • Artists show their love of the coastline at upcoming exhibit

    Artists show their love of the coastline at upcoming exhibit

    Drawing inspiration from their shared love of the coastline, the studio artists of The Studio Door have created Day at the Beach, Night at the Beach, an exhibit that will be up at the Encinitas Community Center from Dec. 1 through Jan. 12. Invited by the city of Encinitas Civic Arts Program, the...

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