Solana Beach

City info


For a city that spans just 3.6 square miles, Solana Beach really packs a punch. World-class musical acts regularly grace the stage at Belly Up Tavern. The Cedros Design District offers a varied collection of art, fashion and fine home furnishings.The North Coast Repertory Theatre is critically acclaimed for its live theater offerings in an intimate setting.The name of the annual Fiesta del Sol says it all. Festival of the sun? And its free and family friendly? Enough said.

Population: Approximately 13,050

Housing units: Approximately 5,750

Median income: $86,461

Education: 58.2 percent of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher

Reporter: Bianca Kaplanek


Bianca Kaplanek is a graduate of the University of Southern California with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. She was a writer for BOP, a teen entertainment magazine, in the mid-1980s before moving to Hawaii, where she was editor of Ka Nupepa, a weekly community newspaper for Central Oahu, Hawaii Architect magazine and The Hawaii Realtor Journal.She was copy editor for Coast News Group for two years before she began covering Solana Beach and Del Mar in 2008.

Email: bkaplanek@coastnewsgroup.com

Contact Info


City Hall
635 S. Coast Highway, Solana Beach, CA 92075
858-720-2400

Encinitas Sheriff’s Station
175 N El Camino Real, Encinitas
760-966-3500

Graffiti Hotline
858 720-4457

Solana Beach Fire Department
500 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075-1322
858-720-2410

Fire department still working on name change

Fire department still working on name change

ENCINITAS — When residents in Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar wake up in the morning, their fire departments will still be named after the cities in which they reside. However, that will change in the next few months, the Encinitas fire chief said. Six years after the cities entered into a cooperative agreement and […]

Another former staffer files claim against Roberts

REGION — The District 3 drama continues, with another former staff member of Dave Roberts filing a claim against the county and the first two who did so being sued by a current employee of the supervisor. According to documents filed June 8, Lindsey Masukawa, a former policy adviser, “was in total shock by what […]

Energy program identifies potential savings for cities

Assessment shows investment in solar not recommended due to high cost of installation SOLANA BEACH — A recently completed energy assessment did not recommend a direct investment in solar panels at city facilities, but it did identify potential savings of about $9,000. In 2008 Solana Beach was one of three cities selected to participate in […]

Escondido Mayor to run against Supervisor Dave Roberts

Escondido Mayor to run against Supervisor Dave Roberts

REGION — Escondido Mayor Sam Abed announced Monday he will run for County Supervisor Dave Roberts’ seat in District 3 in the November 2016 election. Abed has been a vocal critic about recent allegations against Roberts from his former staff members. “I have worked with Supervisor Roberts for the last three years,” Abed said. “We […]

Honor courtyard going to bid again

Honor courtyard going to bid again

SOLANA BEACH — By replacing a water feature with a water fountain, volunteers and city officials are hoping lower bids to build a courtyard that will honor U.S. service members will begin flowing in when the project goes out to bid for the second time. Recognition for veterans was included in a $4 million improvement […]

Sacrifices of servicemen and women remembered

Sacrifices of servicemen and women remembered

SOLANA BEACH — “Not everyone is capable of serving in our military,” Master Sgt. Julian Gonzales said May 25 during the annual Memorial Day program at La Colonia Park. “However, everyone is capable of supporting and thanking the past and present service members for their sacrifices,” the guest speaker added before sharing a story exemplifies […]

Annual scrimmage a Memorial Day tribute

Annual scrimmage a Memorial Day tribute

SOLANA BEACH — Like most Americans, Nico Marcolongo spends Memorial Day honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, including some of his friends during his two tours in Iraq. The Solana Beach resident and Marine Corps veteran also uses it as a learning opportunity for his Little League team and doesn’t limit his […]

Sheriff’s department looking to return purse

SOLANA BEACH — Sheriff’s detectives are attempting to locate the owner of a purse that was found at 12:45 p.m. on Jan. 23. The purse was located in front of a business in the area of 700 S. Highway 101. If you lost a purse during this time frame and location, the Sheriff’s department is asking […]

Trevor Hall finds his inspiration in good grace

Trevor Hall finds his inspiration in good grace

SOLANA BEACH — “Grace, I think,” Trevor Hall said when asked how the Hilton Head, South Carolina native discovered India. The country’s spiritual culture has come to have a significant influence on Hall, the 28-year-old musician, down to his Brahmin-esque appearance. At 15, Hall left his small island of Hilton Head for Idyllwild Arts Academy […]

New RV parking laws OK’d

New RV parking laws OK’d

SOLANA BEACH — According to the current law, anyone with a recreational vehicle “could move that bus a few feet down the block every 24 hours and they could stay there virtually forever.” That will soon change as council members at the May 13 meeting adopted the first reading of an ordinance that places new […]

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