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

Pedestrian friendly upgrades slated for 101 in Solana Beach

SOLANA BEACH — Solana Beach will soon be a bit more pedestrian friendly down by the coast. Council members awarded a construction contract at the April 9 meeting for improvements at the intersection of Plaza Street and Acacia Avenue and an extension of the sidewalk on the west side of Coast Highway 101 north of […]

Eden Gardens dispels past stories, continues to thrive

Eden Gardens dispels past stories, continues to thrive

The second of a three-part series about Eden Gardens SOLANA BEACH — “The Eden Gardens community is second to none in my opinion,” longtime Solana Beach resident Joe Kellejian said. The former five-time mayor could list several reasons for that sentiment, but he made the comment while talking about the residents’ determination to thwart a […]

Dogs unleash their talents at Paws in the Park

Dogs unleash their talents at Paws in the Park

SOLANA BEACH — With offerings such as rehab, training, grooming, photography, healthy food and an architectural pet designer, every dog had its day at the eighth annual Paws in the Park canine event April 6 at La Colonia Park. The free, four-hour petstravaganza, presented by the Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Commission in association with […]

Eden Gardens: A historic community takes hold

Eden Gardens: A historic community takes hold

This is the first article in a series about the history of Eden Gardens. Part two will cover how the community banned together to overcome crime in their neighborhood.  SOLANA BEACH — Less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean, La Colonia de Eden Gardens is the oldest community in Solana Beach. Bounded by Interstate […]

Energy upgrades now easier for commercial properties

SOLANA BEACH — Financing energy-efficient improvements will be a little easier for Solana Beach commercial property owners after council members unanimously agreed at the March 26 meeting to participate in the Figtree PACE financing program. State laws passed a few years ago authorize a legislative body to designate an area in which public officials and […]

City working to address impacts of employee parking

City working to address impacts of employee parking

SOLANA BEACH — In response to residents’ complaints, City Council directed staff at the March 26 meeting to create potential solutions to a recent increase in employees parking on residential streets. Adopted plans will be applicable citywide, however, efforts will initially focus on the neighborhoods around North Rios and Barbara avenues, In December, residents in […]

Fundraiser will look to shine light on skin cancer

Fundraiser will look to shine light on skin cancer

SOLANA BEACH — A Solana Beach dermatologist is once again doing a little “Sol Searching” to increase awareness about skin safety. To kick off Melanoma Awareness Month, Melanie Palm, M.D., will hold her fourth annual SolSearch fundraiser beginning at 5:30 p.m. May 1 at Beachwalk Center on South Coast Highway 101. The $25 tickets go […]

The little big trees

The little big trees

Phil Tacktill knows the craft and art of creating bonsai trees SOLANA BEACH — Some people excel at making mountains out of molehills. Other people, like Phil Tacktill, excel at making the majestic into miniatures. Sometimes called a bonsai master, Tacktill, when asked what that means, responds: “I say quite simply, ‘I know how much […]

New radio station makes concert-going easier

New radio station makes concert-going easier

SOLANA BEACH — Deciding which concerts to attend at Solana Beach’s iconic Cedros Avenue music venue just got easier thanks to Belly Up Tavern Radio, a streaming station on the facility’s homepage that allows live music junkies to hear artists who will be performing in upcoming shows. The station is from DeliRadio, a free service […]

Solana Beach Little League kicks off 57th season

Solana Beach Little League kicks off 57th season

SOLANA BEACH — Two-time World Series champion Aubrey Huff offered some good-sportsmanship advice during Solana Beach Little League’s opening day ceremony, but it wasn’t all for the players. “To the parents, no one is getting drafted this year so let the kids have fun,” said Huff, who won baseball’s premier contest with the San Francisco […]

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