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

1 more option OK’d to finance energy-efficient upgrades

SOLANA BEACH — Property owners now have another option to finance permanent energy-efficient improvements to their homes after council members at the March 11 meeting agreed to participate in the Ygrene Works Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, Program. PACE allows property owners to buy water-conservation or energy-efficient upgrades and pay for them over time […]

City discusses RV parking rules

SOLANA BEACH — In response to a spike in complaints, Solana Beach council members at the March 11 meeting discussed possibly changing the regulations for parking recreational vehicles on city streets. Community Development Director Wendé Protzman said there has been a significant increase in complaints during the past six months. Specifically, three residents sent emails […]

Story pole waiver request continued

Story pole waiver request continued

SOLANA BEACH — Rather than deny a request to install only 70 percent of the required story poles for the complete remodel of an apartment complex, as many residents wanted them to do, council members at the March 11 meeting opted to continue the hearing so the developer could hold a public workshop and refine […]

Irrigation District to launch study

REGION — The board of directors at the Santa Fe Irrigation District agreed to move forward with a concept study to assess the utilization of advanced water purification techniques. What this means is converting recycled wastewater into an innovative and high quality purification process for potable water. The price tag for this study is $120,000.  […]

Coastal Commission denies request to leave the boardwalk where it is

Coastal Commission denies request to leave the boardwalk where it is

DEL MAR — Unless someone can find a way to make up for the loss of 1 acre of wetlands, a popular boardwalk that runs along the San Dieguito River will likely be moved once an adjacent overflow parking lot used by the Del Mar Fairgrounds is restored to wetlands. With a 5-5 vote at […]

2015 spring Miracle League of San Diego Opening Day

2015 spring Miracle League of San Diego Opening Day

SOLANA BEACH — Blue skies, the smell of popcorn in the air and the palpable optimism of the season marked the 2015 spring Opening Day for the Miracle League of San Diego on Saturday. Players and their families, coaches and Miracle League buddies filled the Engel Family Field for the ceremony, which also brought an […]

Planned roadway upgrades could get funding boost

Planned roadway upgrades could get funding boost

SOLANA BEACH — Roadway and sidewalk upgrades on North Cedros, Valley and Stevens avenues could get a funding boost after council members adopted resolutions at the Feb. 25 meeting that will allow staff to apply for $2.4 million in transportation grants from the San Diego Association of Governments. Improvements include widening sidewalks and adding bike […]

Athletes, coaches honored for sportsmanship

Athletes, coaches honored for sportsmanship

SOLANA BEACH — “It’s more about the journey and how people play, not the wins and losses,” Jeff Lyle, president of the Solana Beach Soccer Club, said when describing the philosophy of the league. With that thought in mind, eight young athletes were honored with the Peter Schmid Sportsmanship Award during the annual board of […]

Valley Avenue complex approved

Valley Avenue complex approved

SOLANA BEACH — Eden Gardens will soon have one less abandoned lot. A mixed-use development at 636 Valley Ave. received unanimous support at the Feb. 25 meeting, the fourth time in nearly two years the project was presented to council members for approval. “After three years of working closely with the community, council members and […]

‘Voice’ winner Craig Wayne Boyd coming to Belly Up

‘Voice’ winner Craig Wayne Boyd coming to Belly Up

SOLANA BEACH — When the season seven winner of TV’s “The Voice” learned how the Belly Up got its name, it confirmed to him that the Solana Beach tavern was the perfect venue for his first California appearance. “It’s very fitting. He wasn’t a quitter either,” Craig Wayne Boyd said, referring to Dave Hodges, who […]

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