Encinitas

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You’ve got your New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Olivenhain. Yes, each of the five communities is part of Encinitas, but make no mistake that they have distinct personalities. An enclave of artists of every kind, Encinitas is known widely as the “flower growing capital of the world,” but that’s really just one part of what makes this city cool. Just ask resident and surfing legend Rob Machado. Traveling the coast of Encinitas you will encounter the ever-funky Leucadia before hitting Swami’s and the Self Realization Fellowship and then the Cardiff State Beach Campgrounds. And who can forget our polarizing buddy the Cardiff Kook?Heading into New Encinitas amazing restaurants and shops dot the landscape where the younger residents take advantage of the highly regarded school districts.

Population: Approximately 61,588

Housing units: Approximately 25,740

Median income: $63,954

Education: 55.0 percent of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher

Reporter: Aaron Burgin


Email: aburgin@coastnewsgroup.com

Contact Info


City Hall
505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas, CA 92024-3633

Encinitas Sheriff’s Station
175 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024-3633
760-966-3500

Graffiti Hotline
760-633-2751

Public Works
760-633-2840

Encinitas Fire and Marine Safety
505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas, CA 92024
Fire Prevention: (760) 633-2820
Marine Safety: (760) 633-2800

Houlihan Dog Park to close for three weeks

Dog owner who frequent the Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park should plan to take their four-legged friends to the park sometime before Tuesday, as Encinitas officials announced they will close the park for three weeks to perform scheduled maintenance. The closure starts April 28 and ends May 21, according to a city news release. Officials […]

Applicant field for Encinitas City Manager down to seven

ENCINITAS—The consultant hired by Encinitas to handle the recruitment for a permanent city manager said he will recommend seven finalists to the City Council at meeting on Monday. William Avery, the principal of the San Jose-based Avery Associates recruiting firm, said that 59 people applied for the city manager position currently held by Larry Watt, […]

Leichtag farmer wins major food writing award

ENCINITAS—The Leichtag Foundation’s “Farmer D” has won a major food-writing award. Daron Joffe, the foundation’s director of agricultural innovation and development, won an award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals – one of world’s two major food-writing awards – for his book “Citizen Farmers: The Biodynamic Way to Grow Healthy Food, Build Thriving Communities, […]

Coastal Rail plan, fence proposal, panned by residents

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to from an earlier version to reflect the accurate cost of the Coast Highway rail alternative, $4 million to $5 million. ENCINITAS—What started as a meeting to unveil the two alternatives for a coastal rail trail between Cardiff and Downtown Encinitas quickly spiraled into a debate over fencing that […]

YMCA plans mean Little League can stay

YMCA plans mean Little League can stay

ENCINITAS—Encinitas Little League will be able to call the Magdalena Ecke YMCA fields home for most of its operation for the foreseeable future, as the YMCA’s recently announced expansion plans will allow for the baseball organization to stay. The YMCA announced April 17 that its board after several months of discussion had voted on its […]

Park fee study moves forward, revenue increasing ideas nixed

ENCINITAS—The City Council unanimously authorized its parks and recreation department to move forward with its ongoing study of its fee schedule, but not before it nixed a controversial appendix that included some revenue-generating ideas that sparked a rebuke from several residents. The Council received the 140-page report from the parks and recreation staff done in […]

Traffic Calming measures planned for Quail Gardens, Saxony

Traffic Calming measures planned for Quail Gardens, Saxony

ENCINITAS—On the heels of a major victory to slow down vehicle speeds on sections of Saxony Road and Quail Gardens Drive, stakeholders along both streets have turned their attention to a more ambitious goal- lowering the speed limit along the entire stretch of both roads between Leucadia and Encinitas boulevards. The coalition of educational, senior […]

Encinitas voices support in expansion of skate park safety gear mandate to non-skaters

Encinitas voices support in expansion of skate park safety gear mandate to non-skaters

ENCINITAS—With little fanfare, Encinitas staked its support of an assembly bill that would expand a requirement for riders of all types of vehicles at skate parks, as opposed to only skateboarders. The council approved three legislative position letters at Wednesday’s Council meeting, one of which was support for Assembly Bill 1146. Authored by Assemblyman Brian […]

Student help desk thriving at EUSD

Student help desk thriving at EUSD

ENCINITAS—When the students at Mission Estancia have trouble with their school-issued iPad, who are they gonna call? STAR Tech. Think of it as the children’s version of “Geek Squad,” minus the Volkswagen Bugs. The moniker, which is actually an acronym for “Student Technical Assistance and Resources,” puts a group of students in control of the […]

City hires architect for Pacific View

Encinitas recently settled on an architect who will draft the plans to get the dilapidated Pacific View Elementary School campus up to code. Last week the City Council authorized the city to enter into a contract with Weistberg + White for an amount not to exceed $70,000 to develop a preliminary design report, which will […]

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