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

San Dieguito Heritage Museum Deep Pit BBQ

San Dieguito Heritage Museum Deep Pit BBQ

ENCINITAS — The community tradition that’s come to be known as the Deep Pit BBQ celebrated its 27th iteration on Saturday on the grounds of the San Dieguito Heritage Museum. The event featured live music from Left Coast Willie & Friends, a Willie Nelson tribute band, traditional deep pit-cooked barbecue and silent auction.

San Dieguito grad reflects on Cooper Union & more

San Dieguito grad reflects on Cooper Union & more

ENCINITAS — Five years ago when Dustin Atlas was set to graduate from San Dieguito High School Academy, the school foundation was fundraising for its yet-to-be-completed performing arts center. The description of the new center intrigued him. “It was described as a new theater that could be rearranged for different types of seating and events,” said […]

Body of man found after smell of natural gas at residence

Body of man found after smell of natural gas at residence

ENCINITAS — The body of a 47-year-old unidentified man was found Friday morning at a residence on the 200 block of Florita Street. Emergency response crews received a call at approximately 11:05 a.m. for a gas leak inside of a structure with a possible victim inside, according to Encinitas Fire Department Battalion Chief Jon Blumeyer. […]

E3 Cluster drafts traffic calming plan

Plan includes five roundabouts, all-way stops ENCINITAS — The Encinitas Environment Education Cluster first draft of its plan to calm traffic along Saxony Road and Quail Gardens Drive between Encinitas and Leucadia boulevards includes, among other things, five roundabouts, several raised crosswalks and two all-way stop signs. The coalition of organizations along the two streets […]

Council holds off on alcohol ban in parks

Council holds off on alcohol ban in parks

ENCINITAS — People enjoying a cold one or a bottle of wine at one of the 15 Encinitas Parks where it is allowed will still be able to do so, as the City Council held off on asking staff to bring back a ban for their consideration. The council voted unanimously to bring the issue […]

Encinitas spokeswoman resigns

ENCINITAS — Encinitas’ communications director resigned this week, citing employment opportunities and family obligations. Marlena Medford, who held the position that had been a point of controversy with a number of local activists questioning its need, said Wednesday that she had submitted her letter of resignation on Monday. Medford, who was hired in December 2013 by […]

Council advances $80M budget, request for three firefighters

ENCINITAS — The Encinitas City Council have given a preliminary OK for an $80.9 million budget for the next fiscal year, which includes the hiring of three full-time firefighters at the city’s Olivenhain fire station. City staff presented the first draft of the budget at the May 13 council meeting. The meeting gave the council […]

Smith gets deferred sentence in pot case

REGION — A man who potentially faced state prison time for selling $50 worth of marijuana will instead receive probation and a deferred sentence, after both sides reached a plea agreement last week. Brandon Smith, 26, pleaded to a felony and a misdemeanor, but his sentence was deferred for two years, meaning that if he […]

Encinitas Council mulls alcohol ban in city parks

ENCINITAS — Alcohol could be banned at all Encinitas Parks in the near future, as the City Council will consider drafting a ban at Wednesday’s Council meeting. Staff is recommending the city prohibit beer and wine except for permits for moderate or large-scale events. If the council votes in favor of the recommendation, the city manager […]

Taste of Wine: Encinitas Rotary wine event benefits 19 charities

Taste of Wine: Encinitas Rotary wine event benefits 19 charities

Recently, I observed that the wine consumer was getting washed with wine shows. This was not meant to be a complaint. Wine shows give the visitor an opportunity to sample some superior wines, upwards of 200 choices, along with food pairings, for one nominal admission fee. The realization that big wine shows equal big profits […]

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