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

New plan for story poles introduced

New plan for story poles introduced

SOLANA BEACH –Rather than continue to seek a waiver for the installation of about 30 percent of the required story poles for the complete remodel of an apartment complex, the developers have devised a new system to indicate building sizes. The plan was introduced at a March 15 public workshop at St. James Academy, adjacent […]

Marine helicopter makes precautionary landing

Marine helicopter makes precautionary landing

SOLANA BEACH—A marine helicopter made a precautionary landing Wednesday morning on the beach at 11:40 a.m. a few blocks south of Fletcher Cove in front of the Del Mar Shores Terrace complex. Nobody was hurt and the three Marines who landed the helicopter also flew it back to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, where it’s […]

Mystery drives local author

Mystery drives local author

SOLANA BEACH — Efforts to solve a family mystery prompted Ona Russell to launch a new career as a fiction novelist more than 10 years ago. In February, the Solana Beach author released “Rule of Capture,” the third book in her series featuring Sarah Kaufman, a real-life Jewish woman who made a name for herself […]

Skyline kidnapping suspect arrested

Skyline kidnapping suspect arrested

REGION — A 22-year-old resident of Fairbanks Ranch, who in 2009 donated $2,000 of his bar mitzvah money to the Helen Woodward Animal Center, was arrested April 1 and charged with the March 23 attempted kidnapping of a 7-year-old Skyline Elementary School student. Jack Henry Doshay is being held at the Vista Detention Facility, with […]

Solana Beach OKs funds for fairgrounds impact study

SOLANA BEACH — Council members at the March 25 meeting approved a $30,000 expenditure to pay the city’s one-third portion of a long-awaited study to determine the impacts events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds have on Del Mar and Solana Beach. The study, which will be conducted by Economic & Planning Systems, is a requirement of […]

VAC denies mixed-use project on 101

VAC denies mixed-use project on 101

SOLANA BEACH — The luck of the Irish was not on the side of American Assets Trust this St. Patrick’s Day. Its proposed mixed-use complex on South Coast Highway 101, Dahlia Drive and South Sierra Avenue was denied 4-0-1, with two members absent, by the View Assessment Commission during its March 17 meeting. American Assets […]

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.  […]

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