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

Solana Beach Marshalls shows it’s got ‘sole’

Solana Beach Marshalls shows it’s got ‘sole’

SOLANA BEACH -— About 40 youngsters descended upon the Solana Beach Marshalls on Feb. 12 for a shoe shopping extravaganza as part of the Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito’s Operation School Bell Clothing Children. The organization was granted $3,000 from the city’s annual Community Grants Program with the condition that the money be spent […]

Council will discuss possible pay raise

SOLANA BEACH — At the request of Mayor Lesa Heebner at the Feb. 11 meeting, council members will discuss the possibility of approving a raise for themselves at a future meeting. Each of the five members currently receives a monthly stipend of $712.58, an amount that was last adjusted in 2008. Prior to that they […]

NCRT again awarded grant from reserve public art fund

NCRT again awarded grant from reserve public art fund

SOLANA BEACH — As they have done for the past few years, council members turned to a citizens group to fulfill a funding request from North Coast Repertory Theatre, bringing to 13 the number of organizations to receive money from this year’s Community Grant Program. One of 18 groups seeking financial assistance during the application […]

Valley Avenue project continued again; public hearing scheduled for Feb. 25

Valley Avenue project continued again; public hearing scheduled for Feb. 25

SOLANA BEACH — City Council at the Jan. 28 meeting once again prolonged the fate of a mixed-use development that aims to transform an abandoned lot at 636 Valley Ave. into townhomes and office space. When the project was initially presented to council members in July 2013 it included one retail or office space and […]

14 named to five commissions, 3 vacancies remain

SOLANA BEACH — With 18 residents applying to fill 17 vacancies — and nearly two-thirds of them seeking reappointment to their respective positions — council members had a somewhat easy task naming members to the city’s five citizen commissions. But the annual process wasn’t completed as scheduled during the Jan. 28 meeting. There were only […]

Youth Symphony brings music classes to Casa de Amistad

Youth Symphony brings music classes to Casa de Amistad

SOLANA BEACH — The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory has partnered with Casa de Amistad to bring the first music education program to the Solana Beach education center. About 20 students in grades four through six are learning to play the violin, viola or cello in the after-school program, which meets twice a week […]

Council OKs city’s fourth entry sign

Council OKs city’s fourth entry sign

SOLANA BEACH — People coming into Solana Beach from the east will soon be doing so via the “Gateway to Sunshine,” an entry sign and monument for the median at Lomas Santa Fe and Highland drives unanimously approved by council at the Jan. 28 meeting. The city currently has entry signs on the north and […]

Solana Beach at top of tobacco control class

Solana Beach at top of tobacco control class

REGION — When it comes to tobacco control, Solana Beach makes the grade, but Del Mar does not, at least according to the American Lung Association. Solana Beach earned eight out of a possible 12 points and an overall grade of B — one of only two in the county— in the organization’s 13th annual […]

Veterans courtyard bids rejected

Veterans courtyard bids rejected

SOLANA BEACH — With only two proposals submitted — one for nearly twice what was budgeted and the other about two-and-a-half times more — council members at the Jan. 14 meeting rejected both bids to build a courtyard at La Colonia Park honoring past, present and future members of the U.S. military. Councilman Mike Nichols […]

MarchFourth is not your father’s marching band

MarchFourth is not your father’s marching band

SOLANA BEACH — Patrick Macgill once said “Every battalion has its marching songs,” and now our generation of concert-going music lovers has its marching songs.  We have MarchFourth to thank for that! Remember your high school marching band? Well this is nothing like it. Imagine watching one of your favorite team’s football games and casually […]

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