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

Sheriff’s department looking to return purse

SOLANA BEACH — Sheriff’s detectives are attempting to locate the owner of a purse that was found at 12:45 p.m. on Jan. 23. The purse was located in front of a business in the area of 700 S. Highway 101. If you lost a purse during this time frame and location, the Sheriff’s department is asking […]

Trevor Hall finds his inspiration in good grace

Trevor Hall finds his inspiration in good grace

SOLANA BEACH — “Grace, I think,” Trevor Hall said when asked how the Hilton Head, South Carolina native discovered India. The country’s spiritual culture has come to have a significant influence on Hall, the 28-year-old musician, down to his Brahmin-esque appearance. At 15, Hall left his small island of Hilton Head for Idyllwild Arts Academy […]

New RV parking laws OK’d

New RV parking laws OK’d

SOLANA BEACH — According to the current law, anyone with a recreational vehicle “could move that bus a few feet down the block every 24 hours and they could stay there virtually forever.” That will soon change as council members at the May 13 meeting adopted the first reading of an ordinance that places new […]

New city leader officially onboard

New city leader officially onboard

SOLANA BEACH — It’s official. Greg Wade was formally hired as Solana Beach’s next city manager with a 4-0 vote at the May 13 meeting. Mayor Lesa Heebner was absent but in a statement read by Councilman Dave Zito, she said she looked forward to working with him to “serve and enhance our beautiful community.” […]

Revised story pole plan OK’d

Revised story pole plan OK’d

SOLANA BEACH — Council members unanimously approved at a special May 6 meeting a revised story pole plan for the complete remodel of an apartment complex on the corner of South Nardo and Stevens avenues. As it seeks to demolish and replace Solana Highlands, owner H.G. Fenton Company asked council in March to waive the […]

7th graders raise $800 for leukemia society

7th graders raise $800 for leukemia society

SOLANA BEACH — As part of an assignment for their seventh-grade humanities class, five students from Earl Warren Middle School recently donated more than $800 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In the process, the 13-year-olds from Solana Beach learned about cancer survival rates, city government, fundraising and tax-exempt status. Social sciences teacher Connor Nesseler […]

NCTD enforcing trespassing on tracks

NCTD enforcing trespassing on tracks

REGION — Law enforcement officers from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department recently began stepping up enforcement efforts for trespassing on North County railroad tracks. Since January officers have been writing tickets to anyone up and down the coast who crosses the tracks or is walking or jogging alongside them. But the violations aren’t coming […]

Solana Beach musician leads a colorful life

Solana Beach musician leads a colorful life

SOLANA BEACH — Reid Moriarty has done quite a bit in 20 years. Like a typical kid he enjoyed baseball, swimming and hiking as a youngster. He began playing keyboards when he was about 10. A few years later Moriarty was the front man for The Kingsmen, a four-man band that played small gigs at […]

Solana Beach hires city manager

Solana Beach hires city manager

SOLANA BEACH — From a field of 120 applicants during two recruitment efforts in the past year, Greg Wade was selected as the new city manager, replacing David Ott, who retired from the position twice in the last five years. Wade, 50, is currently the assistant city manager and community development director for Imperial Beach, […]

Sand replenishment project clears major hurdle

Sand replenishment project clears major hurdle

REGION — Plans to place more than 1.5 million cubic yards of sand on beaches in two North County cities over a 50-year span recently reached “the last significant major milestone,” Solana Beach City Manager David Ott said. The Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board voted 5-0 on April 21 to advance the […]

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