North Coast Current

Surfing Madonna returns

Surfing Madonna returns

Ernesto Lopez

June 29, 2012


Filed under Arts, COASTLINE, Encinitas, Leucadia

After spending a year refurbishing and searching for a new home for his Surfing Madonna, artist Mark Patterson quietly installed the mosaic on June 25 in Leucadia between Café Ipe and Surfy Surfy. “I feel like I’ve been running a marathon,” Patterson told the North Coast Current. “It’s been a...

Debate intensifies over General Plan

Debate intensifies over General Plan

Ernesto Lopez

May 28, 2012


Filed under COASTLINE, Encinitas

Planning for low-income housing has turned out to be a difficult and long process for the city of Encinitas. State law requires local governments to prepare and adopt a General Plan every 20 years consisting of seven mandatory elements, including housing, which addresses need, improvement, maintenance...

Houlihan banners: Art and politics

Houlihan banners: Art and politics

Christopher Earley

April 20, 2012


Filed under Arts, COASTLINE, Encinitas, Politics

Once again, a controversial piece of art has cast the city of Encinitas into the spotlight. June 2011 found the city amid a debate regarding whether a mosaic dubbed the “Surfing Madonna,” which was illegally placed underneath a train bridge on Encinitas Boulevard, was graffiti or a piece of art. Less t...

Surfing Madonna finds home on Web

Surfing Madonna finds home on Web

Ernesto Lopez

April 7, 2012


Filed under Arts, COASTLINE, Encinitas, Leucadia, LOCAL WIDE WEB

After many legal battles, the Surfing Madonna mosaic is still homeless. But despite the challenges and defeats, its supporters and creator, Mark Patterson, remain hopeful that it will soon find a home. In the meantime, they continue to raise awareness and funds to cover the costs for its future ins...

Foundation to buy Ecke property

North Coast Current

April 6, 2012


Filed under COASTLINE, Encinitas

The Paul Ecke Ranch property is changing hands after playing a significant role in Encinitas history since the 1920s. The Leichtag Foundation, a Carlsbad-based philanthropic organization, announced its plans to purchase the site in an April 6 news release. The foundation was started by Max and Andre Lei...

Fire destroys Encinitas McDonald’s

North Coast Current

September 2, 2011


Filed under COASTLINE, Encinitas

An apparent gas leak lead to an explosion Thursday night that destroyed the McDonald's restaurant in Encinitas, authorities said. Fire crews were still on the scene early Friday afternoon to survey the damage. The apparent blast lead to a three-alarm fire around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night, authorities...

DEMA offers L8 Night Thursdays

North Coast Current

December 3, 2010


Filed under COASTLINE, Encinitas

The Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association and its members present L8 Nite Thursdays, a series of Thursday evenings where dozens of retail stores will stay open until 8 p.m. during the holiday season. Dec. 9, 16 and 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., visitors can come do holiday shopping in downtown Encinitas...

Brats and beer: Big names back ’09 fair

North Coast Current

April 9, 2009


Filed under COASTLINE, Encinitas

If anyone doubts the growing clout of the annual Encinitas Street Fair, organizers can now do a little name-dropping to back them up. Now in its 26th year, the Encinitas Street Fair boasts two major sponsors well suited for sponsoring an event that takes place at the height of spring — and Johnsonville...

Local arts may weather economic storm

Local arts may weather economic storm

Lauren Ciallella and Scott Landheer

February 28, 2009


Filed under Arts, Carlsbad, COASTLINE, Encinitas, Solana Beach

Maybe the swami was right. “Many will tell you about the original swami who came to town and noticed that there was a creative vortex here in Encinitas,” said City of Encinitas Arts Administrator Jim Gilliam. “That happened in the ’20s, and yet it’s interesting because Encinitas is truly a ha...

Activist, artist recalled through poetry

Activist, artist recalled through poetry

Lauren Ciallella and Scott Landheer

February 28, 2009


Filed under Arts, COASTLINE, Encinitas, Politics

The life and work of Robert “Bob” Nanninga was celebrated in the same way he lived — with passion, emotion and humor. Known as an outspoken activist for both the environment and arts community, Encinitas felt the loss when he passed away on Feb. 14 from pneumonia. Friends, family and supporters...

Remembering William ‘Magpie’ Maguire

Remembering William ‘Magpie’ Maguire

Mary Cate O’Malley

February 14, 2009


Filed under COASTLINE, Encinitas, Region

William Anthony “Magpie” Maguire, 65, a third-generation San Diegan and Encinitas icon, died New Year’s Day in his historic Encinitas Highlands home after a long illness. Maguire, also known as Tony, was an artist, photographer, collector of rare books, bee keeper, and free thinker who touched...

Program keeps business close to home

Lauren Ciallella

February 12, 2009


Filed under COASTLINE, Encinitas

Localvores have taken over Encinitas, and the community couldn’t be happier. But what, you may ask, is a localvore? It’s a recent creation emerging as town mascot for Encinitas’ Buy Local-E program, which encompasses the five districts (Encinitas, New Encinitas, Cardiff, Leucadia, Olivenhain) and...

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