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Backers, city weigh next steps for Right to Vote Initiative

The Encinitas Right to Vote Initiative could shift approval of zoning changes from City Hall, pictured Feb. 8, to voters. (Photo by Roman S. Koenig)

Ernesto Lopez

February 9, 2013

A special election for the Right to Vote Initiative approved in January could cost the city around $300,000, according to the Encinitas city clerk. The initiative – which would impose a citywide height limit of two stories or 30 feet for all buildings and structures except medical complexes and...

Kook calendar celebrates Cardiff

A page from the 2013 Cardiff Kook Calendar shows a papier mache pterodactyl grabbing onto the

Helen Hawes

January 16, 2013

If graphic artist Fred Caldwell needed an amen to act on his big idea, he got it in the unlikeliest of places. It was while listening to the State of the City address a few years ago. When the mayor mentioned “The Cardiff Kook” and the audience came to life with a happy roar, Caldwell knew his idea...

School district ready to start projects

Proposition AA is a bond measure that, if approved by voters in November, would fund improvements at San Dieguito Union High School District schools, including San Dieguito Academy. (Photo by Roman S. Koenig)

Alex Groves

January 15, 2013

The San Dieguito Union High School District is ready to move forward on its plan to modernize facilities and improve technology infrastructure since the passage of a $449 million bond measure. The measure – known formally as Proposition AA – was one of several on the ballot in November. Similar...

‘Madonna’ fans fete permanent home

The Surfing Madonna mosaic is now on permanent display at Café Ipe in Leucadia. (Photo by Ernesto Lopez)

Ernesto Lopez

December 14, 2012

The Surfing Madonna mosaic got a lot of attention on 12/12/12 as nearly 100 locals gathered at Café Ipe on North Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia to celebrate its newly announced permanent home and try some beer inspired by the artwork. Some local Catholics joined in celebration of the Day of the Virge...

Leichtag outlines vision for Ecke land

The Ecke Ranch property in Encinitas, pictured Nov. 21, will soon be under the stewardship of the Leichtag Foundation. (Photo by Roman S. Koenig)

Manny Lopez

November 21, 2012

The purchase of the famed Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas by the Leichtag Foundation, a Jewish philanthropic organization, marks a turning point in the history of the community, where the poinsettia industry was revolutionized and the association between the plant and Christmas was advanced. After more...

Bond key issue in trustees’ race

Proposition AA is a bond measure that, if approved by voters in November, would fund improvements at San Dieguito Union High School District schools, including San Dieguito Academy. (Photo by Roman S. Koenig)

Ken Pagano

September 24, 2012

When the voters in the San Dieguito Union High School District go to the polls in November, they’ll be deciding the future of the community. Sharing the ballot this year: four candidates running for two seats on the school board and a $449 million school-construction loan. Proposition AA would...

‘Lost Girls’ author discusses book, ensuing controversy

‘Lost Girls’ author discusses book, controversy

Scott Allison

July 10, 2012

Journalist and true-crime author Caitlin Rother recently released her book “Lost Girls” amid a firestorm of protests and controversy. On July 7, Rother was at the Encinitas Library discussing the book. The talk centered on her research for the book, but the controversy dominated the theme as she...

Surfing Madonna returns


Ernesto Lopez

June 29, 2012

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

Two residents discuss the benefits of building low-income housing in different locations throughout Encinitas during a General Plan workshop May 14 at the Encinitas Community Center. (Photo by Ernesto Lopez)

Ernesto Lopez

May 28, 2012

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

Arts Alive banners featuring a portrait of late Encinitas City Councilwoman Maggie Houlihan are now on full display along North Coast Highway 101. (Photo by Chris Earley)

Christopher Earley

April 21, 2012

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

The search continues for a permanent home for the Surfing Madonna by artist Mark Patterson. (Photo courtesy of Surfing Madonna Oceans Project)

Ernesto Lopez

April 7, 2012

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

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...

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