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Encinitas' ban on plastic bags, which will be phased in starting this spring, is more stringent than the statewide ban expected to soon be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The push for paper: California lawmakers look to statewide plastic bag ban as Encinitas approves its own

Sandy Coronilla September 12, 2014

Plastic bags, your days are numbered. That’s the message the Encinitas City Council sent last month when it banned single-use plastic bags. The ordinance, which will be phased in starting this spring,...

The cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach and San Marcos have decided to cancel municipal elections to save money and instead directly appoint candidates to open seats on their city councils. (North Coast Current)

Vote for none: As Encinitas prepares for first mayor’s race, nearby cities see drought of council candidates

Sandy Coronilla September 3, 2014

Residents of three coastal cities in North County will vote in California’s general election this fall. They’ll choose a governor and decide whether they’re for or against a handful of ballot measures....

Donate Don’t Dump chapter presidents Mia Pacheco (left) and Ethan Posard (second from left), Cal State San Marcos kinesiology professor Laura de Ghetaldi, Donate Don’t Dump chapter president Grace Manuel and organization leader Gabrielle Posard stand with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy (far right) on Aug. 12 at the White House during the President’s Environmental Youth Award ceremony. (Courtesy photo)

Teen honored with special award: Donate Don’t Dump program continues to help those in need

Debbie L. Sklar August 20, 2014

Encinitas teen Gabrielle Posard’s mission to feed the hungry may have started out as a small project sketched on a napkin in 2009, but today her organization, Donate Don’t Dump, distributes more than...

Laurel Mehl’s urban farm is nestled among several residences. As she looks over her organic fruits and vegetables, a homeowner in the adjacent lot (background) is installing solar panels. (Photo by Scott Allison)

Saving the family farm: Murky Encinitas ordinances cast shadow over urban agriculture

Gisela Lagos May 31, 2014

Coral Tree Farm is working to gain back the ability to sell produce and hold community educational events for children and adults since losing its farm zoning rights due to city ordinances that do not...

David McLean plays the conga drums with SantanaWays, a Carlos Santana tribute band on April 26 during the 31st annual Encinitas Street Fair.  (Photo by Scott Allison)

Weather was cool, but so was the fair: After blustery start, annual Encinitas event goes to the dogs

Ellen Wright April 30, 2014

The Encinitas Street Fair got off to a windy start April 26, delaying crowds until Sunday. The cold weather and strong winds that deterred visitors also made setting up difficult for vendors. “Tents...

Key supporters pose for a picture March 27 in front of Pacific View school’s entrance. (Photo by Ellen Wright)

Encinitas to purchase Pacific View school site for $10 million

Ellen Wright March 27, 2014

The Encinitas Union School District and Encinitas City Council revealed the terms of an agreement to purchase the Pacific View school property March 27. The city agreed to pay $10 million for the 2.8-acre...

The original Encinitas schoolhouse, maintained by the Encinitas Historical Society, sits on the site of Pacific View Elementary School. The Encinitas Union School District plans to auction the long-closed Pacific View in March. (Photo by Scott Allison)

No surplus of debate in Pacific View school quandary: Opinions differ on state act as online campaign builds

Alex Groves February 27, 2014

The battle over an unoccupied Encinitas school site rages on as the Encinitas Union School District has set the property up for auction in March with a minimum bid of $9.5 million, sparking a grassroots...

The first-place group costume trophy for the Cardiff Kook Run on Feb. 2 was awarded to this group, dressed as the Coaster. (Photo by Ellen Wright)

Coasting for the Kook: Annual Cardiff race raises funds for statue upkeep

Ellen Wright February 7, 2014

The third annual Cardiff Kook Run drew thousands of runners Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 2 and shut down Coast Highway 101 from B Street to Cardiff State Beach. More than 2,000 runners came for the 5K...

Pacific View School, which closed in 2003 due to declining enrollment, sits at the corner of E and Third streets in Encinitas. (Photo by Scott Allison)

Pacific View options still murky for city of Encinitas

Jessica LaFontaine January 24, 2014

The Encinitas City Council discussed and voted on Jan. 15 to continue pursuing an ongoing topic – the purchase of the Pacific View School property currently owned by the Encinitas Union School District. The...

From an upturn in housing to stable city coffers, local observers of the economy anticipate a positive 2014. (stock.xchang)

Better days ahead for 2014 economy? From Encinitas to Escondido, observers weigh strengths and challenges

Alex Groves January 22, 2014

As North County enters 2014, local officials say they feel confident that the economy is on the upswing from years past but that there’s still a long way to go. Within the past year, cities across...

Local newspaper Coast Dispatch often marked the local holiday season with special coverage. (North Coast Current archive)

From challenging times to community celebrations, North Coast residents recall season’s magic

Helen Hawes December 21, 2013

Some people lament the merging of the holidays into one long shopping spree. It’s hard to imagine a time when there was no such thing as “Black Friday.” But once upon a time ... Back before Cardiff...

U-T Community News, part of the daily U-T San Diego, announced its purchase of eight community newspapers on Nov. 1. (North Coast Current photo)

Industry observers weigh impact of U-T San Diego’s entry into local weekly media market

Alex Groves November 24, 2013

U-T San Diego, the last remaining daily newspaper in San Diego County, recently purchased eight weekly community newspapers from Mainstreet Communications, and experts in the field of media and active...

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