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A twist on business: Cities differ on allowing sign twirlers

A twist on business: Cities differ on allowing sign twirlers

Christopher Earley

February 23, 2013


Filed under Business, Carlsbad, Encinitas, San Marcos, Top Stories

When sign spinner John Murray goes to work on a busy street corner, he attracts a lot of attention. But attracting attention is just part of the job. With a full head of curly and wild red hair, the 21-year-old Grossmont College student can flip a sign with the best of them. As traffic rolls past...

Second annual Kook Run draws colorful characters

Second annual Kook Run draws colorful characters

Helen Hawes

February 7, 2013


Filed under Cardiff by the Sea, Encinitas, Top Stories

Masked Zorros, cave people, a bride and some serious athletes shut down Coast Highway on Feb. 3 as they ran with 2,000 other contenders in the second annual Cardiff Kook Run 5K and 10K races. The event is held in honor of an Encinitas icon, the Cardiff Kook sculpture. Officially named “The Magic Ca...

Trio’s tenure: Retiring council members reflect on careers

Trio’s tenure: Retiring council members reflect on careers

Manny Lopez

December 27, 2012


Filed under Carlsbad, Encinitas, Politics, Region, Solana Beach, Top Stories

The retirements of Encinitas Councilman James Bond, Solana Beach Mayor Joe Kellejian and Carlsbad Councilwoman Ann Kulchin mark the end of an era in North County coastal politics. With nearly a century of public service between them, each has left an indelible signature in the sand within some of...

Saving Times: Newspaper’s former archivist opens North County Times cabinets to local historical societies

Saving Times: Newspaper’s former archivist opens North County Times cabinets to local historical societies

Ernesto Lopez

December 19, 2012


Filed under Escondido, Local History, Media, Region, San Diego County, Top Stories

North County historian Lucy Berk has a big task at hand. She is digging up paper files of the Times Advocate archives from 1983 to 1995 and distributing them to local historical societies. Berk worked at the newspaper as an archivist during that time frame, before its merger with The North County Bl...

Transfer of flower power: Paul Ecke III optimistic about poinsettia powerhouse’s future under new ownership

Transfer of flower power: Paul Ecke III optimistic about poinsettia powerhouse’s future under new ownership

Manny Lopez

November 21, 2012


Filed under Encinitas, Top Stories

For the first holiday season since 1911, a member of the Ecke family will not be at the helm of the Encinitas company that popularized the poinsettia and made it the No. 1 selling potted plant in North America. In August, it was announced that all of the business assets of Paul Ecke Ranch, which included...

It wouldn’t be the holidays without: Staple has local roots

It wouldn’t be the holidays without: Staple has local roots

Lauren Ciallella

November 20, 2012


Filed under Food, Region, San Marcos, Top Stories

Editor's note: With the holidays around the corner, the North Coast Current revisits this story, first published in the Current in November 2008 Is it stuffing or is it dressing? “There’s really no difference,” says Leo Pearlstein, Mrs. Cubbison’s PR man since 1948. A personal friend of San...

Golden plates: Car buffs laud plan to bring back iconic colors

Golden plates: Car buffs laud plan to bring back iconic colors

Donna P. Crilly

September 22, 2012


Filed under Encinitas, Politics, San Diego County, Top Stories

Classic car owners generally have a few things in common. Aside from a love of an era of cars when baby boomers were still babies, enthusiasts typically have money to spend and time to restore their classic models to a “T.” But there’s one thing they don’t have in common. Not all classic car...

Fresh crop: North Coast sees growth of farmers markets

Fresh crop: North Coast sees growth of farmers markets

Kelley Carlson

September 21, 2012


Filed under Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Encinitas, La Costa, Leucadia, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Region, Solana Beach, Top Stories

Farmers markets seem to be cropping up all over North County. They can be found in every city, from Oceanside to Carmel Valley along the coast, and as far east as San Marcos, Escondido and Valley Center. And people are flocking to them to buy fresh produce, unique crafts, organic food products and...

Bond for an icon: District aims for balance

Bond for an icon: District aims for balance

Mike Lewis

August 16, 2012


Filed under Education, Encinitas, K-12, Local History, NORTH COAST CAMPUS, Politics, Top Stories

For the first time in more than 40 years, the San Dieguito Union High School District has placed a bond measure on the ballot for upgrades and construction at its campuses, including the 75-year-old San Dieguito Academy. The district Board of Trustees voted 4-1 on July 26 to place the general obligation...

Homecoming: Families, friends greet troops on shore

Homecoming: Families, friends greet troops on shore

Christopher Earley

June 28, 2012


Filed under Camp Pendleton, Military, Oceanside, Region, Top Stories

To call it a grand entrance would have been an understatement. But it would be a mistake to expect any less from a fighting force like the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. With the lights of the three ships of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group barely visible in the dark morning June 21, the roar...

Seeds of destruction: Group works to clear invasive plants

Seeds of destruction: Group works to clear invasive plants

Christopher Earley

May 28, 2012


Filed under Carlsbad, Encinitas, Region, Top Stories

Unbeknownst to many North County residents, they are living the midst of a battleground. But it’s not a traditional battle. And the enemies are a list of invasive plant species. To the untrained eye, many of these plants may appear to be beautiful, lush parts of the landscape. But according to scientists...

Night in a new light: Encinitas swaps sodium for LEDs

Night in a new light: Encinitas swaps sodium for LEDs

Christopher Earley

April 6, 2012


Filed under Encinitas, Top Stories

Encinitas recently joined a growing number of California communities that have taken steps to improve energy efficiency by converting many of their street lights to LED technology. Funded by grant money from the U.S. Department of Energy, the city began converting a portion of the older high-pressure...

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