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Large-scale Encinitas housing proposal sets stage for 2021 cycle

A map shows the proposed scale of the Encinitas Boulevard Apartments in Olivenhain. (Encinitas city document image)
December 31, 2020
The next housing cycle begins in 2021, and state law requires Encinitas to pass another housing policy. The Encinitas Boulevard Apartments, a new development proposed in Olivenhain, has sparked controversy among residents.

Officials seek residents’ input for 2021 Encinitas housing plan update

Encinitas City Hall. (NCC file photo)
December 31, 2020
The city of Encinitas invites residents to submit comments during January as officials finalize a state-mandated housing update.

EDITORIAL: San Diego County: ‘No’ on Measure B; ‘yes’ on Measure A

February 25, 2020
Measure B supporters note that 60% of Newland Sierra housing would be affordably priced for the working class. But assuming it’s built, what would that “affordable” price be at completion given the continuing rise in prices, up 8% over the past year alone? Moreover, what’s their definition of “working class?”

City vs. citizens? Sides differ on perceptions of Encinitas housing suit

Encinitas homes are shown in this March 2018 aerial. (Photo by Ian McDonnell, iStock Getty Images)
Mayor, local observer say action is necessary part of legal process; attorney for defendants says residents who support Proposition A are being singled out
November 6, 2019
The city of Encinitas recently filed a lawsuit against 100 unnamed defendants of a resident-backed group called Preserve Proposition A in a claim to clarify whether future housing plans need to be held for a public vote. The lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal squabbles between Encinitas, housing advocates and the state of California as the city’s latest housing element was deemed compliant under state housing law by the Department of Housing and Community Development on Oct. 10.

Old San Marcos oak now a centerpiece of new North City neighborhood

Crews prepare a native oak tree for placement in its new home the morning of Aug. 12 at the North City project in San Marcos. The tree was moved from its original spot nearby. (North City courtesy photo)
August 20, 2019
If you visit the growing cluster of housing and businesses just across from California State University San Marcos on the north side of East Barham Drive, you will find the new home of a living landmark.

Encinitas builder Zephyr wins national marketing awards

The Park, a 14-story project by Encinitas builder Zephyr in Banker’s Hill, includes views to downtown San Diego. (Courtesy photo)
March 31, 2019
Encinitas-based builder Zephyr received several Nationals awards from the National Association of Home Builders in March, the company announced.

Blakespear holds wide lead for Encinitas mayor; Measure U out; Hubbard, Mosca council bound

Election Day. (Photo by Element5 Digital, Unsplash)
Victory in sight for Horvath in Assembly race; incumbents lead in school district races
November 7, 2018
Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear appears to hold a sound victory as Jody Hubbard and Joe Mosca are headed for the City Council, according to San Diego County Registrar of Voters results as of midday Nov. 7. Measure U is headed for defeat. Tasha Boerner Horvath retains her lead for the 76th District Assembly seat over Elizabeth Warren. Incumbents lead school board races.

Encinitas housing Measure U falling short in voting results

If plan fails, it would be second such rejected since 2016
November 7, 2018
A proposed update to Encinitas’ city housing plan was losing in preliminary results from Tuesday's election, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters as of 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Grandfathering granny flats: Encinitas eyes state bill to help housing crunch

Encinitas homes are shown in this March 2018 aerial. (Photo by Ian McDonnell, iStock Getty Images)
August 30, 2018
Home is where the drywall is up to code, or it’s in the backyard, above the garage or an added second story. Accessory dwelling units will have a chance to be counted in Encinitas’ housing requirement.

Encinitas leaders set priorities for 2017

Encintas City Council members Mark Muir (left), Tasha Boerner Horvath and Tony Kranz are sworn in by City Clerk Kathy Hollywood on Dec. 13. (Photo by Cam Buker)
Housing element, rail trail, homelessness among top priorities for newly elected council, county supervisor
January 6, 2017
In the wake of November’s election results, Encinitas has sworn in an entire City Council sans one seat.

Latest tally: Blakespear holds Encinitas lead, Measure T out

Early leads in other key races continue; Roberts ahead for county supervisor
November 9, 2016
Encinitas Councilwoman Catherine Blakespear retains her sound lead for the city's mayoral seat as housing Measure T fails, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, as of 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9. Incumbent Dave Roberts holds a narrow lead over current Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar in the San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 3 race, county returns show. Local school improvement bonds are passing widely.

Encinitas Measure T, county Measure B losing early

School bond measures on track to win for Cardiff, MiraCosta districts
November 9, 2016
A proposed update to Encinitas’ city housing plan was losing in preliminary results Tuesday night, whole local school bond measures were on track to win, according to early voting results as of 11:50 p.m. Countywide Measure B, in support of building the massive Lilac Hills development in Valley Center, was also headed for defeat, according to early county results.
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