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Early Prop. A results: Too close to call

North Coast Current

June 18, 2013

With the closure of the polls at 8 p.m. and ballot counts underway, Encinitas' Proposition A is a wash with a near 50-50 split based on early absentee ballot results. With about 3 percent of ballots counted, approval for Prop. A is ahead at 50.67 percent while "no" votes are 49.33 percent, according...

Polls open today for Prop. A vote

North Coast Current

June 18, 2013

Encinitas residents are voting today on whether to adopt Proposition A, The Encinitas Right to Vote Amendment. If approved, Prop. A would impose a citywide height limit of two stories or 30 feet for all buildings and structures, among other major amendments to zoning. Resident who plan to vote today...

April 20 tour to highlight Olivenhain gardens

April 8, 2013

ENCINITAS – More than 20 private gardens will be featured in the eighth annual Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 20. This year, the Festival returns to Olivenhain, where neighborhood residents will open their gardens to welcome tour guests. The all-day event aims...

Man killed in shooting was filmmaker, humanitarian

North Coast Current

March 29, 2013

Authorities identified a man killed March 28 in an Olivenhain shooting as John Charles Upton Jr., a filmmaker and humanitarian, according to media reports. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department released Upton’s name in a statement. Authorities arrested Michael Vilkin, 61, in the death and ...

Authorities investigate Lone Jack Road shooting death

North Coast Current

March 28, 2013

Authorities found a man dead from a gunshot wound early March 28 at a Lone Jack Road property in Olivenhain, apparently the result of a residential dispute, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Deputies from the Encinitas Sheriff’s Station responded to a 911 call at 9:06 a.m. regarding what...

Critics question nonprofit’s motives; group vows to continue

Ernesto Lopez

November 30, 2012

In the wake of controversial mailers and websites circulated during the election season, the organization We Love Encinitas, which claimed to be a nonprofit group, is facing scrutiny for mailers that some deem political. In early October, the group sent a mailer publicizing high favorable ratings from the cit...

Post-election wrap: Tough campaign, major mayoral change

Ernesto Lopez

November 11, 2012

After an election season plagued by hit pieces, Encinitas saw the election of two new City Council members, Lisa Shaffer and Tony Kranz, and the return of an appointed incumbent, Mark Muir. In fourth place, out of three possible seats to fill, was longtime councilman and current mayor Jerome Stocks....

Shaffer, Kranz, Muir win council seats

North Coast Current

November 7, 2012

Encinitas voters on Nov. 6 opted for fresh faces on the City Council and ended the 12-year tenure of Councilman Jerome Stocks, according to full results from the county registrar of voters. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, newcomers Lisa Shaffer and Tony Kranz and appointed Councilman Mark...

Encinitas to elect mayor

North Coast Current

November 7, 2012

Encinitas will have an elected mayor starting in 2014, according to Nov. 6 election results. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, results show that Encinitas voters have opted for a two-year mayor. Proposition K proposed the election of the mayor. Proposition L proposed a two-year term for the...

Newspaper publisher quietly steps into the political fray

Newspaper publisher quietly steps into the political fray

Ernesto Lopez

October 19, 2012

Aside from urging Encinitas voters in an Oct. 12 editorial to “please, please, please” end the tenure of City Council members Jerome Stocks and Mark Muir, The Coast News publisher Jim Kydd is also using a separate website to sway the community. Kydd is the registered owner of the political action site ...

Council hopefuls state their cases

Ernesto Lopez

October 10, 2012

With less than a month until elections, the Encinitas City Council race is well under way, and with nine candidates vying for three of five seats, the competition is stiff. In the running are political newcomers such as Bryan Ziegler, incumbents Jerome Stocks and Mark Muir, who was appointed to council...

Mayor initiative stirring debate

Ernesto Lopez

October 8, 2012

The idea of having an elected mayor in Encinitas is not settling in well for those residents who would rather keep the current annual selection process but have it modified. “We do not want an elected mayor,” Candice Kamada said after an Oct. 3 City Council candidates forum in Olivenhain. “We...

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