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Encinitas candidates support arts center effort, differ on site cost

Although the former Pacific View Elementary School campus in Encinitas, pictured in August 2015, remains empty for now, the city is moving forward with plans for its renewal. (NCC file photo by Susan Whaley)

Mike Peterson

November 4, 2016

Encinitas City Council and mayoral candidates say they support moving forward with turning the old Pacific View school site into an arts center despite disagreeing about the site’s acquisition.

Encinitas moves forward on Pacific View site plans

Although the former Pacific View Elementary School campus in Encinitas, pictured in August 2015, remains empty for now, the city is moving forward with plans for its renewal. (NCC file photo by Susan Whaley)

Michele Leivas

March 11, 2016

The ongoing Pacific View project in Encinitas took a major step forward Feb. 24 when City Council members approved a right-of-entry agreement granting volunteer access to the property to allow for minor repairs and cleanup.

Pacific View follow-up with Encinitas council slated for April 8

North Coast Current

March 10, 2015

The Encinitas City Council is slated to hear the results of a community forum on the future of the former Pacific View School property on April 8, according to Councilwoman Lisa Shaffer. The March 3 meeting’s primary objective was to discuss the selection of an operating partner for the site, which...

What to do with Pacific View: Arts supporters, activists optimistic but quiet about Encinitas site’s future

Student-made mosaics can be found at the old Pacific View School site in Encinitas, now owned by the city. Arts groups and community activists are expressing optimism about the future of the property. (File photo by Scott Allison)

Gisela Lagos

February 24, 2015

With almost 70 arts groups, Encinitas boasts the second-largest arts community in San Diego County, and the direction of the city-owned Pacific View site promises to be a welcome addition for arts supporters throughout the community. “Encinitas is a growing city,” said Commissioner Naimeh Tanha,...

Escrow closes on Encinitas’ Pacific View School property purchase

North Coast Current

December 23, 2014

The old Pacific View School site officially belongs to the city of Encinitas as of the close of escrow Dec. 19, the city announced. The purchase of the 2.8-acre site from the Encinitas Union School District had been hotly debated in the community throughout 2014. An effort to get the property into...

Pacific View sale had little impact on Encinitas election, backers say

With the sale now final, the city of Encinitas is set to look for ways to rehabilitate the Pacific View School property, shown March 27. (North Coast Current file photo)

Gisela Lagos

December 2, 2014

The recently completed sale of the Pacific View School property was seen as a hot-button topic leading up to last month’s election, but even some among those who were unabashedly for its sale to the city said the topic probably didn’t play that large a role for Encinitas voters. “If Pacific...

Point of View: School’s in session this political season

Roman S. Koenig

April 11, 2014

Rocks, sand and a glass container. Encinitas City Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar brought teaching tools and a lesson plan for her portion of the State of the City address on April 4 at the Community Center. With a volunteer from the audience, Gaspar used the rocks, sand and glass to illustrate the i...

Online effort launched to keep Pacific View property public

Online effort launched to keep Pacific View property public

North Coast Current

February 14, 2014

An effort to keep the long-shuttered Pacific View Elementary School property in public hands debuted online Feb. 13. The website,, was launched by Leucadia resident Scott Chatfield, who led a similar online effort in 2008 that resulted in the preservation of the 760 area code in North County. The latest effort comes on the heels o...

Surfing Madonna on display

North Coast Current

June 26, 2012

The popular and controversial Surfing Madonna mosaic has reappeared in Leucadia. Mosaic supporter Scott Chatfield, who designed a website profiling the art piece, announced June 25 on Facebook that the Surfing Madonna is now on display between Cafe Ipe and Surfy Surfy. The mosaic, created by Mark P...

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...

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Roman S. Koenig

February 15, 2009

714 … 619 ... 760 … 858 … 442 was enough. After living and working along the North Coast practically his entire life — and having seen a fair share of area code changes in the past decade or so — Scott Chatfield realized it was time say “enough” to yet another split in 2008. In creating...

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