Category Archives: Encinitas and Cardiff

Groundroots Encinitas Newsletter Back Up and Running

The local neighborhood newsletter the Encinitas NeighborHoodLink  is back!  The July issue, the first since fall of 2008, includes an update on the Hall property and, in particular, a review of a recent meeting regarding the proposed lighting plan for the Hall Community park. 

The 44-acre property was purchased by the city from flower grower Robert Hall  in 2001 for $17 million.  Since that time, it has been bogged down by battles between various interests – in short, those who want the land to be developed into a sports park (heavily supported by city officials), and those residents living nearby who would prefer to have it be passive park land, arguing their way of life will be radically altered by the new facility  The proposal, as it stands now, includes five sports fields, a dog park, a skatepark, children’s play structures and a swim complex.

To keep up to date on the Hall Property and other issues concerning our beautiful Encinitas community, whether Old Encinitas, Cardiff, Leucadia or Olivenhain, sign up for the newsletter by emailing

Blake Lively Brings Encinitas, Del Mar and La Jolla into The Lime Light for Her June Vogue Cover Shoot!

Surfing Swami's at Sunset in Encinitas, courtesy Kdude, FlicrNew York might be her residence, but Southern California apparently has her heart!  Encinitas gets great exposure thanks to actress Blake Lively’s photo shoot at Swami’s, which is the June cover of Vogue magazine.  You can visit her Vogue Diary and listen to her dish about her beachy trip, family and her passions.  While Blake was in town she got a private surf lesson from legend Rob Machado, as did Vogue’s Hamish Bowles

Hey, Blake…if you’re looking for Del Mar CA Real Estate…you know who to call 😉

Encinitas, Leucadia and Cardiff – Community Workshops

Encinitas residents, please remember to attend your community specific workshop this week!
Your inputs on what Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Encinitas should be (and not be) are critical to getting a good and workable General Plan. 
The consultants preparing the plan are based in Northern California.  They need our inputs to understand what we like about our community, what can be improved, and what is “off the table”.  Your inputs will be used in developing the General Plan, so it is critical to be heard.  Otherwise, we may end up with a general plan that does not address our desires as a community.  

Please come share your vision – even the smallest inputs will be of value.
Community Specific Workshops, all from 6pm-8pm
1. March 8 (Monday) in Olivenhain (Olivenhain Town Hall, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road)
2. March 9 (Tuesday) in New Encinitas (Diegueno Middle School, 2150 Village Park Way)
3. March 11 (Thursday) in Cardiff (Cardiff Elementary School, 1888 Montgomery Ave)
4. March 22 (Monday) in Leucadia (Paul Ecke Central Elementary, 185 Union Street)
5. March 23 (Tuesday) in Old Encinitas (Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Ave)

San Diego Botanical Garden of Lights

What a magical world the San Diego Botanical Garden in Encinitas CA becomes after sunset! 

After spending a few glorious hours exploring the gardens with my family last Sunday morning, with a particularly long visit to the Hamilton’s Children’s Garden, a true masterpiece in conception and realization, we heard about the Garden of Lights and decided to return later that same evening.

Treehouse at Hamilton's Children's Garden in Encinitas CA

After the sun goes down, the Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with thousands of sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience. Many of these lights are LED, which are much brighter than regular lights. Adding to the sparkle is the “Poinsettia Garden,” festively decorated with many varieties of poinsettias, and serving the most delicious warm mulled wine.  Two buck Chuck never tasted yummier!

My two kids, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the numerous activities offered, including a horse-drawn wagon ride, marshmallow roasting, a visit with Santa in a charming holiday decorated gazebo, and live music – all magically illuminated. 

Garden of Lights

If you haven’t had a chance to visit this spectacular event yet, RUN!  You only have until December 30th.  I promise, this might be the most memorable holiday experience you’ll have – here in Encinitas CA or anywhere!

Encinitas CA – Pet Friendly or Going to the Dogs?

Being a pet owner most of my life, I love the pet friendly attitude here in Encinitas CA where I live.  However, the issue of off-leash dogs at local parks in Encinitas has recently set off a real dogfight in the community
Complaints about Sheriff’s enforcement actions for loose dogs in area parks during non-“off leash” hours caused the city council to expand those hours at several local parks.  “Off leash Hours” are the times that dog owners can let their pets roam leash free in designated parks.  The council approved the action on a 4 to 1 vote.

Orpheus Park in Encinitas CA

Orpheus Park in Encinitas CA

Proponents of the new hours celebrated the extended hours citing years of loose dogs that have never led to a serious incident.  Opponents say “Encinitas is going to the dogs”.  They feel the extension was unnecessary and hampers the rights and freedom of non dogowners.  Some local residents have even requested that the city consider fencing in loose dog areas to keep kids and loose dogs separate.  Especially residents with small children, who aren’t comfortable letting their kids roll around in the grass because of the amount of dog poop that’s repeatedly deposited there, are up in arms over the expansion.  They are particularly afraid of an incident that might be scary or even traumatizing for a young child.

Courtesy of This Year's Love, flickr

Courtesy of This Year's Love, flickr

So far, dog lovers have won.  Orpheus, Sun Vista and Viewpoint Parks will begin the new “off leash” hours; 6:00 to 9 a.m. and 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sunday in Mid January 2010.  Glen and Hawk View Parks will be considered for extension in the spring.  Keep in mind, fines for having your dog off leash where or when it is not legal can cost as much as $445.00!

Encinitas Wins Award for Innovative New Civic Center Upgrades

The City of Encinitas CA is once again on the cutting edge of green technology and energy conservation.  A new “Ice Technology” cooling system has been installed in the Encinitas Civic Center that will reduce demand on the energy grid while saving the city utility costs.

For their innovation, the City of Encinitas has been awarded the international 2009 Renewable Energy Project of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers. The project also won the San Diego Excellence in Energy Award from the California Center for Sustainable Energy.

It sounds far-fetched, but apparently the new hybrid system will cool the Civic Center by making ice at night during low-cost and low-demand energy use periods.  The ice will then be used to cool the facility during higher energy demand periods during the day.  The cost of this $3.5 million dollar project, which includes 501 solar electric panels, was partially offset by rebates and incentives.  Hopefully, the money was well spent.

Encinitas Church Gives Thanks and Dinner to Local Marines

Sometimes, this community really steps up…  Several fellow Encinitans, members of the Saint Mark Lutheran Church in Encinitas CA, truly exhibited the spirit of Thanksgiving a couple of weeks ago when they served up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to about thirty five local Marines.  The program to host area Marines is orchestrated by the Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton, which matched 1,100 Marines with local families to celebrate Thanksgiving 2009.

The Saint Mark’s celebration, which is a four year tradition now, served up thirteen turkeys, eighty pounds of mashed potatoes and sliced dozens of pumpkin pies.  Visiting Marines were treated to a great meal, complete with large screen football, family table games and lots of new friends.

It’s a great way to thank these men and women who to step up to defend our way of life, regardless of one’s opinion of the rightness or wrongness of the war…

Encinitas Holiday Parade Next Weekend

More holiday festivities are around the corner – the Encinitas Holiday Encinitas CAParade is coming up on Saturday, December 5th, in Encinitas CA.  The fun starts with a Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:00pm in the courtyard of the Lumberyard Shopping Center on Coast Highway 101, adjacent to the famous St. Tropez Bistro.  The Parade itself begins at 5:30, heading south along Coast Highway 101 from D Street to J Street. 

This year’s Parade theme is “Season’s GreeNings,” celebrating all things environmental in Encinitas.  Shuttle bus service will be available from parking locations near I-5 directly to the Parade. Call (760) 633-2740 for exact shuttle service locations and for general Parade information.

Bring your family and friends (and a lawn chair or blanket) to watch as nearly 100 entries make their way down the Parade route.  And stick around afterwards to enjoy dinner at one of the many great downtown Encinitas restaurants. Q’ero is one of my favorites, and the relatively new 3rd Corner is excellent, reasonably priced and has a phenomenal selection of wines.

The 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Restaurant in Encinitas CA

The 3rd Corner Lounge in Encinitas CA