Encinitas

City Info


You’ve got your New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Olivenhain. Yes, each of the five communities is part of Encinitas, but make no mistake that they have distinct personalities. An enclave of artists of every kind, Encinitas is known widely as the “flower growing capital of the world,” but that’s really just one part of what makes this city cool. Just ask resident and surfing legend Rob Machado. Traveling the coast of Encinitas you will encounter the ever-funky Leucadia before hitting Swami’s and the Self Realization Fellowship and then the Cardiff State Beach Campgrounds. And who can forget our polarizing buddy the Cardiff Kook?Heading into New Encinitas amazing restaurants and shops dot the landscape where the younger residents take advantage of the highly regarded school districts.

Population: Approximately 61,588

Housing units: Approximately 25,740

Median income: $63,954

Education: 55.0 percent of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher

Contact Info


City Hall
505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas, CA 92024-3633

Encinitas Sheriff’s Station
175 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024-3633
760-966-3500

Graffiti Hotline
760-633-2751

Public Works
760-633-2840

Encinitas Fire and Marine Safety
505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas, CA 92024
Fire Prevention: (760) 633-2820
Marine Safety: (760) 633-2800

Smith gets deferred sentence in pot case

REGION — A man who potentially faced state prison time for selling $50 worth of marijuana will instead receive probation and a deferred sentence, after both sides reached a plea agreement last week. Brandon Smith, 26, pleaded to a felony and a misdemeanor, but his sentence was deferred for two years, meaning that if he […]

Taste of Wine: Encinitas Rotary wine event benefits 19 charities

Taste of Wine: Encinitas Rotary wine event benefits 19 charities

Recently, I observed that the wine consumer was getting washed with wine shows. This was not meant to be a complaint. Wine shows give the visitor an opportunity to sample some superior wines, upwards of 200 choices, along with food pairings, for one nominal admission fee. The realization that big wine shows equal big profits […]

Theater company, city to negotiate lease

ENCINITAS — An enthusiastic Encinitas City Council unanimously voted to begin negotiations with a local theater company that wants to build a performing arts center on a city-owned piece of land in the Encinitas Ranch Town Center long targeted for a performing arts venue. The council voted 5-0 to enter into exclusive negotiations with the […]

Encinitas man faces prison, felonies for $50 pot sale

Activists rally to aid of Brandon Smith against charges ENCINITAS — Is $50 worth of marijuana worth a young man’s future? This is the question that medical marijuana activists are asking as they rally around an Encinitas man, Brandon Michael Smith, 26, whose attorney says faces seven years in state prison — and other life-altering […]

Volunteers change foster children’s lives

Volunteers change foster children’s lives

ENCINITAS — According to a Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative study, 3 percent of foster youth will earn a college degree and 20 percent become homeless after they turn 18 years old. San Diego non-profit Voices for Children aims to change that by matching foster children with Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs. The organization […]

Volunteers change foster children’s lives

ENCINITAS — According to a Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative study, 3 percent of foster youth will earn a college degree and 20 percent become homeless after they turn 18 years old. San Diego non-profit Voices for Children aims to change that by matching foster children with Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs. The organization […]

Volunteers change foster children’s lives

ENCINITAS — According to a Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative study, 3 percent of foster youth will earn a college degree and 20 percent become homeless after they turn 18 years old. San Diego nonprofit Voices for Children aims to change that by matching foster children with Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs. The organization […]

Military to receive free admission to Botanic Garden

Military to receive free admission to Botanic Garden

ENCINITAS — Active duty, National Guard and Reserve members and their families will be able to stop and smell the roses at the San Diego Botanic Gardens — for free. Well, at least for the next four months. The Botanic Garden, located in Encinitas, announced a partnership with the Blue Star Museum program that will […]

Appeals court sends clear message: Yoga ‘isn’t religious’

Appeals court sends clear message: Yoga ‘isn’t religious’

REGION — The State Court of Appeal has sent an clear message about Encinitas Union School District’s yoga program to the family and organization that challenged it: it isn’t religious. The Fourth District Court of Appeal last week delivered a 3-0 ruling that upholds a lower court’s ruling that the K-6 school district’s yoga program […]

Love at the heart of poet’s works

Love at the heart of poet’s works

ENCINITAS — He was a Naval officer during World War II, a law student, a drama teacher, an art critic, a docent, and now, at 90, Tom Whayne can add published poet to his life’s achievements. But sitting in his Leucadia home, surrounded by other books of poetry from Robert Frost to W. H. Auden to […]

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