Solana Beach

City info


For a city that spans just 3.6 square miles, Solana Beach really packs a punch. World-class musical acts regularly grace the stage at Belly Up Tavern. The Cedros Design District offers a varied collection of art, fashion and fine home furnishings.The North Coast Repertory Theatre is critically acclaimed for its live theater offerings in an intimate setting.The name of the annual Fiesta del Sol says it all. Festival of the sun? And its free and family friendly? Enough said.

Population: Approximately 13,050

Housing units: Approximately 5,750

Median income: $86,461

Education: 58.2 percent of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher

Reporter: Bianca Kaplanek


Bianca Kaplanek is a graduate of the University of Southern California with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. She was a writer for BOP, a teen entertainment magazine, in the mid-1980s before moving to Hawaii, where she was editor of Ka Nupepa, a weekly community newspaper for Central Oahu, Hawaii Architect magazine and The Hawaii Realtor Journal.She was copy editor for Coast News Group for two years before she began covering Solana Beach and Del Mar in 2008.

Email: [email protected]

Contact Info


City Hall
635 S. Coast Highway, Solana Beach, CA 92075
858-720-2400

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

Graffiti Hotline
858 720-4457

Solana Beach Fire Department
500 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075-1322
858-720-2410

Story pole waiver request continued

Story pole waiver request continued

SOLANA BEACH — Rather than deny a request to install only 70 percent of the required story poles for the complete remodel of an apartment complex, as many residents wanted them to do, council members at the March 11 meeting opted to continue the hearing so the developer could hold a public workshop and refine […]

Irrigation District to launch study

REGION — The board of directors at the Santa Fe Irrigation District agreed to move forward with a concept study to assess the utilization of advanced water purification techniques. What this means is converting recycled wastewater into an innovative and high quality purification process for potable water. The price tag for this study is $120,000.  […]

Coastal Commission denies request to leave the boardwalk where it is

Coastal Commission denies request to leave the boardwalk where it is

DEL MAR — Unless someone can find a way to make up for the loss of 1 acre of wetlands, a popular boardwalk that runs along the San Dieguito River will likely be moved once an adjacent overflow parking lot used by the Del Mar Fairgrounds is restored to wetlands. With a 5-5 vote at […]

2015 spring Miracle League of San Diego Opening Day

2015 spring Miracle League of San Diego Opening Day

SOLANA BEACH — Blue skies, the smell of popcorn in the air and the palpable optimism of the season marked the 2015 spring Opening Day for the Miracle League of San Diego on Saturday. Players and their families, coaches and Miracle League buddies filled the Engel Family Field for the ceremony, which also brought an […]

‘Voice’ winner Craig Wayne Boyd coming to Belly Up

‘Voice’ winner Craig Wayne Boyd coming to Belly Up

SOLANA BEACH — When the season seven winner of TV’s “The Voice” learned how the Belly Up got its name, it confirmed to him that the Solana Beach tavern was the perfect venue for his first California appearance. “It’s very fitting. He wasn’t a quitter either,” Craig Wayne Boyd said, referring to Dave Hodges, who […]

NCRT again awarded grant from reserve public art fund

NCRT again awarded grant from reserve public art fund

SOLANA BEACH — As they have done for the past few years, council members turned to a citizens group to fulfill a funding request from North Coast Repertory Theatre, bringing to 13 the number of organizations to receive money from this year’s Community Grant Program. One of 18 groups seeking financial assistance during the application […]

Youth Symphony brings music classes to Casa de Amistad

Youth Symphony brings music classes to Casa de Amistad

SOLANA BEACH — The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory has partnered with Casa de Amistad to bring the first music education program to the Solana Beach education center. About 20 students in grades four through six are learning to play the violin, viola or cello in the after-school program, which meets twice a week […]

Veterans courtyard bids rejected

Veterans courtyard bids rejected

SOLANA BEACH — With only two proposals submitted — one for nearly twice what was budgeted and the other about two-and-a-half times more — council members at the Jan. 14 meeting rejected both bids to build a courtyard at La Colonia Park honoring past, present and future members of the U.S. military. Councilman Mike Nichols […]

MarchFourth is not your father’s marching band

MarchFourth is not your father’s marching band

SOLANA BEACH — Patrick Macgill once said “Every battalion has its marching songs,” and now our generation of concert-going music lovers has its marching songs.  We have MarchFourth to thank for that! Remember your high school marching band? Well this is nothing like it. Imagine watching one of your favorite team’s football games and casually […]

Gateway Parks gets $1 million gift and new name

Gateway Parks gets $1 million gift and new name

SOLANA BEACH — Thanks to a $1.15 million donation, a vacant parcel at the north end of Solana Beach has a new identity and is no longer threatened by development. The gift from the George and Betty Harbaugh Charitable Foundation was announced during a Jan. 13 onsite press conference that included the unveiling of a […]

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