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: bkaplanek@coastnewsgroup.com

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

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 […]

Riders not waves give shaper ideas for new boards

Riders not waves give shaper ideas for new boards

SOLANA BEACH — Growing up, shaping surfboards was never part of the plan — but then, neither was having cancer. Yet for the last 23 years Scott Sherwood has shaped well into the tens of thousands of surf boards and for the past 11 years, survived a cancer diagnosis that gave him only six months […]

Cities to reiterate concerns with One Paseo

Cities to reiterate concerns with One Paseo

REGION — With a hearing for One Paseo scheduled for the Jan. 27 San Diego City Council meeting, officials from Del Mar and Solana Beach agreed to again submit letters stating their concerns with the Carmel Valley development. The mixed-use project, which would be located at the southwest corner of Del Mar Heights Road and […]

Santa comes early for most groups seeking grant funds

SOLANA BEACH — Thanks to Santa Fe Christian Schools, Solana Beach Soccer Club and creative thinking on behalf of City Council, at least two-thirds of this year’s record number of applicants received funding from the Community Grants Program. Initially, $25,000 was available to 19 organizations that sought $73,618 in aid. At the Nov. 19 meeting, […]

Vigil to honor Sandy Hook victims

SOLANA BEACH — To commemorate the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, as well as the 60,000 American victims of gun violence since December 2012, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito is holding a one-hour candlelight vigil Dec. 14. “Gun violence prevention is the moral and ethical dilemma of today,” Steve Bartram, […]

City seeking reallocation of $500,000 for railroad undercrossing

SOLANA BEACH — If all goes as planned Solana Beach may lose what many say is an unwanted parking lot and gain a much-needed railroad underpass at the San Elijo Lagoon trailhead. As part of its plans to widen Interstate 5, the California Department of Transportation is proposing improvement projects in communities adjacent to the […]

Train station plans go out to bid … again

Train station plans go out to bid … again

SOLANA BEACH — At first they didn’t succeed so the city and North County Transit District are trying again to develop the train station property but this time with an expanded plan. Council members unanimously agreed at the Nov. 19 meeting to reissue a request for proposals to convert the vacant lot on the corner […]

City signs onto sustainability program, increases staffing

SOLANA BEACH — Never ones to pass up an opportunity to be more environmentally sustainable, council members unanimously agreed at the Nov. 12 meeting to participate in a program aimed at increasing energy options, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and safeguarding against climate change impacts. To help communities in those efforts, the state Office of Planning […]

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