Solana Beach

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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

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 […]

San Dieguito Park to get new access gate

San Dieguito Park to get new access gate

SOLANA BEACH — If all goes as planned residents will soon have easier access to San Dieguito County Park after council members approved conceptual design plans at the Nov. 12 meeting for a new pedestrian entrance. In response to a request from community members, Solana Beach staff about two years ago asked representatives in San […]

Del Mar Shores access stairway officially reopens

Del Mar Shores access stairway officially reopens

SOLANA BEACH — A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Nov. 12 to commemorate the replacement of the Del Mar Shores access stairway, although the structure has been open to the public since early October. “This was really a team effort,” Mayor Tom Campbell said before thanking city staff, engineers and the design and construction teams. “I […]

Speed limit gets lowered on 101 in Solana Beach

Speed limit gets lowered on 101 in Solana Beach

SOLANA BEACH — Traveling through Solana Beach on Coast Highway 101 will take a little longer after a unanimous decision at the Oct. 22 meeting to lower the speed limit, in most places by 10 mph, along a nearly two-mile stretch of the roadway. Council members agreed to reduce the speed limit in both directions […]

Open house offers fire safety tips, kits and demos

Open house offers fire safety tips, kits and demos

SOLANA BEACH — Halloween safety kits, sidewalk CPR training, face painting, food and live music were all part of an Oct. 25 Solana Beach Fire Department open house. But the most popular activities, especially among the younger attendees, were pretending to drive fire trucks, a lifeguard jet ski and other emergency vehicles. The annual event […]

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