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

Trevor Hall finds his inspiration in good grace

Trevor Hall finds his inspiration in good grace

SOLANA BEACH — “Grace, I think,” Trevor Hall said when asked how the Hilton Head, South Carolina native discovered India. The country’s spiritual culture has come to have a significant influence on Hall, the 28-year-old musician, down to his Brahmin-esque appearance. At 15, Hall left his small island of Hilton Head for Idyllwild Arts Academy […]

Solana Beach musician leads a colorful life

Solana Beach musician leads a colorful life

SOLANA BEACH — Reid Moriarty has done quite a bit in 20 years. Like a typical kid he enjoyed baseball, swimming and hiking as a youngster. He began playing keyboards when he was about 10. A few years later Moriarty was the front man for The Kingsmen, a four-man band that played small gigs at […]

Mystery drives local author

Mystery drives local author

SOLANA BEACH — Efforts to solve a family mystery prompted Ona Russell to launch a new career as a fiction novelist more than 10 years ago. In February, the Solana Beach author released “Rule of Capture,” the third book in her series featuring Sarah Kaufman, a real-life Jewish woman who made a name for herself […]

Skyline kidnapping suspect arrested

Skyline kidnapping suspect arrested

REGION — A 22-year-old resident of Fairbanks Ranch, who in 2009 donated $2,000 of his bar mitzvah money to the Helen Woodward Animal Center, was arrested April 1 and charged with the March 23 attempted kidnapping of a 7-year-old Skyline Elementary School student. Jack Henry Doshay is being held at the Vista Detention Facility, with […]

Solana Beach OKs funds for fairgrounds impact study

SOLANA BEACH — Council members at the March 25 meeting approved a $30,000 expenditure to pay the city’s one-third portion of a long-awaited study to determine the impacts events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds have on Del Mar and Solana Beach. The study, which will be conducted by Economic & Planning Systems, is a requirement of […]

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 […]

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