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Volume I • Issue 41


■ Encinitas runner becomes oldest to win Catalina Marathon at age 51. Page 4

■ Encinitas singersongwriter gears up for benefit show, EP release. Page 8


■ Olivenhain hosts Meeting Hall Celebration. Page 10 ENCINITAS ADVOCATE An Edition of 3702 Via de la Valle Suite 202W Del Mar, CA 92014 858-756-1451

Mayor Kristin Gaspar focuses on public safety in State of the City address BY JARED WHITLOCK Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar emphasized public safety projects such as the planned Moonlight Beach lifeguard station during her State of the City address on March 24 at the Encinitas Community Center. During a 30-minute speech to a crowd of roughly 200, Gaspar said construction of the $3 million lifeguard station is slated to begin just after Labor Day this year. It’s scheduled to be finished by Memorial Day 2016. “The new station will, of course, improve our public safety, but it will contain many more features than just the standard lifeguard tower,” Gaspar said. She said it will have an indoor first-aid facility, “so patients no longer have to be treated on the sand” outside the tower. There will also be a discharge center, room for Sheriff’s deputies who partner with lifeguards and administrative space. Lifeguard officials have said they’ve outgrown the current Moonlight Beach tower, which dates to the 1950s. It has a faulty roof and electrical problems. Gaspar applauded the downward trend in crime. She noted that from 2013 to 2014 in Encinitas, violent crime fell 20 percent and property crime declined 16.5 percent. “Job well done to our Sheriff’s Department,” she said. On a similar note, she said local fire response times have fallen in Olivenhain, thanks to Fire Station No. 6, which debuted in 2012. By the same token, she added that upgrading Fire Station No. 1 should be prioritized. “Like the lifeguard tower, it’s literally crumbling apart,” Gaspar said.

First choice available for all in San Dieguito school district’s enrollment lottery BY KAREN BILLING All ninth- through 12th-grade students were accepted into their first-choice schools of Canyon Crest Academy and San Dieguito High School Academy last week. Michael Grove, assistant superintendent of educational services, said the district was thrilled to be able to accept all students this year. He reported at the March 19 board meeting that room was found primarily through the hard work of site administrators, who worked to expand capacity by using every space they could on campuses and by reviewing master schedules. Canyon Crest Academy will have a projected enrollment of 2,329 in the fall. The school has an enrollment of 1,900 after starting the year with just under 2,000. A total of 857 new students were accepted into the freshman class, and it is projected to start the school year with 729 students. Projected enrollment uses a formula that takes into account some level of attrition, Grove said: Some accepted students may never register, and some may register and not show up. CCA also saw 44 new students accepted into 10th grade, 47 into 11th grade and 21 joined the senior class. See LOTTERY, page 20

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Mayor Kristin Gaspar recaps what’s taken place recently in Encinitas and what’s to come during the March 24 State of the City address at the Encinitas Community Center. Photo by Jared Whitlock She also said the city is looking into soil cement, an alternative to a seawall, to stabilize Beacon’s Beach. “The fragile condition of that bluff presents a clear danger to our citizens and also potential loss of beach access,” Gaspar said.

Plans in 2009 to shore up Beacon’s with a seawall were struck down by the state parks department, which said the structures aren’t consistent with its environmental policies. Because they’re fixed structures, seawalls choke off a natural supply of sand over time. Soil cement, though, can be engineered to erode at roughly the same speed as the cliff, contributing some sediment. This approach aims to strike a balance between “engineering and environmental needs,” Gaspar said. She said the state parks department has supported soil cement and other potential stabilization measures laid out in a recent engineering study. However, staff from the California Coastal Commis-

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Council to explore artificial turf at Leo Mullen Sports Park BY JARED WHITLOCK Parents, players and coaches from Encinitas Soccer League on March 25 packed council chambers to advocate for permanent field lighting and artificial turf at Leo Mullen Sports Park. “It’s long overdue for the city to provide reliable, safe and year-round fields there,” said league President Rick Lochner. The Encinitas City Council unanimously directed city staff to bring back more information about potential lighting and turf at the sports park. During upcoming budget meetings, council will consider those projects against other items competing for funding. Lochner said turf would

Fields at Leo Mullen Sports Park are frequently closed for maintenance, leading the Encinitas Soccer League to push for artificial turf. Photo by Jared Whitlock keep the fields open throughout the year, reduce maintenance costs, save water and put an end to drainage issues. Because the grass is often beat up, the Leo Mullen soccer field is closed March through June and the baseball field in August for renovations. And the fields easily flood when

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