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Encinitas Historical Society chosen as a 2020 Nonprofit of the Year

Encinitas, CA, September 18, 2020 – The Encinitas Historical Society is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2020 California Nonprofit of the Year by California State Senator Patricia Bates, 36th Senate District.

The Encinitas Historical Society is one of over a hundred other nonprofits that will be honored by their state senators and assembly members for their tremendous contributions to the communities they serve.

The Encinitas Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the City’s rich past through its research, library, programs, exhibits, and publications.

“Today the Society is overseen by a dedicated Board and staff of volunteers, including the great granddaughter of the 1883 Encinitas Schoolhouse’s original builder, whose aim is to serve the community in honoring and preserving our Encinitas heritage,” states Carolyn Cope.

“The pandemic and shelter-in-place orders of the last few months have put nonprofits  – usually hidden in plain sight – in the spotlight,” explains Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). “California Nonprofit of the Year is an opportunity for our elected officials to celebrate the good work they see nonprofits doing in their districts, and for everyone to appreciate the collective impact of nonprofits in our communities.”

Additional Background

For the last five years, legislators from across California have chosen a Nonprofit of the Year in their district. Traditionally, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector Assemblywoman Monique Limón (Santa Barbara) and CalNonprofits invited legislators and honorees to a celebratory luncheon on California Nonprofits Day. This year, the June luncheon was canceled in response to the Shelter-in-Place orders, but legislators have moved forward with honoring nonprofits doing great work in their districts.

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Make Everyone Happy with Shave Ice

MORE THAN A FOOD TRUCK! Our Authentic Hawaiian Shave Ice is the best taste this side of Hawaii. And our original 1982 “Old School” bus is the best way to sell it. Street fairs, birthday parties, graduations, farmer’s markets- all love our shave ice. Add in the organic flavors and eco-friendly supplies and you’ve got a winning combination. All accessories and supplies included. Events for 2021 are already paid for so you can hit the ground running. This name is trademarked so you are unique! Check our website at: or call 760-519-0024.

Special Thanks To Encinitas Self Storage

Sherry Yardley, Interim CEO of the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce, accepts a $500 donation from Ruben Elenes, Facility Manager of Encinitas Self Storage.

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Federal Loans Available to Help Small Businesses Affected by Civil Unrest

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to help San Diego County small businesses affected by the civil unrest that began May 26, 2020 and do not have the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

The Small Business Administration Economic Disaster Loans can be up to $2 million and help meet financial obligations and operating expenses, such as payroll or fixed debts, that could have been met had the civil unrest not occurred. The loans are not intended to cover losses from property damage, nor is it general COVID-19 related assistance.

“These loans can be a critical first step for affected businesses, and we encourage anyone eligible to apply,” said Jeff Toney, director of the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services.

The deadline to apply for the loans is April 7, 2021. Completed applications can be mailed to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The disaster loans will have an interest rate of 3% for small businesses and 2.75% for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years.

Businesses may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants can also call the SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information.

Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800)877-8339.

Due to COVID-19, there will only be a Virtual Business Recovery Center available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays at and (916) 735-1500. The SBA will be available to answer questions, explain the application process and help individuals complete their electronic loan application.

By Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications Office

Temporary Commercial Use Permits

On July 12, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health expanded statewide indoor closures for gyms, fitness centers and places of worship. In response to these closures, City staff developed a Temporary Commercial Use Permit process. This process grants permits on a first come, first served basis for religious services, and fitness classes or other similar types of activities in outdoor recreational areas.

Times and space are limited to balance public, athletic and other commercial use. All normal Commercial Use Permit regulations apply, however the $250 permit fee is being waived. Permits are valid until the State Health Order is lifted or December 31, 2020, whichever occurs first. To be considered, please complete the Temporary Commercial Use Permit Application.

No COVID-19 Testing Required Before Employees Can Go Back to Work

Based on new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is no longer recommended that employers require employees who tested positive for COVID-19 to be tested again before they can return to work.

The CDC test-based strategy is no longer recommended to determine when to discontinue home isolation, except in certain circumstances.

People with COVID-19 who have mild to moderate symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms began, have not had a fever for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medications and other symptoms have resolved.
  • A limited number of people who have severe or critical illness or are severely immunocompromised are recommended to wait 20 days after symptoms developed and one day after fever resolution and improving symptoms.
  • People who are severely immunocompromised but have no symptoms can leave isolation after 20 days after testing positive.
  • People who tested positive for the novel coronavirus but never developed symptoms can stop isolation and other precautions 10 days after the date of their first diagnostic positive test virus.
“Employers do not need to follow the test-based strategy for their employees to go back to work,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Employers must ensure that employees have met the new criteria to be released from isolation.”


The County has updated the County’s Health Officer Order to reflect these changes.

Deaths, Cases in Congregate and Community Settings

To date, 133 COVID-19 deaths and 1,054 cases (675 residents and 379 staff) have been reported in skilled-nursing facilities.

Eighty-nine deaths and 1,074 cases (649 residents and 425 staff) have been reported in other congregate settings.

In comparison, nine COVID-19 deaths and a total 981 cases have been reported in outbreaks in community settings.

Community Outbreaks Increasing

The number of COVID-19 outbreaks in community settings continue to be reported throughout the region. It has increased dramatically in July.

Of the 120 COVID-19 outbreaks confirmed in community settings since the pandemic began, 59 have been reported in July. The total has surpassed the 34 that were reported in June and the 27 that were confirmed during the first three months of the pandemic.

Restaurants with bars account for the great majority of community outbreaks confirmed this month. The County Department of Environmental Health continues to work with restaurants to make sure they are following the public health guidelines.

Community Setting Outbreaks:
  • Two new outbreaks were identified on July 26, one in a business and another in a restaurant/bar.
  • In the past seven days, 13 community outbreaks were identified.
  • The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.
  • A community setting outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households.
  • 6,456 tests were reported to the County on July 26 and 8% were laboratory-confirmed positive new cases.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 5.7%. Target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 8,997. 
  • 523 new cases were reported in San Diego County for a total of 27,507.
  • 2,405 or 8.7% of cases have required hospitalization.
  • 618 or 2.3% of all cases and 25.7% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit. 
  • No COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego County on July 26. The region’s total remains at 533.
More Information:

More information on COVID-19 and detailed data summaries can be found at the County’s website.

Special Thanks to José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office.

The Arts Remain Alive in Encinitas!

Arts Alive Banners on Display at E101 Marketplace (formerly Seaside Bazaar) August 1 & 2, 2020 Encinitas, CA (July, 2020)

Appreciation for the arts doesn’t pause for COVID-19. Neither does the 101 Artists’ Colony signature program of two decades, Arts Alive Encinitas. Since mid-March, 62 original works of art have been flying proudly over a six mile stretch of Coast Highway through Leucadia, Encinitas and Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

On Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2 from 10 to 4, a FREE community viewing of these banners will be held – socially distanced, of course – at E101 Marketplace, 459 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas. Silent auction bids will be recorded. (No live auction this year.) The 2020 Arts Alive Exhibit will be displayed in the Cardiff Town Center (next to the Seaside Market) on Sunday, August 9 from 10 to 4. Silent auction bids will be recorded. (No live auction this year.) These original paintings were created by talented local artists in our community.

New this year – a video that scrolls through all of the banner creations:

To place a bid, call 760-473-5164 before Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 5pm.

The 101 Artists’ Colony has persevered throughout the shutdowns and quarantines of the COVID-19 pandemic to bring Arts Alive to the community once again.

Thank you to this year’s sponsors –

Hansen Surfboards, Seaside Market, & Leucadia 101 Mainstreet Association

– for their support of Arts Alive here in Encinitas.

Assessor Dronenburg Certifies 2020 Assessment Roll With a 5.18%

Increase Record Savings for Taxpayers & Disabled Veterans

San Diego, CA – San Diego County Assessor Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr. has certified and closed the 2020 assessed value roll of all taxable property with a record setting high value of $604.75 billion reflecting an increase of 5.18 percent (or $29.78 billion) over last year. The 2020 assessment roll is comprised of 1,004,808 real estate parcels, 56,689 business personal property accounts, 13,444 boats and 1,554 aircraft. The County’s net assessed value is $581.53 billion after deducting $23.22 billion from a record high reduction of property tax exemptions that saved over $230 million for homeowners, disabled veterans, and charitable organizations.
Assessor Dronenburg remarked, “The 2020 property tax roll reflects a robust real estate market as of the state mandated January 1, 2020 valuation date.” Dronenburg continued, “Properties impacted by COVID-19 will have their values reflected in the 2021 assessment roll per state law, however, my office is proactively working to provide relief to COVID-19 impacted taxpayers.”
Dronenburg noted, “The 2020 property tax roll highlights the genius of Proposition 13 delivering on its two key promises that property owners can budget for their predictable limited property tax increases that make homeownership achievable, while delivering government a reliable and predictable revenue source for funding key services, like schools and first responders.” Dronenburg continued “Without Proposition 13 many homeowners and seniors on fixed incomes would have seen their property taxes double or triple within the last few years causing them to potentially lose their homes in order to pay their property taxes.” Dronenburg concluded, “Thanks to Prop. 13, no homeowner should lose their home to unaffordable property taxes and no government should lack funding as Prop. 13 has insulated them from the current Coronavirus pandemic or the usual booms and busts of the capital markets.”
The 2020 assessment roll reflected record property tax savings for taxpayers. The Taxpayer Advocate outreach program with the exemption teams qualified over 480,000 homeowners for over $36 million in savings from the Homeowners’ Exemption, saved 10,108 San Diego County 100 percent disabled veterans over $14,000,000 in property taxes using the Disabled Veterans’ Exemption, and qualified over 5,000 welfare institutions such as schools, churches, museums, and non-profits for property tax relief savings of over $230 million.
Highlights From the 2020 Assessment Roll
  • San Diego County set a record high of over $600 billion in assessed value.
  • City of San Diego had the largest value increase, adding $14.2 billion.
  • National City realized the highest assessed value growth rate at 7.10 percent.
  • Poway saw the lowest growth rate at 4.33 percent. (Second year in a row.)
  • Assessor qualified a record high 10,108 San Diego County disabled veterans for the Disabled Veterans’ Exemption saving them over $14 million in property taxes.
  • Eighty-five percent of property owners receive the benefit of the Proposition 13 protective cap.
  • Proposition 13’s 2% inflationary increase produced an additional $10 billion in assessed value to help fund schools, libraries, parks and other public services.
  • There are over 1,000 fewer businesses paying business property taxes in 2020.
Assessor Dronenburg expressed special appreciation for his staff’s hard work and dedication to closing the 2020 assessment roll on time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic changed the way the Assessor’s office does business, and with little notice staff transitioned to telecommuting while continuing to efficiently serve the public through online and telephone services. Dronenburg concluded, “I applaud my extraordinary Assessor staff for their extra efforts and fortitude while making sure we closed the tax roll as promised during this unprecedented challenging time.”
Assessed values are available to property owners online. Please go to and click on the “2020 Notification of Taxable Value” link. Property tax exemption applications are also available on the website under the “Forms” menu. Additionally, assessed values and property tax exemption information are available by calling the Assessor’s office at (619) 236-3771.


IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, ORDERED AND FOUND by the City Council of the City of Encinitas, State of California, as follows:

  1. That the City Council finds and determines the foregoing recitals to be true and correct.
  2. That the City Council hereby suspends the provisions of Encinitas Municipal Code Section 9.28.010 and local permit restrictions on ABC licensed establishments which limit the service areas to those approved under the conditional use permits and/or ABC Issued License, and subject to the following application requirements and conditions:
  1. A Temporary Encroachment Permit shall be required for an expansion of alcohol service in the public right-of-way and/or modifications to operation characteristics and conditions of approval of an approved conditional use permit.
  2. All conditions of approval of the approved conditional use permit shall remain in full force and effect unless specifically modified herein.
  3. Alcoholic beverages shall only be served in conjunction with meals as defined by ABC.
  4. ABC approval shall be required.
  5. Sheriff’s Department review and approval shall be required.
  6. Evidence of insurance shall be required.
  7. The Temporary Encroachment Permit approval shall expire when the COVID19 Local Emergency is terminated or when the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Notices of Relief are withdrawn, whichever occurs first.
  8. The Temporary Encroachment Permit approval authorizing temporary expansion of alcohol service areas in the public right-of-way is temporary and may be terminated by the City at any time. The City intends to provide a 10-day notice of the termination; however, such approval may be withdrawn immediately should the needs of public safety dictate.
  9. All conditions of approval of the approved conditional use permit shall remain in full force and effect unless specifically modified herein.
  10. All outdoor dining and alcohol services shall be closed and end at 10 p.m.

3. That this suspension shall last until the local emergency is terminated or the withdrawal of ABC Notice of Regulatory Relief, whichever occurs sooner.

Download full City Council Agenda Report here.

Helping Encinitas Businesses Survive by Moving Outdoors

In light of recent state decisions that shut down indoor restaurant dining once again, the city is busy helping restaurants move their operations outside. We know how painful it is for businesses to be open, then forced to close again, so we’re working to support our local merchants as much as possible by making it easier to serve customers al fresco.
In May, the City Council passed a resolution to fast track no-cost temporary use permits allowing businesses to expand into patios, private parking lots, streets and sidewalks. During a special meeting in July, we voted to temporarily allow the service of alcohol in the outside seating areas so people can have a glass of wine or a beer with their meal.

As you can see from the above two photos, local restaurants are creatively figuring out ways to make this work.

My family and I ate at Best Pizza & Brew in Cardiff last week where the restaurant set up tables in the parking lot, as seen in the top photo. I was happy to observe 100% mask compliance when people walked inside to order, and good physical distancing outside. A couple who tried to enter without masks politely returned to their car to retrieve them when asked by staff to do so.

We each need to do our part to get the overall infection numbers down, so please wear a mask, respect employees asking you for this accommodation, and consciously keep your distance from others.

If you’re a restaurant or other business looking for help with moving outdoors, please contact the Encinitas Development Services Department at (760) 633-2706, or email to explore options for continuing to serve your customers.

For more information from the city on what businesses are now closed, click here.


The Minerva Scholarship Program

The Minerva Scholarship program was established by Women in California Leadership to support the advancement of women in the State of California. Launched in 2015, the foundation was established with the purpose of empowering women and enhancing the lives of women and girls. To this end, the foundation is committed to providing scholarships to select women of promise in order to help them achieve their educational objectives


JUNE 1, 2020

Application Available


JUNE 1, 2020

Application Process Begins


Deadline for Submission of Applications

  • All applications must be submitted online by 11:59 pm on July 24, 2020
  • Late applications will NOT be accepted
  • Paper applications will NOT be accepted

AUGUST 21, 2020

Announcement of Scholarship Winners


Scholarship Awards:
  • Up to 80 one-time $2,500 scholarships
  • One $10,000 scholarship

In order to be eligible for scholarship consideration students must meet the following requirements:
  • All California residents may apply and will be considered
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited college for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Self-identify as female

Please include the following in your application packet:
  • Completed Application
  • 250-word Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Two letters of Recommendation
  • Copy of Acceptance Letter/Enrollment Verification Letter

Governor Newsom Forced To Close Businesses Due To Recent COVID-19 Spikes

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Effective July 13, 2020, ALL counties must close indoor operations in these sectors:
  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters
  • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms
Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide.
Counties that have remained on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days will be required to shut down the following industries or activities unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up.
  • Fitness centers
  • Worship services
  • Protests
  • Offices for non-essential sectors
  • Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Malls

Six Summer Energy-saving Tips For Your Business


Now that summer is here, it’s a great time to make sure your building’s energy performance is in top shape. The actions below have the potential to help your business save energy, while maintaining or improving occupant comfort.
1.   HVAC temperature setbacks. HVAC systems consume nearly 30% of a business’ electricity use. Adjusting temperature settings can provide substantial savings. A simple 1° to 2° Fahrenheit change in temperature will frequently go unnoticed by occupants but can amount to considerable savings. Remotely turn temperature settings up after business hours or on weekends when you install programmable thermostats. Right now, if you purchase up to 4 qualifying smart thermostats and enroll in SDG&E’s Smart Thermostat Program for Business, you can get up to $50 for every thermostat you register. SDG&E will can remotely adjust your thermostat(s) when an event day is called when demand for energy is high. Learn more at
2.   Daylighting controls. Daylighting control systems use sensors to adjust electric lighting levels in response to available daylight. These controls can reduce your lighting energy consumption by 20% to 80% and lower cooling costs. If you have areas where natural daylight is prevalent, consider installing such controls. Or, if you already have a daylighting control system, check it to make sure they are properly calibrated and working as expected.
2.   Cool down at night. If your building has an automation system, consider cooling the building at night with outside air. This strategy lowers the temperature of the overall building, resulting in a smaller cooling load during the day. Studies have shown that this strategy can save between 5% and 20% of overall cooling energy, depending on the climate. It can also result in improved occupant comfort by improving air quality.
4.   Clean the condenser coils. When the condenser coils in your air-conditioning equipment get dirty, their ability to effectively transfer heat decreases. Check your condenser coils for any natural or artificial debris that has accumulated to make sure they’re working as efficiently as possible. Thoroughly wash the coils twice a year for preventive maintenance.
5.   Change the filters. Filters should be changed on a regular basis, especially during summer months, to make sure the air-conditioner fan isn’t using more energy than necessary and trying to push air through clogged filters. If your building is located next to a highway, construction site or other location where the air is dirtier than usual, consider changing filters several times each month.
6.   Check the economizer. Many air-conditioning systems use an economizer that draws in cool outside air, when it is available, to reduce the need for air conditioning. However, if not regularly checked, the linkage that opens and shuts the economizer damper can seize up or break, potentially resulting in large energy waste. An economizer that is stuck in the fully open position can increase a building’s annual energy bill by as much as 50%.
Get information on SDG&E energy-saving programs, tips and pricing plans at
County of San Diego

NOTICE: ALL Assessor / Recorder / County Clerk Offices Closed For Over-the-Counter Services Through July

 Online, Phone & Mail Services Available
In accordance with the County Health Officer order regarding the COVID-19, starting Monday July 6, 2020, we are closed to the public for all over-the-counter services at the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk’s Office. Offices will remain closed through the month of July and until further notice from the County Health Officer. Online, mail, and phone services are available for your assistance.
Marriage License and Ceremony Service Appointments already booked will be honored. We are currently not scheduling new appointments through July, but recommend checking for weekly updates and changes. Please e-mail our office with emergency requests to
Assessor / Recorder/ County Clerk Dronenburg said, “San Diego County residents are encouraged to visit our website for online services and services that can be completed by phone and mail.” Dronenburg continued, “Our staff is timely processing all electronic and mail requests during this crisis to limit interruption while continuing to provide great customer service to the public.”
The following services will continue to be available by phone, mail, online, and via e-mail:
  • Document Recording Services (only by mail and through E-Recording)
  • Vital Records request: Birth, Death, and Marriage records (by mail or online)
  • Fictitious Business Name Statements (by mail)
  • Property Assessment Services
  • Official Records Copies (by mail or online)
  • Notary Public Registrations (by mail)
  • Authentications (by mail)
There will be no interruption to Assessor / Recorder / County Clerk phone and e-mail information services. Many customer services are available online at or:
Assessor Services: (619) 236-3771
Recorder Services: (619) 238-8158
Marriage/Birth/Death Records and Fictitious Business Names: (619) 237-0502
E-mail Contact:
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 121750, San Diego, CA 92112
For more information from the County of San Diego about the corona virus and real-time updates please visit or sign up for text message updates by texting COSD COVID19 to 468-311.
County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office is closing all its public-facing counters, but services will still be available online or over the phone. More information can be found at

Law Enforcement Community Forum


On July 28 from 6 pm to 8 pm, the City of Encinitas and Encinitas Sheriff Captain, Herbert Taft will be hosting a community forum to discuss the operations of the North Coastal San Diego County Sheriff Station. Captain Taft will provide a presentation on the station’s operations and will then take comments from the public.
Due to the continued health concerns of COVID-19, this forum will be available to watch live on YouTube by accessing this LINK. If you would like to provide a comment only during the forum via ZOOM, click HERE to reserve one of the 50 available spots.
Another option to participate would be to email your question or comment to Laura Ferguson at by July 23, 2020, no later than 5:00 pm. For additional information or assistance regarding this community forum please contact Patrick Piatt by email at, or phone (760) 633-2613.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department provided a response to community concerns regarding law enforcement. To see the response, click HERE.

NCTD Implements BREEZE Schedule Change

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The North County Transit District (NCTD) will implement schedule changes for BREEZE fixed-route bus service effective Sunday, July 12, 2020. The service changes are designed to improve efficiency on some routes for better connectivity to the SPRINTER and COASTER schedule and adding service and more bus options for passengers during school bell times.
The following BREEZE routes will be modified to add capacity during school bell times.
  • Route 305
  • Route 313
  • Route 350
Please note, these additions will be reliant on schools being back in session for Fall. More information will be released as school district schedules are decided.
There will also be minor schedule adjustments to improve performance and connections between routes and offer more reliable on-time performance on the following BREEZE routes:
  • Route 302
  • Route 303
  • Route 304
  • Route 306
  • Route 308
  • Route 309
  • Route 318
  • Route 350
More information and the updated Rider’s Guide can be found at Rider’s Guides will also be available for pick-up at NCTD Customer Service centers and on vehicles by Thursday, July 8.

The Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop Helps Pay For The Shelter’s Costs Throughout The Year.

NBC 7’s Audra Stafford shares more on its reopening.


23rd Annual Salute To Education

Honoring Encinitas School Districts Students & Teachers

The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with Rancho Santa Fe Security in presenting their annual Salute to Education. The awards ceremony highlights outstanding achievements in education by teachers and students alike in the Encinitas School Districts. The normalcy of many students and teachers’ lives has been shaken to the core due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. Teachers have been called upon to fill in the gaps, offering critical resources and support beyond their normal scope of familiarity. Despite many obstacles, strong connections have been created with their students through the persistence of accomplishing a common goal.
For more information on how to buy tickets, make a donation or become a Sponsor for The Salute to Education Program, please contact the Chamber Office at 760-753-6041.

Special Thanks To

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The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce would like to thank The Coast News for providing the above information and images.

Rancho Santa Fe Security Systems
1991 Village Park Way
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-0688
Encinitas Lions Club
285 N. El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024
(442) 777-3252
San Dieguito Trophy
6132 Innovation Way
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Phone: (760) 431-7674
DaCosta Properties
2385 Camino Vida Roble, #200
Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 846-0557
The Grauer School
1500 S. El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-6777

Commissioner Lara issues Order resulting in workers’ compensation premium savings for California businesses affected by COVID-19

Commissioner’s action mandates workers’ compensation carriers reflect reduced risk of loss in premiums due to “stay-at-home” orders

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara today issued an Order adopting emergency workers’ compensation regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These new regulations will mandate insurance companies to recompute premium charges for policyholders to reflect reduced risk of loss consistent with Commissioner Lara’s April 13 and May 15, 2020 Bulletins, and will result in savings for many policyholders as businesses continue to struggle financially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“California’s business owners have been hit hard by COVID-19,” said Commissioner Lara. “Workers’ compensation premiums should reflect that many employees are performing less risky duties, and my Order will provide some financial relief for employers when they need it most.”

Under these emergency regulations, employers are permitted to reclassify an employee if the employee’s duties have changed to a clerical classification that has reduced risk than the employee’s previous classification. This reclassification will reduce the employer’s premiums for employees who are a lower risk because they are now working from home even though they may not have previously done so. This change would be retroactive to March 19, 2020, the first day of the Governor’s statewide stay-at-home order, and conclude 60 days after the order is lifted.

“We applaud Commissioner Lara’s efforts to meet the needs of California’s small businesses as they continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis,” said Mark Herbert, Vice President, California for Small Business Majority. “These new rules will allow small business owners to correctly reclassify their workforce if their duties have changed, helping businesses keep more money in their pockets as they respond to a decline in revenue and adapt their business models. These rules will also ensure small businesses are better positioned for the long-term by protecting them from future increases in workers’ compensation premiums due to COVID-19. This kind of smart action will ensure our state’s job creators and innovators have the tools they need to succeed after this crisis.”

These emergency regulations also exclude from premium calculations the payments made to an employee, including sick or family leave, while the employee is not performing duties of any kind for the employer. Typically, these payments would be used as a basis for the employer’s workers’ compensation premium. This change will lower the employer’s rate by reducing the amount of payroll assessed, and the employer will not pay premium for paid workers who are otherwise being furloughed.

“These changes provide clarity to employers while helping to share any financial costs of work-related COVID-19 cases among all employers—not just those who found themselves at the center of the epidemic,” said Mitch Steiger, Advocate for the California Labor Federation, who is also a member of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) Governing Board. “In doing so, both workers and employers most affected by this crisis can more quickly begin the process of recovery.”

This new regulation will also exclude claims related to a COVID-19 diagnosis from being included in future rate calculations so that employers are not penalized with higher rates due to COVID-19 claims.

Insurers will also be required to report injuries involving a diagnosis of COVID-19 which will allow the Commissioner’s statistical agent—the WCIRB—to keep track of COVID-19 injuries, and will aid in the WCIRB’s future analyses of the workplace and market impacts.

The new regulations will go into effect on July 1, 2020.

Email inquiries:


Communities Fighting COVID!

San Diego State University is partnering with the County of San Diego HHSA to recruit, hire, and train contact tracers representative of their communities.

If you’re interested in the positions, please read the Job Description and Common Questions then submit Community Health Worker Interest Survey.

The application process will begin Tuesday, June 9th at 9:00am here on

Dear Encinitas Ballet Families, Friends & Community,
Enjoy Special presentation by world musicians and local Encinitas Ballet star Gabrielle Fish

County Library Adds Door-side Services at Limited Branches
Census Kiosks Available Soon by Appointment

SAN DIEGO — Effective May 26, the County Library will begin offering door-side service which will provide access to library materials placed on hold via the online catalog, without providing access to the rest of the library. This service will be offered at the Imperial Beach, Alpine, Ramona, Encinitas, Vista, and Borrego Springs branches, Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Door-side service will allow the pickup of requested items by appointment only. The items will be waiting for people at a table near the front door, in the lobby, or a community room. Library staff will contact those individuals who had reserved items at a branch when the libraries closed in March. All public health orders will apply to these visits, and instructions will be provided by the library staff when they contact people. This is the only “traditional” library service that will be available until further notice. All online library resources are available at

On June 1, this same level of service will be available at Poway, El Cajon, Julian, Solana Beach, San Marcos, Bonita (pending completion of the current remodel) branches.

“We are excited to begin serving our communities and customers in-person again,” said San Diego County Library Director Migell Acosta.

Acosta added, “We look forward to providing expanded services at our locations as guidelines permit. And remember, the library is always here!” he said referring to the wide array of eBooks, learning opportunities, and entertainment for all ages available at free of charge.

How door-side service works:

• If you had items on the request shelf at one of the available locations on the day the library closed, you will be contacted by library staff to set an appointment to pick up these items.

• Staff will provide pickup instructions when they make your appointment.  Please note that masks and social distancing will be required for all staff and customers.

• Arrive at your appointed time. Tell the staff your last name. They will provide you with your materials, which will already be checked out to you.

• We are not accepting returns or charging late fees at this time. Hold on to your materials until we begin accepting returns.

Additionally, the county recognizes that, even during the time of a pandemic, the census process is vital as this determines the allocation of resources for the region for years to come. This affects everything from education to emergency services and everything in between. To support this, SDCL will soon make access to Census kiosks available by appointment.

You can also follow the library on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (@sdcountylibrary) to stay informed on the latest services we offer and when branches may open even more.

More detailed information will be available soon at the library website,

Protecting Your Credit During a Pandemic

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Challenges you may be facing and how they affect your credit score

COVID-19 has disrupted and overturned the lives of many because of state-wide stay-at-home mandates. Though designed to stop the spread of the virus, the order also caused millions of U.S. workers to lose their jobs, or to have their income cut because of reduced work hours. Many of those affected by the pandemic may heavily rely on credit cards to make ends meet. College students, for example, might have to pay forgone expenses on classes and rent. While some working from home might use their cards to make up for unforeseen costs like higher grocery and take-out bills, costlier internet plans for improved speeds and data caps, higher utility bills because of increased home occupancy and additional technological investments to enable remote work.

County Approves Plan To Request Accelerated Reopening

The County Board of Supervisors today approved two measures intended to allow the region to accelerate the reopening of the local economy. Under the first, the County will submit a plan to the governor’s office that, if approved, would move San Diego further into Stage 2 of the California Resiliency Roadmap in the coming days.

Under the proposal, in-person dining at restaurants and retail shopping would be allowed, as long as businesses enact social distancing measures and follow various restrictions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“Based on the current readiness criteria, San Diego County is ready to move to the Accelerated Stage 2 of the state’s plan,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H, County public health officer. “The County has made great progress in the fight against COVID-19 and it is now safe for certain businesses to resume operations if they can implement safety measures outlined by the County and State.”

Stage 3 Pilot Proposal

The board also approved proposing a pilot program that would allow a select number of businesses from Stage 3 to gradually reopen ahead of the schedule outlined by the state.

The pilot program includes outdoor religious services, research labs, hair and nail salons, fitness facilities, youth sports and clubs and pools at apartment complexes. The pilot program would also allow therapeutic and peer support groups to offer sessions, but with group size limited to 12 people or fewer.

The California Department of Public Health and the Governor’s Office also will have to approve the County’s pilot program proposals before businesses from these sectors can begin to reopen.

Health and Human Services Agency

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SDG&E Is Hosting A Power Your Drive Community Workshop

Power Your Drive Extension Program

Webinar Information

When: Thursday, May 21st
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Webinar Format: Skype Meeting Application

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A Few Words From Encinitas Mayor Catherine S. Blakespear On Beach Staircases & Businesses Reopening

Things are slowly opening up. Updated regulations from the state and the county that affect our residents, beaches, and businesses have just been issued.

As a reminder, the City of Encinitas isn’t making the rules during this pandemic, but we’re responding quickly as things change. Whether and when to open businesses, playground equipment, and parking lots are decisions handed down from the county and the state. Our Encinitas city government is trying to do whatever’s possible to help you navigate this ever-changing maze during these highly unusual times.

Here’s the latest:

Encinitas Businesses

Starting Friday May 8th, certain retail businesses, including stores that sell books, clothes, shoes, home furnishings, music and flowers, could open for delivery and curbside pickup only. The State of California is not allowing these businesses to have inside shopping just yet.

All businesses that re-open must prepare and post a “Safe Reopening Plan” near the entrance in a place that’s visible to the public. There’s a template that businesses can download and complete, to make it simpler – that link is here. The plan doesn’t need to be submitted to the county, just prepared and posted.

Additionally, any manufacturing, warehouse or logistics companies that support the listed retail entities can also open. If you’re wondering if your business is in a category that can open, check out this link from the county for more information.

It’s interesting that the State of California is allowing some counties to move more quickly if certain criteria are met. But San Diego County doesn’t qualify – for starters, in order to reopen faster, the county must have had zero COVID-19 deaths for 14 days. In this county we’ve had multiple deaths nearly every single day for six weeks. None of the larger urban counties, including ours, meet this standard. Only smaller, rural counties currently qualify at this point.

The next level of opening – offices, seated restaurants, shopping malls, in-store retail – will need to await a further announcement from the state. The more we get behind this new phase, the more quickly the next phase will begin. Our businesses are our city’s lifeblood and I’m eager to have them safely operating again.

Businesses with questions can send them to this county email: And more information from the county can be found here at

Unreal Unemployment

The unemployment numbers in our county (as seen above) are hard to stomach – 26.8% as of April 25, exceeding the 24.9% rate during the peak of the Great Depression in 1933. There’s a tremendous amount of pain and uncertainty as so many of our livelihoods have evaporated.

The SANDAG analysis shows that our Encinitas unemployment rate is slightly lower than the county average, at less than 26%, along with our coastal neighbors Solana Beach and Carlsbad. More information on the employment numbers from SANDAG can be found here.

Encinitas Beaches

After a beach jog this week, I stopped into the lifeguard tower to get an update and took the opportunity to jump on the Moonlight Beach Marine Safety Center public address system to welcome folks to our beautiful beaches and thank everyone for following the protocols around social distancing and staying actively moving. Most people are staying safely distanced from others, peacefully enjoying the large expanses of sand and ocean with their loved ones. I’m proud and grateful that we’ve been able to quickly and safely return this resource to the public.

Summer’s Here Early

In the City of Encinitas, we’re seeing record crowds at our beaches – we hosted about 80,000 people in just seven days. With kids out of school, and no malls, movies, sports, music or entertainment open, this really isn’t too much of a surprise.

During the one-week period of April 27 to May 5, our lifeguards made contact with an average of 1,725 people a day, compared to 111 contacts during that week in 2019. The lifeguards performed 34 ocean rescues, compared to zero rescues during that week last year. They attended to 43 medical problems, vs. 16 in 2019.

In short, it’s already summer in Encinitas. The summer beach crowds are coming despite the “red tide” that makes swimming less pleasant. The tide has also produced a stinky smell from rotting fish and plant material, caused by the overgrowth choking off the sunlight and oxygen to the plants and animals, killing them.

The city typically increases beach staffing when schools let out in June. But we need summer staffing levels now. In order to accomplish this right away, we authorized $45,000 for additional staff. The lifeguards provide a safety presence in the towers, lifeguard trucks, ATVs, water craft and on foot patrols.

Many Beach Stairways Are Opening Saturday May 9th

Here’s the sign you’ll see at Encinitas beach staircases. Facial coverings are required on the stairs, and if you’re within six feet of others on the beach.

Starting this morning (Saturday), we’re authorizing re-opening the beach staircases that are under the city’s control – the ones in Leucadia and Old Encinitas. Stairs in Cardiff are state-managed, and because they haven’t lifted their restrictions, they’ll remain closed for now. We’re working with the state agency to encourage re-opening those too.

Also, the beach parking lots remain closed based on the county’s orders. So the city can’t open Moonlight parking lot, I’m sorry to say. We’re looking to do that as soon as possible to relieve nearby neighborhood parking issues and make beach access easier.

One beach entrance – Beacon’s – will remain closed because it needs emergency repairs after the spring rainstorms. Unfortunately, it’s not safe to access the beach at Beacon’s now. Our city staff is seeking Coastal Commission approval on an expedited basis to do the needed repairs.

The City of Encinitas has issued a press release that offers more specifics:

“The beach access stairways located at Swami’s, D Street, Stonesteps and Grandview will open for access to, and egress from the beaches at 8am on Saturday, May 9. A facial covering is MANDATORY while using the narrow staircases. Please help us keep these access points open by using them only to transit back and forth to the beach (no jogging/working out on stairs). Use the stairs in a single file fashion, please be respectful while passing others…”

Here’s the Encinitas Advocate story.

I have to tell you that I’m proud of our city staff and government for being so nimble and responsive in helping our community access our coastal resources.

Encinitas Parks & Trails

Mother Nature seems to be celebrating our newly re-opened Coastal Rail Trail in Cardiff – it’s resplendent with colorful blossoms.

Starting Saturday May 9th, parks in Encinitas will reopen active areas for household units to recreate, allowing basketball, tennis and field sports but only for those who live together. Organized or pickup sports involving people who do not live together are not allowed yet. The skate areas, beach volleyball, pickle ball, dog parks and playground equipment remain closed because the physical distancing and sanitation protocols don’t allow reopening yet.

All Encinitas trails are open.

More specific information about what’s open in Encinitas’ local parks and trails can be found here. If you have additional questions about park-related openings, please contact Jennifer Campbell, our Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts at

Basic Requirements Remain

To recap where we currently stand, the state-mandated stay-at-home order is still in effect. While some relaxing of the rules is happening, it’s still advised that people go out only for essential needs, their jobs, or to exercise.

It’s a countywide requirement to wear a facial covering when going into public and coming within six feet of another person. If you aren’t headed to a densely packed area, I recommend that you wear a facial covering around your neck and pull it up when coming close to others. What you’re communicating by doing that is that this is important, you care about the person’s health, thoughtfully recognizing that you might be an asymptomatic carrier and that your facial covering is protecting the other person.

This New Yorker article, The Political Consequences of Loneliness and Isolation During the Pandemic, delves into the distinctions between loneliness and solitude and the effect on our social, political and economic reality. If these concerns are on your mind too, I highly recommend the read.

While so much uncertainty remains about the ultimate severity of these disruptions and the timetable for recovery, I remind myself every day that the most important things in life are family and our community. Together, we hold each other up and create the bonds that will enable our recovery. Mother’s Day is the chance to celebrate one member of the core family.

Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope everyone sends love, appreciation and a real or virtual kiss to their mother on Sunday, wherever they are, regardless of whether you connect with them in this world or in spirit.

In service,



Join Us Online On May 27th For This Year's North County Economic Summit!

Hosted By: San Diego North Economic Development Council
When: Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Event Details
Join us on ZOOM for this year’s North County Economic Summit! This free event will feature presentations on the state of the national and local economies post-COVID19 from Mark Vitner of Wells Fargo and Josh Williams of BW Research.

North County has one economic forecasting event each year and this is it. For the past six years, this summit has brought together regional leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors from throughout North County to gain valuable insight into where the economy is going and what are the key challenges and opportunities for our region. In our first ever virtual North County Economic Summit, we’ll be focused on how North County can survive the COVID19 crisis, recover from it, and thrive in a post-COVID19 world. With the recent changes surrounding COVID-19, we are pleased to offer this event free of charge to our many attendees. 

Updated 5/5/2020

Masks Required Starting May 1, 2020

Starting on May 1st, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency is ordering that everyone must wear a face covering anywhere in public if they come within 6 feet of another person that is not part of their family/household.
Cloth face coverings should—

fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face be secured with ties or ear loops include multiple layers of fabric allow for breathing without restriction be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2.

Updated 5/5/2020