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Home Care In Encinitas, CA

Home Care Encinitas, CA

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Encinitas Heritage Tree gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Encinitas, CA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“I'm a caregiver with Always Best Care. I've work for the agency since early April 2023. My experience has been fun, challenging at times but very rewarding. My clients are very nice. It is a great place to work. Management and administration are very communicative and attentive. They always address any concerns I have whether it is schedule issue, a client issue, or a special request. I love working for ABC. I highly recommend our company for any prospective or experienced caregivers. ????”

Robert T.

“My name is Haley Maddox and I’ve been with Always Best Care for a few months now and I would just like to say I absolutely LOVE and appreciate the company because they are always willing to work with you and your schedule to fit your personal life as well. Not only that but they make sure you know it’s ok to report any and every kind of complications at work and they always encourage you to ask questions and I like that a lot because not many jobs give you that comfortable feeling that YOU matter too. Thank you to ALWAYS BEST CARE for taking great care of not just their clients but their employees as well!❤️”

Haley L.

“So grateful to be apart of this wonderful community of people, it is such a great company! My clients treat me as I am their family and I truly take great pride in being able to care for them.”

Midori G.

“Have really enjoyed working for Always Best Care !”

Angelica L.

“Chelsea from the day she manager has been sweet and wonderful, making sure my schedule which is very complicated was met. She is a blessing to me”

Gloria B.

“This is Gloria Brown and Ive been with always best care for some years. Its always been a great company to work for, but it even got better when Chelsea became the manager. With my super busy schedule she's alway been able to accommodate me, witch is not easy. It has been a blessing having her in my life. I've never worked for a company that shows appreciation and rewards us often. It feels wonderful to be appreciated. Thank you.”

Willie B.

“Always Best Care has been and continues to be a great working environment. The flexibility in my schedule has made it one of the most beneficial advantages working here. I have had the pleasure to have such great clients that have been very compatible both ways. Overall working at Always Best Care is and continues to be a great, flexible, compatible, understanding environment. Thank you Always Best Care”

A Q.

“Aida Gomez is truly an Angel in disguise She is patient with me & attend to all my needs as a caregiver.. Her appearance & personality is awesome!! . Am very pleased with Aida. I love her flexibility.”

Martha C.

“For me it is a honor to be part of this company called ALWAYS BEST CARE . From the first moment they always treated me with great respect , always worried about what I need . For me , my clients are part of my family, they are people who needs heard,respected and loved♥️I feel very blessed to be their caregiver .. Thank you very much for allowing me to be part of your beautiful company ????”

leticia O.

“I have a great experience, flexible hours, great place to work.”

Ofelia C.

“This is a great place to work, great environment there is very nice staff a job you can call home and care about are clients.”

Janet M.

“Always best care provides an excellent service as a caregiver. They care about the staff and the patient needs. The Leadership team are very compassion because they have a good level of communication and it also wants to do the right things.”

Lorena D.

“Ophelia Carter is the best thing that ever happened to Bobby Wigley. She has a lot of patience and she is so good for him. She manages to do everything in a timely manner for him. She's amazing. I don't know how much money she makes but she deserves more. Thank you”

Darlene W.

“I am getting the best quality of care”

Marilyn V.

“Always Best Care Senior Services meets each of their client's needs regardless of the intensity of the illness. Health and safety are #1 with this agency without question as to the complexity or time frame. They are committed for the duration. Customer service is not a lost cause. The staff will go beyond its means to comply to request.”

Bennie S.

“From the start everyone (I've interacted with) has been awesome. You can tell they really care and so do their jobs well. From Chelsea in admin to Steven the phone nurse and especially Martesha Dad's caregiver. They make taking care of my father so much easier than it would be if I were on my own. I appreciate all of you and all you do. Thank you.”

Dawn W.

“Hello ???????? there this is Leonardo Martínez I’m one of the formal Care givers associates for Always best Care I would like to thanks not only always best care in general for the amazing management but specially to my manager the best and most caring manager I have ever had ever, specially when it comes to work and making things work for everyone, awesome communication stills and training, always showing the best guidance for work,making me learn something new I can apply for work, honestly couldn’t be more great full and satisfied for chelsy Boscarino being by manages. God bless sincerely.”

Leonardo M.

“Always Best Senior Care is an amazing company. My husband had a stroke which left him paralyzed on one side. I was having so much difficulty trying to lift and assist him especially when it came to showering it was at that time I knew I needed assistance from a male I had no idea what to do or who would be able to help me with my husband. I reached out to several companies but was told they were limited with male caregivers and could help me. Thankfully I was given a lead and was contacted by a very nice and informative lady named Chelsea who has help us out so much by sending two very nice young men to help me with my husband. I can’t Thank Always Best Senior Care enough for coming through for me and my husband. I would highly recommend this company they are great folks !!!! Thanks again Always Best Senior Care. Pamela Alvarez”

Labrina A.

“Honestly this is a great company to work for. The owners really care about what they do and it's really refreshing for a change. It's been a blessing to be apart of the family. I look forward to continue my journey with them and helping seniors in our community!”

Shepherd B.

“Just wanted you to know that we moved Beth into Pacific Pointe last weekend. All is going well and I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to show me this place.”

Jill K.

“Ethan Kim was extremely helpful in assisting us set up in home care support. His staff was very friendly and made my mother comfortable. Ethan was always available to answer questions and was quick to provide substitute support when needed. Would highly recommend this company for senior care.”

Kathy C.

“Ethan Kim of Always Best Senior Services helped me find a place for my husband to recuperate after surgery for a broken femur and extensive surgery. He took me to see three places. I was able to choose one and I am very happy with my choice. I know I wouldn’t be able to accomplish this on my own. Very grateful for his service.”

Connie G.

“Outstanding service taking care of my Dad. The CNA assigned was awesome and we felt great knowing that she was there throughout the day. She was attentive, caring and genuine. I would highly recommend their services. You will not be disappointed.”

Steve P.

“Ethan did an excellent job finding placement for my father within tight time parameters. The home care facility Ethan helped us to find has turned out to be the best thing that could have happened for all of us. They have my father rehabilitated with their extra attention and care to the point where he can even walk again.”

Heather R.

“Ethan is a hard-working, honest man who will do everything in his power to get the right service you need.”

Sora K.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Encinitas, CA?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Encinitas, CA

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Encinitas Community Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local VAGA Restaurant & Bar or visit Encinitas Boathouses, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Encinitas, CA

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Encinitas, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CA's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Encinitas, CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Pacifica Senior Living Encinitas
  • Silverado Encinitas Memory Care Community
  • Summerfield of Encinitas
  • Westmont of Encinitas
  • RanchView Senior Assisted Living
  • Senior Comfort Care
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Encinitas, CA 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Encinitas, CA

San Diego County’s shrinking beaches

Agency’s monitoring program records changes from erosion at various coastal locations since 2022 Sept. 10, 2023 12:13 PM PTSan Diego County’s beaches need costly, sustained replenishment efforts to remain the wide, sandy tourist attractions they have been for so long, a new regional study shows.Shorelines in south Oceanside, south Carlsbad, Leucadia and Coronado are shrinking fast, according to the 2023 “State of the Coast” report released Thursday by the San Diego Association of Governments....

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San Diego County’s beaches need costly, sustained replenishment efforts to remain the wide, sandy tourist attractions they have been for so long, a new regional study shows.

Shorelines in south Oceanside, south Carlsbad, Leucadia and Coronado are shrinking fast, according to the 2023 “State of the Coast” report released Thursday by the San Diego Association of Governments.

Only beaches bolstered by sand dredged from nearby lagoons, harbors and offshore deposits are maintaining their width or growing, says the report, presented Thursday at a meeting of SANDAG’s Shoreline Preservation Working Group.

Most California beaches have never been the wide, sandy expanses seen in East Coast states such as Florida, some experts say. Most of the West Coast shore is steep, rocky and pounded by powerful waves, and the beach culture popularized by movies and advertising is largely a myth.

“Beaches are the essence of California and provide its most important aesthetic and recreational asset,” oceanographer Reinhard Flick of Scripps Institution of Oceanography wrote in 1993 in his paper called “The Myth and Reality of Southern California Beaches.”

“Yet the widest sand beaches in Southern California have been created and are maintained by human activity,” said Flick, who today is an advisory member of the SANDAG working group.

People have dumped massive amounts of sand along the coast over the years and built groins, jetties and breakwaters to keep it there.

The California Coastal Commission, established by voters in 1972, discourages the construction of groins and other hard retention devices along the coast because, while they may hold sand in one spot, they contribute to erosion elsewhere. But the commission continues to promote and sometimes requires sand placement projects.

Human activity also is a factor in beach losses. Upstream development from river dams to parking lots stops the downstream flow of sediment. Coastal construction, such as homes and highways, prevents the natural erosion of cliffs and bluffs that contributes to beach growth.

SANDAG has led two regional projects that placed sand on multiple locations along the county’s coast. Those efforts were 11 years apart, and the most recent was more than a decade ago.

“After each of the regional beach projects we had gains, but they are only sustained for a couple years,” said said Greg Hearon of the environmental consulting firm Coastal Frontiers, who helped prepare the SANDAG report.

“It will get more critical as sea-level rise accelerates.”

— Oceanographer Reinhard Flick of Scripps Institution of Oceanography

The first project, completed in 2001, placed 2.2 million cubic yards of sand, primarily from the San Diego harbor, on beaches the length of the county. It cost $18 million, of which 60 percent was funded by federal grants and 40 percent by state grants.

A second regional effort, completed in 2012, placed 1.4 million cubic yards of sand pumped from offshore deposits on beaches at a cost of $26 million. The state paid for 85 percent of that project, with the local jurisdictions contributing 15 percent.

SANDAG recently began studies for a proposed third regional project, which is several years away and could cost close to $40 million.

Smaller-scale projects have benefited beaches in several places along the county’s coast, but the gains can be fleeting.

Beaches in Oceanside, south Carlsbad, Leucadia and Coronado lost an average of 2 feet or more in width annually over the past 22 years, a new report shows.

Oceanside’s harbor entrance is dredged annually for navigation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which provides sand to maintain the city beach nearest the harbor. However, the sediment is fine-grained and washes away quickly, and there’s not enough to spread very far south.

Northern Carlsbad beaches get sand from the occasional dredging of Agua Hedionda Lagoon, which for years was kept open by San Diego Gas & Electric Co. to provide cooling water for the Encina power plant. Now the operators of the Carlsbad desalination plant dredge the lagoon.

Carlsbad has almost 7 miles of shoreline, though, and beaches at the southern end, in the Ponto area, are suffering. The average width there is 88 feet, which is worrisome, Hearon said.

Winter storms erode Southern California beaches, while the steady waves and long-shore currents of summer help to restore the sand and build them back up.

“South Carlsbad just seems to be one (place) that doesn’t hang onto anything,” Hearon said. “Going into a winter with a beach less than 100 feet should get your attention.”

Encinitas and Solana Beach got a big dose of sand from the restoration of the San Elijo Lagoon in 2018. Excavated material was used to create the county’s first “living shoreline” dune system at the nearby beach.

The experimental program added 8 acres of dunes covering a base of rock riprap and cobble, and planted with native vegetation for stability. As a result, the beach at Cardiff in southern Encinitas added 4.5 feet in width, and Solana Beach, immediately to the south, added 5 feet.

Encinitas and Solana Beach also are set to get sand from a new beach nourishment effort beginning this fall called the Army Corps of Engineers’ Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project.

In development since 2000, it’s intended to continue periodic replenishment efforts in those two cities for the next 50 years. In 2015, the cost over the life of the project was estimated at $167 million. Last year federal officials allocated $32 million for the first phase of work.

Still, many San Diego County beaches continue to erode.

Oceanside’s shoreline lost an average of 2.3 feet in width at mean sea level each year from fall 2020 through fall 2022, according to the report.

At its best, Oceanside has 205 feet of beach at Windward Way near the harbor. The width shrinks quickly south of the city’s pier to just 18 feet at Buccaneer Beach and 15 feet at St. Malo. At high tide, the surf crashes on rock revetments protecting seaside homes in most of south Oceanside.

Coronado’s Silver Strand lost the most width of all, an average of 3.8 feet per year. However, Coronado has sand to spare, and still measured 686 feet wide in 2022.

Other beaches monitored for the report remained relatively stable or had slightly increasing amounts of sand.

Some people suggested more data points be included in the shoreline monitoring project, which includes little information from the shoreline along the city of San Diego.

“There’s a lot of erosion in Tourmaline (near Mission Bay) and Point Loma, but you guys don’t collect information there,” said Katheryn Rhodes. “These are really important areas that need monitoring.”

SANDAG plans to expand the program by allowing the public to go online and contribute their own photographs and observations to the database.

Flick, the oceanographer, said climate change increases the importance of monitoring beach erosion.

“It will get more critical as sea-level rise accelerates,” Flick said.

Encinitas, California: A Hidden Gem for Health and Wellness

Encinitas, a coastal city in San Diego County, is known for its stunning beaches, relaxed lifestyle, and vibrant health and wellness scene. With a year-round Mediterranean climate, this SoCal gem offers residents and visitors endless opportunities for outdoor activities, healthy dining options, and a thriving wellness culture. In this article, we’ll explore some of the top benefits of living in Encinitas, from the best farmers' markets to scenic hiking trails, to inspire you to explore this hidden gem.Farmers' Markets Galore...

Encinitas, a coastal city in San Diego County, is known for its stunning beaches, relaxed lifestyle, and vibrant health and wellness scene. With a year-round Mediterranean climate, this SoCal gem offers residents and visitors endless opportunities for outdoor activities, healthy dining options, and a thriving wellness culture. In this article, we’ll explore some of the top benefits of living in Encinitas, from the best farmers' markets to scenic hiking trails, to inspire you to explore this hidden gem.

Farmers' Markets Galore

One of the best things about living in Encinitas is the abundance of farmers' markets. From the Leucadia Farmers Market on Sundays to the Encinitas Station Farmers Market on Wednesdays, residents can find fresh, locally-sourced produce, artisanal cheeses, organic meats, and much more. The farmers' markets also offer a variety of food trucks and live music, making for a fun and festive atmosphere. Some of the top vendors include Seabreeze Organic Farm, Gourmet Tamales, and Sunshine Alchemy.

Yoga, Surfing, and Outdoor Fitness

Encinitas is known as the yoga capital of the United States, with numerous yoga studios and outdoor classes available for all levels. Some of the top yoga studios include Yoga Six, Soul of Yoga, and Yoga Tropics. In addition to yoga, Encinitas is also famous for its world-class surfing spots, including Swami's Beach, Cardiff Reef, and Moonlight Beach. If you prefer land-based activities, there are plenty of outdoor fitness options, such as hiking the San Elijo Lagoon trails, biking along the coast, or joining a boot camp class at Encinitas Fit.

Healthy Dining Options

If you’re looking for healthy dining options, Encinitas won’t disappoint. From vegan cafes to gluten-free bakeries to farm-to-table restaurants, there’s something for everyone. Some of the top spots include Honey’s Bistro and Bakery, a cozy and rustic cafe that serves organic coffee and fresh-baked goods, and Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar, a vegetarian restaurant that offers a range of dishes from smoothie bowls to vegan burgers. Another must-try spot is Naked Cafe, a popular brunch spot that specializes in healthy and organic breakfast dishes.

Scenic Hiking Trails

Encinitas is surrounded by stunning natural scenery, including the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, which is home to over 700 species of plants and animals. The reserve offers several hiking trails, ranging from easy to moderate difficulty, with breathtaking views of the lagoon and ocean. Another popular hiking spot is the Batiquitos Lagoon Trail, a 3.1-mile loop that takes you through a variety of habitats, including salt marshes and coastal sage scrub. For a more challenging hike, head to Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, which has over 11 miles of trails and offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Encinitas Beach Culture

Encinitas is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California, each with its own unique charm. Moonlight Beach is a family-friendly spot with a playground, snack bar, and volleyball courts, while Swami's Beach is known for its world-class surf break and stunning cliffside views. Other must-visit beaches include Cardiff State Beach, which offers tide pools and a long stretch of sandy beach, and Beacon's Beach, a secluded spot that's popular with surfers and locals.

In conclusion, Encinitas offers a unique blend of coastal beauty, outdoor activities, healthy dining options, and wellness culture. Whether you’re a surfer, a yogi, a hiker, or a foodie, there’s something for everyone in this hidden gem.

Stonesteps Beach access reopens in Encinitas

Closure began six months ago after stormy winter weather damaged staircase structureEncinitas beachgoers had a reason to celebrate at noon Wednesday when the city reopened a beach access staircase that’s been closed since mid-January.Located at the western end of South El Portal Street, the popular Stonesteps Beach staircase was structurally damaged during stormy winter weather in early January, and it has been closed to the public ever since. Engineers “red-tagged” it after an inspection found the main supp...

Closure began six months ago after stormy winter weather damaged staircase structure

Encinitas beachgoers had a reason to celebrate at noon Wednesday when the city reopened a beach access staircase that’s been closed since mid-January.

Located at the western end of South El Portal Street, the popular Stonesteps Beach staircase was structurally damaged during stormy winter weather in early January, and it has been closed to the public ever since. Engineers “red-tagged” it after an inspection found the main support beam for the upper deck and lower stairs was structurally unsafe.

City officials had hoped to reopen the staircase long before the summer beach season began, but fixing the structural problems didn’t turn out to be an easy, or fast, project. Among other issues, the contractors had to special order some custom-made beams from a Northern California supplier and have them shipped to Encinitas.


On Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Tony Kranz wrote in a text message to a reporter that the repair work had been a “challenging and unfortunate” project and said he was pleased that people could now use the staircase.

“I’m glad we were able to get access open again, so residents and visitors alike have another way to get to the seashore,” he wrote.

Travis Karlen, the city’s director of parks, recreation and cultural arts, said the beach access staircase is used by an estimated 200,000 people a year.

The staircase, which connects the upper cliff bluff top with the beach some 70 feet below, is a two-part structure. The upper section has concrete steps, while the lower portion consists of a wooden staircase. A structural engineer determined that the necessary repairs needed to include replacing the staircase’s upper timber platform, using the original design with “updated technical specifications,” a new city press release states.

Encinitas booked the JC Baldwin company for the construction project in mid-March and then the procurement of construction supplies began, the press release continues.

“Emergency repair materials, including brackets and beams, required custom manufacturing and treatment to meet the technical specifications and to hold up in the coastal conditions,” it states.

The final supplies arrived during the week of June 5, and the construction activity needed to get the staircase reopened concluded Wednesday morning.

However, the city press release continues, the project is not completely done.

“Additional work is required at the beach access and will be scheduled at a future date,” it states.

This work will require some permitting and supply orders, and will occur “outside of the busy summer season,” it concludes.

Encinitas Little League wins SoCal state title, advances to West Region

Encinitas Little League Intermediate All Stars pitcher Christian Koch dished out a perfect game against Silver Spur Little League in Saturday’s final of the Southern California Intermediate 50/70 Baseball Championship, allowing no hits or walks over six innings in an 11-0 run-rule victory at Perez Field in Ventura.After winning the District 31 and Section 6 championships last month, Encinitas went undefeated over the weeklong tournament, punching its ticket to the West Region tournament as the SoCal state champs and becoming jus...

Encinitas Little League Intermediate All Stars pitcher Christian Koch dished out a perfect game against Silver Spur Little League in Saturday’s final of the Southern California Intermediate 50/70 Baseball Championship, allowing no hits or walks over six innings in an 11-0 run-rule victory at Perez Field in Ventura.

After winning the District 31 and Section 6 championships last month, Encinitas went undefeated over the weeklong tournament, punching its ticket to the West Region tournament as the SoCal state champs and becoming just the fourth Encinitas Little League All Stars team to advance to the regional in the organization’s 66-year history.

The right-handed Koch had 13 strikeouts over six innings en route to achieving a rare pitching milestone against the team from Rolling Hills Estates in Los Angeles County. Of Koch’s 73 total pitches, 53 were strikes or 72%.

At the plate, Encinitas scored 11 runs on 15 hits, including Will Friedrichs’ three-run homer to right field in the 6th inning that helped secure the win by invoking the 10-run rule. Friedrichs finished 3 of 4 with 5 RBI to lead the team.

In addition to a historic pitching performance, Koch went 3 for 4 with an RBI. Tanner Hellman went 2 for 4, Curren Haberfield finished 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Blake Larson went 3 for 3.

At the SoCal state championship tournament, Encinitas scored 45 runs while surrendering only five. Since the beginning of the summer, the team has outscored its opponents 117-12. The team remains undefeated in postseason play.

“We feel very blessed to be in the situation we’re in,” said head coach Ted Haberfield. “The boys are playing extremely well together; the chemistry and intensity is evident. We are now entering uncharted territory. We finally won the SoCal tournament. The team is anxious to see how far they can go, with the World Series our biggest goal.”

The Encinitas Little League, Intermediate All Stars, begin pool play in the regional tournament against Oregon at 5:30 p.m. on July 20 in Nogales, Ariz. Following the opener against Oregon, Encinitas will play NorCal at 8 p.m. on July 21, Washington at 5 p.m. on July 22, and Alaska at 5 p.m. on July 24.

After four games, teams will be seeded in a single-elimination tournament to qualify for the Little League World Series.

The 2023 Little League Intermediate 50/70 Baseball World Series is tentatively scheduled for July 30-Aug. 6 at Max Baer Park in Livermore, California.

Editor’s Note: 50/70 refers to the distance from the pitcher’s mound to home plate (50 feet) ace between bases (70 feet).

Coyote in Encinitas rips through woman's window screen, kills her cat

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ENCINITAS (KGTV) — It was a brutal ending to a 10-year friendship.

“My very best friend, love of my life,” said Encinitas resident Carol Kelly.

Kelly's cat, Luke, often slept at his favorite spot near the window of their home. The window is usually closed, but it was especially hot on Saturday morning, so Kelly kept it open.

A coyote on the hunt took advantage of the opportunity, and Kelly said it jumped through the opening and dragged Luke away.

“I can't believe it because that’s a high window. That’s about eight feet," she said.

The coyote tore through the window screen to get to Luke. The attack broke the frame in half.

“The screen was in the middle of the street. The whole place was demolished because I guess there was a big fight," said Kelly.

The next day, Kelly's son found Luke’s remains a couple blocks away.

“Now, I'm afraid at night when I go to bed. I lock my door, make sure all the windows are closed," said Kelly.

This happened in the Park Encinitas Mobile Park. Neighbors say they’ve seen more coyotes this year than ever before.

“A lady stopped last week, she was out at 7 a.m. and there was four at the top of the street, four coyotes,” said Carl Walker, Kelly's neighbor.

Carl Walker said they created a neighborhood group chat to report sightings. Pet owners come prepared when taking their pets on walks.

“People have whistles, a few people have stun canes or whatever. I carry wasp spray if I'm out by myself,” Walker said.

But Kelly said nothing could have prevented her tragedy.

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