Pacific View rehabilitation picks up speed

Rolls of high-grade roofing material stand at the ready prior to installation at Pacific View. (Photo by Steve Barilotti)

The pace of improvements at the city’s Pacific View property has increased in recent weeks, and the results of monthly work parties, donations, grant money, and a brigade of volunteers are becoming more tangible.

Under the auspices of the Encinitas Arts, Culture and Ecology Alliance, a non-profit consortium of various local arts groups and motivated residents, the former elementary school campus is on track to “create a rich and dynamic visual, cultural and intellectual arts and ecology showcase at the new Pacific View Academy of Arts,” according to the EACEA website.

Among recent developments:

• Beyond individual donations, grants of $25,000 from the Leichtag Foundation, $30,000 from the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project and $150,000 from the County of San Diego have helped pay for improvements so far. To donate and contribute to the Pacific View efforts, please go here.

• New Encinitas Arts, Culture and Ecology Alliance board members have added energy, direction and expertise to the Pacific View project – former Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer (who was instrumental in efforts to purchase the property and in guiding progress afterward), Surfing Madonna Oceans Project Chairman Bob Nichols, and media professional Steve Barilotti. Several other strategic and fundraising experts have also joined the Alliance.

Volunteer cleanups and repair sessions are held on the last Saturday morning of each month. Improvements include new landscaping and erosion control, replaced windows and more. Email for information on how to volunteer.

• An email newsletter that describes Pacific View’s progress and goals will be issued periodically. You can subscribe here and see the latest edition here.

 • Following its successful program last year, EACEA has just announced a Class Of 2017 Donor Recognition Tile fundraising project. $250 before May 15 buys a 4″ x 8″ tile with the donor’s name and message (see rendering at right) which will be posted in a prominent location or the Arts Academy campus. To participate, go here.

• The Encinitas Arts, Culture and Ecology Alliance will be staffing a booth to promote Pacific View Academy of Arts, Culture and Ecology at the Encinitas Spring Street Fair on Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30. Passionate volunteers are needed to staff the booth – to pitch in, please contact Lisa Shaffer at

This panoramic photo shows how free of trucks, equipment and debris the former playground has become. As of March 1, Leucadia Towing no longer uses the property for storage. Unfortunately, the popular longtime towing service has been having trouble finding a new base of operations near Encinitas and has moved to San Marcos, which contributed to the company losing its lucrative AAA towing contract. (Photo by Steve Barilotti)


The Old Schoolhouse is now officially a part of Pacific View, now that the fence that separated it has been removed. (Photo by Scott Chatfield)


Besides a new roof, the north side classroom building has benefitted from replaced windows, reinforced structure, painting, graffiti removal, and several other improvements. (Photo by Scott Chatfield)


Continuing development has contributed to substantial swath of Pacific View’s pacific view being obscured by a large new private residence being built on the site of a former beach cottage. (Photo by Scott Chatfield)


The roof of the old administration building was meticulously prepped before the final roofing materials were applied. (Photo by Steve Barilotti) stays on top of developments and sends email updates when new Pacific View events occur. You’re invited to stay up-to-date on Pacific View news by joining the email list here. Your name and email address will only be used by

Here’s the short video that helped Save Pacific View back in February, 2014:


The historic Pacific View property as it appeared before the City of Encinitas purchased it in 2014.

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