EACEA and EHS receive first funding from SD County Supervisors to improve Pacific View School


The Encinitas Arts Culture and Ecology Alliance (EACEA), in partnership with the Encinitas Historical Society (EHS), was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from San Diego County to be used for basic repairs and renovation of Pacific View School in downtown Encinitas. Under SD County’s Neighborhood Re-Investment Program, non-profits such as EACEA and EHS can receive funds for “for one-time community, social, environmental, educational, cultural or recreational needs.”

In the letter of award received from Supervisor Dave Roberts’ office on May 10 the entire San Diego Board of Supervisors awarded EACEA’s fiscal sponsor, the Encinitas Historical Society, an initial grant to be used for specific Pacific View School improvement projects under a recently signed Right Of Entry (ROE) agreement between EACEA and the City of Encinitas.

“I am excited by the Encinitas Historical Society’s budding partnership with the Encinitas Arts, Culture and Ecology Alliance,” said Roberts. “Headquartered in The 1883 Schoolhouse, the historical society is a great resource that brings our local lore to life. As the arts alliance develops its site into a world-class center, I look forward to a unique collaboration with the historical society that engages visitors and gives history, the arts and our environment the appreciation they deserve.”

Under the agreement which received a unanimous vote from Encinitas City Council on Feb. 24, EACEA has the right to enter Pacific View to perform basic repairs and maintenance to keep the 63-year-old school from falling into further disrepair. Some NRP-approved projects include a new steel gate for the PVS main entrance at Third and E, window repairs and inclusionary fencing for the EHS’ historic 1883 Schoolhouse. Funding should be in place by August and EACEA and EHS will have 12 months in which to perform the work.

Garth Murphy, president of EACEA and Carolyn Cope, president of the Encinitas Historical Society, expressed their gratitude in a joint statement:

“We wish to thank the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and Dave Roberts, our County Supervisor, for having the confidence in our alliance and mission to award us this first major grant toward the rehabilitation of the new Pacific View Academy of Arts. Their $25,000 grant is the auspicious first step of funding we will require in order to bring this ambitious project to full fruition. We extend our gratitude to all those who lent their support along the way, and the Encinitas City Council whose foresight in acquiring the property, and taking us under their wing, laid the foundation for this new arts and sustainability education center.”