Former Encinitas Mayor and Councilwoman Teresa Barth recently announced the formation of Engage Encinitas, a nonprofit that aims to enrich the lives of Encinitas residents by encouraging collaborative efforts and strengthening civic engagement. “We know this community is full of people with passion, resources, and talents who want to support their community and want to see that happen without politics or personal agendas getting in the way,” Barth said. The group’s goal centers around building a culture of participation, which they aim to create by hosting forums, working on volunteer projects, and bringing the community together for potlucks, among many other activities. As part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Engage Encinitas held a beach clean-up at Moonlight Beach. The group is currently collecting ideas and feedback from the community. Learn more about at or at