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Early Solana Beach
Recollections by George C. Wilkins & Robert “Chuckles” Hernandez as told to Jim Nelson
Publisher : Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society; First Thus edition (January 1, 2002)
La Colonia, the older of the two communities, was developed in 1919/20 for Mexican workers who tended the large citrus groves in Rancho Santa Fe. In creating a subsequent 1923 subdivision, Eugene Batchelder registered the name Eden Gardens. In a further expansion in 1944 the name reverted to La Colonia and today is referred to as La Colonia de Eden Gardens…
Incorporation of Solana Beach was in 1986 and included the area of La Colonia de Eden Gardens. The City Charter provided a Council-City Manager form of government, with the Mayor’s position rotating among the Council members.