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Leucadia Towing moves to San Marcos

ENCINITAS — A longtime Encinitas towing business is adjusting to life in San Marcos after leaving its base of operations at Pacific View Elementary School earlier this month.

But the transition has not been easy, Leucadia Towing’s owner, Joe Radick said.

“We want people to know that we are still open for business and still serving the community,” Radick said on Wednesday. “Keep us in mind when you need roadside service.”

The company operated at the Pacific View site for several years before the city purchased the property from the Encinitas Union School District and placed it and another business, Encinitas Glass, on a pair of six month leases before terminating the agreements last October. The city issued a letter in February demanding the company get off the property by Feb. 7 or face forced eviction.

At the same time, the tow truck company’s attempt to relocate to city property on Santa Fe Drive was denied by the City Council in January 2016.

After a month of negotiations with the city, Radick ceased operations at Pacific View on March 1. Since then, the tow company has lost its largest contract, a towing and emergency roadside assistance contract with the Automotive Association of America, or AAA.

AAA contracts are highly coveted among tow companies and often can become their lifeblood. In Radick’s case, he estimates 85 to 90 percent of his business was through AAA.

“We tried fulfilling the contract from San Marcos, but it didn’t work,” Radick said.

Radick said he still hopes to return to Encinitas, and expressed disappointment they and the city were unable to find a location.

Leucadia Towing’s phone number is (760) 436-0972.