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Carmel Creek Brownie Troop in Carmel Valley helps Solana Beach School District families


With Care and Share, each grade level at Carmel Creek adopts a Solana Beach School District family in need and donates gifts for the holidays. Many times they are the only gifts the family members receive.

Carmel Valley Chef Grace Abdo to be featured at Macy’s cooking class

Chef Grace Abdo and Chef Bernard Guillas conduct “French Macarons on the Spice Trail” cooking class at Macy’s Home Store on Dec. 28.

Carmel Valley resident Grace Abdo, chef and founder of La Reine des Macarons (in French, “The Queen of Macarons”) has been invited by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas of the Marine Room to feature her gourmet, gluten-free food delicacy at a “Rising Star” cooking class series on Saturday, Dec. 28. The event begins at noon at [...]

Playing Fair

Watching the Tea Party activists at work I worry about the future of our national government. Their tactics, much like the John Birchers of yesteryear, are based on an assumption that government is the enemy. Ironically, they seem to consider themselves to be patriotic even as they rail against the legitimacy of our democratically elected leaders. Much of their rhetoric is ad hominem, often focused on our black President but personal attacks on other elected and appointed officials are also fair game.

Anonymous street artist BERT hits Solana Beach

Artwork by BERT. Photo by BERT

The artwork of anonymous surf street artist BERT has again surfaced with the most recent street art installation on the front facade of an abandoned building located in Solana Beach at the intersection of Highway 101 and Dahilia Drive. BERT has continued the San Diego-based pattern of a street art piece at the end of [...]

New mayor must have a plan to deal with the structural deficit

The elephant in the room in the city of San Diego’s special mayoral election is the ongoing structural deficit caused by an $8 billion underfunded pension system. The city’s annual general fund budget is approximately $1.1 billion. This pays for everything from police to libraries. This year’s payment to the pension system for 17,000 retirees [...]

No way out?

At a recent Solana Beach City Council meeting, Fletcher Cove Community Center party initiative speakers suggested that the City Council be creative.  If I have it right, the party initiative speakers suggested that the City Council should, disingenuously,  adopt the party policy initiative without a city vote, and then later organize a different city vote [...]

The Scott Roberts Trio to perform at the Carmel Valley Library

The Scott Roberts Trio.

A special free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 23. It will feature three Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) students who have been playing jazz together for three years.

September crime report for Carmel Valley, Del Mar and Solana Beach

The numbers of crime cases by type… that were reported to the San Diego County’s Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS) by Oct. 3 for the month of September 2013 in the San Diego City neighborhoods of Del Mar Heights, Carmel Valley, North City, and Torrey Highlands, and the Cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach are shown below:

Understand the facts before voting on a policy that can’t be changed

I find it very concerning that residents of Solana Beach received a brochure in the mail asking them to urge City Council not to hold a special election which would cost the City of Solana Beach $200,000. The brochure claims that the Friends of Fletcher Cove Community Center are opposed to the election. The problem is this: Friends of Fletcher Cove Community Center is the group that circulated petitions and forced the special election to take place. They need the special election in order to pass a law which would allow nearly unlimited use of Fletcher Cove Community Center for private parties, including alcohol use (the only exception to a city-wide mandate against alcohol use on city property), amplified music, all with no concern for the residents of Solana Beach with regards to beach access, parking, and the close proximity of a children’s playground.

Solana Beach to hold Annual Bulky Item Clean-Up Day

The Annual Bulky Item Clean-Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the La Colonia Community Center parking lot at the Valley Avenue entrance in Solana Beach. Waste Management will provide roll-off containers for easy drop off items such as furniture, appliances, mattresses, and yard waste. Additionally, Solana Beach residents may call Waste Management (800-386-7783) between now and Oct. 11 to receive free curbside pickup and disposal of up to three bulky items.