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Solana Beach announces legal challenge at meeting

The Solana Beach City Council announced May 11 that the city is planning legal action to challenge the Del Mar Fairgrounds master plan and Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), which outline a major redevelopment of the state-owned property.

Solana Beach the launch site for NCTD Adopt-a-Station program

Solana Beach has been selected as the launch site for the North County Transit District (NCTD) Adopt-a-Station program, a new effort that partners with local civic groups to create stations that feel more like a part of the communities they serve.

Tennis tournament to raise money for ConKerr Cancer San Diego

A tennis tournament May 22 at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club will raise money for the nonprofit ConKerr Cancer San Diego.

Tennis pro Gretchen Magers is a four-time All American who has played Wimbledon, the US Open and the French Open. Her contemporary Patricia Tarabini won the bronze medal during the 2004 Olympics, where she represented her homeland Argentina. At the height of their careers, each was ranked in the top 30 in the world — and this month, two lucky residents will have a shot at sharing the court with them.

Carmel Valley man finds calling with Miracle League of San Diego

Carmel Valley resident Dan Engel has lived in Carmel Valley with his wife, Suzie, son Sam and daughter Jordan since 1999. He received a BA in economics from UCLA, and then earned a joint JD/MBA degree at the Boalt Hall School of Law and Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He began his investment banking career at Salomon Brothers in New York. After more than 15 years in the deal business, he was recruited by the CEO of Applied Underwriters, a company he had financed earlier in his career. Engel helped grow the company 500 percent over four years before selling it to Berkshire Hathaway. 

Del Mar Pug Party

This pug is a scarecrow getup follows the yellow brick road during the Wizard of Oz themed Del Mar Pug Party. Photo credit: Karen Billing

It was pure pug pandemonium at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this past Saturday, May 7. That’s where the Pug Rescue of San Diego County hosted its 20th annual Del Mar Pug Party, which is the West Coast’s largest gathering of these Chinese lap dogs.

Award-winning artist blends science and art to bring ‘messages from the crust of the Earth’

Marcos Armitaje has been a scientist for 32 years, but he only began creating art two years ago after prompting from his girlfriend.

Del Mar scientist Marcos Armitaje has spent decades combing the Earth’s crust for crystals, which he studies for clues about their formations. Part of that process involves shooting infrared light through the crystals, and then using a special camera to capture images not seen by the human eye. The result is nothing short of dazzling, and once it’s transferred to canvas, it is truly one-of-a-kind art.

Solana Beach Cinco de Mayo celebration

Solana Beach, Del Sol Lions, San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club

Solana Beach working on improvements to Lomas Santa Fe and Highland drives, seeking community input

Solana Beach City Council and city staff are developing a plan for improvements to Highland Dr. and Lomas Santa Fe Dr., a project that aims to calm traffic and enhance the overall streetscape at this intersection.

Del Mar seeks input on downtown revitalization

Del Mar City Council and city staff are hosting a series of discussions over the next couple of months in hopes of getting community input on downtown revitalization efforts.

Solana Beach’s Del Sol Lions Club to celebrate Mardi Gras for a good cause

The Del Sol Lions Club is inviting the community to join in a Mardi Gras-themed celebration on Saturday, May 14, complete with live entertainment, casino games, a silent auction, and dinner — all to raise money for two worthy local charities.