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Planning board supports Flower Hill renovation plan update

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board on July 22 voted 11-3 to support plans to renovate Flower Hill Promenade that include replacing the UltraStar Cinemas with a Whole Foods, as well as adding new retail and boutique office space and a four-level parking garage.

Safety equipment purchase for child care facilities OK’d

At its July 21 meeting, the Del Mar Union School District board approved purchasing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for its after-school child care facilities. The purchase comes at the request of Julie Geisbauer, the new director of after-school services and child care, after a review of the existing safety program.

Amendment to Prop. M to be on November ballot

A proposed amendment to Proposition M will be on the November ballot, the San Diego City Council decided in a unanimous vote on July 26.

The amendment would remove the development restriction placed by 1998′s Prop. M that limits Pacific Highlands Ranch to 1,900 units until the connector between Interstate 5 and Highway 56 is built.

Caltrans’ public meetings on I-5 widening start in Encinitas

Caltrans has several public open house meetings scheduled to collect feedback about the recently released 1,000-page draft environmental impact report on the Interstate 5 North Coast Corridor’s high occupancy vehicle (HOV)/managed lanes project.

The first meeting was held Tuesday in Encinitas.

Torrey Pines student steps up with ‘Clean Our Gulf’ fundraiser

Seventeen-year-old Carmel Valley resident Mitch Carruthers has a motto: “Life’s too short to wait for others to help — you have to do it yourself and as soon as you can.”

Mitch, an incoming Torrey Pines High senior, was shocked when he saw the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster unfold on TV, thinking of all the people affected, the animals and the environment. To try and help, Mitch decided to sell bracelets on a website he started with his mom Cathy’s help—the bracelets are blue with Clean Our Gulf stamped on them, selling for $2 each.

Former Solana Beach resident celebrates 109th birthday

Ruby Clawson has lived through change that most people only read about in history books. To celebrate her rare achievement a 109th birthday celebration was held in her honor on July 15 at Emeritus at Carmel Valley, a continuing care community.

A former 30-year Solana Beach resident, Clawson has lived at Emeritus since 2004 — but she lived on her own in her home until she was 103.

Del Mar man completes memorable ‘Walk for Warriors’

Del Mar resident and Rancho Santa Fe real estate broker John Cote walked 2,140 miles from San Diego to Georgia in 98 days.

Cote made the “Walk for Warriors” trek to raise awareness about soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to raise funds for the Fisher House Foundation, an organization that houses families of wounded soldiers for free near military hospitals across the U.S.

Weinberg leaving Del Mar school district

The Del Mar Union School District’s Director of Pupil Services Sheila Weinberg is leaving the district on Aug. 1.Weinberg recently accepted a position as the director of the South County SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area).

District superintendent James Peabody said SELPA directorships rarely become available.
“She’s very talented and they’re really lucky to get her,” Peabody said.

Three enter race for seats on Del Mar school district board

Filing period opens for November election

Monday, July 12, was the first day to pull papers for candidacy in the upcoming November election and already three candidates have entered the race for the three open positions on the Del Mar Union School District Board of Trustees.

Maiden Lane in Del Mar will get parking meters

Del Mar residents will need to remember to carry some spare change on their next Starbucks run. Up to 22 parking spots owned by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will be metered in the alleyway that runs between the church and the Union Bank and Starbucks. The Del Mar City Council approved the meters on July 12, expanding on the city’s parking enforcement authority.