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Del Mar City Council hears reports on city hall space needs

Moving forward with plans to build a new city hall to replace the city’s current facilities, the City Council on April 21 heard two reports on space needs for Del Mar’s government and community facilities.

The council on March 17 approved an architectural contract with Carrier Johnson Architects to provide a professional opinion of the space necessary to plan for a new city hall, assess earlier staff estimates and define a program for cost estimation. Del Mar-based Leeger Architecture volunteered to offer a second opinion.

Council approves new contract for Del Mar firefighters

Local firefighters will see salary increases while Del Mar will reduce its existing pension obligation thanks to a new agreement between the city and the Del Mar Firefighters Association.

High school district to vote on boundaries for new Carmel Valley middle school in May

A rendering of the entrance to San Dieguito Union High School District’s new middle school in Pacific Highlands Ranch that will open in fall 2016. Courtesy photo

San Dieguito Union High School District is close to setting the boundaries for its new middle school in Pacific Highlands Ranch, set to open in fall 2015.

Groundbreaking ceremony held for Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch in Carmel Valley

The groundbreaking for the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch was held on May 16 with ceremonial digs by Carmel Valley Community Planning Board Chair Frisco White; Tom Blake, founder and president of Coast Income Properties; Carmel Valley Community Planning Board Vice Chair Manjeet Ranu; and San Diego Councilmember Sherri Lightner. Photo by Karen Billing

San Diego Councilmember Sherri Lightner can’t wait to shop at Pacific Highlands Ranch’s incoming Trader Joe’s. At the April 16 groundbreaking ceremony for the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, Lightner said the specialty market was a big “yes” for the community and she hoped to meet everyone there as soon as it opens in 2015.

“This groundbreaking is wonderful news for Pacific Highlands Ranch and Carmel Valley,” Lightner said. “Residents have been waiting for a village center for many years.”

Pannikin Coffee & Tea to close location near Del Mar

Pannikin Coffee & Tea will close in Flower Hill Promenade on May 31.

Pannikin Coffee & Tea, one of Flower Hill Promenade’s longest-running tenants, will serve its last cup of coffee at its Flower Hill location on May 31. The coffee house has opted not to renew its lease.

La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation and National Latino Research Center host focus group on Solana Beach community

To learn how to improve the quality of life for residents of Solana Beach’s Eden Gardens community, a local foundation and university hosted a focus group April 16 at North Coast Fellowship.

New Gateway property sign encourages campaign-end donations

San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy seeks to finalize land acquisition

Residential burglaries up in Del Mar Mesa area, officer reports

At the Del Mar Mesa planning board’s April 10 meeting, San Diego Police Department Community Relations Officer Tracey Williams reported a recent rise in residential burglaries in the Del Mar Mesa area. He called the thefts mostly “crimes of opportunity,” where homeowners are leaving garage doors open. — Suzanne Evans

Four-car crash on I-5 in Carmel Valley sends two people to hospital

The crash on northbound I-5 at Carmel Valley Road was reported at 5:11 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. A SigAlert was in effect.

Man pleads guilty in fatal Del Mar hit-and-run case

A man who drove drunk and struck a marine biologist in a crosswalk in Del Mar, then fled the scene, pleaded guilty April 16 to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and a hit-and-run allegation.

Christopher “Chip’’ Stockmeyer, 41, faces between nine and 15 years in prison when he is sentenced June 20 for the March 28 death of Rachel Morrison.

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