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.”
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
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.
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.
The Board of Directors of the Del Mar Foundation voted unanimously to approve a $20,000 grant to the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and the San Dieguito River Park, sponsors of the Birdwing Open Air Classroom project. The project, called “Birdwing” for its architecturally dramatic shade structure, is an amphitheater-style outdoor space along the Coast-to-Crest Trail just off I-5 and Via de la Valle. It will allow the San Dieguito River Park to expand its school programs and serve as a gathering place for all people to learn about and enjoy lagoon habitats. The grand opening of Birdwing will be held on May 13.
More than three years after holding a groundbreaking ceremony at the same spot, city officials and community members gathered to celebrate the completion of the North Torrey Pines Bridge retrofit and rehabilitation project April 15 at the Torrey Pines State Park/Beach parking lot off Carmel Valley Road.
The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board in Carmel Valley continues to resist the idea of having the city spend hundreds of thousands of community money on a simple enhancement project.
“It started out as a wonderful idea to make an area that was a little bit of a blight look nice,” said board chair Kathryn Burton. “But the costs are just out of line…Any homeowner in Torrey Hills would be appalled at spending this kind of money for what’s essentially a boulder, gravel and a bench.”
At the recent first annual Encinitas Student Film Festival, four students from Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision Cinema department took home top honors and received the Award of Excellence, Award of Distinction, and People’s Choice Award for their short film “Milquetoast.” The film, about at a girl who can’t express her emotions facially, was the brainchild of senior Jason Phillips and classmates Richard Duan, Jennifer Smart and Andrew Boyles.
San Dieguito Union High School District will hold a community information night about plans for a new middle school in Carmel Valley on Tuesday, April 15, at Carmel Valley Middle School.
Construction is set to begin in May on the school located next door to Canyon Crest Academy on Village Center Loop Road. The plan is for the school to open to students in fall 2015.
Inside her computer lab at Torrey Hills, technology teacher Susie Hopper is amazed daily at what her kids are capable of — that when she asks a class full of first graders what a pixel is, a 6 year old raises their hand to answer that it’s a “pinprick of light on a monitor.”
“There are excellent students doing excellent things in this district,” Hopper said.