Following a recent California Public Records Act request for a copy of a video of an incident that was captured on the City’s Park Ranger’s body camera, the City of Del Mar has temporarily discontinued use of the body camera program.
The City began use of the body camera in 2012 in an effort to enhance transparency between the Park Ranger program and the community. While the body camera has been a useful tool for the City’s Park Ranger, the City is currently reviewing the body camera program and procedures for all of its applications. In the interim, the City has discontinued use of the body camera until this review is completed.
The City employs a Park Ranger to supplement public safety services in Del Mar. The Park Ranger is responsible for enforcing Del Mar Municipal Code regulations and State laws in the City’s parks and beaches. The City’s Park Ranger works cooperatively with the San Diego County Sheriff to protect and serve Del Mar residents, businesses, and visitors.
“On March 10, 2014, while driving to and from City of Del Mar parks, the City’s Park Ranger observed an individual using a handheld cell phone while driving. In an effort to ensure public safety, the individual, (who later turned out to be an off-duty Sheriff Reserve Deputy), was pulled over by the Park Ranger. During the incident, the volunteer Reserve Deputy was visibly frustrated, rude, and inappropriately challenged the Ranger’s authority. The City commends Park Ranger Adam Chase for his professional and calm response to the individual’s allegations and statements. The individual was provided a warning and no citation was given to the individual.
The Baked Bear has been announced as the newest tenant at Pacific Highlands Ranch Village, bringing custom-built ice cream sandwiches to Carmel Valley from Pacific Beach.
Sep 24, 2014 | Posted in Carmel Valley
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September may be Attendance Awareness Month, but the Del Mar Union School District has already placed a special emphasis on attendance this year. The district has rolled out a new slogan, “In school, on time, every day,” a message it is sending out to all school families and one that appears on banners on all campuses.
“We don’t want to let it drop and just be a September thing,” said Cara Schukoske, director of pupil services. “Our principals have committed to collecting information and to make recommendations to be consistent in the ways we’re promoting good attendance…We want students to be in class learning as much as possible.”
After hearing valuable feedback from community members, the Del Mar Union School District will go ahead with moving the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) from Sycamore Ridge Elementary School to Torrey Hills Elementary School, but have settled on a “Plan B” that impacts less classrooms at the school.
The board voted unanimously to approve the adapted plan at its Sept. 17 meeting.
Del Mar hikers will soon have a new way to access three local trails.
The Del Mar City Council on Sept. 15 upheld the conditional approval of a coastal development permit by Kathleen Garcia, Del Mar’s planning and community development director, for a public trailhead at Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive.
Authorities announced recently that a $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man suspected of robbing more than a dozen San Diego-area banks, including a Wells Fargo banks on Del Mar Heights Rd., over the last 10 months.
During most of the heists — two of which occurred on the same day — the thief pretended to have a gun under his clothing and ordered everyone present to either raise their hands over their heads or lie down on the floor, according to the FBI.
San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner honored departing Carmel Valley Community Planning Board vice chair Manjeet Ranu with a commendation at the planning board’s Sept. 11 meeting.
Sep 15, 2014 | Posted in Carmel Valley
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The largest sporting event in the world next year will be held in Los Angeles, and Solana Beach, along with dozens of cities across Southern California, is helping make it happen.
One Paseo is moving on to the city’s decision-makers without the backing of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board.
The board rejected One Paseo’s proposed project on Sept. 11 with an 11-2 vote, but the board said it would support a reduced mixed-use alternative that cuts the development down by half.