Santa Fe Christian Schools (SFC) announced Oct. 1 the completion of major renovations to its Student Activity Center, featuring a new outdoor façade, expanded lobby and air conditioning.
The updated gym lobby was completed over the course of three months, and provides improved lighting, flooring and a trophy case, along with upgraded ticket and snack counters. The exterior redesign includes new landscaping work, blending seamlessly with the existing campus architecture. In addition, the Upper School parking lot will be slightly reconfigured to improve traffic flow.
“This is an important first step in laying the foundation for future campus improvements,” said SFC Chief Financial Officer Steve Kuptz.
Developers for the Corallina mixed-use project in Pacific Highlands Ranch received support for the concept Sept. 25 at the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board meeting. The Carmel Valley Road project, which comprises 30,000 square feet of commercial property, 83 townhomes, 10 flats and 18 affordable housing units, has been before the board several times and is re-submitting to the city for a rezone and planning development permit.
In a split 6-4 vote, the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board recommended final approval of the St. John Garabed Armenian Church, planned for El Camino Real (near San Dieguito Rd., just north of Carmel Valley and west of Fairbanks Ranch).
More than 50 members of the church came to show support for their project, all dressed in white, and they erupted into cheers when the positive vote came down, just after 10 p.m. on the board’s packed agenda.
After Manjeet Ranu retired Sept. 11 from the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board, the board had to fill his vice chairman seat as well as appoint a new Pacific Highlands Ranch District 11 representative. At the Sept. 25 meeting, the board voted Jonathon Tedesco, the PHR District 12 representative, into the vice chairman’s seat and appointed Shreya Sasaki to the vacant District 11 seat.
Thanks to a $499,755 grant from the California Energy Commission, San Diego will be able to install 41 new electric-vehicle charging stations in a number of parks throughout the city to help support a growing EV-driving population and promote the use of clean, zero-emission vehicles.
The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board voted to approve new electric charging stations at Ocean Air Community Park at its Sept. 25 meeting.
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.
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.