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Del Mar and Solana Beach city council elections may not be held

Del Mar and Solana Beach voters might not have an opportunity to vote for their local officials in November.

Although both city councils will each have at least one new face by the end of this year as the current mayors said they will not seek re-election, only two candidates from both cities filed paperwork by the close of the extended nomination period at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13. There are only two open seats in both cities.

In Del Mar, Mayor Lee Haydu said she would not seek a second term due to personal reasons.

Three candidates running for two seats on Del Mar City Council — so far

The smallest city in the county will have at least one new community member take the oath of office as the current mayor has decided not to seek re-election.

Elected to the council in 2010, Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu said she would not seek a second term due to personal reasons. She lost her husband and mother within the past 18 months.

“Being on the council has been a great experience and one of personal growth,” said Haydu, a Del Mar resident for more than 30 years.

Scoping meeting held for planned new development near Carmel Valley, Del Mar Mesa Preserve

Merge 56, a new commercial and housing development located just east of Carmel Valley and bordering the Del Mar Mesa Preserve, is just beginning its environmental review process. A scoping meeting was held on Aug. 6 at the Rancho Penasquitos Library as the city sought public input on the scope and content of the environmental document.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club foreman rescues young boy from trailer fire

On Aug. 6, at approximately 5:50 a.m., a travel trailer fire occurred at the Del Mar Racetrack located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Dave Martinez, a foreman of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, noticed the fire and quickly responded. Martinez honked his horn to alert all residents of the fire. He yelled and pounded on the door of the travel trailer that was on fire and attempted entry by crawling in but could not see past the smoke and flames. He continued to yell as he went to the window and heard a noise. He opened the window and quickly carried the 7-year-old boy to safety, heroically rescuing him with no injuries. Martinez humbly stated, “The word hero shouldn’t be involved.”

Local youth speak with counselors after witnessing officer-involved shooting incident

About 90 local youth talked to counselors Aug. 8 after witnessing an officer-involved shooting two days prior at Mission Bay Park.

Dozens of children and teens from the Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito’s La Colonia Branch in Solana Beach were on a field trip at Mission Bay Park Aug. 6 when an apparently suicidal man was wounded around 11:30 a.m. after witnesses said he pointed a gun at police.

New Carmel Del Mar principal selected

The Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) recently announced that Jessica Morales has been picked as the next principal for Carmel Del Mar School. “Morales is an exceptional educator, with 13 years of experience as a classroom teacher and administrator,” according to a district press release.
Morales has most recently been an assistant principal in Carlsbad Unified School District, where she “excelled at establishing strong relationships and supporting children, families, and staff.”
Prior to working in Carlsbad, Morales was a teacher in DMUSD at Ocean Air School and Sage Canyon School. While a teacher in DMUSD, Morales was also a member of the district’s Mathematics Curriculum Committee.

City looks to acquire site for Pacific Highlands Ranch Library in Carmel Valley soon

The site of the future Pacific Highlands Ranch Library on Village Center Loop Road, behind the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch (home of the future Trader Joe’s), under construction. Photo by Karen Billing

The city of San Diego will soon begin the process of acquiring the site for the future Pacific Highlands Ranch Library. The future library site is on Village Center Loop Road, behind the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch under construction and across the street from the future San Dieguito Union High School District middle school, also under construction.

New tenants coming soon to Beachside Del Mar

With four spaces available at Beachside Del Mar, the shopping center’s owner is currently in negotiations with potential tenants as construction crews renovate the space. Photo by Kristina Houck

Del Mar residents could have a few new places to shop locally for the holiday season. With four spaces available at Beachside Del Mar, the shopping center’s owner is currently in negotiations with potential tenants as construction crews renovate the space.

“We are in negotiations with three very strong tenants right now for some of those vacancies,” said Elizabeth Schreiber, vice president of operations and development for Donahue Schriber, owner and operator of Beachside Del Mar. “As soon as the leases are signed, we’ll announce those names.”

Horse dies from apparent heart attack at Del Mar racetrack

A horse suffered a heart attack and died while racing Aug. 2 on the Polytrack course at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, a track official said.

The horse, 3-year-old Chattering Gambler, was running in the third race Aug. 2 that began shortly after 3 p.m. when he collapsed near the finish line and died from an apparent heart attack, Senior Media Coordinator Dan Smith said. The jockey, Aaron Gryder, was uninjured.

Del Mar school district considering boundary change

The Del Mar Union School District is considering a proposed boundary change for future East Pacific Highlands Ranch homes. The recommendation made by the facilities master plan outreach committee is that the boundary be changed for six Pacific Highlands Ranch developments, moving students from Sycamore Ridge to Ashley Falls School.

Jason Romero, assistant superintendent of human resources, said the developments represent 570 single and multifamily homes, which they project to generate around 250 students.

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