Category archives for: Carmel Valley

Business Support Advisory Committee presents recommendations to Del Mar City Council

In an effort to support business in Del Mar, the city’s Business Support Advisory Committee presented several recommendations to the council July 7.

Council members established the committee in May 2013 to help suggest ways the city could be more business-friendly. The 11-member committee is composed of up to three retail business owners, two restaurant owners, two property owners, one hotel owner or operator, one office or medical business representative, one Del Mar Plaza representative and one Del Mar Village Association member.

Despite complaints, Torrey pines trees unlikely to be removed in Carmel Valley area

A local resident went before the Torrey Hills Community Planning board in June to complain about Torrey pines trees blocking ocean views in her neighborhood.

The resident said that she and other homeowners in her community purchased homes sold as “premium ocean view homes” and that view never materialized due to the trees — a cluster of Torrey pines trees at the corner of Carmel Mountain Road and Carmel Creek Road.

Retiring Solana Beach City Manager David Ott reflects on career in public service

Solana Beach City Manager David Ott. Courtesy photo

Retiring Solana Beach City Manager David Ott has always been one to wear multiple hats. That’s one of the reasons why council members have said it will be a tough task to recruit his replacement.

“We’re embarking on replacing the irreplaceable Mr. Ott,” said Deputy Mayor Lesa Heebner during the June 25 council meeting. “We’ll do our best.”

San Diego County Fair in Del Mar concludes another successful event

Fair mainstay Chicken Charlie’s sold more than 20,000 Krispy Kreme triple-decker cheeseburgers made with 60,000 hamburgers and 40,000 donuts. Photo/Karen Billing

The San Diego County Fair wrapped up on Sunday, July 6, following fireworks on the Fourth of July, the Big Bite Bacon Fest on Saturday and a tribute to the Beatles closing night.

According to organizers, 1,457,130 fairgoers visited the fairgrounds for the Beatles-themed event, the second-highest attendance in fair history. More than 1.5 million people attended the fair in 2012.

Del Mar resident wins Hughes honor plus $1 million grant to research circadian rhythms

Prof. Susan Golden has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor and won a $1 million grant.

A biology professor at UC San Diego who heads a research institute that brings together scientists across the campus studying circadian rhythms, the internal “biological clock” that governs the daily activities in humans and other organisms, has been named by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute an HHMI professor.

Carmel Valley board backs San Dieguito River Park Ranger Station

Having recently opened the Birdwing Open Air Classroom along the San Dieguito Lagoon, the San Dieguito River Park hopes to build a ranger station near the outdoor structure.

Located off San Andres Drive and Via de la Valle, the station would be the first for the agency, which is responsible for preserving and interpreting the natural and cultural resources of the San Dieguito River Valley.

All Del Mar district schools to attend same 6th-grade camp

The Del Mar Union School District board June 25 approved the outdoor education field trips for the upcoming school year, known as sixth-grade camp. However, all the schools will now be attending Camp Cuyamaca, an outdoor education program aligned with the California State Educational Framework and curriculum, which is sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Education.

Board hears report on proposed Carmel Valley residential project

Carmel Valley could eventually have more affordable housing options.

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board heard plans June 26 to redesign a previously approved residential project on the nearly 3.5-acre site off Village Center Loop Road in Pacific Highlands Ranch. While the plans have not yet been submitted to the city, developers wanted to begin working with the planning board early in the process.

Del Mar school district representatives voice concern about state’s proposed cap on reserves

Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) Superintendent Holly McClurg, as well as board president Doug Rafner, expressed concerns at the school board’s June 25 meeting about a proposed new state bill that targets school district reserves. California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget trailer bill includes a 6 percent cap on school district reserves when the state begins to put money away in its “Rainy Day Fund” in 2015-16. The proposal will go before voters on the November 2014 ballot, seeking to create local budget transparency and “smooth school spending.”

Board does not support bike lane extension in Carmel Valley area

The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board opted not to support a proposal from the Torrey Hills Homeowners Association for a bike lane extension on West Ocean Air Drive from Via Mar De Delfinas to Via Congrejo. The stretch is the only two-block section of West Ocean Air without a bike lane and it is frequently used for overflow parking for the hotels and construction vehicles — about 35 residents signed a petition stating that the current situation is unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists. The HOA representatives were also asking for permit parking.
Board members said while they recognized that the street was narrow and curved, the cars are legally parked and they were unconvinced that the problem wouldn’t simply move to another neighborhood street once the bike lane was painted. Torrey Hills Planning Board Chair Kathryn Burton said they were also against permit parking as it would be unfair to the rest of the community.

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