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Hundreds turn out for Carmel Valley planning board meeting on One Paseo

A huge crowd, including Supervisor Dave Roberts, front, turned out at the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board’s Aug. 28 meeting on One Paseo. Photos by Karen Billing

Hearts and visions collided at the Aug. 28 Carmel Valley Community Planning Board meeting, where an overflow crowd turned out to debate the future of the last major slice of the community left to be developed. All 400 seats in Canyon Crest Academy’s theater were filled, and people spilled out into the aisles and crammed into standing-room only spots in the back.

Del Mar doctor faces 20 years for selling prescriptions to addicts

A Del Mar osteopath who sold painkiller prescriptions to addicts and drug dealers pleaded guilty in federal court Aug. 26 to conspiracy to unlawfully dispense and distribute oxycodone.
William Joseph Watson faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced Dec. 8, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Sheppard.
The defendant — who had been indicted on 40 other counts of oxycodone distribution — pleaded guilty as jury selection was to begin in his trial.
Watson preached natural medical remedies on his website, but investigators said the doctor was writing prescriptions for hydrocodone, oxycodone and Xanax to drug dealers and addicts for up to $500 per prescription.
Watson, arrested in June 2013, was secretly recorded selling prescriptions to an undercover agent and an informant, authorities said.

SDUHSD to create committee on high school selection process

A new committee on San Dieguito Union High School District’s school selection process will be formed this fall, in response to frustrations expressed by parents this summer when students didn’t get into their school of choice.

The district made the decision this year to admit all freshmen on the wait lists for Canyon Crest Academy and San Dieguito High School Academy, and both schools are at capacity. But there is still much work to be done for future years, according to Michael Grove, associate superintendent.

High school district board opposes proposed cap on school reserves

The San Dieguito Union High School District board has come out against the cap on school district reserves proposed by new legislation in the state. On Aug. 21, the board approved the adoption of a resolution in opposition to the local reserves cap, part of the Proposition 98 Rainy Day Fund.

Proposition 2 will go out to voters on the November ballot. If it passes and the state’s Rainy Day Fund is established, as soon as even a dime is dropped into the fund, school districts will be required to spend down the reserves.

Adam Camacho returns to Solana Beach as Earl Warren Middle School principal

Adam Camacho  Photo by Kristina Houck

A new principal greeted Earl Warren Middle School students when they went back to school Aug. 26.

New Carmel Valley Middle School media center aims to create collaborative spaces

Carmel Valley Middle School staff members held their first meeting in the school’s new media center on Aug. 21. Photo by Karen Billing

Over the summer, the San Dieguito Union High School District completed one of its Prop AA projects at Carmel Valley Middle School, giving the campus a new media center.

Elections to be held for local school district board seats

There will be contested races in all local school districts except Solana Beach School District. The deadline for candidates to pull papers for the November election was Aug. 8 and all incumbents pulled papers so there was no deadline extension.

The candidate list follows, with identities/professions as listed at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters:

Man robs Wells Fargo Bank on Del Mar Heights Road

An unidentified man robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 3445 Del Mar Heights Road on Thursday, Aug. 21, at about 2:31 p.m.

The suspect walked up to three different tellers and demanded money. No weapon was seen. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect fled the bank westbound towards El Camino Real. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 25 to 35 years old, 5’6,” 180 lbs., who was wearing a blue bandana over his mouth and nose, black sunglasses, a blue sweatshirt and blue jeans. The San Diego Police Department Robbery Unit is investigating.

Del Mar, Solana Beach cancel elections and appoint council members

Del Mar and Solana Beach voters might head to the polls in November, but it won’t be to cast a ballot for their local council members.

Rather than hold fall elections, both councils opted to appoint council candidates during two special council meetings on Aug. 20.

Carmel Valley Middle School welcomes Cara Dolnik as new principal

Cara Dolnik is the new principal at Carmel Valley Middle School. Courtesy  photo

Carmel Valley Middle School is kicking off the school year with in-demand new computer programming classes, a new media center and a new principal in charge of it all — Cara Dolnik. While she is a new face on campus, she is not new to the community, moving over to the middle school from Torrey Pines High School.

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