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Businessman agrees to help winners of defunct scholarship program

A North County businessman, touched by the plight of five students who won a rigorous scholarship competition in 2013 only to be told the scholarship program was out of money, has agreed to help the students.

Stephen Cohen, founder and CEO of Private Asset Management, Inc., which is based in Mira Mesa, read about the students’ plight in the Feb. 20 edition of the Del Mar Times.

New way to finance energy-efficient home improvements available to Solana Beach residents

There are more than 150,000 energy and water efficient products that are eligible for HERO financing, including solar power systems. Photos courtesy of Sullivan Solar Power.

Solana Beach property owners have a new way to finance energy-efficient improvements for their homes.

Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, loans allow homeowners to make renewable energy upgrades to their properties with low-cost, tax deductible financing paid through their property tax bill.

The Solana Beach City Council in October opted to participate in the Home Energy Retrofit Opportunity, or HERO, program. The program launched in the coastal community, as well as the San Diego communities of Carlsbad, Lemon Grove, Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista, on Feb. 10.

Police says thieves now targeting tented houses in Carmel Valley and other areas

Tracey Williams, community relations officer for the San Diego Police Department’s Northwestern Division, warned locals to keep an eye out in their neighborhood for homes that are tented for insect treatment as the homes are now being targeted by thieves.
Williams, who gave the warning at the Torrey Hills Community Planning Board’s Feb. 18 meeting, said that thieves now know that windows are opened at a certain part in the tenting process and that is how the homes are being burglarized.

Del Mar residents learn about sidewalk, street and drainage improvements project at open house

Community members will have more places to safely walk in Del Mar this summer.

As part of a multi-year citywide sidewalk connectivity project, the city is installing 12,000 square feet of sidewalks in the Beach Colony along Camino del Mar from 22nd Street to the San Dieguito River Bridge.

Construction will begin in March for the nearly $1 million project, which will also feature 2,800 feet of new curbs and gutters, 20 pedestrian ramps, pavement rehabilitation and irrigated planting areas. Scheduled for completion by Memorial Day, the project also includes underground storm drain infrastructure on the east side of Camino del Mar at 27th Street.

Unarmed man robs bank in Solana Beach

An unarmed robber wearing a hard hat and a mask held up a bank inside a supermarket in Solana Beach, authorities said.
FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth said the suspect, a male of unknown
age, demanded money in specific denominations from a teller at the U.S. Bank
branch in the Vons supermarket in the 900 block of Lomas Santa Fe Drive in
Solana Beach around 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Foxworth said the suspect fled in an unknown direction. No injuries were
reported.
The suspect was a while male, between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 10, weighing
approximately 170 pounds, wearing dark glasses and a pesticide protective mask
under a light blue hard hat, Foxworth said.

Torrey Hills board wants city to halt spending on greenbelt enhancement project

The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board voted Feb. 18 to send a letter to the city to request a stop in spending on the enhancement project on East Ocean Air Drive until the city officially approves the project.

Regulator disciplines local securities representative

A woman who worked as a general securities representative with financial firms with offices in Solana Beach and Encinitas has been disciplined for submitting false expense claims to her employer.

The action against Karen Ann Mendez was taken by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, a private, nonprofit agency authorized by Congress to regulate the securities industry.

Students left empty-handed as scholarship goes bust

Five college freshmen from San Diego County — including 2013 graduates of Canyon Crest Academy and Torrey Pines High School — have learned a difficult, real-life lesson of financial bottom lines and broken promises along with their studies this year.

All five participated in a rigorous scholarship competition put on last year by a San Diego-based nonprofit group, won the competition and were awarded four-year scholarships of varying amounts. But midway through their first year of college, they were informed the group had no more money with which to continue the scholarship payments.

Neighboring Del Mar residents oppose development of Hidden Pines Road property

Del Mar may sell a vacant, city-owned parcel, but neighbors contend that the property shouldn’t be developed.
Located on Hidden Pines Road, the land was formerly used as a water pump site. The Del Mar City Council on March 18, 2013 adopted a resolution with the intent to sell the land, and the Planning Commission on Jan. 14 declared the parcel in conformance with the city’s general plan. But neighbors located on each side of the 25-foot-wide, 127-foot-long space argue the plot is too small for development.

Del Mar school district board receives community input at facilities master plan workshop

The Del Mar Union School District board held a workshop on Feb. 12 to hear progress on its developing facilities master plan, which sets a roadmap for the future with campus improvements such as removing portable classrooms for good, reconfiguring libraries into “innovation centers,” and modernizations. The board heard from parents about their reactions to proposed upgrades and reconfigurations at their school sites.

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