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Council approves new contract for Del Mar firefighters

Local firefighters will see salary increases while Del Mar will reduce its existing pension obligation thanks to a new agreement between the city and the Del Mar Firefighters Association.

Groundbreaking ceremony held for Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch in Carmel Valley

The groundbreaking for the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch was held on May 16 with ceremonial digs by Carmel Valley Community Planning Board Chair Frisco White; Tom Blake, founder and president of Coast Income Properties; Carmel Valley Community Planning Board Vice Chair Manjeet Ranu; and San Diego Councilmember Sherri Lightner. Photo by Karen Billing

San Diego Councilmember Sherri Lightner can’t wait to shop at Pacific Highlands Ranch’s incoming Trader Joe’s. At the April 16 groundbreaking ceremony for the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, Lightner said the specialty market was a big “yes” for the community and she hoped to meet everyone there as soon as it opens in 2015.

“This groundbreaking is wonderful news for Pacific Highlands Ranch and Carmel Valley,” Lightner said. “Residents have been waiting for a village center for many years.”

Pannikin Coffee & Tea to close location near Del Mar

Pannikin Coffee & Tea will close in Flower Hill Promenade on May 31.

Pannikin Coffee & Tea, one of Flower Hill Promenade’s longest-running tenants, will serve its last cup of coffee at its Flower Hill location on May 31. The coffee house has opted not to renew its lease.

Residential burglaries up in Del Mar Mesa area, officer reports

At the Del Mar Mesa planning board’s April 10 meeting, San Diego Police Department Community Relations Officer Tracey Williams reported a recent rise in residential burglaries in the Del Mar Mesa area. He called the thefts mostly “crimes of opportunity,” where homeowners are leaving garage doors open. — Suzanne Evans

Four-car crash on I-5 in Carmel Valley sends two people to hospital

The crash on northbound I-5 at Carmel Valley Road was reported at 5:11 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. A SigAlert was in effect.

Man pleads guilty in fatal Del Mar hit-and-run case

A man who drove drunk and struck a marine biologist in a crosswalk in Del Mar, then fled the scene, pleaded guilty April 16 to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and a hit-and-run allegation.

Christopher “Chip’’ Stockmeyer, 41, faces between nine and 15 years in prison when he is sentenced June 20 for the March 28 death of Rachel Morrison.

Del Mar Foundation supports ‘Birdwing’ project with $20,000 grant

(L-R): Peter Shapiro, president of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy; Karen Wilson, executive director, Del Mar Foundation; Robin Crabtree, Del Mar Foundation board member and chair of the Grants Committee; Trish Boaz, executive director, San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy.

The Board of Directors of the Del Mar Foundation voted unanimously to approve a $20,000 grant to the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and the San Dieguito River Park, sponsors of the Birdwing Open Air Classroom project. The project, called “Birdwing” for its architecturally dramatic shade structure, is an amphitheater-style outdoor space along the Coast-to-Crest Trail just off I-5 and Via de la Valle. It will allow the San Dieguito River Park to expand its school programs and serve as a gathering place for all people to learn about and enjoy lagoon habitats. The grand opening of Birdwing will be held on May 13.

Solana Beach business owners and community members discuss parking solutions for Highway 101 and the Cedros Design District

Solana Beach business owners and community members gathered April 14 to discuss potential parking solutions for Highway 101 and the Cedros Design District during a special meeting April 14 in City Hall.

Organized by the Highway 101/Cedros Avenue Development Standing Committee, meeting attendees helped committee members narrow a list of three-dozen ideas that were generated when the group met in December to address parking concerns.

Del Mar celebrates completion of North Torrey Pines Bridge retrofit and rehabilitation project

City officials and community members gathered April 15 to celebrate the completion of the North Torrey Pines Bridge retrofit and rehabilitation project. Photo/Kristina Houck

More than three years after holding a groundbreaking ceremony at the same spot, city officials and community members gathered to celebrate the completion of the North Torrey Pines Bridge retrofit and rehabilitation project April 15 at the Torrey Pines State Park/Beach parking lot off Carmel Valley Road.

Torrey Hills planning board may stop enhancement project, says cost too high

The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board in Carmel Valley continues to resist the idea of having the city spend hundreds of thousands of community money on a simple enhancement project.

“It started out as a wonderful idea to make an area that was a little bit of a blight look nice,” said board chair Kathryn Burton. “But the costs are just out of line…Any homeowner in Torrey Hills would be appalled at spending this kind of money for what’s essentially a boulder, gravel and a bench.”

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