Del Mar Union School District Board President Doug Rafner and trustees Kristin Gibson and Scott Wooden pulled papers on July 14 from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters to run for second terms on the board in the November election.
Rafner said the group opted to run again to carry forward the strong momentum the district has right now; as an example, he said he was extremely proud that last month the board approved a balanced budget for 2014-15.
The Torrey Pines High School and Canyon Crest Academy’s joint high school iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) team recently won second place (first runner- up) and the Best Poster Award at the international competition, held June 28 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.
The San Dieguito Union High School District recently sent a message out to parents that all freshman students on the wait list will be admitted to San Dieguito High School Academy and Canyon Crest Academy.
In May students on the wait list had been informed no more students would be admitted although, according to the district’s message, “recent developments with our Proposition AA Master Plan have allowed us to review and slightly revise the long-term capacity for the school.”
The Carmel Valley 5K and Fun Run will return for its third year on Jan. 24, 2015, again sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. This year’s race will feature a new and improved course and instead of benefiting Del Mar Union School District schools only, it will raise funds for all Carmel Valley schools.
Solana Beach’s Public Arts Advisory Commission has officially dropped “advisory” from its name.
In January, the seven-member commission unanimously voted to request a name change. Commissioners agreed the proposed name centered on the purpose and role of the commission, which is not limited to visual arts, but encompasses all arts, including music, dance and theater.
The Coastal Rail Trail in Solana Beach is getting a much-needed facelift — a decade after the path was completed.
In a 5-0 vote, council members on July 9 amended the city’s contract with Nissho of California, Inc. for a one-time plant replacement project along the city’s 1.7-mile segment of the trail, a path from San Diego to Oceanside. Currently, the San Diego-based company maintains the city’s landscaping, including the Coastal Rail Trail.
Two people were injured early Thursday, July 10, in a single-car rollover crash near Del Mar and Carmel Valley.
The Board of Supervisors on July 8 confirmed Supervisor Dave Roberts’ appointment of Dr. Shannon Lerach to the county’s Mental Health Board. The vote was unanimous.
Lerach lives in Solana Beach and is a licensed clinical psychologist with an office in that city.
“Mental health services are among the most important services we provide at the county,” Supervisor Roberts said. “I am so pleased that Dr. Lerach will bring her experience and enthusiasm to our Mental Health Board.”
Del Mar Highlands Town Center’s Barnes & Noble is closing after 21 years on Saturday, July 12. In the bookstore’s last days, books and items were priced at 50 percent off and many of the store’s shelves had been stripped and left bare.
A sign on the door gave a thank you to customers and while employees aren’t authorized to speak to the media, they remarked on how sad both they and the community are to see the store go.
Del Mar may be the smallest city in the county, but it is also one of the busiest in the summer.
More than 1.4 million fairgoers flocked to the fairgrounds during the San Diego County Fair this year, the second-highest attendance in fair history. In addition, Del Mar’s Community Services Department reported an estimated 77,000 people visited the city during the three-day weekend, including 31,000 people on the Fourth of July.