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New member appointed to Del Mar Fairgrounds board

Kathlyn Mead, the newest member of the board of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds, attended her first board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Mead took her seat at the board table, and was welcomed by board president Fred Schenk and other members.

Mead, 55, a Democrat and resident of Escondido, was appointed to the fair board in June by Gov. Jerry Brown. In July, Mead was named president and chief executive officer of the San Diego Foundation.

Also in June, Brown announced the re-appointment of Schenk and 22nd DAA board member Lisa Barkett. Both were appointed to new four-year terms.

San Dieguito Union High School District’s parking pass fee eliminated

San Dieguito Union High School District is eliminating its $40 annual parking permit fee for students to park in their high school parking lots.
“We had people question the cost of the permits over the years and most recently there was a formal complaint that caused us to go back and look at it,” said Eric Dill, associate superintendent of business services. “While the California Department of Education said the district was within our right to charge for the passes, we looked at the complaints and how the budget situation was improving and we decided we could eliminate the fee.”
The district will lose just under $78,000 between the four high schools, but Dill said other revenues are up so they plan to see an offset greater than what they are losing.
Dill said principals were notified late last week and they will continue to issue parking permits in the same way, on a first come, first serve basis — they just won’t collect the checks.
The reason for the permits is to help control traffic congestion and regulate the number of cars fighting for the limited available spaces, Dill said.

Trees removed in Carmel Valley because of failing health

Some Carmel Valley residents have noticed that several trees have come down on the Torrey Pines High School campus. The trees have been removed at various locations on campus for a couple of different reasons, according to Eric Dill, San Dieguito Union High School District’s associate superintendent of business services.

Closest to Del Mar Heights Road, trees have been removed because of an ongoing project to improve the school’s fire road.

Del Mar Fairgrounds restricts use of drones

Drones or other radio-controlled aircraft will not be allowed to fly over the Del Mar Fairgrounds without express permission of fairgrounds officials, under a policy approved Aug. 12 by directors of the 22nd District Agricultural Association.

The policy was needed to prevent potential security breaches at large events such as the San Diego County Fair and the annual horse racing meets held at the state-owned fairgrounds, said Tim Fennell, the fairgrounds’ general manager.

California Coastal Commission approves transportation plan

A wide-ranging, 40-year plan to handle the growing transportation needs along the North County coastline was unanimously approved April 13 by the California Coastal Commission.

The plan, developed by Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments, outlines a series of rail, highway, public transit, bicycle, pedestrian and coastal resource improvements spanning 27 miles between La Jolla and Oceanside.

Del Mar and Solana Beach city council elections may not be held

Del Mar and Solana Beach voters might not have an opportunity to vote for their local officials in November.

Although both city councils will each have at least one new face by the end of this year as the current mayors said they will not seek re-election, only two candidates from both cities filed paperwork by the close of the extended nomination period at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13. There are only two open seats in both cities.

In Del Mar, Mayor Lee Haydu said she would not seek a second term due to personal reasons.

Racing resumes on Del Mar’s turf course without incident

Horse racing resumed over the weekend on the newly expanded turf course at Del Mar, after an eight-day closure imposed after four horses were fatally injured in separate incidents during races on the grass track.

Three candidates running for two seats on Del Mar City Council — so far

The smallest city in the county will have at least one new community member take the oath of office as the current mayor has decided not to seek re-election.

Elected to the council in 2010, Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu said she would not seek a second term due to personal reasons. She lost her husband and mother within the past 18 months.

“Being on the council has been a great experience and one of personal growth,” said Haydu, a Del Mar resident for more than 30 years.

Scoping meeting held for planned new development near Carmel Valley, Del Mar Mesa Preserve

Merge 56, a new commercial and housing development located just east of Carmel Valley and bordering the Del Mar Mesa Preserve, is just beginning its environmental review process. A scoping meeting was held on Aug. 6 at the Rancho Penasquitos Library as the city sought public input on the scope and content of the environmental document.

Three seek two seats for Solana Beach City Council

The deadline to file nomination papers was Aug. 8, but was extended by five days because both incumbents did not file.

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