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Del Mar school district board members assure parents that communication is a key priority

Del Mar Union School District staff and board members recently received a “frantic flood” of emails from concerned parents as rumors buzzed from school parking lots to the bleachers at little league baseball games. Parents were frustrated they could not find out more about the Del Mar Classified Teachers Association’s (DMCTA) meetings and votes on the 2013-16 contract update, and whispers persisted that class sizes were going up and parents would not be given a platform to express their opinion.

Solana Beach City Council adopts financing program for businesses to make energy-efficient improvements

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

In a 5-0 vote, council members on March 26 adopted the Figtree Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, Financing Program, which allows owners to make energy efficient upgrades to their properties through voluntary assessment liens.

Woman killed in a hit-and-run crash in Del Mar

A suspected drunken driver has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter in the death of a 27-year-old woman who was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Del Mar, authorities said March 29.

Rachel Anne Morrison and a friend were walking eastbound in a crosswalk at the intersection of Camino Del Mar and Coast Boulevard about 10:15 p.m. March 28 when Christopher Stockmeyer, 41, allegedly ran a stop sign and struck her at a high rate of speed, according to sheriff’s officials and the county Medical Examiner’s Office.

Have Trunk Will Travel elephants will not return to fair in Del Mar

Have Trunk Will Travel, the organization that provided elephants for display, education and rides at the San Diego County Fair, announced March 27 that they will not be returning to the 2014 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons/Sav-on. This follows a successful engagement at the 2013 San Diego County Fair, including the San Diego community donating over $5,000 toward Asian Elephant conservation and embracing the “Save A Species — Ride An Elephant” campaign.

Solana Beach water district, other agencies protest proposed Metropolitan rate hikes

The local groups have sent letters to Metropolitan, and a delegation also spoke against the proposed rate increases of 1.5 percent over each of the next two years, at a public hearing in Los Angeles on March 11. The Metropolitan board is expected to consider the rate increases — as well as a decision to maintain its current property tax levy on Southern California residents — at its next meeting on April 8.

Canyon Crest Academy ‘de.evolution’ robotics team headed to world competition

Team members: (L to R): Alex Quan, Ryan Lee, Yousuf Soliman, Kian Sheik, Christian Cooper, Noah Sutton-Smolin, Tristan Murphy, Mariella Gauvreau. Courtesy photo

Canyon Crest Academy’s robotics team 4278 – de.evolution – is headed to the world championship robotics tournament in St. Louis next month, after competing at the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Super-Regional competition held in Sacramento March 20 to 22.

Del Mar residents petition against development of Hidden Pines Road property

Located on Hidden Pines Road, the vacant parcel was formerly used as a water pump site. Photo/Kristina Houck

Located on Hidden Pines Road, the vacant parcel was formerly used as a water pump site.

Court decision made on a City of Del Mar code issue

In a decision published March 14, the Court of Appeal upheld Del Mar’s decision to grant a variance to resident Jon Scurlock, allowing him to build a house that does not comply with the 20-foot front yard setback requirement in the city’s municipal code.

Parents voice concerns over Del Mar school district teachers contract

In a narrow vote last week, Del Mar Union School District teachers voted down an amendment to their 2013-16 contracts that included language about class size increases. The vote was 108 opposed and 105 in favor of the contract, according to district teachers who wished to remain anonymous.

Planning board continues to voice concern over placing a proposed new childcare development center at Torrey Hills School in Carmel Valley

The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board reiterated its opposition to a proposed new childcare development center at Torrey Hills School at its March 11 meeting. Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) Superintendent Holly McClurg and other district staff members — as well as DMUSD President Doug Rafner — attended the meeting to hear the board’s concerns, the major one being the potential traffic impact on the surrounding neighborhood.

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