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Sewage spill contaminates a stretch of ocean shoreline at Del Mar Beach

A blocked sanitation line began sending wastewater flowing out of a manhole in the 1300 block of Luneta Drive in Del Mar about 9:30 a.m., according to the Department of Environmental Health.

It took city public works crews less than a half-hour to get the problem under control. By then, roughly 750 gallons of sewage had flowed into a nearby storm drain that empties into the surf at the terminus of 15th Street, the county agency reported.

Ragner Relay 2014 to move through Solana Beach

The Ragnar Relay 2014 running event will be entering Solana Beach on Saturday, April 5. The event is a 200-mile overnight relay race that starts in Los Angeles on Friday, April 4, and finishes in San Diego on Saturday. The first runners will pass through Solana Beach (south bound on Highway 101 sidewalk) around 4 a.m. on Saturday morning, and the final runners will pass through around 2 p.m.

There are no anticipated significant impacts to the community and no road closures.

Shell Station on Del Mar Heights Road to add car wash, convenience store

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board March 27 approved a remodel of the Shell Station at Del Mar Heights Road and Interstate-5 to include an automatic car wash and a convenience store stop.

Owner Steve Thomas plans to change the configuration of his existing 1,800-square-foot building by taking out the three service bays and adding 720 square feet for the convenience store and the 900-square-foot car wash to the back.

Solana Beach man mentioned in recent Obama speech

A 57-year-old former software engineer from Solana Beach made national headlines this week for his letter to Barack Obama, which was shared by the president in a televised speech as he announced that 7.1 million Americans have signed up for health care under the Affordable Care Act.

Another hotel, first urgent care facility may be coming to Carmel Valley

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board heard potential plans March 27 for a new hotel and urgent care facility on some of the last vacant commercial lots off Carmel Valley Road and Valley Centre Drive. Fred Oliver, owner of the new 118-suite Residence Inn by Marriott that opened in July 2013 on Valley Centre Drive, briefly updated the board about plans he has submitted for preliminary review.

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.

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