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.
In an effort to support business in Del Mar, the city’s Business Support Advisory Committee presented several recommendations to the council July 7.
Council members established the committee in May 2013 to help suggest ways the city could be more business-friendly. The 11-member committee is composed of up to three retail business owners, two restaurant owners, two property owners, one hotel owner or operator, one office or medical business representative, one Del Mar Plaza representative and one Del Mar Village Association member.
A local resident went before the Torrey Hills Community Planning board in June to complain about Torrey pines trees blocking ocean views in her neighborhood.
The resident said that she and other homeowners in her community purchased homes sold as “premium ocean view homes” and that view never materialized due to the trees — a cluster of Torrey pines trees at the corner of Carmel Mountain Road and Carmel Creek Road.
Most of Del Mar’s wastewater will now flow north instead of south, with help from neighboring Solana Beach.
In a unanimous vote, the Del Mar City Council on July 7 approved an agreement that will send most of the city’s wastewater through Solana Beach to the San Elijo Water Reclamation Facility in Cardiff, a move that could save Del Mar about $23,000 a year — potentially more in the long-term.
Retiring Solana Beach City Manager David Ott has always been one to wear multiple hats. That’s one of the reasons why council members have said it will be a tough task to recruit his replacement.
“We’re embarking on replacing the irreplaceable Mr. Ott,” said Deputy Mayor Lesa Heebner during the June 25 council meeting. “We’ll do our best.”
The San Diego County Fair wrapped up on Sunday, July 6, following fireworks on the Fourth of July, the Big Bite Bacon Fest on Saturday and a tribute to the Beatles closing night.
According to organizers, 1,457,130 fairgoers visited the fairgrounds for the Beatles-themed event, the second-highest attendance in fair history. More than 1.5 million people attended the fair in 2012.