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Carmel Valley planning board adds member, names new vice chair

After Manjeet Ranu retired Sept. 11 from the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board, the board had to fill his vice chairman seat as well as appoint a new Pacific Highlands Ranch District 11 representative. At the Sept. 25 meeting, the board voted Jonathon Tedesco, the PHR District 12 representative, into the vice chairman’s seat and appointed Shreya Sasaki to the vacant District 11 seat.

Solana Beach now taking applications for annual grant program

The city of Solana Beach is now accepting applications for its annual Community Grant Program, which provides funding to nonprofit or recognized community-based organizations serving Solana Beach and its residents. After the council authorized the program Sept. 24 for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the application period opened Oct. 1.

Coast Waste Management and EDCO Waste and Recycling Services, the city’s two waste haulers, each contribute $5,000 to the program.

Electric charging stations coming to park in Carmel Valley

Thanks to a $499,755 grant from the California Energy Commission, San Diego will be able to install 41 new electric-vehicle charging stations in a number of parks throughout the city to help support a growing EV-driving population and promote the use of clean, zero-emission vehicles.

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board voted to approve new electric charging stations at Ocean Air Community Park at its Sept. 25 meeting.

Bicyclists and motorists who violate traffic laws are top concern raised at ‘Coffee With the Sheriff’ event in Del Mar

More than a dozen Del Mar residents gathered Sept. 23 at Powerhouse Community Center to share their concerns with sheriff’s Capt. Theresa Adams-Hydar

Burglaries spike in Carmel Valley, say police

Residential burglaries are up in Carmel Valley, according to Officer Tracey Williams of the San Diego Police Department

Solana Beach City Council approves modified cell tower structure on top of local pharmacy

In an effort to increase wireless coverage for AT&T customers, the Solana Beach City Council on Sept. 24 approved a cell tower structure on top of a local pharmacy — but not at the cost of the community’s character. Council members approved a modified version of the project, cutting the total height by two feet.

“Obviously, we want to have good coverage for our community,” said Councilman Mike Nichols, who noted that, as an AT&T customer, he has experienced dropped calls in the area.

City of Del Mar temporarily discontinues use of body camera program

Following a recent California Public Records Act request for a copy of a video of an incident that was captured on the City’s Park Ranger’s body camera, the City of Del Mar has temporarily discontinued use of the body camera program.
The City began use of the body camera in 2012 in an effort to enhance transparency between the Park Ranger program and the community. While the body camera has been a useful tool for the City’s Park Ranger, the City is currently reviewing the body camera program and procedures for all of its applications. In the interim, the City has discontinued use of the body camera until this review is completed.
The City employs a Park Ranger to supplement public safety services in Del Mar. The Park Ranger is responsible for enforcing Del Mar Municipal Code regulations and State laws in the City’s parks and beaches. The City’s Park Ranger works cooperatively with the San Diego County Sheriff to protect and serve Del Mar residents, businesses, and visitors.

City of Del Mar releases statement on traffic incident

“On March 10, 2014, while driving to and from City of Del Mar parks, the City’s Park Ranger observed an individual using a handheld cell phone while driving. In an effort to ensure public safety, the individual, (who later turned out to be an off-duty Sheriff Reserve Deputy), was pulled over by the Park Ranger. During the incident, the volunteer Reserve Deputy was visibly frustrated, rude, and inappropriately challenged the Ranger’s authority. The City commends Park Ranger Adam Chase for his professional and calm response to the individual’s allegations and statements. The individual was provided a warning and no citation was given to the individual.

San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy wins $150,000 program award from county

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy has received a $150,000 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program award from the county of San Diego, proposed by Third District County Supervisor Dave Roberts.

Solana Beach moving forward with seawall mitigation study

After a four-year delay, Solana Beach is moving forward with a study that will determine how much private property owners have to compensate the public for lost sand and recreational opportunities because of the construction of a seawall.

“The seawalls are in place, but the mitigation is not in place,” said Jim Jaffee, of the Surfrider Foundation during the first community meeting for the mitigation fee study update project Sept. 23 at City Hall.

He noted that he and others of the city’s citizens committee initially proclaimed the study would be completed in 2006.

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