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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.

La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation and National Latino Research Center to conduct needs assessment on Solana Beach community

La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation and the National Latino Research Center are conducting a needs assessment of the Solana Beach community.  Photos/Kristina Houck

To improve the quality of life for residents of Solana Beach’s Eden Gardens community, a local foundation and university are teaming up to conduct a needs assessment.

In partnership with La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation, researchers at the National Latino Research Center at Cal State San Marcos will interview residents and stakeholders to learn how to improve community resources. The community needs assessment was announced during an informational meeting hosted by the foundation March 19 at North Coast Fellowship in Solana Beach.

Del Mar Foundation launches Young Del Mar Committee

Del Mar parents invited to learn more at Parents’ Night Out at Hotel Indigo

Grand opening for San Dieguito River Park’s ‘Birdwing’ open air classroom expected to be held mid-May

The “Birdwing” open air classroom in the San Dieguito River Park lagoon is expected to be finished in April, with a grand opening celebration in May. Photo/Karen Billing

The San Dieguito River Park’s “Birdwing” open air classroom is taking shape near the lagoon in Del Mar; construction continued quietly last week to a soundtrack of the wetlands’ singing birds.

The facility borrows its name from the wing-like design of the rustic metal shade structure that covers rows of concrete bench seating for environmental education; the open air affording scenic views out across the carefully restored wetlands.



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