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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.

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.

Sand replenishment project still on track in Solana Beach

For nearly 15 years, the neighboring coastal cities have been working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to plan the project, which recently received a recommendation for approval from the assistant secretary of the Army.

Del Mar City Council approves public trailhead

Del Mar hikers will soon have a new way to access three local trails.

The Del Mar City Council on Sept. 15 upheld the conditional approval of a coastal development permit by Kathleen Garcia, Del Mar’s planning and community development director, for a public trailhead at Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive.

Reward offered for information on suspected bank robber

Authorities announced recently that a $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man suspected of robbing more than a dozen San Diego-area banks, including a Wells Fargo banks on Del Mar Heights Rd., over the last 10 months.

During most of the heists — two of which occurred on the same day — the thief pretended to have a gun under his clothing and ordered everyone present to either raise their hands over their heads or lie down on the floor, according to the FBI.

Woman robs Solana Beach bank

A woman who claimed to have a concealed gun robbed a Solana Beach bank Sept. 17.

Tips on earthquake preparedness shared at Solana Beach Public Safety Commission meeting

Less than three weeks after last month’s Napa Valley magnitude-6.0 earthquake, community members gathered to learn about earthquake preparedness during a presentation at the start of Solana Beach’s regularly scheduled Public Safety Commission meeting on Sept. 9.

Solana Beach bids farewell to its fire battalion chief

Photos by David Kloz

After a decade of service to Solana Beach, the city’s council members, staff and firefighters bid farewell to Fire Battalion Chief Dismas Abelman at the start of the Sept. 10 council meeting.

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