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Man pleads guilty in fatal Del Mar hit-and-run case

A man who drove drunk and struck a marine biologist in a crosswalk in Del Mar, then fled the scene, pleaded guilty April 16 to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and a hit-and-run allegation.

Christopher “Chip’’ Stockmeyer, 41, faces between nine and 15 years in prison when he is sentenced June 20 for the March 28 death of Rachel Morrison.

Del Mar Foundation supports ‘Birdwing’ project with $20,000 grant

(L-R): Peter Shapiro, president of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy; Karen Wilson, executive director, Del Mar Foundation; Robin Crabtree, Del Mar Foundation board member and chair of the Grants Committee; Trish Boaz, executive director, San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy.

The Board of Directors of the Del Mar Foundation voted unanimously to approve a $20,000 grant to the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and the San Dieguito River Park, sponsors of the Birdwing Open Air Classroom project. The project, called “Birdwing” for its architecturally dramatic shade structure, is an amphitheater-style outdoor space along the Coast-to-Crest Trail just off I-5 and Via de la Valle. It will allow the San Dieguito River Park to expand its school programs and serve as a gathering place for all people to learn about and enjoy lagoon habitats. The grand opening of Birdwing will be held on May 13.

Solana Beach business owners and community members discuss parking solutions for Highway 101 and the Cedros Design District

Solana Beach business owners and community members gathered April 14 to discuss potential parking solutions for Highway 101 and the Cedros Design District during a special meeting April 14 in City Hall.

Organized by the Highway 101/Cedros Avenue Development Standing Committee, meeting attendees helped committee members narrow a list of three-dozen ideas that were generated when the group met in December to address parking concerns.

Man injured in Solana Beach fire

A man suffered burns on 50 percent of his body in an apartment fire in Solana Beach early April 16, authorities said.

The fire, which occurred at 833 South Cedros Ave., erupted around 2 a.m., according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Tomaiko.

Del Mar celebrates completion of North Torrey Pines Bridge retrofit and rehabilitation project

City officials and community members gathered April 15 to celebrate the completion of the North Torrey Pines Bridge retrofit and rehabilitation project. Photo/Kristina Houck

More than three years after holding a groundbreaking ceremony at the same spot, city officials and community members gathered to celebrate the completion of the North Torrey Pines Bridge retrofit and rehabilitation project April 15 at the Torrey Pines State Park/Beach parking lot off Carmel Valley Road.

Canyon Crest students in Carmel Valley win a variety of awards at Encinitas Film Fest

Students from Canyon Crest's Envision Cinema Conservatory at the First Annual Encinitas Film Festival. Courtesy photo

At the recent first annual Encinitas Student Film Festival, four students from Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision Cinema department took home top honors and received the Award of Excellence, Award of Distinction, and People’s Choice Award for their short film “Milquetoast.” The film, about at a girl who can’t express her emotions facially, was the brainchild of senior Jason Phillips and classmates Richard Duan, Jennifer Smart and Andrew Boyles.

Council approves Solana Beach street improvements

Sections of Highway 101 and Plaza Street will soon receive facelifts, after the City Council approved upgrades to the Solana Beach streets.

East Solana Beach residents form new community group

Solana Eastside Community Group brings together homeowner associations and private residences east of Interstate 5.

Surfer dies near Del Mar

A 36-year-old Cardiff man died April 5 after falling from his surfboard off the coast of Del Mar, authorities said.

A fellow surfer pulled the the man — whose name was withheld pending notification of kin — from the ocean and brought him to shore near the 100 block of 20th Street, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office.

An off-duty emergency room doctor and lifeguards attempted to revive the surfer, but he was declared dead at the scene, officials with the Medical Examiner’s Office said.

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.

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