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Suspects attempt to rob Solana Beach bank ATM

An attempt to break into an ATM at a Solana Beach bank branch early Sept. 2 using a cutting torch ended with the cash machine in flames and two suspects fleeing empty-handed.
The suspects set off the ATM’s alarm during the failed heist shortly after 2:30 a.m. in the 600 block of Lomas Santa Fe Drive near Glencrest Drive, according to sheriff’s Lt. Clayton Lisk.
Lisk said the suspects used spray paint to cover nearby surveillance cameras.
They sped off in a black truck with a deputy in pursuit, but abandoned it and ran off after about a minute, Lisk said. A subsequent search failed to locate the pair, according to the lieutenant.

First phase of Earl Warren Middle School reconstruction begins in Solana Beach

San Dieguito Union High School District recently kicked off the first phase of its complete reconstruction of Earl Warren Middle School. Photo by Jon Clark

As kids kicked back this summer, San Dieguito Union High School District kicked off the first phase of its complete reconstruction of Earl Warren Middle School.

The $41 million project is made possible by the passage of Proposition AA.

Solana Beach homeowners get OK to repair bluff-top seawall

The Solana Beach City Council recently gave several bluff-top property owners the go-ahead to better protect their homes by repairing a seawall.

After a coastal bluff failure in September 1998, the 352-foot-long seawall along Pacific Avenue was built in 2000 to prevent eight houses from eventually plunging into the ocean.

But the man-made walls prevent erosion, the natural process that creates beaches.

Hundreds turn out for Carmel Valley planning board meeting on One Paseo

A huge crowd, including Supervisor Dave Roberts, front, turned out at the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board’s Aug. 28 meeting on One Paseo. Photos by Karen Billing

Hearts and visions collided at the Aug. 28 Carmel Valley Community Planning Board meeting, where an overflow crowd turned out to debate the future of the last major slice of the community left to be developed. All 400 seats in Canyon Crest Academy’s theater were filled, and people spilled out into the aisles and crammed into standing-room only spots in the back.

Del Mar doctor faces 20 years for selling prescriptions to addicts

A Del Mar osteopath who sold painkiller prescriptions to addicts and drug dealers pleaded guilty in federal court Aug. 26 to conspiracy to unlawfully dispense and distribute oxycodone.
William Joseph Watson faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced Dec. 8, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Sheppard.
The defendant — who had been indicted on 40 other counts of oxycodone distribution — pleaded guilty as jury selection was to begin in his trial.
Watson preached natural medical remedies on his website, but investigators said the doctor was writing prescriptions for hydrocodone, oxycodone and Xanax to drug dealers and addicts for up to $500 per prescription.
Watson, arrested in June 2013, was secretly recorded selling prescriptions to an undercover agent and an informant, authorities said.

SDUHSD to create committee on high school selection process

A new committee on San Dieguito Union High School District’s school selection process will be formed this fall, in response to frustrations expressed by parents this summer when students didn’t get into their school of choice.

The district made the decision this year to admit all freshmen on the wait lists for Canyon Crest Academy and San Dieguito High School Academy, and both schools are at capacity. But there is still much work to be done for future years, according to Michael Grove, associate superintendent.

High school district board opposes proposed cap on school reserves

The San Dieguito Union High School District board has come out against the cap on school district reserves proposed by new legislation in the state. On Aug. 21, the board approved the adoption of a resolution in opposition to the local reserves cap, part of the Proposition 98 Rainy Day Fund.

Proposition 2 will go out to voters on the November ballot. If it passes and the state’s Rainy Day Fund is established, as soon as even a dime is dropped into the fund, school districts will be required to spend down the reserves.

Ballots firm up for Solana Beach water district

Now that the filing period has officially closed, the ballot for Solana Beach’s water district is complete for the Nov. 4 general election.

The Santa Fe Irrigation District provides drinking water to customers in Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch.

Solana Beach water district moving to mandatory water use restrictions

Customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District — including residents of Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and part of Fairbanks Ranch — will face mandatory restrictions on water use starting Sept. 5, in an effort to save water due to an ongoing statewide drought.

The restrictions include a three-day-per-week watering schedule for all homes and businesses, a prohibition on watering for more than 10 minutes unless certain water-saving devices are in place, and a ban on watering between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day.

Elections to be held for local school district board seats

There will be contested races in all local school districts except Solana Beach School District. The deadline for candidates to pull papers for the November election was Aug. 8 and all incumbents pulled papers so there was no deadline extension.

The candidate list follows, with identities/professions as listed at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters:

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