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Barnes & Noble in Carmel Valley closes after 21 years

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Del Mar Highlands Town Center’s Barnes & Noble is closing after 21 years on Saturday, July 12. In the bookstore’s last days, books and items were priced at 50 percent off and many of the store’s shelves had been stripped and left bare.

A sign on the door gave a thank you to customers and while employees aren’t authorized to speak to the media, they remarked on how sad both they and the community are to see the store go.

Council hears report on Del Mar’s efforts to prepare for summer season

Del Mar may be the smallest city in the county, but it is also one of the busiest in the summer.

More than 1.4 million fairgoers flocked to the fairgrounds during the San Diego County Fair this year, the second-highest attendance in fair history. In addition, Del Mar’s Community Services Department reported an estimated 77,000 people visited the city during the three-day weekend, including 31,000 people on the Fourth of July.

Business Support Advisory Committee presents recommendations to Del Mar City Council

In an effort to support business in Del Mar, the city’s Business Support Advisory Committee presented several recommendations to the council July 7.

Council members established the committee in May 2013 to help suggest ways the city could be more business-friendly. The 11-member committee is composed of up to three retail business owners, two restaurant owners, two property owners, one hotel owner or operator, one office or medical business representative, one Del Mar Plaza representative and one Del Mar Village Association member.

Del Mar and Solana Beach come to an agreement on wastewater transportation

Most of Del Mar’s wastewater will now flow north instead of south, with help from neighboring Solana Beach.

In a unanimous vote, the Del Mar City Council on July 7 approved an agreement that will send most of the city’s wastewater through Solana Beach to the San Elijo Water Reclamation Facility in Cardiff, a move that could save Del Mar about $23,000 a year — potentially more in the long-term.

Retiring Solana Beach City Manager David Ott reflects on career in public service

Solana Beach City Manager David Ott. Courtesy photo

Retiring Solana Beach City Manager David Ott has always been one to wear multiple hats. That’s one of the reasons why council members have said it will be a tough task to recruit his replacement.

“We’re embarking on replacing the irreplaceable Mr. Ott,” said Deputy Mayor Lesa Heebner during the June 25 council meeting. “We’ll do our best.”

San Diego County Fair in Del Mar concludes another successful event

Fair mainstay Chicken Charlie’s sold more than 20,000 Krispy Kreme triple-decker cheeseburgers made with 60,000 hamburgers and 40,000 donuts. Photo/Karen Billing

The San Diego County Fair wrapped up on Sunday, July 6, following fireworks on the Fourth of July, the Big Bite Bacon Fest on Saturday and a tribute to the Beatles closing night.

According to organizers, 1,457,130 fairgoers visited the fairgrounds for the Beatles-themed event, the second-highest attendance in fair history. More than 1.5 million people attended the fair in 2012.

Solana Beach City Council to discuss parking solutions for Highway 101 and Cedros Design District

The Solana Beach City Council will discuss how to alleviate traffic concerns on Coast Highway 101 and the Cedros Design District during a special meeting July 16 in City Hall.

Del Mar resident wins Hughes honor plus $1 million grant to research circadian rhythms

Prof. Susan Golden has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor and won a $1 million grant.

A biology professor at UC San Diego who heads a research institute that brings together scientists across the campus studying circadian rhythms, the internal “biological clock” that governs the daily activities in humans and other organisms, has been named by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute an HHMI professor.

New principal selected for Earl Warren Middle School in Solana Beach

The San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Trustees and Superintendent Rick Schmitt recently announced that Adam Camacho has been selected as the principal of Earl Warren Middle School. Camacho will replace Mary Anne Nuskin, who was named principal of the new middle school in Pacific Highlands Ranch, which opens in the fall of 2015.

Solana Beach City Council increases budget for Community Grant Program

Solana Beach will be able to further support local organizations, following the City Council’s decision June 25 to increase the budget for the annual Community Grant Program.

In a 5-0 vote, council members opted to give an additional $10,000 in grants each year, increasing the program’s annual budget from $15,000 to $25,000. The unanimous decision took place when the council adopted a revised budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

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