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Solana Beach hires firm to help search for new city manager

The City Council on June 25 awarded a $25,000 contract to Peckham & McKenney to conduct a search for a new city manager.

Del Mar Rotary Club updated on Caltrans’ North Coast Corridor Program

The I-5 widening project will include new bike lane facility. Photo courtesy of Caltrans

The Del Mar Rotary Club received an update on Caltrans’ North Coast Corridor Program at its June 19 meeting — $6.5 billion worth of transportation improvement work that will be phased out over the next 40 years.

According to Arturo Jacobo, Caltrans project manager, Caltrans and SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) have created a comprehensive strategy for the corridor that includes highway improvements that move people not just cars, rail and transit improvements, coastal access improvements, and the protection of 170 acres of coastal and lagoon habitats.

Motorist sentenced in fatal Del Mar hit-and-run case

An 11-year prison term was handed down June 20 for a motorist who was drunk when he killed a marine biologist in a hit-and-run collision in Del Mar several months ago.

Christopher “Chip’’ Stockmeyer, 41, pleaded guilty in April to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run for causing the March 28 death of Rachel Morrison.

Council hears report on police performance in Del Mar

A little more than six months after the Del Mar City Council decided to try to improve the services the city receives from the county rather than establish its own police department, the city’s new sheriff’s captain shared what changes have been made during the June 16 council meeting.

Theresa Adams-Hydar joined the Encinitas station in April. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the station, which covers Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas and neighboring communities.

Del Mar begins master planning process for new city hall

After hearing and reviewing multiple studies, issuing a citywide survey and holding two community workshops, Del Mar is moving forward with a master plan for a new city hall. The City Council on June 16 directed staff to begin the master planning process to replace the deteriorating buildings at 1050 Camino del Mar.

Council members also authorized staff to issue a request for proposals for a design architect, but did not give staff the go-ahead to begin the design phase.

Solana Beach council adopts Land Use Plan Amendment

The Solana Beach City Council on June 11 adopted a Land Use Plan Amendment, more than a year after council members first adopted the plan.

The council adopted a Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan in February 2013, moving Solana Beach another step closer to having more control over development in the city. The plan incorporated all of the suggested modifications approved by the California Coastal Commission. At the meeting, the council also directed staff to prepare a Land Use Plan Amendment, or LUPA, to modify some of the provisions in the LUP, relating to bluff top development, shoreline protection and private beach access ways.

Parents ask for change to school selection system

Parents Jennifer Hewitson and Britta Brewer graduated from San Dieguito when it was still just a high school, not an Academy. They had always hoped their children would follow in their footsteps and attend their neighborhood high school, too.

But now, because of San Dieguito Union School District’s high school selection and lottery process, there is a chance that they won’t get that opportunity.

Solana Beach council approves changes to parking and more at Santa Fe Christian Schools

Student drop-off and pick-up times should improve at Santa Fe Christian Schools, following the Solana Beach City Council’s approval of the school’s proposed changes to its circulation pattern.

Currently, students are picked up on the north-side curb on Academy Drive, between the two driveways that access the Upper School parking lot, and at the loading zone to the east. Vehicles reach the area by traveling north on Ida Avenue and west on Academy Drive. With a 5-0 vote from the council June 11, the north side of the parking lot will now be used as visitor parking from 2:25-3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 1:15-2:15 p.m. on Fridays to allow the school to use those spaces as an on-site student pick-up zone.

Solana Beach man crashes car into utility pole

A 64-year-old resident was reportedly driving south on Granados Avenue when he swerved his car to avoid hitting an unidentified animal in the road just before 9 a.m., said San Diego County Sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Tomaiko.

Prosecutor: Del Mar man raped two women after meeting them online; Defense says client is innocent

A Del Mar resident accused of raping two women had a how-to dating guide intended for men “fed up being a nice guy,’’ a prosecutor alleged June 11, but a defense attorney said his client did not rape the women.

Sean Patrick Banks, 38, is accused of raping a La Mesa woman in her apartment after they met on ChristianMingle.com in November 2012. The defendant is also accused of raping a woman he met on a different dating website, Match.com, in 2009.

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