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Parents voice concerns over Del Mar school district teachers contract

In a narrow vote last week, Del Mar Union School District teachers voted down an amendment to their 2013-16 contracts that included language about class size increases. The vote was 108 opposed and 105 in favor of the contract, according to district teachers who wished to remain anonymous.

Planning board continues to voice concern over placing a proposed new childcare development center at Torrey Hills School in Carmel Valley

The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board reiterated its opposition to a proposed new childcare development center at Torrey Hills School at its March 11 meeting. Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) Superintendent Holly McClurg and other district staff members — as well as DMUSD President Doug Rafner — attended the meeting to hear the board’s concerns, the major one being the potential traffic impact on the surrounding neighborhood.

La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation and National Latino Research Center to conduct needs assessment on Solana Beach community

La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation and the National Latino Research Center are conducting a needs assessment of the Solana Beach community.  Photos/Kristina Houck

To improve the quality of life for residents of Solana Beach’s Eden Gardens community, a local foundation and university are teaming up to conduct a needs assessment.

In partnership with La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation, researchers at the National Latino Research Center at Cal State San Marcos will interview residents and stakeholders to learn how to improve community resources. The community needs assessment was announced during an informational meeting hosted by the foundation March 19 at North Coast Fellowship in Solana Beach.

Grand opening for San Dieguito River Park’s ‘Birdwing’ open air classroom expected to be held mid-May

The “Birdwing” open air classroom in the San Dieguito River Park lagoon is expected to be finished in April, with a grand opening celebration in May. Photo/Karen Billing

The San Dieguito River Park’s “Birdwing” open air classroom is taking shape near the lagoon in Del Mar; construction continued quietly last week to a soundtrack of the wetlands’ singing birds.

The facility borrows its name from the wing-like design of the rustic metal shade structure that covers rows of concrete bench seating for environmental education; the open air affording scenic views out across the carefully restored wetlands.

Carmel Valley attorney brings cell phone privacy case to U.S. Supreme Court

Pat Ford

Should police be allowed to search the smart phones of anyone they arrest without first obtaining a search warrant? That issue is at the heart of a case that a Carmel Valley attorney will soon bring before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge rules against Sierra Club in Del Mar Fairgrounds lawsuit

A judge has ruled against the San Diego chapter of the Sierra Club in the latest skirmish of a legal battle over the use of portions of the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The club sued the California Coastal Commission in January, alleging that the commission violated state law when it approved two permits for the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the state-owned fairgrounds.

Solana Beach City Council to consider requiring retailers of electronic smoking devices to obtain a license

After officially adopting an ordinance that bans the use of electronic cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited, the Solana Beach City Council on March 13 agreed to consider requiring retailers of electronic smoking devices to obtain a license.

Rail service along the North County coastal corridor suspended March 15-16

Rail service along the North County coastal corridor will be suspended this weekend (March 15-March 16) because of construction work, according to the North County Transit District.

The NCTD’s Coaster will not run, and Amtrak and the Metrolink will not come south into San Diego County.

There will be no specific bus replacement going to Coaster stops, but the NCTD said riders can use the Route 101 bus instead.

Solana Beach City Council adopts official election results

A month after voters passed Proposition B, the Solana Beach City Council on March 12 adopted the official results of the special election.

Proposition B was adopted by almost 51 percent of voters Feb. 11, according to official election results from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. The measure received 1,947 “Yes” votes and 1,875 “No” votes, easing restrictions on private parties at Fletcher Cove Community Center, which overlooks the ocean at 133 Pacific Ave. The council on Nov. 6 unanimously voted to call a roughly $200,000 special election instead of adopting the use policy.

Driver of a big rig dies near Del Mar

The driver of a big rig managed to pull his vehicle over before dying of an apparent medical condition on Interstate 5 in the Del Mar area early today, authorities said.

The incident on northbound I-5 north of Via De La Valle was reported at 7:26 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver had pulled to the right shoulder prior to dying, CHP Officer Tommy Doerr said.

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