Category archives for: Solana Beach

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 in November 2012. The defendant is also accused of raping a woman he met on a different dating website,, in 2009.

Del Mar residents give input on city hall planning

Although there were mixed opinions on some project details, residents who attended a workshop June 9 generally agreed that a 9,250-square-foot city hall, 100-seat town hall and 15,000-square-foot plaza would meet Del Mar’s needs.

About 70 people filled the Del Mar Communications Center to discuss the status of the project — a year after the City Council agreed to plan to replace the deteriorating city hall at 1050 Camino del Mar.

Teen dies after swimming accident in Encinitas

Friends and family today mourned a 17-year-old Guatemalan boy who was visiting relatives in San Diego County when he was carried out by a riptide at Moonlight Beach in an incident that also left his uncle critically injured.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for new school in Carmel Valley

Principal Jerry Jones cuts the ribbon with help from (left to right) Solana Beach School District Board Member Julie Union, Director of New Facilities Caroline Brown, Solana Beach School District Board President Richard Leib, Solana Beach School District Superintendent Nancy Lynch, Supervisor Dave Roberts and San Diego Councilmember Sherri Lightner.

Solana Ranch Elementary School, Pacific Highlands Ranch’s shiny and sustainable new school, is ready to welcome students this fall. The Solana Beach School District celebrated its seventh district school with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 28.

The school will serve approximately 650 students in grades kindergarten through sixth, along with a two-classroom preschool program.

Solana Beach water district board gives raise to general manager

The Santa Fe Irrigation District board voted to give its general manager, Michael Bardin, a 5 percent raise at its meeting on Thursday, May 15.

The increase brings Bardin’s base salary to $213,140 per year. The board voted 3-1, with director John Ingalls opposed and director Andy Menshek absent.

Bardin oversees operations for a 16-square-mile district that provides water to 19,400 residents of Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Fairbanks Ranch. He has served in the position since 2004.

Deadline extended for survey on Del Mar Highlands Town Center’s next phase

Donahue Schriber announced plans last month for the next phase of renovations at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, which will include a parking structure, theater expansion and new dining and shopping options. To gather feedback on what new retailers the community would like to see as part of the expansion, an online survey was launched.

Solana Beach to require e-cigarette retailers to obtain licenses

Just three months after the council banned the use of e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited in Solana Beach, council members have now voted to require vendors to obtain a license.

In a 5-0 vote, the council on May 28 agreed that retailers of electronic smoking devices should hold the same license tobacco retailers in the city are required to obtain.

Principal selected for new Pacific Highlands Ranch middle school in Carmel Valley

The San Dieguito Union High School District recently announced that Mary Anne Nuskin has been selected as the principal of the new middle school in Pacific Highlands Ranch, which will open in the fall of 2015.

Solana Beach residents express concerns over potential development of land across from Fletcher Cove Park

The site where the Melmo building and the distillery lot currently sit could be developed, but residents want more places to park across from Fletcher Cove Park.

Developers discussed the possibility of redeveloping the space between South Sierra and South Acacia avenues during a public workshop May 29.



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