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Santa Fe Irrigation District asks Solana Beach customers to limit water use

In response to limited water supplies throughout California caused by an ongoing drought, the Santa Fe Irrigation District asked customers to conserve water during the Feb. 26 Solana Beach City Council meeting.

Man arrested for allegedly robbing a gas station in Carmel Valley

The robbery took place about 7:50 p.m. at the Carmel Valley Shell station at 3060 Carmel Valley Road, said San Diego Police Department Officer David Stafford.

According to Stafford, the suspect walked into the gas station, pulled out a gun and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect then took the cash and fled eastbound driving a black Dodge Ram.

Beer tasting room to open in Solana Beach

A new beer tasting room will soon open in Solana Beach.

In a 5-0 vote, the Solana Beach City Council on Feb. 26 approved a conditional use permit for a craft beer bottle shop and taproom in the city’s Beachwalk Center. San Diego BeerWorks will feature a retail shop, bar and seating area, as well as a food preparation area, restroom, and storage and office space.

Skyline Elementary takes Third Place at Odyssey of the Mind competition

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Skyline Elementary School in Solana Beach recently placed third in the Odyssey of the Mind Coastal Regional Division. (Above, l-r): Anna Hellickson, Luke Halpern, Austin Hellickson, Tanner Turrell, Alex Borthwick and Meg Larson. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems, then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. The team was coached by parent volunteers Jerilyn Larson, Ashley Hellickson and Heidi Dewar.

Businessman agrees to help winners of defunct scholarship program

A North County businessman, touched by the plight of five students who won a rigorous scholarship competition in 2013 only to be told the scholarship program was out of money, has agreed to help the students.

Stephen Cohen, founder and CEO of Private Asset Management, Inc., which is based in Mira Mesa, read about the students’ plight in the Feb. 20 edition of the Del Mar Times.

New way to finance energy-efficient home improvements available to Solana Beach residents

There are more than 150,000 energy and water efficient products that are eligible for HERO financing, including solar power systems. Photos courtesy of Sullivan Solar Power.

Solana Beach property owners have a new way to finance energy-efficient improvements for their homes.

Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, loans allow homeowners to make renewable energy upgrades to their properties with low-cost, tax deductible financing paid through their property tax bill.

The Solana Beach City Council in October opted to participate in the Home Energy Retrofit Opportunity, or HERO, program. The program launched in the coastal community, as well as the San Diego communities of Carlsbad, Lemon Grove, Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista, on Feb. 10.

Police says thieves now targeting tented houses in Carmel Valley and other areas

Tracey Williams, community relations officer for the San Diego Police Department’s Northwestern Division, warned locals to keep an eye out in their neighborhood for homes that are tented for insect treatment as the homes are now being targeted by thieves.
Williams, who gave the warning at the Torrey Hills Community Planning Board’s Feb. 18 meeting, said that thieves now know that windows are opened at a certain part in the tenting process and that is how the homes are being burglarized.

Del Mar residents learn about sidewalk, street and drainage improvements project at open house

Community members will have more places to safely walk in Del Mar this summer.

As part of a multi-year citywide sidewalk connectivity project, the city is installing 12,000 square feet of sidewalks in the Beach Colony along Camino del Mar from 22nd Street to the San Dieguito River Bridge.

Construction will begin in March for the nearly $1 million project, which will also feature 2,800 feet of new curbs and gutters, 20 pedestrian ramps, pavement rehabilitation and irrigated planting areas. Scheduled for completion by Memorial Day, the project also includes underground storm drain infrastructure on the east side of Camino del Mar at 27th Street.

Unarmed man robs bank in Solana Beach

An unarmed robber wearing a hard hat and a mask held up a bank inside a supermarket in Solana Beach, authorities said.
FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth said the suspect, a male of unknown
age, demanded money in specific denominations from a teller at the U.S. Bank
branch in the Vons supermarket in the 900 block of Lomas Santa Fe Drive in
Solana Beach around 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Foxworth said the suspect fled in an unknown direction. No injuries were
reported.
The suspect was a while male, between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 10, weighing
approximately 170 pounds, wearing dark glasses and a pesticide protective mask
under a light blue hard hat, Foxworth said.

Regulator disciplines local securities representative

A woman who worked as a general securities representative with financial firms with offices in Solana Beach and Encinitas has been disciplined for submitting false expense claims to her employer.

The action against Karen Ann Mendez was taken by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, a private, nonprofit agency authorized by Congress to regulate the securities industry.

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