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  • Del Mar’s New City Hall turns the corner on construction

    Del Mar’s New City Hall turns the corner on construction

    With wooden trusses rising up from the construction site and ribbon-cutting barely nine months away, Del Mar’s 30,000-square-foot civic center appears set to come in on time and on budget despite an array of delays and cost overruns. The $17.8 million effort to build the 9,000-square-foot city...

  • Del Mar and Sheriffs are heading back to the bargaining table

    Del Mar and Sheriffs are heading back to the bargaining table

    The path out of Del Mar’s police impasse may have been under its nose all along. City leaders are gearing up to go to the negotiating table with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to see how much flexibility there is in the contract Del Mar renewed this summer. Meanwhile, councilmembers...

  • Solana Beach woman completes Camino de Santiago

    Solana Beach woman completes Camino de Santiago

    "When I first heard about it, I think I kind of took it lightly and thought, 'Hey, it's just walking,'" Elizabeth Gillingham said. "As it turns out, 20 miles [a day] is pretty far."

  • Four candidates in the running for 49th Congressional District election

    Four candidates in the running for 49th Congressional District election

    Three people have filed so far to run against incumbent Congressman Darrell Issa in the 49th Congressional District of California election next year. Retired Marine Col. Douglas Applegate, businessman Paul Kerr and environmental attorney Mike Levin have thrown their hats in the ring for the primary...

  • Del Mar drawing up new rules for dogs on beach

    Del Mar drawing up new rules for dogs on beach

    It’s a conundrum that has hounded city officials, beachgoers and dog owners for years: Del Mar’s long-standing practice of dogs running free along the oceanfront is in open violation of the city’s own rules. And now, after an especially contentious summer at the beach — which some residents likened...

  • Questions remain as Vergne investigation nears its end

    Questions remain as Vergne investigation nears its end

    The long-stewing controversy over Del Mar’s embattled chief lifeguard is coming to a close after more than four months that stoked outrage and demands for his reinstatement — but it remains unclear whether its root causes will ever see the light of day. Patrick Vergne, head lifeguard and director...

  • Del Mar author plunges into ‘The Power of Plagues’

    Del Mar author plunges into ‘The Power of Plagues’

    More than a decade later, Irwin W. Sherman has the book he’d always imagined.

  • SDCCU Classroom Heroes honors Solana Pacific School teacher

    SDCCU Classroom Heroes honors Solana Pacific School teacher

    San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU) Classroom Heroes recently recognized Laura Stuber, who teaches sixth grade students at Carmel Valley’s Solana Pacific Elementary School, which is in the Solana Beach School District. Her nomination for SDCCU Classroom Heroes read: “Some things that make an...

  • San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy hires conservation, education managers

    San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy hires conservation, education managers

    The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC) has hired Jack Hughes as conservation manager and Ana Lutz as education manager. As conservation manager, Hughes is responsible for the coordination and implementation of conservation programs for the SDRVC. He will continue to lead habitat-restoration...

  • Trees to be removed at Carmel Mission Park

    Trees to be removed at Carmel Mission Park

    Carmel Mission Park is slated to see the removal of 74 trees over the next three years due to the large trees’ threat to the transmission line corridor that runs through the park. SDG&E presented a couple of phasing plans for the tree removal at the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board’s meeting...

  • Del Mar school district adds director of innovation, design

    Del Mar school district adds director of innovation, design

    As the Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) continues to work on how to make education look radically different for its students, the board recently appointed Laura Spencer to the new position of executive director of innovation and design. “Laura Spencer is a dynamic leader who will bring fresh...

  • Del Mar woman recreates pet photos with painted portraits

    Del Mar woman recreates pet photos with painted portraits

    Jill Williams understands how much people adore their pets, creating pieces for them to always remember their fur babies. The Del Mar resident has been painting pet portraits for the last five years. "Pets are like family to people," she said. "They are great company. Even if you have to clean...

  • Veteran world traveler has more places to visit

    Veteran world traveler has more places to visit

    Bill Altaffer’s son recently asked him how many countries he had only been to once. Altaffer, a lifelong traveler who says he has visited every country on Earth (the United Nations has 193 member states), had to think, and could only come up with about a dozen. But even though the 74-year-old Carmel...

  • Mendocino Farms at Del Mar Highlands Town Center brings husband and wife full circle

    Mendocino Farms at Del Mar Highlands Town Center brings husband and wife full circle

    In the midst of looking in on their restaurant-in-the making at Del Mar Highlands Town Center, Mario Del Pero and Ellen Chen take pause among the clamor of drills and hammers

  • Sheriff’s Deputies respond to psychiatric emergency

    Sheriff’s Deputies respond to psychiatric emergency

    On Aug. 1 at 3:12 p.m., a resident of 117 Via de la Valle, Del Mar called 911 and reported an unknown male had just entered his residence. Sheriff’s Deputies from the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station responded to the address. It was quickly determined the male who had entered the residence was suffering...

  • Rancho Coastal Humane Society to open Wildlife Center in the fall

    Rancho Coastal Humane Society to open Wildlife Center in the fall

    Injured and sick wild squirrels and some types of birds will soon have a place to recover in North County. The Rancho Coastal Humane Society will open the San Diego Wildlife Center in the fall. The center, which will be located in an industrial part of Carlsbad on Camino Vida Robles, will provide...

  • Solana Beach farmland slated for luxury homes

    Solana Beach farmland slated for luxury homes

    One of the last pieces of agricultural land in Solana Beach is on its way to becoming luxury housing under a proposal that would subdivide the 4-acre plot on South Nardo Avenue into plots for eight single-family homes. More than a decade in the making, Ocean Ranch Estates is the brainchild of...

  • Legal battle heightens over Del Mar vacation rentals

    Legal battle heightens over Del Mar vacation rentals

    Del Mar’s legal battle over short-term rentals (STRs) is becoming more pitched thanks to a new round of filings and accusations that have deepened the litigious divide. The latest developments include the city’s first response to the lawsuit initiated by a group of disgruntled residents nearly...

  • Denmark’s ‘Queen of Crime’ author includes San Diego in her upcoming novel

    Denmark’s ‘Queen of Crime’ author includes San Diego in her upcoming novel

    She’s known as Denmark’s “Queen of Crime,” but author Sara Blaedel is likely to expand her reign locally with the upcoming American release of her entire Inspector Louise Rick catalog along with a b

  • Q&A with Del Mar’s musical wunderkind

    Q&A with Del Mar’s musical wunderkind

    What if Kraftwerk had grown up sneaking around Del Mar’s choicest skate spots instead of fantasizing about the autobahn in 1970s Germany? Aaron M. Olson didn’t set out with such lofty aims, but the likeness is clear as the Del Mar native plays composer and frontman to L.A. Takedown, his seven-piece...

  • Traffic, pedestrians top concerns for Solana Beach retirement home

    Traffic, pedestrians top concerns for Solana Beach retirement home

    Given the first look at rough plans for an 86-unit retirement home on the vacant 2.9-acre parcel in Solana Beach along Interstate 5’s eastern edge, neighbors to the would-be facility made clear last week that they will insist upon extensive and thorough remediation to make the proposal fit into...

  • Del Mar eyes May 2018 to begin new rentals policy

    Del Mar eyes May 2018 to begin new rentals policy

    Del Mar’s policy on vacation rentals is nearing its final shape to allow casual rentals and clamp down on commercial enterprises — a policy framework suited for residents looking to rent their homes while they’re out of town rather than property owners who use rentals as their primary livelihood....

  • Clews pleads guilty to possession, distribution of child pornography

    Clews pleads guilty to possession, distribution of child pornography

    Christian Clews, owner of the Clews Horse Ranch in Carmel Valley, pleaded guilty to one count each of possessing and distributing child pornography in a San Diego federal courtroom on Tuesday, July 18. Clews, who was arrested and charged in December following an investigation by the San Diego Internet...

  • Solana Beach plots its 30-year climate plan

    Solana Beach plots its 30-year climate plan

    Laden with gravitas and optimism, Solana Beach at long last approved its sweeping Climate Action Plan (CAP) to push toward 100 percent renewable energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions in half over the next two decades. The 146-page document — passed on a 4-1 vote July 12 — lays out a wide-ranging...

  • The Bully’s era in Del Mar could be coming to a close

    The Bully’s era in Del Mar could be coming to a close

    The fate of Bully’s North, the iconic pub and restaurant in downtown Del Mar, is coming to light as a Beverly Hills-based restaurant group prepares to give the city’s architectural review panel a look next week at its plans to raze the 50-year-old establishment and build an upscale eatery twice...

  • Solana Beach sues Fairgrounds over proposed arena

    Solana Beach sues Fairgrounds over proposed arena

    The $13 million proposal to transform the off-track betting center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds has ground to a halt, with the City of Solana Beach filing suit to force a lengthy environmental review. The 22nd District Agricultural Association (DAA), which owns and operates the fairgrounds, has rebuffed...

  • Breeders' Cup 'Art of the Horse' program statue on display at L’Auberge Del Mar

    Breeders' Cup 'Art of the Horse' program statue on display at L’Auberge Del Mar

    As a sponsor of the Breeders’ Cup “Art of the Horse” program, L’Auberge Del Mar, has commissioned a seven-foot tall vibrant yellow, purple and orange fiberglass artistic horse created by San Diego mixed media artist Daphne Gaylord – which is now on display at the resort. Recently installed at the...

  • Viewpoint Brewing set for its long-awaited debut

    Viewpoint Brewing set for its long-awaited debut

    Charles Koll and crew may be taking DIY too much to heart. In the mad rush to get Viewpoint Brewing Company ready for its soft opening next week, Koll has been found welding the guardrails out front. Sister-in-law Meghan Koll has taken on the interior design. His father carved the beer taps. Mom...

  • Q&A: Female university pioneers past and present

    Q&A: Female university pioneers past and present

    Over four decades as a university administrator, Marvalene Hughes amassed one of the most storied careers in the nation,

  • Complaint plunges Del Mar deeper into dispute over city’s chief lifeguard

    Complaint plunges Del Mar deeper into dispute over city’s chief lifeguard

    The imbroglio over Del Mar’s chief lifeguard is deepening, with Pat Vergne filing a counter-complaint against the city manager and city attorney that has forced the city council to hire outside counsel to lead the personnel investigation and brace for potential lawsuits. Vergne, Del Mar’s longtime...

  • 2017 season kicks off July 19 with Opening Day events

    2017 season kicks off July 19 with Opening Day events

    Del Mar’s summer Opening Day celebration is more than just a day-long affair. Preparations begin well ahead of time, as women and men shop for the perfect outfit and headgear to don at this premier event on the San Diego social scene schedule. But by July 19, everyone will be ready to strut their...

  • Panel answers questions on proposed Del Mar police department

    Panel answers questions on proposed Del Mar police department

    Four hours of meticulous inquiry answered a litany of questions burning at the core of Del Mar’s heated debate over creating its own police force, but the city council will hold off on deciding its next step until August. In the much-anticipated forum on Monday, July 10, the council hosted a four-person...

  • With new and returning favorite events, Del Mar primed for a ‘fantastic’ racing season

    With new and returning favorite events, Del Mar primed for a ‘fantastic’ racing season

    Del Mar is on top of the world. Not only is the seaside oval the site of this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, it will serve as the home of Arrogate, currently the No. 1-ranked racehorse in the universe. The big, gray 4-year-old colt is scheduled to make his next start in...

  • Residents call for return of Del Mar’s chief lifeguard

    Residents call for return of Del Mar’s chief lifeguard

    Some Del Mar residents are calling for the city to reinstate Patrick Vergne, the city’s popular chief lifeguard and director of community services, who was placed on paid administrative leave at the end of March amid a personnel investigation involving his department. Residents have circulated...

  • Equestrian center to transition to senior care facility

    Equestrian center to transition to senior care facility

    Seabreeze Farms Equestrian Center in Carmel Valley, currently home to about 80 boarding horses, is in the process of being sold and converted to a senior care community. The equestrian center has been on Old Carmel Valley Road for almost 30 years, situated on open space near Cathedral Catholic...

  • Pedestrian dies after being hit by train in Del Mar

    Pedestrian dies after being hit by train in Del Mar

    A southbound Coaster train was traveling at approximately 50 miles per hour when an adult male was observed walking southbound along the tracks.

  • Local teen sings out with others for a cure for ALS

    Local teen sings out with others for a cure for ALS

    The premise behind the “Striking A Chord” benefit concert, to be held July 29, was conceived by Carmel Valley resident Megan Spector after her Aunt Marjie Block was diagnosed with ALS. Currently there is no cure for this disease, and the life expectancy of patients is tragically short, typically...

  • Del Mar sets workshop on creating a police force

    Del Mar sets workshop on creating a police force

    Four years after starting to probe whether the county’s smallest city should have its own police force, Del Mar still has far more questions than answers — questions that city leaders hope to begin answering at its first public workshop on the topic. The workshop is set for 5 p.m. on July 10 (council...

  • Bluffs resort gets OK for ‘Specific Plan’ process

    Bluffs resort gets OK for ‘Specific Plan’ process

    The luxury resort proposed for the bluffs on the northern edge of Del Mar has been approved for a consolidated planning process that will allow its developers to design the project and seek city approvals at the same time, following in the procedural footsteps of the Del Mar Plaza, L’Auberge Del...

  • Judge allows man accused in child pornography case to continue attending church

    Judge allows man accused in child pornography case to continue attending church

    A judge has ruled that Christian Clews, a Carmel Valley horse ranch owner who faces federal charges of possessing and distributing child pornography, can continue attending church services three days a week at St. Therese of Carmel Catholic Church. The ruling by Magistrate Judge Andrew Schopler...

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