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  • Solana Beach City Council approves new home construction

    The Solana Beach City Council approved permits Jan. 11 for a couple to tear down an existing one-story house at 310 S. Rios Ave., and replace it with a new, two-story house and front-yard pool. The applicants, James and Emily Blake, are also planning to build a three-car garage.  The total square...

  • Solana Beach roads in good condition, report says

    The city of Solana Beach’s 42-mile network of roads is generally in good condition, but 14 percent of city-maintained roads are in poor or very poor condition, according to a report presented to the City Council at its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The survey of city roads was completed in 2016...

  • Solana Beach council approves pedestrian ramp, storm drain projects

    The Solana Beach City Council approved two construction projects at its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 11, one to install pedestrian ramps at a number of street corners in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and another to repair a storm drain on Palmitas Street. The two projects were...

  • One Paseo breaks ground in Carmel Valley

    One Paseo breaks ground in Carmel Valley

    In the last week of 2016, grading and tree removal began on the new One Paseo mixed-use center on Del Mar Heights and El Camino Real.  One Paseo’s first retail and restaurant tenants are scheduled to open mid-to-late 2018 and the apartment homes and offices in early-to-mid 2019.  

  • County supervisors get salary boosts

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a 12.5 percent raise for themselves at the Jan. 10 meeting, a salary increase of more than $19,000 a year. Newly-appointed board vice chair Kristin Gaspar, who represents District 3, was the sole vote against the raises. The new formula is based...

  • New San Diego County Fair website debuted

    New San Diego County Fair website debuted

    A new website meant to convey the fun and excitement of attending the San Diego County Fair was officially unveiled Jan. 3 at a meeting of the board that oversees the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The state-owned fairgrounds is run by an agency, the 22nd District Agricultural Association, whose board members...

  • Fair board commits $250,000 to planning for proposed concert venue

    Fair board commits $250,000 to planning for proposed concert venue

    The agency that runs the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds took the first step toward turning an underperforming satellite wagering center into a 1,900-seat concert venue, agreeing to spend $250,000 on preliminary planning for the conversion. The board of directors of the 22nd District Agricultural...

  • Public invited to weigh in on senior facility’s environmental review

    A scoping meeting for Hacienda Del Mar, the proposed senior facility on Via de la Valle, will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at Torrey Pines High School’s lecture hall. At the meeting, members of the public are invited to provide input on what the environmental impact report (EIR) for the...

  • Del Mar psychologist honored by San Diego Psychological Association

    Del Mar psychologist honored by San Diego Psychological Association

    Del Mar resident Dr. Felise Levine has been awarded Distinguished Contribution to Psychology by the San Diego Psychological Association Awards (SDPA). The award, given at the annual SDPA fall conference, recognizes a lifetime of achievement in volunteer service to the psychology community.  Dr....

  • Eric Dill selected as San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent

    Eric Dill selected as San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent

    The San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Trustees has narrowed its search for a new superintendent to one candidate, Eric Dill. Dill has been serving as interim superintendent of the district since July 1, 2016 following the departure of former superintendent Rick Schmitt. Dill joined...

  • TPHS Scholarship Fund to honor Nicolas Leslie at Jan. 7 fundraiser

    TPHS Scholarship Fund to honor Nicolas Leslie at Jan. 7 fundraiser

    The Torrey Pines High School Scholarship Fund (TPHSSF) will hold a fundraiser Saturday, Jan. 7 from noon – 2 p.m. at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar to honor the memory of Nicolas Leslie, TPHS Class of 2014. Leslie, a 20-year-old Del Mar native, was murdered in the ISIS-sponsored terrorist attack in...

  • Volunteers wanted for Citizen Commission openings in Solana Beach

    Applications are being accepted through Tuesday, Jan. 17 by 5:30 p.m.for the following Solana Beach Citizen Commission openings: Budget & Finance, Climate Action, Parks & Recreation, Public Arts and View assessment. (Volunteers serve on behalf of the Solana Beach City Council.) The Solana Beach...

  • Carmel Valley Middle School places 1st in national math contest

    Carmel Valley Middle School earned a first-place finish in the 2016 Fall Startup Event, a national mathematics contest administered by National Assessment & Testing (www.natassessment.com). Coach Snow Shen prepared students for the first major competition of the academic year, in which students...

  • Torrey Pines High School places 2nd and 8th in national math contests

    Torrey Pines High School scored a 2nd-place finish in the 2016 Fall Startup Event and 8th-place finish in the 2016 Team Scramble, national mathematics contests administered by National Assessment & Testing (www.natassessment.com). Coach Abby Brown prepared students for the first major competitions...

  • Del Mar council says road project needs work

    A $1.5 million project to create a multi-use path along Camino Del Mar at the south end of Del Mar, as well as eliminate one northbound lane on the busy roadway as a traffic-calming measure, requires more work before it can move forward, the Del Mar City Council decided at its meeting on Tuesday,...

  • Del Mar council makes appointments

    The Del Mar City Council filled a vacancy on the city Planning Commission and created a new position as a volunteer climate action plan facilitator at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The council needed to fill one vacancy on the Planning Commission, which considers land-use and planning issues,...

  • Complaint alleging child pornography possession, distribution filed against Carmel Valley ranch owner

    A federal complaint alleging distribution and possession of child pornography has been filed against Christian Clews, owner of the Clews Horse Ranch in Carmel Valley, and a long-time member of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board. According to a complaint filed Dec. 12 in the U.S. District...

  • San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy reveals plans for Harbaugh Seaside Trails

    The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy has announced plans to add trails, a viewing deck, a commemorative monument to donors and educational signs to the Harbaugh Seaside Trails in Solana Beach. The area will also connect with the Coastal Rail Trail in the city, officials said. The 3-acre Harbaugh Seaside...

  • Cambridge robotics team advances to FIRST World Championship

    Cambridge robotics team advances to FIRST World Championship

     The Cambridge School’s Team Abrick Cadabrick recently won the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Southern California Regional Championship. This first-year team earned the Champion award on Dec. 3 and now advances to the prestigious FIRST World Championship in Houston, Texas, April 19-22, 2017. They will...

  • Holiday recycling collection program offered in Solana Beach

    The City of Solana Beach, in partnership with Coast Waste Management, Inc., has a holiday tree recycling and collection program that allows residents to drop off their trees free of charge Dec. 26  through Jan. 7, 2017. Residents may drop off their trees at the following Solana Beach locations:...

  • San Diego Councilmember Barbara Bry to chair city budget committee

    San Diego Councilmember Barbara Bry to chair city budget committee

    On Monday, Dec. 19, the San Diego City Council finalized the council committee assignments for 2017 and named new District 1 Councilmember Barbara Bry chair of Budget and Government Efficiency and vice chair of Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods.  Bry will leverage her background in business...

  • San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept. begins using drones

    Following a deputy-involved shooting earlier this month in Rancho Santa Fe, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept. used aerial drone footage to document the scene and capture overhead images to be used as evidence. Modern-day footage from these unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, can be paramount...

  • Looking back on 2016 in Carmel Valley

    Below is a recap of some of the events that impacted Carmel Valley and neighboring communities in 2016. One Paseo Saga: The Final Chapter In January, the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board was split 5-5 on whether or not to approve the new vision for One Paseo. “Having the benefit of working...

  • Del Mar mayor, council have full plate in 2017

    Del Mar mayor, council have full plate in 2017

    Del Mar’s new mayor, Terry Sinnott, and his colleagues on the City Council face a busy, challenging year in 2017. Among the items on their plate: overseeing the construction of a new, $17 million City Hall; implementing Measure Q, a one-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in November that...

  • Del Mar Hills Academy hosts screening of film ‘Screenagers’

    Del Mar Hills Academy hosts screening of film ‘Screenagers’

    On Dec. 15, Del Mar Hills Academy hosted a viewing of the documentary Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age followed by a productive group discussion. About 100 people attended this screening that was provided free to the community by the Dek Mar Hills PTA. There will be a follow-up on Feb....

  • Solana Pacific raises funds for ALS research

    Solana Pacific raises funds for ALS research

    Last May, 5th grader Cole Spector addressed 650 students at Solana Pacific Elementary School to speak about ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Cole told the students about his aunt, who unfortunately was diagnosed with this horrific disease, and his plan to help raise awareness about ALS...

  • Del Mar school district approves interim-budget

    The Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) approved its first interim budget for 2016-17 at its Dec. 14 meeting. The district is projecting $53,243,786 in revenues and $53,437,410 in expenditures, which represents a deficit of $193,624. “I anticipate that we will have a balanced budget again,” said...

  • Del Mar Union School District swears in members Cochrane, Halpern

    The Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) board swore in newly elected board members Erica Halpern and Stephen Cochrane at its Dec. 14 organizational meeting. Incumbent Halpern received 44.51 percent of the vote and Cochrane edged out incumbent Darren Gretler 28.10 percent to 27.29 percent, a difference...

  • Del Mar council cautiously supports 'Barn at the Beach' plan

    A proposal to erect a tent for off-site events in Powerhouse Park during next fall’s Breeders’ Cup horse racing event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds drew support from the City Council at a meeting on Monday, Dec. 19, but members want more details before giving final approval to the plan. The Del Mar...

  • Resolution on climate change, immigrant roundups and Muslim registry passes Del Mar City Council

    Political differences among members of the Del Mar City Council came to the forefront Monday, Dec. 19, as the council discussed a proposed resolution affirming the city’s commitment to addressing climate change, and its unwillingness to participate in the registration of Muslims or the rounding...

  • Fairgrounds reaches agreement with Native Americans on 2017 fair theme

    Fairgrounds reaches agreement with Native Americans on 2017 fair theme

    Officials with the Del Mar Fairgrounds have reached an agreement with a group representing local Native American tribes over a change to the theme for the 2017 San Diego County Fair. An earlier version of the theme had been deemed as “extremely offensive” by at least one local tribe.   The new...

  • New council members take oath in Solana Beach

    New council members take oath in Solana Beach

    The two newest members of the Solana Beach City Council were sworn in, and two departing council members stepped down after receiving gifts and kind words from their colleagues, at a combination meeting and ceremony held at City Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 14. After taking the oath of office, newly...

  • Solana Beach council plays Santa with community grant awards

    The Solana Beach City Council, in an early Christmas present for nine local nonprofit groups, was able to fund all of the requests it received through the city's annual community grant program. "That is a super rare event," said Mayor Mike Nichols, after the council voted unanimously to fund the...

  • Torrey Pines Falcons Pop Warner JV Cheerleaders #1 in nation

    Torrey Pines Falcons Pop Warner JV Cheerleaders #1 in nation

    Torrey Pines Falcons Pop Warner Junior Varsity Cheerleaders just returned from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., as the 2016 National Champions. This is only the second Pop Warner National Championship title that a Torrey Pines Pop Warner team has won. The 23 Torrey Pines Pop Warner team members,...

  • Encinitas/Solana Beach sand replenishment bill passes House

    The U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act) which, among other projects, authorizes over $91 million to address the public safety issues and potential economic and property damages associated with bluff and beach...

  • Proposed Del Mar Fairgrounds concert venue passes financial muster

    A study conducted by business students at California State University San Marcos concluded that a proposed 1,900-seat music venue at the Del Mar Fairgrounds would be financially viable and could generate as much as $2.4 million per year from ticket sales and related revenue. “Conditions are present...

  • New Del Mar City Council members welcomed at City Hall ceremony

    New Del Mar City Council members welcomed at City Hall ceremony

    After certifying the results of the Nov. 8 election, the Del Mar City Council welcomed two new members, bid farewell to two departing members and appointed council members Terry Sinnott and Dwight Worden, respectively, to serve as mayor and deputy mayor for 2017. The ceremony took place at a special...

  • Man arrested in Del Mar

    A 26-year-old man wanted in an October shooting at a party in Spring Valley was arrested Dec. 14 in Del Mar. San Diego County Sheriff's Department detectives arrested Jesus Perez around 2 p.m. in the 2600 block of Via De La Valle, according to Sgt. Tom Seiver. Perez was identified as the shooter...

  • 2017 San Diego County Fair theme 'offensive' to local Indian band

    2017 San Diego County Fair theme 'offensive' to local Indian band

    An East County Indian band has labeled the theme of the 2017 San Diego County Fair, "How the West was Fun," as "extremely offensive," and called on the agency that operates the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new theme and logo. Directors of the...

  • New top cop seeks public’s engagement in fighting crime

    New top cop seeks public’s engagement in fighting crime

    The San Diego Police Department’s new top cop for Carmel Valley and neighboring communities is focused on preventing crime and preserving the region’s quality of life, but he’s asking for the help of residents in carrying out his mission. “My personal priority is to get the community more engaged...

  • Del Mar Fair board approves demolition of Don Diego clock tower

    Del Mar Fair board approves demolition of Don Diego clock tower

    The Don Diego clock tower, an icon that has stood tall over the central midway of the Del Mar Fairgrounds for 63 years, where it served as a meeting place for generations of families during the annual county fair, is facing a date with the wrecking ball. Directors of the 22nd District Agricultural...

  • SDUHSD board approves one-time stipend for employees who give early retirement notice

    At the Dec. 8 meeting, the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board approved one new method they that they hope will help the bottom line this year: a one-time retirement stipend for employees who provide early notice. Per the new offer, employees who provide a notice of intent to...

  • SDUHSD board approves budget

    The San Dieguito Union School District (SDUHSD) unanimously approved its first interim budget for the 2016-17 school year at the Dec. 8 meeting. The first interim budget includes changes to district revenue due to a slight increase in the state’s funding and an increase in property tax estimates....

  • Several San Dieguito Union High School District construction projects to begin next year

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) plans to begin construction on several Prop AA projects in summer 2017. The four new campus upgrades include Torrey Pines High School’s new performing arts center,  culinary arts classroom modernization and parking lot improvements set to be...

  • Ninja Builders win top honor for inspiration at Southern California First Lego League tournament

    Ninja Builders win top honor for inspiration at Southern California First Lego League tournament

    The Ninja Builders are shown above holding their first place trophy for inspiration in the category of core values at the Southern California First Lego League tournament, which they received on Dec. 4. at Legoland. The Ninja Builders were recognized for their positive spirit and teamwork during...

  • Carmel Valley resident Imad Dandan, M.D., receives International Service Award

    Carmel Valley resident Imad Dandan, M.D., receives International Service Award

    Imad Dandan, M.D., trauma medical director at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, has received the Outstanding Service Award from American University of Beirut (AUB) Surgical Alumni of North America.  Dandan, a native of Lebanon, earned his medical degree from American University of Beirut Medical...

  • Carmel Valley resident and partner lauded by Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

     CaseyGerry partners Thomas Penfield and Robert Francavilla, a Carmel Valley resident, were recognized recently as “Outstanding Trial Lawyers” at the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego’s (CASD) annual Evening with the Trial Stars Awards Dinner held at the U.S. Grant Hotel (www.usgrant.net). The award...

  • 2016 San Diego County Fair wins top awards

    The 2016 San Diego County Fair once again earned numerous top awards from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, confirming its leadership and innovation in the fair industry. The announcement was made at the IAFE annual convention and trade show held Nov. 27-Dec. 1 in Las Vegas....

  • Del Mar Council raises city manager's pay

    Praising City Manager Scott Huth’s work in 2016, the Del Mar City Council unanimously approved a 2 percent raise and a 4 percent bonus for their top administrator at a meeting on Monday, Dec. 5. The increase will be added to Huth’s current salary of $203,000, and is intended to bring his pay within...

  • Solana Beach residents encouraged to participate in online survey at Climate Action Plan workshop

    Community members gathered Nov. 17 to learn more about the Solana Beach city’s efforts toward crafting a Climate Action Plan during a public workshop at Solana Beach City Hall. The Climate Action Plan Workshop was held during a special meeting of the Climate Action Commission, an advisory group...

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