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  • First sketches for Del Mar downtown facelift to emerge next month

    First sketches for Del Mar downtown facelift to emerge next month

    The first leg of Del Mar’s downtown listening tour is nearly complete, and city officials are molding that input into a grand vision for a facelift of Del Mar’s aging retail corridor. City officials and the design firm Spurlock Landscape Architects — which led the corridor’s overhaul in 1996 —...

  • County fair’s beer festival brings the craft-beer gospel to the masses

    County fair’s beer festival brings the craft-beer gospel to the masses

    The menu of offerings at the San Diego International Beer Festival has grown so vast and varied that even its co-founder (and local beer impresario) Tom Nickel is at a loss to keep up. “I’d be surprised if I even get to try 20 or 30 in the festival’s three days,” Nickel said. “There’s just no way...

  • Del Mar charts its path forward on short-term rentals

    Del Mar charts its path forward on short-term rentals

    Del Mar has taken the first step in its piecemeal plan to lay out a new regime for regulating — and limiting — short-term rentals (STR’s), with an eye toward having a firm policy by October and possible state review at the end of this year. In the first of two STR sessions, the city council on...

  • Solana Beach to raze its iconic lifeguard headquarters

    Solana Beach to raze its iconic lifeguard headquarters

    It has stood guard over Fletcher Cove for more than 70 years, but its reign atop the bluff is coming to an end. With nearly every feature long having exceeded its useful life, the Solana Beach Marine Safety Center is heading toward a date with a bulldozer after the city council last week decided...

  • Torrey Pines High School twins overcome huge challenges to thrive in a variety of ways

    Torrey Pines High School twins overcome huge challenges to thrive in a variety of ways

    Taylor and Zac Scornavacco were too young to lose their father. The twins, among four siblings, were 11-year-old sixth graders when Michael Scornavacco died of pancreatic cancer in 2011. Their mother, Nancy Scornavacco, faced financial hardships amid the Great Recession that compounded the challenges...

  • Church and school roiled over visits by man accused in child pornography case

    Church and school roiled over visits by man accused in child pornography case

    Parents and parishioners at a local Catholic church and adjacent school are up in arms about regular weekly visits to the church by horse ranch owner Christian Clews, who faces federal charges of possessing and distributing child pornography. According to a court document, Clews, owner and operator...

  • Taking students out into nature’s classroom

    Taking students out into nature’s classroom

    The view from the heights of Elfin Forest offers a sweeping vista: to the north lay the paved-over gray of San Marcos and Escondido

  • Rentals issue in Del Mar sparks long-promised lawsuit

    Rentals issue in Del Mar sparks long-promised lawsuit

    Del Mar’s fractious debate over vacation rentals is back on the front burner, with a lawsuit filed in state court and the city council poised to plot its next steps toward a new long-term policy. A coalition of Del Mar residents filed suit on June 1 in San Diego Superior Court, challenging the...

  • CCA 12th Annual Film Festival a ‘reel success’

    CCA 12th Annual Film Festival a ‘reel success’

    Canyon Crest Academy’s 12th Annual Film Festival showcased over 25 short films and videos this year. CCA-TV - Envision Cinema Coordinator Mark Raines assisted the students with the production of the creative pieces. Over 200 students, parents and spectators filled the Proscenium Auditorium each...

  • State and regional honors bestowed on CCA Envision Cinema and CCA-TV

    State and regional honors bestowed on CCA Envision Cinema and CCA-TV

    Canyon Crest Academy Envision Cinema and CCA-TV students won big at the California Student Media Festival which took place recently in Los Angeles. Their entries received Best High School Journalism/News Program, Best Short Film and Best Cinematography in the state of California. The Cinematography...

  • Canyon Crest Academy alum wins Emmy College Television award

    Canyon Crest Academy alum wins Emmy College Television award

    A woman who grew up in Del Mar and attended Canyon Crest Academy has been honored with a prestigious filmmaking award. Becky Prolman, 25, a Chapman University graduate, won the Children's Television Programming distinction at the Emmy College Television Awards on May 24 for her senior project titled...

  • Council: Crafting a vision for Downtown Del Mar

    Council: Crafting a vision for Downtown Del Mar

    With a goal of getting shovels in the ground by January, outreach and planning are underway to choose the highest-priority projects from among a sweeping set of proposals for beautifying Del Mar’s downtown. City officials and downtown business owners have for years yearned to transform Del Mar’s...

  • Del Mar treads cautiously on Community Choice Energy

    Del Mar treads cautiously on Community Choice Energy

    Harboring a fair share of questions and concerns, Del Mar wants to look into a government-run energy alternative that would free the city from SDG&E’s long-standing monopoly. The City Council on Monday, June 5, voted unanimously to partner with three other North County cities on a feasibility study...

  • ‘Win Place Show’ leaves the gate with a crowded field

    ‘Win Place Show’ leaves the gate with a crowded field

    That one bet in 1970 still stands, all these years later, as Helen Watts’ biggest payout — and her most momentous. The 50-1 longshot bankrolled her and her husband’s bid that summer for the Del Mar home she lives in to this day. Every summer that followed, Watts and her husband devoted their days...

  • Del Mar native wins Emmy College Television award

    Del Mar native wins Emmy College Television award

    A woman who grew up in Del Mar and attended Canyon Crest Academy has been honored with a prestigious filmmaking award. Becky Prolman, 25, a Chapman University graduate, won the Children's Television Programming distinction at the Emmy College Television Awards on May 24 for her senior project titled...

  • North County man gets prison in Solana Beach kidnapping case

    North County man gets prison in Solana Beach kidnapping case

    While seated in a packed North County courtroom, a man who admitted he attacked a 7-year-old girl outside a Solana Beach elementary school two years ago was sentenced Wednesday, May 31, to more than 10 years in prison. Jack Henry Doshay, 24, pleaded guilty in March to one count of kidnapping and...

  • SoccerCity likely headed to citywide vote

    SoccerCity likely headed to citywide vote

    The San Diego Chargers may be bolting town but the stadium drama remains as the SoccerCity initiative seeks to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise to a revitalized Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley. La Jolla-based FS Investors gathered over 100,000 signatures in two weeks to put the...

  • Contract canceled for Cannabis Festival in Del Mar

    Contract canceled for Cannabis Festival in Del Mar

    After meeting harsh rebuke from the Del Mar Fairgrounds directors, organizers of what would have been the largest cannabis festival in San Diego have been sent scrambling back to the drawing board to write a new contract in time for the Sept. 23 event. Except this time, Lawrence Bame, lead proprietor...

  • Solana Beach embarks on new energy future

    Solana Beach embarks on new energy future

    Solana Beach is on its way to becoming the first jurisdiction in San Diego to move toward an energy alternative to SDG&E, striving for the promise of cheaper electricity rates, greater local control and a higher percentage of renewable energy. In a historic 4-1 vote on Wednesday, May 24, the Solana...

  • Del Mar school board works to build up reserves

    Del Mar school board works to build up reserves

    The Del Mar Union School District board is anticipating a small budget surplus for its 2017-18 budget. At its May 24 meeting, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Cathy Birks said the district is projecting revenues of $55.7 million and expenditures of $55.6 million, with an ending fund...

  • Del Mar City Council to voice concerns over Fairgrounds concert venue

    Del Mar City Council to voice concerns over Fairgrounds concert venue

    With what may be its only opportunity, the Del Mar City Council is planning on standing what ground it can next week over the $13.2 million proposal for an indoor arena

  • A world-record view at 10,000 feet

    A world-record view at 10,000 feet

    World records, for Jerry Jackson, are getting to be old hat. The 67-year-old Del Mar resident notched his 13th and 14th records earlier this month when he joined a group of over-60 divers hell-bent on breaking every skydiving mark they can. On May 4, the Skydivers Over Sixty group (SOS) took to...

  • Solana Beach looks to keep its surplus streak going

    Solana Beach looks to keep its surplus streak going

    On the strength of climbing property tax revenues and flat-lined employee salaries, Solana Beach is looking to continue its run of surplus budgets, a run that could make room to expand the city’s construction endeavors. City staff outlined the draft budget package for the Solana Beach City Council...

  • Stabbing suspect fatally shot by deputy in Del Mar

    Stabbing suspect fatally shot by deputy in Del Mar

    A man accused of stabbing another man at a Solana Beach restaurant was fatally shot by at least one deputy in Del Mar Monday, May 15, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies received a report of a stabbing at a Rubio’s eatery in a strip mall on South Highway 101, north of Via de la Valle, shortly before...

  • Student wellness a priority at San Dieguito Union High School District

    Student wellness a priority at San Dieguito Union High School District

    Throughout last week, a memorial grew in the parking lot in front of Torrey Pines High School, where in the early hours of Saturday, May 6, a 15-year-old Torrey Pines student was fatally shot by police officers after brandishing a BB gun. The student had a suicide note in his pocket. Coming together...

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