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  • County Supervisors wait on community choice energy study

    County Supervisors wait on community choice energy study

    Despite many public comments in support, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors opted not to go forward with a feasibility study on community choice aggregation (CCA), instead voting to wait a year and see how other cities’ and jurisdictions’ studies progress. Currently the cities of San Diego...

  • Short-term vacation rentals issue back on Del Mar council’s plate

    Short-term vacation rentals issue back on Del Mar council’s plate

    The hot potato political issue of short-term vacation rentals has landed back on the plate of the Del Mar City Council. Short-term rentals have become controversial in this coastal city in recent years with the advent of online rental services such as AirBnB. Permanent residents complain about...

  • Carmel Valley resident Robert J. Francavilla named ‘Trial Lawyer of the Year’

    Carmel Valley resident Robert J. Francavilla named ‘Trial Lawyer of the Year’

    CaseyGerry partner Robert J. Francavilla, a Carmel Valley resident, was named 2016 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD) during the organization’s 58th Annual Awards and Installation Dinner, held recently at the Westin San Diego downtown. Every year, CASD, a local...

  • North Coast Rep inks agreement with Encinitas on potential new space

    North Coast Rep inks agreement with Encinitas on potential new space

    And here we go again. North Coast Repertory Theatre announced Thursday morning, Feb. 16, that it has signed an exclusive negotiating agreement aimed at developing a new performing-arts facility in Encinitas. NCRT now becomes at least the fifth theater company to propose building a new home on the...

  • TPHS alum releases third novel in epic fantasy series

    TPHS alum releases third novel in epic fantasy series

    Matthew Wolf, the Torrey Pines High School alum and successful novelist, has been learning how to deal with a relatively new phenomenon for him.  “It’s weird, in the best way possible, being face to face with my fans,” Wolf explains. “One time, at Tulsa Comic Con I was at my booth and a huge man...

  • Del Mar Fairgrounds employees set to receive $500 ‘thank you’

    Del Mar Fairgrounds employees set to receive $500 ‘thank you’

    Directors with the board that oversees the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds have decided to reward their employees for their work in 2016 with $500 gift cards that can be used to purchase gasoline or goods at local merchants. The board of the 22nd District Agricultural Association approved the employee...

  • Planning in works for Del Mar’s first Breeders’ Cup

    Planning in works for Del Mar’s first Breeders’ Cup

    Tickets for the first-ever Breeders’ Cup horse race to be held at the Del Mar Race Track, one of the premier events on the sport’s annual calendar, are set to go on sale to the public March 6. An executive with the Breeders’ Cup gave an update on planning for the event, set for Nov. 3-4, to the...

  • No significant impacts found for Skyline School reconstruction

    No significant impacts found for Skyline School reconstruction

    Following the passing of the Prop JJ general obligation bond in November, the Solana Beach School District (SBSD) is getting ready to start moving this year on the reconstruction of 62-year-old Skyline Elementary School. The Coastal Commission has approved the complete remodel and on Feb. 9 the...

  • Construction crew turns Del Mar Fairgrounds parking lot into tidal wetland

    Construction crew turns Del Mar Fairgrounds parking lot into tidal wetland

    A construction crew is digging up thousands of cubic yards of dirt from a former parking lot next to the Del Mar Fairgrounds as part of an ambitious plan to restore the property to a tidal wetland, as it existed long before humans began developing the North County coast. The work, which began in...

  • Acclaimed Singer-songwriter Esmé Patterson headed to Belly Up in Solana Beach

    Acclaimed Singer-songwriter Esmé Patterson headed to Belly Up in Solana Beach

    On a cold Monday afternoon in Philadelphia, Penn., singer-songwriter Esmé Patterson is on a brief respite before a tour stop later that night. Patterson, who’s tour heads out west to Solana Beach’s Belly Up on Feb. 15, has grown accustomed to the hustle of being on the road.   “I don’t really live...

  • Israeli Ambassador offers advice to San Diego Jewish students

    Israeli Ambassador offers advice to San Diego Jewish students

    Danny Danon, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, offered words of support and advice to students at San Diego Jewish Academy on Jan. 31. Danon, who was in town for another speaking engagement, was invited to speak to students from San Diego Jewish Academy, Torah High and Southern California...

  • Parents Night Out Feb. 24 supports CCA club's home-building efforts

    Parents Night Out Feb. 24 supports CCA club's home-building efforts

    The Canyon Crest Academy Casas de Luz Club is hosting a Parents Night Out on Friday, Feb. 24 to raise funds to build a home in Tijuana, Mexico. The club is offering parents a chance to take a break and drop off their children anytime from 6-10 p.m. at the Univertarian Universalist Fellowship of...

  • Carmel Valley Middle School wins San Diego Regional Science Olympiad

    Carmel Valley Middle School wins San Diego Regional Science Olympiad

    Carmel Valley Middle School (CVMS) took home the first place trophy at the San Diego Regional Science Olympiad competition on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Carlsbad High School. This is the sixth consecutive year that CVMS has won first place at the regional competition. Ninety students on six teams from...

  • Police, school officials urge vigilance on teen drug use

    Police, school officials urge vigilance on teen drug use

    Police and school officials in Carmel Valley and surrounding communities want parents to know that teen drug use is a problem that can be reduced through awareness and engagement. Sgt. Wes Albers and Officer Robert Briggs, who work with juveniles in the San Diego Police Department’s Northwestern...

  • Residents have plenty to say on Del Mar road project

    Residents have plenty to say on Del Mar road project

    At a meeting in early January, the Del Mar City Council ordered city staff to do more work on a proposed $1.5 million road and sidewalk project on Camino Del Mar, and also to seek more comments from community members. When the discussion resumed on the project at a council meeting on Monday, Feb....

  • Driver injured in Del Mar when train hits SVU

    A southbound Coaster commuter train hit an SUV Saturday, Feb. 4, at a street crossing in Del Mar, and the driver was hospitalized with serious injuries, San Diego County sheriff's deputies said.   The collision was shortly before 2:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Coast Boulevard, where it crosses...

  • CCA students march to protest Trump immigration policies

    CCA students march to protest Trump immigration policies

    Students at Canyon Crest Academy peacefully protested President Donald Trump’s immigration policies during lunchtime on campus on Thursday, Feb. 2, carrying signs and marching silently through common areas at the school. Between 100 and 150 students took part in the march, said Safi Jafri, 16,...

  • New County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar jumps right into the fray

    New County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar jumps right into the fray

    As the newest member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Kristin Gaspar quickly found herself in a high-pressure situation. At her first meeting on Jan. 10, she cast the lone “no” vote on a 12.5 percent raise for herself and her board colleagues, as about two dozen people spoke against...

  • Brixton Capital purchases Del Mar Plaza

    Brixton Capital purchases Del Mar Plaza

     An affiliate of Brixton Capital recently purchased the Del Mar Plaza from Munich, Germany-based GLL Real Estate Partners for an undisclosed sum.  Del Mar Plaza is located at 1555 Camino Del Mar at 15th Street in the heart of Del Mar.  The 76,000-square-foot shopping center boasts panoramic ocean...

  • Del Mar Schools Education Foundation fundraising up

    Del Mar Schools Education Foundation fundraising up

    Del Mar Schools Education Foundation President Ty Humes reported to the Del Mar Union School District board Jan. 25 that the foundation has raised $632,000 so far this school year, $8,000 ahead of where they were last year. Carmel Del Mar School leads the way with participation as 69 percent of...

  • Del Mar school district to adopt new English Language Arts materials

    Del Mar school district to adopt new English Language Arts materials

    The Del Mar Union School District is in the process of bringing in new materials for its English Language Arts curriculum — the district is looking to adopt McGraw Hill Wonders for kindergarten through sixth grade and Study Sync for sixth grade, a more digital program. The current program was adopted...

  • Stop sign requested for safety on Carmel View Road

    Stop sign requested for safety on Carmel View Road

    The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board will consider a request for a new stop sign proposed for Carmel View Road and Caminito Mira Del Mar. The intersection is located just past Carmel Grove Park, at the entrance to the Sunstream community. Niveen Farmer, a Carmel Valley resident for 13 years,...

  • Solana Beach council approves new firefighters contract

    Solana Beach council approves new firefighters contract

    The city of Solana Beach has reached agreement on a new, two-year contract with its firefighters union, which provides increases in salaries and benefits, but also calls for some of the city's firefighters to pay a larger share of pension costs. The City Council unanimously approved the agreement...

  • Kilroy Realty celebrates breaking ground on long-awaited One Paseo mixed-use project

    Kilroy Realty celebrates breaking ground on long-awaited One Paseo mixed-use project

    While the earth has already been moving at the One Paseo site since late December, Kilroy Realty held an official groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 25 for what was lauded as a “transformative” mixed-use project for San Diego. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer was there to celebrate the culmination of...

  • Carmel Del Mar students receive a perfect score at WordMasters Challenge

    Carmel Del Mar students receive a perfect score at WordMasters Challenge

    Three students representing Carmel Del Mar Elementary School recently received a perfect score in the first of three meets in this year’s WordMasters Challenge — a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters...

  • Torrey Pines Pop Warner JV cheerleading team takes 2nd place at Jamz Nationals

    Torrey Pines Pop Warner JV cheerleading team takes 2nd place at Jamz Nationals

    Torrey Pines Falcons JV Cheerleading team performed their last competition of the season and placed second at Jamz Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 20. It was a challenging week leading up to the competition with several girls battling the flu. The girls experienced quite the roller coast ride...

  • UCSD Supercomputer Center shaped by two Del Mar residents

    UCSD Supercomputer Center shaped by two Del Mar residents

    When the San Diego Supercomputer Center opened on the UCSD campus in 1985, its first machine, the CRAY XMP-48, cost $14 million and was considered one of the fastest computers in the world. Today’s iPhones, which can fit easily in a pocket or purse, are more powerful. Over the past 32 years, the...

  • SOUL charter school approved for Encinitas

    SOUL charter school approved for Encinitas

    On Jan. 19, the San Diego County Board of Education approved the SOUL charter school for a two-year term, the first charter school approved on appeal by the county since 2003. SOUL (School of Universal Learning), which aims to open its 7-12th grade school this fall in Encinitas, saw its petition...

  • Eric Dill appointed to lead San Dieguito Union High School District in 3-2 vote

    Eric Dill appointed to lead San Dieguito Union High School District in 3-2 vote

    Eric Dill was officially voted the new superintendent of the San Dieguito Union High School District on Jan. 19, but he did not receive a unanimous vote of confidence from his board. Trustees Mo Muir and John Salazar voted against his appointment despite the board having reached unanimous support...

  • Canyon Crest Academy’s Creative Writing Club announces Gold Sponsor for CCA Writers’ Conference

    Canyon Crest Academy’s Creative Writing Club announces Gold Sponsor for CCA Writers’ Conference

    Canyon Crest Academy’s Creative Writing Club recently announced that IDW Publishing will be a Gold Sponsor for the 6th Annual Canyon Crest Academy Writers’ Conference on Saturday, March 11. Founded in 1999, IDW started as an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels, and trade paperbacks,...

  • Tony-nominated Susan Egan works with CCA students for Rendezvous in Paris Gala

    Tony-nominated Susan Egan works with CCA students for Rendezvous in Paris Gala

    How many of us dreamed of being a princess? For Susan Egan, her dream came true on Broadway as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and now she is headed to San Diego. Tony-nominated Broadway superstar Susan Egan, will be headlining the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation’s Rendezvous in Paris Gala...

  • New allegations made against horse ranch operator charged in child porn case

    New allegations made against horse ranch operator charged in child porn case

    At least three people have accused Carmel Valley horse ranch operator Christian Clews of having “inappropriate sexual contact” with them while they were minors, a federal prosecutor said in court on Thursday, Jan. 19. Clews, 51, who runs the Clews Horse Ranch and is a former long-time member of...

  • TPHS pianist wins gold at international competition

    TPHS pianist wins gold at international competition

    Andrew Zhao, a junior at Torrey Pines High School, won the gold medal and a $5,000 prize in the Yamaha USASU International Competition for Young Pianists held from Jan. 4 - 7 at the Arizona State University School of Music in Tempe, Ariz.  The 16-year-old pianist competed in the Senior Category...

  • Solana Beach kids start nationwide letter-writing effort for climate change

    Solana Beach kids start nationwide letter-writing effort for climate change

    A group of Solana Beach kids are hoping to raise national awareness for global warming in a letter- writing campaign to President-elect Donald Trump, beginning on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20. The effort, called Kids4PlanetEarth, began late last year when mothers Ann Wycoff, a journalist, and Heidi...

  • Scripps begins utilizing innovative breast cancer treatment

    Scripps begins utilizing innovative breast cancer treatment

    On the afternoon of Jan. 3, Christine Geckeler had early stage breast cancer. Hours later, she did not. Geckeler, 58, underwent a new breast cancer treatment at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla that allowed her to get all her radiation at once just moments after undergoing a lumpectomy operation....

  • Driver injured after car rolls over in Del Mar Heights

    A motorist backing out of a steep driveway in Del Mar Heights became trapped Jan. 16 when his car rolled over and came to rest upside-down, according to fire officials. San Diego Fire-Rescue Department personnel responded to a medical aid call about 2:15 p.m. in the 16000 block of Nob Avenue, then...

  • Del Mar seeks to move tracks from bluff more quickly than planned

    Del Mar seeks to move tracks from bluff more quickly than planned

    Del Mar City Council members, concerned about environmental, safety and economic problems posed by the railway tracks that run atop the city's oceanfront bluffs, want to speed up regional planning for moving the tracks, while at the same time looking at opportunities for a safe pedestrian rail...

  • Del Mar Council sends short-term rental issue to Planning Commission

    The controversial issue of whether short-term vacation rentals should be allowed in Del Mar and, if so, how they should regulated, will go next before the city’s Planning Commission for consideration, under a decision made Tuesday, Jan. 17, by the City Council. Short-term rentals, such as properties...

  • 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

    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...

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