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  • SDA, CCA students only Dean's List award winners at international robotics competition

    SDA, CCA students only Dean's List award winners at international robotics competition

    Two North County students were recognized as the only “Dean’s List” award recipients at an international robotics competition in Idaho late last month. Jana Roper, a junior at San Dieguito Academy, and Ronak Roy, a junior at Canyon Crest Academy, each were honored with the award at the FIRST (For...

  • Woman hit, killed by train in Del Mar

    Woman hit, killed by train in Del Mar

    A woman was hit and killed by an Amtrak train in Del Mar on Sunday morning, April 8. The incident happened on the tracks at 15th Street and Coast Boulevard about 10 a.m., said sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Eikermann. The Amtrak train was traveling north around 48 mph when the woman walked past the intersection’s...

  • Solana Beach mayor steps down, special meeting set for April 11

    Solana Beach mayor steps down, special meeting set for April 11

    Solana Beach Mayor Virginia “Ginger” Marshall has resigned her seat effective immediately, the city council’s second unexpected departure in the past month. “Please accept my letter of resignation from Mayor of Solana Beach,” she wrote in her April 5 resignation letter. “It has been an honor to...

  • Stage is set for April 24 showdown on fairgrounds gun shows

    Stage is set for April 24 showdown on fairgrounds gun shows

    Encinitas and Solana Beach are throwing their weight behind a renewed push to ban gun shows from the Del Mar Fairgrounds, with both city councils in the past two weeks following the City of Del Mar’s lead in demanding tighter gun controls. Going even further, Del Mar Mayor Dwight Worden is drafting...

  • Del Mar sets path for the future of North Bluff Preserve

    Del Mar sets path for the future of North Bluff Preserve

    Still months away from putting detailed designs to paper, Del Mar took its first steps this week to narrow down its vision for the nature preserve at the crown of the bluff overlooking North Beach. The challenge before the City Council on April 2: safeguard the 4-acre plot’s natural character while...

  • Del Mar to tread cautiously on amendment to city charter

    Del Mar to tread cautiously on amendment to city charter

    Del Mar is moving forward on possible changes to the city charter that would grant greater powers over land-use—albeit tentatively for now, out of concern over the amendment’s demands on city staff at a time when the city is hundreds of hours short of having the manpower to tackle a slew of long-delayed...

  • DMUSD plans to combine Hills, Heights and pursue 2018 bond

    DMUSD plans to combine Hills, Heights and pursue 2018 bond

    The Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) unveiled a new plan to deal with its facilities issues that includes combining Del Mar Hills and Del Mar Heights schools into one brand new school. In the proposal, both Del Mar Hills and Del Mar Heights would no longer exist and a new school with a new...

  • San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) College and Career Night and Fair

    The seventh annual SDUHSD College and Career Night and Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 25, from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This event is sponsored by the San Dieguito Union High School District and will serve the students of Canyon Crest Academy, LaCosta Canyon High School,...

  • Del Mar loosens leash on dog restrictions

    Del Mar loosens leash on dog restrictions

    Del Mar, the only city in North County to allow off-leash dogs on the beach, decided April 2 to expand the area and the hours for the animals to run free, the first change to its canine regulations in 30 years. Del Mar residents love their dogs. For years, their pets have been allowed to run free...

  • Solana Beach’s housing struggles continue

    Solana Beach’s housing struggles continue

    Despite issuing its highest number of building permits in any year this decade, Solana Beach remains on pace to fall far short of its new-housing targets for the planning cycle that runs through 2020 — a shortfall that becomes even more glaring when parsed out for lower-income housing. Every city...

  • ‘Home rule’ amendment being drawn up for Del Mar

    ‘Home rule’ amendment being drawn up for Del Mar

    Del Mar appears headed for a referendum this November on restoring the full breadth of the city’s “home rule” powers, thereby bolstering its ability to resist certain state dictates. Mayor Dwight Worden and Councilwoman Ellie Haviland are working on an amendment to the city’s charter that would...

  • Carmel Valley planning board objects to building homes in open space

    Carmel Valley planning board objects to building homes in open space

    The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved the new Lighthouse Ridge housing development with the condition that two of the proposed 10 homes are deleted as the board believes the lots are in designated open space land. The board has been looking into the complicated development issue since...

  • Solana Beach quiet on challenge to at-large elections

    Solana Beach quiet on challenge to at-large elections

    Solana Beach is staying mum as the April 3 deadline nears for responding to a lawyer’s request that the city abandon its at-large elections for city council. Part of a campaign that has compelled scores of cities across California over the past five years to switch to district-based voting, Malibu-based...

  • SDUHSD announces 2018-19 principal changes

    SDUHSD announces 2018-19 principal changes

    Carmel Valley Middle School Principal Cara Dolnik will move to Diegueño Middle School beginning next school year, following the announcement that current Diegueño Principal Jeff Copeland and Assistant Principal Guen Butler have both chosen to return to teaching.

  • Rules for traffic and special events take shape for Del Mar’s new civic center

    Rules for traffic and special events take shape for Del Mar’s new civic center

    With opening day penciled in at less than two months away, the finer points of day-to-day operations and special events at Del Mar’s new city hall and civic center are taking shape. A slight—but to neighbors, significant—tweak to the traffic-circulation plan for the 1.5-acre complex between 10th...

  • TPHS teen wins award in NASA Design Contest

    TPHS teen wins award in NASA Design Contest

    Stefan Prestrelski, a student from Torrey Pines High School, has won first prize in the 10th Grade Individual Category from the 2018 NASA Ames Space Settlement Design Contest.

  • Bikeshare partnership in the works for North County

    Bikeshare partnership in the works for North County

    Prepare for the bikeshare onslaught. Five North County cities are banding together to gather information from bikeshare companies in the hopes of finding one to run a one-year pilot program that could launch within the next two months. Encinitas, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad and Oceanside have...

  • Motorcyclist trapped under car driven by teen

    Motorcyclist trapped under car driven by teen

    A motorcyclist was trapped under an SUV on Sunday, March 25, after a teen learning how to drive the vehicle turned left in front of the oncoming bike in Del Mar, a sheriff's corporal said. The crash happened shortly before 6:50 p.m. at the intersection of Camino Del Mar and La Amatista Road, Cpl....

  • Beach analysis paints a pricy picture for Del Mar

    Beach analysis paints a pricy picture for Del Mar

    Combating sea-level rise by spreading sand on Del Mar’s beaches will likely suffice for a few decades, then become an exorbitantly expensive and uncertain undertaking, according to the first comprehensive analysis of sediment migration patterns in Del Mar. Known as “sand nourishment,” placing sand...

  • Del Mar, Solana Beach set sights on gun control, fairgrounds gun show

    Del Mar, Solana Beach set sights on gun control, fairgrounds gun show

    Outrage over last month’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla. is manifesting into political action at the local level as Del Mar and Solana Beach gear up to pressure state and federal officials for deeper and wider gun control laws, and mount the loudest calls yet for the Del Mar Fairgrounds...

  • Solana Beach opens the door for affordable housing at city hall

    Solana Beach opens the door for affordable housing at city hall

    After a decade of minimal progress toward state mandates, Solana Beach this summer will consider proposals for building below-market housing alongside—and possibly, in place of—city hall. The Solana Beach City Council on March 14 voted 3-1 to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) calling for designs...

  • Earl Warren students walk out

    Earl Warren students walk out

    Earl Warren Middle School student Rosie Snider organized a walkout on campus for the National School Walkout on March 14.

  • Two Santa Fe Christian students named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist

    Two Santa Fe Christian students named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist

    Competing with more than 1.6 million students, Santa Fe Christian (SFC) seniors Paolo Pasco and Deine Shin were each recently named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. Paolo Pasco came to SFC as a freshman, “My parents had different ideas as to what they wanted for me in a high school. My mom...

  • Del Mar gun show crowd, protesters illustrate national division over gun rights

    Del Mar gun show crowd, protesters illustrate national division over gun rights

    The line began to form Saturday, March 17, well before the 9 a.m. opening of the Crossroads of the West Gun Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, despite the morning rain that left huge swaths of the parking lot a virtual lake. Gun buyers, weapons enthusiasts, young, old, families, parents with children...

  • SDUHSD board adopts resolution for student safety

    SDUHSD board adopts resolution for student safety

    One day after students across the nation walked out in protest of gun violence, the San Dieguito Union High School District Board (SDUHSD) of Trustees took steps March 15 to better ensure safety for students following the Parkland shooting and threats made to local schools. The board voted four...

  • Carmel Valley student crowned countywide spelling champion

    Carmel Valley student crowned countywide spelling champion

    Kevin Luo to represent county at National Spelling Bee in May

  • Mike Nichols unexpectedly resigns from Solana Beach City Council

    Mike Nichols unexpectedly resigns from Solana Beach City Council

    Mike Nichols, Solana Beach’s longest-serving member of the city council, has unexpectedly resigned his seat with nine months left on his four-year term. Mayor Ginger Marshall announced at the council’s March 14 meeting that Nichols “tendered his resignation as of Monday, March 12.” She did not...

  • Solana Beach district agrees to salary increases

    Solana Beach district agrees to salary increases

    The Solana Beach School District and certificated and classified teachers’ unions were able to come together on a new collective bargaining agreement, to be ratified at a special board meeting on March 20. The agreement came after some tension-filled school board meetings and “some negativity,...

  • Lessons in resilency, hope at suicide prevention week at Torrey Pines

    Lessons in resilency, hope at suicide prevention week at Torrey Pines

    Last week was Yellow Ribbon Week on the Torrey Pines High School campus, a week centered on suicide prevention. In a crowded gym on March 7, teacher Don Collins had each teenager turn to the student next to them and say: “It’s good to see you” and “I care about you.” In unison, the students said:...

  • Fairgrounds and KAABOO settle concessionaire dispute

    Fairgrounds and KAABOO settle concessionaire dispute

    KAABOO and the Del Mar Fairgrounds have come to tacit albeit tenuous terms in their fiery dispute over the music festival’s concessionaire contract—an agreement that was nearly derailed by the back-channel machinations of a KAABOO lobbyist in Sacramento, according to 22nd District Agricultural...

  • Del Mar campaign reforms take hold ahead of 2018 election

    Campaign reforms went into effect last week that will allow candidates for the Del Mar City Council to raise more money while also tightening financial disclosures alongside a stricter—but voluntary—set of ethical guidelines. The reforms mark Del Mar’s first since 2000, and take aim at making this...

  • $3 million in ‘urgent repairs’ needed along rail line on Del Mar bluffs

    $3 million in ‘urgent repairs’ needed along rail line on Del Mar bluffs

    Construction crews will descend this fall on Del Mar’s southern bluffs for three to four months of urgent repairs beneath and around a 1.5-mile stretch of railroad, focusing mostly on drainage infrastructure and related fixtures that have rusted through, eroded and in some spots collapsed altogether....

  • Bike-sharing idea spreading to coastal North County

    Bike-sharing idea spreading to coastal North County

    Dockless bike sharing, the novel idea that rolled out with a rough start in San Diego in February, could spread to North County coastal communities as soon as this summer. Led by Encinitas, the proposed one-year pilot program may also include Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Camp Pendleton...

  • Del Mar Golf Center wins several tops honors

    The Del Mar Golf Center has recently teed up a number of top honors for coaching, club-fitting and ranking among the highest stand-alone golf ranges in the nation. Matthew Clay, general manager of the Del Mar Golf Center, has been named one of the “Top 50 Kids Teachers” by U.S. Kids Golf. The award...

  • Torrey Hills Rubiks Cube teams win awards at competition

    Torrey Hills Rubiks Cube teams win awards at competition

    The Torrey Hills Rubiks Cube teams took part in the Super STEM San Diego Science Festival at Cal State San Marcos March 10. A team of eight students compete to solve 25 cubes in the fastest time.

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