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  • Horses, volunteers pour into Del Mar in wake of fires

    Horses, volunteers pour into Del Mar in wake of fires

    Roughly 850 horses — plus an untold number of pigs, goats, turtles, geese and ducks — have been evacuated to the Del Mar racetrack as fires continue to rage in northeastern parts of San Diego County that engulfed one of the county’s premier thoroughbred training facilities. Racetrack officials...

  • Parents sue school district after student meets predator using school computer

    Parents sue school district after student meets predator using school computer

    Solana Beach parents are suing a North County school district after their 12-year-old daughter came in contact with a sexual predator during school hours. San Dieguito Union High School District is accused of negligence in the suit, which was filed on Nov. 30 in San Diego Superior Court. The 10-page...

  • Man, 50, sought for using minor to sell weed at high school

    Man, 50, sought for using minor to sell weed at high school

    Authorities on Wednesday, Dec. 6, asked the public to help locate a San Diego man charged with using a juvenile to sell marijuana to students at a Carmel Valley-area school, as well as supplying pot to minors. San Diego police investigators said William John Sipperley may be armed, and may have...

  • No 'retreat' from rising sea levels for homes in Del Mar

    No 'retreat' from rising sea levels for homes in Del Mar

    The community of Del Mar is facing a reckoning. It has about 600 homes at beach level on the northern end of the city. They include some of San Diego County’s most expensive properties, including a home owned by Kim Fletcher, a member of one of San Diego’s pioneering families who lives with his...

  • Mayor’s gavel changes hands in Del Mar

    Mayor’s gavel changes hands in Del Mar

    One of the few claims that will draw no quarrel in Del Mar these days: 2017 has been one of the most momentous and contentious years in recent memory. No wonder, then, that Terry Sinnott was in a chipper mood this week as he called to order his final city council meeting as mayor. “Well, this is...

  • Neighbors have beef with Bully’s replacement

    Neighbors have beef with Bully’s replacement

    The highly anticipated proposal to replace the iconic Bully’s North tavern will be a much-needed boon to downtown Del Mar but runs afoul of numerous city regulations, say homeowners who live just west of the site. Residents of four homes on Stratford Court — whose homes share access to Del Mar...

  • Decision on Sorrento Valley marijuana outlet carried to next year

    Decision on Sorrento Valley marijuana outlet carried to next year

    San Diego City Council voted on a continuance on a proposed new Sorrento Valley marijuana outlet at its Dec. 4 meeting after some confusion between the applicant and staff about whether or not retail marijuana sales will be allowed. The Torrey Pines Community Plan has a policy that prohibits free-standing...

  • Elderly man, caretaker rescued from house fire in Del Mar

    Elderly man, caretaker rescued from house fire in Del Mar

    An elderly man and his caretaker were rescued from a house fire in Del Mar early Sunday, Dec. 3, authorities said. The blaze broke out about 2:30 a.m. in the garage of a home on Camino Del Mar near 27th Street, said Del Mar Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Ford. The location is steps from...

  • New lawsuit meets Del Mar’s ordinance on short-term rentals

    New lawsuit meets Del Mar’s ordinance on short-term rentals

    Del Mar’s controversy over short-term vacation rentals has borne its third lawsuit, this time over the city council’s decision to forego environmental review of the ordinance it adopted earlier this month. The lawsuit, filed in San Diego Superior Court on Nov. 15, contests the city’s decision to...

  • Del Mar Heights team wins ‘Champions’ award at FIRST Lego League tournament

    Del Mar Heights team wins ‘Champions’ award at FIRST Lego League tournament

    All nerves and frenetic energy, nearly 300 students gathered around the stage to hear the results from Day One of the FIRST Lego League’s San Diego regional tournament. The eight 6th graders from Del Mar Heights Elementary School huddled together in their cactus-themed headgear — a nod to the research...

  • Water district clients face rate hike for 2018

    Water district clients face rate hike for 2018

    The Santa Fe Irrigation District board approved a 4 percent rate increase, which will take effect on Jan. 1, at its meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16. The 3-1 decision, with director David Petree casting the lone "no" vote, will require the district to scale back its 10-year capital improvement plan...

  • Solana Beach declares support for its DACA residents

    Solana Beach declares support for its DACA residents

    Solana Beach has become the first local government to call on Congress to find a swift and uncompromised solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) crisis, the Obama-era program that has shielded from deportation more than 800,000 unauthorized immigrants — roughly 40,000 of...

  • Public's help wanted to find suspects in Carmel Valley gas station robbery

    Public's help wanted to find suspects in Carmel Valley gas station robbery

    Authorities are asking the public for help identifying and tracking down a man who brandished a machete last month while robbing a Carmel Valley gas station/market and a woman believed to have served as his getaway driver. The armed thief went into a restroom at the business in the 3800 block of...

  • Parents of child found

    Parents of child found

    Update to notice below — Connor was re-united with his parents at approximately 6:40 p.m. Nov. 16, according to a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department press release. An investigation is ongoing, but Connor's parents are not considered suspects, the press release stated. The San Diego County Sheriff's...

  • Woman, dog fatally hit by train in Del Mar

    Woman, dog fatally hit by train in Del Mar

    A woman and her dog were killed when they were struck by a passenger train in Del Mar Wednesday evening, Nov. 15, sheriff’s officials said. The northbound Coaster train was going about 50 mph when it hit the woman and her dog as they tried to walk across the coastal tracks near 11th street about...

  • San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy reaches a watershed moment

    San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy reaches a watershed moment

    Back home in Escondido, 11-year-old Jazmyne proudly maintains a garden flush with tomato, squash, lemon and watermelon, to name a few — and especially the red bell peppers her best friend Leslie, 10, loves so much. But on this day last summer, busily working behind the mesh netting of a native-plant...

  • Solana Beach tries new approach to parking regulation

    Solana Beach tries new approach to parking regulation

    Solana Beach is trying a new way to control its downtown parking problem — requiring more indoor workspace for employees. The city has proposed an ordinance that requires office buildings to have a minimum average workspace of 125 square feet per employee. That may seem like a wealth of space for...

  • Solana Beach delays implementation of new seawall fee

    Solana Beach delays implementation of new seawall fee

    Solana Beach decided Nov. 8 to postpone for a year the adoption of a recreation impact fee to be charged for seawall permits, so the city can consider new modifications suggested by the California Coastal Commission. “We want more vetting on this new scientific information that they’ve added,”...

  • Scripps unveils Master Plan for five hospital campuses, including Encinitas

    Scripps unveils Master Plan for five hospital campuses, including Encinitas

    Scripps Health Nov. 7 unveiled a master plan that represents the largest building program in the health care system’s 125-year history and triggers significant construction projects at its hospital campuses across San Diego County designed to serve the needs of the community for generations to...

  • Carmel Valley native Alexander Simone to appear on Shark Tank Nov. 12

    Carmel Valley native Alexander Simone to appear on Shark Tank Nov. 12

    Canyon Crest Academy graduate and entrepreneur Alexander Simone will appear on ABC’s Shark Tank this Sunday, Nov. 12 at 10 p.m.

  • Breeders’ Cup a success at Del Mar

    Breeders’ Cup a success at Del Mar

    Gun Runner, with Florent Geroux aboard, made a strong case for Horse of the Year honors with a 2 1/4-length victory in the $6 million, Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar on Saturday, Nov. 4. TVG Pacific Classic hero Collected came in second, while West Coast, owned by Gary and Mary West of...

  • Design guidelines aim to bring clarity to Del Mar neighborhoods

    Design guidelines aim to bring clarity to Del Mar neighborhoods

    In pursuit of harmonious neighborhood aesthetics — and to temper the city’s increasingly acrimonious review process — Del Mar has approved a comprehensive set of design guidelines meant to help applicants, architects and neighbors navigate the city’s process for architectural reviews, both for...

  • Seascape Sur staircase shuts down for $200,000 in repairs

    Seascape Sur staircase shuts down for $200,000 in repairs

    Four months of repairs got underway this week to replace the worn, wooden steps and rusted-out hangers and fasteners of the Seascape Sur stairway, one of five that descend from Solana Beach’s southern bluffs. Built in 1995 atop eight concrete piers -- three on the beach and five on the bluff --...

  • Ordinance on short-term vacation rentals in Del Mar formally adopted

    Ordinance on short-term vacation rentals in Del Mar formally adopted

    Del Mar has adopted its controversial ordinance on short-term vacation rentals, clearing the way for the regulations to go to the California Coastal Commission next year for possible approval. After settling on the specifics last month, the city council formally approved the ordinance on Nov. 6...

  • Solana 101 proposes vision for vacant lot

    Solana 101 proposes vision for vacant lot

    Rundown buildings and bare pavement greet the eye where the Solana Beach pedestrian bridge over the rail line arches from the Cedros Design District and empties onto the intersection of Dahlia Drive and Highway 101. The nearest gathering place is several hundred yards away. Instead, there sit 1.9...

  • Homeowners turn the tide in Del Mar’s planning for sea-level rise

    Homeowners turn the tide in Del Mar’s planning for sea-level rise

    Awash in backlash from homeowners demanding a wholesale rethink of two years’ work, Del Mar has changed course midstream in its plans to face the threats posed by rising oceans, narrowing beaches and increasingly severe floods. The city’s committee on sea-level rise has radically rewritten its...

  • Replacing Bully’s in Del Mar will have deep impacts

    Replacing Bully’s in Del Mar will have deep impacts

    Impacts from construction and truck access — both during construction and for deliveries once in operation — topped the concerns raised last week during Del Mar’s review of the hotly anticipated proposal by the nationally-renowned Hillstone Restaurant Group to demolish the iconic Bully’s North...

  • Adult students enthralled by top professors at One Day University

    Adult students enthralled by top professors at One Day University

    "There's something special about teaching a group of people who are there for the sheer love of learning rather than merely checking a box on their degree or fulfilling a requirement,” said Dr. Andrew Shatté Oct. 14 about presenting his lecture on “The Power of Resilience and the Science of Stress”...

  • Del Mar takes stand against Trump’s vision for offshore drilling

    Del Mar takes stand against Trump’s vision for offshore drilling

    Del Mar is taking a stand against President Donald Trump’s efforts to loosen restrictions on offshore drilling and energy exploration in federal waters — the first city south of Los Angeles County to do so. The Del Mar City Council unanimously agreed on Oct. 16 to call on California’s congressional...

  • Utility lines, downtown streetscape, Shores Park first in line for Measure Q windfall

    Utility lines, downtown streetscape, Shores Park first in line for Measure Q windfall

    With a laundry list of projects poised to cost tens of millions of dollars in the decade ahead, Del Mar took its first tentative steps this week toward spending the $2.25 million that will be generated by June 30 from the 1-cent sales tax increase voters approved last November. At a special administrative...

  • Robber armed with machete hits gas station store

    Robber armed with machete hits gas station store

    A man armed with a machete robbed a gas station convenience store in Carmel Valley Wednesday night, Oct. 25, San Diego police said. The holdup at the Shell gas station on Valley Center Drive at Carmel Creek Road occurred about 11:15 p.m. The robber was described as a white man, in his 30s, wearing...

  • Water board members balk at proposed 9 percent rate hike

    Water board members balk at proposed 9 percent rate hike

    Directors with the Santa Fe Irrigation District are mulling whether to impose a 9 percent rate increase on their customers in 2018, on the heels of 9 percent increases levied in 2016 and 2017. The proposed increase for 2018 is part of a three-year rate plan approved by the board in 2016. However,...

  • Del Mar Farmers Market awards scholarships

    Del Mar Farmers Market awards scholarships

    The Del Mar Farmers Market (DMFM) has awarded three scholarships for 2017. The recipients must be either vendors or family members that work half to full-time at the market and are enrolled in college classes. The nonprofit market began the scholarship program in memory of an early market manager,...

  • Santa Fe Irrigation District seeks applicants for open seat on board of directors

    Santa Fe Irrigation District seeks applicants for open seat on board of directors

    Augie Daddi, a member of the board of directors of the Santa Fe Irrigation District, is stepping down from his seat as of Nov. 1, according to the district. Daddi, who served on the board from 2005 until 2010, and then was re-elected to a new four-year term in 2014, is leaving the board due to...

  • 2017 Breeders’ Cup and Bing Crosby fall racing season set to begin

    2017 Breeders’ Cup and Bing Crosby fall racing season set to begin

    After many months of planning and prepping, the stage has been set for the 34th annual Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to come to Del Mar. It’s finally showtime. One of thoroughbred racing’s biggest events, the Breeders’ Cup consists of 13 Grade I races with purses and awards totaling...

  • Woman charged as police investigate drugs furnished to high school students

    Woman charged as police investigate drugs furnished to high school students

    San Diego police are investigating possible drug sales by at least one person — a high school parent — who may have provided substances to teenagers at a private San Diego high school and possibly other schools as well, authorities said this week. A Carmel Valley woman has been charged thus far...

  • Del Mar moves ahead with short-term rentals ordinance

    Del Mar moves ahead with short-term rentals ordinance

    Del Mar is ceding no ground in its ordinance to regulate and restrict short-term vacation rentals as the conflict heads toward two new fronts: review by the California Coastal Commission and adjudication in state court. At its first hearing on short-term rentals (STRs) since fielding pointed critiques...

  • Police investigating drug sales at high school

    Police investigating drug sales at high school

    Authorities are conducting an ongoing criminal investigation into drug sales and use that involves adults who may be providing drugs and alcohol to teenagers at a San Diego high school, according to Officer Trevor Philips of the San Diego Police Department, Northwest Division. Little information...

  • Solana Beach OKs 2nd phase of community energy

    Solana Beach OKs 2nd phase of community energy

    Solana Beach took another step Wednesday, Oct. 11, toward becoming the first city in San Diego County to provide its residents with a renewable alternative to electricity provided by San Diego Gas & Electric Co. City Council members agreed to enter the second of three phases that would lead to...

  • Scaled-down Watermark finds favor with the Planning Commission

    Scaled-down Watermark finds favor with the Planning Commission

    Showing only the slightest of reservations, Del Mar’s planning commission this week welcomed the latest updates to the long-debated, much-revised proposal for a gated condominium complex on Jimmy Durante Boulevard — with most commissioners indicating a preference for the less-dense of two versions....

  • Real life inspires Carmel Valley man's toy creations

    Real life inspires Carmel Valley man's toy creations

    About 20 years ago, Chuck Labitan was at the beach when he noticed people were throwing footballs or playing smashball, but it was rare to see anyone tossing a baseball back and forth. He speculated the reason might be that beach-goers didn’t want to ruin their leather baseball gloves with sand...

  • Petition calls for Del Mar to part ways with its city manager

    Petition calls for Del Mar to part ways with its city manager

    Fallout from the Pat Vergne controversy refuses to abate. With the specter of two possible lawsuits hanging overhead, a group of irate residents have mounted a petition calling on the city council not to renew the contract of City Manager Scott Huth when it expires in January. The petition on Change.org...

  • Slowly but surely, Solana Beach’s skatepark is taking shape

    Slowly but surely, Solana Beach’s skatepark is taking shape

    Solana Beach’s decade-old effort to build a skatepark in La Colonia Park took an incremental step last week as the city council gave engineers the go-ahead to prepare construction documents that will nail down the precise specs for the 6,000-square-foot facility. And with the project still facing...

  • Ocean-view dispute in Del Mar leads to lawsuit

    In the 15 years since Del Mar enacted its ordinance on scenic views, residents in the Del Mar Woods condo community have lodged dozens of complaints over the eucalyptus trees and assorted shrubbery that enclose a 5.8-acre homestead on Del Mar’s southern bluff. Descendants of Ralph and Marion Staver...

  • Information wanted on unknown suspect(s) that set fires at Carmel Valley schools

    Information wanted on unknown suspect(s) that set fires at Carmel Valley schools

    San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Metro Arson Strike Team (MAST) are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating an unknown suspect(s) wanted for intentionally setting two separate fires at schools in the Carmel Valley area. On Aug. 9, 2017 at approximately...

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