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  • Author urges teen writers to heed ‘the Whispers of Story’ at CCA Writers’ Conference

    Author urges teen writers to heed ‘the Whispers of Story’ at CCA Writers’ Conference

    Reality, we know, can be a tangled, chaotic mess. Mary E. Pearson’s words carried out over the auditorium at Canyon Crest Academy on Saturday morning, March 11, an ingot of truth carefully molded for the 200 teenagers who hung on her every word. The New York Times best-selling author — by way of...

  • Local man pleads guilty in Skyline student kidnapping case

    Local man pleads guilty in Skyline student kidnapping case

    A North County man accused of attacking a 7-year-old girl outside a Solana Beach elementary school pleaded guilty Thursday, March 16, to felony charges and agreed to be sentenced to more than a decade in prison. Nearly two years after he was first charged in the incident, Jack Henry Doshay, 24,...

  • Don Diego Clock Tower Upgrade

    Don Diego Clock Tower Upgrade

    The Del Mar Fairgrounds unveiled the newly refurbished Don Diego Clock Tower on Tuesday, March 14. The three-sided tower, which was built in 1953, features tile mosaics of fair ambassador Don Diego, who was played by actor Tommy Hernandez from 1947 to 1984. Recently, the structure below the tower,...

  • Del Mar Fairgrounds explores $13 million loan for new concert venue

    Del Mar Fairgrounds explores $13 million loan for new concert venue

    The board that oversees the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds approved a proposal by its staff to “investigate potential financing options” for a construction loan of up to $13 million, which would be used to convert an underperforming satellite wagering center into a 1,900-seat concert venue. The...

  • Solana Beach has work to do on meeting housing goals

    Solana Beach has work to do on meeting housing goals

    The city of Solana Beach still has a way to go to meet state-mandated goals on providing new housing units, but projects in the pipeline or under consideration will help, according to an update presented to the City Council on Wednesday, March 8. The state requires cities to provide an annual update...

  • Solana Beach City Council approves speed limit changes

    Solana Beach City Council approves speed limit changes

    The Solana Beach City Council, in response to a “speed survey” conducted in 2016, adjusted the speed limits for nine road segments in the city. The unanimous action came at the council’s meeting on Wednesday, March 8. The city hired Linscott, Law and Greenspan Engineers to conduct the citywide...

  • SDUHSD board passes resolution declaring all schools a ‘safe place’

    SDUHSD board passes resolution declaring all schools a ‘safe place’

    Speaking at the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board meeting March 9, San Dieguito High School Academy teacher Rob Ross said that a few weeks ago he noticed that one of his students seemed stressed in class. When he asked if she was OK, she burst into tears. The student told him...

  • Parents voice concerns about SDUHSD coach selection process

    Parents voice concerns about SDUHSD coach selection process

    As the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board was set to approve a number of contract coaches for school athletic teams at its March 9 meeting, some parents wanted assurances that all coaches are being properly vetted. Parent Wendy Gumb said she believed that in the case of some...

  • SDUHSD looking to close $9.2 million deficit by June

    SDUHSD looking to close $9.2 million deficit by June

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board approved its second interim budget for the 2016-17 school year at its March 9 meeting, a projected income of $131,982,190 and projected expenditures at $141,226,363. Over the next few months, the board will look at ways to chip away at...

  • Accomplished Paralympian swimmer Roy Perkins speaks at The Bishop’s School

    Accomplished Paralympian swimmer Roy Perkins speaks at The Bishop’s School

    Bishop’s alumnus Roy Perkins ’08, a successful two-time Paralympian swimmer, current student at Stanford University and recent recipient of the Challenged Athlete of the Year Award, spoke at The Bishop’s School Feb. 27 as an Endowed Leadership Lecture Series speaker. Perkins’ talk kicked off Acceptance...

  • New street signs at Del Mar Highlands

    New street signs at Del Mar Highlands

    Del Mar Highlands Town Center recently christened two new street signs with Casey Driveway and Donahue Driveway, one at the center’s entrance on Del Mar Heights Road and the other on El Camino Real. The signs were installed on Feb. 23 as a surprise to honor two top Donahue Schriber executives for...

  • Del Mar Hills technology teacher named finalist in prestigious Fellowship Award

    Kimber Johnston, STEAM+ technology specialist at Del Mar Hills Academy, has been named a finalist for the Computer-Using Educator’s (CUE) LeRoy Finkel “Big Idea” Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded each year to an educator who is integrating technology into standards-based education in innovative...

  • Del Mar Union School District recognized as a Common Sense Certified District: Digital Citizenship

    Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized the Del Mar Union School District as a Common Sense Certified District: Digital Citizenship. The Del Mar Union School District has demonstrated...

  • Bundles of marijuana found in Del Mar

    A beachgoer taking a morning walk near Seagrove Park March 3 came across several large, wrapped bundles of marijuana apparently abandoned by smugglers, authorities reported. The pedestrian reported the discovery at the foot of an oceanfront bluff off the terminus of 11th Street in Del Mar about...

  • Del Mar native overcomes hearing loss, receives scholarship to pursue medical career

    Del Mar native overcomes hearing loss, receives scholarship to pursue medical career

    Del Mar native Victoria Popov, 22, was recently awarded the Graeme Clark Scholarship from Cochlear Limited, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions. Born deaf, a whole new world opened up for Popov when she received cochlear implants at ages 8 and 17. The Canyon Crest Academy graduate...

  • More NYT bestselling authors than ever at this year’s Writers’ Conference, says President of CCA Creative Writing Club

    More NYT bestselling authors than ever at this year’s Writers’ Conference, says President of CCA Creative Writing Club

    Don’t be surprised when you start to see more and more bestselling authors coming out of San Diego.  Over the past five years, the CCA Writers’ Conference – the only free writers’ conference for high school students in the country – has continued to grow and encourage aspiring young writers, drawing...

  • Torrey Hills board again recommends new Carmel Mountain Road configuration

    Torrey Hills board again recommends new Carmel Mountain Road configuration

    The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board is re-igniting its attempts to restripe the Carmel Mountain Road and El Camino Real intersection. The board first made a request to the city back in 2009 to add a second northbound turn lane onto Carmel Mountain Road. Currently traveling to Carmel Mountain...

  • Carmel Valley planning board reviews Lighthouse Ridge development

    Carmel Valley planning board reviews Lighthouse Ridge development

    At its Feb. 23 meeting, the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board heard public input from local residents about a new 10-home housing development in Carmel Valley. Called Lighthouse Ridge, the development is planned on a vacant lot at the end of Lighthouse Way in a neighborhood behind Congregation...

  • Breeders’ Cup to showcase Del Mar’s charms, mayor says

    Breeders’ Cup to showcase Del Mar’s charms, mayor says

    Del Mar Mayor Terry Sinnott offered a tip to horse-racing aficionados at a press conference on Tuesday, Feb. 28, to announce the launch of ticket sales for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup, the world championship for the sport that will be held in November at the Del Mar racetrack. “If you’re planning to...

  • Ashley Falls students design new school garden

    Ashley Falls students design new school garden

    Ashley Falls Elementary School sixth graders played a big role in designing a new school garden, learning about working with a limited budget and using real world math to calculate the costs, geometry to determine the volume of the beds to purchase soil and sharpening their number sense working...

  • Del Mar curriculum coordinator honored for her work

    Del Mar curriculum coordinator honored for her work

    Dinah Brown, Del Mar Union School District’s coordinator of curriculum and instruction, was recently named the Association of California School Administrators’ curriculum and instructor administrator of the year for the San Diego region. At the Feb. 15 Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) board...

  • El Camino Real widening, new bridge to begin in 2021

    El Camino Real widening, new bridge to begin in 2021

    San Diego City Council approved a site development permit for the widening of El Camino Real and the replacement of the existing aging, narrow bridge across the San Dieguito River at its Feb. 14 meeting. District 1 Councilmember Barbara Bry quickly made the motion to approve the long-awaited project....

  • New beach parking meters are in the works for Del Mar

    New beach parking meters are in the works for Del Mar

    The city of Del Mar will create 149 new metered parking spaces in the North Beach area, and adjust parking fees and hours, under a plan approved Tuesday, Feb. 21, by the City Council. The plan required approval by the California Coastal Commission. Parking fees charged by the new meters, as well...

  • 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,...

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