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  • Council to weigh in on contentious issue of short-term rentals in Del Mar

    Council to weigh in on contentious issue of short-term rentals in Del Mar

    The Del Mar municipal code is silent on whether short-term rentals of houses and condominiums to vacationers is permitted in the city's residential neighborhoods. Although the practice has gone on for years - some say decades - in Del Mar, the lack of specificity has created a sort of legal vacuum...

  • Adult students captivated by top professors speaking at One Day University event

    Adult students captivated by top professors speaking at One Day University event

    “You’re now going to experience all the good things about school without the horrible things that used to make me cry, like tests and homework and being called on,” said Katrina Orsini in her welcome to 300 adult students at One Day University Saturday, March 18. Rather than sitting at cramped...

  • Deadline for Solana Beach scholarship programs April 30

    Deadline for Solana Beach scholarship programs April 30

    Two local groups are offering $1,000 scholarships to Solana Beach students who are planning to attend college or vocational programs. The deadline to apply for both scholarship programs is April 30. Both groups, the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society and Friends of the Solana Beach Library,...

  • Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club Oratorical Contest winners announced

    Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club Oratorical Contest winners announced

    The Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club held its annual Oratorical Contest for students March 25. Contest Chairman John Murphy, DTM, organized and conducted the contest at the Calvary Lutheran Church Hall in Solana Beach. Eleven students entered the contest and competed for medallions and cash...

  • Transgender woman alleges discrimination by some Belly Up staff members

    Transgender woman alleges discrimination by some Belly Up staff members

    A transgender woman says she was shocked and embarrassed last week when she came out of the women's restroom during a concert at the Belly Up Tavern, and a venue employee admonished her that she had to use the bathroom corresponding with the gender on her driver's license. "It was like public shaming...

  • Sign redesign in the works at Torrey Hills Apartments

    Sign redesign in the works at Torrey Hills Apartments

    The Irvine Company is in the process of rebranding its signage for the Torrey Hills Apartment Homes and will work with the Torrey Hills Community Planning Board on a solution that works for all. According to Ruben Andrews of Graphic Solutions, Irvine decided to suspend processing of its previous...

  • Skatepark design contract approved by Solana Beach council

    Skatepark design contract approved by Solana Beach council

    A long-planned skatepark in La Colonia Park moved a step closer to reality as the Solana Beach City Council approved spending $91,000 on final design work for the project. The decision was made on a 5-0 vote at the council meeting on Wednesday, March 22. The two outside firms hired to design the...

  • Del Mar City Hall hopes to go solar

    Del Mar City Hall hopes to go solar

    As construction of Del Mar’s sprawling new civic center on Camino Del Mar bulldozes ahead throughout the rest of this year, the roof of the future city hall will bear perhaps the project’s crowning achievement: an array of solar panels connected to an innovative battery storage system that will...

  • Torrey Pines High School dance team wins national championship

    Torrey Pines High School dance team wins national championship

    The Torrey Pines High School dance team won the national championship at the West Coast Elite National Competition in Long Beach on March 18. At the grand finale gala event, two Torrey Pines dances competed for the title. The Small Hip Hop crew won first place in the gold category, earning the...

  • North Coast Rep to present 'Travels with My Aunt'

    North Coast Rep to present 'Travels with My Aunt'

    North Coast Repertory Theatre continues Season 35 with “Travels with My Aunt,” a 2015 New York Times Critic’s Pick that was hailed as “a triumph of theatrical style.” Giles Havergal adapted the Graham Greene novel about eccentric Aunt Augusta who swoops in and shakes up the life of her staid bourgeois...

  • Carmel Valley student crowned countywide spelling champion

    Carmel Valley student crowned countywide spelling champion

    Pacific Trails Middle School student Yash Hande correctly spelled “sphacelated” to win the 48th annual San Diego Union-Tribune Countywide Spelling Bee. “Sphacelated,” which means affected by, characterized by, or likened to gangrene continues the theme of winning words that would make any middle...

  • Local leads the way for women in STEM at Our Lady of Peace

    Local leads the way for women in STEM at Our Lady of Peace

    As the head of school for Academy of Our Lady of Peace, Carmel Valley’s Lauren Lek is preparing 750 young women for the future, carrying on the 134-year-old school’s legacy of educating the next generation of women leaders and innovators; helping them find their voice and compete at all levels...

  • San Diego County bans marijuana dispensaries

    San Diego County bans marijuana dispensaries

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors banned medical and non-medical marijuana facilities within the unincorporated areas of the county in a 3-2 vote on March 15. Supervisor Kristin Gaspar proposed the ban in January in the interest of public safety in an “uncertain environment.” “We have ever-growing...

  • Del Mar working on plan to deal with rising ocean level

    Del Mar working on plan to deal with rising ocean level

    A citizen’s advisory committee will soon release a report with recommendations on how the city of Del Mar and private property owners should deal with rising ocean levels, which scientists anticipate will be one result of global warming. Del Mar council members Dave Druker and Dwight Worden, who...

  • Del Mar City Council short-term rentals hearing set for April 17

    Del Mar City Council short-term rentals hearing set for April 17

    The controversial question of whether short-term vacation rentals such as those offered on AirBnB and other websites are allowed in Del Mar’s residential neighborhoods is set to get a full airing before the City Council on April 17. At issue is whether Del Mar’s land-use rules, including its zoning...

  • 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...

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