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  • 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...

  • Solana Beach comes to terms with concert venue at Del Mar Fairgrounds

    Solana Beach comes to terms with concert venue at Del Mar Fairgrounds

    The $13 million transformation of the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ satellite betting center is back on track, just in time for the project’s hearing before the California Coastal Commission. Fairgrounds officials announced Friday, Sept. 29 that they have resolved their dispute with the City of Solana Beach...

  • Del Mar is reimagining Scripps bluff preserve and North Beach

    Del Mar is reimagining Scripps bluff preserve and North Beach

    High above the scenic union of San Dieguito River and Pacific Ocean sits an alcove of sage scrub and coastal succulents lined with footpaths and ringed by a low wooden railing along the bluff’s edge. The most extravagant embellishment: a pair of sand-colored stone benches. The spare outpost overlooking...

  • 3 arrested, marijuana seized after boat comes ashore at Del Mar beach

    3 arrested, marijuana seized after boat comes ashore at Del Mar beach

    More than 60 bundles of marijuana were seized and three men were arrested early Monday, Sept. 18, after a suspected smuggling boat came ashore in Del Mar, Border Patrol officials said. The panga was spotted by agents around 2:30 a.m. at the beach near Fourth Street, north of Torrey Pines State...

  • Osher gives learning opportunities to people over 50

    Osher gives learning opportunities to people over 50

    Carol Roberts is preparing for her first day of school. This quarter, she'll take classes in a range of subjects, from science to politics, at UC San Diego in La Jolla. But Roberts isn't the typical college student. She's 79. The Solana Beach woman will take part in classes at the Osher Lifelong...

  • Solana Beach moves forward with expedited permit for electric car charging stations

    Solana Beach moves forward with expedited permit for electric car charging stations

    The Solana Beach City Council, complying with a mandate by the state of California, has approved new rules to expedite and streamline the permit process for electric car charging stations.

  • Solana Beach council votes to extend red-light camera contract

    Solana Beach council votes to extend red-light camera contract

    Red-light cameras will remain in place at three locations in Solana Beach for as long as eight more years, under action taken by the City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12. An item that authorizes the city manager to extend the contract with Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc. to operate and...

  • Del Mar puts late-night ordinance on ice

    Del Mar puts late-night ordinance on ice

    Trying to tackle a decades-old dilemma in Del Mar’s downtown corridor, Del Mar will hold off on a nuisance-based ordinance while the city instead explores the costs of hiring late-night police patrols. Neighbors to Del Mar’s bar scene downtown have long been infuriated by noise, trash and other...

  • Planning commission balks at rentals proposal

    Planning commission balks at rentals proposal

    In a stinging — albeit non-binding — rebuke of Del Mar’s efforts to regulate and restrict short-term rentals, the city planning commission on Sept. 12 refused to endorse the proposed framework, calling instead for a year-long investigation into rentals’ economic and neighborhood impacts. Under...

  • Del Mar puts late-night ordinance on ice

    Del Mar puts late-night ordinance on ice

    Trying to tackle a decades-old dilemma in Del Mar’s downtown corridor, Del Mar will hold off on a nuisance-based ordinance while the city instead explores the costs of hiring late-night police patrols. Neighbors to Del Mar’s bar scene downtown have long been infuriated by noise, trash and other...

  • Fresh Brothers to donate percentage of orders Sept. 19 to hurricane flood relief

    Fresh Brothers to donate percentage of orders Sept. 19 to hurricane flood relief

    On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Fresh Brothers will donate 20 percent of its sales from all stores to the American Red Cross to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Florida. On Sept. 12, the fast-casual pizza restaurant donated 20 percent of its sales from all its stores to the Greater Houston Community...

  • Sept. 7: Event briefs

    Sept. 7: Event briefs

    Summer Twilight Concert Sept. 10 The Del Mar Foundation’s final Summer Twilight Concert of this season will be held Sunday, Sept. 10 at Powerhouse Park, 1658 Coast Boulevard, Del Mar, with Sensation Show Band performing. All concerts are free and open to the public. The concert begins at 5 p.m.,...

  • Carmel Valley Girl Scouts change lives, earn Gold Award

    Carmel Valley Girl Scouts change lives, earn Gold Award

    Girl Scouts Julia Camilleri, Brittany Jiang, Maya Kota, Rachel Lian and Kara Nepomuceno, all of Carmel Valley, have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award — the organization’s highest honor — for creating meaningful, sustainable change in the world around them. Just five percent of Girl Scouts nationwide...

  • Carmel Valley’s Elle McCue honored by NASA Academy

    Carmel Valley’s Elle McCue honored by NASA Academy

    Elle McCue, who is a sophomore student this fall at Canyon Crest Academy, was selected to receive the highest honor awarded to a student at NASA’s Advanced Space Academy.

  • Solana Beach to feel effects of Del Mar resort

    Solana Beach to feel effects of Del Mar resort

    Del Mar will get the high-paying guests and their tax revenue, while Solana Beach will get the traffic, noise and other drawbacks from a 16-acre bluff-top resort proposed just north of Dog Beach at the mouth of the San Dieguito River. That’s the opinion of Solana Beach Mayor Mike Nichols on the...

  • Vergne documents unleash outrage

    Vergne documents unleash outrage

    The release of documents from the four-month investigation that led to last month’s termination of Pat Vergne, Del Mar’s chief lifeguard and director of community services, has inflamed the already contentious dispute into a fire storm. In one scathing diatribe after another at the Del Mar City...

  • At Casa de Amistad, tutors find a second calling

    At Casa de Amistad, tutors find a second calling

    It’s not always the whiz-kids blazing a path toward college that hit John Gunther the hardest. Sometimes, it’s the kids he didn’t think wanted his help to begin with. Like Jose, for example. Gunther didn’t have the highest of hopes when he started tutoring the high school junior two years ago through...

  • San Dieguito Union High School District and Canyon Crest Academy rank #1 in Niche School Rating

    San Dieguito Union High School District and Canyon Crest Academy rank #1 in Niche School Rating

    San Dieguito Union High School District and Canyon Crest Academy continue to climb in the school ratings, recently being named the number one district and high school in San Diego County, according to a news release. Niche’s 2018 Best Public High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of...

  • 12th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon gets ready to make a splash

    12th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon gets ready to make a splash

    With summertime nearing its close, west-coast canines wouldn’t dream of missing the singular event of the beach season – Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 12th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, held at Dog Beach in Del Mar, presented by Blue Buffalo. Surfing canines love this dog surf-competition in particular...

  • Aug. 31: Event briefs

    Aug. 31: Event briefs

    Taste of Del Mar The Del Mar Village Association will present The Taste of Del Mar Sept. 7 from 5-8 p.m. The village of Del Mar celebrates the culinary flavors and local libations that make the Del Mar Village so unique. Attendees are invited to savor tastes from more than 25 local and award-winning...

  • Tween dancer Merrick Hanna has 'Got Talent'

    Tween dancer Merrick Hanna has 'Got Talent'

    Famously taciturn TV talent judge Simon Cowell isn’t one to gush. But when it came to appraising the robot-style dancing of 12-year-old Merrick Hanna on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” this summer, he hasn’t held back. “This to me was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen on the show,” said...

  • SD Police: Despite perception, crime is down in Carmel Valley

    SD Police: Despite perception, crime is down in Carmel Valley

    In light of a couple of well-publicized residential burglaries in Carmel Valley neighborhoods, San Diego Police Department Northwestern Division’s Community Relations Officer Trevor Philips spoke out about local crime at the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board’s meeting on Aug. 24. Philips said...

  • Amazon takes on extreme sports service Vaporvue

    Amazon takes on extreme sports service Vaporvue

    Vaporvue, the nation’s first video-on-demand service for extreme sports, took a giant step forward last week with its inclusion into Amazon Channels, one of the world’s largest digital content platforms. Launched in 2014, Vaporvue is co-founded by Solana Beach resident Ira Opper, creator of TheSurfNetwork...

  • Solana Beach skater wheelies his way into the Guinness world record

    Solana Beach skater wheelies his way into the Guinness world record

    His limbs leaning, tilting and teetering down North Sierra Avenue, Sean Glatts wills his skateboard to the piece of tape marking his 368-foot midpoint, then reverses course and works his way back toward Clark Street, fighting against his own weight with his board’s front two wheels lifted precariously,...

  • Hearing on short-term rentals in Del Mar nears

    Hearing on short-term rentals in Del Mar nears

    Del Mar is set for its first public hearing on the package of ordinances and code amendments that the city hopes to enact for regulating short-term rentals, the first in a handful of city and state proceedings that will come as Del Mar moves to put its rental regime in place by next summer. The...

  • Rising oceans stir rising discord in Del Mar

    Rising oceans stir rising discord in Del Mar

    As Del Mar’s shoreline washes away one wave and winter storm at a time, the city’s task force on sea-level rise is struggling to choose from responses that offer partial and impermanent remedy while each wreaking a havoc of their own. Sea walls and other man-made fortifications protect homes in...

  • Del Mar’s fired chief lifeguard disputes allegations

    Del Mar’s fired chief lifeguard disputes allegations

    Pat Vergne, Del Mar’s former chief lifeguard and director of community services, is firing back against the city’s allegations that led to his dismissal after nearly 40 years as perhaps the city’s most visible and beloved employee. After a nearly five-month investigation that infuriated a legion...

  • Aug. 24: Event briefs

    Aug. 24: Event briefs

    The City of Solana Beach’s Parks and Recreation Commission is hosting the 13th annual Beach Blanket Movie Night

  • Solana Beach takes its energy pitch to the streets

    Solana Beach takes its energy pitch to the streets

    The unassuming tents with city logos and “Community Choice Aggregation” banners have started making their appearance in Solana Beach, bound to become an increasingly familiar fixture at community events as city officials get the word out on their plan to steer the city toward a self-controlled...

  • Investigation leads to firing of Del Mar’s longtime chief lifeguard

    Investigation leads to firing of Del Mar’s longtime chief lifeguard

    Del Mar has fired Pat Vergne, the city’s longtime chief lifeguard and director of community services, and is moving to fire two of his employees in the Community Services Department after a hotly disputed investigation that uncovered a litany of allegations that include misusing public funds, falsifying...

  • Solana Beach looks to get skate park back on track

    Solana Beach looks to get skate park back on track

    Having skidded into a stall that has seen costs mushroom and groundbreaking pushed back indefinitely, Solana Beach’s decade-long quest to give a proper venue to the city’s thriving skateboarding scene is poised to get its momentum going again. City officials and skaters have for years been eyeing...

  • Casa de Amistad recognized as a Certified Service Enterprise

    Casa de Amistad recognized as a Certified Service Enterprise

    Casa de Amistad has been certified by Points of Lights as a Service Enterprise, becoming one of the first Service Enterprises in the coastal North County area.

  • Community Outreach Meeting to discuss 16-Acre Del Mar parcel set for Aug. 30

    Community Outreach Meeting to discuss 16-Acre Del Mar parcel set for Aug. 30

    The Robert Green Company and Zephyr will hold a community outreach workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. to present plans for the parcel overlooking North Beach in Del Mar at Camino Del Mar and Border Avenue, as a part of the Community Participation Program. This community outreach workshop...

  • Racetrack officials champing at the bit as sports betting goes to the Supreme Court

    Racetrack officials champing at the bit as sports betting goes to the Supreme Court

    Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen: Del Mar racetrack officials are queuing up with sports bettors and state governments across the country to see if New Jersey can convince the U.S. Supreme Court to lift the federal ban on sports betting. New Jersey has for years been trying to soften the federal...

  • Del Mar’s New City Hall turns the corner on construction

    Del Mar’s New City Hall turns the corner on construction

    With wooden trusses rising up from the construction site and ribbon-cutting barely nine months away, Del Mar’s 30,000-square-foot civic center appears set to come in on time and on budget despite an array of delays and cost overruns. The $17.8 million effort to build the 9,000-square-foot city...

  • Del Mar and Sheriffs are heading back to the bargaining table

    Del Mar and Sheriffs are heading back to the bargaining table

    The path out of Del Mar’s police impasse may have been under its nose all along. City leaders are gearing up to go to the negotiating table with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to see how much flexibility there is in the contract Del Mar renewed this summer. Meanwhile, councilmembers...

  • Solana Beach woman completes Camino de Santiago

    Solana Beach woman completes Camino de Santiago

    "When I first heard about it, I think I kind of took it lightly and thought, 'Hey, it's just walking,'" Elizabeth Gillingham said. "As it turns out, 20 miles [a day] is pretty far."

  • Four candidates in the running for 49th Congressional District election

    Four candidates in the running for 49th Congressional District election

    Three people have filed so far to run against incumbent Congressman Darrell Issa in the 49th Congressional District of California election next year. Retired Marine Col. Douglas Applegate, businessman Paul Kerr and environmental attorney Mike Levin have thrown their hats in the ring for the primary...

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