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  • Driver fleeing freeway crash on foot fatally struck

    Driver fleeing freeway crash on foot fatally struck

    A woman fleeing the scene of a predawn North County freeway collision was fatally struck by a third vehicle Feb. 23 while trying to run across Interstate 5, authorities reported. The events that led to the traffic fatality began shortly after 4 a.m., when a northbound Hyundai Elantra rear-ended...

  • TPHS student taken to juvenile detention for threats to campus

    TPHS student taken to juvenile detention for threats to campus

    A 14-year-old Torrey Pines High School freshman was taken to a juvenile detention facility on Feb. 22 after making verbal and written threats to the Carmel Valley campus. Concerned Torrey Pines students first alerted the administration of a potential threat, which was directed at a pep rally that...

  • Vacation rentals ordinance approaches date with Coastal Commission

    Vacation rentals ordinance approaches date with Coastal Commission

    Following a standard administrative extension, June is shaping up as the likeliest time for the California Coastal Commission to hear Del Mar’s controversial ordinance restricting short-term vacation rentals. The Del Mar City Council, after years of fervid debate, approved the ordinance in October...

  • Del Mar’s city hall and civic center hits home stretch

    Del Mar’s city hall and civic center hits home stretch

    After nearly three years of planning, construction and unprecedented endeavor, a mere three months remain before the City of Del Mar moves into its sprawling new city hall and civic center on Camino del Mar, followed by a grand opening ceremony a month later. Officials say construction of the 9,000-square-foot...

  • Trespassing at new PHR Park raises concerns about bike track

    Trespassing at new PHR Park raises concerns about bike track

    The long-awaited Pacific Highlands Ranch Community Park is set to open in early fall but some kids just can’t wait. Skateboarders have been slipping into the park under construction on Village Center Loop Road near Canyon Crest Academy through a fence near the Airoso development next-door. Vlad...

  • Carmel Valley man arrested in Colorado on attempted murder charge

    Carmel Valley man arrested in Colorado on attempted murder charge

    A Carmel Valley man was arrested over the weekend in Vail, Colorado, on charges of first-degree attempted murder, assault, second degree kidnapping and other charges in connection with an alleged incident of domestic violence at a Vail hotel.

  • Del Mar tackles campaign finance, ethics reforms

    Del Mar tackles campaign finance, ethics reforms

    Elections in Del Mar are on their way to becoming a little more forthright and a lot more financially transparent. The Del Mar City Council this week settled on a set of campaign reforms — the city’s first in nearly 20 years — that raise the limit on contributions while requiring blunter financial...

  • AT&T lowers cell array, gets Solana Beach’s OK

    AT&T lowers cell array, gets Solana Beach’s OK

    Third time was the charm in AT&T’s bid to build a cellular array atop the Wedbush building on Lomas Santa Fe Drive. The latest redesign — approved Feb. 14 at the Solana Beach City Council’s third public hearing on the project — dramatically reduces the array’s profile, making the equipment nearly...

  • Torrey Hills qualifies for State Science Olympiad Tournament

    Torrey Hills qualifies for State Science Olympiad Tournament

    Torrey Hill students from 5th and 6th grades took part in the Regional Science Olympiad competition Feb. 10 at Carlsbad High School. There were 120 teams from 34 middle and elementary schools from all around San Diego County. Students took part in 23 different events covering all areas of science....

  • Encinitas Deputy Mayor, husband allege discrimination by Santa Fe Christian Schools

    Encinitas Deputy Mayor, husband allege discrimination by Santa Fe Christian Schools

    The Deputy Mayor of Encinitas and his husband are alleging that a local Christian school discriminated against their family for their sexuality after they inquired about enrolling their son into the school. Joe Mosca — who was appointed to the Encinitas City Council last year and is the city's...

  • Stage is set for showdown over sea-level rise in Del Mar

    Stage is set for showdown over sea-level rise in Del Mar

    Over the objections of environmentalists and state planners, the Del Mar Planning Commission this week signed off on a package of strategies for adapting to sea-level rise that does not include “managed retreat” as an option. The 4-1 decision on Feb. 13 sets the stage for a city council hearing...

  • Tempers flare between KAABOO and the Del Mar Fairgrounds

    Tempers flare between KAABOO and the Del Mar Fairgrounds

    With aspersions and accusations being cast in every direction, the simmering dispute over concessions at the KAABOO festival boiled over this week as state appointees who oversee the Del Mar Fairgrounds took KAABOO to task, with one board member declaring that he’d prefer to see KAABOO’s contract...

  • Canyon Crest Academy Debate Team wins awards at Grossmont College competition

    Canyon Crest Academy Debate Team wins awards at Grossmont College competition

    Members the CCA Debate Team won numerous awards at the 3-B Competition held at Grossmont College. The categories represented were Congressional, Policy and Lincoln-Douglas. Natalie Feldman and Eddy Li went 3-1 in the L-D style debate while Benjamin Peng won a trophy in the open tournament. Mem

  • Clews gets 17.5 years for child pornography possession, distribution

    Clews gets 17.5 years for child pornography possession, distribution

    Two distinct and contradictory sides of Christian Clews emerged during a sentencing hearing on child pornography charges in a packed federal courtroom - a loving father, son and good friend eager to help anyone in trouble, and a predator with deviant sexual tastes who preyed on vulnerable teenage...

  • Solana Beach teachers, school district meet to break salary impasse

    Solana Beach teachers, school district meet to break salary impasse

    Representatives for the Solana Beach School District and its two teachers unions rushed back to the negotiating table on Monday, Feb. 12 in an impromptu attempt to break the salary impasse that has forced the district’s 207 teachers to work without contracts for nearly four months. Neither side...

  • Design for new Pacific Highlands Ranch Library begins

    Design for new Pacific Highlands Ranch Library begins

    The design process for the new Pacific Highlands Ranch Library has officially kicked off as the first subcommittee meeting was held on Jan. 29. Designers shared visions of cozy reading nooks and imaginative outdoor gathering spots for the long-awaited branch of the San Diego Public Library system....

  • Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong reaches deal to buy San Diego Union-Tribune, L.A. Times

    Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong reaches deal to buy San Diego Union-Tribune, L.A. Times

    Biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong has agreed to purchase The San Diego Union-Tribune and the Los Angeles Times from its parent company. (The purchase of The San Diego Union-Tribune includes this newspaper, which is part of U-T Community Press.) Chicago-based Tronc on Wednesday, Feb. 7, announced...

  • Narrow vote gives Del Mar City Manager raise, bonus and one-year extension

    Narrow vote gives Del Mar City Manager raise, bonus and one-year extension

    In one of Del Mar’s most closely watched decisions of the past six months, the City Council this week agreed to extend City Manager Scott Huth’s contract into February 2020, raise his salary by 2 percent and award him a 4 percent bonus. The council’s Feb. 5 decision also amends Huth’s contract...

  • Redesign underway for ‘Fire Wall’ at Lomas Santa Fe fire station

    Redesign underway for ‘Fire Wall’ at Lomas Santa Fe fire station

    Bigger and bolder is the direction Solana Beach is heading for its art installation at the fire station on Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Solana Beach’s city council last week authorized expanding the project’s $70,000 by an unspecified amount. Arguably the city’s premier spot available for public art—perched...

  • Sheriffs on the lookout for power-tools thief

    Sheriffs on the lookout for power-tools thief

    Investigators are asking the public for help in finding a suspect in an early-morning break-in last month at the Solana Beach & Tennis Club.

  • Proposed Del Mar condo project draws fire

    Proposed Del Mar condo project draws fire

    A proposal to build a 38-unit condominium project on a vacant lot south of the Del Mar Fairgrounds continues to generate controversy as it works its way through the city of Del Mar's review process. Watermark Del Mar is proposed for a 2.3-acre parcel at the corner of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and...

  • TPHS Scholarship Fund application process begins Feb. 9

    TPHS Scholarship Fund application process begins Feb. 9

    Torrey Pines High School Scholarship Fund applications will be accepted for the 2018 scholarships beginning on Friday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m.

  • Vergne files lawsuit against Del Mar, will not face charges

    Vergne files lawsuit against Del Mar, will not face charges

    The Pat Vergne fiasco will have its day in court. Culminating months of speculation over the most divisive controversy to grip Del Mar in decades, the city’s former chief lifeguard and director of community services filed suit in San Diego Superior Court last week after city leaders declined to...

  • Task force hands off its plan for adapting Del Mar to rising seas

    Task force hands off its plan for adapting Del Mar to rising seas

    After 30 months of wide-ranging, painstaking and increasingly contentious work, Del Mar’s task force on sea-level rise has polished off its adaptation plan that will set the groundwork for how the city responds to the escalating threat of floods and coastal erosion predicted in the decades ahead....

  • Bry: Significant neighborhood improvements made in 2017

    Bry: Significant neighborhood improvements made in 2017

    In the moments leading up to City Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry’s first State of the District address Jan. 25, University City High School teachers and employees were rapidly bringing out stacks of chairs to accommodate the standing-room-only crowd, as the almost 150 that were set out was...

  • Clews' sentencing date postponed

    Clews' sentencing date postponed

    Sentencing for Carmel Valley horse ranch owner Christian Clews on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the federal courthouse in downtown San Diego.The sentencing hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 1, but Clews requested...

  • Attempt to solve parking spat stumbles at the finish line

    Attempt to solve parking spat stumbles at the finish line

    Just as it was looking like Del Mar’s longest-running parking dispute had found resolution, the plan faltered in its finishing touches and threw a monkey wrench into a bid by the new owners of PrepKitchen to buy the building outright. The ordeal over the two-story mix of offices and restaurants...

  • Del Mar Councilman says city’s marijuana regs are ‘passe’

    Del Mar Councilman says city’s marijuana regs are ‘passe’

    One councilmember, at least, thinks Del Mar should loosen its prohibitions against marijuana enterprise, going so far as to say San Diego’s smallest city ought to allow one recreational and one medical dispensary in town. Deputy Mayor Dave Druker took his contrarian stand last week as the city...

  • San Diego Supervisor Kristin Gaspar to run for Issa's seat in Congress

    San Diego Supervisor Kristin Gaspar to run for Issa's seat in Congress

    After a trip to Washington D.C last week, San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar has formed a committee to run for Congress. Federal Election Commission records show Gaspar formed a committee to run for a seat held by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista. Issa announced earlier this month that he will...

  • Don Diego offers $73,000 in college scholarships, apply now

    Don Diego offers $73,000 in college scholarships, apply now

    In 2018, Don Diego Scholarship Foundation will award a record $73,000 in college scholarships to 35 outstanding students who reside in the San Diego area and have participated in the San Diego County Fair and/or other activities associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

  • Thieves target high-priced handbags at Solana Beach Marshalls

    Thieves target high-priced handbags at Solana Beach Marshalls

    San Diego County Sheriffs have turned to the public for help in solving a pair of grab-and-dash thefts from the Marshalls department store in Solana Beach in which four suspects ran out of the store carrying handbags and clothing worth nearly $6,000. In the first theft, on Dec. 26, two women made...

  • Del Mar Foundation steps up with $125,000 grant for new civic center

    Del Mar Foundation steps up with $125,000 grant for new civic center

    The Del Mar Foundation is pitching in to the city’s fast-approaching city hall and civic center in a big way, bestowing a $125,000 grant that will pay for an array of finishing touches so that residents and local nonprofits can better enjoy the 30,000 square-foot civic space when it opens in a...

  • Cell installation on Lomas Santa Fe sparks city council’s ire

    Cell installation on Lomas Santa Fe sparks city council’s ire

    It’s back to the drawing board for the third time as AT&T and the Solana Beach City Council wrangle over the details of a cellular array proposed atop the Wedbush building on Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Facing continuing aesthetic concerns and frustrated by last-minute revisions, the city council on...

  • ‘Erodible’ infill on Solana Beach’s bluff rebuffed by Coastal Commission

    ‘Erodible’ infill on Solana Beach’s bluff rebuffed by Coastal Commission

    The California Coastal Commission last month rejected a proposal to install concrete infills that would bolster a 90-foot gash in Solana Beach’s bluffs — a reversal in policy that commissioners justified by saying the time has come to make “hard decisions” that back California away from armoring...

  • Circle Drive sewer replacement gets OK from Solana Beach

    Circle Drive sewer replacement gets OK from Solana Beach

    The Solana Beach City Council on Jan. 10 approved a $532,000 bid to replace nearly 1,500 feet of sewer pipe on Circle Drive that serve roughly 30 oceanfront homes in the city’s northwestern corner, immediately south of Cardiff State Beach. The Jan. 10 approval means the 90-day project can begin...

  • Clews sentencing rescheduled

    Clews sentencing rescheduled

    Sentencing for Carmel Valley horse ranch owner Christian Clews on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography has been rescheduled for Feb. 1, before U.S. District Judge Dana M. Sabraw. Under the terms of a plea agreement between the defense and prosecution, submitted when Clews pleaded...

  • Del Mar to take next step on sea-level rise plan

    Del Mar to take next step on sea-level rise plan

    Del Mar’s task force on sea-level rise is heading into its Jan. 25 meeting intent to put the finishing touches on its package of recommendations that set the stage for how Del Mar will prepare for and respond to the havoc expected to be wrought by eroding bluffs, narrowing beaches and increasingly...

  • Fairgrounds to craft its cannabis policy this spring

    Fairgrounds to craft its cannabis policy this spring

    With state guidance in hand, the Del Mar Fairgrounds hopes to have a cannabis policy in place as early as March or April — in time to have clarity when the fairgrounds books its peak-season, late-summer events. Over the past several years, California’s 52 state-owned fairgrounds have lingered in...

  • Detective’s calls sparks tumult over Vergne investigation

    Detective’s calls sparks tumult over Vergne investigation

    A series of phone calls from a sheriff’s detective has rekindled tempers over the alleged wrongdoings of Del Mar’s former chief lifeguard, with a group of longtime residents calling on the city to back off from the criminal probe into the longest-serving employee Del Mar has ever had. Pat Vergne,...

  • Solana Beach gets OK to study seawall impact fees for another year

    Solana Beach gets OK to study seawall impact fees for another year

    The California Coastal Commission has agreed to give Solana Beach a 12-month extension to respond to the state agency’s proposal for how much the city should charge blufftop homeowners for permits to build and upgrade seawalls along beaches below their homes. The Commission’s unanimous approval...

  • Authorities continue to warn about 'crimes of opportunity'

    Authorities continue to warn about 'crimes of opportunity'

    Overall crime in Encinitas, Del Mar and Solana Beach was down or stayed about the same in 2017 compared to 2016, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department North Coastal Station. However, Captain John Maryon warns that the cities' top problems — property thefts and burglaries — have...

  • Not guilty plea from man accused of using teen to sell pot at high school

    Not guilty plea from man accused of using teen to sell pot at high school

    A San Diego man accused of using a juvenile to sell marijuana to students at Cathedral Catholic High School, as well as supplying pot to minors, pleaded not guilty Monday. Jan. 8. to 39 felony charges. William John Sipperley III, 50, faces several counts of employing a minor to sell or carry marijuana,...

  • Decision nears on fate of Del Mar’s embattled city manager

    Decision nears on fate of Del Mar’s embattled city manager

    The Del Mar City Council’s decision on the future of City Manager Scott Huth is expected by the end of the month, after a tumultuous year led to an unprecedentedly detailed performance review that has dragged out for three months. Over his first five years as city manager, Huth won widespread praise...

  • Manpower shortage stymies ‘wish list’ projects in Del Mar

    Manpower shortage stymies ‘wish list’ projects in Del Mar

    An onrush of major projects that have unexpectedly drained available funding and manpower — compounded by vacancies atop three of the city’s six departments — is forcing Del Mar to hold off on more than a dozen wish-list projects, many of which have been talked about for years. The predicament...

  • Small cell site coming to Carmel Valley

    Small cell site coming to Carmel Valley

    A new small cell network of 150 sites across the city of San Diego will have an antenna located in Carmel Valley. The Mobilitie antenna and equipment will be located on a streetlight on 2602 1/3 Carmel Country Road, near the entrance to the Elysian condominium complex. At least one Carmel Valley...

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