Carmel Valley

A rendering of Laterra.

Carmel ValleyCarmel Valley board approves Laterra development in Pacific Highlands Ranch

Jul 31, 2015, 8 a.m.

Pacific Highlands Ranch will continue to grow as a new townhouse development was approved on Village Center Loop Road, near the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. At its July 23 meeting, the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved Laterra, composed of 69 three-story townhomes, including 11 affordable-housing units scattered throughout the project. Thirty-eight percent of the units will be four bedrooms. Tara Lake, of developer Latitude 33, said they aim to be before the planning commission for approval in September. ...

EventsOdyssey performs free concert Aug. 5 at Carmel Valley Library

Jul 31, 2015, 6 a.m.

August’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Library’s community room. It will feature Odyssey, a group of five women and six men who will take you on an eclectic musical journey of familiar songs from Broadway, the ’50s, doo-wop, barbershop, and contemporary pop. They will be accompanied by piano, flute and bass guitar. The program will last 45 minutes. Odyssey began nearly 10 ...

 The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved a new comfort station (restroom) at Carmel Mission Park. Photos by Karen Billing

Carmel ValleyMore improvements coming for six Carmel Valley parks

Jul 30, 2015, 8 a.m.

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved an additional $6 million worth of park improvements at six Carmel Valley parks at its July 23 board meeting, including comfort stations, picnic tables and shade structures. The additional park improvements come after the board approved $12 million in improvements in June, for a total of $18.1 million out of the Facilities Benefit Assessment (FBA) fund, paid by developers to assure that new development pays for proportional community facilities. Ken Farinsky, who serves ...

Carmel ValleyCarmel Valley restaurant and hotel plan seeking 35-foot height increase

Jul 29, 2015, 8 a.m.

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board heard an update on the Costa Azul project, which includes three new restaurants, a 112-suite hotel and a six-story office building on the vacant lot at Valley Centre Drive and Carmel Valley Road. The board saw preliminary and conceptual elevation plans for the cul-de-sac near Tio Leo’s Mexican restaurant and the Hampton Inn San Diego, with “fast casual” restaurants in front and density of the office building and hotel stacking toward the back. Fred ...

EducationNew principal named for Carmel Valley's Sage Canyon School

Jul 28, 2015, 9:44 a.m.

The Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) has welcomed William “Billy” Cameron to serve as the new principal at Sage Canyon School. “We’ve hired an exceptional person to lead the wonderful Sage Canyon School,” announced Superintendent Holly McClurg at the board’s July 22 meeting. Cameron will replace Vivian Firestone, who was principal at Sage Canyon for the past two years. Firestone is still with DMUSD, working in the instructional services department. According to Jason Romero, associate superintendent of human resources, ...

LifestyleCarmel Valley resident, CaseyGerry partner, makes Daily Journal’s Top Plaintiff Attorney list

Jul 27, 2015, 8 a.m.

Robert J. Francavilla of Carmel Valley, a CaseyGerry partner, has been named among California’s Top 25 Plaintiff’s Lawyers by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal — the leading daily California legal publication. CaseyGerry partner David S. Casey Jr. was also among those recognized. In this inaugural list of the state’s top plaintiff lawyers, the Daily Journal honored top lawyers bringing single cases and multi-party actions in antitrust, labor and employment, environment, personal injury, privacy and data security, product ...

Woman killed in collision with alleged drunk driver

Jul 24, 2015, 11 a.m.

Family and friends are mourning a 61-year-old Chula Vista woman killed in a head-on collision with a suspected drunken driver in Rancho Penasquitos. Enid Diane Mayer-Sheaf was driving a Chevy Nova west on Carmel Valley Road near Camino del Sur when a 30-year-old man suspected of driving under the influence veered into oncoming traffic and crashed his Fiat 500 into her car shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, according to San Diego police and the county Medical Examiner’s Office. ...

Del Mar Union School District launches STEAM+ Learning

Jul 24, 2015, 6 a.m.

The first day of school will mark the launch of STEAM+ learning for children in the Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD). Science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics are essential components of STEAM+ learning, along with a focus on physical fitness (P.E.) and other educational enhancements that put the essential “+” into STEAM+. DMUSD children experience extraordinary learning opportunities that advance students’ thinking through stimulating engagement in the educational program. DMUSD STEAM+ environments are alive with standards-based learning encounters ...

Carmel ValleyDel Mar Highlands Town Center collaborates with Uber for free rides up to $25

Jul 22, 2015, 2:05 p.m.

Del Mar Highlands Town Center today announced a new service to make the shopping and dining experience even easier for its customers. Working with Uber, the ridesharing service, Del Mar Highlands Town Center will pay for customers’ travel to and from the center, up to $25 each way. The promotion is the first of its kind in San Diego and is being offered for a limited time based on demand. “We are thrilled to provide this innovative Uber service to ...

NewsCrime cases, arrests/citations in Carmel Valley/Del Mar/Solana Beach area for June 2015

Jul 22, 2015, 1:08 p.m.

The numbers of crime cases by type, where type is defined by the most serious crime that occurred, and arrests/citations with valid addresses that were reported by July 10 to the San Diego County’s Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS) for June 2015 in the San Diego City neighborhoods of Del Mar Heights, Carmel Valley, North City, and Torrey Highlands, and the cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach, are shown below: Del Mar Heights 1 case involving persons: 1 ...

Torrey Hills Community Planning Board members Kathryn Burton and Brad Fagan celebrate the beginning of construction on Torrey Hills View Park. Photo by Karen Billing

Carmel ValleyConstruction finally begins to improve Torrey Hills lot in Carmel Valley

Jul 20, 2015, 8 a.m.

After six years, the dirt has finally begun to move on a long-vacant lot in Torrey Hills. Construction started July 13 on a long-awaited, much-delayed, several-times-revised landscape enhancement project for the dusty lot under the power lines at the crest of East Ocean Air Drive. Torrey Hills Community Planning Board member Brad Fagan has been on somewhat of a personal odyssey trying to get something accomplished on the site, after residents from a row of homes on Corte Mar Asombrosa, ...

Canyon Crest Academy finalists in the Mayor’s Cup, who participated in Cyber Boot Camp this summer included rising seniors Simon Kuang and Kevin Wu, Grant Summers (UCSD freshman), Keshav Tadimeti (UCLA freshman), Jonathan Luck (UCSD freshman), sophomore Rithvik Rao, junior Emilia Copic and sophomore Nathan Thomsen. Courtesy photo

EducationCarmel Valley school's cybersecurity team goes to Cyber Boot Camp

Jul 17, 2015, 8 a.m.

Current and recently graduated Canyon Crest Academy cybersecurity team students participated in Securing Our eCity’s Cyber Boot Camp this summer. Securing Our eCity is a non-profit that helps facilitate a safer cyber experience for digital citizens in San Diego. According to security solutions provider ESET that sponsors the boot camp, right now there is a shortage of people with the skills and training required to defend computer systems against criminals who range from data thieves to terrorists. Addressing this problem ...

Residents participate in a One Paseo community workshop on July 13. Photo by Karen Billing.

Carmel ValleyCommunity workshop starts process of reshaping Carmel Valley's One Paseo

Jul 16, 2015, 8 a.m.

Kilroy Realty has hit the reset button on One Paseo, and the first community workshop to help guide the project’s new design was held July 13 at Del Mar Marriott. Drawing boards in the room were empty before 115 attendees weighed in on how best to create a new heart for the community that matches what Carmel Valley means to them. Scribbling on the blank slates, residents said Carmel Valley means natural beauty, open space, great schools, strong neighborhoods, a ...

Carmel ValleyCarmel Valley student recognized by The National Society of High School Scholars

Jul 14, 2015, 7:42 a.m.

Recognizing his academic achievements, the National Society of High School Scholars recently welcomed Carmel Valley student Ahmadreza Saffari Far as a member of the Atlanta-based organization. Founded in 2002, the organization is an honor society that recognizes top academic achievers from high schools around the world. “This means a lot to me,” Ahmadreza said. “It proves that I can have a future here. There are many opportunities here.” Born in Tehran, Iran, Ahmadreza moved to the United States in January ...