Carmel Valley

Carmel ValleyCarmel Valley woman pleads not guilty in mother’s slaying

Jun 24, 2015, 12:11 p.m.

A woman accused of beating and stabbing her 73-year-old mother with a knife and meat tenderizing tool in their Carmel Valley home pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, June 24, to a murder charge and was ordered held on $3 million bail. Lara Epstein, 51, has been dealing with mental health problems, according to her family, and there was tension between Epstein and her mother, Svetlana Gurinova, said Deputy District Attorney Scott Pirrello. Gurinova had moved into the Carmel Valley home ...

A student makes a healthy choice of fruit at the cafeteria.  Courtesy photos

High school district nutritionist asks Congress to serve up flexibility on lunch program

Jun 23, 2015, 8:17 a.m.

School lunch restrictions have gotten tighter across the country and the San Dieguito Union High School District has complied to ensure its food is nutritious as well as appetizing to middle school and high school students. However, complying with those standards has resulted in fewer students eating those healthy school lunches and rising costs are making a mess of the meal program budget, officials say. It is frustrating to Siri Perlman, district nutrition specialist, that the district can sell a ...

Murder charges filed against Carmel Valley woman

Jun 19, 2015, 5:50 p.m.

Murder charges were filed June 19 against a woman accused of killing her 73-year-old mother in the Carmel Valley home they shared. Arraignment for 51-year-old Lara Epstein was postponed until Tuesday, June 23, because the defendant needs a Russian interpreter. Epstein faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted of murder and the use of a deadly weapon. Officers responding to a request for a welfare check on Svetlana Gurinova at a condominium complex in the 3700 block of ...

Carmel Creek Elementary’s 2003 kindergarten class, this year’s class of 2015, gathered at a reunion with their teachers on June 10.

EducationClass of 2015 returns to Carmel Creek Elementary, where it all began

Jun 18, 2015, 8 a.m.

A few days before they were set to graduate from high school and embark on a whole new adventure, a group of seniors from the class of 2015 retuned to their Carmel Creek Elementary roots for a reunion. Students remarked on how little everything looked in the school, and how much they had changed from the photos in their 2003 kindergarten yearbook. They gave warm hugs to former teachers in attendance — as Principal Terri Davis said, while the kids ...

Courtesy of Dominick Lemarie

Carmel ValleyPolo Club property lease to go up for bid this summer

Jun 17, 2015, 9:44 a.m.

The city of San Diego will soon go out to bid on the San Diego Polo Club property. The request for proposals for the 80-acre parcel was scheduled to go out when the polo club’s original 26-year lease expired in 2012, but the city has faced numerous delays. “We’re definitely interested in bidding; we don’t intend on going anywhere else,” said Nour-Dean Anakar, vice president of the San Diego Polo Club. Heidi Farst, from the city real estate assets department, ...

Woman found dead in Carmel Valley, suspect arrested

Jun 17, 2015, 4:07 a.m.

Police discovered the body of a 73-year-old woman in her Carmel Valley home on June 16. The woman had been killed, according to a police report. San Diego Police officers and paramedics responded at 10:25 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, to a residence in the 3700 block of Carmel View Road regarding a “check the welfare” call. The reporting party felt an elderly female was in need of help, the police report said. When officers arrived, they received no response at ...

NewsCrime cases, arrest citations in Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach for May 2015

Jun 16, 2015, 9:27 a.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 to the San Diego County’s Automated Regional Justice Information System by June 11 for May 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 3 cases involving persons: 1 simple ...

Carmel ValleyCarmel Valley resident honored for work in behavioral health at Scripps

Jun 16, 2015, 9:27 a.m.

Carmel Valley’s Marlene Nadler-Moodie has been honored as the Behavioral Health Person of the Year for San Diego County. As an expert in psychiatric nursing care, she has for nearly 40 years informed the compassionate treatment of patients both locally and nationwide. As a clinical nurse specialist for the Scripps Behavioral Health Team, she acts as a consultant, educator and clinician and has a drive to bring more psychiatric nurses into acute care and medical-surgical settings. Nadler-Moodie received her award ...

Former Del Mar school board member steps down from county board due to health reasons

Jun 15, 2015, 11:06 a.m.

Former Del Mar Union School District trustee Doug Perkins has resigned from his position on the San Diego County Board of Education, following suffering a massive hemorrhagic stroke in February. Perkins’ resignation was effective June 8. According to the Caring Bridge website maintained by his wife Carolyn, Perkins continues to make progress in his recovery. “In light of his situation, I made the decision to resign him from the County Board of Education. It was a sad moment for me ...

LifestyleCarmel Valley dancer wins big at Anaheim competition

Jun 13, 2015, 6 a.m.

Alexis Marxer of Carmel Valley, RAPA Dancer, won Junior Advanced Solo Champion at the Anaheim Showstoppers Dance Competition in May. A fifth-grader at Ocean Air Elementary, she won Double Platinum for her Jazz Solo and Double Platinum for her Lyrical solo, and then first overall for Champion out of 116 girls. Alexis also won 1 Crystal, and 3 Double Platinums with her teammates at RAPA for her group dances. She has trained at RDA and RAPA for 5 1/2 years, ...

Carmel ValleyRenowned chef opening Crudo restaurant in Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch

Jun 13, 2015, 6 a.m.

Pascal Lorange, executive chef of the nationally acclaimed Fig & Olive Restaurants, will open Crudo at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch in October. As the latest tenant announced for North County’s new residential, shopping and dining destination, Crudo will bring to the community an innovative brunch, lunch and dinner menu with an enticing collection of Mediterranean Riviera flavors. “I have been imagining this concept for years and I needed the right location to bring Crudo to life. When I ...

The damaged village of Chautara.

Carmel ValleyReport from Nepal: ‘They were so happy ... to know that people care’

Jun 10, 2015, 8:55 a.m.

Carmel Valley residents Gary Gelland and his father Dr. Yuri Gelland were part of a team of volunteer aid that traveled to Nepal in April to assist survivors after a devastating earthquake shook the country. The father-son team spent 10 days in Nepal after the quake killed over 8,000 people, injured nearly 22,000 and reduced many remote mountainous villages to rubble. On June 3, Gary Gelland shared the story of his eye-opening experience in Nepal with students at High Bluff ...

Rendering of the new Del Mar Highlands parking garage, and the expanded Cinepolis.

Carmel ValleyConstruction on new Del Mar Highlands parking garage will begin in August

Jun 6, 2015, 8 a.m.

Construction is set to kick off in mid-August on a portion of a new parking garage at Del Mar Highlands Town Center. The structure will be built in two phases to be less disruptive to customers. According to Del Mar Highlands Manager Elizabeth Schreiber at the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board’s May 28 meeting, the first phase is expected to be complete in June 2016, adding 389 parking stalls. The parking garage when fully built-out will total 600 spaces. Since ...

Carmel ValleyCarmel Valley 5K to return in January with new course

Jun 4, 2015, 8 a.m.

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved the fourth annual Carmel Valley 5K at its May 28 meeting, to be held Jan. 24, 2016. Last year’s race donated nearly $40,000 to local schools, and in three years running, has given more than $100,000 back to the community, according to race organizer Katie Wilsey. Next year’s race will have a few changes, including a new loop course. Instead of beginning in front of the Bay Club Carmel Valley (12000 Carmel Country ...