Carmel Valley

Carmel ValleyTorrey Hills planning group backs resolution against One Paseo, defends process

Apr 24, 2015, 7:40 a.m.

Following other community planning groups from Del Mar Mesa to Ocean Beach, the Torrey Hills Community Planning Board approved a resolution April 21 objecting to the San Diego City Council’s recent approval of the One Paseo development in Carmel Valley. The resolution asserts that the council’s action sets a precedent for the entire city’s planning process and puts the role of planning boards into question. Torrey Hills Planning Board Chair Kathryn Burton said the issue is about more than just ...

Carmel ValleyDel Mar Mesa planning board considers noise, daytime burglaries; OKs cell tower

Apr 18, 2015, 8 a.m.

The following business took place at the April 9 meeting of the Del Mar Mesa Community Planning Board: • Heard a report from Community Relations Police Officer Tracey Williams, who reported “a new daytime series of burglaries working its way down from Penasquitos, involving two men dressed in business suits.” Williams advised residents to keep valuables away from windows. • Heard a complaint from Vice-chair Elizabeth Rabbitt of “deafening noise” over homes on the mesa from military jets. The board ...

Carmel ValleyYoung Optimists of Canyon Crest, Carmel Valley Middle School distribute lunches to homeless

Apr 15, 2015, 11 a.m.

During Easter weekend, the young Optimists in the Canyon Crest Academy Ravens Octagon Club and the Carmel Valley Middle School Junior Optimist Club joined forces to prepare 175 bagged lunches that were distributed to homeless people in San Diego on Easter Sunday. Each bag contained a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fresh fruit, a granola bar, gummy treats, and a bottle of water. The clubs are sponsored by the Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club and perform community service activities year-round.

Carmel ValleyDel Mar Mesa planning board rejects One Paseo, asks city to rescind decision favoring project

Apr 14, 2015, 8:44 a.m.

Jeff Powers, spokesman for Protect San Diego’s Neighborhoods, told the Del Mar Mesa Community Planning Board at its meeting April 9 that the group had obtained 61,215 qualified signatures to ask the city of San Diego to rescind its decision favoring One Paseo, “the largest mixed-use project (1,857,440 square feet of development) in California without transit. One Paseo is denser than Century City, which has transit.” Chair Gary Levitt said, “The bottom line is, The Carmel Valley board’s resolution (rejecting ...

Carmel ValleyLawsuits filed against One Paseo, city over ‘flawed’ environmental review

Apr 14, 2015, 8:31 a.m.

As the San Diego city clerk continues the process of tallying and verifying signatures on the One Paseo referendum petition as well as the countering signature withdrawals, two separate lawsuits were filed last week against the city and Kilroy Realty: one by Donahue Schriber, the owner of Del Mar Highlands, and a second by a trio of community groups. One lawsuit was filed April 8 by the Alliance for Responsible Development, the East Bluff Community Association and Mitigate One Paseo. ...

Lawsuits flying over One Paseo project in Carmel Valley

Apr 8, 2015, 4:46 p.m.

According to press releases issued Wednesday, April 8, two lawsuits have been filed against the One Paseo project. One is from three community groups — the Alliance for Responsible Development, the East Bluff Community Association, and Mitigate One Paseo. It alleges that the project had multiple problems with its environmental documents. The groups, composed of residents concerned about the impact of the One Paseo project on their communities, and traffic and safety impacts in the wider, North San Diego County ...

Carmel ValleyOutgoing Carmel Valley planning board members honored for efforts at final meeting

Apr 8, 2015, 9:09 a.m.

Outgoing Carmel Valley Community Planning Board members Laura Copic and Nancy Novak received special commendations from San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner for their “hard work and tireless dedication” at their final board meeting on April 2. As a parting gift, their last meeting stretched past 11 p.m. as they reviewed community projects like stop signs and a potential new school — just a small example of the time they commit to serving on the volunteer board. Copic has ...

The rendering for the FirstElement hydrogen fueling station, which was recently  approved for the Shell Station on Carmel Valley Road. California plans to have 68 hydrogen fueling stations by the end of 2015 to serve the first 20,000 fuel cell electric vehicles.

Carmel ValleyCarmel Valley planning board approves San Diego’s first hydrogen fueling station

Apr 7, 2015, 9:34 a.m.

Carmel Valley will soon be home to the first hydrogen fueling station in San Diego. At its March 26 board meeting, the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board voted 12-1 in favor of the 805-square-foot pump by FirstElement at the Shell Station on Carmel Valley Road and Interstate 5. FirstElement is the first company in history to provide a retail hydrogen fueling station network, waiting patiently for the vehicles to take hold and for the market to grow. Dr. Shane Stephens, ...

Carmel ValleyStop sign, crosswalk approved near Carmel Valley’s Overlook Park

Apr 6, 2015, 9:53 a.m.

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved March 26 the installation of a stop sign and crosswalk on High Bluff Drive after a community member-led drive. Sean Coughlin, a 20-year resident of Carmel Valley, made the request for the traffic calming measure at High Bluff Drive and Grandvia Point, a three-way intersection that has a “dangerous curve” and has experienced several near misses. The intersection is located near Overlook Park and there is no safe way for pedestrians to cross ...

Starbucks became the first shop to open in the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch.

Carmel ValleyStarbucks is first Pacific Highlands Ranch Village shop to open

Apr 4, 2015, 8 a.m.

Pacific Highlands Ranch residents finally have their spot to get their tiramisu latte, Frappuccino and flat white fixes as Starbucks became the first Village business to open on March 19. On opening day, friends enjoyed the sunshine and coffee on outside tables and lots of Canyon Crest Academy students walked over from their campus across the street. “It’s really convenient,” said senior Nammi Baru. “With our free period, we can come whenever we want to.” “There’s probably going to be ...

Carmel ValleyDel Mar Mesa management plan moves closer to reopening trails

Apr 3, 2015, 11:13 a.m.

After eight long years in the forging, the San Diego Planning Commission unanimously approved the Del Mar Mesa Preserve’s Resource Management Plan on March 26. The plan now moves on to City Council for approval, getting one step closer to trails being once again legally open in Del Mar Mesa. Resident Matt Bartelt said he used to take his children out into the preserve when they were small and they’ve become teenagers as the process has continued. He said he’s ...

Cal Coast Academy is proposing to build a school near the Clews Horse Ranch in Carmel Valley. Photo by Karen Billing

Carmel ValleyCarmel Valley planning board awaits environmental report on proposed Cal Coast Academy

Apr 3, 2015, 8:57 a.m.

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board is considering a proposal to build a school within a rural area of Carmel Valley. At the March 26 meeting, the board heard school facility plans from Cal Coast Academy, as well as concerns from closely neighboring Clews Horse Ranch about the school’s noise and traffic negatively affecting the ranch and potentially threatening the success of the business. The project is a process two, which means city staff is able to make a decision ...

Carmel ValleySay ‘aloha’ to new Trader Joe’s in Carmel Valley's Pacific Highlands Ranch

Apr 3, 2015, 7:50 a.m.

The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch’s Trader Joe’s opened March 27 with lots of aloha spirit. Just before 8 a.m., a crowd of cookie butter and “Two Buck Chuck” enthusiasts had formed a line outside, armed with red shopping carts and baskets. San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner helped snip a large lei, and Trader Joe’s crew members in Hawaiian shirts formed an enthusiastic receiving line, cheering each customer and draping a lei around their necks. Murals inside depict ...

Carmel ValleyGrowth of online rentals a hot topic at Carmel Valley hoteliers’ gathering

Apr 3, 2015, 7:30 a.m.

The forecast for San Diego’s tourism industry in 2015 is bright with a few clouds. The sunny outlook for the year was presented March 20 at Carmel Valley’s R.A. Rauch and Associates’ annual lodging industry event, “An Extraordinary Year Ahead,” at the Hilton Garden Inn in Torrey Hills. The event featured a discussion moderated by Gary London from The London Group Realty Advisors with two experts in the hotel sector: longtime Carmel Valley resident Robert Rauch of R.A. Rauch, and ...