Carmel Valley

San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Rick Schmitt moving on to new job

Apr 26, 2016, 5:56 p.m.

San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Rick Schmitt has accepted a superintendent position in San Ramon Valley Unified School District in Northern California, according to an April 26 press release. Schmitt served the San Dieguito Union High School District for 13 years, as Principal of Torrey Pines High School for three years, then six years as Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, followed by one year as Deputy Superintendent before becoming Superintendent in 2013. The San Ramon Valley Unified School ...

Scientist Ethan Bier, third from left, with Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group Executive Director Tom Skalak, Allen Institute Chief Executive Officer Allan Jones and Paul G. Allen.
Photo by John Harrington

Carmel Valley resident named Paul G. Allen Frontier Group Allen Distinguished Investigator

Apr 25, 2016, 6 a.m.

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen recently pledged $100 million to create the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, to “explore the landscape of bioscience and fund ideas at the frontier of knowledge to advance science and make the world better.” Carmel Valley resident Ethan Bier was named as one of the Frontiers Group’s Allen Distinguished Investigators and awarded $1.5 million for his project, “Biological Innovation and Active Genetics.” The Allen Distinguished Investigator program supports early-stage research and “passionate thought leaders, ...

Torrey Pines Gay-Straight Alliance students with representatives from the Human Rights Campaign San Diego at Rainbow Week. Courtesy photo

Rainbow Week at TPHS in Carmel Valley promotes understanding of differences

Apr 24, 2016, 6 a.m.

With its second annual Rainbow Week, Torrey Pines High School promoted a campus of acceptance, kindness and respect for all students. Organized by the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Rainbow Week was full of activities and discussions aimed at making the school a safe place for people of all genders and sexuality through education and awareness. “Rainbow Week is valuable because it takes Torrey Pines away from the feeling of being ‘us versus them’ and brings us together as a community,” ...

Three juveniles in Carmel Valley overdose on Xanax

Apr 23, 2016, 11 a.m.

Overdoses suffered by three Carmel Valley juveniles while abusing a prescription antidepressant were under investigation April 22, authorities reported. The youths were stricken and hospitalized after taking Xanax on Thursday, April 21, according to police. Their conditions and ages were withheld. No arrests were announced. Xanax, a trade name for the tranquilizer alprazolam, is prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders caused by depression.

Del Mar and Carmel Valley residents oppose proposed Mercado Drive stoplight

Apr 23, 2016, 6 a.m.

The Torrey Pines Community Planning Group has been given no clear signal about a proposed stoplight and crosswalk on Del Mar Heights Road and Mercado Drive. At the board’s April 14 meeting, residents’ opinions were mixed although the majority of those present were opposed to the new light that they said would cause more congestion and problems and would not improve pedestrian safety. The Torrey Pines board has voted against a proposed light at this location twice before, once in ...

Pedestrian in Del Mar hit by train

Apr 16, 2016, 6 a.m.

A person walking on the tracks in Del Mar was hit by a train and taken to a hospital, but the victim's condition was unknown and sheriff's detectives were trying to determine whether this was an attempted suicide. It occurred at 7:50 p.m. Friday, April 15, at mile post marker 244.4 on the bluffs of Del Mar, according to San Diego County Sheriff's Sgt. J. King. A northbound Coaster train was traveling about 50 mph when the engineer saw a ...

“Democracy in Denim”

Students to auction off artwork for Solana Beach Bash

Apr 14, 2016, 9:20 a.m.

With support from local shops, student art available for auction at the Solana Beach Bash is off to a great start. One class project has already received a $1,000 bid. “It was a fun project,” said Lisa Marcolongo, a parent volunteer who helped a fifth- and sixth-grade class at Skyline School create an American flag. The 3-by-4-foot flag was crafted out of recycled denim. “It turned out better than we imagined,” she said. “It’s beautiful.” Every class at Skyline and ...

Del Mar City Hall

Del MarDel Mar City Council adopts code on civil discourse

Apr 7, 2016, 8:31 a.m.

Although Del Marians sometimes disagree on everything from roundabouts to replacing city hall, there’s one thing all residents always have in common: their love for the community. In an effort to keep public dialogue productive, even when there’s conflict, the Del Mar City Council on April 4 unanimously adopted a code of civil discourse. The city is the first in the region to adopt such a code, which is based on the National Conflict Resolution Center’s Code of Civil Discourse. ...

PALS president and vice president Avery Spicker and Chelsea Barrows with Teen Trouble Balloons.
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TPHS holds Yellow Ribbon Week to erase stigma of mental illness, prevent suicide

Apr 3, 2016, 10:33 a.m.

As part of an art installation on the Torrey Pines High School campus last week, there were 263 music notes crowding the window of the media center. The notes were meant to represent the fact that one in 10 high school students suffer with mental health challenges — there are 2,633 students at Torrey Pines, which means more than 263 students may be experiencing a personal struggle. “Each music note here represents one of us with a troubled mind right ...

Alina Pollner, Rachana Madhukara and Ruchi Agashe were all top winners at the Greater SD Science and Engineering Fair.
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Carmel Valley Middle School produces science fair standouts

Apr 3, 2016, 10:23 a.m.

Three curious and bright Carmel Valley Middle School (CVMS) scientists were winners in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair. All of the winners were eighth graders and all of them were young women. “I was very proud, happy and impressed that it was all young women,” CVMS Principal Cara Dolnik said. “As a mathematics and science person, I encourage girls going into those fields quite a bit so I was very proud.” Alina Pollner won first place in ...

Parents tell Del Mar Union School District board they would back bond initiative

Apr 2, 2016, 6 a.m.

Some Del Mar Union School District parents expressed support for a potential November 2016 general obligation bond at the board’s March 23 meeting. The district is currently surveying its voters on a possible bond via a telephone and online survey. The board will make a decision on whether or not to move forward with a bond pending the results of the survey. During public comment, several parents provided encouragement for a bond that would help the district fulfill its comprehensive ...

The power lines as seen from the Alta Del Mar community.
Laura Copic

SDG&E project to bring new power lines to Los Penasquitos preserve in Carmel Valley

Apr 1, 2016, 11:34 a.m.

A new SDG&E transmission line project is set to begin construction this year and some Carmel Valley residents are concerned about the negative impact the new power lines will have on homes and the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. At its March 24 meeting, the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board agreed to send a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission in opposition to the project moving forward before all community groups have had the opportunity to weigh in on the ...

The intersection of East Ocean Air Drive and Vereda Sol del Dios on a foggy January day.

Safe pedestrian crossing approved by Torrey Hills board in Carmel Valley

Mar 26, 2016, 6 a.m.

The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board unanimously approved local residents’ requests for a stop sign and crosswalk at East Ocean Air Drive and Vereda Sol del Dios at its March 15 meeting. Thirteen residents, including children, attended the meeting to show their support for the community safety benefit. Neighbors wanted action taken before an accident or death occurs on the dangerous thoroughfare; anecdotes shared included several near misses for pedestrians due to cars speeding through the area. “I cross every ...

A large working group from San Diego Mountain Bike Association gathered to work on a new Del Mar Mesa trail connection. Courtesy photo

Pardee, San Diego Mountain Bike group partner on new trail in Del Mar Mesa

Mar 24, 2016, 1:58 p.m.

More than 60 volunteers came out on Feb. 27 to work on a valuable trail improvement in Del Mar Mesa, a collaboration between Pardee Homes and the San Diego Mountain Bike Association (SDMBA). “This the first time that SDMBA has partnered with Pardee Homes, or any developer, on a trail project. With development happening in all parts of San Diego County, we hope we can continue to work with developers to create quality, sustainable natural trails for their communities,” said ...