Carmel Valley

Solana Beach School District

EducationTwo incumbents run unopposed for Solana Beach School Board

Aug 31, 2016, 6 a.m.

Two Solana Beach School Board incumbents are running unopposed this November. Board members Rich Leib and Julie Union are both seeking another term. “We’ve always had great schools,” said Leib, whose three daughters — a college graduate, college student and high school student — attended schools in the district. “My No. 1 goal is to make sure that they remain great when we leave.” A Solana Beach resident for 21 years, Leib was first elected to the board in 2008 ...

The new, re-aligned El Camino Real will connect with De la Valle Place

Widened El Camino Real to be east of existing road

Aug 29, 2016, 8:19 a.m.

After an environmental review, the city of San Diego has selected the eastern alignment for the new, widened El Camino Real. The alignment was determined to be the environmentally superior alternative, offering minimum impacts to land use and the best long-term improvement to traffic conditions, according to Jayna Straughn, an associate civil engineer with the city’s department of public works. The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board unanimously approved the widening on Aug. 25 and it will now go to San ...

PHR residents ask district to unlock Canyon Crest Academy tennis courts

Aug 25, 2016, 6:29 p.m.

Some Pacific Highlands Ranch residents addressed San Dieguito Union School District board at its Aug. 18 meeting about opening up some of the Canyon Crest Academy’s publicly-funded tennis courts to the tennis-playing public. Philip Pellouchoud, a new resident of Pacific Highlands Ranch, was one of three residents to make the request to the board. Both of his kids are competitive junior tennis players and grew up in the Poway Unified School District area where they had very good access to ...

2015 Carmel Valley Trail Race participants.

Del MarCarmel Valley Trail Race returns Sept. 17

Aug 25, 2016, 9:55 a.m.

The Carmel Valley Trail Race will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, racing through one of San Diego’s hidden gems, Gonzales Canyon. The third annual trail race has added a 15K distance to the lineup which includes a 5K, 10K and a Kid’s Half Mile Dash for children 8 years old and younger. The race sets off from Torrey Highlands Park and will run on a combination of single track and dirt service roads in the open space canyon. Runners ...

DMUSD incumbents Darren Gretler and Erica Halpern.

Del MarHalpern, Gretler seek re-election to DMUSD board

Aug 18, 2016, 1:49 p.m.

Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) board members Darren Gretler and Erica Halpern have filed papers to run for re-election this November. The two incumbents will run against candidate Stephen Cochrane. “Our elementary school children get an exceptional education, and we do it with a balanced budget and healthy reserves,” said Halpern. “Darren and I are committed to making sure these results continue.” Halpern was selected to join the board in March 2015 after a public interview and selection process ...

Del MarSDUHSD board faces contested election in November

Aug 18, 2016, 1:45 p.m.

Five candidates will vie for the two San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) seats that will be up for election this November. Incumbents Joyce Dalessandro and Beth Hergesheimer will be joined on the ballot by Randy Berholtz, Lucile Lynch and Robert Nascenzi. See below for more information on each candidate (in alphabetical order). Randy Berholtz: Berholtz is the founder of the Sorrento Valley Law Group and an adjunct professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He is ...

Kerry Simmonds celebrates her Olympic rowing gold medal with family in Rio. From left to right: Brian, Karyn, Kerry, Eric, Kyra and Steve Simmonds.

Del MarLocal rower wins gold in Rio Olympics

Aug 17, 2016, 1:55 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 13, Carmel Valley’s Kerry Simmonds became an Olympic champion in Rio. Simmonds, the Torrey Pines High School alum, was a part of the dominant gold-medal winning women’s eight rowing team and the extension of a 10-year winning streak. The women’s boat was in the bronze medal position in the halfway mark of the 2,000-meter course in Rio’s scenic Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in the tough race on Saturday. With a rallying cry from coxswain Katelin Snyder, the ...

An outdoor patio wraps around Crudo.

Del MarCrudo opens in Pacific Highlands Ranch

Aug 12, 2016, 4:45 p.m.

Crudo by Pascal Lorange held a grand opening gala on Aug. 3 in the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, complete with classic cars, a red carpet arrival, small bites of Chef Pascal’s gourmet dishes and glasses of sparkling wine with fresh kumquats. After a soft opening last week, Chef Lorange is now serving his Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with an Asian touch for lunch and dinner. The menu boasts of “sophisticated simplicity” with the majority of dishes being gluten free. As Crudo ...

A FULL volunteer hands out homemade cards to the children.

Carmel ValleyTPHS student helps feed San Diego families in need

Aug 10, 2016, 4:25 p.m.

Torrey Pines High School senior Pearl Park is helping to ensure that no kid has to wonder where their next meal will come with her efforts with FULL, a project out of her Carmel Valley Whatever it Takes (WIT) class. WIT is the only college credit social entrepreneur and leadership program for high school teens in the county. Teens learn how to do whatever it takes to design, launch and manage a social enterprise and when they complete the program ...

Porkyland owners Pepe and Deborah Stepensky.

Del MarCarnitas with a smile: Torrey Hills’ Porkyland

Aug 10, 2016, 4:21 p.m.

Pepe and Deborah Stepensky have been in the restaurant business for 30 years, currently running four eateries in San Diego — but they’ve never enjoyed the experience more than with the Porkyland in their own backyard of Torrey Hills. “We really enjoy being here, this is like the neighborhood restaurant we always wanted,” Pepe Stepensky said. “Customers here are neighbors and friends, people I see at the Pacific Sports Resort, in the dog park or working at the grocery store. ...

Tom Carruthers

Del MarAccomplished Chief Marshal Tom Carruthers retires

Aug 10, 2016, 3:24 p.m.

Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Tom Carruthers made a career of capturing wanted fugitives and bringing them to justice, from the streets of Baltimore to remote villages in Cameroon. “I would find people behind sinks, under installation in the attics, in crawl spaces,” said Carruthers, who retired Aug. 1 after 31 years of service with the U.S. Marshals. “That’s what happens when you’re the littlest guy on the team.” What the Carmel Valley resident loved about being a marshal was that ...

Robert R. Francis

LifestyleCanyon Crest Academy graduate wins scholarship

Aug 4, 2016, 12:08 p.m.

The Illini Club of San Diego County awarded Robert R. Francis, Canyon Crest Academy class of 2015, a $1,500 scholarship for his sophomore year at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. He is the son of Karl Francis and Lorrine Lee. Francis will enter his second year in the Aerospace Engineering major on the Illinois campus when classes begin Aug. 22. While earning a grade point of 3.7 his first year, Francis was also active in campus extracurricular activities, including competitive proposal ...

San Diego Bank of America Student Leaders in Washington D.C.: Nick Rogozinski, Samantha Vu, Snigdha Nandipati, Richard Ni and Elena Hoffman.

Carmel ValleyLocals gain insight as Bank of America Student Leaders

Aug 3, 2016, 10:14 a.m.

Local students Richard Ni and Snigdha Nandipati were selected as two of five students in San Diego to become Bank of America Student Leaders. The program offered students an opportunity to build workforce and leadership skills through a paid summer internship at Community HousingWorks. As part of the eight-week internship program, the San Diego students also traveled to participate in a Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. in July along with more than 200 other “Student Leaders” from around the ...

The US Women’s Eight Rowing Team: Back row: Emily Regan, Meghan Musnicki, Amanda Polk, Lauren Schmetterling. Front row: Elle Logan, Tessa Gobbo, Katelin Snyder (coxswain), Amanda Elmore and Carmel Valley’s Kerry Simmonds.

Carmel ValleyTPHS graduate earns spot on Olympic rowing team

Jul 27, 2016, 11:45 a.m.

Kerry Simmonds, a 2007 graduate of Torrey Pines High School, is heading to Rio de Janeiro as a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Eight Rowing Team. This is the first Olympics for Simmonds. She has represented the USA in international competition during each of the last four years, winning gold medals in the Women’s Eight at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, and a silver medal in the Women’s Pair at the 2014 World Championships. The chance to ...


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