Carmel Valley

Canyon Crest Academy students crossing between their school and The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch.

Carmel Valley board approves Canyon Crest Academy students’ traffic plan

Feb 4, 2016, 1:01 p.m.

Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision Conservatory for the Humanities took what they are learning about in school to affect change on a traffic flow issue on Village Center Loop Road. The civic-minded students successfully convinced the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board to back their proposal to install a protected left turn signal to correct a safety issue between students and cars at the intersection that connects their school and the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. “This is the right thing to ...

Office project proposed for east end of Del Mar Mesa Preserve

Feb 2, 2016, 10 a.m.

A development company based in Carmel Valley is pursuing plans to build an office complex and parking structure on an 11-acre property southwest of the intersection of SR 56 and Camino Del Sur. The project, called the Preserve at Torrey Highlands, would include 450,000 square feet of office space. The company that wants to build the project, Cisterra Development, purchased the land from the Catholic Diocese of San Diego in June, said Jason Wood, project principal with Cisterra. The project ...

Torrey Hills planning board in Carmel Valley votes against city plastic bag ban

Jan 31, 2016, 6:09 a.m.

The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board voted not to support the city of San Diego’s proposed plastic bag ban. At the board’s Jan. 19 meeting, a motion to support the city ordinance failed and the board voted 9-3 in favor of sending a letter to the city detailing its concerns about the ban. With the city’s proposed Single-Use Carryout Bag Reduction Ordinance, the goal is to reduce the environmental impacts associated with plastic bags and plastic bag litter. The ordinance ...

Friends of Gonzales Canyon improves trail in Carmel Valley

Jan 30, 2016, 8:46 a.m.

Thanks to donors to the Friends of Gonzales Canyon, a trail improvement project has been completed around the Torrey Highlands Dog Park behind Torrey Pines, across from the canyon trailhead. According to Eric Bowlby of San Diego Canyonlands, this project was needed to improve safety and separate trail users from the off-leash dog park area. The contractor that built the fence said "...at least 20 people approached us to ask what we were doing. Once we explained, every person was ...

Del Mar school district to consider polling for bond on November ballot

Jan 29, 2016, 6 a.m.

At its Jan. 20 meeting, the Del Mar Union School District board gave direction to move forward in hiring a polling firm as they decide whether or not to go for a general obligation bond or school facilities improvement district (SFID) on the November 2016 ballot. At the board’s February meeting they will look at the costs associated with a poll and weigh them against the value and benefits. The board was a little hesitant as their last polling, before ...

Pacific Highlands Community Park, Rec Center design forwarded to Carmel Valley Recreation Council

Jan 24, 2016, 6 a.m.

The Pacific Highlands Ranch Community Park Design Subcommittee “enthusiastically recommended” approval of the park and recreation center designs on Jan. 14. The park site is located in Pacific Highlands Ranch across from the Village and adjacent to Pacific Trails Middle School and Canyon Crest Academy. The committee has approved a plan for a 17,000-square-foot recreation center with a gym, multi-purpose building and enclosed patio. The 13.5-acre park will feature 5 acres of multi-use sports fields, children’s play and discover areas, ...

Carmel Valley woman pleads guilty to stabbing her mother

Jan 23, 2016, 6 a.m.

A woman who fatally stabbed her 73-year-old mother during a quarrel in their Carmel Valley home last year pleaded guilty Jan. 20 to voluntary manslaughter. Lara Epstein, 51, will be sentenced on Feb. 24 to 12 years in state prison. Epstein, according to family members, had been dealing with some mental health issues. She moved into the Carmel Valley residence some time before killing Svetlana Gurinova, and there was tension between the mother and daughter, said Deputy District Attorney Scott ...

Del Mar to soon have its first brewery

Jan 20, 2016, 9:24 a.m.

Despite an appeal from a council member, the Del Mar City Council on Jan. 19 declined to schedule a de novo public hearing and upheld the Design Review Board’s conditional approval of Vigilante Brewing Company along the banks of the San Dieguito Lagoon. The beer manufacturing facility, tasting room and restaurant will be located at 2201 San Dieguito Drive, the former site of bread basket manufacturer Eucalyptus Stoneware. The Design Review Board on Nov. 18 conditionally approved an administrative design ...

High school district approves raises for leadership, management positions

Jan 18, 2016, 11:11 a.m.

After certificated San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) employees received a 12.5 percent raise at the end of 2015, the school board followed suit and approved the same raises for non-represented employee groups at its Jan. 14 meeting. The non-represented employee group includes Superintendent Rick Schmitt and the four assistant superintendents as well as management, confidential and supervisory employees, a total of 54 positions. The salary increase of 7 percent for 2015-16 and 5.5 percent for 2016-17 was approved ...

Reuben Shaw
Photo courtesy of Salk Institute

Carmel Valley resident named new director of Salk Cancer Center

Jan 17, 2016, 9:48 a.m.

The Salk Institute has named Professor Reuben Shaw as the new director of Salk’s National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center. Shaw, a Carmel Valley resident, is a member of Salk’s Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory and the holder of the William R. Brody Chair. The Salk Cancer Center was established in 1970 to uncover the fundamental aspects of cancer biology and is just one of seven NCI-designated Basic Research Cancer Centers in the country. The center’s preeminent, award-winning faculty studies everything ...

Carmel Valley resident Gordon Clark named Chairman of Scripps Health Board of Trustees

Jan 15, 2016, 8:34 a.m.

Gordon R. Clark has been named chairman of the Scripps Health Board of Trustees. Clark, who has an accomplished record of building and managing businesses in a variety of industries, has served on the Scripps board since 2008. “Mr. Clark’s proven leadership, his business acumen and commitment to improving our community have greatly benefited Scripps, and will continue to be great assets for the organization as it moves forward under his leadership as board chairman,” said Scripps Health President and ...

Road closure scheduled for evening of Jan. 14 in Del Mar

Jan 14, 2016, 4:18 p.m.

San Diego Gas & Electric will repair a two-inch gas pipeline Thursday evening, Jan. 14, in the intersection of Via de la Valle, Valley Avenue, and Jimmy Durante Boulevard. The work will require a full road closure of Via de la Valle from Jimmy Durante Boulevard to Pimlico Drive from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Eastbound and westbound traffic will be diverted as work progresses. Please follow the posted detour routes and observe all warning devices and traffic controls for ...

Carmel Valley Community Planning Board split on One Paseo

Jan 14, 2016, 2:46 p.m.

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board was split 5-5 on whether or not to approve the new vision for One Paseo. A crowd of 150 people attended the special meeting held at Cathedral Catholic High School on Jan. 13 — the majority of them expressing opposition for the reduced project, that they still believe is too large, will generate too much traffic and impact emergency response times. Any motion needed nine affirmative votes to carry. The project will next go ...


Artist rendering of the proposed indoor concert venue at fairgrounds.
Courtesy rendering

Del Mar Fairgrounds continues to mull concert venue

Jan 13, 2016, 7:16 a.m.

The agency that runs the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds is continuing to investigate a proposal to convert an under-performing satellite wagering center into a 1,900-seat concert venue with a craft beer tasting room, restaurants and other amenities. Artist renderings and draft floor plans for the new venue — which would cost an estimated $10 million to $15 million to construct — were unveiled Tuesday, Jan. 12, at a meeting of the 22nd District Agricultural Association. The district has been investigating ...


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