Carmel Valley

Solana BeachSolana Beach man arrested on child pornography charges

Aug 27, 2015, 4 p.m.

A Solana Beach man accused of molesting a child and possessing child pornography is suspected to have engaged in such acts for the past decade, San Diego County Sheriff's officials recently announced. Days after his arrest in another county, Sean O’Farrell was booked into the Vista Detention Facility early Aug. 27 for allegedly possessing child pornography. The 40-year-old man was already facing charges for allegedly soliciting sex from a teen Aug. 18 in Rancho Cucamonga. “Based on the investigation to ...

Residents express concerns about replacing grass with turf at Ocean Air Community Park. Photo by Karen Billing

Carmel ValleyPetition circulates against artificial turf in two Carmel Valley parks

Aug 27, 2015, 8 a.m.

In light of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approving the installation of artificial turf at Carmel Valley and Ocean Air Community Parks, Dr. Emily Engel, a neurologist at the Scripps Clinic and mother of two boys at Ocean Air School, has gathered 177 signatures to oppose placement of the turf. “There are multiple health concerns that really alarm me,” Engel said. She said the speculation about toxin exposure in artificial turf hasn’t been definitively proven, but there is enough ...

Attendees of the workshop share their opinions with the One Paseo team.

Carmel ValleySecond One Paseo session shows scaled-down plans in Carmel Valley

Aug 26, 2015, 6 a.m.

Engaging the community has been a big part of the new One Paseo, inviting residents to step up to the drawing board and help create a mixed-use project they can live with. The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board hosted a community workshop on the new One Paseo project, Kilroy’s second such workshop, on Aug. 19 at the Del Mar Marriott. While concerns about traffic and bulk and scale remain for some residents, a big compliment to Kilroy’s improved outreach was ...

The new Pacific Trails Middle School is ready to open to seventh-graders on Aug. 25. Photo by Karen Billing

Carmel ValleyPacific Trails Middle School ready for classes

Aug 22, 2015, 6 a.m.

The new Pacific Trails Middle School is ready to open to seventh-graders for the first day of school on Aug. 25. The 74,000-square-foot San Dieguito Union High School District campus includes a two-story, 22-room classroom building, art and music rooms, performing arts center, basketball courts and playfields. The second phase, slated to begin in 2016, will include the permanent administration building, a multipurpose room and locker room building, the media center and food service building. The school will celebrate its ...

Taylor Morrison Homes opens its new Elms and Ivy communities in Pacific Highlands Ranch on Saturday, Aug. 22. Photo by Karen Billing

Carmel ValleyNew Elms and Ivy housing communities open in Pacific Highlands Ranch on Aug. 22

Aug 21, 2015, 6 a.m.

Taylor Morrison Homes will celebrate the opening of two luxury housing communities in Pacific Highlands Ranch on Saturday, Aug. 22. Near excellent schools and sought-after San Diego destinations, Elms and Ivy will give homebuyers twice the opportunity to discover the home of their dreams in an intimate Southern California neighborhood featuring less than 100 home sites. Homes at Elms start from the high $900,000s and range in size from about 2,700 square feet to more than 3,000 square feet. At ...

EducationTwo Carmel Valley high schools top Newsweek list

Aug 20, 2015, 11:38 a.m.

Six high schools in San Diego County were included in a list of the top 500 high schools in the country released today by Newsweek. The San Diego contingent was led by River Valley Charter High School of Lakeside, which ranked 94th in the country, helped by a 100 percent graduation rate. All of the school's graduates were headed for college, according to Newsweek data. Following in order were Westview High, near Rancho Penasquitos, 97th; Canyon Crest Academy, Carmel Valley, ...

Dolce Pane e Vino will be part of the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. Courtesy photo

Carmel ValleyDolce Pane e Vino to be part of Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch

Aug 20, 2015, 6 a.m.

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) has completed a new lease with Dolce Pane e Vino, a casual upscale dining restaurant with farm-to-table wood-fired cuisine, a wine bar and hand-crafted cocktails. The restaurant’s new location will also offer a cheese and wine retail venue as well as curbside service. The 10-year lease is valued at $3.2 million and totals 5,126 square feet at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch in the North County Carmel Valley area of San Diego, California. Dolce ...

Carmel ValleyCaltrans, San Diego reviewing improvements to congested SR-56 in Carmel Valley

Aug 18, 2015, 7:45 a.m.

The city of San Diego and Caltrans are working together to find solutions for commuters who struggle daily with the heavily congested SR-56. At peak hours, the 56 can resemble a parking lot, with cars at a standstill. And with all the development occurring along the corridor, traffic is only expected to increase. “The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) anticipates that the region will have sufficient funds to do major improvements by the year 2040 on the SR-56 Corridor,” said Edward ...

Carmel ValleyVolunteers sought for Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol program

Aug 15, 2015, 6 a.m.

The San Diego Police Department’s Northwestern Division is recruiting volunteers for its Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol, or RSVP program. Volunteers must be at least 50 years of age, fully or semiretired, hold a valid California driver’s license and be available at least two to three days a month for patrol duties. New volunteers are also required to spend one week in training at the police academy for indoctrination on procedures and policy. The areas patrolled are Carmel Valley, Miramar, Mira ...

Mara Fortin will open her seventh Nothing Bundt Cake location in the Village of Pacific Highlands Ranch. “I love talking to people and hearing how much the cakes (have) made a difference in their lives,” she says. Courtesy photos

Business SpotlightSweet success: Nothing Bundt Cakes franchiser opening seventh store in Carmel Valley's Pacific Highlands Ranch

Aug 13, 2015, 8:35 a.m.

For the past nine years, Mara Fortin’s life has been Nothing Bundt Cakes. As she prepares to open her seventh bakery in the Village of Pacific Highlands Ranch in October, Fortin reflects on years of baked goodness, of hard work swirled with fun and a whole lot of cream cheese frosting. Fortin was the first-ever franchisee for the brand in 2007, and the Pacific Highlands Ranch bakery will be the 188th location nationwide. Fortin owns the most franchises in the ...

The One Paseo site as seen from High Bluff.

Carmel ValleyOne Paseo workshop scheduled for Aug. 19

Aug 13, 2015, 8 a.m.

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board will hold a special workshop on the One Paseo project at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar. This will be an opportunity for community input on the mixed-use development planned for Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real. Kilroy Realty has committed to work with the public as it develops a new plan for the project that meets the parameters of reducing traffic by nearly half and a ...

Rite Aid Pharmacy District Manager Alan Sanford, Pharmacist Fatima Hamede, Store Manager Ann Marie Michel, Beauty Adviser Susanna Aleksandrova and District Manager Robert Pass in the new Pacific Highlands Ranch store. Photo by Karen Billing

Carmel ValleyDrive-thru pharmacy, self-serve frozen yogurt among perks at Pacific Highlands Ranch’s new Rite-Aid

Aug 12, 2015, 8 a.m.

The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch in Carmel Valley is now home to the first new Rite Aid to open in San Diego in 10 years. The store, which celebrated its grand opening July 24, is loaded with unique features such as a self-serve yogurt station, Thrifty ice cream, a Fresh Day Café serving Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf products, an extensive line of GNC products and the area’s only drive-through pharmacy lane. The store is a model for Rite ...

Carmel ValleyQ&A: Mass transit, parking were major factors in larger fair attendance, says board president

Aug 8, 2015, 8 a.m.

Carmel Valley resident Frederick Schenk — a longtime partner with San Diego-based law firm CaseyGerry — is president of the board of directors for the 22nd District Agricultural Association (San Diego County Fair Board). Schenk, appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011, has a long association with the San Diego County Fair Board, and was appointed previously by former Gov. Gray Davis, serving from 2002 to 2006. This year’s San Diego County Fair recently wrapped up one of its most ...

L-R: Kristin Gibson, Doug Rafner, Scott Wooden, Erica Halpern, Darren Gretler

Del Mar Union School District appoints Darren Gretler to the Governing Board of Trustees

Aug 7, 2015, 4:55 p.m.

At a special meeting held on Aug. 6, the Governing Board of Trustees of the Del Mar Union School District appointed Darren Gretler to the Governing Board. Gretler will fill the seat left vacant on June 18, 2015 with the resignation of former board member Alan Kholos until the term expires in November 2016. The district advertised the vacant position in the local paper and on the district website. Gretler was selected for the vacant seat from a field of ...


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