Carmel Valley

A rendering of the revamped landscaping plan for the Whispering Palms median project.
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Whispering Palms town hall in Rancho Santa Fe raises awareness of plan to remove 54 palms

Jul 25, 2016, 8:42 a.m.

A “Keep our Palms” town hall meeting was held July 20 at Morgan Run Club & Resort as some residents rally to convince the Whispering Palms Community Services District (CSD) not to take down the 54 “iconic” palm trees that mark the entrance to their neighborhood. The CSD had previously approved a plan to remove the queen palms they believe are “aging and diseased” along Cancha de Golf, replacing the 40-65-foot high queen palms with a revamped landscaping plan for ...

The Bay Club buys Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe

Jul 20, 2016, 11:03 a.m.

CBRE Group Inc., has announced the recent sale of Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, a private, member-owned club in Rancho Santa Fe for an undisclosed price. Situated on land owned by the City of San Diego, the club was built to host equestrian events that were part of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. CBRE represented the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club members in the transaction, who sold their club to The Bay Club, a California-based active lifestyle corporation. The featured amenity at ...

EducationSolana Beach School Board declares intention to form SFID

Jul 20, 2016, 5:45 a.m.

In preparing for a potential general obligation bond on the November ballot, the Solana Beach School Board on July 14 declared its intention to form a school facilities improvement district. There is a standing agreement between the school district and land developer Pardee Homes that precludes the district from including two neighborhoods in a bond initiative. The development agreements, which date back to 1998 and 2004, contain language that limits certain elections and tax measures until 10 years after the ...

San Dieguito Union High School District $62 million bond sale a success

Jul 18, 2016, 6 a.m.

San Dieguito Union High School District completed the sale of $62 million in general obligation bonds on June 28, the third issuance of the $449 Prop AA approved by voters in 2012. “It is by every measure the most successful sale of all three general obligation bond series,” said Interim Superintendent Eric Dill at the July 14 board meeting. “Thanks to historically low interest rates and also the financial market flux related to the Brexit vote, there was quite a ...

Protesters at the San Dieguito Union School District last week.

Protestors contend two SDUHSD board members’ actions ‘harmful’

Jul 17, 2016, 6 a.m.

Teachers, parents and community members put on a small protest before the San Dieguito Union High School District board meeting on July 14, calling out trustees Mo Muir and John Salazar for voting against the budget for the next school year. Bob Croft, San Dieguito Faculty Association president, led the “informational, peaceful, lawful picketing” on the sidewalk in front of the district office on Encinitas Boulevard. Posters read that Salazar and Muir fail to understand critical district issues, voted against ...

This 2-year-old-boy was found wandering alone at Cottonwood Creek Park located at 95 North Vulcan Avenue in Encinitas just before 1:30 p.m. today, July 15. Courtesy

Toddler found in Encinitas, reunited with his parents

Jul 15, 2016, 5:31 p.m.

A 2-year-old boy found wandering alone at Cottonwood Creek Park on North Vulcan Avenue in Encinitas this afternoon, July 15, has been reunited with his parents. The boy’s parents called the Sheriff’s Department to report him missing at 6 p.m. when they discovered he was not at his preschool for pickup. The boy and his sibling were dropped off at the preschool at 9 a.m. The preschool had a “park day” activity today. At some point, there was a mix ...

Wells Fargo Bank at Vons in Carmel Valley robbed

Jul 15, 2016, 10:34 a.m.

The Wells Fargo Bank at the Vons grocery store at Piazza Carmel was robbed Thursday, July 14 at about 1:12 p.m., according to the San Diego Police Department. A male entered the Vons supermarket at 3850 Valley Center Drive and walked up to a teller at the Well Fargo Bank inside the Vons. The suspect demanded money. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money and fled out the front. The suspect was described as white male, 50 to ...

Zac Brown Band was among the performers at the inaugural KAABOO Del Mar. 
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Del MarFestival organizers mull noise reduction

Jul 14, 2016, 7:45 a.m.

With KAABOO Del Mar about two months away, organizers of the three-day music festival discussed how they plan to dampen noise during the second annual event. Dozens of people from Del Mar, Solana Beach and Carmel Valley complained about hearing the concerts from their homes during last year’s inaugural KAABOO at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. “We want to be good neighbors,” Julie Coleman, director of community relations for KAABOO, said during a July 6 presentation to community members in the ...

Officials assess the scene.
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Del MarCliff collapses in Del Mar

Jul 13, 2016, 10:08 a.m.

It was not immediately clear whether anyone was on the beach when a cliff collapsed early July 13 in Del Mar. "There may or may not have been somebody on the beach," said Sgt. Joe Tomaiko of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Police responded to reports of a cliff collapse at 8:20 a.m. near 10th Street across from Ocean Avenue. As of 9:45 a.m., officials were on the scene waiting for search and rescue dogs to determine whether or ...

Front row: Hailey Pogue, Matthew Zimmer, Alec Packer, Josh Sherman, Rylie Pope, Farah Farjood, Shannon Yogerst, Gabrielle Jimenez, Nicole Morris, Anais Mathes, Savannah Simo, Sarah Trissel, Kaitlyn Iwanowicz, Mikaila Reyes; Back row: Max Lyle, Benny Ruffolo, Zachary Knobbe-Hewitt, Sreeganesh Manoharan, Max Spencer, Max McGuire, Luke Talman, Sierra Campisano, Beau Botkiss, Sammy Cirino, Jack Sampiere, Noah Ayers, Katherine Lauerman, Michael Caylor, Adam Navigato.
Photo by Anna Scipione

Torrey Pines Freddie Awards Night celebrates athletic achievements

Jul 10, 2016, 6 a.m.

Torrey Pines High School hosted its 2nd annual Freddie Awards show in June to celebrate another great year of athletic achievement. The Falcons won a national, state, and a record 11 San Diego CIF and 15 League championship titles in the 2015-16 academic year. Highlights included the boys tennis team winning a national tournament, boys golf placing first in the California CIF Championships and the following teams being crowned San Diego CIF Champions: Boys and Girls Tennis (26th consecutive title), ...

Outgoing SDUHSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt with Superintendent Dave Roberts.
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SDUHSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt honored by county on last day

Jul 5, 2016, 9:13 a.m.

As Superintendent Rick Schmitt conducted his last piece of business, overseeing Thursday night’s San Dieguito Union High School District meeting, County Supervisor Dave Roberts proclaimed June 30 Rick Schmitt Day throughout the County of San Diego. “I think when we look around the state of California and look at well-run high school districts, people think of San Dieguito and they think of you — quite frankly, that’s why you got stolen from us,” said Roberts, who is also a parent ...

SDUHSD approves 2016-17 budget, vote not unanimous

Jul 4, 2016, 8:31 a.m.

The San Dieguito Union High School District board approved its 2016-17 budget in a contentious 3-2 vote on June 30. Trustees Mo Muir and John Salazar voted against it. The budget includes a projected $129 million in revenue and $136 million in expenditures, a deficit of $6.7 million. The budget meets the board’s recommended 4.5 percent level of reserve funds, with an end balance of $13 million. The budget reflects an increase in revenue due to an estimated increase in ...

$100 million allocated for highway and rail improvements in North County

Jul 4, 2016, 6 a.m.

The California Transportation Commission voted June 30 to allocate $103.7 million to the San Diego region to extend carpool lanes on Interstate 5 (I-5) and add a second track to a portion of the coastal rail line in North San Diego County. The funding will enable the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to begin construction on a $700 million package of projects, aimed to accomplish the following goals: · Expand travel choices ...

Solana Beach School District shares bond plans with Carmel Valley planning board

Jul 2, 2016, 12:14 p.m.

The Solana Beach School District (SBSD) is making the rounds on community outreach as it looks toward a potential $115 million general obligation bond on the November ballot. SBSD Superintendent Terry Decker’s most recent stop was the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board on June 23 and some board members who live in the district offered their support. Carmel Valley Planning Board Chair Frisco White said he, like many others, moved to the area due to the quality of the schools. ...