Carmel Valley

EventsFriends of Carmel Valley Library host open house March 7

Mar 1, 2015, 6 a.m.

The Friends of the Carmel Valley Branch Library will host an Open House from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, March 7. Council President Sherri Lightner, Library Deputy Director Bruce Johnson and others will be on hand to talk about what the Friends Group does for the library. The Carmel Valley Friends of the Library raises money to pay for the monthly Family Music Concerts, weekly children’s programs, books, supplies and furniture for the library. You can join the Friends of the Library ...

Carmel ValleySan Diego Jewish Academy student earns elite full tuition scholarship to Northeastern

Feb 28, 2015, 6 a.m.

San Diego Jewish Academy senior Dan Gorodezky recently learned that he was among the fewer than 0.5 percent of applicants to Northeastern University that were also accepted to their University Scholars Program. “USP is a full-tuition scholarship program,” said Steve Kahn, SDJA’s dean of academic affairs. “It is among the most intellectually bold and distinguished undergraduate scholarship programs in the country.” “Dan is one of only 189 students who were selected from more than 50,000 applicants,” said Amy Mitchell, regional ...

Former Del Mar Mayor appointed to 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors

Feb 27, 2015, 5:37 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed former Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu and Encinitas farmer Pierre Sleiman to the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors on Feb. 27. A Del Mar resident for more than 30 years, Haydu, 66, was elected to the Del Mar City Council in 2010. She served as mayor of the city from 2013 to 2014 and deputy mayor the previous year. A Georgia native, Haydu earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Augusta College, now known ...

Eleven people vie for open seat on Del Mar Union School District board

Feb 27, 2015, 2:55 p.m.

Eleven people have applied to fill Doug Perkins’ vacancy on the Del Mar Union School District board. The candidates will be interviewed at a public meeting on March 4 at 5:45 p.m. at Del Mar Hills Academy. After the interviews, the board will determine which candidate they would like to join the board and the new trustee will be administered the oath of office. Candidate names were revealed on Friday, Feb. 27 and include: •Randy Berholtz, attorney, current executive vice ...

Authors Nancy Holder and Jonathan Maberry with conference organizer, Julia Camilleri. Photos courtesy of Simone Camilleri

Carmel ValleyStudents get the word at Canyon Crest Academy Writers’ Conference: Just write

Feb 27, 2015, 8:30 a.m.

More than 200 students from 31 high schools around San Diego showed up for the fourth annual Canyon Crest Academy Writers’ Conference last Saturday. The day-long event featured 28 authors, agents and writing professionals teaching workshops that covered everything from general writing techniques to playwriting and songwriting, podcasts, spoken word, writing for TV and comedy, and selling your work. “We sold out this year, and had our largest number of attendees ever,” said Julia Camilleri, president of the CCA Creative ...

Carmel Valley‘Optimistic’ attitude wins contest for Carmel Valley Middle School student

Feb 27, 2015, 8 a.m.

Although a new member of Carmel Valley Middle School’s Junior Optimist Club, Alyssa Cho is already sharing her optimism with her school and greater community. Alyssa, 14, is the recent winner of the Optimist International Essay Contest at the club level. “I was really excited that I won,” said Alyssa, an eighth- grader at Carmel Valley Middle School. “Winning a contest is really exciting. It was also a topic I was really interested in.” This year’s essay prompt was “Optimism ...

EducationSan Dieguito school district considers ending bus transportation for students

Feb 26, 2015, 8 a.m.

The San Dieguito Union High School District is considering eliminating bus service in the 2015-16 school year because of declining ridership and cost concerns. A survey will go out to district parents to gather input before any final recommendations are made for next year, according to Eric Dill, associate superintendent of business services. According to the board report given at a Feb. 5 budget workshop, the district is considering eliminating middle school transportation and high school shuttles and re-deploying the ...

EducationSome Canyon Crest Academy parents, athletes accuse girls field hockey coach of bullying

Feb 26, 2015, 7:45 a.m.

A group of Canyon Crest Academy field hockey parents and students are calling for a coach to be fired after players allegedly suffered verbal abuse and bullying. Several parents and two field hockey team members tearfully addressed the San Dieguito Union School board at its Feb. 19 meeting, detailing how coach Rebecca Kingsbury had chosen her “A Team” favorites and tore down the others with “horrible” insults and negative treatment. Although a group has lodged complaints about the coach for ...

EducationSan Dieguito school district: Process already exists to allow change of teachers

Feb 25, 2015, 7:40 a.m.

Earlier this month, several San Dieguito Union School District parents requested that the district consider allowing students to move out of class if there is a clear personality conflict or if a teacher is not living up to the standards of the district. The parents, who said they had experiences with district teachers where their students’ educations “suffered beyond repair,” proposed a fair process with restrictions, such as allowing the change only if there is space and only within the ...

The One Paseo site as seen from High Bluff.

Carmel ValleySan Diego City Council approves One Paseo project in Carmel Valley

Feb 24, 2015, 8:04 a.m.

San Diego City Council approved the One Paseo development in Carmel Valley with a 7-2 vote on Feb. 23. The meeting stretched for seven hours, and hundreds of project opponents filled council chambers and overflow rooms. Only Council President Sherri Lightner and Council President Pro-tem Marti Emerald voted against the motion, which approved the mixed-use One Paseo at 1.4 million square feet with 246,500 square feet of retail, 484,000 square feet of office space and 608 residential units on El ...

Carmel ValleyTorrey Pines High School Scholarship Fund seeking applicants

Feb 24, 2015, 8 a.m.

Since the Torrey Pines High School Scholarship Fund began giving scholarships to deserving Falcon seniors 28 years ago, they’ve handed out in excess of $1 million. “It’s rewarding, but it’s also a lot of work,” said Karin Lang, who is the co-president of the fund with Mary Stromitis. “The fund is meant to give students encouragement to continue their education beyond high school.” This year, the volunteer staff behind the fund is at it again, as staffers are looking for ...

EducationSan Dieguito school district board approves cost of classroom work at Torrey Pines High School

Feb 23, 2015, 9 a.m.

At its Feb. 19 meeting, the San Dieguito Union High School District approved a guaranteed maximum price of $3.1 million from Erickson Hall Construction Company for the construction of general classrooms at Torrey Pines High School. The work is funded through Proposition AA funds. The decision was not unanimous; the vote was 3-2, with trustees John Salazar and Mo Muir voting against it. Salazar opposed the contract with Erickson Hall, as it had contributed $15,000 to the district’s Prop AA ...

Members perform for seniors recently at Emeritus at Carmel Valley.

Carmel ValleyNew Canyon Crest Academy club shares love of music with community

Feb 20, 2015, 7:45 a.m.

A new club at Canyon Crest Academy is using music to give back to the community. In just a few months, Music Outreach Club has performed for foster children and seniors, with more performances planned for the year. “The purpose of our club is to keep classical music alive,” said club co-founder and president Alexander Zhang, a sophomore at Canyon Crest Academy. “We want to expose everyone to classical music.” Classical music has always been part of Alexander’s life. He ...

The San Dieguito Union School District's enrollment study group at work on Feb. 17.

EducationSan Dieguito school district enrollment study group work complete; public meetings to follow

Feb 20, 2015, 7:30 a.m.

The San Dieguito Union School District’s high school enrollment study group met for the final time on Feb. 17, handing off their months of work and discussion to the district, which will be tasked with taking the next step of public input and decision-making. For the first time, the enrollment study group’s meeting was open to the public. Superintendent Rick Schmitt said he made the decision to open the committee’s meeting in response to community suggestions that they should be ...