Carmel Valley

NewsDel Mar resident honored for radar systems work at General Atomics

Jul 5, 2015, 6 a.m.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that it recently was honored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics with local awards for outstanding aerospace management and contribution to the community. The San Diego Section is dedicated to promoting awareness, activism, and access throughout the aerospace community. In the category of Outstanding Contribution to Aerospace Management, General Atomic’s Mission Systems Director of Radar ...

The DoubleTree San Diego-Del Mar.

Doubletree SanDiego-Del Mar in Carmel Valley sold

Jul 3, 2015, 4:26 p.m.

CBRE Hotels has arranged the sale of the 224-room DoubleTree San Diego-Del Mar. CBRE Hotels represented the seller, PHF Ruby LLC an affiliate of Fillmore Capital. The buyer is San Diego-based Southwest Value Partners. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, “While CBRE would not reveal the sale price of the hotel, it was listed as $40 million by Real Capital Analytics, a research company that tracks hotel sales throughout the country.” Southwest Value Partners has retained Dimension Development Company ...

County Board of Education to fill District 5 vacancy

Jul 2, 2015, 4:59 p.m.

The San Diego County Board of Education will appoint a board of education member at its meeting on July 8. The appointment will fill the vacant District 5 board seat. District 5 runs along the coast from Del Mar to Camp Pendleton. The County Board of Education will interview candidates, make an appointment, and swear in the new board member at its regular meeting. Please visit the County Board of Education webpage to view the meeting agenda, which includes the ...

Hilton Garden Inn burned in June 2007, just before it was completed. The hotel was rebuilt and opened in March 2008.

NewsNo room for doubt in local hoteliers’ minds about Hilton/Homewood venture

Jul 2, 2015, 8 a.m.

Opposition from neighbors, a growing recession and even a fire couldn’t stop hotelier Bob Rauch from accomplishing his dream and opening two hotels bordering Del Mar. He and business partner Joe Simone recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar “Campus,” home to the Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites in San Diego. “We accomplished exactly what we set out to do,” said Rauch, who co-owns both hotels with Simone. “Both hotels have been tremendous successes despite ...

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved a stop sign at the intersection of High Bluff Drive and Grandvia Point near Overlook Park.

Carmel ValleyCarmel Valley planning board gives High Bluff Drive stop sign another green light

Jul 2, 2015, 8 a.m.

For the second time, the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved the installation of a stop sign and crosswalk on High Bluff Drive and Grandvia Point to provide a safe crossing for residents headed to Overlook Park. The board approved the stop sign in March, but rescinded its decision in April as residents against the proposal said they had been uninformed. At the June 26 board meeting, the board voted 9-3 in favor of the stop sign and crosswalk, as ...

Solana Highlands Park will get a new comfort station for park users.

Carmel ValleyBoard OKs $12 million in improvements at five Carmel Valley parks

Jul 1, 2015, 8 a.m.

Amenities like synthetic turf and comfort stations will be coming to five Carmel Valley parks as the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board gave the nod for $12 million worth of improvements at its June 26 meeting. The $12 million comes out of Carmel Valley’s Facilities Benefit Assessment (FBA) fund, paid into by developers to assure that new development pays for proportional community facilities. The board approved adding synthetic turf at Carmel Valley Community Park (at the recreation center) and Ocean ...

Carmel ValleyFirefighters put out brush fire in Carmel Valley

Jun 30, 2015, 2:43 p.m.

It took ground and helicopter crews about a half-hour June 30 to quell a fire that scorched about an acre on a brushy hillside in Carmel Valley. The blaze, which posed no structural threats, broke out for unknown reasons about 11:30 a.m. off the 13100 block of Caminito Mendiola, near State Route 56, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was under investigation, SDFRD spokesman Lee Swanson said.

Carmel ValleyOne Paseo Working Group to host community workshop in mid-July

Jun 30, 2015, 9:12 a.m.

The One Paseo Working Group has come together at the drawing board with Kilroy Realty to shape a scaled-down mixed-use project for Carmel Valley. The goal of the working group is to develop a project that will offer the same amenities as the proposed development had while greatly reducing the traffic and visual impacts that caused concern within the community. “We look forward to engaging in a transparent process that will address community feedback and concerns, ultimately resulting in a ...

EducationCarmel Valley resident on Dean’s List at Pratt Institute

Jun 26, 2015, 6 a.m.

Savannah Jankosky, a Carmel Valley resident and a student at the prestigious Pratt Institute, was among more than 900 students who made the Dean’s List in the Spring 2015 semester. Pratt Institute in New York City prepares its 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences.

Carmel ValleyCarmel Valley woman pleads not guilty in mother’s slaying

Jun 24, 2015, 12:11 p.m.

A woman accused of beating and stabbing her 73-year-old mother with a knife and meat tenderizing tool in their Carmel Valley home pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, June 24, to a murder charge and was ordered held on $3 million bail. Lara Epstein, 51, has been dealing with mental health problems, according to her family, and there was tension between Epstein and her mother, Svetlana Gurinova, said Deputy District Attorney Scott Pirrello. Gurinova had moved into the Carmel Valley home ...

A student makes a healthy choice of fruit at the cafeteria.  Courtesy photos

High school district nutritionist asks Congress to serve up flexibility on lunch program

Jun 23, 2015, 8:17 a.m.

School lunch restrictions have gotten tighter across the country and the San Dieguito Union High School District has complied to ensure its food is nutritious as well as appetizing to middle school and high school students. However, complying with those standards has resulted in fewer students eating those healthy school lunches and rising costs are making a mess of the meal program budget, officials say. It is frustrating to Siri Perlman, district nutrition specialist, that the district can sell a ...

Murder charges filed against Carmel Valley woman

Jun 19, 2015, 5:50 p.m.

Murder charges were filed June 19 against a woman accused of killing her 73-year-old mother in the Carmel Valley home they shared. Arraignment for 51-year-old Lara Epstein was postponed until Tuesday, June 23, because the defendant needs a Russian interpreter. Epstein faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted of murder and the use of a deadly weapon. Officers responding to a request for a welfare check on Svetlana Gurinova at a condominium complex in the 3700 block of ...

Carmel Creek Elementary’s 2003 kindergarten class, this year’s class of 2015, gathered at a reunion with their teachers on June 10.

EducationClass of 2015 returns to Carmel Creek Elementary, where it all began

Jun 18, 2015, 8 a.m.

A few days before they were set to graduate from high school and embark on a whole new adventure, a group of seniors from the class of 2015 retuned to their Carmel Creek Elementary roots for a reunion. Students remarked on how little everything looked in the school, and how much they had changed from the photos in their 2003 kindergarten yearbook. They gave warm hugs to former teachers in attendance — as Principal Terri Davis said, while the kids ...

Courtesy of Dominick Lemarie

Carmel ValleyPolo Club property lease to go up for bid this summer

Jun 17, 2015, 9:44 a.m.

The city of San Diego will soon go out to bid on the San Diego Polo Club property. The request for proposals for the 80-acre parcel was scheduled to go out when the polo club’s original 26-year lease expired in 2012, but the city has faced numerous delays. “We’re definitely interested in bidding; we don’t intend on going anywhere else,” said Nour-Dean Anakar, vice president of the San Diego Polo Club. Heidi Farst, from the city real estate assets department, ...