Carmel Valley

Principal Adam Camacho, Finn Mallery and Assistant Principal Kaitlin Wood.

Finn Mallery wins Earl Warren Spelling Bee

Feb 8, 2016, 10:42 a.m.

Earl Warren Middle School has a new Spelling Bee champ. Eighth-grader Finn Mallery took first place in the Feb. 2 competition at the Solana Beach school. “I was really surprised,” Finn said. “I didn’t expect to make it that far.” Students had to first compete in their English classes. Two students from every class then went on to the school-wide competition. A total of 40 students participated in the Spelling Bee. After an hour and a half and 16 rounds, ...

Residents voice concerns over proposed office complex near Del Mar Mesa Preserve

Feb 7, 2016, 10:38 a.m.

Representatives of a local developer gave an informational presentation about a proposed new office complex near the intersection of State Route 56 and Camino Del Sur before members of the Rancho Penasquitos Planning Board on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Residents of the area also were allowed to speak regarding the proposed project, the Preserve at Torrey Highlands. The project would include three office buildings of 4, 5 and 6 stories, respectively, and a seven-level parking structure. The project would include a ...

Carmel Valley board backs request to take down traffic light

Feb 6, 2016, 10:40 a.m.

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board unanimously approved residents’ request to ask the city to remove a newly installed traffic signal at Carmel County Road and Craven Ridge Way. Without notice to neighbors, the lights suddenly went up at the three-way intersection over the holidays and went live on Jan. 26. Residents Laura Copic, Sam Talpalatsky and Drew Williams addressed the board on behalf of their community at the board’s Jan. 28 meeting. The residents questioned the necessity of a ...

City to install solar panels at Carmel Valley Recreation Center

Feb 5, 2016, 9:27 a.m.

The Carmel Valley Recreation Center will soon play a part in helping the city reach its renewable energy goals as outlined in San Diego’s recently-approved Climate Action Plan as the facility on Townsgate Drive has been tapped for the installation of rooftop and parking lot solar panels. The project has been approved by the Carmel Valley Recreation Council and came before the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board as an informational item on Jan. 28. San Diego City Council adopted its ...

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 ...

Guilty plea entered by motorist who drove drunk and caused fatal crash on Carmel Valley Road

Feb 4, 2016, 6 a.m.

A man who drove drunk and swerved into oncoming traffic on Carmel Valley Road, causing a crash that killed a woman in another car, pleaded guilty Feb. 3 to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury. Anthony Perez Rodriguez, 30, faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced March 4 for the death of Enid Mayer-Sheaf of Chula Vista. Rodriguez pleaded guilty on the day his trial was to begin. The 61-year-old victim was returning ...

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 ...


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