Carmel Valley

NewsParents of accused Colorado shooter focus on prayer as they await his trial

Mar 30, 2015, 11:50 a.m.

Arlene Holmes started writing in her prayer journal in 2013, as a private way of dealing with the stress in the months after her son, James, was arrested and charged with fatally shooting 12 people and wounding dozens more in a Colorado movie theater. But she decided to make her prayers public — in a self-published book called “When the Focus Shifts” — as a way of drawing attention to her opposition to the death penalty, especially for the mentally ...

EducationDel Mar, Carmel Valley residents among UCSD faculty to be honored

Mar 29, 2015, 6 a.m.

Three area residents are among six UC San Diego faculty members to be honored April 2 for excellence in teaching, research, community service and the performing and visual arts as part of the 41st Annual Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards. Del Mar resident and UC San Diego Professor of Economics James Hamilton will be honored for excellence in research in humanities and social sciences. A groundbreaking scholar in econometrics and macroeconomics, he has published 81 influential books and articles. Hamilton’s ...

Bradley Voytek and Don Collins at the assembly.

EducationScientist’s words resonate with Torrey Pines High students: Listen to, support each other

Mar 28, 2015, 8 a.m.

It says a lot about a school when its students gather around a scientist to sing his praises and eagerly ask questions as though he were a rock star. That’s what happened at Torrey Pines High School last week after Bradley Voytek, assistant professor of computational cognitive science and neuroscience at UCSD, spoke to more than 2,000 students about stress and the brain. His presentation was part of Torrey Pines’ Yellow Ribbon Week, the school’s annual campaign to raise awareness ...

Carmel ValleyBoard hears plan for YMCA facility, pool at Torrey Hills Community Park

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

Talks of a YMCA in Torrey Hills have reignited, eight years after the organization had to pull out of plans for a facility in the community. At its March 17 meeting, the Torrey Hills Community Planning Board heard about the new potential for a YMCA on four acres that have been long vacant at Torrey Hills Community Park. Bernie Porter, the senior vice president of human resources and general counsel for the YMCA of San Diego County, said the park ...

Coaches Award goes to two at Notre Dame Academy

Mar 26, 2015, 6 a.m.

Carmel Valley’s Notre Dame Academy has announced that two faculty members were selected to receive the prestigious Rev. Fr. William Griswold, OSA — JV Coaches Award. This award was given by St. Augustine High School’s Alumni Association after the 61st annual Saints Alumni Parochial Basketball Championships. Jeff Nolen and Mario Fierro, coaches and faculty members of Notre Dame Academy, were selected from 17 schools and their many supporting coaches who participated in the tournament. We congratulate them! Notre Dame Academy ...

Joe LaCava, chair of the San Diego Community Planners Committee, San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner and Ken Farinsky of What Price Main Street deliver referendum signatures.

Carmel ValleyOne Paseo referendum supporters deliver boxes of petitions

Mar 25, 2015, 2:19 p.m.

Backers of the One Paseo referendum movement delivered boxes of more than 55,000 signatures to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters on Wednesday, March 25, seeking a reversal of the San Diego City Council’s recent decision on the 1.45-million-square-foot project or to put the development to a vote of the people. San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner, one of the referendum effort’s strongest supporters, joined representatives from the Carmel Valley and Del Mar Mesa Community Planning Boards, Protect ...

Carmel ValleyTorrey Hills board adds two members

Mar 25, 2015, 9:25 a.m.

The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board appointed two members at its March 17 meeting to fill the board’s new resident seat as well as a seat left vacant by member Suzanne Hall’s recent resignation. Three candidates attended the meeting to be considered, and Brian Britt and Elaine Sampson were appointed via a blind ballot. Britt, who has lived in the Sea Country neighborhood since 2001, is the managing director and senior wealth adviser with an investment advisory firm. “I’m excited ...

Carmel ValleyOne Paseo opponents to file petition March 25

Mar 24, 2015, 7:14 p.m.

Petition signatures aimed at getting the San Diego City Council to overturn its approval of a 23.6-acre mixed-use housing, retail and office development in Carmel Valley are scheduled to be turned in March 25 to the county Registrar of Voters Office. If a group called Protect San Diego's Neighborhoods collected enough valid signatures opposing the $750 million One Paseo Project, the City Council would have to rescind its approval or place the issue before voters. They need around 34,000 signatures ...

Holding a 20-foot-long “Save the Boardwalk” banner, several elected officials joined the effort to keep the San Dieguito boardwalk intact.

News200 take steps at rally to save river boardwalk from removal

Mar 24, 2015, 9 a.m.

In an effort to save a popular boardwalk that runs along the San Dieguito River, elected officials and community members gathered March 21 to protest the California Coastal Commission’s vote that could require the removal of the structure. With a 5-5 vote at its March 11 meeting, the commission denied a request from the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority to allow the boardwalk to remain in its location next to the river on the south side of the ...

Carmel ValleyDel Mar Mesa Community Planning Board brief; March 12 meeting

Mar 21, 2015, 7:50 a.m.

The Del Mar Mesa Community Planning Board continued to discuss the non-compliance to fencing guidelines of some Pardee Homes in Alta Del Mar, an enclave of estate homes and custom homesites southeast of Carmel Country Rd. “Pardee’s justification for the non-compliant fences is that the homeowners are already in their homes, and non-compliant fences are surrounded by landscaping,” board chair Gary Levitt said. Levitt complained that the “cheaper” fences were built behind landscaping, but still don’t meet the Specific Plan ...

Cmdr. Andrew Doan, left, with Don Collins, Torrey Pines Teacher of the Year and PALS adviser.

EducationYellow Ribbon Week speaker encourages Torrey Pines High School students to ‘stay in the game’

Mar 20, 2015, 7:50 a.m.

Yellow Ribbon Week at Torrey Pines High seeks to remind students that they are not alone. The week designated to draw attention to combating suicide has never been timelier, as suicide has become a major public health issue. San Diego County had 441 suicides in 2013, the highest number in county history. Roughly 41,000 suicides occur each year in America, and suicide is the second-leading cause of death among children and young adults ages 10-24. More than 5,000 teens and ...

Solana Beach student crowned Countywide Spelling Champion

Mar 19, 2015, 3:11 p.m.

“O-O-N-A.” There’s a new way to spell “winner” after Earl Warren Middle School 8th-grader Oona Flood correctly spelled “fuliginous” to win the 46th Annual U-T San Diego Countywide Spelling Bee March 19. While “fuliginous” is a Latin word meaning “having the color of soot,” there’s nothing dusky about Flood. The spunky student’s partially pink-dyed hair helped her stand out in the group of four girls who made it through nine rounds of competition. Flood will now go on to represent ...

Carmel ValleyAccusations made by both sides as One Paseo petition signature drive continues

Mar 19, 2015, 8 a.m.

With the March 25 deadline looming to collect 33,224 signatures, One Paseo referendum signature gatherers have been out all over the city from in front of Jimbo’s in Del Mar Highlands to Whole Foods Market in Hillcrest. Both One Paseo supporters and opponents have been accused of dishonest tactics. Both sides have been accused of harassing people to sign or not to sign, and both have been accused of lying about what the petition is for — “saving the San ...

EducationCarmel Valley woman to be honored as county’s ‘Parent Volunteer of the Year’

Mar 18, 2015, 9:15 a.m.

A Carmel Valley parent will be celebrated for her work with the Solana Beach School District, San Dieguito Union High School District and the greater community during the San Diego County Office of Education’s 13th annual “Honoring Our Own” awards dinner April 24. In partnership with the Association of California School Administers, the San Diego County School Boards Association recognizes outstanding individual board members, administrators, staff, parents and community members every year. Stephanie Kowack was selected as the county’s “Parent ...