Carmel Valley

Carmel ValleyDel Mar Mesa board OKs plans for development

Nov 24, 2015, 11:33 a.m.

At the Nov. 12 meeting of the Del Mar Mesa Planning Board, Chairman Gary Levitt presented for board members’ approval his plans for Rhodes Crossing. The development is a 147-acre mixed-use project of which he has acquired 40 acres adjacent to the Del Mar Mesa preserve, south of Route 56 and east of Camino del Sur. The board unanimously recommended approval of the project (Levitt recused himself from the vote), which will now go to the San Diego City Council ...

Taylor Coleman performing in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Photo by Jim Cox

Carmel Valley actress stars in ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ for the third year

Nov 23, 2015, 7:40 a.m.

What started as a holiday tradition for Taylor Coleman and her family has since become an annual acting gig for the young Carmel Valley actress. For the third year, Taylor is starring as Cindy-Lou Who in The Old Globe’s 18th annual production of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Based on the classic Dr. Seuss book, the show started Nov. 7. “It’s just fun to be in,” said 9-year-old Taylor. A fourth grader at Sage Canyon Elementary School, Taylor ...

Livability Workshop seeks feedback on how Carmel Valley can improve

Nov 23, 2015, 6 a.m.

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board Livability Committee (CVCPB), a voluntary committee consisting of CVCPB members and other community members will be hosting a Community Workshop at the Carmel Valley Library on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 1:30 p.m. The purpose of the workshop is to update the community regarding recent planning work the Livability Committee has been doing and to gather community feedback. The mission of the committee is focused on improving mobility, connectivity and safety for all modes of ...

New Pacific Highlands Ranch Community Park design to feature alternative recreation for teens, kids

Nov 22, 2015, 6 a.m.

The design committee for the new Pacific Highlands Ranch Community Park has expressed a preference for bringing some unique alternative recreation facilities, such as a parkour obstacle course, an adventure garden and a pump track for BMX and mountain bike riding. At the group’s Nov. 10 meeting, the committee advised park designers Schmidt Design Group to find room for these activities as well as plenty of field space for sports, passive contemplative spaces, a full outdoor basketball court and continuing ...

Del Mar Fairgrounds deputy manager to leave post

Nov 14, 2015, 11 a.m.

The Del Mar Fairground’s longtime deputy general manager, Becky Bartling, has announced that she will be leaving her position at the end of November. Bartling joined the staff of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the state-owned fairgrounds, in January 1994. Her first position was box office manager, and she later took on greater responsibilities as deputy general manager and chief operating officer. The announcement came at a meeting of the 22nd DAA board of directors on Nov. 10. ...

New indoor concert venue under consideration for Del Mar Fairgrounds

Nov 12, 2015, 12:14 p.m.

A new 1,900-seat indoor concert venue, hosting as many as 60 musical events each year, could be in the works for the Del Mar Fairgrounds under a proposal now being studied by fairgrounds officials. For the past several years, officials with the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the state-owned fairgrounds, have been searching for alternative uses for the Surfside Race Place, a 91,000-square-foot satellite wagering center on the fairgrounds property that has languished with falling attendance and revenue. One ...

Carmel ValleyDriver in fatal Carmel Valley Road crash to stand trial

Nov 11, 2015, 9:52 a.m.

A man accused of driving drunk and swerving into oncoming traffic on Carmel Valley Road, causing a accident that killed a woman in another car, was ordered Nov. 10 to stand trial on charges of vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges. Anthony Perez Rodriguez, 30, faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while impaired and DUI causing great bodily injury in the death of Enid Mayer-Sheaf of Chula Vista. The 61-year-old victim was returning from ...

SportsPacific Trails student takes field Oct. 25 as honorary Chargers Girl

Nov 6, 2015, 8 a.m.

Emily Newton, a seventh-grader at Pacific Trails Middle, recently got to experience an NFL game from the sidelines as an honorary Chargers Girl. Emily helped root for the home team during the Sunday, Oct. 25, match-up with the rival Oakland Raiders. Emily’s mother, Beth, won the opportunity for her daughter at a charity event for the Ronald McDonald House. Beth was happy to support Ronald McDonald House, as the facility had helped her family so much when Emily was diagnosed ...

Carmel ValleyCity to bump up facilities phasing plan for Pacific Highlands Ranch; library design to begin in 2016

Nov 4, 2015, 8 a.m.

At the Oct. 22 Carmel Valley Community Planning Board meeting, the board heard about the update to the phasing of the Pacific Highlands Ranch facilities financing plan. An update was needed, as the rate of development in the community has exceeded expectations according to Oscar Galvez, city facilities financing project manager. The community park has been pushed from a 2027 opening to 2019, the new recreation center from 2022 to 2019 and the PHR branch of the San Diego public ...

A committee is in the planning and design phase for a 13.5-acre park and 17,000-square-foot recreation center. Photo by Karen Billing

Carmel ValleyPacific Highlands Ranch park committee working to fit community’s needs into recreation center

Nov 3, 2015, 8 a.m.

The Pacific Highlands Ranch Community Park Committee has begun the planning process, tasked with finding spaces for basketball to badminton, children’s art to adult Zumba classes, in the new park and recreation center. The 13.5-acre park and 17,000-square-foot recreation center is planned for the open space next to Pacific Trails Middle School on Village Loop Road. The committee met on Oct. 27 with the park design firm Schmidt Design Group and rec center architecture firm Hanna Gabriel Wells to offer ...

Alleged drunk driver ordered to stand trial on murder and other charges

Oct 31, 2015, 1:59 p.m.

A man who was allegedly drunk and driving on a suspended license when he rear-ended a BMW stuck in traffic on Interstate 5 near Del Mar, killing the driver, was recently ordered to stand trial on murder and other charges. Abraham Beltran, 25, who has prior convictions for driving on a suspended license and driving on a suspended license with excessive alcohol, faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted. According to testimony at his preliminary hearing, the defendant ...

NewsDel Mar, Carmel Valley residents join Voices for Children board

Oct 31, 2015, 6 a.m.

Nancy Banning Doyle of Del Mar and George Lai of Carmel Valley are among the new board members of Voices for Children (VFC), a private, nonprofit organization serving foster children with volunteer CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Banning Doyle has extensive knowledge of the foster care system in San Diego and Los Angeles counties, having been a volunteer Case Assessment Program (CAP) File Reviewer at Voices for Children from 2008 to 2014 and a CASA in Los Angeles from 2005 ...

Carmel ValleyCarmel Valley resident joins staff of La Jolla Institute

Oct 30, 2015, 6 a.m.

Pandurangan "Vijay" Vijayanand, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed to the position of associate professor in the Division of Vaccine Discovery at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, the Institute announced today. “With landmark funding for his work, we are delighted to secure Vijay’s appointment here at the La Jolla Institute,” said Mitch Kronenberg, Ph.D., president and chief scientific officer of the La Jolla Institute. “Vijay is a very accomplished physician-scientist who, in addition to a distinct and powerful ...

The city's newest fire station in Pacific Highlands Ranch opened in 2008.

Carmel ValleyCity of San Diego aiming for November 2016 bond to build new fire stations

Oct 29, 2015, 8 a.m.

The city of San Diego is hoping to build support for a $205 million general obligation bond on the November 2016 ballot to help fund a citywide shortfall on fire stations. If approved, the bond would assist in building 17 fire stations to shore up gaps in emergency services. One such gap is in Torrey Hills, and at its Oct. 20 meeting, the Torrey Hills Community Planning Board joined 10 other community planning groups in support of the bond effort. ...