Del Mar

  • County Supervisors wait on community choice energy study

    County Supervisors wait on community choice energy study

    Despite many public comments in support, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors opted not to go forward with a feasibility study on community choice aggregation (CCA), instead voting to wait a year and see how other cities’ and jurisdictions’ studies progress. Currently the cities of San Diego...

  • Short-term vacation rentals issue back on Del Mar council’s plate

    Short-term vacation rentals issue back on Del Mar council’s plate

    The hot potato political issue of short-term vacation rentals has landed back on the plate of the Del Mar City Council. Short-term rentals have become controversial in this coastal city in recent years with the advent of online rental services such as AirBnB. Permanent residents complain about...

  • Carmel Valley resident Robert J. Francavilla named ‘Trial Lawyer of the Year’

    Carmel Valley resident Robert J. Francavilla named ‘Trial Lawyer of the Year’

    CaseyGerry partner Robert J. Francavilla, a Carmel Valley resident, was named 2016 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD) during the organization’s 58th Annual Awards and Installation Dinner, held recently at the Westin San Diego downtown. Every year, CASD, a local...

  • North Coast Rep inks agreement with Encinitas on potential new space

    North Coast Rep inks agreement with Encinitas on potential new space

    And here we go again. North Coast Repertory Theatre announced Thursday morning, Feb. 16, that it has signed an exclusive negotiating agreement aimed at developing a new performing-arts facility in Encinitas. NCRT now becomes at least the fifth theater company to propose building a new home on the...

  • TPHS alum releases third novel in epic fantasy series

    TPHS alum releases third novel in epic fantasy series

    Matthew Wolf, the Torrey Pines High School alum and successful novelist, has been learning how to deal with a relatively new phenomenon for him.  “It’s weird, in the best way possible, being face to face with my fans,” Wolf explains. “One time, at Tulsa Comic Con I was at my booth and a huge man...

  • Del Mar Fairgrounds employees set to receive $500 ‘thank you’

    Del Mar Fairgrounds employees set to receive $500 ‘thank you’

    Directors with the board that oversees the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds have decided to reward their employees for their work in 2016 with $500 gift cards that can be used to purchase gasoline or goods at local merchants. The board of the 22nd District Agricultural Association approved the employee...

  • Planning in works for Del Mar’s first Breeders’ Cup

    Planning in works for Del Mar’s first Breeders’ Cup

    Tickets for the first-ever Breeders’ Cup horse race to be held at the Del Mar Race Track, one of the premier events on the sport’s annual calendar, are set to go on sale to the public March 6. An executive with the Breeders’ Cup gave an update on planning for the event, set for Nov. 3-4, to the...

  • Construction crew turns Del Mar Fairgrounds parking lot into tidal wetland

    Construction crew turns Del Mar Fairgrounds parking lot into tidal wetland

    A construction crew is digging up thousands of cubic yards of dirt from a former parking lot next to the Del Mar Fairgrounds as part of an ambitious plan to restore the property to a tidal wetland, as it existed long before humans began developing the North County coast. The work, which began in...

  • Police, school officials urge vigilance on teen drug use

    Police, school officials urge vigilance on teen drug use

    Police and school officials in Carmel Valley and surrounding communities want parents to know that teen drug use is a problem that can be reduced through awareness and engagement. Sgt. Wes Albers and Officer Robert Briggs, who work with juveniles in the San Diego Police Department’s Northwestern...

  • Residents have plenty to say on Del Mar road project

    Residents have plenty to say on Del Mar road project

    At a meeting in early January, the Del Mar City Council ordered city staff to do more work on a proposed $1.5 million road and sidewalk project on Camino Del Mar, and also to seek more comments from community members. When the discussion resumed on the project at a council meeting on Monday, Feb....

  • ‘Not the Last Butterfly’ inspires hope at SD Jewish Film Festival Feb. 12

    ‘Not the Last Butterfly’ inspires hope at SD Jewish Film Festival Feb. 12

    For 11 years, Carmel Valley artist Cheryl Rattner Price has been sharing a glimpse of hope, a lesson for life and giving voice back to the anonymous child through The Butterfly Project, an effort to create 1.5 million ceramic, painted butterflies to represent the 1.5 million children killed in...

  • Driver injured in Del Mar when train hits SVU

    A southbound Coaster commuter train hit an SUV Saturday, Feb. 4, at a street crossing in Del Mar, and the driver was hospitalized with serious injuries, San Diego County sheriff's deputies said.   The collision was shortly before 2:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Coast Boulevard, where it crosses...

  • CCA students march to protest Trump immigration policies

    CCA students march to protest Trump immigration policies

    Students at Canyon Crest Academy peacefully protested President Donald Trump’s immigration policies during lunchtime on campus on Thursday, Feb. 2, carrying signs and marching silently through common areas at the school. Between 100 and 150 students took part in the march, said Safi Jafri, 16,...

  • New County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar jumps right into the fray

    New County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar jumps right into the fray

    As the newest member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Kristin Gaspar quickly found herself in a high-pressure situation. At her first meeting on Jan. 10, she cast the lone “no” vote on a 12.5 percent raise for herself and her board colleagues, as about two dozen people spoke against...

  • Brixton Capital purchases Del Mar Plaza

    Brixton Capital purchases Del Mar Plaza

     An affiliate of Brixton Capital recently purchased the Del Mar Plaza from Munich, Germany-based GLL Real Estate Partners for an undisclosed sum.  Del Mar Plaza is located at 1555 Camino Del Mar at 15th Street in the heart of Del Mar.  The 76,000-square-foot shopping center boasts panoramic ocean...

  • Del Mar Schools Education Foundation fundraising up

    Del Mar Schools Education Foundation fundraising up

    Del Mar Schools Education Foundation President Ty Humes reported to the Del Mar Union School District board Jan. 25 that the foundation has raised $632,000 so far this school year, $8,000 ahead of where they were last year. Carmel Del Mar School leads the way with participation as 69 percent of...

  • Del Mar school district to adopt new English Language Arts materials

    Del Mar school district to adopt new English Language Arts materials

    The Del Mar Union School District is in the process of bringing in new materials for its English Language Arts curriculum — the district is looking to adopt McGraw Hill Wonders for kindergarten through sixth grade and Study Sync for sixth grade, a more digital program. The current program was adopted...

  • Carmel Del Mar students receive a perfect score at WordMasters Challenge

    Carmel Del Mar students receive a perfect score at WordMasters Challenge

    Three students representing Carmel Del Mar Elementary School recently received a perfect score in the first of three meets in this year’s WordMasters Challenge — a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters...

  • Torrey Pines Pop Warner JV cheerleading team takes 2nd place at Jamz Nationals

    Torrey Pines Pop Warner JV cheerleading team takes 2nd place at Jamz Nationals

    Torrey Pines Falcons JV Cheerleading team performed their last competition of the season and placed second at Jamz Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 20. It was a challenging week leading up to the competition with several girls battling the flu. The girls experienced quite the roller coast ride...

  • UCSD Supercomputer Center shaped by two Del Mar residents

    UCSD Supercomputer Center shaped by two Del Mar residents

    When the San Diego Supercomputer Center opened on the UCSD campus in 1985, its first machine, the CRAY XMP-48, cost $14 million and was considered one of the fastest computers in the world. Today’s iPhones, which can fit easily in a pocket or purse, are more powerful. Over the past 32 years, the...

  • SDUHSD cancels construction contracts due to lawsuit threat

    SDUHSD cancels construction contracts due to lawsuit threat

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) terminated four construction contracts at its Jan. 19 meeting after being threatened with litigation. The Carlin Law Group was retained by the California Taxpayers Action Network (CalTAN) to remedy San Dieguito’s “illegally entering” into four...

  • SOUL charter school approved for Encinitas

    SOUL charter school approved for Encinitas

    On Jan. 19, the San Diego County Board of Education approved the SOUL charter school for a two-year term, the first charter school approved on appeal by the county since 2003. SOUL (School of Universal Learning), which aims to open its 7-12th grade school this fall in Encinitas, saw its petition...

  • Eric Dill appointed to lead San Dieguito Union High School District in 3-2 vote

    Eric Dill appointed to lead San Dieguito Union High School District in 3-2 vote

    Eric Dill was officially voted the new superintendent of the San Dieguito Union High School District on Jan. 19, but he did not receive a unanimous vote of confidence from his board. Trustees Mo Muir and John Salazar voted against his appointment despite the board having reached unanimous support...

  • Betty Ford San Diego aims to bring hope, healing

    Betty Ford San Diego aims to bring hope, healing

    The new Betty Ford Center San Diego in Carmel Valley held a ribbon- cutting celebration on Jan. 11. The outpatient treatment clinic on El Camino Real in Carmel Valley hopes to help more people get the care they need, close to home with convenient daytime and evening programming and services that...

  • Tony-nominated Susan Egan works with CCA students for Rendezvous in Paris Gala

    Tony-nominated Susan Egan works with CCA students for Rendezvous in Paris Gala

    How many of us dreamed of being a princess? For Susan Egan, her dream came true on Broadway as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and now she is headed to San Diego. Tony-nominated Broadway superstar Susan Egan, will be headlining the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation’s Rendezvous in Paris Gala...

  • Solana Beach kids start nationwide letter-writing effort for climate change

    Solana Beach kids start nationwide letter-writing effort for climate change

    A group of Solana Beach kids are hoping to raise national awareness for global warming in a letter- writing campaign to President-elect Donald Trump, beginning on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20. The effort, called Kids4PlanetEarth, began late last year when mothers Ann Wycoff, a journalist, and Heidi...

  • New allegations made against horse ranch operator charged in child porn case

    New allegations made against horse ranch operator charged in child porn case

    At least three people have accused Carmel Valley horse ranch operator Christian Clews of having “inappropriate sexual contact” with them while they were minors, a federal prosecutor said in court on Thursday, Jan. 19. Clews, 51, who runs the Clews Horse Ranch and is a former long-time member of...

  • Driver injured after car rolls over in Del Mar Heights

    A motorist backing out of a steep driveway in Del Mar Heights became trapped Jan. 16 when his car rolled over and came to rest upside-down, according to fire officials. San Diego Fire-Rescue Department personnel responded to a medical aid call about 2:15 p.m. in the 16000 block of Nob Avenue, then...

  • Del Mar seeks to move tracks from bluff more quickly than planned

    Del Mar seeks to move tracks from bluff more quickly than planned

    Del Mar City Council members, concerned about environmental, safety and economic problems posed by the railway tracks that run atop the city's oceanfront bluffs, want to speed up regional planning for moving the tracks, while at the same time looking at opportunities for a safe pedestrian rail...

  • Del Mar Council sends short-term rental issue to Planning Commission

    The controversial issue of whether short-term vacation rentals should be allowed in Del Mar and, if so, how they should regulated, will go next before the city’s Planning Commission for consideration, under a decision made Tuesday, Jan. 17, by the City Council. Short-term rentals, such as properties...

  • San Diego County Board of Education to make decision on SOUL charter school

    The founders of SOUL have brought their Encinitas charter school petition before the San Diego County Board of Education (SDCOE) after being denied by San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) last year. SOUL co-founders Marisa Bruyneel and Michael Grimes, as well as a number of SOUL supporters,...

  • One Paseo breaks ground in Carmel Valley

    One Paseo breaks ground in Carmel Valley

    In the last week of 2016, grading and tree removal began on the new One Paseo mixed-use center on Del Mar Heights and El Camino Real.  One Paseo’s first retail and restaurant tenants are scheduled to open mid-to-late 2018 and the apartment homes and offices in early-to-mid 2019.  

  • County supervisors get salary boosts

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a 12.5 percent raise for themselves at the Jan. 10 meeting, a salary increase of more than $19,000 a year. Newly-appointed board vice chair Kristin Gaspar, who represents District 3, was the sole vote against the raises. The new formula is based...

  • Dolce at Pacific Highlands to host CCA Foundation’s 'Rendezvous in Paris Gala' VIP After-Party

    Dolce at Pacific Highlands to host CCA Foundation’s 'Rendezvous in Paris Gala' VIP After-Party

    If you’ve tried to enter the new Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch shopping center in Carmel Valley weekdays at 3 p.m., you have no doubt witnessed the sea of teens descending upon the stores. Not only is it their place to socialize, it has become an extension of their school. With Canyon Crest...

  • New San Diego County Fair website debuted

    New San Diego County Fair website debuted

    A new website meant to convey the fun and excitement of attending the San Diego County Fair was officially unveiled Jan. 3 at a meeting of the board that oversees the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The state-owned fairgrounds is run by an agency, the 22nd District Agricultural Association, whose board members...

  • Fair board commits $250,000 to planning for proposed concert venue

    Fair board commits $250,000 to planning for proposed concert venue

    The agency that runs the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds took the first step toward turning an underperforming satellite wagering center into a 1,900-seat concert venue, agreeing to spend $250,000 on preliminary planning for the conversion. The board of directors of the 22nd District Agricultural...

  • Public invited to weigh in on senior facility’s environmental review

    A scoping meeting for Hacienda Del Mar, the proposed senior facility on Via de la Valle, will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at Torrey Pines High School’s lecture hall. At the meeting, members of the public are invited to provide input on what the environmental impact report (EIR) for the...

  • Del Mar psychologist honored by San Diego Psychological Association

    Del Mar psychologist honored by San Diego Psychological Association

    Del Mar resident Dr. Felise Levine has been awarded Distinguished Contribution to Psychology by the San Diego Psychological Association Awards (SDPA). The award, given at the annual SDPA fall conference, recognizes a lifetime of achievement in volunteer service to the psychology community.  Dr....

  • Eric Dill selected as San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent

    Eric Dill selected as San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent

    The San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Trustees has narrowed its search for a new superintendent to one candidate, Eric Dill. Dill has been serving as interim superintendent of the district since July 1, 2016 following the departure of former superintendent Rick Schmitt. Dill joined...

  • TPHS Scholarship Fund to honor Nicolas Leslie at Jan. 7 fundraiser

    TPHS Scholarship Fund to honor Nicolas Leslie at Jan. 7 fundraiser

    The Torrey Pines High School Scholarship Fund (TPHSSF) will hold a fundraiser Saturday, Jan. 7 from noon – 2 p.m. at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar to honor the memory of Nicolas Leslie, TPHS Class of 2014. Leslie, a 20-year-old Del Mar native, was murdered in the ISIS-sponsored terrorist attack in...

  • Carmel Valley Middle School places 1st in national math contest

    Carmel Valley Middle School earned a first-place finish in the 2016 Fall Startup Event, a national mathematics contest administered by National Assessment & Testing (www.natassessment.com). Coach Snow Shen prepared students for the first major competition of the academic year, in which students...

  • Torrey Pines High School places 2nd and 8th in national math contests

    Torrey Pines High School scored a 2nd-place finish in the 2016 Fall Startup Event and 8th-place finish in the 2016 Team Scramble, national mathematics contests administered by National Assessment & Testing (www.natassessment.com). Coach Abby Brown prepared students for the first major competitions...

  • Del Mar council says road project needs work

    A $1.5 million project to create a multi-use path along Camino Del Mar at the south end of Del Mar, as well as eliminate one northbound lane on the busy roadway as a traffic-calming measure, requires more work before it can move forward, the Del Mar City Council decided at its meeting on Tuesday,...

  • Del Mar council makes appointments

    The Del Mar City Council filled a vacancy on the city Planning Commission and created a new position as a volunteer climate action plan facilitator at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The council needed to fill one vacancy on the Planning Commission, which considers land-use and planning issues,...

  • Complaint alleging child pornography possession, distribution filed against Carmel Valley ranch owner

    A federal complaint alleging distribution and possession of child pornography has been filed against Christian Clews, owner of the Clews Horse Ranch in Carmel Valley, and a long-time member of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board. According to a complaint filed Dec. 12 in the U.S. District...

  • Solana Highlands School in Carmel Valley to receive upgrades

    Solana Highlands School in Carmel Valley to receive upgrades

    With the passing of the $105 million general obligation bond Prop JJ in November, the Solana Beach School District has big plans to upgrade its campuses. In addition to a complete reconstruction of Skyline Elementary School in Solana Beach, improvements will be made to 30-year-old Solana Highlands...

  • San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy reveals plans for Harbaugh Seaside Trails

    The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy has announced plans to add trails, a viewing deck, a commemorative monument to donors and educational signs to the Harbaugh Seaside Trails in Solana Beach. The area will also connect with the Coastal Rail Trail in the city, officials said. The 3-acre Harbaugh Seaside...

  • Cambridge robotics team advances to FIRST World Championship

    Cambridge robotics team advances to FIRST World Championship

     The Cambridge School’s Team Abrick Cadabrick recently won the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Southern California Regional Championship. This first-year team earned the Champion award on Dec. 3 and now advances to the prestigious FIRST World Championship in Houston, Texas, April 19-22, 2017. They will...

  • Ronda’s Closet in Carmel Valley closing after 13 years

    Ronda’s Closet in Carmel Valley closing after 13 years

    After nearly 13 years in business, Ronda’s Closet in Carmel Valley is closing its doors for good. Owner Ronda Chowaiki said she is shuttering the retail store — which sells women’s and girls’ clothing and accessories — by mid-January to welcome her first grandchild, travel with her husband and...

  • Holiday recycling collection program offered in Solana Beach

    The City of Solana Beach, in partnership with Coast Waste Management, Inc., has a holiday tree recycling and collection program that allows residents to drop off their trees free of charge Dec. 26  through Jan. 7, 2017. Residents may drop off their trees at the following Solana Beach locations:...

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