Del Mar

  • Clews sentencing rescheduled

    Clews sentencing rescheduled

    Sentencing for Carmel Valley horse ranch owner Christian Clews on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography has been rescheduled for Feb. 1, before U.S. District Judge Dana M. Sabraw. Under the terms of a plea agreement between the defense and prosecution, submitted when Clews pleaded...

  • Torrey Pines student hosts Sweat for a Cure on Feb. 3

    Torrey Pines student hosts Sweat for a Cure on Feb. 3

    Torrey Pines High School senior Sophia LeRose is hosting Sweat for the Cure, a cardio boot camp at Torrey Pines’ Ed Burke Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 3 benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The hour-long boot camp will be led by local fitness instructors Cindy Whitmarsh and Lisa Stettner. ...

  • Del Mar to take next step on sea-level rise plan

    Del Mar to take next step on sea-level rise plan

    Del Mar’s task force on sea-level rise is heading into its Jan. 25 meeting intent to put the finishing touches on its package of recommendations that set the stage for how Del Mar will prepare for and respond to the havoc expected to be wrought by eroding bluffs, narrowing beaches and increasingly...

  • Fairgrounds to craft its cannabis policy this spring

    Fairgrounds to craft its cannabis policy this spring

    With state guidance in hand, the Del Mar Fairgrounds hopes to have a cannabis policy in place as early as March or April — in time to have clarity when the fairgrounds books its peak-season, late-summer events. Over the past several years, California’s 52 state-owned fairgrounds have lingered in...

  • Detective’s calls sparks tumult over Vergne investigation

    Detective’s calls sparks tumult over Vergne investigation

    A series of phone calls from a sheriff’s detective has rekindled tempers over the alleged wrongdoings of Del Mar’s former chief lifeguard, with a group of longtime residents calling on the city to back off from the criminal probe into the longest-serving employee Del Mar has ever had. Pat Vergne,...

  • Solana Beach gets OK to study seawall impact fees for another year

    Solana Beach gets OK to study seawall impact fees for another year

    The California Coastal Commission has agreed to give Solana Beach a 12-month extension to respond to the state agency’s proposal for how much the city should charge blufftop homeowners for permits to build and upgrade seawalls along beaches below their homes. The Commission’s unanimous approval...

  • Authorities continue to warn about 'crimes of opportunity'

    Authorities continue to warn about 'crimes of opportunity'

    Overall crime in Encinitas, Del Mar and Solana Beach was down or stayed about the same in 2017 compared to 2016, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department North Coastal Station. However, Captain John Maryon warns that the cities' top problems — property thefts and burglaries — have...

  • Not guilty plea from man accused of using teen to sell pot at high school

    Not guilty plea from man accused of using teen to sell pot at high school

    A San Diego man accused of using a juvenile to sell marijuana to students at Cathedral Catholic High School, as well as supplying pot to minors, pleaded not guilty Monday. Jan. 8. to 39 felony charges. William John Sipperley III, 50, faces several counts of employing a minor to sell or carry marijuana,...

  • Del Mar Hills students take on challenge to redesign human body

    Del Mar Hills students take on challenge to redesign human body

    Del Mar Hills Academy students redesigned the human body as part of a design thinking project.

  • Small cell site coming to Carmel Valley

    Small cell site coming to Carmel Valley

    A new small cell network of 150 sites across the city of San Diego will have an antenna located in Carmel Valley. The Mobilitie antenna and equipment will be located on a streetlight on 2602 1/3 Carmel Country Road, near the entrance to the Elysian condominium complex. At least one Carmel Valley...

  • 'From fail to Yale': Sunset graduate overcame adversity to reach his goals

    'From fail to Yale': Sunset graduate overcame adversity to reach his goals

    When Torrey Pines High School teacher Don Collins wanted to teach students a lesson in resiliency, he could think of no better instructor than his former student at Sunset High School, Nick Gulino. Now 25, the same trouble-making kid who was kicked out of his geometry class so many times the principal...

  • New Solana Beach mayor looks ahead to 2018

    New Solana Beach mayor looks ahead to 2018

    Newly appointed Mayor Ginger Marshall will preside over Solana Beach City Council meetings in 2018, and the panel has a lot on its agenda, from deciding whether to become an energy provider for city residents, to launching its climate action plan, to considering upgrades to the Lomas Santa Fe corridor....

  • Prosecutors seek enhanced sentence for Clews in child-porn case

    Prosecutors seek enhanced sentence for Clews in child-porn case

    Prosecutors in the case against Carmel Valley horse ranch owner Christian Clews - who pleaded guilty in July to charges of one count each of possessing and distributing child pornography - will seek additional prison time for the defendant due to allegations of sexual impropriety with minors. Clews,...

  • Teen pedestrian seriously hurt in Carmel Valley crash

    Teen pedestrian seriously hurt in Carmel Valley crash

    A 15-year-old girl was seriously hurt when she was hit by a car while crossing a Carmel Valley street Wednesday evening, Dec. 27, police said. The teen was headed west across Del Mar Heights Road about 5:30 p.m. when she was struck by a 2000 Toyota Avalon headed south on Hartfield Avenue, San Diego...

  • SDUHSD faces declining ridership, driver shortages with its bus service

    SDUHSD faces declining ridership, driver shortages with its bus service

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) is facing challenges about what to do about its transportation services. At the Dec. 14 board meeting, the SDUHSD board heard a report about the status of the program, in which bus ridership has decreased 65 percent in the last 10 years. “We...

  • Torrey Hills High Five Hawks team wins Champions Award for Presentation

    Torrey Hills High Five Hawks team wins Champions Award for Presentation

    Torrey Hills High Five Hawks won Champions Award for Presentation at the First Lego League Championship held Dec. 3 at Legoland. The team placed first in this division out of 66 teams from all of Southern California. The Torrey Hills High Five Hawks presented their invention, the EDC Car Wash System,...

  • Hergesheimer named San Dieguito board president

    Hergesheimer named San Dieguito board president

    San Dieguito Union High School District President Amy Herman passed the gavel to new President Beth Hergesheimer at the Dec. 14 organizational meeting but it was not without some drama. Following public input that the board should consider rotating officer positions and taking turns in leadership...

  • Beth Am celebrates the completion of its campus

    Beth Am celebrates the completion of its campus

    Thirty-five years after its humble beginnings in a converted tire store in Solana Beach, Congregation Beth Am has finally completed its Carmel Valley campus home. The renovation of the synagogue on Del Mar Heights Road took Beth Am from 11,000 square feet of modified portables to 21,000 square...

  • SD City Council approves recreation council change

    SD City Council approves recreation council change

    San Diego City Council voted 5-4 Dec. 13 to amend the recreation council fee schedule, taking away the recreation councils’ ability to collect funds and adding oversight to how those city funds are spent. All 52 San Diego recreation councils’ special use permits that give them the authority to...

  • Sinnott takes SANDAG chairmanship, stirs up climate change questions

    Sinnott takes SANDAG chairmanship, stirs up climate change questions

    No sooner had Terry Sinnott been elected board chairman of the San Diego Association of Governments than he found himself in the center of a firestorm.

  • 'Third option' proposed for Del Mar law enforcement

    'Third option' proposed for Del Mar law enforcement

    Community service officers could provide a “middle option” for Del Mar, which has been trying for years to decide whether to continue its contract with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department or create its own police department. Del Mar has been studying the possibility of creating its own police...

  • Del Mar Mesa park to open this spring

    Del Mar Mesa park to open this spring

    Residents of Del Mar Mesa will have to wait a few more months for the opening of a new community park at the intersection of Duck Pond Lane and Del Vino Court, a project that has been in the works for more than a decade. The 4-acre park, named after longtime Del Mar Mesa resident Elizabeth S. Rabbitt,...

  • Del Mar Union School District receives California School Boards Association 2017 Golden Bell Award

    Del Mar Union School District receives California School Boards Association 2017 Golden Bell Award

    The Del Mar Union School District was recently honored by the 38th Annual Golden Bell Awards Program of the California School Boards Association (CSBA), according to a press release. The award was won in the Professional Development and Teacher Recruitment/Retention category for Improving Student...

  • Del Mar Council declines to hear appeal of Bully’s replacement

    Del Mar Council declines to hear appeal of Bully’s replacement

    The ballyhooed proposal to bulldoze Bully’s North and replace it with an upscale eatery appears to be in the clear after the Del Mar City Council rebuffed objections from a handful of neighbors just west of the iconic but aging property on Camino del Mar. Residents of three homes on Stratford Court...

  • Marshall takes over from Nichols as Solana Beach mayor

    Marshall takes over from Nichols as Solana Beach mayor

    Demure almost to a fault, Mike Nichols tried to hurry past the oral communications portion of the Solana Beach City Council’s Dec. 13 meeting, but City Manager Greg Wade would have none of it. “Oh boy,” Nichols said as Wade led him to the dais for a presentation recognizing his year as Solana Beach’s...

  • Kristin Gibson is new DMUSD board president

    Kristin Gibson is new DMUSD board president

    The Del Mar Union School District board elected Kristin Gibson to serve as the new president at its Dec. 13 meeting. Gibson steps into the leadership role held by Doug Rafner for the last five years. “Five years went by very quick,” Rafner said. “Three of us are moving onto our eighth year on the...

  • Illumina executive is honored for her efforts to apply DNA research

    Illumina executive is honored for her efforts to apply DNA research

    Invention of the microscope centuries ago revolutionized scientific perspective, unlocking a world previously hidden to human eyes and opening doors to improved medical treatments and hygiene.

  • Motorcyclist dies in south I-5 crash near Del Mar, traffic backed up for miles

    Motorcyclist dies in south I-5 crash near Del Mar, traffic backed up for miles

    A 58-year-old motorcyclist died Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 13, after running into the back of a car on south Interstate 5 near Del Mar, authorities said. Four lanes were closed while officers investigated the crash and cleared the wreckage, snarling traffic for miles in the area. The collision happened...

  • Fairgrounds eyes April for groundbreaking on indoor concert venue

    Fairgrounds eyes April for groundbreaking on indoor concert venue

    With the bidding process underway and final architectural tweaks being polished off, officials at the Del Mar Fairgrounds are gearing up for construction to start April 1 on the $13 million project to build an indoor arena and exhibition hall inside the fairgrounds’ offtrack betting center. The...

  • SD City Council fails to pass short-term rental regulation

    SD City Council fails to pass short-term rental regulation

    San Diego City Council did not to take any action on short-term vacation rental regulations at a hearing that stretched for most of the day on Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to past 8 p.m. Council members heard over 200 public comments for and against the two proposed regulations on the table and saw three...

  • Residents sue Caltrans over planned I-5-SR56 connectors

    Residents sue Caltrans over planned I-5-SR56 connectors

    Two groups of residents who live near the planned freeway connectors from Interstate 5 to State Route 56 have filed lawsuits against Caltrans, the state transportation agency, alleging environmental studies for the project were flawed and should be redone. Both groups believe the analysis of the...

  • Encinitas, Solana Beach officials advocate for sand replenishment in Washington, D.C.

    Encinitas, Solana Beach officials advocate for sand replenishment in Washington, D.C.

    Public officials from Encinitas and Solana Beach kicked off their December by visiting Washington, D.C. and advocating for sand replenishment on their cities' beaches. Following the trip, Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear said it is vital for the North County cities to have their sand replenished....

  • Del Mar hit with multi-million dollar wrongful termination claims

    Del Mar hit with multi-million dollar wrongful termination claims

    The two longtime Del Mar employees fired for alleged financial wrongdoings have fired back with wrongful termination claims against the city, one seeking $5 million in damages and the other an unspecified amount. Pat Vergne — the city’s beloved chief lifeguard and director of Community Services...

  • Torrey Hills students get real-life insight as they design 'tiny house'

    Torrey Hills students get real-life insight as they design 'tiny house'

    Mia Roseberry, the executive director of Wounded Warrior Homes visited Torrey Hills Elementary School sixth graders on Dec. 7 to speak about how her San Marcos nonprofit is making a difference through providing transitional housing for veterans. Roseberry’s visit was meant to inspire students who...

  • Horses, volunteers pour into Del Mar in wake of fires

    Horses, volunteers pour into Del Mar in wake of fires

    For the first time in a decade, the Del Mar racetrack went from showcase to shelter for more than 800 horses evacuated from wildfires that broke out across Southern California last week, including the Lilac fire that decimated one of California’s premier thoroughbred training facilities. When the...

  • Parents sue school district after student meets predator using school computer

    Parents sue school district after student meets predator using school computer

    Solana Beach parents are suing a North County school district after their 12-year-old daughter came in contact with a sexual predator during school hours. San Dieguito Union High School District is accused of negligence in the suit, which was filed on Nov. 30 in San Diego Superior Court. The 10-page...

  • Man, 50, sought for using minor to sell weed at high school

    Man, 50, sought for using minor to sell weed at high school

    Authorities on Wednesday, Dec. 6, asked the public to help locate a San Diego man charged with using a juvenile to sell marijuana to students at a Carmel Valley-area school, as well as supplying pot to minors. San Diego police investigators said William John Sipperley may be armed, and may have...

  • No 'retreat' from rising sea levels for homes in Del Mar

    No 'retreat' from rising sea levels for homes in Del Mar

    The community of Del Mar is facing a reckoning. It has about 600 homes at beach level on the northern end of the city. They include some of San Diego County’s most expensive properties, including a home owned by Kim Fletcher, a member of one of San Diego’s pioneering families who lives with his...

  • Mayor’s gavel changes hands in Del Mar

    Mayor’s gavel changes hands in Del Mar

    One of the few claims that will draw no quarrel in Del Mar these days: 2017 has been one of the most momentous and contentious years in recent memory. No wonder, then, that Terry Sinnott was in a chipper mood this week as he called to order his final city council meeting as mayor. “Well, this is...

  • Neighbors have beef with Bully’s replacement

    Neighbors have beef with Bully’s replacement

    The highly anticipated proposal to replace the iconic Bully’s North tavern will be a much-needed boon to downtown Del Mar but runs afoul of numerous city regulations, say homeowners who live just west of the site. Residents of four homes on Stratford Court — whose homes share access to Del Mar...

  • Decision on Sorrento Valley marijuana outlet carried to next year

    Decision on Sorrento Valley marijuana outlet carried to next year

    San Diego City Council voted on a continuance on a proposed new Sorrento Valley marijuana outlet at its Dec. 4 meeting after some confusion between the applicant and staff about whether or not retail marijuana sales will be allowed. The Torrey Pines Community Plan has a policy that prohibits free-standing...

  • Elderly man, caretaker rescued from house fire in Del Mar

    Elderly man, caretaker rescued from house fire in Del Mar

    An elderly man and his caretaker were rescued from a house fire in Del Mar early Sunday, Dec. 3, authorities said. The blaze broke out about 2:30 a.m. in the garage of a home on Camino Del Mar near 27th Street, said Del Mar Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Ford. The location is steps from...

  • Queen Bee Market Dec. 15-16 supports SD Food Bank

    Queen Bee Market Dec. 15-16 supports SD Food Bank

    Tis’ the season for gifting and giving, and Queen Bee Market has partnered with The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank to host a food drive at the bi-annual shopping event held at Del Mar Fairgrounds on Friday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 16. The San Diego Food Bank will have a booth at Queen...

  • Students speak up about classmate with BB gun at Torrey Pines

    Students speak up about classmate with BB gun at Torrey Pines

    Torrey Pines High School’s Safe Schools motto of “See something, hear something, say something” was put to effective use by students on Nov. 16 when students alerted administration that a fellow student was in possession of a BB gun on campus. “Fortunately, the safety of our students and staff...

  • New lawsuit meets Del Mar’s ordinance on short-term rentals

    New lawsuit meets Del Mar’s ordinance on short-term rentals

    Del Mar’s controversy over short-term vacation rentals has borne its third lawsuit, this time over the city council’s decision to forego environmental review of the ordinance it adopted earlier this month. The lawsuit, filed in San Diego Superior Court on Nov. 15, contests the city’s decision to...

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