Del Mar

  • Del Mar Farmers Market awards scholarships

    Del Mar Farmers Market awards scholarships

    The Del Mar Farmers Market (DMFM) has awarded three scholarships for 2017. The recipients must be either vendors or family members that work half to full-time at the market and are enrolled in college classes. The nonprofit market began the scholarship program in memory of an early market manager,...

  • DM-SB Rotary Club’s 21st Annual Turf Bocce Ball Tournament scores another fundraising win

    DM-SB Rotary Club’s 21st Annual Turf Bocce Ball Tournament scores another fundraising win

    Nearly 250 people came out for some sun-soaked — and magnanimous — fun at the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club’s 21st Annual Turf Bocce Ball Tournament on Oct. 8. Having moved to the Surf Cup Sports Park after two decades at the Del Mar Horse Park, this year’s tournament raised more than $40,000,...

  • Santa Fe Irrigation District announces board member resignation

    Santa Fe Irrigation District announces board member resignation

    The Santa Fe Irrigation District announced the resignation of Augustus (Auggie) Daddi from the Board of Directors, effective Nov. 1, due to personal reasons. Daddi represents Division #5 within the district that covers the southwest area of the City of Solana Beach. For more detailed information...

  • SDUHSD gathering input for new trustee district maps

    SDUHSD gathering input for new trustee district maps

    On Oct. 12, the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) held the first of a series of public hearings as it begins the process of transitioning from an “at large” election system to a “by-trustee area” election system. The city of Encinitas is undergoing a similar effort as the school...

  • Breeders’ Cup Festival offers a variety of unique events

    Breeders’ Cup Festival offers a variety of unique events

    The Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships isn’t just a two-day showcase of the top thoroughbred racehorses in training. It has evolved to include a weeklong series of events that highlight the best of the host site’s offerings, and this year’s Breeders’ Cup Festival at Del Mar is the biggest...

  • 2017 Breeders’ Cup and Bing Crosby fall racing season set to begin

    2017 Breeders’ Cup and Bing Crosby fall racing season set to begin

    After many months of planning and prepping, the stage has been set for the 34th annual Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to come to Del Mar. It’s finally showtime. One of thoroughbred racing’s biggest events, the Breeders’ Cup consists of 13 Grade I races with purses and awards totaling...

  • Woman charged as police investigate drugs furnished to high school students

    Woman charged as police investigate drugs furnished to high school students

    San Diego police are investigating possible drug sales by at least one person — a high school parent — who may have provided substances to teenagers at a private San Diego high school and possibly other schools as well, authorities said this week. A Carmel Valley woman has been charged thus far...

  • Del Mar moves ahead with short-term rentals ordinance

    Del Mar moves ahead with short-term rentals ordinance

    Del Mar is ceding no ground in its ordinance to regulate and restrict short-term vacation rentals as the conflict heads toward two new fronts: review by the California Coastal Commission and adjudication in state court. At its first hearing on short-term rentals (STRs) since fielding pointed critiques...

  • Police investigating drug sales at high school

    Police investigating drug sales at high school

    Authorities are conducting an ongoing criminal investigation into drug sales and use that involves adults who may be providing drugs and alcohol to teenagers at a San Diego high school, according to Officer Trevor Philips of the San Diego Police Department, Northwest Division. Little information...

  • Solana Beach OKs 2nd phase of community energy

    Solana Beach OKs 2nd phase of community energy

    Solana Beach took another step Wednesday, Oct. 11, toward becoming the first city in San Diego County to provide its residents with a renewable alternative to electricity provided by San Diego Gas & Electric Co. City Council members agreed to enter the second of three phases that would lead to...

  • DMUSD in talks with Caltrans about 5-56 impacts on Del Mar Hills

    Several Del Mar Hills Academy parents spoke before the Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) board on Sept. 27 about their concerns about the proximity of the school to the proposed Interstate 5-State Route 56 connector project. Caltrans’ project will link westbound SR-56 with I-5 north and I-5...

  • Scaled-down Watermark finds favor with the Planning Commission

    Scaled-down Watermark finds favor with the Planning Commission

    Showing only the slightest of reservations, Del Mar’s planning commission this week welcomed the latest updates to the long-debated, much-revised proposal for a gated condominium complex on Jimmy Durante Boulevard — with most commissioners indicating a preference for the less-dense of two versions....

  • Real life inspires Carmel Valley man's toy creations

    Real life inspires Carmel Valley man's toy creations

    About 20 years ago, Chuck Labitan was at the beach when he noticed people were throwing footballs or playing smashball, but it was rare to see anyone tossing a baseball back and forth. He speculated the reason might be that beach-goers didn’t want to ruin their leather baseball gloves with sand...

  • DMUSD board reviews master plan project costs

    DMUSD board reviews master plan project costs

    The facilities master plan includes $179 million worth of improvements and modernization across the district.

  • Petition calls for Del Mar to part ways with its city manager

    Petition calls for Del Mar to part ways with its city manager

    Fallout from the Pat Vergne controversy refuses to abate. With the specter of two possible lawsuits hanging overhead, a group of irate residents have mounted a petition calling on the city council not to renew the contract of City Manager Scott Huth when it expires in January. The petition on Change.org...

  • Slowly but surely, Solana Beach’s skatepark is taking shape

    Slowly but surely, Solana Beach’s skatepark is taking shape

    Solana Beach’s decade-old effort to build a skatepark in La Colonia Park took an incremental step last week as the city council gave engineers the go-ahead to prepare construction documents that will nail down the precise specs for the 6,000-square-foot facility. And with the project still facing...

  • Ocean-view dispute in Del Mar leads to lawsuit

    In the 15 years since Del Mar enacted its ordinance on scenic views, residents in the Del Mar Woods condo community have lodged dozens of complaints over the eucalyptus trees and assorted shrubbery that enclose a 5.8-acre homestead on Del Mar’s southern bluff. Descendants of Ralph and Marion Staver...

  • Information wanted on unknown suspect(s) that set fires at Carmel Valley schools

    Information wanted on unknown suspect(s) that set fires at Carmel Valley schools

    San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Metro Arson Strike Team (MAST) are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating an unknown suspect(s) wanted for intentionally setting two separate fires at schools in the Carmel Valley area. On Aug. 9, 2017 at approximately...

  • Solana Beach comes to terms with concert venue at Del Mar Fairgrounds

    Solana Beach comes to terms with concert venue at Del Mar Fairgrounds

    The $13 million transformation of the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ satellite betting center is back on track, just in time for the project’s hearing before the California Coastal Commission. Fairgrounds officials announced Friday, Sept. 29 that they have resolved their dispute with the City of Solana Beach...

  • Walk A Mile in Her Shoes takes strides to end domestic violence

    Walk A Mile in Her Shoes takes strides to end domestic violence

    The YWCA of San Diego County’s 10th annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m., beginning at MLK Promenade Park at 4th Avenue and K Street. The lighthearted event, in which both men and women walkers take on the mile in a pair of heels, helps raise awareness...

  • Torrey Pines batting cages donations receive delayed approval

    Torrey Pines batting cages donations receive delayed approval

    On Sept. 14, the San Dieguito Union High School District board approved a donation for the Torrey Pines High School batting cages, correcting an error brought to light by a parent complaint. The cages have been in use since they were installed back in 2013, thanks to a $400,000 donation by an anonymous...

  • Del Mar takes first step to revamp its downtown corridor

    Del Mar takes first step to revamp its downtown corridor

    Decades of unmet promises are at last giving way to a nearly $5 million overhaul that will bring construction crews to downtown Del Mar in four months’ time. Backed by the full support of Del Mar’s business community, the Del Mar City Council on Monday, Sept. 18 signed off on a $300,000 outlay...

  • 3 arrested, marijuana seized after boat comes ashore at Del Mar beach

    3 arrested, marijuana seized after boat comes ashore at Del Mar beach

    More than 60 bundles of marijuana were seized and three men were arrested early Monday, Sept. 18, after a suspected smuggling boat came ashore in Del Mar, Border Patrol officials said. The panga was spotted by agents around 2:30 a.m. at the beach near Fourth Street, north of Torrey Pines State...

  • Osher gives learning opportunities to people over 50

    Osher gives learning opportunities to people over 50

    Carol Roberts is preparing for her first day of school. This quarter, she'll take classes in a range of subjects, from science to politics, at UC San Diego in La Jolla. But Roberts isn't the typical college student. She's 79. The Solana Beach woman will take part in classes at the Osher Lifelong...

  • Solana Beach moves forward with expedited permit for electric car charging stations

    Solana Beach moves forward with expedited permit for electric car charging stations

    The Solana Beach City Council, complying with a mandate by the state of California, has approved new rules to expedite and streamline the permit process for electric car charging stations.

  • Solana Beach council votes to extend red-light camera contract

    Solana Beach council votes to extend red-light camera contract

    Red-light cameras will remain in place at three locations in Solana Beach for as long as eight more years, under action taken by the City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12. An item that authorizes the city manager to extend the contract with Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc. to operate and...

  • Del Mar puts late-night ordinance on ice

    Del Mar puts late-night ordinance on ice

    Trying to tackle a decades-old dilemma in Del Mar’s downtown corridor, Del Mar will hold off on a nuisance-based ordinance while the city instead explores the costs of hiring late-night police patrols. Neighbors to Del Mar’s bar scene downtown have long been infuriated by noise, trash and other...

  • San Diego legalizes marijuana cultivation, manufacturing

    San Diego legalizes marijuana cultivation, manufacturing

    The City of San Diego legalized marijuana cultivating and manufacturing on Sept. 11, limiting their locations to industrial zones. After a lengthy hearing with hours of public comment, San Diego City Council voted 6-3 to approve an option to allow testing labs, cultivation, distribution and production...

  • Planning commission balks at rentals proposal

    Planning commission balks at rentals proposal

    In a stinging — albeit non-binding — rebuke of Del Mar’s efforts to regulate and restrict short-term rentals, the city planning commission on Sept. 12 refused to endorse the proposed framework, calling instead for a year-long investigation into rentals’ economic and neighborhood impacts. Under...

  • Connectors chosen as preferred option to link SR-56 and I-5

    Connectors chosen as preferred option to link SR-56 and I-5

    After more than a decade of study, Caltrans completed and released the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Interstate-5-SR 56 Interchange Project in June, selecting the phased direct connector option as the preferred alternative. The project will link westbound SR-56 with I-5 north,...

  • Del Mar puts late-night ordinance on ice

    Del Mar puts late-night ordinance on ice

    Trying to tackle a decades-old dilemma in Del Mar’s downtown corridor, Del Mar will hold off on a nuisance-based ordinance while the city instead explores the costs of hiring late-night police patrols. Neighbors to Del Mar’s bar scene downtown have long been infuriated by noise, trash and other...

  • Fresh Brothers to donate percentage of orders Sept. 19 to hurricane flood relief

    Fresh Brothers to donate percentage of orders Sept. 19 to hurricane flood relief

    On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Fresh Brothers will donate 20 percent of its sales from all stores to the American Red Cross to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Florida. On Sept. 12, the fast-casual pizza restaurant donated 20 percent of its sales from all its stores to the Greater Houston Community...

  • Sept. 7: Event briefs

    Sept. 7: Event briefs

    Summer Twilight Concert Sept. 10 The Del Mar Foundation’s final Summer Twilight Concert of this season will be held Sunday, Sept. 10 at Powerhouse Park, 1658 Coast Boulevard, Del Mar, with Sensation Show Band performing. All concerts are free and open to the public. The concert begins at 5 p.m.,...

  • Carmel Valley Girl Scouts change lives, earn Gold Award

    Carmel Valley Girl Scouts change lives, earn Gold Award

    Girl Scouts Julia Camilleri, Brittany Jiang, Maya Kota, Rachel Lian and Kara Nepomuceno, all of Carmel Valley, have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award — the organization’s highest honor — for creating meaningful, sustainable change in the world around them. Just five percent of Girl Scouts nationwide...

  • Carmel Valley’s Elle McCue honored by NASA Academy

    Carmel Valley’s Elle McCue honored by NASA Academy

    Elle McCue, who is a sophomore student this fall at Canyon Crest Academy, was selected to receive the highest honor awarded to a student at NASA’s Advanced Space Academy.

  • Solana Beach to feel effects of Del Mar resort

    Solana Beach to feel effects of Del Mar resort

    Del Mar will get the high-paying guests and their tax revenue, while Solana Beach will get the traffic, noise and other drawbacks from a 16-acre bluff-top resort proposed just north of Dog Beach at the mouth of the San Dieguito River. That’s the opinion of Solana Beach Mayor Mike Nichols on the...

  • Vergne documents unleash outrage

    Vergne documents unleash outrage

    The release of documents from the four-month investigation that led to last month’s termination of Pat Vergne, Del Mar’s chief lifeguard and director of community services, has inflamed the already contentious dispute into a fire storm. In one scathing diatribe after another at the Del Mar City...

  • At Casa de Amistad, tutors find a second calling

    At Casa de Amistad, tutors find a second calling

    It’s not always the whiz-kids blazing a path toward college that hit John Gunther the hardest. Sometimes, it’s the kids he didn’t think wanted his help to begin with. Like Jose, for example. Gunther didn’t have the highest of hopes when he started tutoring the high school junior two years ago through...

  • San Dieguito Union High School District and Canyon Crest Academy rank #1 in Niche School Rating

    San Dieguito Union High School District and Canyon Crest Academy rank #1 in Niche School Rating

    San Dieguito Union High School District and Canyon Crest Academy continue to climb in the school ratings, recently being named the number one district and high school in San Diego County, according to a news release. Niche’s 2018 Best Public High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of...

  • Del Mar district looks to approve new facilities master plan

    Del Mar district looks to approve new facilities master plan

    The Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) board will soon approve a new facilities master plan, a vision of how the district’s eight schools need to physically change to align with the district’s Design 2022 strategic plan and reflect its new mission: “the unrelenting pursuit of an extraordinary...

  • Aug. 31: Event briefs

    Aug. 31: Event briefs

    Taste of Del Mar The Del Mar Village Association will present The Taste of Del Mar Sept. 7 from 5-8 p.m. The village of Del Mar celebrates the culinary flavors and local libations that make the Del Mar Village so unique. Attendees are invited to savor tastes from more than 25 local and award-winning...

  • 12th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon gets ready to make a splash

    12th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon gets ready to make a splash

    With summertime nearing its close, west-coast canines wouldn’t dream of missing the singular event of the beach season – Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 12th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, held at Dog Beach in Del Mar, presented by Blue Buffalo. Surfing canines love this dog surf-competition in particular...

  • Tween dancer Merrick Hanna has 'Got Talent'

    Tween dancer Merrick Hanna has 'Got Talent'

    Famously taciturn TV talent judge Simon Cowell isn’t one to gush. But when it came to appraising the robot-style dancing of 12-year-old Merrick Hanna on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” this summer, he hasn’t held back. “This to me was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen on the show,” said...

  • SD Police: Despite perception, crime is down in Carmel Valley

    SD Police: Despite perception, crime is down in Carmel Valley

    In light of a couple of well-publicized residential burglaries in Carmel Valley neighborhoods, San Diego Police Department Northwestern Division’s Community Relations Officer Trevor Philips spoke out about local crime at the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board’s meeting on Aug. 24. Philips said...

  • Amazon takes on extreme sports service Vaporvue

    Amazon takes on extreme sports service Vaporvue

    Vaporvue, the nation’s first video-on-demand service for extreme sports, took a giant step forward last week with its inclusion into Amazon Channels, one of the world’s largest digital content platforms. Launched in 2014, Vaporvue is co-founded by Solana Beach resident Ira Opper, creator of TheSurfNetwork...

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