Del Mar

  • Measure JJ at work in Solana Beach School District

    Measure JJ at work in Solana Beach School District

    The Solana Beach School District has been putting Measure JJ funds to use this summer, kicking off and completing several school modernizations and improvements for its elementary school students. “We’ve had a really busy summer,” said Caroline Brown, the district’s executive director of capital...

  • Solana Beach woman completes Camino de Santiago

    Solana Beach woman completes Camino de Santiago

    "When I first heard about it, I think I kind of took it lightly and thought, 'Hey, it's just walking,'" Elizabeth Gillingham said. "As it turns out, 20 miles [a day] is pretty far."

  • Four candidates in the running for 49th Congressional District election

    Four candidates in the running for 49th Congressional District election

    Three people have filed so far to run against incumbent Congressman Darrell Issa in the 49th Congressional District of California election next year. Retired Marine Col. Douglas Applegate, businessman Paul Kerr and environmental attorney Mike Levin have thrown their hats in the ring for the primary...

  • Del Mar drawing up new rules for dogs on beach

    Del Mar drawing up new rules for dogs on beach

    It’s a conundrum that has hounded city officials, beachgoers and dog owners for years: Del Mar’s long-standing practice of dogs running free along the oceanfront is in open violation of the city’s own rules. And now, after an especially contentious summer at the beach — which some residents likened...

  • Questions remain as Vergne investigation nears its end

    Questions remain as Vergne investigation nears its end

    The long-stewing controversy over Del Mar’s embattled chief lifeguard is coming to a close after more than four months that stoked outrage and demands for his reinstatement — but it remains unclear whether its root causes will ever see the light of day. Patrick Vergne, head lifeguard and director...

  • Del Mar school district adds director of innovation, design

    Del Mar school district adds director of innovation, design

    As the Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) continues to work on how to make education look radically different for its students, the board recently appointed Laura Spencer to the new position of executive director of innovation and design. “Laura Spencer is a dynamic leader who will bring fresh...

  • Del Mar woman recreates pet photos with painted portraits

    Del Mar woman recreates pet photos with painted portraits

    Jill Williams understands how much people adore their pets, creating pieces for them to always remember their fur babies. The Del Mar resident has been painting pet portraits for the last five years. "Pets are like family to people," she said. "They are great company. Even if you have to clean...

  • Veteran world traveler has more places to visit

    Veteran world traveler has more places to visit

    Bill Altaffer’s son recently asked him how many countries he had only been to once. Altaffer, a lifelong traveler who says he has visited every country on Earth (the United Nations has 193 member states), had to think, and could only come up with about a dozen. But even though the 74-year-old Carmel...

  • Mendocino Farms at Del Mar Highlands Town Center brings husband and wife full circle

    Mendocino Farms at Del Mar Highlands Town Center brings husband and wife full circle

    In the midst of looking in on their restaurant-in-the making at Del Mar Highlands Town Center, Mario Del Pero and Ellen Chen take pause among the clamor of drills and hammers

  • Sheriff’s Deputies respond to psychiatric emergency

    Sheriff’s Deputies respond to psychiatric emergency

    On Aug. 1 at 3:12 p.m., a resident of 117 Via de la Valle, Del Mar called 911 and reported an unknown male had just entered his residence. Sheriff’s Deputies from the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station responded to the address. It was quickly determined the male who had entered the residence was suffering...

  • Tasting Room Del Mar to shutter

    Tasting Room Del Mar to shutter

    Tasting Room Del Mar, the Del Mar Village craft beer and wine-centric restaurant, is closing its doors. The last day of service will be Sunday, Aug. 13. “Closing time on Sunday, Aug.13 will undoubtedly prove to be a difficult reality. We’re a tight knit family here at the restaurant and have built...

  • Goodlife Festival, even without pot, has been snuffed out

    Goodlife Festival, even without pot, has been snuffed out

    What would have been San Diego’s largest-ever cannabis festival has gone up in smoke after its organizer says the Del Mar Fairgrounds quietly shunned his efforts to rewrite the contract and hold the festival without marijuana on site. Lawrence Bame, CEO of The Goodlife Festival, had wanted to hold...

  • ATP program to move out of portables to La Costa Canyon

    ATP program to move out of portables to La Costa Canyon

    Facing criticism from parents over the decision to house students in the Adult Transition Program (ATP) in two portable classrooms on the new Earl Warren Middle School campus, the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) invited parents to tour the facility and participate in a special...

  • Salsa Under the Stars brings night of dancing to Pacific Highlands Ranch

    Salsa Under the Stars brings night of dancing to Pacific Highlands Ranch

    Some of the best dancers in San Diego will come together on Saturday, Aug. 12 for Salsa Under the Stars, a night of dancing at the Village of Pacific Highlands Ranch from 6:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The salsa social will include free professional dance instruction, social dancing and exciting performances...

  • San Dieguito finds short-term solution for ATP portables

    San Dieguito finds short-term solution for ATP portables

    Facing criticism from parents over the decision to house students in the Adult Transition Program (ATP) in two portable classrooms on the new Earl Warren Middle School campus, the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) invited parents to to tour the facility and participate in a special...

  • Noise issues prompt changes for One Paseo night work

    Noise issues prompt changes for One Paseo night work

    As off-site construction work on One Paseo ramped up during summer nights, residents of the East Bluff community of Carmel Valley across the street took the brunt of the impact. Residents complained of hearing the endless beeping of trucks backing up throughout July and jackhammers blasting at...

  • Denmark’s ‘Queen of Crime’ author includes San Diego in her upcoming novel

    Denmark’s ‘Queen of Crime’ author includes San Diego in her upcoming novel

    She’s known as Denmark’s “Queen of Crime,” but author Sara Blaedel is likely to expand her reign locally with the upcoming American release of her entire Inspector Louise Rick catalog along with a b

  • Q&A with Del Mar’s musical wunderkind

    Q&A with Del Mar’s musical wunderkind

    What if Kraftwerk had grown up sneaking around Del Mar’s choicest skate spots instead of fantasizing about the autobahn in 1970s Germany? Aaron M. Olson didn’t set out with such lofty aims, but the likeness is clear as the Del Mar native plays composer and frontman to L.A. Takedown, his seven-piece...

  • Traffic, pedestrians top concerns for Solana Beach retirement home

    Traffic, pedestrians top concerns for Solana Beach retirement home

    Given the first look at rough plans for an 86-unit retirement home on the vacant 2.9-acre parcel in Solana Beach along Interstate 5’s eastern edge, neighbors to the would-be facility made clear last week that they will insist upon extensive and thorough remediation to make the proposal fit into...

  • Del Mar eyes May 2018 to begin new rentals policy

    Del Mar eyes May 2018 to begin new rentals policy

    Del Mar’s policy on vacation rentals is nearing its final shape to allow casual rentals and clamp down on commercial enterprises — a policy framework suited for residents looking to rent their homes while they’re out of town rather than property owners who use rentals as their primary livelihood....

  • Solana Beach sues Fairgrounds over proposed arena

    Solana Beach sues Fairgrounds over proposed arena

    The $13 million proposal to transform the off-track betting center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds has ground to a halt, with the City of Solana Beach filing suit to force a lengthy environmental review. The 22nd District Agricultural Association (DAA), which owns and operates the fairgrounds, has rebuffed...

  • Breeders' Cup 'Art of the Horse' program statue on display at L’Auberge Del Mar

    Breeders' Cup 'Art of the Horse' program statue on display at L’Auberge Del Mar

    As a sponsor of the Breeders’ Cup “Art of the Horse” program, L’Auberge Del Mar, has commissioned a seven-foot tall vibrant yellow, purple and orange fiberglass artistic horse created by San Diego mixed media artist Daphne Gaylord – which is now on display at the resort. Recently installed at the...

  • Viewpoint Brewing set for its long-awaited debut

    Viewpoint Brewing set for its long-awaited debut

    Charles Koll and crew may be taking DIY too much to heart. In the mad rush to get Viewpoint Brewing Company ready for its soft opening next week, Koll has been found welding the guardrails out front. Sister-in-law Meghan Koll has taken on the interior design. His father carved the beer taps. Mom...

  • Q&A: Female university pioneers past and present

    Q&A: Female university pioneers past and present

    Over four decades as a university administrator, Marvalene Hughes amassed one of the most storied careers in the nation,

  • Complaint plunges Del Mar deeper into dispute over city’s chief lifeguard

    Complaint plunges Del Mar deeper into dispute over city’s chief lifeguard

    The imbroglio over Del Mar’s chief lifeguard is deepening, with Pat Vergne filing a counter-complaint against the city manager and city attorney that has forced the city council to hire outside counsel to lead the personnel investigation and brace for potential lawsuits. Vergne, Del Mar’s longtime...

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