Del Mar

  • First sketches for Del Mar downtown facelift to emerge next month

    First sketches for Del Mar downtown facelift to emerge next month

    The first leg of Del Mar’s downtown listening tour is nearly complete, and city officials are molding that input into a grand vision for a facelift of Del Mar’s aging retail corridor. City officials and the design firm Spurlock Landscape Architects — which led the corridor’s overhaul in 1996 —...

  • County fair’s beer festival brings the craft-beer gospel to the masses

    County fair’s beer festival brings the craft-beer gospel to the masses

    The menu of offerings at the San Diego International Beer Festival has grown so vast and varied that even its co-founder (and local beer impresario) Tom Nickel is at a loss to keep up. “I’d be surprised if I even get to try 20 or 30 in the festival’s three days,” Nickel said. “There’s just no way...

  • Del Mar charts its path forward on short-term rentals

    Del Mar charts its path forward on short-term rentals

    Del Mar has taken the first step in its piecemeal plan to lay out a new regime for regulating — and limiting — short-term rentals (STR’s), with an eye toward having a firm policy by October and possible state review at the end of this year. In the first of two STR sessions, the city council on...

  • SD City Council boots SoccerCity to 2018 vote

    SD City Council boots SoccerCity to 2018 vote

    After four and a half hours of public testimony on June 19, San Diego City Council voted 8-0 to place the SoccerCity initiative on the November 2018 ballot, instead of the 2017 special election that FS Investors were shooting for to bring a Major League Soccer team to San Diego. Council’s decision...

  • Solana Beach to raze its iconic lifeguard headquarters

    Solana Beach to raze its iconic lifeguard headquarters

    It has stood guard over Fletcher Cove for more than 70 years, but its reign atop the bluff is coming to an end. With nearly every feature long having exceeded its useful life, the Solana Beach Marine Safety Center is heading toward a date with a bulldozer after the city council last week decided...

  • Church and school roiled over visits by man accused in child pornography case

    Church and school roiled over visits by man accused in child pornography case

    Parents and parishioners at a local Catholic church and adjacent school are up in arms about regular weekly visits to the church by horse ranch owner Christian Clews, who faces federal charges of possessing and distributing child pornography. According to a court document, Clews, owner and operator...

  • Taking students out into nature’s classroom

    Taking students out into nature’s classroom

    The view from the heights of Elfin Forest offers a sweeping vista: to the north lay the paved-over gray of San Marcos and Escondido

  • Rentals issue in Del Mar sparks long-promised lawsuit

    Rentals issue in Del Mar sparks long-promised lawsuit

    Del Mar’s fractious debate over vacation rentals is back on the front burner, with a lawsuit filed in state court and the city council poised to plot its next steps toward a new long-term policy. A coalition of Del Mar residents filed suit on June 1 in San Diego Superior Court, challenging the...

  • Play by CCA teen explores political climate

    Play by CCA teen explores political climate

    When Phillip Magin observed animosity and disagreements among political parties in the recent election, he was inspired to try to make the groups come together through art. The 18-year-old Del Mar playwright, who graduates from Canyon Crest Academy this month, will present a self-written and self-produced...

  • Lotus Trolley Bags make reusable reliable

    Lotus Trolley Bags make reusable reliable

    Local couple creates shopping solution with Lotus Trolley Bags.

  • Canyon Crest Academy alum wins Emmy College Television award

    Canyon Crest Academy alum wins Emmy College Television award

    A woman who grew up in Del Mar and attended Canyon Crest Academy has been honored with a prestigious filmmaking award. Becky Prolman, 25, a Chapman University graduate, won the Children's Television Programming distinction at the Emmy College Television Awards on May 24 for her senior project titled...

  • Council: Crafting a vision for Downtown Del Mar

    Council: Crafting a vision for Downtown Del Mar

    With a goal of getting shovels in the ground by January, outreach and planning are underway to choose the highest-priority projects from among a sweeping set of proposals for beautifying Del Mar’s downtown. City officials and downtown business owners have for years yearned to transform Del Mar’s...

  • Del Mar treads cautiously on Community Choice Energy

    Del Mar treads cautiously on Community Choice Energy

    Harboring a fair share of questions and concerns, Del Mar wants to look into a government-run energy alternative that would free the city from SDG&E’s long-standing monopoly. The City Council on Monday, June 5, voted unanimously to partner with three other North County cities on a feasibility study...

  • Ocean Air Math Club's honors keep multiplying

    Ocean Air Math Club's honors keep multiplying

    Ocean Air Math Club students received several top honors this year.

  • Former NFL player Todd Marinovich opens up about the pressures of perfection

    Former NFL player Todd Marinovich opens up about the pressures of perfection

    Todd Marinovich was born and bred to be a superstar quarterback but got crushed under the weight of pressure and expectation. He sought answers in drugs but only found more problems, spending the bulk of his lifetime lying to himself and others. As he stood before Torrey Pines High School students...

  • ‘Win Place Show’ leaves the gate with a crowded field

    ‘Win Place Show’ leaves the gate with a crowded field

    That one bet in 1970 still stands, all these years later, as Helen Watts’ biggest payout — and her most momentous. The 50-1 longshot bankrolled her and her husband’s bid that summer for the Del Mar home she lives in to this day. Every summer that followed, Watts and her husband devoted their days...

  • Del Mar native wins Emmy College Television award

    Del Mar native wins Emmy College Television award

    A woman who grew up in Del Mar and attended Canyon Crest Academy has been honored with a prestigious filmmaking award. Becky Prolman, 25, a Chapman University graduate, won the Children's Television Programming distinction at the Emmy College Television Awards on May 24 for her senior project titled...

  • North County man gets prison in Solana Beach kidnapping case

    North County man gets prison in Solana Beach kidnapping case

    While seated in a packed North County courtroom, a man who admitted he attacked a 7-year-old girl outside a Solana Beach elementary school two years ago was sentenced Wednesday, May 31, to more than 10 years in prison. Jack Henry Doshay, 24, pleaded guilty in March to one count of kidnapping and...

  • Canyon Crest to screen student IMAX films on June 7

    Canyon Crest to screen student IMAX films on June 7

    Canyon Crest Academy is the first high school in the nation to screen two student IMAX short film documentaries in an IMAX theater. Two Envision Cinema student films, “Be Conscious” and “Change in the Water” will be shown Wednesday, June 7 at the Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX Theatre....

  • SoccerCity likely headed to citywide vote

    SoccerCity likely headed to citywide vote

    The San Diego Chargers may be bolting town but the stadium drama remains as the SoccerCity initiative seeks to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise to a revitalized Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley. La Jolla-based FS Investors gathered over 100,000 signatures in two weeks to put the...

  • Optimistic about the future: Standout kids recognized by Children's Challenge Awards

    Optimistic about the future: Standout kids recognized by Children's Challenge Awards

    The Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club held its 35th annual Vic Kops Children’s Challenge Awards on May 24, honoring seven local elementary school students “in a league all their own.” The students were celebrated for their achievements in writing, leadership, community service, science, arts and...

  • Contract canceled for Cannabis Festival in Del Mar

    Contract canceled for Cannabis Festival in Del Mar

    After meeting harsh rebuke from the Del Mar Fairgrounds directors, organizers of what would have been the largest cannabis festival in San Diego have been sent scrambling back to the drawing board to write a new contract in time for the Sept. 23 event. Except this time, Lawrence Bame, lead proprietor...

  • Solana Beach embarks on new energy future

    Solana Beach embarks on new energy future

    Solana Beach is on its way to becoming the first jurisdiction in San Diego to move toward an energy alternative to SDG&E, striving for the promise of cheaper electricity rates, greater local control and a higher percentage of renewable energy. In a historic 4-1 vote on Wednesday, May 24, the Solana...

  • Carmel Valley Middle School students win state MATHCOUNTS championship

    Carmel Valley Middle School students win state MATHCOUNTS championship

    After placing first in the MATHCOUNTS national fall startup competition earlier in the fall, Carmel Valley Middle School

  • Del Mar school board works to build up reserves

    Del Mar school board works to build up reserves

    The Del Mar Union School District board is anticipating a small budget surplus for its 2017-18 budget. At its May 24 meeting, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Cathy Birks said the district is projecting revenues of $55.7 million and expenditures of $55.6 million, with an ending fund...

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