Del Mar

  • 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:...

  • Carmel Valley student named Safety Patrol Colonel

    Carmel Valley student named Safety Patrol Colonel

    Out of 2,000 kids in San Diego Police Department’s Student Safety Patrol, only one can be Colonel. This year that highest ranking honor went to Sage Canyon sixth grader Shelby Sparks. Shelby, 12, was named Colonel at a special ceremony on Dec. 17 after showing extraordinary traits of dedication,...

  • San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept. begins using drones

    Following a deputy-involved shooting earlier this month in Rancho Santa Fe, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept. used aerial drone footage to document the scene and capture overhead images to be used as evidence. Modern-day footage from these unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, can be paramount...

  • Del Mar mayor, council have full plate in 2017

    Del Mar mayor, council have full plate in 2017

    Del Mar’s new mayor, Terry Sinnott, and his colleagues on the City Council face a busy, challenging year in 2017. Among the items on their plate: overseeing the construction of a new, $17 million City Hall; implementing Measure Q, a one-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in November that...

  • Sharp Rees-Stealy and San Dieguito Union High School District collaborate to promote healthy habits for students

    Sharp Rees-Stealy and San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) are working together to help middle school students and their parents live healthier lives and make choices that promote overall well-being. The collaboration includes a series of free wellness talks on topics such as diabetes...

  • Del Mar school district approves interim-budget

    The Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) approved its first interim budget for 2016-17 at its Dec. 14 meeting. The district is projecting $53,243,786 in revenues and $53,437,410 in expenditures, which represents a deficit of $193,624. “I anticipate that we will have a balanced budget again,” said...

  • Del Mar Union School District swears in members Cochrane, Halpern

    The Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) board swore in newly elected board members Erica Halpern and Stephen Cochrane at its Dec. 14 organizational meeting. Incumbent Halpern received 44.51 percent of the vote and Cochrane edged out incumbent Darren Gretler 28.10 percent to 27.29 percent, a difference...

  • Del Mar council cautiously supports 'Barn at the Beach' plan

    A proposal to erect a tent for off-site events in Powerhouse Park during next fall’s Breeders’ Cup horse racing event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds drew support from the City Council at a meeting on Monday, Dec. 19, but members want more details before giving final approval to the plan. The Del Mar...

  • Resolution on climate change, immigrant roundups and Muslim registry passes Del Mar City Council

    Political differences among members of the Del Mar City Council came to the forefront Monday, Dec. 19, as the council discussed a proposed resolution affirming the city’s commitment to addressing climate change, and its unwillingness to participate in the registration of Muslims or the rounding...

  • Fairgrounds reaches agreement with Native Americans on 2017 fair theme

    Fairgrounds reaches agreement with Native Americans on 2017 fair theme

    Officials with the Del Mar Fairgrounds have reached an agreement with a group representing local Native American tribes over a change to the theme for the 2017 San Diego County Fair. An earlier version of the theme had been deemed as “extremely offensive” by at least one local tribe.   The new...

  • Torrey Pines Falcons Pop Warner JV Cheerleaders #1 in nation

    Torrey Pines Falcons Pop Warner JV Cheerleaders #1 in nation

    Torrey Pines Falcons Pop Warner Junior Varsity Cheerleaders just returned from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., as the 2016 National Champions. This is only the second Pop Warner National Championship title that a Torrey Pines Pop Warner team has won. The 23 Torrey Pines Pop Warner team members,...

  • Proposed Del Mar Fairgrounds concert venue passes financial muster

    A study conducted by business students at California State University San Marcos concluded that a proposed 1,900-seat music venue at the Del Mar Fairgrounds would be financially viable and could generate as much as $2.4 million per year from ticket sales and related revenue. “Conditions are present...

  • New Del Mar City Council members welcomed at City Hall ceremony

    New Del Mar City Council members welcomed at City Hall ceremony

    After certifying the results of the Nov. 8 election, the Del Mar City Council welcomed two new members, bid farewell to two departing members and appointed council members Terry Sinnott and Dwight Worden, respectively, to serve as mayor and deputy mayor for 2017. The ceremony took place at a special...

  • Man arrested in Del Mar

    A 26-year-old man wanted in an October shooting at a party in Spring Valley was arrested Dec. 14 in Del Mar. San Diego County Sheriff's Department detectives arrested Jesus Perez around 2 p.m. in the 2600 block of Via De La Valle, according to Sgt. Tom Seiver. Perez was identified as the shooter...

  • Del Mar Fair board approves demolition of Don Diego clock tower

    Del Mar Fair board approves demolition of Don Diego clock tower

    The Don Diego clock tower, an icon that has stood tall over the central midway of the Del Mar Fairgrounds for 63 years, where it served as a meeting place for generations of families during the annual county fair, is facing a date with the wrecking ball. Directors of the 22nd District Agricultural...

  • SDUHSD board approves budget

    The San Dieguito Union School District (SDUHSD) unanimously approved its first interim budget for the 2016-17 school year at the Dec. 8 meeting. The first interim budget includes changes to district revenue due to a slight increase in the state’s funding and an increase in property tax estimates....

  • SDUHSD board approves one-time stipend for employees who give early retirement notice

    At the Dec. 8 meeting, the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board approved one new method they that they hope will help the bottom line this year: a one-time retirement stipend for employees who provide early notice. Per the new offer, employees who provide a notice of intent to...

  • Several San Dieguito Union High School District construction projects to begin next year

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) plans to begin construction on several Prop AA projects in summer 2017. The four new campus upgrades include Torrey Pines High School’s new performing arts center,  culinary arts classroom modernization and parking lot improvements set to be...

  • Carmel Valley resident Imad Dandan, M.D., receives International Service Award

    Carmel Valley resident Imad Dandan, M.D., receives International Service Award

    Imad Dandan, M.D., trauma medical director at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, has received the Outstanding Service Award from American University of Beirut (AUB) Surgical Alumni of North America.  Dandan, a native of Lebanon, earned his medical degree from American University of Beirut Medical...

  • Del Mar Council raises city manager's pay

    Praising City Manager Scott Huth’s work in 2016, the Del Mar City Council unanimously approved a 2 percent raise and a 4 percent bonus for their top administrator at a meeting on Monday, Dec. 5. The increase will be added to Huth’s current salary of $203,000, and is intended to bring his pay within...

  • No new short-term rentals in Del Mar for now

    The City of Del Mar renewed its ban on new short-term vacation rentals in the city, while working on a comprehensive set of rules that would delineate where and how local property owners could rent their homes to vacationers in the beach-side community. At its meeting on Monday, Dec. 5, the council...

  • Singer-songwriter, author slated to perform at Del Mar’s Brick 15

    Singer-songwriter, author slated to perform at Del Mar’s Brick 15

    Having recently released a double CD and book combination, Kristin Hersh is headed to Del Mar. The singer-songwriter and author is slated to perform Dec. 5 at Brick 15, an early stop in her new U.S. tour. It will be her first-ever performance in Del Mar. “I thought I had played everywhere,” Hersh...

  • Del Mar council reviews marijuana regulations

    With voters passing Proposition 64, which legalized pot for recreational use, the Del Mar City Council recently took another look at its marijuana regulations. The council adopted an ordinance in January that banned the commercial cultivation, delivery, distribution and processing of medical marijuana...

  • Del Mar council OKs donor program for civic center

    Community members will have a chance to contribute to the new Del Mar Civic Center. The Del Mar City Council on Nov. 21 OK’d a donor program for the $17.8 million complex. Among other potential items, the program will help cover the costs of solar panels and kitchen equipment, both of which are...

  • The Girl Singers to bring holiday show to Solana Beach

    The Girl Singers to bring holiday show to Solana Beach

    A festive holiday musical is headed for Solana Beach that will surely be fun for all families. After all, it’s a family that will be performing popular holiday songs on stage. Starring a mother and her two daughters, “The Girl Singers of the Hit Parade Holiday Show” is set to take the stage Dec....

  • Nékter moves to new location

    Nékter moves to new location

    Nékter Juice Bar has moved to a new location in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center. The much larger space is located on the top level of the center, next door to Bath & Body Works. Inside the new Nkter. Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market will take Nékter’s former space next to Carnitas Snack Shack....

  • Man killed by train in Del Mar

    A passenger train struck and killed a retirement-age man on a stretch of rail near Seagrove Park in Del Mar Nov. 29. The northbound Amtrak train hit the 71-year-old pedestrian off the 1400 block of Ocean Avenue in Del Mar shortly before 11:30 a.m., according to sheriff's officials. His name was...

  • Del Mar author discusses impact of drugs in latest book

    Del Mar author discusses impact of drugs in latest book

    From aspirin to antibiotics, the development of drugs has truly changed the world. After decades of studying and teaching biology, Del Mar’s Irwin Sherman is now detailing the history and impact of drugs in a new book. “Drugs That Changed the World: How Therapeutic Agents Shaped Our Lives” discusses...

  • Expert’s book recounts saving multibillion-dollar company

    As the unwavering chairman and chief executive officer of a multibillion-dollar company, Scott MacDonald helped saved one of Australia’s iconic companies. His recently released business memoir, “Saving Investa,” recounts how MacDonald helped rescue the company while looking back at significant...

  • Del Mar awards contract for its first roundabout

    Construction on Del Mar’s first roundabout should be completed by next spring. The Del Mar City Council on Nov. 21 unanimously authorized the city manager to execute a contract for the construction of a traffic control improvement project at the San Dieguito intersection. In addition to the construction...

  • Del Mar beekeeper educates public on dangers of pesticide

    Del Mar beekeeper educates public on dangers of pesticide

    After thousands of her bees were poisoned, a Del Mar beekeeper is asking the community to be careful with pesticides, particularly on flowering plants. Months after Janet Wilson’s hives were poisoned last summer, both have still not yet recovered. Bees are crawling, not flying, on the roof deck...

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