Del Mar

  • DMUSD dares to think different with District Design

    DMUSD dares to think different with District Design

    The Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) is set to uncover how to make education look “radically different” with its District Design through 2022. The District Design, formerly known as the strategic plan, aims to create a vision for what’s next for today’s student. DMUSD Superintendent Holly...

  • Driver gravely injured in Torrey Hills collision

    A 50-year-old motorist suffered life-threatening injuries after she drove into the path of a Jeep and was broadsided in Torrey Hills on Tuesday, March 22 San Diego Police said. The woman, whose name was not released, suffered internal bleeding, a broken hip and an open fracture of her thigh, police...

  • Del Mar working on plan to deal with rising ocean level

    Del Mar working on plan to deal with rising ocean level

    A citizen’s advisory committee will soon release a report with recommendations on how the city of Del Mar and private property owners should deal with rising ocean levels, which scientists anticipate will be one result of global warming. Del Mar council members Dave Druker and Dwight Worden, who...

  • Del Mar City Council short-term rentals hearing set for April 17

    Del Mar City Council short-term rentals hearing set for April 17

    The controversial question of whether short-term vacation rentals such as those offered on AirBnB and other websites are allowed in Del Mar’s residential neighborhoods is set to get a full airing before the City Council on April 17. At issue is whether Del Mar’s land-use rules, including its zoning...

  • New Jimbo's a part of Del Mar Highlands' expansion

    New Jimbo's a part of Del Mar Highlands' expansion

    Del Mar Highlands Town Center recently announced plans for the next phase of expansion for the retail center on Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real, set to open in 2018. The expansion project, named The Collection at Del Mar Highlands, will encompass over 120,000 square feet of new retail space,...

  • Symposium offers latest on breast cancer treatments, research

    Symposium offers latest on breast cancer treatments, research

    Joan Lunden was busy with her career as a journalist, author and motivational speaker, and didn’t always get her yearly mammograms on time. In 2014, things changed. “I heard those words no one ever wants to hear: ‘You have cancer,’” said Lunden, a former long-time host of “Good Morning America,”...

  • Locals' grill table makes outdoor entertaining more interactive

    Locals' grill table makes outdoor entertaining more interactive

    Carmel Valley residents Karim and Shahin Pirani’s new business IBBQ hopes to get people to slow down from today’s fast-paced lifestyle and embrace the traditional concept of having the entire family sit down for a meal. The Piranis are bringing people together with IBBQ’s new modern outdoor grill...

  • SD Jewish Academy students make blankets for Israeli orphans

    SD Jewish Academy students make blankets for Israeli orphans

    San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) students are making blankets for the Lev LaLev Orphanage in Israel as part of Children Helping Children International’s BlanKids project. The plan is for SDJA students to make 95 blankets that will delivered in person by the seniors during their class trip to Israel....

  • Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe water district raises pay of general manager

    Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe water district raises pay of general manager

    The Santa Fe Irrigation District Board of Directors gave a 5.6 percent pay raise to the district’s general manager, Michael Bardin, at its meeting on Thursday, March 16. As a result, Bardin’s base pay increases to $225,000 per year, from its previous level of $213,140, which was set in May 2014....

  • Wet winter means end of drought for Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe water district customers

    Wet winter means end of drought for Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe water district customers

    The drought is over, at least in the Santa Fe Irrigation District (SFID). At its meeting on Thursday, March 16, the district’s board voted unanimously to lift all restrictions on water use by its customers, essentially declaring that for the agency, which serves some 20,000 customers in Solana...

  • Upgrades of schools discussed at superintendents forum

    Upgrades of schools discussed at superintendents forum

    Superintendents from four local school districts discussed modernizations of learning institutions, among other topics, at a forum at Pacific Trails Middle School in Carmel Valley on March 15. The event, which was part of the North Coastal Council of PTAs’ bi-monthly meeting, invited Superintendents...

  • U.S. Army engineers learn about sand replenishment project in Encinitas, Solana Beach

    U.S. Army engineers learn about sand replenishment project in Encinitas, Solana Beach

    Encinitas and Solana Beach city officials hosted colonels from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers March 15 at city beaches to show them the sand replenishment efforts the cities have taken on.During the tour, city officials showed the colonels Moonlight Beach in Encinitas and Fletcher Cove in Solana...

  • Author urges teen writers to heed ‘the Whispers of Story’ at CCA Writers’ Conference

    Author urges teen writers to heed ‘the Whispers of Story’ at CCA Writers’ Conference

    Reality, we know, can be a tangled, chaotic mess. Mary E. Pearson’s words carried out over the auditorium at Canyon Crest Academy on Saturday morning, March 11, an ingot of truth carefully molded for the 200 teenagers who hung on her every word. The New York Times best-selling author — by way of...

  • Trail honors Marvin Gerst's legacy

    Trail honors Marvin Gerst's legacy

    The City of San Diego recently installed six signs on the Carmel Valley Restoration and Enhancement Project trails commemorating Marvin Gerst Trail. The popular Carmel Valley trail, which stretches between the eastern edge of the Palacio Del Mar neighborhood on Carmel Country Road to El Camino...

  • Local man pleads guilty in Skyline student kidnapping case

    Local man pleads guilty in Skyline student kidnapping case

    A North County man accused of attacking a 7-year-old girl outside a Solana Beach elementary school pleaded guilty Thursday, March 16, to felony charges and agreed to be sentenced to more than a decade in prison. Nearly two years after he was first charged in the incident, Jack Henry Doshay, 24,...

  • Don Diego Clock Tower Upgrade

    Don Diego Clock Tower Upgrade

    The Del Mar Fairgrounds unveiled the newly refurbished Don Diego Clock Tower on Tuesday, March 14. The three-sided tower, which was built in 1953, features tile mosaics of fair ambassador Don Diego, who was played by actor Tommy Hernandez from 1947 to 1984. Recently, the structure below the tower,...

  • Toby Keith, Darius Rucker to perform at county fair

    Toby Keith, Darius Rucker to perform at county fair

    Country music stars Toby Keith and Darius Rucker, comedian Jeff Foxworthy and R&B singer Patti LaBelle are among the performers who will entertain visitors at the 2017 San Diego County Fair on the main grandstand stage. The list of performers was released on Tuesday, March 14, after the board of...

  • Del Mar Fairgrounds explores $13 million loan for new concert venue

    Del Mar Fairgrounds explores $13 million loan for new concert venue

    The board that oversees the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds approved a proposal by its staff to “investigate potential financing options” for a construction loan of up to $13 million, which would be used to convert an underperforming satellite wagering center into a 1,900-seat concert venue. The...

  • Solana Beach has work to do on meeting housing goals

    Solana Beach has work to do on meeting housing goals

    The city of Solana Beach still has a way to go to meet state-mandated goals on providing new housing units, but projects in the pipeline or under consideration will help, according to an update presented to the City Council on Wednesday, March 8. The state requires cities to provide an annual update...

  • Solana Beach City Council approves speed limit changes

    Solana Beach City Council approves speed limit changes

    The Solana Beach City Council, in response to a “speed survey” conducted in 2016, adjusted the speed limits for nine road segments in the city. The unanimous action came at the council’s meeting on Wednesday, March 8. The city hired Linscott, Law and Greenspan Engineers to conduct the citywide...

  • SDUHSD board passes resolution declaring all schools a ‘safe place’

    SDUHSD board passes resolution declaring all schools a ‘safe place’

    Speaking at the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board meeting March 9, San Dieguito High School Academy teacher Rob Ross said that a few weeks ago he noticed that one of his students seemed stressed in class. When he asked if she was OK, she burst into tears. The student told him...

  • Parents voice concerns about SDUHSD coach selection process

    Parents voice concerns about SDUHSD coach selection process

    As the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board was set to approve a number of contract coaches for school athletic teams at its March 9 meeting, some parents wanted assurances that all coaches are being properly vetted. Parent Wendy Gumb said she believed that in the case of some...

  • SDUHSD looking to close $9.2 million deficit by June

    SDUHSD looking to close $9.2 million deficit by June

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board approved its second interim budget for the 2016-17 school year at its March 9 meeting, a projected income of $131,982,190 and projected expenditures at $141,226,363. Over the next few months, the board will look at ways to chip away at...

  • Assemblymember Brian Maienschein honors special needs children’s advocate Terri Colachis as “Woman of the Year”

    Assemblymember Brian Maienschein honors special needs children’s advocate Terri Colachis as “Woman of the Year”

    Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, San Diego, recently honored Del Mar resident Terri Colachis as the 2017 Woman of the Year for the 77th Assembly District in recognition of her dedication and volunteer work to benefit the developmentally disabled children in the community. “Terri Colachis is an...

  • Carmel Valley resident to be recognized as a 'Woman of Influence'

    Carmel Valley resident to be recognized as a 'Woman of Influence'

    Carmel Valley resident Dr. Maryam Davodi Far has been selected as a final nominee for the San Diego Women of Influence Awards. Davodi Far is being recognized for the work she does with the Cancer Coping Center. On March 15, Davodi Far will be among a number of other women who will be honored as...

  • The Robert Green Company and Zephyr announce plans to acquire oceanfront real estate in Del Mar

    The Robert Green Company and Zephyr announce plans to acquire oceanfront real estate in Del Mar

    The Robert Green Company – an Encinitas-based company specializing in hospitality development – and real estate development company Zephyr, also based in Encinitas, announced March 9 that they have entered into an agreement to jointly acquire and develop a 16-acre oceanfront parcel in Del Mar,...

  • Del Mar Council OKs permit for replacement sea wall

    Del Mar Council OKs permit for replacement sea wall

    A plan put forward by two property owners to replace a 120-foot section of a dilapidated sea wall constructed in 1983 was approved unanimously by the Del Mar City Council at its meeting on Monday, March 6. The project, which also must undergo review by the California Coastal Commission, involves...

  • No significant impacts found for Skyline School reconstruction

    No significant impacts found for Skyline School reconstruction

    Following the passing of the Prop JJ general obligation bond in November, the Solana Beach School District (SBSD) is getting ready to start moving this year on the reconstruction of 62-year-old Skyline Elementary School. The Coastal Commission has approved the complete remodel and on Feb. 9 the...

  • Local family goes on record-breaking Antarctica expedition

    Local family goes on record-breaking Antarctica expedition

    Carmel Valley residents Alex and Daria Myers and their 8-year-old son Nikolai recently went on an adventure to Antarctica’s Ross Sea, part of a cruise that broke the world record for the southernmost navigation of any vessel in the world, coming within two meters of the Ross Ice Shelf. The trio...

  • New street signs at Del Mar Highlands

    New street signs at Del Mar Highlands

    Del Mar Highlands Town Center recently christened two new street signs with Casey Driveway and Donahue Driveway, one at the center’s entrance on Del Mar Heights Road and the other on El Camino Real. The signs were installed on Feb. 23 as a surprise to honor two top Donahue Schriber executives for...

  • Breeders’ Cup to showcase Del Mar’s charms, mayor says

    Breeders’ Cup to showcase Del Mar’s charms, mayor says

    Del Mar Mayor Terry Sinnott offered a tip to horse-racing aficionados at a press conference on Tuesday, Feb. 28, to announce the launch of ticket sales for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup, the world championship for the sport that will be held in November at the Del Mar racetrack. “If you’re planning to...

  • Ashley Falls students design new school garden

    Ashley Falls students design new school garden

    Ashley Falls Elementary School sixth graders played a big role in designing a new school garden, learning about working with a limited budget and using real world math to calculate the costs, geometry to determine the volume of the beds to purchase soil and sharpening their number sense working...

  • Del Mar curriculum coordinator honored for her work

    Del Mar curriculum coordinator honored for her work

    Dinah Brown, Del Mar Union School District’s coordinator of curriculum and instruction, was recently named the Association of California School Administrators’ curriculum and instructor administrator of the year for the San Diego region. At the Feb. 15 Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) board...

  • El Camino Real widening, new bridge to begin in 2021

    El Camino Real widening, new bridge to begin in 2021

    San Diego City Council approved a site development permit for the widening of El Camino Real and the replacement of the existing aging, narrow bridge across the San Dieguito River at its Feb. 14 meeting. District 1 Councilmember Barbara Bry quickly made the motion to approve the long-awaited project....

  • New beach parking meters are in the works for Del Mar

    New beach parking meters are in the works for Del Mar

    The city of Del Mar will create 149 new metered parking spaces in the North Beach area, and adjust parking fees and hours, under a plan approved Tuesday, Feb. 21, by the City Council. The plan required approval by the California Coastal Commission. Parking fees charged by the new meters, as well...

  • County Supervisors wait on community choice energy study

    County Supervisors wait on community choice energy study

    Despite many public comments in support, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors opted not to go forward with a feasibility study on community choice aggregation (CCA), instead voting to wait a year and see how other cities’ and jurisdictions’ studies progress. Currently the cities of San Diego...

  • Short-term vacation rentals issue back on Del Mar council’s plate

    Short-term vacation rentals issue back on Del Mar council’s plate

    The hot potato political issue of short-term vacation rentals has landed back on the plate of the Del Mar City Council. Short-term rentals have become controversial in this coastal city in recent years with the advent of online rental services such as AirBnB. Permanent residents complain about...

  • Carmel Valley resident Robert J. Francavilla named ‘Trial Lawyer of the Year’

    Carmel Valley resident Robert J. Francavilla named ‘Trial Lawyer of the Year’

    CaseyGerry partner Robert J. Francavilla, a Carmel Valley resident, was named 2016 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD) during the organization’s 58th Annual Awards and Installation Dinner, held recently at the Westin San Diego downtown. Every year, CASD, a local...

  • North Coast Rep inks agreement with Encinitas on potential new space

    North Coast Rep inks agreement with Encinitas on potential new space

    And here we go again. North Coast Repertory Theatre announced Thursday morning, Feb. 16, that it has signed an exclusive negotiating agreement aimed at developing a new performing-arts facility in Encinitas. NCRT now becomes at least the fifth theater company to propose building a new home on the...

  • TPHS alum releases third novel in epic fantasy series

    TPHS alum releases third novel in epic fantasy series

    Matthew Wolf, the Torrey Pines High School alum and successful novelist, has been learning how to deal with a relatively new phenomenon for him.  “It’s weird, in the best way possible, being face to face with my fans,” Wolf explains. “One time, at Tulsa Comic Con I was at my booth and a huge man...

  • Del Mar Fairgrounds employees set to receive $500 ‘thank you’

    Del Mar Fairgrounds employees set to receive $500 ‘thank you’

    Directors with the board that oversees the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds have decided to reward their employees for their work in 2016 with $500 gift cards that can be used to purchase gasoline or goods at local merchants. The board of the 22nd District Agricultural Association approved the employee...

  • Planning in works for Del Mar’s first Breeders’ Cup

    Planning in works for Del Mar’s first Breeders’ Cup

    Tickets for the first-ever Breeders’ Cup horse race to be held at the Del Mar Race Track, one of the premier events on the sport’s annual calendar, are set to go on sale to the public March 6. An executive with the Breeders’ Cup gave an update on planning for the event, set for Nov. 3-4, to the...

  • Construction crew turns Del Mar Fairgrounds parking lot into tidal wetland

    Construction crew turns Del Mar Fairgrounds parking lot into tidal wetland

    A construction crew is digging up thousands of cubic yards of dirt from a former parking lot next to the Del Mar Fairgrounds as part of an ambitious plan to restore the property to a tidal wetland, as it existed long before humans began developing the North County coast. The work, which began in...

  • Police, school officials urge vigilance on teen drug use

    Police, school officials urge vigilance on teen drug use

    Police and school officials in Carmel Valley and surrounding communities want parents to know that teen drug use is a problem that can be reduced through awareness and engagement. Sgt. Wes Albers and Officer Robert Briggs, who work with juveniles in the San Diego Police Department’s Northwestern...

  • Residents have plenty to say on Del Mar road project

    Residents have plenty to say on Del Mar road project

    At a meeting in early January, the Del Mar City Council ordered city staff to do more work on a proposed $1.5 million road and sidewalk project on Camino Del Mar, and also to seek more comments from community members. When the discussion resumed on the project at a council meeting on Monday, Feb....

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