Solana Beach

Four prospective developers presented their ideas for the site during a Nov. 19 workshop at Solana Vista School and a Nov. 21 workshop at Skyline Elementary School.

Solana BeachDevelopers unveil plans for Solana Beach train station development

Nov 25, 2015, 8 a.m.

Community members learned about four competing proposals for the development of the Solana Beach Transit Center during two workshops last week. With approval from the Solana Beach City Council, the North County Transit District solicited and received proposals for a mixed-use development at the train station and adjacent property, both of which are owned by the district. The city has worked closely with the district on the outline of the project, which includes preserving the existing Quonset hut-shaped train station, ...

Solana BeachStarbucks in Solana Beach shopping center to sell alcohol

Nov 25, 2015, 8 a.m.

Coffee and tea soon won’t be the only drinks on the menu at Starbucks in Solana Beach. The City Council on Nov. 18 unanimously authorized a conditional use permit so the shop in the Solana Beach Town Center could sell alcohol. With the council’s vote, the Starbucks site will introduce its corporate “Evenings Program,” which includes an expanded food menu as well as the sale of beer and wine for onsite consumption. “Starbucks is very excited about the opportunity to ...

Head of School, Shawn Edwards, marks the official grand opening of LePort Solana Beach, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

EducationLePort Schools opens Solana Beach site

Nov 19, 2015, 2:57 p.m.

There’s a new school in Solana Beach. School officials, staff and students celebrated the grand opening of LePort School Solana Beach with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 24 at the campus. “We look for opportunities and spaces to spread our mission,” said Cari Griesbach, outreach manager for LePort Schools in San Diego County. “We want to have 150 locations in the next 15 years.” Located at 1010 Solana Drive, LePort Solana Beach offers programs for infants, toddlers, preschool and elementary children. ...

Solana Beach School District

EducationSolana Beach district students surpass county, state on tests

Nov 18, 2015, 3:09 p.m.

Solana Beach School District students outperformed students in San Diego County and the state of California on the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), the comprehensive, end-of-year assessments that align with the new Common Core State Standards. As part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system, the new assessments replaced the paper-based Standardized Testing and Reporting system (STAR). The SBAC covers English language arts (ELA) and mathematics, measuring grade-level learning through a computer-adaptive test and a ...

Del Mar Fairgrounds deputy manager to leave post

Nov 14, 2015, 11 a.m.

The Del Mar Fairground’s longtime deputy general manager, Becky Bartling, has announced that she will be leaving her position at the end of November. Bartling joined the staff of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the state-owned fairgrounds, in January 1994. Her first position was box office manager, and she later took on greater responsibilities as deputy general manager and chief operating officer. The announcement came at a meeting of the 22nd DAA board of directors on Nov. 10. ...

Volunteers teach children about the community’s history, starting from when Native Americans inhabited the region.

EducationStudents learn local history at Solana Beach Heritage Museum

Nov 13, 2015, 8 a.m.

The Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society recently brought history to life for local students. Students from Skyline and Solana Vista elementary schools learned what it was like to live in the early 1900s during the society’s Living History program. “This is a great way to teach local history,” said Rose Andrews, a retired teacher from the Solana Beach School District, who brought the very first class to the program. She’s now a dedicated volunteer. “It’s very hands-on.” Through the ...

New indoor concert venue under consideration for Del Mar Fairgrounds

Nov 12, 2015, 12:14 p.m.

A new 1,900-seat indoor concert venue, hosting as many as 60 musical events each year, could be in the works for the Del Mar Fairgrounds under a proposal now being studied by fairgrounds officials. For the past several years, officials with the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the state-owned fairgrounds, have been searching for alternative uses for the Surfside Race Place, a 91,000-square-foot satellite wagering center on the fairgrounds property that has languished with falling attendance and revenue. One ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach council creates Climate Action Commission

Nov 11, 2015, 8:37 a.m.

The Solana Beach City Council on Nov. 4 formally created a Climate Action Commission, moving another step forward to developing a climate action plan for the city. To assist with the plan’s development, the advisory group will help update the city’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory, set reduction targets, implement mitigation measures and perform periodic monitoring, verification and evaluations. The nine-member commission will include a cross-section of community members representing all sectors of the city, according to the staff report. Because ...

Madeline Hoeg’s car was spattered with paint. Courtesy photo

Solana BeachWoman arrested for allegedly vandalizing vehicles in Solana Beach

Nov 11, 2015, 8:30 a.m.

A 57-year-old woman was arrested Monday, Nov. 2 after allegedly vandalizing 20 vehicles in Solana Beach. Deputies arrested Robyn Carey in the Lomas Santa Fe Plaza, where multiple vehicles have been damaged since September, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Rich Eaton. Madeline Hoeg’s car was among 20 vehicles reportedly vandalized since September. The driver’s side doors and windows of her 2008 Lexus IS 250 were spray-painted while she was in HomeGoods in the Lomas Santa Fe Plaza between 11:15-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, ...

NewsDel Mar, Solana Beach welcome new Sheriff’s captain

Nov 5, 2015, 8 a.m.

There’s a new captain in charge at the San Diego County Sheriff’s North Coastal Station. As the new captain, John Maryon oversees law enforcement in Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas and unincorporated county areas such as Rancho Santa Fe. “Welcome, we look forward to working with you,” said Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner, when Maryon was introduced to the council during the Oct. 28 council meeting. “We’re happy to have him on board,” said Del Mar City Manager Scott Huth ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach City Council awards construction contract for Veterans Honor Courtyard

Nov 4, 2015, 8:01 a.m.

Solana Beach will soon have a special place to honor service members, after the City Council recently awarded a construction contract for the Veterans Honor Courtyard at La Colonia Park. The Veterans Honor Courtyard will include a wall with military seals and a water feature, honoring all U.S. veterans, living and deceased, as well as those who are serving at home and abroad. There will be a flagpole with a dedication plaque and bench seating. After a ceremonial groundbreaking last ...

Alleged drunk driver ordered to stand trial on murder and other charges

Oct 31, 2015, 1:59 p.m.

A man who was allegedly drunk and driving on a suspended license when he rear-ended a BMW stuck in traffic on Interstate 5 near Del Mar, killing the driver, was recently ordered to stand trial on murder and other charges. Abraham Beltran, 25, who has prior convictions for driving on a suspended license and driving on a suspended license with excessive alcohol, faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted. According to testimony at his preliminary hearing, the defendant ...

EventsSolana Beach postpones Written Word Challenge event

Oct 29, 2015, 6 a.m.

The Written Word Challenge writers and poets community event scheduled for Oct. 25 in Solana Beach, has been postponed until January 2016. This new event promises to be an interesting and entertaining affair for the community. The organizers apologize for having to reschedule, but the delay offers new possibilities for writers and poets and an enhanced event for attendees. Contact City Hall at 858-720-2400.

H.G. Fenton Company's plans include rebuilding the complex with 260 one- and two-bedroom apartments in 25 two- and three-story buildings.

Solana BeachView Assessment Commission denies permits for Solana Highlands project

Oct 28, 2015, 9:21 a.m.

The proposed reconstruction of Solana Highlands took a step backward Oct. 20 when the city’s View Assessment Commission unanimously denied a development review permit and a structure development permit for the project. Commissioners came to their decision after a two-day special meeting, in which they heard from a dozen community members who said the project would affect their views. Other residents who did not file view assessment claims also shared their concerns. “Maybe this isn’t going to work,” said Commissioner ...