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Solana BeachSolana Beach Citizen Commissions need 3 volunteers

Sep 2, 2015, 5:02 p.m.

The city of Solana Beach is seeking volunteers to fill three vacancies on its Citizen Commissions. This is an opportunity for Solana Beach residents to participate in their local government. Deadline is Friday, Sept. 4, to apply. The openings: • Parks and Recreation Commission; term ending January 2017 • Public Arts Commission; term ending January 2016 • View Assessment Commission; term ending January 2016 Applications are being accepted at City Hall. For information, call 858-720-2400 or visit

Solana BeachSolana Beach Council OKs bluff repairs

Sep 1, 2015, 6 a.m.

With El Niño brewing in the equatorial Pacific, Solana Beach recently approved a bluff maintenance project in time for what could be an unusually wet winter. The Solana Beach City Council on Aug. 25 unanimously approved a permit for repairs to the concrete plugs in five sea caves and the filling of a clay notch to mitigate the erosion of the bluff, where houses and condominiums sit at the edge of the sea. If also approved by the California Coastal ...

Solana BeachNew site approved for Solana Beach's Carruth Cellars

Aug 31, 2015, 8 a.m.

Solana Beach’s Carruth Cellars will soon have a new home, after the City Council’s unanimous approval of the winery’s conditional use permit for on- and off-site alcohol sales. Located in the heart of Cedros Design District at 320 S. Cedros Ave., Carruth Cellars will move down the street to 118 S. Cedros Ave., where Antiques on Cedros was once located. The 17,424-square-foot lot is developed, with a 10,828-square-foot multi-tenant commercial building. Carruth Cellars has proposed to improve and use the ...

Solana BeachSeptember sale at Solana Beach Library focuses on children’s books

Aug 31, 2015, 6 a.m.

The Friends of the Solana Beach Library will hold a used book sale featuring children’s books from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Sept. 8-19, at the Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. Included in the sale will be chapter books, young adult books and picture books (storybooks and information books). All books will be 25 cents each.

Solana BeachSolana Beach man arrested on child pornography charges

Aug 27, 2015, 4 p.m.

A Solana Beach man accused of molesting a child and possessing child pornography is suspected to have engaged in such acts for the past decade, San Diego County Sheriff's officials recently announced. Days after his arrest in another county, Sean O’Farrell was booked into the Vista Detention Facility early Aug. 27 for allegedly possessing child pornography. The 40-year-old man was already facing charges for allegedly soliciting sex from a teen Aug. 18 in Rancho Cucamonga. “Based on the investigation to ...

Joel Tapia is having an eventful year, which includes his appointment as principal of Solana Vista School.

EducationNew Solana Vista principal decided early to pursue education career

Aug 27, 2015, 8 a.m.

It’s been an exciting year for Joel Tapia. He started a doctorate program, got married and recently learned he and his wife are expecting their first child. Tapia was also appointed as the new principal of Solana Vista School. “It’s an exciting change, but at the same time, it’s not a drastic change,” Tapia said about his new position. “There’s already so much good happening here.” Tapia replaced Lisa Platt, who retired at the end of the 2014-15 school year. ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach council disbands safety commission

Aug 27, 2015, 8 a.m.

Despite protest from commissioners, the Solana Beach City Council decommissioned the city’s Public Safety Commission during its Aug. 25 meeting. Established in 1998, the commission has acted in an advisory capacity to the council and city manager on matters pertaining to the creation, operation, maintenance, use management and control of crime and traffic safety programs. Although initially formed with 11 members, in 2008, the commission was cut to seven members serving in an advisory role regarding public safety. When the ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach Community Center holds open house Sept. 9

Aug 26, 2015, 12:54 p.m.

The community is invited to the Solana Beach Community Senior Center’s 29th Annual Open House from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 9 at Debin Hall, on the campus of the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Come to learn about a wide variety of services available to you and your neighbors! Enjoy beautiful Hawaiian dancers and music by Tropical Breeze, a free lunch, door prizes and more! Come celebrate a great “kickoff” to the center’s 29th season. For information, call 858-509-2587. The church ...

Earl Warren’s “Seahawk Village” will serve as the interim campus for the next two years. Photo by Karen Billing

EducationStudents return to ‘cozy’ relocatable village as Earl Warren campus in Solana Beach undergoes construction

Aug 26, 2015, 9:24 a.m.

Earl Warren Middle School’s “Seahawk Village” welcomed students back to school on Aug. 25. The village of relocatable buildings will be Earl Warren students’ home for two years as the 61-year-old school undergoes a complete renovation. The new beachy school campus is expected to be completed in fall 2017. “It’s hard to imagine that a relocatable village could turn out to be a cozy, stimulating, roomy and amazing facility,” said San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) trustee Joyce Dalessandro. ...

The Coastal Commission recently unveiled an interpretive panel honoring its founder at a trail overlooking the San Dieguito Lagoon.

NewsCoastal Commission dedicates interpretive panel at lagoon to its founder

Aug 25, 2015, 1:30 p.m.

The California Coastal Commission recently unveiled an interpretive panel honoring its founder, the late Peter Douglas, at a trail entrance overlooking the San Dieguito Lagoon off San Andres Drive in Solana Beach. For more than a quarter century, Douglas fought to preserve the state’s 1,100-mile shoreline. He was the principal author of the grass-roots proposition that created the California Coastal Commission in 1972 and led to the subsequent Coastal Act in 1976. Douglas later served as the executive director of ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach hires new director of community development

Aug 24, 2015, 6 a.m.

The city of Solana Beach is proud to announce the hiring of Bill Chopyk as the new director of community development. Chopyk has more than 30 years of experience in city planning and community development. He joins the city of Solana Beach from the city of La Mesa, where he served as the community development director for more than eight years. Chopyk is active regionally where he has participated on many San Diego Association of Government planning boards and has ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach entrepreneur ready for new growth after business leadership program

Aug 20, 2015, 8 a.m.

Although his business has been a staple of Solana Beach for several years, John Stein’s company is now on the fast track to an even brighter future. As the owner of Kirei USA, Stein was recently selected to participate in Accion Fast Track, a new business leadership program offered by global nonprofit organization Accion International. “The program gives our clients access to additional support, advice and resources so that they can meet their growth goals,” said Valery Belloso, chief business ...

Del MarSolana Beach Schools Foundation donates more than $100K to district

Aug 18, 2015, 7:30 a.m.

With school almost back in session, the Solana Beach Schools Foundation recently donated funds to help cover the costs of the past school year. On behalf of the Solana Beach School District, the school board on Aug. 13 unanimously accepted more than $100,000 in donations from the district-wide nonprofit. “We are grateful to all our parents and the greater community for supporting us with their donations,” said Patti Malmuth, executive director of the foundation. Founded in 1987, the Solana Beach ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach volunteer needed to serve on Parks and Recreation Citizen Commission

Aug 14, 2015, 6 a.m.

Solana Beach residents are encouraged to apply for an open vacancy on the City’s Citizen Commission. The Parks & Recreation Commission is seeking one person to fulfill the remaining period of a current term which will expire January 2017. Applications are being accepted until Aug. 18, 2015 at City Hall. For more information, contact City Hall (858-720-2400) or