Solana Beach

Solana BeachSolana Beach man pleads guilty in deadly hit-and-run

May 22, 2016, 6 a.m.

A Solana Beach resident who fled on foot after his car hit a man changing a tire alongside a South Bay freeway pleaded guilty May 19 to hit-and-run resulting in death. Christopher Ramirez Reyes, 30, is expected to be sentenced June 16 in connection with the death of 21-year-old Raymart Agsalon Martos of Imperial Beach. Reyes faces a maximum four-year state prison term. A southbound Dodge Stratus struck Martos about 5:30 a.m. last Dec. 15, in a center median on ...

Record number of protests fails to stop water rate increase in Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach

May 20, 2016, 9:35 a.m.

The Santa Fe Irrigation District raised rates for the first time since 2013 following a public hearing on Thursday, May 19, over the objections of two district board members and about 20 percent of the district's customers. In order to block the rate plan — which authorizes the board to raise rates an average of 9 percent over each of the next three years — 3,253 of the district's 6,504 customers would have had to file written protests with the ...

Mayor David Zito, resident Paul Sims and Associate Civil Engineer Jim Greenstein

Solana BeachSolana Beach adds stencils to streets

May 20, 2016, 6 a.m.

At the request of a retired sailor, several streets in Solana Beach now tell people exactly where they are in the world. “I wondered how many people realize they are living 33 degrees north,” said Paul Sims, a 40-year resident of Solana Beach. “That’s when I decided to make a pitch to the city to see if we could get it on the sidewalks.” Sims, who served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, realized that his house was ...

Katie Zimmer selected as new Solana Vista School principal

May 17, 2016, 11:13 a.m.

Solana Vista School will have a new principal next school year. The Solana Beach School District and Superintendent Terry Decker announced May 11 that Katie Zimmer, the media center teacher at Carmel Creek School, will serve as principal of Solana Vista for the 2016-17 school year. During Zimmer’s 24 years in Solana Beach, she has served in leadership roles at the school site and district-level. As the administrative designee for Carmel Creek for the past 14 years, she has supervised ...

San Dieguito Union High School District approves next bond issuance of $62 million

May 16, 2016, 8:56 a.m.

The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board approved a resolution to issue its next Prop AA bond series at its May 12 meeting. The next issuance of the $449 general obligation bond approved in 2012 will be for $62 million. The projects lined up for the next issuance of bonds includes the new classroom building at Canyon Crest Academy; the new performing arts center at Torrey Pines High School; a new two-story classroom building at Pacific Trails Middle ...

San Dieguito Union High School District board mulls how to fill top post

May 13, 2016, 10:26 a.m.

The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board is weighing its options on how to move forward replacing its leader after receiving the news of Superintendent Rick Schmitt’s departure for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. SDUHSD Board President Beth Hergesheimer, Vice President Joyce Dalessandro and trustee Amy Herman would like to see a new superintendent in place by July 1, while trustees John Salazar and Mo Muir would like to see an interim superintendent until after the ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach to develop traffic impact fee program

May 13, 2016, 10:09 a.m.

The Solana Beach City Council on April 27 approved a professional services agreement with Chen Ryan Associates to develop a traffic impact fee program. In November 2014, the council certified the environmental impact report and adopted updates to the city’s circulation and land use elements of the general plan. As part of the update, a new policy was added to develop and maintain a transportation impact fee program that collects fees from development projects based on the number of additional ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach mulls ‘Kindness Meters’

May 4, 2016, 6 a.m.

Solana Beach could help spread kindness by adding meters to its streets. The Solana Beach City Council on April 27 directed staff to study the details of implementing a Kindness Meter program in the community. Kindness Meters are portable, sometimes solar, parking meter replicas that accept donations for charitable foundations and nonprofit organizations. Although they look like parking meters, they are typically decorated or painted to help people differentiate them from actual parking meters. Posted signs inform donors about beneficiaries. ...

Solana Beach School District

EducationSolana Beach School District seeks firms for reconstruction, modernization projects

Apr 27, 2016, 8:14 a.m.

If Solana Beach School District receives the required funding, two of its oldest schools will receive much needed improvements. The school board on April 21 unanimously gave district staff the green light to advertise a request for qualifications from construction firms for the reconstruction of Skyline School and the modernization of Solana Highlands School. As part of the long-range facilities master planning process, the district identified capital improvement projects districtwide. The district initiated the process in 2011 and the completed ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach to update Seascape Sur stairway

Apr 27, 2016, 6 a.m.

In an effort to prevent an emergency closure of the Seascape Sur public access stairway, the Solana Beach City Council on April 13 approved a professional services agreement with Noble Consultants to design repairs for the more than two decade old structure. “We concluded the stairs are safe and that’s why they’re still open,” said City Engineer Mo Sammak. “They have plenty of life left in them. However, they do require a major maintenance program.” Built in 1995, the stairway ...

Torrey Pines Gay-Straight Alliance students with representatives from the Human Rights Campaign San Diego at Rainbow Week. Courtesy photo

Rainbow Week at TPHS in Carmel Valley promotes understanding of differences

Apr 24, 2016, 6 a.m.

With its second annual Rainbow Week, Torrey Pines High School promoted a campus of acceptance, kindness and respect for all students. Organized by the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Rainbow Week was full of activities and discussions aimed at making the school a safe place for people of all genders and sexuality through education and awareness. “Rainbow Week is valuable because it takes Torrey Pines away from the feeling of being ‘us versus them’ and brings us together as a community,” ...

Seawalls protecting coastal bluffs from erosion on the south end of Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach.

Solana BeachSolana Beach approves seawall study

Apr 21, 2016, 8:07 a.m.

Solana Beach is sending the California Coastal Commission a study that determined how much property owners should compensate the public for beach that is lost when seawalls are constructed to protect private property atop eroding bluffs. In a 3-1 vote, the City Council on April 13 adopted the draft public recreation impact fee study and related local coastal program land use plan amendment. “I really appreciate the engagement from everybody, the comments that people have made,” said Mayor David Zito, ...

Pedestrian in Del Mar hit by train

Apr 16, 2016, 6 a.m.

A person walking on the tracks in Del Mar was hit by a train and taken to a hospital, but the victim's condition was unknown and sheriff's detectives were trying to determine whether this was an attempted suicide. It occurred at 7:50 p.m. Friday, April 15, at mile post marker 244.4 on the bluffs of Del Mar, according to San Diego County Sheriff's Sgt. J. King. A northbound Coaster train was traveling about 50 mph when the engineer saw a ...

Peggy Walker with Assemblywoman Toni Atkins

Solana BeachSolana Beach advocate honored for promoting healthy lifestyles, fighting drug use

Apr 8, 2016, 12:25 p.m.

Whether through her work or with her free time, Solana Beach’s Peggy Walker has passionately promoted healthy lifestyles and fought drug use in the community for years. Recently named one of the 78th Assembly District’s 2016 “Woman of the Year” honorees by California Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins, Walker’s community service was celebrated during a March 18 awards ceremony in San Diego. “It’s a huge honor to be recognized by your community,” Walker said. “I’ve lived here for a long ...