Solana Beach

EducationSanta Fe Montessori School closing after more than 40 years in Solana Beach

May 27, 2015, 8 a.m.

After more than four decades of service, Santa Fe Montessori School is closing its doors in Solana Beach. Santa Fe Montessori School will close on June 5. LePort Schools, which purchased the property, will open on June 8. “This school is one that runs like a well-oiled machine after all these years,” said Head of School Teresita Leimer. “Nancy Sager, the founder and the owner of the land, along with her husband, Paul, have really created something that’s lasted a ...

New rules impose fines and penalties for water-use violations in Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach

May 26, 2015, 6 a.m.

Customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District must cut their outdoor water use by 45 percent or face penalties and fines under a sweeping series of new regulations enacted by the district’s board of directors at its meeting on Thursday, May 21. The district provides water to about 19,400 residents in Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Fairbanks Ranch. On Thursday, in response to a state mandate to cut its total water use by 36 percent by February 2016, the ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach doctor named to Angel Faces board

May 24, 2015, 6 a.m.

Angel Faces has named Solana Beach resident Melanie Palm, M.D., founding director of Art of Skin MD and a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, to its board of directors. Angel Faces is a nonprofit dedicated to healing retreats and ongoing support for adolescent girls with burn/trauma injuries to achieve their optimum potential and develop meaningful relationships for themselves, their families, and their communities. Angel Faces programs include the Angel Faces Retreat and Angels in Flight ongoing support. “We welcome Melanie ...

EducationSolana Beach students honored as Standouts

May 24, 2015, 6 a.m.

Forty-nine students from six school districts in the Greater San Dieguito ACSA (Association of California School Administrators) were honored in May with the Student Standout Awards. From the Solana Beach School District, these students were recognized for the following categories (their schools and principals are also listed): Moa Anderson, Courage (Carmel Creek, Principal Terri Davis); Emily Eshoo, Courage (Skyline, Principal Lisa Denham); Lindsey Spillane, Fellowship (Solana Highlands, Principal Matthew Frumovitz); Sasha Lewis, Community Service (Solana Pacific, Principal Elisa Fregoso); Aditi ...

Solana Beach School District

EducationTerry Decker named new Solana Beach School District superintendent

May 22, 2015, 7:58 a.m.

The Solana Beach School Board has selected Terry Decker as the Solana Beach School District’s new superintendent. Decker currently serves as the district’s assistant superintendent of instructional services. “I am truly honored to be selected as superintendent for our district,” Decker said. “Solana Beach is just truly a special and remarkable school district.” Decker will step in for Superintendent Nancy Lynch, who announced April 21 she is returning to Northern California to assume the role of superintendent of a Bay ...

The new Torrey pine is 15 feet tall and about eight years old.

Solana BeachSolana Beach replaces dead Torrey pine with 15-foot tree

May 21, 2015, 8 a.m.

With help from the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society, Solana Beach recently replaced a dead Torrey pine on the city’s Coastal Rail Trail. A new Torrey pine was planted along the trail May 14, several yards away from where the beetle-damaged Torrey pine was cut down April 1. Although the city planted four Torrey pine saplings nearby, the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society contacted the city to discuss replacing the 40-foot-tall Torrey pine with a more mature tree, ...

EducationSolana Beach School District selects new principals of Solana Vista and Carmel Creek schools

May 20, 2015, 4:32 p.m.

The Solana Beach School District recently announced that Joel Tapia is the finalist for the principal position at Solana Vista School. Tapia comes to Solana Beach from Chula Vista Elementary School District where he has served as an elementary school principal since 2011. With more than 12 years of education experience, he has served as an associate principal, a projects coordinator, and teacher. Tapia said, “I’m absolutely honored and blessed to be joining such an elite school district like Solana ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach approves stricter regulations about parking RVs on streets

May 20, 2015, 8:30 a.m.

Solana Beach will have stricter regulations for parking recreational vehicles on city streets, after a 3-1 vote by the City Council on May 13. In response to complaints regarding RVs parked on public property, the council approved a modified ordinance to further restrict parking. Council members first addressed the issue March 11, directing city staff to revise the city’s ordinance. At the April 8 meeting, however, council members deemed the changes too restrictive and sent back the new rules for ...

Lofty Coffee of Encinitas has opened a branch in Solana Beach.

LifestyleGrounds for success: Lofty Coffee opens shop in Solana Beach

May 19, 2015, 8:12 a.m.

A popular Encinitas coffee shop has opened a branch in Solana Beach. Nearly four years after the company established its original café in Encinitas, Lofty Coffee Co. officially opened its Solana Beach shop May 11. “It’s the perfect location,” said general manager Meaghan Hammarsten. “There’s definitely a need for craft coffee in this area, and we’re happy to fill that slot with an organic craft coffee bar for everyone in Solana Beach.” Located in the heart of Cedros Design District, ...

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Solana BeachSolana Beach hires new city manager to start June 22

May 18, 2015, 8 a.m.

With a 4-0 vote May 13, Greg Wade was officially hired at Solana Beach’s next city manager. Although absent from the council meeting, Mayor Lesa Heebner welcomed Wade in a statement read by Deputy Mayor David Zito. “I look forward to working with him to continue to serve and enhance our beautiful community,” Heebner said in the statement. “I am confident he has the experience, qualifications, management style and personality to make this a seamless transition.” After the vote, Wade ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach celebrates Memorial Day May 25 with public ceremony

May 17, 2015, 6 a.m.

The city of Solana Beach and Solana Beach Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5431 will co-host a Memorial Day ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, May 25, at La Colonia Community Center, 715 Valley Avenue. Camp Pendleton Young Marines will be the honor guard. Master Sergeant Julian Gonzales will be the guest speaker, as well as Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner and Randy Treadway, Post Commander for VFW Post 5431. The Santa Fe Christian School Band will perform patriotic ...

Students used lengths of PVC pipe to simulate bicycle handlebars as they navigated the course.

EducationBikeWalk lessons keep Solana Beach students on safe path

May 15, 2015, 8 a.m.

In honor of National Bike Month, students learned basic bicycle and pedestrian safety skills May 4-8 at Solana Vista School. “We’re encouraging them to ride their bikes or walk to school, so it’s important to teach them how to do so safely,” said physical education teacher Robin Park, whom the children call “Coach Park.” A portion of the playground was transformed into a four-way intersection, complete with stop signs, crosswalks, sidewalks and simulated cars. Using PVC pipes designed to look ...

NewsHistoric drought forces steep local water cuts, proposed rate hikes

May 15, 2015, 7:30 a.m.

Most customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District will be required to dramatically cut their water use as the district struggles to comply with a state mandate to reduce its overall water consumption by 36 percent. A standing-room-only crowd showed up Thursday evening, May 7, for a special workshop meeting, as the district’s staff and board of directors discussed two key elements of the agency’s plan to respond to the state drought, now in its fourth year. The district is ...

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Solana BeachDeveloper gets OK to tell ‘story’ a different way at Solana Highlands

May 11, 2015, 7:48 a.m.

The proposed redevelopment of Solana Highlands moved one step forward May 6 when the Solana Beach City Council unanimously approved a story pole plan for the project. Rather than continue to seek a waiver for installing about 30 percent of the story poles required for the complete remodel of the apartment complex, the developers presented a new proposal using a combination of traditional, alternative and supplemental story pole methods. “This is a plan that will not have any temporary install ...