Solana Beach

Solana BeachSolana Beach to construct recycled water line

Sep 30, 2015, 8 a.m.

With improvements already coming to Via de la Valle, the city of Solana Beach is collaborating with its coastal neighbor to construct a recycled water line along the shared corridor. In a unanimous vote, the Solana Beach City Council on Sept. 23 appropriated more than $1.3 million toward the extension of the water line in the city. The recycled water line ends at Via de la Valle and Valley Avenue. The project will extend the line west along Via de ...

EducationSanta Fe Christian in Solana Beach recognized as national Blue Ribbon School

Sep 29, 2015, 10:53 a.m.

Two schools in San Diego County, including one in Solana Beach, were named national Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Sept. 29. Santa Fe Christian Middle School, a private school in Solana Beach and Deer Canyon Elementary in the Poway Unified School District, were among 285 public and 50 private schools in the U.S. to receive the honor. Of those, 33 were in California. “California's newly selected Blue Ribbon Schools are among the best in ...

NewsLocal attorneys named to ‘Best Lawyers’ list

Sep 26, 2015, 6 a.m.

The following attorneys were among those named to the 2016 “Best Lawyers” list: •Higgs Fletcher & Mack, a San Diego-based, full-service law firm for more than 75 years, announced that William M. Low of Carmel Valley has been named to the 2016 “Best Lawyers” list and recognized as “Lawyer of the Year.” A leading expert in complex tort and business litigation with an emphasis on information security, product liability and healthcare, Low was included in the annual report for the ...

Irrigation district for Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach considers raising water rates to compensate for low demand

Sep 22, 2015, 8:02 a.m.

The Santa Fe Irrigation District is considering raising rates by 9 percent, to generate enough revenue to cover expenses in a time when demand for water is at its lowest in nearly 40 years. At its Sept. 17 board meeting, the board of directors heard the district’s proposal to modify rates so that all San Diego County Water Authority and Metropolitan Water District fixed charges are applied to customers on a fixed bi-monthly basis. The slightly higher fixed charges will ...

Canyon Crest Academy Foundation says board member removed because of unauthorized fundraising website

Sep 21, 2015, 10:24 a.m.

The Canyon Crest Academy Foundation has put a halt to an unauthorized website that purported to be collecting contributions for the school, according to Foundation officials. The website founder was a member of the Foundation board who has since been removed from his position. The Foundation’s first indication that something was awry occurred on Aug. 21, when it was discovered that a CCA Foundation (CCAF) position e-mail account had been accessed — but it wasn’t a position that was currently ...

Business SpotlightBlink Lash Boutique relocates to larger shop in Solana Beach Town Center

Sep 20, 2015, 6 a.m.

Blink Lash Boutique has relocated from its Cedros Avenue salon to a larger storefront in the Solana Beach Town Center Shopping Center. The move nearly doubles the size of the salon and adds a brow bar menu option. “This move is a testament to our growing business,” explained founder Janelle Koch. “The new space will allow us to fulfill more appointments, better serve our clients and enable us to offer an even more relaxing and pampering experience.” The larger salon ...

Suspected drunk driver arrested in Del Mar

Sep 19, 2015, 2:55 p.m.

A suspected drunken driver led law enforcement officers from Carlsbad down the coast to Del Mar early Sept. 18 but was arrested after a spike strip flattened the car’s tires, authorities said. Officers attempted to stop a white Toyota Corolla on Carlsbad Boulevard near Tamarack Avenue shortly after 1:30 a.m., but the driver instead continued south along as the roadway, which becomes Coast Highway 101 as it passes through Encinitas and Solana Beach, according to the California Highway Patrol. The ...

Volunteers needed to serve Solana Beach

Sep 17, 2015, 4:32 p.m.

Solana Beach residents are encouraged to apply for an open vacancy on the City’s Citizen Commission. The vacancy is on the View Assessment Commission – term ending January 2016 Applications are being accepted until Sept. 21, 2015 at City Hall. For more information, contact City Hall (858-720-2400) or

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Solana BeachSolana Beach may be first in county to ban polystyrene food containers

Sep 16, 2015, 10:51 a.m.

Having been the first city in San Diego County to ban single-use plastic bags, Solana Beach could now become the first city in the county to ban polystyrene food containers. The Solana Beach City Council on Sept. 9 directed staff to draft an ordinance that would prohibit the plastic. “We will be the first one in the County of San Diego to be embarking on this,” said City Attorney Johanna Canlas. “We can’t look to our neighbors, at least in ...

Solana Beach School District

EducationSolana Beach School District’s new progress reports receive positive feedback from teachers

Sep 15, 2015, 8:09 a.m.

With only slight revisions requested, teachers gave the Solana Beach School District’s new progress reports a passing grade. In light of the new Common Core State Standards, last year the district introduced new standards-based progress reports that use a numeric rubric. The old reports used a series of symbols to indicate student progress, with a letter grade for overall achievement for students in fourth through sixth grade. Approved by the school board last September, the standards-based progress reports assess student ...

Attendance down, wagering up at 2015 Del Mar summer meet

Sep 10, 2015, 11:52 a.m.

Attendance was down at this summer’s horse racing meet at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, but the total amount of money bet on races was up thanks to satellite and Internet wagering. “Overall, it was a successful meet,” Josh Rubinstein, executive vice president of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, said at a meeting of the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors on Tuesday, Sept. 8, the day after the 40-day summer race meet closed. Attendance at the 2015 summer race ...

Solana BeachAdditional charges filed against Solana Beach man

Sep 9, 2015, 10:48 a.m.

Child sex and molestation counts were added Sept. 8 against a Solana Beach man previously charged with child pornography and also facing similar accusations in San Bernardino County. Sean Patrick O’Farrell, 40, pleaded not guilty last month in Vista Superior Court to possession of child pornography and was ordered held on $250,000 bail. Prosecutors added five charges Sept. 8, including felony counts of contact with a minor to commit a sex offense and attending a sex meeting with a minor ...

San Dieguito Union High School District board approves three-year contract extension for Superintendent Rick Schmitt

Sep 8, 2015, 6 a.m.

Superintendent Rick Schmitt will be leading the San Dieguito Union High School District for three more years, as the board approved an extension to his contract through 2018. “I think we have really won the lottery having Rick Schmitt as superintendent,” trustee Joyce Dalessandro said at the Sept. 3 meeting. The vote was not unanimous, with trustee John Salazar voting against the extension. “We haven’t agreed on everything,” Salazar said of his relationship with Schmitt. “But even if we had, ...