Solana Beach

Solana BeachEnjoy Padres vs. Phillies, half-price seats Aug. 9 on Solana Beach Day at Petco Park

Jul 31, 2015, 6 a.m.

The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce presents Solana Beach Day at Petco Park with great seats at half price! The game starts at 1:10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. Spend the afternoon at Petco Park with fellow Solana Beach residents and business owners as the Padres take on the Phillies. Enjoy 50 percent off your tickets and a chance to throw out the first pitch! Seats are limited, so buy now. Visit the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce at for ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach Youth of the Year honored from La Colonia branch of San Dieguito Boys & Girls Clubs

Jul 30, 2015, 6 a.m.

Elvert Vasquez, 16, was named Youth of the Year recently by the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. Elvert was sponsored by Voit Real Estate Services from the La Colonia branch in Eden Gardens, Solana Beach. He received an HP laptop and backpack and a $1,000 college scholarship from The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Foundation. Vasquez was honored at the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, the third annual Youth of the Year Celebration, held July ...

Special Olympics athletes from Thailand. As part of the San Diego North County Host Town, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas hosted Special Olympics athletes from Ghana, Swaziland and Thailand July 22-24. Photo by Jon Clark

NewsDel Mar, Encinitas, Solana Beach help welcome Special Olympics athletes

Jul 29, 2015, 8 a.m.

Although the 2015 Special Olympics World Games is set in Los Angeles, San Diego welcomed athletes from around the world in the days leading up to the weeklong sporting event. As part of the San Diego North County Host Town, the cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas hosted Special Olympics athletes from Ghana, Swaziland and Thailand from July 22-24. “The Special Olympics is all about inclusion,” said San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, whose office coordinated the Host ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach man wants to keep lawn green with purple-pipe water

Jul 28, 2015, 9:37 a.m.

Dave Ferguson stands at the low chain-link bordering the yard of his Solana Beach home. Beneath his feet is a lawn gone brown, thanks to water cutbacks triggered by California’s four-year drought. On the other side of the fence is a slope covered by lush, green ground cover. Ferguson, who is retired from the commercial real estate business, is trying to convince local water district officials that his lawn can easily be as green as the slope behind his house, ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach residents voice concerns over size and traffic flow of proposed 101 development

Jul 23, 2015, 8 a.m.

From size and scale, to parking and traffic, Solana Beach residents shared their concerns about a proposed mixed-use project along Coast Highway 101 at a July 20 public scoping meeting in City Hall. If approved, the abandoned commercial buildings, single-family residential homes, mobile home park and parking lots on the 1.9-acre site would be demolished and replaced with retail, restaurant space and commercial office space, 31 multifamily residential units, and a 341-space, two-level underground parking structure. Located west of Highway ...

NewsCrime cases, arrests/citations in Carmel Valley/Del Mar/Solana Beach area for June 2015

Jul 22, 2015, 1:08 p.m.

The numbers of crime cases by type, where type is defined by the most serious crime that occurred, and arrests/citations with valid addresses that were reported by July 10 to the San Diego County’s Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS) for June 2015 in the San Diego City neighborhoods of Del Mar Heights, Carmel Valley, North City, and Torrey Highlands, and the cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach, are shown below: Del Mar Heights 1 case involving persons: 1 ...

Sketch by Tim Richards

Solana BeachSolana Beach community asked for input on proposed art piece for Rail Trail

Jul 22, 2015, 6:37 a.m.

Solana Beach could soon have a new public art piece. Community members are encouraged to give their input on the proposed piece for the city’s Coastal Rail Trail. Sponsored by the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society’s Seaweeders Garden Club, the piece would transform a dead Torrey pine into a lively piece of public art. If approved, local woodworking artist Tim Richards would carve a pelican, fish and kelp into the stump. “I got this idea of having a pelican ...

EducationSolana Beach district discusses possible bond issue for 2016 ballot

Jul 21, 2015, 7:28 a.m.

With improvements needed at local schools and election season around the corner, the Solana Beach School District is exploring whether to place a general obligation bond on the ballot in 2016. “We have great confidence in our ability to provide parity of instruction. Our teachers across the board are doing a great job,” said newly appointed Superintendent Terry Decker during the July 16 board meeting — his first as head of the district. “But when we look at Solana Ranch ...

Fines for water-use violations in Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach suspended for 45 days

Jul 20, 2015, 6 a.m.

The Santa Fe Irrigation District has decided not to fine its customers for violating water-use restrictions for the next 45 days, and also relaxed some of the mandatory water-saving rules put in place in May as a response to the ongoing California drought. The suspension of fines — which were increased in May as part of the district’s effort to encourage water conservation — will allow officials time to establish clear and fair procedures for carrying out the water-use cutbacks ...

Solana BeachNew sign to welcome people driving east from Rancho Santa Fe to Solana Beach

Jul 14, 2015, 7:47 a.m.

People coming into Solana Beach from Rancho Santa Fe will soon be welcomed by a new sign. The Solana Beach City Council awarded a nearly $40,000 construction contract for the project as part of the July 8 consent calendar, a list of items approved with a single vote and no discussion. In January, the council unanimously approved the entry sign and monument design for the median at Lomas Santa Fe Drive and Highland Drive. Designed by two volunteers from the ...

NewsFirst responders working to sharpen public’s CPR skills with simpler method

Jul 11, 2015, 6 a.m.

Promoting "hands-only CPR," first responder agencies in the San Diego County Service Area 17 — Del Mar Fire Department, Encinitas Fire Department, Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, and Solana Beach Fire Department — and ambulance service provider American Medical Response, are striving to increase survival rates within their communities and are already seeing positive results. When someone suffers cardiac arrest, every second counts. But according to the American Heart Association, 70 percent of Americans feel helpless during emergency situations ...

Catherine Dickerson and Bill Stoops sit in the backyard garden of their Solana Beach home. “I’m advocating technology over deprivation,” said Dickerson. Photo by Joe Tash

NewsSome residents believe state’s water-use restrictions are all wet

Jul 7, 2015, 9:30 a.m.

As San Diego County residents take shorter showers and watch their lawns turn brown in an effort to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s order of a 25 percent across-the-board statewide cut in water use, some local residents are questioning the fairness and necessity of the austerity measures. Solana Beach residents Catherine Dickerson and her husband, Bill Stoops, and neighbor Don Billings all point to the fact that San Diego County does not have a water shortage like other parts of the ...

Solana BeachComprehensive strategy unveiled for bicycle, pedestrian improvements in Solana Beach

Jul 3, 2015, 8 a.m.

Solana Beach unveiled its first Comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy, or CATS, program study during the June 24 City Council meeting. The CATS plan lays the foundation for bicycle and pedestrian improvements within Solana Beach for the next 15 years. The goal is to make active transportation an easier and more attractive way to travel. “Active transportation” is defined as any self-propelled mode of travel, such as cycling or walking. “I’m grateful that we’re going to have this study for the ...

LifestyleEden Gardens Foundation hosting third summer camp for local youth

Jul 2, 2015, 8 a.m.

Hoping to inspire youth to become leaders in their communities, Solana Beach’s La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation is once again hosting a summer camp retreat. The third annual La Colonia de Eden Gardens Youth Leadership Camp will take place July 13-16 at the Whispering Winds Catholic Conference Center in Julian. “In order for a community to work, it has to be a community,” said Chuy Duran, a junior at Torrey Pines High School. “You can’t just have one person ...