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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 ...

Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach water use down in May, report shows

Jul 2, 2015, 6 a.m.

The city of San Diego reduced its water consumption by 26 percent in an unusually rainy May, one of the best performances by a large urban area in the state, the State Water Resources Control Board reported July 1. The improved conservation mirrors what happened statewide during the month, which state water officials say was the best month to date for cutting back on water use across California, with a reduction of 28.9 percent. Gov. Jerry Brown has called for ...

Dr. Nancy Lynch

EducationSolana Beach School District sends off superintendent with praise, gratitude

Jul 1, 2015, 8 a.m.

After more than three years with the Solana Beach School District, Superintendent Nancy Lynch bid farewell to board members, staff, parents and students during the June 25 board meeting. Lynch has returned to Northern California to serve as superintendent of a Bay Area school district. Her last day with the district was Tuesday, June 30. Terry Decker, the district’s former assistant superintendent of instructional services, started as superintendent on Wednesday, July 1. “I just thank you all so much for ...

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Solana BeachSierra Club honors Solana Beach for environmental role

Jun 30, 2015, 9:07 a.m.

Sierra Club San Diego recently recognized the city of Solana Beach for its work toward a more sustainable community during the organization’s annual Gala Awards June 20 at the Hilton Harbor Island Hotel in San Diego. Solana Beach received a FEAT Award for environmental leadership in government and leading the fight to ban single-use plastic bags. Mayor Lesa Heebner, Deputy Mayor David Zito and Councilman Peter Zahn accepted the award on behalf of the city. “We were happy, all three ...

Garrett Stubbs
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Del Mar native Garrett Stubbs wins Bench Award bestowed to nation’s top catcher

Jun 26, 2015, 7:40 a.m.

Senior catcher Garrett Stubbs was awarded the prestigious Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate catcher, it was announced recently by the Greater Wichita Sports Commission. Stubbs, a Del Mar native and graduate of Torey Pines High School, joins 2005 Trojan Jeff Clement as the second catcher out of Troy to win the award. USC is the first school to have two award winners. He is also the third Pac-12 catcher all-time to take the honor. “I am ...

Solana BeachDrought-response meeting draws hundreds in Solana Beach

Jun 24, 2015, 12:23 p.m.

A standing-room-only crowd of about 500 people turned out Tuesday, June 23, for a town hall meeting put on by the Santa Fe Irrigation District, as officials sought to answer residents’ questions about the district’s imposition of steep, mandatory cuts to water use, which carry hefty fines and penalties for violations. The district’s territory includes large estates in Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch, as well as smaller parcels in Solana Beach, and its service area includes about 19,400 residents. ...

Recording Secretary Suellen Lodge, Treasurer Tom Golich, Corresponding Secretary Cindi Clemons, President Virginia Garland, Vice President Pat Smart of the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society.

Solana BeachSolana Beach Civic and Historical Society reinstalls board, awards scholarships

Jun 24, 2015, 8 a.m.

Celebrating last year’s successes, the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society welcomed another year with the re-installation of its board June 19 during the society’s annual dinner at Tony’s Jacal. Mayor Lesa Heebner helped swear in Virginia Garland as president for a third term. Pat Smart was also re-elected vice president, Cindi Clemons was re-elected corresponding secretary, Suellen Lodge was re-elected recording secretary and Tom Golich was re-elected treasurer. “It is an honor to be selected as officers of this ...

Solana BeachWater district approves agricultural exemption from mandatory cuts

Jun 23, 2015, 9:30 a.m.

Commercial agricultural customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District have been granted an exemption from the severe cuts in water use facing the rest of the district’s customers. Instead of having to cut 45 percent of their outdoor water use as residential customers must, commercial growers will have to cut back about 15 percent, after a decision Thursday, June 18, by the water district’s board of directors. “I think this is a good-news story,” said district General Manager Michael Bardin. ...

A student makes a healthy choice of fruit at the cafeteria.  Courtesy photos

High school district nutritionist asks Congress to serve up flexibility on lunch program

Jun 23, 2015, 8:17 a.m.

School lunch restrictions have gotten tighter across the country and the San Dieguito Union High School District has complied to ensure its food is nutritious as well as appetizing to middle school and high school students. However, complying with those standards has resulted in fewer students eating those healthy school lunches and rising costs are making a mess of the meal program budget, officials say. It is frustrating to Siri Perlman, district nutrition specialist, that the district can sell a ...

Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach water district approves agricultural exemption from mandatory cuts

Jun 23, 2015, 8:02 a.m.

Commercial agricultural customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District have been granted an exemption from the severe cuts in water use facing the rest of the district’s customers. Instead of having to cut 45 percent of their outdoor water use as residential customers must, commercial growers will have to cut back about 15 percent, after a decision Thursday, June 18, by the water district’s board of directors. “I think this is a good-news story,” said district General Manager Michael Bardin. ...

Manny Aguilar, president and board chairman of the La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation, discusses the National Latino Research Center's report.

Solana BeachEducation, community are priorities for Solana Beach's La Colonia, says Latino center report

Jun 18, 2015, 8 a.m.

Education, civic engagement and community building are the top three priorities for residents of Solana Beach’s Eden Gardens community, according to a recent report from the National Latino Research Center at Cal State San Marcos. The research center released its results during a June 3 meeting at the La Colonia Community Center, more than a year after it launched the study to learn how to improve the quality of life for community members in La Colonia, a small but historical ...

NewsAnnual Heal the Bay Report Card ranks local beaches

Jun 17, 2015, 3:58 p.m.

Not all news about the state's drought is bad, with a report released June 17 citing the lack of rainfall as a major contributor to improved water quality at California beaches, although the beach at Mission Bay Park's Visitor Center was rated as among the 10 most-polluted in the state. The environmental group Heal the Bay's latest Beach Report Card, which assigns letter grades to beaches based on water quality, found that the lack of storm runoff pouring into the ...

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Solana BeachSolana Beach council checks city’s progress on energy-saving roadmap

Jun 17, 2015, 9:37 a.m.

The Solana Beach City Council recently got a closer look at how the city is working toward sustainability when staff presented Solana Beach’s Energy Roadmap during the June 10 meeting. The roadmap, which identifies ways to save energy in government operations and in the community, stems from 2008, when Solana Beach was selected as one of only three cities to participate in the Sustainable Region pilot program through SANDAG. “The city was picked largely because it demonstrated the willingness and ...


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