Solana Beach

PHR residents ask district to unlock Canyon Crest Academy tennis courts

Aug 25, 2016, 6:29 p.m.

Some Pacific Highlands Ranch residents addressed San Dieguito Union School District board at its Aug. 18 meeting about opening up some of the Canyon Crest Academy’s publicly-funded tennis courts to the tennis-playing public. Philip Pellouchoud, a new resident of Pacific Highlands Ranch, was one of three residents to make the request to the board. Both of his kids are competitive junior tennis players and grew up in the Poway Unified School District area where they had very good access to ...

SBSF 2015-16 Board of Directors

EducationSolana Beach Schools Foundation ready for new school year

Aug 25, 2016, 8:09 a.m.

With summer coming to a close and school almost back in session, the Solana Beach Schools Foundation is gearing up for another year of fundraising to support local students. “We’ve been working hard all summer getting everything ready,” said Patti Malmuth, executive director of the foundation. The Solana Beach Schools Foundation raises close to $1 million each year to support school programs and students in the Solana Beach School District. Founded in 1987, the foundation supports six of the district’s ...

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Solana BeachSix run for three open seats on Solana Beach council

Aug 25, 2016, 6 a.m.

Six people — including five new candidates — will be competing in the November election for three open seats on the Solana Beach City Council. Of the three incumbents, only Mayor David Zito filed papers to become a candidate. A Solana Beach resident for 25 years, Zito was first elected to the council in 2012. He did not respond to a request for an interview by press time. Incumbents Lesa Heebner and Peter Zahn decided not to seek re-election. Heebner, ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach deputy mayor to not seek re-election

Aug 24, 2016, 8:13 a.m.

There will soon be at least two new people on the Solana Beach City Council as Deputy Mayor Peter Zahn has decided not to run for re-election. “I’m really grateful to the residents of Solana Beach for electing me and allowing me to serve,” Zahn said. Zahn decided not to seek a second term in November due to increased demands on his professional and personal commitments. In addition to his work as a business attorney and role as president of ...

The temporary campus at Earl Warren

EducationSolana Beach School District approves MoU with San Dieguito for use of student housing at Earl Warren

Aug 16, 2016, 6 a.m.

Skyline Elementary School students will likely be going to school just down the street at Earl Warren Middle School in 2017, if voters pass Solana Beach School District’s general obligation bond this November. Plans for the $105 million bond measure, which the Solana Beach School Board unanimously voted to move forward with during the Aug. 4 meeting, include the reconstruction of Skyline, which was constructed in 1955 and modernized in 2000. Skyline opened just one year after the old Earl ...

Solana Beach School District

EducationSolana Beach school board OKs $105M bond for ballot

Aug 12, 2016, 5 a.m.

After more than a year of preparing for a potential general obligation bond, the Solana Beach School Board unanimously voted on Aug. 4 to move forward with the $105 million bond measure on the November ballot. With a need for school improvements across the district, Superintendent Terry Decker said the bond is an opportunity for the community to support public schools and protect property values. “We want to continue ensuring that we provide our students with an environment that's flexible ...

Del Mar Councilman Al Corti and Mayor Sherryl Parks have pulled nomination papers. Both are currently serving their first terms on the council.

NewsBallots appear to be crowded for Del Mar, Solana Beach councils

Aug 11, 2016, 6 a.m.

It looks like the county’s two smallest cities are going to have crowded ballots for council this year. There are three council members with terms that expire in both Del Mar and Solana Beach. In Del Mar, Councilman Don Moiser has reportedly decided not to run for re-election in November. The other two incumbents, Mayor Sherryl Parks and Councilman Al Corti, have already pulled nomination papers. Both are currently serving their first terms on the council. As of Aug. 9, ...

Outgoing Mayor Lesa Heebner highlights the city’s accomplishments in 2015.

Solana BeachLongtime Solana Beach Councilwoman Lesa Heebner to not seek re-election

Aug 2, 2016, 6 a.m.

Longtime Solana Beach City Councilwoman Lesa Heebner announced Aug. 1 that she has decided not to seek re-election in November. “I think 12 years is a perfect amount of time for me,” Heebner said. “I am ready to move on to a new chapter in my life.” A Solana Beach resident since 1976, Heebner was first elected to the council in 2004. She has served three terms on the council, including three terms as mayor in 2007, 2011 and 2015. ...

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Solana BeachSeven pull nomination papers for Solana Beach council

Jul 27, 2016, 9:18 a.m.

It appears as if Solana Beach may have a council election this year. Rather than hold an election, the Solana Beach City Council opted to appoint council candidates in 2014. There were only two open seats on the council and only two people filed paperwork, then incumbent Mike Nichols and newcomer Ginger Marshall. This year there are three open seats on the council. Mayor David Zito, Deputy Mayor Peter Zahn and Councilwoman Lesa Heebner’s terms end in December. As of ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach officially becomes a ‘Welcoming Community’

Jul 26, 2016, 6 a.m.

With Solana Beach’s rich history of diversity, it’s no surprise that council members unanimously approved a draft resolution on July 13 declaring the city an official “Welcoming Community.” “We are a welcoming community,” Mayor David Zito said. “I really do think words are important; and if this doesn’t amount to much more than words, they are important words to say.” The idea stems from the Building Welcoming Communities Campaign, a White House initiative that calls on local governments to create ...

A rendering of the revamped landscaping plan for the Whispering Palms median project.
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Whispering Palms town hall in Rancho Santa Fe raises awareness of plan to remove 54 palms

Jul 25, 2016, 8:42 a.m.

A “Keep our Palms” town hall meeting was held July 20 at Morgan Run Club & Resort as some residents rally to convince the Whispering Palms Community Services District (CSD) not to take down the 54 “iconic” palm trees that mark the entrance to their neighborhood. The CSD had previously approved a plan to remove the queen palms they believe are “aging and diseased” along Cancha de Golf, replacing the 40-65-foot high queen palms with a revamped landscaping plan for ...

Solana BeachNew restaurant coming to Coast Highway 101

Jul 21, 2016, 6 a.m.

What’s in a name? To some in Solana Beach, a lot. After agreeing to a new name, among other concessions, local restaurateur Bradley Evarts finally received the required permits to move forward with a “high-end” farm-to-table restaurant and tequileria on Highway 101. “We’re excited about coming to Solana Beach,” Evarts said before the unanimous vote at the July 13 meeting. Originally called Distillery 101, the restaurant and tequileria will replace Java Depot and Juicers in The Boardwalk shopping center. The ...

The Bay Club buys Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe

Jul 20, 2016, 11:03 a.m.

CBRE Group Inc., has announced the recent sale of Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, a private, member-owned club in Rancho Santa Fe for an undisclosed price. Situated on land owned by the City of San Diego, the club was built to host equestrian events that were part of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. CBRE represented the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club members in the transaction, who sold their club to The Bay Club, a California-based active lifestyle corporation. The featured amenity at ...

EducationSolana Beach School Board declares intention to form SFID

Jul 20, 2016, 5:45 a.m.

In preparing for a potential general obligation bond on the November ballot, the Solana Beach School Board on July 14 declared its intention to form a school facilities improvement district. There is a standing agreement between the school district and land developer Pardee Homes that precludes the district from including two neighborhoods in a bond initiative. The development agreements, which date back to 1998 and 2004, contain language that limits certain elections and tax measures until 10 years after the ...