Solana Beach

Solana BeachSolana Beach council appoints citizens to commissions

Feb 4, 2016, 6 a.m.

The Solana Beach City Council appointed a number of citizens to commissions during the Jan. 27 meeting. Approximately half of the city’s citizen commission members’ two-year term appointments expire every January, according to the staff report. Four commissions had 13 scheduled vacancies at the end of January 2016. There was also an unscheduled vacancy on the Public Arts Commission due to a recent resignation. Additionally, there were seven openings available for appointment on the newly created Climate Action Commission. “Thank ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach leader participates in climate talks in Paris

Jan 27, 2016, 11:07 a.m.

Although the second smallest city in San Diego County, Solana Beach had its very own representative during the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris. Also known as the 21st Conference of Parties or COP21, the Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 climate talks brought people from 196 countries together to discuss saving the planet. Among them was Solana Beach Deputy Mayor Peter Zahn, who praised the historic climate change agreement that was approved. “A lot of us are very ...

Solana Beach School District

Solana BeachSolana Beach School District surveys voters on bond feasibility

Jan 27, 2016, 7:30 a.m.

A few hundred people were recently surveyed to help the Solana Beach School District decide whether to place a general obligation bond on the ballot this year. Encinitas-based True North Research conducted the poll throughout December. Although the results are still being analyzed, the school board received a status report on the poll during the Jan. 14 meeting. Of the 19,433 likely voters in the district’s boundaries, 300 people were randomly selected to participate in the poll. Interviews were conducted ...

Every student at Solana Vista participated in Science Discovery Day this year.

EducationSolana Vista students discover science on Science Discovery Day

Jan 26, 2016, 7:30 a.m.

Solana Vista Elementary students recently became scientists for a day. In an ongoing effort to get students excited about science, the Solana Beach school on Jan. 15 partnered with Mad Science of San Diego to bring hands-on workshops and assemblies to students. “Children are naturally curious about the world around them, so we want to give them opportunities to explore that curiosity,” said Stephanie Anastasopoulos, Solana Beach School District’s teacher on special assignment for STREAM Integration. STREAM stands for science, ...

Water board for Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach suspends penalties for customers, raises employee pay

Jan 22, 2016, 9:39 a.m.

Customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District will no longer face penalties for using more than their monthly allotment of water, after the district's board of directors voted to suspend a controversial water allocation program. The district established the allocation program — a form of water rationing — for the first time in its 93-year history in May, following a state mandate that the agency cut its water use by 36 percent, or face daily fines of up to $10,000. ...

Solana BeachReport determines beach’s recreational value

Jan 22, 2016, 6 a.m.

Solana Beach recently released a draft report that considers the recreational value of the beach to calculate how much property owners should compensate the public for space that is lost when sea walls are constructed to protect private property. Solana Beach started working on the fee study in 2008, determining fees to mitigate the impacts of sea walls on sand and recreational opportunities. While developing a Land Use Plan in 2010, the city agreed to use the California Coastal Commission’s ...

Del Mar to soon have its first brewery

Jan 20, 2016, 9:24 a.m.

Despite an appeal from a council member, the Del Mar City Council on Jan. 19 declined to schedule a de novo public hearing and upheld the Design Review Board’s conditional approval of Vigilante Brewing Company along the banks of the San Dieguito Lagoon. The beer manufacturing facility, tasting room and restaurant will be located at 2201 San Dieguito Drive, the former site of bread basket manufacturer Eucalyptus Stoneware. The Design Review Board on Nov. 18 conditionally approved an administrative design ...

Solana Beach bans medical marijuana

Jan 19, 2016, 8:49 a.m.

Solana Beach has banned medical marijuana cultivation, deliveries and dispensaries. The City Council on Jan. 13 voted unanimously to prohibit all three medical marijuana distribution methods throughout the city. The city needed to take action before March, when laws passed last year by the California State Legislature would allow the state to step in and regulate medical marijuana. In recent weeks, cities throughout San Diego County have adopted new rules or strengthened ordinances already in place to maintain local control ...

Reward offered for suspected Solana Beach credit card thieves

Jan 16, 2016, 9:16 a.m.

A reward of up to $1,000 was offered recently for information that leads to the arrest of two people who stole a credit card from an unlocked car in Solana Beach and attempted to use it at a Wal-Mart store in San Diego. One of the suspects took the credit card out of a car parked at a condominium complex in the 900 block of Via Mil Cumbres near Lomas Santa Fe in Solana Beach sometime between 9 p.m. Dec. ...

Artist rendering of the proposed indoor concert venue at fairgrounds.
Courtesy rendering

Del Mar Fairgrounds continues to mull concert venue

Jan 13, 2016, 7:16 a.m.

The agency that runs the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds is continuing to investigate a proposal to convert an under-performing satellite wagering center into a 1,900-seat concert venue with a craft beer tasting room, restaurants and other amenities. Artist renderings and draft floor plans for the new venue — which would cost an estimated $10 million to $15 million to construct — were unveiled Tuesday, Jan. 12, at a meeting of the 22nd District Agricultural Association. The district has been investigating ...

Crime cases and arrests/citations in the Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach area in December 2015

Jan 10, 2016, 6 a.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 to the San Diego County’s Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS) by Jan. 5, 2016 for the month of December 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 16 ...

Former professor and his Del Mar-based corporation charged with fraud

Jan 9, 2016, 10:40 a.m.

A former research professor at the University of California San Diego and his Del Mar-based corporation were charged in federal court Jan. 7 with fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in government grants and contracts. Dr. Homayoun Karimabadi, 56, and his company, SciberQuest Inc., were arraigned on wire fraud and criminal forfeiture charges. SciberQuest entered a guilty plea and Karimabadi is scheduled to enter a deferred prosecution agreement on Jan. 15. The deferred prosecution is an agreement between the defendant and ...

Del Mar Fairgrounds CEO inducted into WFA Hall of Fame

Jan 7, 2016, 10:07 a.m.

The 22nd District Agricultural Association General Manager and CEO, Timothy J. Fennell was inducted into the Western Fairs Association (WFA) Hall of Fame during the awards celebration at the WFA Convention and Trade Show held Jan. 3-6 in Anaheim, Calif. The prestigious award is presented annually to individuals whose dedicated efforts have enriched the tradition of fairs and encouraged the professionalism of the industry. WFA is a non-profit trade association serving the Fair industry in the Western United States and ...

L-R: Rachel Oberst, Ashley Kowack, Mandy Hannan, Cali Cubel, Kayla Weisenberger, Katie Haller, Shannon Sanmillan, Kylee Steele, Peyton Steele, Emma Dudley
Missing from picture: Anna Bliss, Gemma Luther, Grace See

Santa Fe Christian Girls Varsity Basketball team organizes school-wide outreach to help local families

Jan 2, 2016, 6 a.m.

Santa Fe Christian Girls Varsity Basketball teamed up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito to help make this a special holiday for families in Solana Beach. The SFC girls organized a school-wide outreach by collecting food items, donations from supportive students and parents, and then purchased and sorted groceries for families in the community. Matt Hannan, principal at SFC, and the school ASB (Associated Student Body) also donated proceeds from several school events, to help with this ...