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EducationSan Dieguito Union High School District prepares for next Prop AA draw

Jan 22, 2015, 9:54 a.m.

The San Dieguito Union High School District board is scheduled to make several decisions on its second Prop AA bond draw in the coming months. The district plans to issue the second bond draw of $125 million in the spring. From the first $160 million bond draw in 2013, several Prop AA projects have been completed or are in progress at all district schools: construction of Pacific Trails Middle School is under way for a fall opening in Pacific Highlands ...

Shawna Anderson, principal planner with the San Dieguito River Park JPA, left, and Trish Boaz, executive director of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, say the boardwalk along the river should remain where it is.

Del MarFate of boardwalk near San Dieguito River under debate

Jan 22, 2015, 9:41 a.m.

On April 7, 2007, a “mammoth work party” of 50 Del Mar Rotary Club volunteers and a few experienced contractors laid down the planks for a 1,200-foot-long boardwalk at the southern edge of the Del Mar Fairgrounds property, along the San Dieguito River. “It was a sight to behold,” said Bob Fuchs, one of the Rotarians who took part in the one-day project to complete the boardwalk. The idea was to create a path where people could stroll near the ...

L-R: Kirusha Lanski, Lukas Loy and Weston Harmer won first, second and third place, respectively, in the Earl Warren Middle School National Geographic Bee recently.

Solana BeachSolana Beach's Earl Warren geography bee winners know their places

Jan 20, 2015, 8:25 a.m.

Although some might be hard-pressed to locate Kenya on a map, eighth-grader Kirusha Lanski was able to correctly answer the question: “National Geographic explorer Shivani Bhalla works with warriors in the local Samburu community to protect lions south of Lake Turkana in which African country?” With that answer, he won the annual Earl Warren Middle School National Geographic Bee on Jan. 15. “I was surprised I won,” Kirusha said. “But I’m excited to try and go on to the next ...

After releasing doves as part of Solana Beach’s Veterans Day ceremony, county and city officials broke ground on the Veterans Honor Courtyard at La Colonia Park.

Solana BeachSolana Beach council rejects construction bids for Veterans Honor Courtyard

Jan 19, 2015, 8 a.m.

Although city and county officials broke ground on a courtyard that will honor past, present and future services members in November, the project has since stalled. The Solana Beach City Council rejected the project bids as part of the Jan. 14 consent calendar, a list of items approved with a single vote and no discussion, but Councilman Mike Nichols noted he was disappointed that the bids were “nearly double” what the architect’s estimate had anticipated for the project. “We were ...

Doug Gibson, executive director and principal scientist with the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner, Supervisor Dave Roberts and Joe Balla, director of the George and Betty Harbaugh Charitable Foundation. Photo by Kristina Houck

Solana BeachHarbaugh Seaside Trails is new name for Solana Beach’s Gateway property

Jan 14, 2015, 10:17 a.m.

A Solana Beach coastal property that had long been pursued by developers is now a park named Harbaugh Seaside Trails, thanks to a $1.15 million donation to help preserve the parcel. “I can’t believe this is happening,” said Margaret Schelsinger, Solana Beach’s first mayor. “It is just so wonderful. It’s a gift for the community.” Known as the Gateway property, the 3.44-acre parcel sits along the east side of Coast Highway 101, across from Cardiff State Beach and south of ...

Solana BeachMan who killed mother in Solana Beach gets sentenced

Jan 13, 2015, 11:56 a.m.

A mentally ill man who killed his mother with a hammer and partially dismembered her body in her Solana Beach home after she quit supporting him financially was sentenced in Vista today to 25 years to life in prison. Bryan Chang, 33, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder last October in the January 2010 death of 60-year-old Sherry Chu Chang. Jurors then determined that the defendant was sane at the time of the murder. Before handing a sentence this morning, Judge ...

‘Borderless’ by Amber Irwin incorporates pieces of the Berlin Wall, as do other art works in ‘Perspectives: The Berlin Wall’ at the Front Porch Gallery. Courtesy photo

Solana Beach‘Berlin Wall’ exhibit aims to break down other barriers

Jan 9, 2015, 8 a.m.

November marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To commemorate the occasion, two Solana Beach residents spearheaded an exhibit transforming history into art. “Perspectives: The Berlin Wall” features 18 artworks at Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad. Whether paintings or photos, mixed media or sculptures, all of the pieces in the exhibit use concrete chunks from the wall that once split Berlin into two cities, governed by what became East and West Germany. “This project is really ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach seeks citizens to serve on commissions

Jan 9, 2015, 6 a.m.

Solana Beach has several vacancies on its Citizen Commissions, which asks volunteers to serve on behalf of the City Council. Applications are being accepted until 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15. The council will make appointments at the Jan. 28 meeting. All terms will expire in January 2017. • Budget & Finance: This commission provides input to the council regarding the city’s operating budget. Three vacancies are available. Meets at 6:30 p.m. every third Thursday. • Parks & Recreation: This commission ...

Solana Beach$1 million donor secures controversial Gateway Park in Solana Beach

Jan 8, 2015, 9:21 a.m.

The 3-acre coastal property that had been fought over by commercial developers for decades — and then championed by residents so concerned about their community that it led to cityhood for Solana Beach — has been secured. It will forever be the people’s park. San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, host of this high-profile Gateway Park, has received a $1.15 million donation to protect this coastal overlook forever. Details of this announcement will be revealed at an on-site press conference Jan. 13. ...

NewsChristmas tree recycling tips; locations available in Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach

Dec 31, 2014, 8 a.m.

This year, after the presents are opened and the ornaments are removed from the once-sparkling Christmas tree, Waste Management of North County and Coast Waste Management invite residents to recycle their tree. “Christmas trees can do more than brighten the hearts of children this holiday season,” said Lori Somers of Waste Management. “Trees can be recycled and given back to nature in the form of mulch.” Residential customers may conveniently recycle their trees curbside as follows: Del Mar: Tree pick ...

Lesa Heebner

Solana BeachThird-time Mayor Lesa Heebner eager to enhance Solana Beach while maintaining community character

Dec 30, 2014, 8:10 a.m.

When Thomas Campbell recently retired from the City Council after 20 years of service to Solana Beach, Lesa Heebner became the city’s elected official with the oldest resume. “Tom’s been the anchor,” Heebner said. “Now he’s going and I’m the ‘elder’ — in all senses of the word — and I have to hold down the fort.” A Solana Beach resident since 1976, Heebner was first elected to the council in 2004. She served as mayor in 2007 and 2011, ...

Fletcher Cove Community Center

Solana Beach2014 in Solana Beach: A year in review

Dec 29, 2014, 9:28 a.m.

From holding a special election to welcoming a new council, Solana Beach has been busy in 2014. Here’s a look back on the seaside community’s top 10 stories of this year. Proposition B passes After more than two years of debate between Solana Beach residents who wanted to rent Fletcher Cove Community Center for private events and community members who feared adverse impacts from parties, voters narrowly approved a measure that eased restrictions on private functions at the facility during ...

Solana BeachWater use rises despite mandatory restrictions, according to Solana Beach water district report

Dec 25, 2014, 8 a.m.

Water use in the Santa Fe Irrigation District actually increased in October and November over the same period in 2013, despite mandatory water-use restrictions imposed over the summer, according to a report presented Thursday, Dec. 18. The lack of progress on water conservation by Santa Fe and other San Diego County water agencies has put a “bull’s-eye” on the region’s back, General Manager Michael Bardin told the Santa Fe Irrigation District Board of Directors at its monthly meeting. “The bottom-line ...

Ginger Marshall

Solana BeachNew Solana Beach Councilwoman Marshall ready to serve

Dec 24, 2014, 8:05 a.m.

With just a couple of weeks on the Solana Beach City Council and only one meeting under her belt, Councilwoman Ginger Marshall has already proven she has her own voice, voting against the majority twice. “I’m bringing my own ideas,” said Marshall in an interview before being sworn into office Dec. 10. “I really just want to see the city just focus on city issues.” Not just a fresh face, Marshall said she hopes to bring needed skills to the ...