Solana Beach

Solana BeachSolana Beach City Council approves revised Eden Gardens project

Mar 2, 2015, 9 a.m.

After a year and a half and multiple redesigns, the Solana Beach City Council on Feb. 25 approved an Eden Gardens mixed-use development that aims to transform an abandoned lot at 636 Valley Ave. into office space and three townhomes. “I’d really like to thank the applicants for sticking with this,” said Deputy Mayor David Zito. “It’s a very, very interesting process at times, and I think you’ve been very persistent. It’s great to see people make adjustments and come ...

Del MarFormer Del Mar Mayor appointed to 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors

Feb 27, 2015, 5:37 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed former Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu and Encinitas farmer Pierre Sleiman to the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors on Feb. 27. A Del Mar resident for more than 30 years, Haydu, 66, was elected to the Del Mar City Council in 2010. She served as mayor of the city from 2013 to 2014 and deputy mayor the previous year. “I’m honored to be appointed by the governor,” said Haydu, who while on the council, ...

Carmel Valley‘Optimistic’ attitude wins contest for Carmel Valley Middle School student

Feb 27, 2015, 8 a.m.

Although a new member of Carmel Valley Middle School’s Junior Optimist Club, Alyssa Cho is already sharing her optimism with her school and greater community. Alyssa, 14, is the recent winner of the Optimist International Essay Contest at the club level. “I was really excited that I won,” said Alyssa, an eighth- grader at Carmel Valley Middle School. “Winning a contest is really exciting. It was also a topic I was really interested in.” This year’s essay prompt was “Optimism ...

Easter Seals Southern California plans to launch Early Head Start programs in Escondido, Poway, Ramona, Borrego Springs, Encinitas and Solana Beach.

Solana BeachEaster Seals Southern California to launch Early Head Start programs in Solana Beach, Encinitas

Feb 27, 2015, 8 a.m.

Low-income families will soon have more early-childhood education opportunities in North San Diego County. Easter Seals Southern California recently received a $2.1 million federal grant to operate new Early Head Start child care centers, in partnership with local child care providers. “We’re looking to partner with child care agencies to expand and enhance the services that are currently being given to infants and toddlers,” said Betty Reckard, vice president of child development centers at Easter Seals Southern California, which serves ...

EducationSan Dieguito school district considers ending bus transportation for students

Feb 26, 2015, 8 a.m.

The San Dieguito Union High School District is considering eliminating bus service in the 2015-16 school year because of declining ridership and cost concerns. A survey will go out to district parents to gather input before any final recommendations are made for next year, according to Eric Dill, associate superintendent of business services. According to the board report given at a Feb. 5 budget workshop, the district is considering eliminating middle school transportation and high school shuttles and re-deploying the ...

Forming a line outside the store, shoppers eagerly waited for HomeGoods to open its doors for the first time at 4 p.m. Feb. 20 in Solana Beach.

Solana BeachHomeGoods opens in Solana Beach

Feb 26, 2015, 6 a.m.

Forming a line outside the store, shoppers eagerly waited for HomeGoods to open its doors for the first time at 4 p.m. Feb. 20 in Solana Beach. The new store welcomed customers during the soft opening, in preparation for its grand opening two days later on Sunday. Located in Lomas Santa Fe Plaza, the 25,000-square-foot store offers a variety of products, including furniture, rugs, lamps, kitchen and dining, bedding and bath, kids décor, toys, pet goods and storage. The location ...

Fletcher Cove Community Center

Solana BeachOne year after vote to expand public use, Fletcher Cove center grows more popular

Feb 25, 2015, 8 a.m.

The cliff-top center that once divided the Solana Beach community has since become an increasingly popular place for private events. This month marks one year since Solana Beach voters narrowly approved a measure that eased restrictions on private parties at Fletcher Cove Community Center. Proposition B was adopted by nearly 51 percent of voters, with 1,947 “Yes” votes and 1,875 “No” votes during a special election Feb. 11, 2014. Under the new rules, the city began accepting reservations in mid-March ...

EducationSan Dieguito school district: Process already exists to allow change of teachers

Feb 25, 2015, 7:40 a.m.

Earlier this month, several San Dieguito Union School District parents requested that the district consider allowing students to move out of class if there is a clear personality conflict or if a teacher is not living up to the standards of the district. The parents, who said they had experiences with district teachers where their students’ educations “suffered beyond repair,” proposed a fair process with restrictions, such as allowing the change only if there is space and only within the ...

Solana Beach Schools Foundation Board

EducationSolana Beach Schools Foundation donates more than $260,000 to district

Feb 24, 2015, 8 a.m.

Thanks to the Solana Beach Schools Foundation, local students will continue to learn much more than reading, writing and arithmetic. On behalf of the Solana Beach School District, the school board on Feb. 11 accepted more than $260,000 in donations from the district-wide nonprofit. “We’re happy to be able to support the kids in this district in any way that we can,” said Patti Malmuth, executive director of the foundation, in an interview. Founded in 1987, the Solana Beach Schools ...

EducationSan Dieguito school district board approves cost of classroom work at Torrey Pines High School

Feb 23, 2015, 9 a.m.

At its Feb. 19 meeting, the San Dieguito Union High School District approved a guaranteed maximum price of $3.1 million from Erickson Hall Construction Company for the construction of general classrooms at Torrey Pines High School. The work is funded through Proposition AA funds. The decision was not unanimous; the vote was 3-2, with trustees John Salazar and Mo Muir voting against it. Salazar opposed the contract with Erickson Hall, as it had contributed $15,000 to the district’s Prop AA ...

Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach water district approves study on potentially new, drought-proof water supply

Feb 20, 2015, 8:46 a.m.

The Santa Fe Irrigation District’s Board of Directors approved launching a concept study to evaluate using Advanced Water Purification techniques to take recycled wastewater to an extremely high level of purification so that it could potentially be used for potable water. The study will identify and evaluate opportunities and challenges associated with the development of this drought-proof, local water supply. The $120,000 study cost is being shared equally by the Santa Fe Irrigation District, the San Dieguito Water District (SDWD) ...

The San Dieguito Union School District's enrollment study group at work on Feb. 17.

EducationSan Dieguito school district enrollment study group work complete; public meetings to follow

Feb 20, 2015, 7:30 a.m.

The San Dieguito Union School District’s high school enrollment study group met for the final time on Feb. 17, handing off their months of work and discussion to the district, which will be tasked with taking the next step of public input and decision-making. For the first time, the enrollment study group’s meeting was open to the public. Superintendent Rick Schmitt said he made the decision to open the committee’s meeting in response to community suggestions that they should be ...

Solana Beach School District

Solana BeachSolana Beach school board sends well wishes to ailing member Doug Perkins of Del Mar

Feb 18, 2015, 7:30 a.m.

The Solana Beach School board offered well wishes to a member of the county’s school board “family” during its Feb. 11 board meeting. Doug Perkins, who served on the Del Mar Union School District board for the past six years, suffered a stroke Feb. 8 and was taken to the intensive care unit at Scripps Memorial Hospital. His wife of more than 20 years, Carolyn, and children have updated family, friends and the greater community on his condition via CaringBridge, ...

Solana Beach City Council

Solana BeachPay raise to be considered for Solana Beach Council members

Feb 18, 2015, 7:15 a.m.

The Solana Beach City Council could get a bump in pay in the future. Currently, council members receive a monthly stipend of $712.58, an amount that hasn’t been increased since 2008. Council members previously received $593.82 each month. At the request of Mayor Lesa Heebner at the Feb. 11 meeting, council members will discuss the possibility of approving a raise at a future meeting. Because Solana Beach is a small city, Heebner said council members have a larger workload. “What ...