Solana Beach

Joel Tapia is having an eventful year, which includes his appointment as principal of Solana Vista School.

EducationNew Solana Vista principal decided early to pursue education career

Aug 27, 2015, 8 a.m.

It’s been an exciting year for Joel Tapia. He started a doctorate program, got married and recently learned he and his wife are expecting their first child. Tapia was also appointed as the new principal of Solana Vista School. “It’s an exciting change, but at the same time, it’s not a drastic change,” Tapia said about his new position. “There’s already so much good happening here.” Tapia replaced Lisa Platt, who retired at the end of the 2014-15 school year. ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach council disbands safety commission

Aug 27, 2015, 8 a.m.

Despite protest from commissioners, the Solana Beach City Council decommissioned the city’s Public Safety Commission during its Aug. 25 meeting. Established in 1998, the commission has acted in an advisory capacity to the council and city manager on matters pertaining to the creation, operation, maintenance, use management and control of crime and traffic safety programs. Although initially formed with 11 members, in 2008, the commission was cut to seven members serving in an advisory role regarding public safety. When the ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach Community Center holds open house Sept. 9

Aug 26, 2015, 12:54 p.m.

The community is invited to the Solana Beach Community Senior Center’s 29th Annual Open House from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 9 at Debin Hall, on the campus of the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Come to learn about a wide variety of services available to you and your neighbors! Enjoy beautiful Hawaiian dancers and music by Tropical Breeze, a free lunch, door prizes and more! Come celebrate a great “kickoff” to the center’s 29th season. For information, call 858-509-2587. The church ...

Earl Warren’s “Seahawk Village” will serve as the interim campus for the next two years. Photo by Karen Billing

EducationStudents return to ‘cozy’ relocatable village as Earl Warren campus in Solana Beach undergoes construction

Aug 26, 2015, 9:24 a.m.

Earl Warren Middle School’s “Seahawk Village” welcomed students back to school on Aug. 25. The village of relocatable buildings will be Earl Warren students’ home for two years as the 61-year-old school undergoes a complete renovation. The new beachy school campus is expected to be completed in fall 2017. “It’s hard to imagine that a relocatable village could turn out to be a cozy, stimulating, roomy and amazing facility,” said San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) trustee Joyce Dalessandro. ...

The Coastal Commission recently unveiled an interpretive panel honoring its founder at a trail overlooking the San Dieguito Lagoon.

NewsCoastal Commission dedicates interpretive panel at lagoon to its founder

Aug 25, 2015, 1:30 p.m.

The California Coastal Commission recently unveiled an interpretive panel honoring its founder, the late Peter Douglas, at a trail entrance overlooking the San Dieguito Lagoon off San Andres Drive in Solana Beach. For more than a quarter century, Douglas fought to preserve the state’s 1,100-mile shoreline. He was the principal author of the grass-roots proposition that created the California Coastal Commission in 1972 and led to the subsequent Coastal Act in 1976. Douglas later served as the executive director of ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach hires new director of community development

Aug 24, 2015, 6 a.m.

The city of Solana Beach is proud to announce the hiring of Bill Chopyk as the new director of community development. Chopyk has more than 30 years of experience in city planning and community development. He joins the city of Solana Beach from the city of La Mesa, where he served as the community development director for more than eight years. Chopyk is active regionally where he has participated on many San Diego Association of Government planning boards and has ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach entrepreneur ready for new growth after business leadership program

Aug 20, 2015, 8 a.m.

Although his business has been a staple of Solana Beach for several years, John Stein’s company is now on the fast track to an even brighter future. As the owner of Kirei USA, Stein was recently selected to participate in Accion Fast Track, a new business leadership program offered by global nonprofit organization Accion International. “The program gives our clients access to additional support, advice and resources so that they can meet their growth goals,” said Valery Belloso, chief business ...

Del MarSolana Beach Schools Foundation donates more than $100K to district

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

With school almost back in session, the Solana Beach Schools Foundation recently donated funds to help cover the costs of the past school year. On behalf of the Solana Beach School District, the school board on Aug. 13 unanimously accepted more than $100,000 in donations from the district-wide nonprofit. “We are grateful to all our parents and the greater community for supporting us with their donations,” said Patti Malmuth, executive director of the foundation. Founded in 1987, the Solana Beach ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach volunteer needed to serve on Parks and Recreation Citizen Commission

Aug 14, 2015, 6 a.m.

Solana Beach residents are encouraged to apply for an open vacancy on the City’s Citizen Commission. The Parks & Recreation Commission is seeking one person to fulfill the remaining period of a current term which will expire January 2017. Applications are being accepted until Aug. 18, 2015 at City Hall. For more information, contact City Hall (858-720-2400) or

Mariana Duran-Perez, 13, with her brother, Azael Gonzalez, 7. Mariana has participated in the Casa de Amistad program since she was in first grade. “I’m grateful that the tutors are there,” she says of the volunteers.

EducationArt showcase testifies to fun of Casa de Amistad’s summer program

Aug 13, 2015, 8 a.m.

Although school is out for the summer, local students have been busy learning at Solana Beach’s Casa de Amistad. When the organization’s two-week summer enrichment program came to a close last week, students shared their art, music, photography and writing work during a student showcase Aug. 6 at La Colonia Community Center. “I believe that all kids should have access to arts,” said Nicole Mione-Green, program director of Casa de Amistad, a Solana Beach organization that fosters education and character ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach Scout Troop visits Sierras

Aug 13, 2015, 6 a.m.

Boy Scout Troop 782 of Solana Beach just completed an eight-day trans-Sierra backpacking trek starting at Mineral King in Sequoia National Park and finishing 60 miles later at Whitney Portal, reaching the 14,505-foot summit on Aug. 1. This trek required months of training, and was more difficult than the usual loops most troops do, since the only way home was to press on to the Portal. Highlights included the Kern River Hot Springs, meeting fellow backpackers, and the search for ...

On the 13-member crew were Jim Kirkpatrick, Jay Davis, Jim Smith, Alex Jacobs, Cole Fargo, Dave Gould, Dean Fargo, Chuck Skewes, Steve Harvey, Erica Swensson, Zac Schramm, John Chamberlain and Rod Salazar. Photo courtesy Sharon Green/

Solana BeachFor Solana Beach’s Second Wind, first attempt at Transpac race yields victory

Aug 11, 2015, 9:34 a.m.

Although the Solana Beach yacht “Second Wind” has competed in several races, it didn’t truly hit its stride until co-owners Dean Fargo and John Chamberlain took home a trophy from the 48th annual Transpacific Yacht Race. Fargo and Chamberlain’s Swan 651 was the Division Six winner of the Transpac, a biennial offshore yacht race that was established in 1906. “We entered it with a goal of finishing. To win is unbelievable,” said Chamberlain, a Solana Beach resident since 1979. “This ...

EventsState legislative rep at Solana Beach Library Aug. 13

Aug 8, 2015, 6 a.m.

Myrna Zambrano, special assistant to Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, will make her monthly visit to the Solana Beach Library from 10-11 a.m. Aug. 13. She will be available to assist with state issues the public may have, and to welcome suggestions for changes to state laws. The library is at 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach.

(L-R) “Top Male Athlete” Carter Reeves with Andy Schade. Courtesy photo

SportsSolana Beach youth wins ‘Top Male Athlete’ honor at state junior lifeguards’ competition

Aug 4, 2015, 7:30 a.m.

A Solana Beach student recently ranked as one of the state’s top junior lifeguards. Carter Reeves, 15, was honored as “Top Male Athlete” of the Junior Lifeguards’ competition at the 2015 California State Games on July 16 at Coronado Central Beach. “I was really surprised,” Carter said. “I was not expecting that because there were a lot of good athletes there.” Carter joined the Solana Beach Junior Lifeguards when he was 9 years old. Open to children ages 7 to ...