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Solana Beach School District

EducationSolana Beach School District seeks firms for reconstruction, modernization projects

Apr 27, 2016, 8:14 a.m.

If Solana Beach School District receives the required funding, two of its oldest schools will receive much needed improvements. The school board on April 21 unanimously gave district staff the green light to advertise a request for qualifications from construction firms for the reconstruction of Skyline School and the modernization of Solana Highlands School. As part of the long-range facilities master planning process, the district identified capital improvement projects districtwide. The district initiated the process in 2011 and the completed ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach to update Seascape Sur stairway

Apr 27, 2016, 6 a.m.

In an effort to prevent an emergency closure of the Seascape Sur public access stairway, the Solana Beach City Council on April 13 approved a professional services agreement with Noble Consultants to design repairs for the more than two decade old structure. “We concluded the stairs are safe and that’s why they’re still open,” said City Engineer Mo Sammak. “They have plenty of life left in them. However, they do require a major maintenance program.” Built in 1995, the stairway ...

Torrey Pines Gay-Straight Alliance students with representatives from the Human Rights Campaign San Diego at Rainbow Week. Courtesy photo

Rainbow Week at TPHS in Carmel Valley promotes understanding of differences

Apr 24, 2016, 6 a.m.

With its second annual Rainbow Week, Torrey Pines High School promoted a campus of acceptance, kindness and respect for all students. Organized by the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Rainbow Week was full of activities and discussions aimed at making the school a safe place for people of all genders and sexuality through education and awareness. “Rainbow Week is valuable because it takes Torrey Pines away from the feeling of being ‘us versus them’ and brings us together as a community,” ...

Seawalls protecting coastal bluffs from erosion on the south end of Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach.

Solana BeachSolana Beach approves seawall study

Apr 21, 2016, 8:07 a.m.

Solana Beach is sending the California Coastal Commission a study that determined how much property owners should compensate the public for beach that is lost when seawalls are constructed to protect private property atop eroding bluffs. In a 3-1 vote, the City Council on April 13 adopted the draft public recreation impact fee study and related local coastal program land use plan amendment. “I really appreciate the engagement from everybody, the comments that people have made,” said Mayor David Zito, ...

Pedestrian in Del Mar hit by train

Apr 16, 2016, 6 a.m.

A person walking on the tracks in Del Mar was hit by a train and taken to a hospital, but the victim's condition was unknown and sheriff's detectives were trying to determine whether this was an attempted suicide. It occurred at 7:50 p.m. Friday, April 15, at mile post marker 244.4 on the bluffs of Del Mar, according to San Diego County Sheriff's Sgt. J. King. A northbound Coaster train was traveling about 50 mph when the engineer saw a ...

Peggy Walker with Assemblywoman Toni Atkins

Solana BeachSolana Beach advocate honored for promoting healthy lifestyles, fighting drug use

Apr 8, 2016, 12:25 p.m.

Whether through her work or with her free time, Solana Beach’s Peggy Walker has passionately promoted healthy lifestyles and fought drug use in the community for years. Recently named one of the 78th Assembly District’s 2016 “Woman of the Year” honorees by California Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins, Walker’s community service was celebrated during a March 18 awards ceremony in San Diego. “It’s a huge honor to be recognized by your community,” Walker said. “I’ve lived here for a long ...

Solana Beach's first mayor, Margaret Schlesinger, in 2006.

Solana BeachAssemblywoman posthumously honors first mayor of Solana Beach

Apr 8, 2016, 12:16 p.m.

Although Solana Beach recently lost its first mayor, Margaret Schlesinger’s memory lives on. Recognizing her impact on the community, California Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins posthumously honored Schlesinger as one of the 78th Assembly District’s 2016 “Woman of the Year” honorees March 18 in a local celebration of Women’s History Month. Schlesinger died Feb. 9 at the age of 80. “Solana Beach might not even be a city without former Mayor Schlesinger, and her leadership on the City Council was ...

Darwin Berg

Solana Beach resident Darwin Berg to be honored with Faculty Excellence Award

Apr 8, 2016, 6 a.m.

They guide students along educational and career pathways; they reshape our concepts of the world around us; and they advance creative solutions to address social disparity. Solana Beach resident and UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Biology Darwin Berg will be among the six UC San Diego faculty members honored at the 42nd annual Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards for going above and beyond to make a positive impact in their teaching, research and service. The recognition ceremony will be ...

Solana Beach School District

EducationSolana Beach School District’s classified employees form union

Apr 5, 2016, 8:30 a.m.

After months of grassroots efforts, classified employees of the Solana Beach School District have officially established a labor union. Formally called the Solana Beach Association of Support Professionals, or SBASP, the district officially recognized the organization in a letter dated March 17. “It was a long battle,” said Robin Park, an instructional aide in the special education department at Solana Vista School. Spearheaded by Park, a number of classified staff members expressed interest in forming a labor union after nearly ...

PALS president and vice president Avery Spicker and Chelsea Barrows with Teen Trouble Balloons.
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TPHS holds Yellow Ribbon Week to erase stigma of mental illness, prevent suicide

Apr 3, 2016, 10:33 a.m.

As part of an art installation on the Torrey Pines High School campus last week, there were 263 music notes crowding the window of the media center. The notes were meant to represent the fact that one in 10 high school students suffer with mental health challenges — there are 2,633 students at Torrey Pines, which means more than 263 students may be experiencing a personal struggle. “Each music note here represents one of us with a troubled mind right ...

Thief steals two iPads from Solana Beach store

Mar 31, 2016, 5:33 p.m.

Authorities sought a brazen thief March 31 who ran off with two pricey iPads from an AT&T store in Solana Beach. Images of the suspect in the theft of a silver iPad Air 2 and gold iPad mini 4 from the cell phone store in the Solana Beach Town Center on Solana Hills Drive, just south of Lomas Santa Fe, were captured on surveillance video. The man ran off with the tablets while an employee was assisting a customer around ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach to explore Marine Safety Center options

Mar 31, 2016, 8:54 a.m.

Solana Beach is set to study whether it’s more feasible to restore or rebuild the Marine Safety Center at Fletcher Cove, or perhaps, temporarily rehome the lifeguard department. “My first priority is the rehabilitation of this historical facility, and my second priority is the rehabilitation of this facility, so I think you get the point,” Councilman Mike Nichols said during the March 23 meeting. “There’s a lot of history here.” Constructed in the 1940s, the Marine Safety Center has served ...

Scholarship recipients Tim Holdsworth and Shea Irwin with Corresponding Secretary Cindi Clemons.

Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society offers scholarships to graduating seniors

Mar 22, 2016, 6 a.m.

Solana Beach high school seniors searching for scholarships can apply to a local organization for support. For the third year, the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society is offering scholarships to local college-bound students. Two $1,000 one-time awards are available. “We wanted to give back to the community,” said Pat Coad, chairwoman of the society’s education committee. “Since we do civic and historical work, we felt that giving back to kids in the community ... would honor them in some ...

Water rate increase for Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach district moves closer to final adoption

Mar 21, 2016, 6 a.m.

The Santa Fe Irrigation District is closer to adoption of its first rate increase since 2013, now that a divided board of directors has voted to set a public hearing on a rate plan that would generate a maximum of 9 percent in increased revenue for each of the next three years. At its meeting on Thursday, March 17, the board voted 3-2, with directors Greg Gruzdowich and Marlene King opposed, to set a public hearing on the rate plan ...