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Solana BeachSolana Beach selects new city manager

Apr 29, 2015, 7 p.m.

The Solana Beach City Council unanimously selected Greg Wade as the city’s new city manager in a closed session meeting on April 29. Wade currently serves as assistant city manager and community development director of the city of Imperial Beach. “We had some pretty big shoes to fill, and I think all of the applicants knew that,” said Mayor Lesa Heebner. “We needed a top-notch manager and we feel we’ve got one.” Wade will step in for interim City Manager ...

Student Bella Yates paints.

EducationSolana Beach art students open their hearts to help others

Apr 29, 2015, 9:06 a.m.

Using art, Solana Beach students are sharing their hearts to help heal others. Cardiff artist Gerrit Greve, founder and director of the Hearts for Healing Foundation, is working with students at Earl Warren Middle School to create art pieces that will be auctioned off to help support local health centers. “A lot of the paintings actually have a heart (in them) to remind the students who are working on it and anybody that looks at it that this is someone ...

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Solana BeachSearch for new Solana Beach city manager takes another step forward

Apr 28, 2015, 7:28 a.m.

Solana Beach is another step closer to appointing a new city manager. After months of interviews and meetings, the council has selected its final candidates. Mayor Lesa Heebner made the announcement at the April 22 meeting, after the council met in closed session to discuss the matter. “The city is now doing its due diligence on the finalists,” Heebner said. “We are cautiously optimistic that a new city manager will be appointed before the end of the fiscal year, and ...

Dr. Nancy Lynch

EducationSuperintendent Lynch to leave Solana Beach School District

Apr 27, 2015, 10:12 a.m.

After three years with the Solana Beach School District, Superintendent Nancy Lynch recently announced she is returning to Northern California to assume the role of superintendent of a Bay Area school district. “While I am excited about the opportunity to return to Northern California, it is very difficult for me to leave Solana Beach School District,” Lynch said in a letter to parents on April 21. “It has been an honor to serve as your superintendent. “Every day our students ...

NewsSolana Beach water district customers face tougher use rules, higher rates

Apr 25, 2015, 8 a.m.

Residents across California are looking at the prospect of higher water rates and tighter restrictions on water use as the state grapples with an ongoing drought now in its fourth year. The Santa Fe Irrigation District, which serves residents of Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch, will be required, along with water agencies around the state, to tighten its water-use policies and strengthen enforcement of violations. On top of the anticipated new restrictions, customers are likely to see ...

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Solana BeachDeveloper revises story-pole plan for Solana Beach apartment complex

Apr 22, 2015, 9 a.m.

After hearing the community’s concerns about a plan to install only 70 percent of the required story poles for the proposed redevelopment of an apartment complex, the developers introduced a new story pole plan during an April 15 workshop and site visit. About 40 people gathered to hear the revised plan at St. James Academy, next to Solana Highlands on South Nardo and Stevens avenues. “We had to be a little bit creative,” said project manager John La Raia. “There’s ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach to tighten regulations on RV parking

Apr 16, 2015, 8 a.m.

Solana Beach will soon have stricter regulations for parking recreational vehicles on city streets. In response to complaints regarding RVs parked on public property, the Solana Beach City Council on April 8 reviewed a draft ordinance that would further restrict parking. “I don’t personally like to over-regulate when not necessary, but the problem we have with our current ordinance is that it’s proven to be non-enforceable,” said Deputy Mayor David Zito. City code allows campers and motor homes to be ...

Solana BeachSuspect in Solana Beach abduction attempt posts bail

Apr 15, 2015, 3:20 p.m.

The man accused of trying to duct-tape and kidnap a 7-year-old girl at her Solana Beach school last month has posted bail. Jack Henry Doshay, 22, of Fairbanks Ranch, had been held without bail since his arrest April 1 in the alleged abduction attempt a week earlier. Doshay pleaded not guilty April 3 to charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment and child cruelty. He faces 11 years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors asked April 9 that Doshay be held on $2.5 ...

LifestyleSolana Beach dance students to compete in New York

Apr 15, 2015, 11:17 a.m.

Three students from the Ballet Arte Academy of Classical Ballet in Solana Beach placed within the top 12 in their individual age and Classical/Contemporary categories in the recent San Diego Regionals of the Youth America Grand Prix. As a result, they have qualified to compete this month in New York City for the Grand Prix finals. Robbie Downey, 16, placed in the top 12 in Classical/Contemporary in the regionals. She is hoping for scholarship or invitation opportunities from major ballet ...

Four girls are playing this year in the Solana Beach Little League’s AAA Division: Brielle Carre, Emma Levy, Peyton Johnson and Revere Schmidt.

SportsSolana Beach Little League upends stereotypes with four girls on AAA teams

Apr 15, 2015, 9:49 a.m.

Four local girls are proving baseball’s not just for boys. A record number of four girls are playing this year in the Solana Beach Little League’s AAA Division. Children ages 9-11 who demonstrate more advanced skills, coordination and understanding of the game are drafted into the AAA Division. “It’s really fun to have other girls in baseball when a lot of them play softball,” said 11-year-old Del Mar resident Brielle Carre. Having played the sport for five years, Brielle has ...

Holding a 20-foot-long “Save the Boardwalk” banner, several elected officials joined the effort to keep the San Dieguito boardwalk intact.

NewsCompromise saves nearly half of San Dieguito River boardwalk

Apr 15, 2015, 9:31 a.m.

After negotiations with the California Coastal Commission, supporters of the popular boardwalk that runs along the San Dieguito River were able to save a portion of it. The San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors voted 7-0 on April 8 to accept a compromise with the Coastal Commission, keeping a little less than half the structure in place. “We were between a rock and a hard place,” said Del Mar Councilman Don Mosier, who serves as chairman ...

Elizabeth Cramer envisions a community garden in a vacant property near the Cedros Design District.

Solana BeachIdea for community garden starting to sprout in Solana Beach

Apr 14, 2015, 8:37 a.m.

A new community garden may soon take root in Solana Beach. Solana Beach resident Elizabeth Cramer is working with the city to open a community garden at her family’s vacant property off the Cedros Design District. “I think there needs to be more community space,” Cramer said. Growing up in Solana Beach, Cramer began gardening at a young age. She didn’t realize how much she loved gardening, however, until she went to college in Washington, D.C., and discovered community gardens. ...

Solana BeachBail set for man accused of attempted abduction at Solana Beach school

Apr 10, 2015, 7:30 a.m.

Bail was set a $2.5 million April 9 for a man accused of trying to duct tape and kidnap a 7-year-old girl at her Solana Beach school last month. Jack Henry Doshay, 22, of Fairbanks Ranch, had been held without bail since his arrest April 1 in the alleged abduction attempt a week earlier. Prosecutors today asked that Doshay be held on $25 million bail. Vista Superior Court Judge William Gentry said that if Doshay posts the bail, he must ...

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EducationSolana Beach School District steps up security at Skyline, other schools

Apr 4, 2015, 6:30 a.m.

In response to the attempted abduction of a child at Skyline Elementary School, the Solana Beach School District is taking extra steps to ensure student safety. San Diego County Sheriff's officials announced April 2 the arrest of Jack Henry Doshay. The 22-year-old Fairbanks Ranch man was booked into the Vista Detention Facility late April 1 on charges of child cruelty, false imprisonment with violence and kidnapping in connection with the March 23 attempted abduction of a 7-year-old girl at Skyline ...