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  • 'From fail to Yale': Sunset graduate overcame adversity to reach his goals

    'From fail to Yale': Sunset graduate overcame adversity to reach his goals

    When Torrey Pines High School teacher Don Collins wanted to teach students a lesson in resiliency, he could think of no better instructor than his former student at Sunset High School, Nick Gulino. Now 25, the same trouble-making kid who was kicked out of his geometry class so many times the principal...

  • Beth Am celebrates the completion of its campus

    Beth Am celebrates the completion of its campus

    Thirty-five years after its humble beginnings in a converted tire store in Solana Beach, Congregation Beth Am has finally completed its Carmel Valley campus home. The renovation of the synagogue on Del Mar Heights Road took Beth Am from 11,000 square feet of modified portables to 21,000 square...

  • Residents fighting removal of 74 trees from Carmel Mission Park

    Residents fighting removal of 74 trees from Carmel Mission Park

    Opposition has grown as more Carmel Valley residents have become aware of SDG&E’s plan to remove 74 trees from Carmel Mission Park. Over the last few weeks, 1,256 people have signed a petition on change.org to “Protect endangered Torrey Pines and stop the power company from destroying San Diego.”...

  • SDUHSD selects map for district elections

    SDUHSD selects map for district elections

    The San Dieguito Union High School District board has selected the map that will transform the district from an at-large election method to by-trustee voting areas. The board voted unanimously in favor of the “Cranberry 1” map Dec. 14, one of eight map options under consideration. The two Cranberry...

  • Kristin Gibson is new DMUSD board president

    Kristin Gibson is new DMUSD board president

    The Del Mar Union School District board elected Kristin Gibson to serve as the new president at its Dec. 13 meeting. Gibson steps into the leadership role held by Doug Rafner for the last five years. “Five years went by very quick,” Rafner said. “Three of us are moving onto our eighth year on the...

  • SD City Council approves recreation council change

    SD City Council approves recreation council change

    San Diego City Council voted 5-4 Dec. 13 to amend the recreation council fee schedule, taking away the recreation councils’ ability to collect funds and adding oversight to how those city funds are spent. All 52 San Diego recreation councils’ special use permits that give them the authority to...

  • SD City Council fails to pass short-term rental regulation

    SD City Council fails to pass short-term rental regulation

    San Diego City Council did not to take any action on short-term vacation rental regulations at a hearing that stretched for most of the day on Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to past 8 p.m. Council members heard over 200 public comments for and against the two proposed regulations on the table and saw three...

  • Torrey Hills students get real-life insight as they design 'tiny house'

    Torrey Hills students get real-life insight as they design 'tiny house'

    Mia Roseberry, the executive director of Wounded Warrior Homes visited Torrey Hills Elementary School sixth graders on Dec. 7 to speak about how her San Marcos nonprofit is making a difference through providing transitional housing for veterans. Roseberry’s visit was meant to inspire students who...

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