Karen Billing

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  • Carmel Valley residents resist SDG&E's plans to cut down 75 trees

    Carmel Valley residents resist SDG&E's plans to cut down 75 trees

    Several Carmel Valley community members continue to rally against SDG&E’s plans to remove 75 trees in Carmel Mission Park. At the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board’s Jan. 25 meeting, the room was filled with residents who “cannot in good conscience let a single solitary tree get clear cut.”...

  • Two Mexican-inspired eateries to replace Crudo

    Two Mexican-inspired eateries to replace Crudo

    Several new restaurants are coming to the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch to replace the space left vacant by Crudo. Crudo shuttered in late 2017 after a little over a year and the Rise & Shine Restaurant Group which runs the Village’s Breakfast Republic across the way has announced plans to...

  • Parent working to bring transitional kindergarten back to Del Mar

    Parent working to bring transitional kindergarten back to Del Mar

    Del Mar parent Katherine Fitzpatrick is leading an effort to make transitional kindergarten available to all students in California who are age-eligible. Fitzpatrick addressed the Del Mar Union School District board at its Jan. 17 meeting, requesting that the board develop a plan to bring transitional...

  • Special education survey shows communication is key area of improvement

    Special education survey shows communication is key area of improvement

    At its latest meeting on Jan. 17, San Dieguito Union High School District’s special education task force reviewed the results of a student, staff and parent survey on the special education program. The Hanover Research survey’s greatest discrepancies came between special education parents and staff’s...

  • Local resident making an impact with San Diego Women's Foundation

    Local resident making an impact with San Diego Women's Foundation

    Carmel Valley's Joan Jones is making a difference at the San Diego Women's Foundation. She is also the executive director of the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation.

  • 'We are valuable': Solana Beach District teachers want salary increases, respect

    'We are valuable': Solana Beach District teachers want salary increases, respect

    Solana Beach School District teachers are going on over 100 days without a contract as negotiations continue between the district and the teachers union. While the two sides have made tentative agreements on several items in the contract, they appear to be “stuck” negotiating salary and benefits....

  • Cathedral Catholic's Brycen Newman named Dr Pepper Most Inspirational Player

    Cathedral Catholic's Brycen Newman named Dr Pepper Most Inspirational Player

    Brycen Newman, a Cathedral Catholic High School senior, recently received the 2017 Dr Pepper Most Inspirational Player Award. Brycen was presented with a $2,000 scholarship and honored on the field at the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28. The Dr Pepper Most Inspirational Player...

  • A celebration for Solana Highlands

    A celebration for Solana Highlands

    Solana Highlands Elementary School celebrated a ribbon cutting for its $7 million modernization at a school assembly filled with kids and parents on Jan. 12. The renovations included a new entry and administration offices, a new full-service kitchen and indoor food service, outdoor shade structures,...

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