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  • Date changed to March 25 for Carmel Valley 5K

    Date changed to March 25 for Carmel Valley 5K

    The date for the 6th Annual Pardee Homes Carmel Valley 5K and Fun Run has been moved back two weeks, from March 11 to Sunday, March 25. According to race director Katie Wilsey, they received notice from the city of San Diego and the police department that they would not be able to provide enough...

  • New Carmel Valley hotel proposes community amenities

    New Carmel Valley hotel proposes community amenities

    On Jan. 25 the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board reviewed plans for Costa Azul, a new development that includes an Element by Westin hotel, office building and restaurant on the corner of El Camino Real and Valley Centre Drive. The corner currently includes Hampton Inn, Residence Inn and San...

  • 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....

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