Carmel Valley planning board elections set

Carmel Valley Community Planning Board will hold elections March 26 for seven neighborhood representative seats at the Carmel Valley Library. None of the seats is contested, although each candidate must receive one vote.

One new face will be on the ballot for Neighborhood 10: resident Anna Yentile, who has 10 years of experience in planning and works for the city of Encinitas. Yentile will be up for the seat vacated by longtime board member Laura Copic, who has termed out of the board.

Board member Nancy Novak, representative for Neighborhood 3, announced at the Feb. 26 meeting that she is resigning from her seat after six years of service. Ken Farinsky, a former board member, said he would be running again to take her place.

Other seats up for election include Neighborhood 1: Rick Newman; Neighborhood 5: Debbi Lokanc; Neighborhood 6: Chris Moore; Pacific Highlands Ranch Neighborhood 12: Jonathan Tedesco; and Investor Representative: Brian Brady.

Chair Frisco White announced he had accepted a resignation from Neighborhood 7 representative Steven Ross on Feb. 24 so that seat is now vacant. Neighborhood 7 is north of Del Mar Heights, the areas around Torrey Pines High School off Hartfield Drive and Lansdale Drive.

The election will be held from 6:15-6:45 p.m. March 26.

White also noted that new board bylaws are being updated, which will include a new seat representing the unrepresented city jurisdiction areas in the San Dieguito River Valley known as “subarea II.” The area includes Flower Hill Promenade, and communities along Via de la Valle such as Santa Fe Downs, neighborhoods around the San Diego Polo Field and Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, south of San Dieguito Road and west of Rancho Diegueno Road.

The new bylaws will also include a rule change regarding meeting excusals. Board members will no longer be excused from meetings; they will be dismissed if they miss three consecutive meetings or four meetings within 12 months.