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  • Another rate hike coming for Santa Fe Irrigation District customers

    Customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District - which provides water to residents of Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch - will see their water bills rise on Jan. 1, the second rate hike to hit them in seven months. In May, the district approved a three-year rate plan that called...

  • Gun shows to stay at Del Mar Fairgrounds

    Gun shows still have a future at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The board of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds, discussed the Crossroads of the West Gun Show and heard from both supporters and opponents at the Nov. 15 board meeting. About two dozen...

  • Incumbents win San Dieguito Union High School District seats

    The incumbents carried the day in the San Dieguito Union High School District board election.  Board members Beth Hergesheimer and Joyce Dalessandro retained their seats on the board. Among a contested race of five candidates, Hergesheimer received 32.66 percent of the vote and Dalessandro received...

  • Three elected to Rancho Santa Fe School District board

    Two incumbents and one newcomer were elected to the Rancho Santa Fe School board on Nov. 8.Of the seven candidates in the race, current board president Tyler Seltzer received 23.37 percent of the vote, followed by parent Sarah Neal with 19.48 percent and incumbent Scott Kahn with 15.93 percent....

  • Rowe Middle School students’ CST science scores second highest in the state

    Rowe Middle School students’ CST science scores second highest in the state

    R. Roger Rowe eighth graders were 100 percent proficient and advanced in science on their 2016 California Standards Tests, making them the second highest performing middle school in science in the state. Rowe Superintendent David Jaffe couldn’t help but boast about the students’ amazing accomplishment...

  • Fire destroys Rancho Santa Fe home; smoke alarm saves man, dog

      On Sunday, Oct. 30, just after 11 p.m., firefighters from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District responded the to the report of a residential structure fire in the 18000 block of Avenida Alondra in Rancho Santa Fe. Upon arrival they saw the house was fully involved in fire. They attempted...

  • Torrey Pines High School physics teacher’s retirement leaves ‘a void’

    After 33 years at Torrey Pines High School (TPHS), much-loved physics teacher William Harvie abruptly announced his retirement on Oct. 24, leaving behind many devastated and confused students. Due to the nature of his leaving without any warning or even a goodbye, many students and parents were...

  • Attempted break-in thwarted at McNally Antiques in Rancho Santa Fe

    Thanks to the quick response of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, The McNally Company Antiques was spared what could have been a costly burglary last week. At around 3:40 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, suspects were attempting to break in to the McNally store on Paseo Delicias. The suspects had been using...

  • Water district concludes year-long security review

    Following a yearlong assessment of security at facilities owned and operated by the Santa Fe Irrigation District, one board member who sat on a special ad hoc security committee said, "I'm very happy with the way it's going." The district launched the security review at the urging of board member...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Attack Director of Coaching thrives on a decades-long career in San Diego sports

    Rancho Santa Fe Attack Director of Coaching thrives on a decades-long career in San Diego sports

    It’s an early Friday morning and Malcolm Tovey has a brief break. With his multitude of current positions, from being the varsity soccer coach for The Bishop’s School, the Director of Coaching for the Rancho Santa Fe Attack and a physical education teacher at The Nativity School (just to name just...

  • Rancho Santa Fe resident named chairperson of Make-A-Wish San Diego

    Rancho Santa Fe resident named chairperson of Make-A-Wish San Diego

    Higgs Fletcher & Mack, a San Diego-based, full-service law firm for over 75 years, announced recently that partner and employment law and litigation attorney Jim Peterson was named Chairperson of Make-A-Wish (MAW) San Diego. A board member since 2013 and previously Vice Chair, Peterson aims to...

  • Automated meter reading coming to Santa Fe Irrigation District neighborhoods

    New, advanced meters that will be read automatically are being installed block-by-block throughout the Santa Fe Irrigation District service area, starting in November 2016 and continuing in phases for about five years.  The new meters communicate water usage data via wireless technology to the...

  • Solana Beach school board extends superintendent's contract

    After successfully leading Solana Beach School District since last year, the school board unanimously voted on Oct. 13 to extend Superintendent Terry Decker’s contract. “I want to thank you for a wonderful year and for hitting the ground running,” board president Vicki King said to Decker.  Decker...

  • SDUHSD denies SOUL charter petition

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) denied the application for the proposed new SOUL Charter School in Encinitas in a 4-0 vote on Oct. 13. The board had a chance to deny or to approve the school with conditions but after conversations with their legal representative Procopio and...

  • Rancho Santa Fe CDRC approves Gateway village development

    Rancho Santa Fe CDRC approves Gateway village development

    The Covenant Design Review Committee (CDRC) unanimously recommended approval of the proposed new Gateway project in the Rancho Santa Fe village at its Oct. 18 meeting. The two-story, 27,017-square- foot building would replace the existing gas station with a market, office and retail, courtyards...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Fire District receives $25,000 grant from SD Regional Fire Foundation

    The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) recently announced a $25,000 grant from the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation (Fire Foundation) that will be used to purchase firefighter personal protection equipment (PPE) for the district’s volunteer firefighters following the recent merger...

  • Rancho Santa Fe School District looks to strengthen arts program

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District board approved the hiring of an independent consultant to evaluate and make recommendations for developing R. Roger Rowe’s visual and performing arts program. At the recommendation of RSF School District Superintendent David Jaffe, the board agreed to an $8,000...

  • RSF Tennis Club hires activity director, pro shop manager

    RSF Tennis Club hires activity director, pro shop manager

    The Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club has hired Matt Previdi as its tennis activities director and pro shop manager. Matt Previdi (Christine Finkelson) “Matt has the skills, experience, and personality that will fit well within the club membership, as well as the entire pro and front desk staff,” said...

  • Rowe school’s gym roof in need of repair

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District board approved the district going out for bid on a repair of the roof of the school gym after a portion was recently damaged. Superintendent David Jaffe made the recommendation for the repair at the Oct. 5 meeting. According to Jaffe, during the last rains, a...

  • RSF Association assessments to go toward fiber project, environment

    The Rancho Santa Fe Association board set its assessment allocation for 2016-17 at the board’s Oct. 5 meeting. The assessment rate will remain 14 cents per $100 assessed property value, as set by the County of San Diego’s tax rolls. According to treasurer Janet Danola, 11.5 cents will go to general...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Association bylaw changes pass with 75 percent approval

    The Rancho Santa Fe Association voters passed the revisions to the bylaws, with 704 members voting in favor of the changes and 226 voting against. The ballots were counted by election inspector Bruce Bishop at the Oct. 6 RSF Association board meeting.  According to Bishop, a total of 932 ballots...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Middle School ranks among state’s top 10 schools

    Rancho Santa Fe Middle School ranks among state’s top 10 schools

    R. Roger Rowe Middle School is the top performing middle school in San Diego County and the 10th best school in the state. The Rancho Santa Fe School District celebrated its high scores on the Standard Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test at its Oct. 7 board meeting. In addition to the middle...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Association’s deal with Hotwire to end

    The Rancho Santa Fe Association’s agreement with Hotwire Communications to build a $13.5 million fiber-to-home network in Rancho Santa Fe will soon be terminated. In executive sessions, the RSF Association board, the finance committee and the technology committee came to the unanimous conclusion...

  • Rancho Santa Fe residents to help lead gala to benefit Ronald McDonald House

     Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego’s annual ROMP gala brings together supporters and philanthropists for a fun-filled, 1980s “House Party” at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar on Oct. 29, with a focus on a serious cause – keeping families together.   The annual gala will feature musical entertainment,...

  • Girl Scouts San Diego honors Rancho Santa Fe volunteers

    Girl Scouts San Diego honors Rancho Santa Fe volunteers

    During its recent annual Volunteer Celebration, Girl Scouts San Diego honored two Rancho Santa Fe residents for their outstanding contributions. Recipients were nominated by their peers and selected by a panel of Girl Scout volunteers. Held at the San Diego Convention Center, the awards ceremony...

  • Working for no pay puts Rancho Santa Fe man on path to prosperity

    Working for no pay puts Rancho Santa Fe man on path to prosperity

    With little money and poor English conversational skills, Chun “Charlie” Yim found doors closed to him as he looked for a job to pay for his business studies at San Diego State University. That’s when he hit on the idea of working for free. Yim, then in his 20s, had recently emigrated to the United...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Rotary donations help doctor treat children in Malawi

    Rancho Santa Fe Rotary donations help doctor treat children in Malawi

    The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club recently hosted Dr. Wone Banda, the very first plastic surgeon resident in Malawi, Africa. Through the Rotary’s support of ConnectMed, a beneficiary of the 2015 Taste of Rancho Santa Fe event, Banda will be able to gain critical surgical training that will help her...

  • The big story of ‘Little Boy’

    The big story of ‘Little Boy’

    World War II ended with arguably one of the most significant events in the history of the 20th century, the dropping of two nuclear weapons. An exact replica of the atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima —“Little Boy” — sits in Rancho Santa Fe resident Clay Perkins’ backyard. Perkins’ home in Fairbanks...

  • SDUHSD candidates object to political signs in school parking lots

    Two San Dieguito Union School District board candidates have questioned the practice of a number of teachers placing campaign signs in their cars while parked at school. Candidate Lucile Lynch brought the issue to the board’s attention following signs spotted at Earl Warren Middle School. Candidate...

  • Two new faces to join water board after election

    The Santa Fe Irrigation District, which provides water to residents and businesses in Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Fairbanks Ranch, will see new faces on its five-member board of directors later this year, as two incumbent directors are stepping down from their seats and will be replaced by...

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