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  • Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach water district raises pay of general manager

    Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach water district raises pay of general manager

    The Santa Fe Irrigation District Board of Directors gave a 5.6 percent pay raise to the district’s general manager, Michael Bardin, at its meeting on Thursday, March 16. As a result, Bardin’s base pay increases to $225,000 per year, from its previous level of $213,140, which was set in May 2014....

  • Wet winter means end of drought for Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach water district customers

    Wet winter means end of drought for Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach water district customers

    The drought is over, at least in the Santa Fe Irrigation District (SFID). At its meeting on Thursday, March 16, the district’s board voted unanimously to lift all restrictions on water use by its customers, essentially declaring that for the agency, which serves some 20,000 customers in Solana...

  • Petting zoo helps foster a love of animals

    Petting zoo helps foster a love of animals

    Pamela Kramer-Glickman is never happier or more at peace than when she is around her animals — and she is around her animals a lot. There’s her “handsome” quarter-horse Stanley, her Palomino pony Daisy, her Suffolk sheep Julian, Gittel the pygmy goat, her chickens she absolutely adores, and Marla,...

  • Local man pleads guilty in Skyline student kidnapping case

    Local man pleads guilty in Skyline student kidnapping case

    A North County man accused of attacking a 7-year-old girl outside a Solana Beach elementary school pleaded guilty Thursday, March 16, to felony charges and agreed to be sentenced to more than a decade in prison. Nearly two years after he was first charged in the incident, Jack Henry Doshay, 24,...

  • SDUHSD board passes resolution declaring all schools a ‘safe place’

    SDUHSD board passes resolution declaring all schools a ‘safe place’

    Speaking at the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board meeting March 9, San Dieguito High School Academy teacher Rob Ross said that a few weeks ago he noticed that one of his students seemed stressed in class. When he asked if she was OK, she burst into tears. The student told him...

  • Parents voice concerns about SDUHSD coach selection process

    Parents voice concerns about SDUHSD coach selection process

    As the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board was set to approve a number of contract coaches for school athletic teams at its March 9 meeting, some parents wanted assurances that all coaches are being properly vetted. Parent Wendy Gumb said she believed that in the case of some...

  • Rancho Santa Fe resident launches company to provide personalized cancer care

    Rancho Santa Fe resident launches company to provide personalized cancer care

    Rancho Santa Fe resident Blaise Barrelet recently launched CureMatch, a new company he believes could be the future of cancer treatment. CureMatch is a decision support platform designed to offer personalized medicine in cancer care. Operating on the belief that cancer is a personal disease that...

  • SDUHSD looking to close $9.2 million deficit by June

    SDUHSD looking to close $9.2 million deficit by June

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board approved its second interim budget for the 2016-17 school year at its March 9 meeting, a projected income of $131,982,190 and projected expenditures at $141,226,363. Over the next few months, the board will look at ways to chip away at...

  • Rancho Santa Fe resident elected Chief of Staff at Scripps Green Hospital

    Rancho Santa Fe resident elected Chief of Staff at Scripps Green Hospital

    Physicians at Scripps Green Hospital have elected general and laparoscopic surgeon Amy Day, M.D., a Rancho Santa Fe resident, as the hospital’s new chief of staff. Day’s two-year term began on March 7. As chief of staff, Day will serve as the primary medical staff liaison to Scripps Green’s administrative...

  • Rancho Santa Fe School to create strategic plan for arts program

    Rancho Santa Fe School to create strategic plan for arts program

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District will move forward on developing a strategic plan for enriching its visual and performing arts curriculum, approving a contract with independent consultant Ashley Adams at its March 2 meeting. The RSF School District board unanimously approved a $9,000 contract...

  • Launch of ticket sales for Breeders’ Cup announced

    Launch of ticket sales for Breeders’ Cup announced

    Del Mar Mayor Terry Sinnott offered a tip to horse-racing aficionados at a press conference on Tuesday, Feb. 28, to announce the launch of ticket sales for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup, the world championship for the sport that will be held in November at the Del Mar racetrack. “If you’re planning to...

  • The McNally Company Antiques to close in Rancho Santa Fe village

    The McNally Company Antiques to close in Rancho Santa Fe village

    After 26 years in the Rancho Santa Fe Village, The McNally Company Antiques plans to close its doors. “We have loved so many things during our time here and the best part is all the fabulous people we have met,” wrote Connie and Bill McNally in a message to customers that is featured in this week’s...

  • Rancho Santa Fe resident named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts candidate

    Rancho Santa Fe resident named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts candidate

    Canyon Crest Academy student and RSF resident Jayden Gillespie has been named one of 60 Presidential Scholar in the Arts candidates in 2017. The candidates were nominated from over 11,000 participants in the annual YoungArts competition conducted by the National YoungArts Foundation. If named a...

  • Planning in the works for Del Mar’s first Breeders’ Cup

    Planning in the works for Del Mar’s first Breeders’ Cup

    Tickets for the first-ever Breeders’ Cup horse race to be held at the Del Mar Race Track, one of the premier events on the sport’s annual calendar, are set to go on sale to the public March 6. An executive with the Breeders’ Cup gave an update on planning for the event, set for Nov. 3-4, to the...

  • El Camino Real widening, new bridge to begin in 2021

    El Camino Real widening, new bridge to begin in 2021

    San Diego City Council approved a site development permit for the widening of El Camino Real and the replacement of the existing aging, narrow bridge across the San Dieguito River at its Feb. 14 meeting. District 1 Councilmember Barbara Bry quickly made the motion to approve the long-awaited project....

  • Trees lost in storm; Rancho Santa Fe Association board approves forest study

    Trees lost in storm; Rancho Santa Fe Association board approves forest study

    The Rancho Santa Fe community “weathered the storm” as strong rainfall soaked San Diego Jan. 20-24. “We had quite a busy four days,” said Christy Whalen, Rancho Santa Fe Association Covenant administrator and assistant manager during an update at the Feb. 2 board meeting. The Rancho Santa Fe Patrol...

  • Canyon Crest Academy students march to protest Trump immigration policies

    Canyon Crest Academy students march to protest Trump immigration policies

    Students at Canyon Crest Academy peacefully protested President Donald Trump’s immigration policies during lunchtime on campus on Thursday, Feb. 2, carrying signs and marching silently through common areas at the school. Between 100 and 150 students took part in the march, said Safi Jafri, 16,...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Association selects Bob Hall as new manager

    Rancho Santa Fe Association selects Bob Hall as new manager

    The Rancho Santa Fe Association board voted unanimously Feb. 2 to hire Bob Hall as the new Association manager, effective March 6. Hall currently serves as the city manager for Fountain Valley in Orange County and has worked in public service for more than 28 years. RSF Association President Fred...

  • Learning commons opens at Torrey Pines

    Learning commons opens at Torrey Pines

    Torrey Pines High School held a ribbon-cutting event for its new learning commons on Friday, Jan. 27. The plywood walls finally came down revealing a new gathering spot for students filled with flexible furnishing such as moveable couches and chairs, plenty of places to plug in and even a row of...

  • Whispering Palms CSD to revisit plan for landscaping

    Whispering Palms CSD to revisit plan for landscaping

    Whispering Palms Community Services District is starting from “square one” on its plans to refresh the landscaping at the community’s entrance on Cancha de Golf and CSD-managed land along Via de la Valle. At its Jan. 24 meeting, the board, which includes two new members, requested to begin a productive...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Fire’s training facility helps firefighters stay sharp

    Rancho Santa Fe Fire’s training facility helps firefighters stay sharp

    A crew of probational Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) firefighters was hard at work Jan. 17 preparing to be better first responders. The district is fortunate to have its own training facility at Station 2 in 4S Ranch where firefighters can hone their skills in a safe but realistic...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Rowe FTC robotics team again takes top honors at Jan. 21 meet

    Rancho Santa Fe Rowe FTC robotics team again takes top honors at Jan. 21 meet

    On Saturday, Jan. 21, an FTC Robotics meet was held at the Grauer School in Encinitas, with three R. Roger Rowe teams competing (RSF Intergalactic Dragons, RSF Logitechies and RSF Singularity). Rowe’s teams continue to take top honors, with the Singularity team garnering a first-place alliance...

  • Rancho Santa Fe teen wins Grand National Champion title

    Rancho Santa Fe teen wins Grand National Champion title

    At the age of just 15 years old, RSF resident Jillian Stuart has taken multiple championships this past year, including Grand National Champion in the Junior Hunter’s 15 and Under division. Dominating the national division composed of 430 horses across the country, Jillian took the combined national...

  • SDUHSD cancels construction contracts due to lawsuit threat

    SDUHSD cancels construction contracts due to lawsuit threat

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) terminated four construction contracts at its Jan. 19 meeting after being threatened with litigation. The Carlin Law Group was retained by the California Taxpayers Action Network (CalTAN) to remedy San Dieguito’s “illegally entering” into four...

  • Two rescued from vehicle in flooded creek

    On Sunday, Jan. 22, at 5:58 p.m., firefighters from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District and San Marcos Fire Department responded to the report of a water rescue south of Country Club Drive and Harmony Grove Road at the Arizona crossing. When they arrived on scene, firefighters found one...

  • SOUL charter school approved for Encinitas

    SOUL charter school approved for Encinitas

    On Jan. 19, the San Diego County Board of Education approved the SOUL charter school for a two-year term, the first charter school approved on appeal by the county since 2003. SOUL (School of Universal Learning), which aims to open its 7-12th grade school this fall in Encinitas, saw its petition...

  • Rarely seen spill could be coming to Lake Hodges dam

    Rarely seen spill could be coming to Lake Hodges dam

    The unusually wet winter now hitting San Diego County and California could bring a sight that’s been witnessed only twice in the past 13 years - water cascading over the Lake Hodges dam. “If the weather pattern we have continues through February, in all likelihood Lake Hodges will fill and spill...

  • Eric Dill appointed to lead San Dieguito Union High School District in 3-2 vote

    Eric Dill appointed to lead San Dieguito Union High School District in 3-2 vote

    Eric Dill was officially voted the new superintendent of the San Dieguito Union High School District on Jan. 19, but he did not receive a unanimous vote of confidence from his board. Trustees Mo Muir and John Salazar voted against his appointment despite the board having reached unanimous support...

  • San Diego County Board of Education to make decision on SOUL charter school

    The founders of SOUL have brought their Encinitas charter school petition before the San Diego County Board of Education (SDCOE) after being denied by San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) last year. SOUL co-founders Marisa Bruyneel and Michael Grimes, as well as a number of SOUL supporters,...

  • Rancho Santa Fe School won’t pave Dacus property lot

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District board has put the brakes on its parking lot project after seeing the estimated price come in at $325,000. Superintendent David Jaffe said the cost was “shocking” and recommended that the board instead complete a simple-site cleanup of the grading and gravel on...

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