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  • 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....

  • County Supervisors wait on community choice energy study

    County Supervisors wait on community choice energy study

    Despite many public comments in support, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors opted not to go forward with a feasibility study on community choice aggregation (CCA), instead voting to wait a year and see how other cities’ and jurisdictions’ studies progress. Currently the cities of San Diego...

  • Rancho Santa Fe hip replacement recipient serves as honorary observer at Farmers Insurance Open

    Rancho Santa Fe hip replacement recipient serves as honorary observer at Farmers Insurance Open

    Following a hip replacement surgery in October 2016, Rancho Santa Fe resident Ray Barshick has been able to fully embrace his active lifestyle again, pain-free for the first time in years.  At the Farmers Insurance Open on Jan. 29, Barshick served as an honorary observer on behalf of Stryker Orthopaedics,...

  • Rancho Santa Fe venture capitalist exploring bid for governor

    Rancho Santa Fe venture capitalist exploring bid for governor

    Republican and Rancho Santa Fe venture capitalist John Cox is considering a run for governor, a campaign he said would focus on combating government corruption in Sacramento. Cox, an attorney and certified public accountant who moved to San Diego County from Chicago about nine years ago, said he...

  • Construction crew turns fairgrounds parking lot into tidal wetland

    Construction crew turns fairgrounds parking lot into tidal wetland

    A construction crew is digging up thousands of cubic yards of dirt from a former parking lot next to the Del Mar Fairgrounds as part of an ambitious plan to restore the property to a tidal wetland, as it existed long before humans began developing the North County coast. The work, which began in...

  • Morgan Run Women’s Open Tennis Tournament returns for its 7th Year

    Morgan Run Women’s Open Tennis Tournament returns for its 7th Year

    The Morgan Run Women’s Open, the longest actively running women’s professional tennis tournament in Southern California, returns to Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe Feb. 19-26. Entry to the event is free throughout the week. Spectators will be rewarded with unprecedented access to the...

  • Candidates wanted for Rancho Santa Fe Association board election

    Candidates wanted for Rancho Santa Fe Association board election

    The nomination deadline for the spring Rancho Santa Fe Association Board election is March 10 — so far the Association has yet to receive any nominations for the two open seats. The seats of board members Kim Eggleston and Rick Sapp will be up for election (Sapp was appointed to the board last...

  • Rowe FTC robotics team RSF Singularity takes top honors at Championship

    Rowe FTC robotics team RSF Singularity takes top honors at Championship

    On Saturday, Feb. 4, at The Grauer School in Encinitas, the three Rowe FTC robotics teams -- Singularity, Logitechies and Intergalactic Dragons -- ended up being 1st, 2nd and 3rd place captains in the League Championship’s exciting alliance rounds which culminated the end of a hard-fought event....

  • 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...

  • Reception to be held for former Rancho Santa Fe School District Superintendent Lindy Delaney

    Reception to be held for former Rancho Santa Fe School District Superintendent Lindy Delaney

    A reception honoring former Rancho Santa Fe School District Superintendent Lindy Delaney is planned for 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. All community members, current and former students and their families are encouraged to attend, and volunteers are...

  • County supervisors get salary boosts

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a 12.5 percent raise for themselves at the Jan. 10 meeting, a salary increase of more than $19,000 a year. Newly-appointed board vice chair Kristin Gaspar, who represents District 3, was the sole vote against the raises. The new formula is based...

  • Public invited to weigh in on senior facility's environmental review

    A scoping meeting for Hacienda Del Mar, the proposed senior facility on Via de la Valle, will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at Torrey Pines High School’s lecture hall. At the meeting, members of the public are invited to provide input on what the environmental impact report (EIR) for the...

  • Tree planting event to be held at Osuna Ranch

    Tree planting event to be held at Osuna Ranch

    The Rancho Santa Fe Association’s park department and Committee on the Natural Environment will host a community tree planting event on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Osuna Ranch. The “Plant Our Future” event will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The goal is for Covenant families to help plant 35 indigenous...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Association plans rules, form for new voters

    The Rancho Santa Fe Association has developed rules and a verification form for new voters now that the Association no longer has a registration process. According to RSF Association President Fred Wasserman, the process is meant to verify who is an eligible and entitled voter, but will not impact...

  • Junior executive category to expand at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club

    Junior executive category to expand at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club

    The Rancho Santa Fe Association board approved removing the 30-member cap on the RSF Golf Club’s junior executive category at its Jan. 5 meeting. The category, meant to attract younger members to the club, allows new members under 48 to spread out their $50,000 enrollment fee in installments. For...

  • General Manager Al Castro leaves Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club to accept new position

    General Manager Al Castro leaves Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club to accept new position

    Al Castro has left the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, serving his last day as general manager on Friday, Jan. 6. Castro resigned to accept a similar position at Tradition Golf Club in La Quinta.  “We wish Al and his wife Cary the best, and appreciate Al’s leadership at RSFGC for almost five years,”...

  • Eric Dill selected as San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent

    Eric Dill selected as San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent

    The San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Trustees has narrowed its search for a new superintendent to one candidate, Eric Dill. Dill has been serving as interim superintendent of the district since July 1, 2016 following the departure of former superintendent Rick Schmitt. Dill joined...

  • San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy reveals plans for Harbaugh Seaside Trails

    The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy has announced plans to add trails, a viewing deck, a commemorative monument to donors and educational signs to the Harbaugh Seaside Trails in Solana Beach. The area will also connect with the Coastal Rail Trail in the city, officials said. The 3-acre Harbaugh Seaside...

  • Part 2: Year in review for Rancho Santa Fe

    Below is a recap of notable actions/events that took place in Rancho Santa Fe in the last six months of 2016. July New restaurant Cesar opens in Del Rayo Village. Fred Wasserman was named the new president of the RSF Association board, Ken Markstein was elected vice president and Janet Danola was...

  • Three-vehicle accident on Del Dios Highway sends two to hospital

    On Thursday, Dec. 29, firefighters from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District responded to the call of a traffic collision on Del Dios Highway near Camino de Estrella. Upon arrival they found two sedans and a minivan had collided, sending one of the sedans approximately 15 feet down an embankment....

  • Part 1: Year in Review for Rancho Santa Fe

    Below is a recap of notable actions/events that took place in Rancho Santa Fe in the first six months of 2016. A recap of notable events that occurred in Rancho Santa Fe in the last six months of 2016 (with changes that ultimately occurred to some of the actions taken in the first half of the year)...

  • San Dieguito Half Marathon to leave Rancho Santa Fe

    After 48 years running through Rancho Santa Fe, the San Dieguito Half Marathon has changed course. The 13.1-mile race, one of the oldest half marathons in America, has moved from the Ranch to Qualcomm Stadium. Kathy Loper Events did not respond to a request for comment, but, according to Loper’s...

  • SDUHSD board approves budget

    The San Dieguito Union School District (SDUHSD) unanimously approved its first interim budget for the 2016-17 school year at the Dec. 8 meeting. The first interim budget includes changes to district revenue due to a slight increase in the state’s funding and an increase in property tax estimates....

  • New executive director joins Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club

    New executive director joins Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club

    Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, a not-for-profit organization, recently announced important staff changes. First, at the end of December, Executive Director Erin Browne will leave the Garden Club, get married, and move farther north. Secondly, Shelly Breneman has joined the RSF Garden Club as its...

  • Several San Dieguito Union High School District construction projects to begin next year

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) plans to begin construction on several Prop AA projects in summer 2017. The four new campus upgrades include Torrey Pines High School’s new performing arts center,  culinary arts classroom modernization and parking lot improvements set to be...

  • R. Roger Rowe School to host FTC Robotics League Meet

    On Saturday, Dec. 10, the R. Roger Rowe School in Rancho Santa Fe will host an FTC Robotics Tournament in the school gym. Opening ceremonies is at 9 a.m. followed by competition. The tournament is expected to end at approximately 1:30 p.m. In addition to three Rowe teams, 14 additional teams from...

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