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  • RSF School board selects Jon Yonemitsu as new trustee

    RSF School board selects Jon Yonemitsu as new trustee

    The RSF School Board selected Jon Yonemitsu out of five candidates for the board vacancy.

  • Oct. 19: Event briefs

    Oct. 19: Event briefs

    Author Ken Blanchard presents ‘Great Life, Great Leadership’ Oct. 22 at the Village Church Ken Blanchard, author of the One Minute Manager, is speaking at the Village Church of Rancho Santa Fe this Sunday, Oct. 22, at noon. A prominent speaker and author, he has coauthored more than 60 books with...

  • Oct. 19: Week In Sports

    Oct. 19: Week In Sports

    Football Torrey Pines defeated Oceanside 30-0 in an Avocado League game on Oct. 13. Mac Bingham rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Falcons. Torrey Pines improved to 2-1 in league and 5-2 overall for the season. ***** La Costa Canyon experienced its first defeat of the season as...

  • Santa Fe Irrigation District announces board member resignation

    Santa Fe Irrigation District announces board member resignation

    The Santa Fe Irrigation District announced the resignation of Augustus (Auggie) Daddi from the Board of Directors, effective Nov. 1, due to personal reasons. Daddi represents Division #5 within the district that covers the southwest area of the City of Solana Beach. For more detailed information...

  • Village Church seeks volunteers for Habitat for Humanity build events on Nov. 4

    Village Church seeks volunteers for Habitat for Humanity build events on Nov. 4

    North County residents will have a unique chance to help a family build a strong foundation for the future by volunteering with the Village Church of Rancho Santa Fe on Saturday, Nov. 4, to construct a home in El Cajon with the aid of Habitat for Humanity. Starting at 7:30 a.m., about 20 volunteers...

  • 10 years ago: Remembering the wrath of Witch Creek Fire

    10 years ago: Remembering the wrath of Witch Creek Fire

    Ten years ago on Oct. 22, 2007, the Witch Creek Fire roared through Rancho Santa Fe, resulting in the loss of 37 Rancho Santa Fe homes (including 21 in the Covenant) and two homes in Fairbanks Ranch. The fire overall burned 197,990 acres and destroyed 1,125 residential structures in San Diego County....

  • Trick or Treat in the RSF Village on Oct. 26

    Trick or Treat in the RSF Village on Oct. 26

    Halloween in the Rancho Santa Fe Village returns on Thursday, Oct. 26. From 3-5 p.m. Festive trick or treating will be offered by participating village businesses. A pumpkin patch will also be set up on the parks at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The village celebrations will coincide with The Inn’s...

  • SDUHSD gathering input for new trustee district maps

    SDUHSD gathering input for new trustee district maps

    On Oct. 12, the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) held the first of a series of public hearings as it begins the process of transitioning from an “at large” election system to a “by-trustee area” election system. The city of Encinitas is undergoing a similar effort as the school...

  • Rancho Santa Fe School board interviews five candidates for vacancy

    Rancho Santa Fe School board interviews five candidates for vacancy

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District board interviewed five candidates for its board vacancy in an open session on Oct. 16. Candidates Elise Dufresne, Kali Kim, Jee Manghani, Richard Shen and Jon Yonemitsu were each asked the same eight questions about issues such as their priorities, their decision-making...

  • RSF School considers 2018 bond effort, facilities plan update

    RSF School considers 2018 bond effort, facilities plan update

    The Rancho Santa Fe School board has given direction for the district to explore the feasibility of pursuing a potential general obligation bond in 2018. Additionally, the board approved issuing a request for qualifications and proposals for an architectural firm to review and update the district’s...

  • RSF School District 'committed to reaching agreement' with teachers

    RSF School District 'committed to reaching agreement' with teachers

    R. Roger Rowe teachers again spoke out about their continuing contract negotiations at the Rancho Santa Fe School board meeting on Oct. 12. Many teachers in attendance wore black buttons that read “Respect.” Teachers spoke about the importance of feeling valued, respected and competitively compensated...

  • Mike Gallagher is new Rancho Santa Fe Association board member

    Mike Gallagher is new Rancho Santa Fe Association board member

    It took six secret ballots but the Rancho Santa Fe Association board appointed Mike Gallagher as its new director on Oct. 5. The board was considering six candidates for the post vacated by Mike Licosati, who had to resign after moving out of the Covenant. The names of candidates remained confidential...

  • Rancho Santa Fe approves high-speed internet project

    Rancho Santa Fe approves high-speed internet project

    One gigabit internet service is in Rancho Santa Fe’s future as the community overwhelmingly voted in favor of the RSF Association’s $13 million-$14 million fiber optic project. Rancho Santa Fe Connect received 799 “yes” votes and 141 “no” votes. With the favorable advisory vote, the Association...

  • Solana Beach comes to terms with concert venue at Del Mar Fairgrounds

    Solana Beach comes to terms with concert venue at Del Mar Fairgrounds

    The $13 million transformation of the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ satellite betting center is back on track, just in time for the project’s hearing before the California Coastal Commission. Fairgrounds officials announced Friday, Sept. 29 that they have resolved their dispute with the City of Solana Beach...

  • Spooktacular returns to haunt Del Mar Horsepark Oct. 7-8

    Spooktacular returns to haunt Del Mar Horsepark Oct. 7-8

    The Spooktacular Halloween Dressage Show and Howl’in Dog Costume Contest returns to the Del Mar Horsepark on Oct. 7-8, considered by many to be the “funnest dressage show of the year.” Lisa Blaufuss of Crackerjack Productions created Spooktacular in 2013 as a competitive, triple-rated dressage...

  • Young owner opens unique salon in Rancho Santa Fe

    Young owner opens unique salon in Rancho Santa Fe

    A salon that appears to have been inspired by Halloween and Tim Burton films year-round sits in a Rancho Santa Fe shopping center at the entrance to the Whispering Palms community. The walls of the shop are all painted black, and all of the furniture, each custom-made with a Victorian gothic vibe,...

  • SDUHSD to split into trustee areas for elections

    SDUHSD to split into trustee areas for elections

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) has begun the process of changing the method in which its trustees are elected. At a Sept. 27 special meeting, the board passed a resolution to transition from an “at large” election system to a “by-trustee area” election system — meaning the...

  • San Diego County Fair brought out another huge crowd this year

    San Diego County Fair brought out another huge crowd this year

    Nearly 1.6 million people flocked to the San Diego County Fair this summer — just shy of the all-time record set last year but still the best back-to-back performance the fair has seen in its 137-year history. First held in 1880 before settling into its permanent Del Mar digs in the 1930s, the...

  • Rancho Santa Fe teachers march to shed light on contract talks

    Rancho Santa Fe teachers march to shed light on contract talks

    Rancho Santa Fe School District teachers wore red and marched into school together in solidarity on Wednesday, Sept. 20 as contract negotiations continue between the Rancho Santa Fe Faculty Association and the district. A negotiating session was held later in the day. The meeting marked the fourth...

  • San Diego Film Festival opens with 'Marshall', a film with Rancho Santa Fe connections

    San Diego Film Festival opens with 'Marshall', a film with Rancho Santa Fe connections

    In the film industry, it’s all about who you know. Rancho Santa Fe women in film Lena Evans, Annette Caton and May Zawaideh rely on their friendships built on loyalty and trust to create successful projects and grow the film scene in San Diego. Caton and Evans, two longtime industry veterans, were...

  • RSF golfers will tee It Up for Breast Cancer Research

    RSF golfers will tee It Up for Breast Cancer Research

    On Oct. 3, the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Goldfish Club will hold its annual Breast Cancer Golf Tournament. Again this year they will be raising money through Play for P.I.N.K, a 501 (c)(3) charity supporting breast cancer research at the forefront of discovery and progress. This year’s Honorary Chairperson...

  • 48th annual Dia del Sol luncheon to be held Oct. 18

    48th annual Dia del Sol luncheon to be held Oct. 18

    The Beach & Country Guild is in final preparations for its 48th annual Dia del Sol luncheon, “Moulin Rouge.” The event will be held at the luxurious Fairmont Grand Del Mar on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The day’s festivities will begin with a silent auction, offering items in...

  • Family returning to South Africa on philanthropic mission

    Family returning to South Africa on philanthropic mission

    The Banuelos family of Rancho Santa Fe is continuing their efforts to help bring the gift of clean water to a small Zulu village in South Africa — they plan to travel back to Maphumulo on Oct. 3. Last year, Jolene Banuelos’ daughter Leah, now a sixth grader at Solana Santa Fe Elementary School,...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Foundation’s VisionNow event will feature the arts

    Rancho Santa Fe Foundation’s VisionNow event will feature the arts

    Join Rancho Santa Fe Foundation donors and friends for a conversation about the arts in San Diego. Leaders of local arts organizations will address their role in the community, challenges their organizations are facing, and trends they see in the future. The event will be held on Tuesday, Oct....

  • The Fab Four concert to be held at The Inn at RSF

    The Fab Four concert to be held at The Inn at RSF

    The Fab Four, the Ultimate Tribute Band, will perform at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe on Sept. 30, to raise funds for the continued development of the on-site dental clinic at the Hospital Infantil de las Californias. Funds raised will also support the Hospital’s “Programa de Apoyo a Pacientes Indigentes”...

  • Sept. 21: Event briefs

    Sept. 21: Event briefs

    Staffed and managed by volunteers, the Book Cellar and all proceeds from the half-price sale are used to maintain and improve the RSF Library.

  • Torrey Pines batting cages donations receive delayed approval

    Torrey Pines batting cages donations receive delayed approval

    On Sept. 14, the San Dieguito Union High School District board approved a donation for the Torrey Pines High School batting cages, correcting an error brought to light by a parent complaint. The cages have been in use since they were installed back in 2013, thanks to a $400,000 donation by an anonymous...

  • Young Rancho Santa Fe rider is US Pony Finals champ

    Young Rancho Santa Fe rider is US Pony Finals champ

    Rancho Santa Fe 10-year-old Evelyn Walker and her pony Captain Crunch recently claimed the Small Green Hunter Pony Championship at the 2017 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Pony Finals in Lexington, Kentucky. Despite her young age, Evelyn is a Pony Finals veteran, making her third appearance...

  • RSF Connect town hall held as community vote continues

    RSF Connect town hall held as community vote continues

    It was a packed house at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club for a town hall on the Rancho Santa Fe Association’s fiber-optic project on Sept. 14. The ballots on the $13-14 million project had been out for a few days and some said they had already cast their vote on the network, which will bring one-gigabit...

  • High school foundation members defend themselves against accusations

    High school foundation members defend themselves against accusations

    San Dieguito Union High School District foundations united against recent accusations The San Dieguito Union High School District board heard from a room full of passionate boosters of its four high school foundations at its Sept. 14 meeting, speaking out after months filled with accusations about...

  • Range balls now complimentary at RSF Golf Club

    Range balls now complimentary at RSF Golf Club

    Good news for your long game: Driving range balls are now free at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. The Rancho Santa Fe Association board approved the change at its Sept. 7 meeting. The club had been charging a $3-$5 fee for bags, which resulted in about $24,000 in annual revenue for the club. RSF...

  • Contract negotiations continue in RSF School District

    Contract negotiations continue in RSF School District

    Contract negotiations continue between the Rancho Santa Fe Faculty Association and the Rancho Santa Fe School District, with another negotiating session set for Sept. 20. “I am, as always, hopeful that the faculty association and the district can come to a compromise,” said Mandy Valentine, fourth...

  • Happy Trails: RSF Committee finishes work on Covenant trail map

    Happy Trails: RSF Committee finishes work on Covenant trail map

    One of Rancho Santa Fe’s most enviable amenities is its trail system, an exclusive collection of paths through the community with everything from golf course views to peaceful and rural forested areas. The Rancho Santa Fe Association’s Trails and Recreation committee recently completed the arduous...

  • Beach boys: 100 Wave Challenge gives back to 'life-changing' program

    Beach boys: 100 Wave Challenge gives back to 'life-changing' program

    The eighth annual Boys to Men 100 Wave Challenge will hit Mission Beach on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each surfer aims to raise $1,000 for Boys to Men Mentoring and attempt to catch 100 waves in 10 hours—it’s a personal challenge for the wave warriors that gives a life-changing opportunity...

  • RSF Connect project goes to a vote

    RSF Connect project goes to a vote

    Rancho Santa Fe Association residents now have the opportunity to vote on a $13 million-$14 million investment to give the community one of the fastest and most reliable Internet networks not only in San Diego County but in the country. More importantly for some, it will simply provide the connectivity...

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