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  • Rancho Santa Fe residents bound in home-invasion robbery

    Rancho Santa Fe residents bound in home-invasion robbery

    A family was bound while gunmen ransacked their Rancho Santa Fe home late Friday, Jan. 12, in a robbery, sheriff’s officials said. The home invasion was reported about 11 p.m. on Stonebridge Lane, a dead-end road off of El Camino Real. It is a gated community of about two-dozen mansions on three-acre...

  • Helen Woodward Animal Center expansion begins

    Helen Woodward Animal Center expansion begins

    The Helen Woodward Animal Center is getting closer to its own forever home, finally breaking ground on its center expansion that will include a long-awaited, new and improved adoptions building. A small groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Rancho Santa Fe facility on Jan. 14 with Helen Woodward’s...

  • The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe debuts Morada remodel

    The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe debuts Morada remodel

    Morada at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe welcomed the new year with a whole new look. During the renovation in early 2013, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe moved the restaurant to the front of the hotel, taking over the old ballroom in an effort to capitalize on the sweeping views of the lawns at the center...

  • RSF School board discusses master plan, gym condition

    RSF School board discusses master plan, gym condition

    At its Jan. 11 meeting, the Rancho Santa Fe School District board heard presentations from two architectural firms as its considers a new or refreshed master plan as well as reconstruction, modernization or expansion of its R. Roger Rowe campus, particularly the school gym. The district put out...

  • Association considers fine schedule for Covenant violations

    Association considers fine schedule for Covenant violations

    The Rancho Santa Fe Association will soon have the ability to assess fines to members in violation of the Covenant, which it hasn’t been able to do since the document was drawn up in 1929. Per its governing documents, the only action the Association is able to take in the occurrence of a Covenant...

  • RSF's Max Root receives 2018 IMSA Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship

    RSF's Max Root receives 2018 IMSA Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship

    Max Root, a 17-year-old driver from Rancho Santa Fe, is the 2018 recipient of the IMSA Hurley Haywood GT3 Scholarship, which he will use toward a full-season ride in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season with Wright Motorsports, according to an IMSA news release. The scholarship,...

  • Candidate filing period opens for RSF School special election

    Candidate filing period opens for RSF School special election

    The candidate filing period for the Rancho Santa Fe School District’s April 24 special election began on Jan. 2 and will run through Jan. 26. A special election was forced after a petition of 110 signatures was submitted to the San Diego County Superintendent of Schools objecting to the school...

  • County continues review of Gateway project

    County continues review of Gateway project

    Developers of the new Gateway commercial building in the Rancho Santa Fe village are hoping to receive final approval from the County of San Diego in the next few months. The project aims to replace the existing gas station on the corner of Via de Santa Fe and La Granada with office and retail,...

  • Surfers, runners team up for 1 Wave Challenge to benefit Boys to Men

    Surfers, runners team up for 1 Wave Challenge to benefit Boys to Men

    The 1 Wave Challenge on Jan. 27 will combine 200 surfers attempting to break the Guinness World Record and a 5K and 5 mile run to benefit Boys to Men Mentoring.

  • Country Friends Giving Hearts dinner dance Feb. 2

    Country Friends Giving Hearts dinner dance Feb. 2

    The Country Friends will host its first annual Giving Hearts Dinner Dance at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club on Friday, Feb. 2. All proceeds will benefit The Country Friends Legacy Campaign, supporting local causes throughout San Diego. The event, emceed by Andrea Naversen, will unveil the 2018...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Association board approves resolution on easements

    Rancho Santa Fe Association board approves resolution on easements

    The Rancho Santa Fe Association board passed a resolution regarding easements at its Dec. 14 meeting, to fix an issue that had been brought to the board’s attention by staff. RSF Association President Fred Wasserman said that about 12 years ago, a member of the then-Art Jury decided that if someone...

  • Part 2: 2017 Rancho Santa Fe Year in Review

    Part 2: 2017 Rancho Santa Fe Year in Review

    Below is Part 2 of the 2017 Rancho Santa Fe Year in Review, which covers the second six months of the year. July -The 36th annual Fourth of July Parade hits the streets of Rancho Santa Fe. -The San Dieguito Union High School District continued to face questions on how it plans to address the issue...

  • One year in: County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar named chairwoman of board

    One year in: County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar named chairwoman of board

    In 2017, San Diego County District 3 Supervisor Kristin Gaspar was sworn into office, becoming the youngest woman ever elected to the board of supervisors. This month, Gaspar will become the new chairwoman of the board. Below, the former mayor of Encinitas reflects on her first year in office: ...

  • SDUHSD faces declining ridership, driver shortages with its bus service

    SDUHSD faces declining ridership, driver shortages with its bus service

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) is facing challenges about what to do about its transportation services. At the Dec. 14 board meeting, the SDUHSD board heard a report about the status of the program, in which bus ridership has decreased 65 percent in the last 10 years. “We...

  • Part 1: 2017 Rancho Santa Fe Year in Review

    Part 1: 2017 Rancho Santa Fe Year in Review

    Below is Part 1 of the 2017 Rancho Santa Fe Year in Review, which covers the first six months of the year. Look for Part 2, which covers the last six months of the year, in next week’s issue (Jan. 4, 2018). January - About 70 community volunteers gathered for “Plant Our Future,” planting 35 native...

  • Three elected officials vie to replace veteran County Supervisor Bill Horn

    Three elected officials vie to replace veteran County Supervisor Bill Horn

    Three candidates - all of them elected officials in North County - have made an early start in the race to succeed County Supervisor Bill Horn, who will be termed out of office next year after serving more than two decades in the District 5 supervisorial seat. San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond and Oceanside...

  • CHP support helps address Rancho Santa Fe issues

    CHP support helps address Rancho Santa Fe issues

    At its Dec. 15 meeting, the Rancho Santa Fe Association board extended its $160,000 two-year agreement with the California Highway Patrol to provide supplemental support in the Covenant. Since 2004, the Association has contracted with the CHP for supplemental overtime hours, in addition to the...

  • SDUHSD selects map for district elections

    SDUHSD selects map for district elections

    The San Dieguito Union High School District board has selected the map that will transform the district from an at-large election method to by-trustee voting areas. The board voted unanimously in favor of the “Cranberry 1” map, one of eight map options under consideration. The two Cranberry maps...

  • RSF board considers assessment of gym, facilities conditions

    RSF board considers assessment of gym, facilities conditions

    At the Dec. 14 Rancho Santa Fe School board meeting, board member Sarah Neal had requested a discussion regarding facilities planning and bond planning, recommending that the district consider hiring an independent firm to perform a facilities conditions assessment. She said her request was in...

  • Association may suspend charging privileges at The Inn at RSF

    Association may suspend charging privileges at The Inn at RSF

    The Rancho Santa Fe Association is considering discontinuing member charging privileges at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in an attempt to curb lost revenue and lost staff time. At the Dec. 15 board meeting, Association Controller Matthew Ditonto discussed the reasons behind the proposal. “With the...

  • Petition forces April special election for RSF School board

    Petition forces April special election for RSF School board

    A special election has been called for April 24, 2018 to fill the vacant Rancho Santa Fe School board seat.The election was forced after a petition of 110 signatures was submitted to the San Diego County Superintendent of Schools objecting to the school board’s appointment process — the first successful...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Association names Christy Whalen as manager

    Rancho Santa Fe Association names Christy Whalen as manager

    The Board of Directors of the Rancho Santa Fe Association announced Dec. 15 that Christy Whalen has been appointed manager of the RSF Association and Board Secretary following the retirement of Manager Bob Hall on Jan. 2, 2018. Whalen is currently Assistant Manager and Covenant Administrator. Prior...

  • Event honors longtime Rowe volleyball coach Jackie Mendez

    Event honors longtime Rowe volleyball coach Jackie Mendez

    “A Night to Honor Jackie Mendez” was held at a private Rancho Santa Fe home on Nov. 30, celebrating Mendez’s 25 years as the volleyball coach at R. Roger Rowe School, as well as her partnership with the nonprofit Starlings Volleyball Clubs as a new board member. The celebratory event was hosted...

  • CCA student Anne Liu named National YoungArts finalist

    CCA student Anne Liu named National YoungArts finalist

    Carmel Valley’s Anne Liu, a sophomore at Canyon Crest Academy, has been named a 2018 National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in Classical Music, the organization’s highest honor.

  • Illumina executive is honored for her efforts to apply DNA research

    Illumina executive is honored for her efforts to apply DNA research

    Invention of the microscope centuries ago revolutionized scientific perspective, unlocking a world previously hidden to human eyes and opening doors to improved medical treatments and hygiene. Today, another innovation promises exponentially greater rewards in understanding the nature of life and...

  • RSF Attack Holiday Soccer Camp to be held Dec. 26-29

    RSF Attack Holiday Soccer Camp to be held Dec. 26-29

    Once again Rancho Santa Fe Attack will be holding its Holiday Soccer Camp the week of Dec. 26-29. The camp is designed for all players who want to have fun on their break while working on their technical ability and improving their skills. “We do it every year because it fills a need,” said Marilee...

  • TPHS Red Ribbon Week shares tough consequences of drug, alcohol use

    TPHS Red Ribbon Week shares tough consequences of drug, alcohol use

    This year’s Torrey Pines Red Ribbon Week was one of the hardest and most emotional assemblies that teacher Don Collins said he had ever put together. It featured a man who was left a quadriplegic after a drunk driver struck him on his bicycle 40 years earlier and three heartbroken mothers of San...

  • Association holds town hall, reschedules regular meeting

    Association holds town hall, reschedules regular meeting

    The Rancho Santa Fe Association did not post the notice of its Dec. 7 regular board meeting in the required four days in advance so the meeting was turned into a town hall, discussing non-action items and taking public comment. The board rescheduled its regular board meeting for Friday, Dec. 15....

  • RSF Association manager stepping down

    RSF Association manager stepping down

    The Rancho Santa Fe Association will again search for a new manager for the second time in the last two years as it was announced Bob Hall will be retiring effective Jan. 2, 2018. “Due to some recent events in my personal life I’ve decided it is time for me to focus on the things I’ve wanted to...

  • RSF couple devoted to helping foster children

    RSF couple devoted to helping foster children

    Rancho Santa Fe residents Vivianne Villanueva Dhupa and Sarit Dhupa have become devoted to their mission of helping foster youth in San Diego County through their support of Promises2Kids. Promises2Kids (P2K) is a nonprofit originally founded as the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation of San Diego...

  • Resident celebrates 50 years living in his Rancho Santa Fe home

    Resident celebrates 50 years living in his Rancho Santa Fe home

    Dale Nelson has lived in his home in Rancho Santa Fe for half a century. The 92-year-old Nelson recently celebrated his 50-year anniversary in the house he moved his family into back in November 1967. Nelson, a World War II veteran who served in the Air Force, has an American flag proudly on display...

  • Cars and Coffee brings people together in Rancho Santa Fe

    Cars and Coffee brings people together in Rancho Santa Fe

    On Saturday, Dec. 2 there was a decidedly unique Rancho Santa Fe scene in the village: a man riding his horse among Lamborghinis and Ferraris. The treat for the eyes was complimentary of a newly established weekend gathering: Rancho Santa Fe Cars and Coffee. The informal event, held every Saturday...

  • Association delays decision on short-term rentals

    Association delays decision on short-term rentals

    The Rancho Santa Fe Association board has decided to delay its consideration of a new regulation prohibiting short-term housing in the Covenant. During the 30-day public comment period, the board received and reviewed over 60 member comments and elected to defer its Dec. 7 scheduled discussion...

  • Honor Flight thanks Rowe students with visit from World War II veteran

    Honor Flight thanks Rowe students with visit from World War II veteran

    A true hero visited the R. Roger Rowe School campus on Thursday, Nov. 30 after two patriotic third graders fundraised for Honor Flight San Diego, an organization that sends World War II veterans to Washington, D.C to visit the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice. Upon hearing about...

  • San Dieguito prepares to vote on district map Dec. 14

    San Dieguito prepares to vote on district map Dec. 14

    San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) is now considering six maps for its transition to “by-trustee areas.” The process to draw up map options to change from an at-large election method to trustee districts is being undertaken in response to threats of costly litigation for violations...

  • Progress made on RSF Association Regulatory Code update

    Progress made on RSF Association Regulatory Code update

    The Rancho Santa Fe Association is aiming to have a completed first draft of its update to the Regulatory Code in the next several weeks. The document, which hasn’t been updated since 2007, guides the Covenant Design Review Committee in its review of projects, to “ensure a uniform and reasonably...

  • RSF Firefighters team up with Toys for Tots for holiday Toy Drive

    RSF Firefighters team up with Toys for Tots for holiday Toy Drive

    The Rancho Santa Fe Firefighters are once again hosting their annual Toys for Tots holiday toy drive in hopes of making the season a bit brighter for local children. “We look forward to this event every year,” said Firefighter Kyle Carranza, who is coordinating this year’s toy drive. “It’s a simple...

  • Final prep underway for long-awaited lagoon restoration

    Final prep underway for long-awaited lagoon restoration

    A flurry of activity is underway to prepare for the long-awaited restoration of the San Elijo Lagoon, a nearly $120 million project planned for decades that starts in December.

  • Students speak up about classmate with BB gun at Torrey Pines

    Students speak up about classmate with BB gun at Torrey Pines

    Torrey Pines High School’s Safe Schools motto of “See something, hear something, say something” was put to effective use by students on Nov. 16 when students alerted administration that a fellow student was in possession of a BB gun on campus. “Fortunately, the safety of our students and staff...

  • Padres Pedal the Cause raises $1.8 million for cancer research

    Padres Pedal the Cause raises $1.8 million for cancer research

    Padres Pedal the Cause, founded by Rancho Santa Fe’s Bill and Amy Koman, raised $1.8 million for cancer research in San Diego on Nov. 11-12. The annual two-day cycling challenge brings together a community of cancer fighters, including survivors, families, children, doctors and researchers. More...

  • R. Roger Rowe students fundraise to send WWII veteran on Honor Flight

    R. Roger Rowe students fundraise to send WWII veteran on Honor Flight

    Patriotic R. Roger Rowe School third graders Madison Stine and Grace Miller raised $2,100 to send a World War II veteran from San Diego to Washington D.C. on an Honor Flight. Honor Flight San Diego, a nonprofit branch of a nationwide network, transports America’s veterans free of charge to Washington...

  • Petition calls for special election for RSF School board

    Petition calls for special election for RSF School board

    A group of Rancho Santa Fe residents has submitted a petition to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters to recall recently appointed board member Jon Yonemitsu and force a special election for the board vacancy on the Rancho Santa Fe School District board. In order to petition against the board’s...

  • RSF School continues information gathering on possible 2018 bond

    RSF School continues information gathering on possible 2018 bond

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District board continues to look toward addressing future needs, as it works on updating the facilities master plan and explores the possibility of a general obligation bond in 2018. In a 4-1 vote on Nov. 2, the board approved forming a non-standing advisory committee...

  • Rescue Express finds a new home in Rancho Santa Fe

    Rescue Express finds a new home in Rancho Santa Fe

    Rancho Santa Fe’s Mike McCarthy is the founder and heart of Rescue Express, saving lives by transporting animals from overpopulated and high-kill shelters in Southern California to rescue groups who find them forever homes in the Pacific Northwest. The nonprofit subsidiary of MGM Animal Foundation...

  • RSF Association considers prohibiting vacation rentals

    RSF Association considers prohibiting vacation rentals

    The Rancho Santa Fe Association is joining homeowners associations and cities across the state in considering prohibiting vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods. At its Nov. 2 meeting, the board approved posting the proposed new rental regulations for a 30-day public comment period. The...

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