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  • Harmony Grove girl missing for three weeks

    Harmony Grove girl missing for three weeks

    A Harmony Grove family is looking for help for their missing daughter, 15-year-old Seraphine Bustillos, who disappeared over three weeks ago. Known as Sara, she was last seen on July 22 in the early morning on Fortuna Del Sur in a rural neighborhood of Harmony Grove. Sara disappeared from her home,...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Firefighters team up to fundraise Aug. 25 for FireFighterAid

    Rancho Santa Fe Firefighters team up to fundraise Aug. 25 for FireFighterAid

    On Friday, Aug. 25, from 5-8 p.m., the Rancho Santa Fe Firefighters Association Local 4349 will partner with Atomic Groove and the Belly Up Tavern to host a fundraiser benefiting San Diego-based 501(c)(3) FirefighterAid and the San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. “Atomic Groove’s ‘Back to Skool’...

  • 55 years in the making, Palma de la Reina takes flight

    55 years in the making, Palma de la Reina takes flight

    Back in the 1960s, developer Richard Cavanaugh used to fly his airplane from Los Angeles over San Diego scouting potential properties. Flying over Rancho Santa Fe, he spotted the ideal open space, a farming area for sale along the San Dieguito River Valley. “I was looking for something for a golf...

  • Secret Car Club discontinues Saturday village meet-ups

    Secret Car Club discontinues Saturday village meet-ups

    Rancho Santa Fe’s Secret Car Club Saturday meet-ups have been discontinued. The popular club, which was not truly a secret, brought classic cars and people together in the village on weekend mornings. On Aug. 13, founder Chris Erickson sent out a notice to all club members. “Watching the group...

  • Osuna family visits their Ranch roots

    Osuna family visits their Ranch roots

    The descendents of early Rancho Santa Fe settler Juan Maria Osuna recently returned to the Osuna Ranch

  • RSF Superintendent leads effort for action plan for growth

    RSF Superintendent leads effort for action plan for growth

    Entering his second school year as the leader of the Rancho Santa Fe School District, Superintendent David Jaffe has his eyes focused on the future and on setting up an action plan for the continuous growth. As he announced in spring, Jaffe plans to take the district through a “self-study” process...

  • Short-term rentals to be considered in RSF regulatory code ammendments

    Short-term rentals to be considered in RSF regulatory code ammendments

    On Aug. 3, the Rancho Santa Fe Association board approved a $30,000 contract with Rick Engineering to work on amending its regulatory code. The code, which includes the organization’s construction, building and operational regulations, has not been updated since 2008. Building Commissioner Tom...

  • Aug. 10: Event briefs

    Aug. 10: Event briefs

    Del Mar Racetrack events On Friday Aug. 11, The White Buffalo will kick off the weekend. Saturday Aug. 12, fill up on craft brews and unlimited delicious burgers from all around San Diego at Burgers and Brews! Then hang around and see the hip-hop legend Ludacris perform. On Sunday, celebrate family...

  • Save the date for Rotary's Taste of Rancho Santa Fe Oct. 1

    Save the date for Rotary's Taste of Rancho Santa Fe Oct. 1

    The 2017 Taste of Rancho Santa Fe takes place on Sunday, Oct. 1

  • Rancho Santa Fe School District crafts strategic plan for the arts

    Rancho Santa Fe School District crafts strategic plan for the arts

    After a year of reflection, thoughtfulness and hard work to determine the best path for the visual and performing arts at R. Roger Rowe School, the Rancho Santa Fe School District board approved the new strategic plan for the arts at its Aug. 3 meeting. To help develop the plan, Superintendent...

  • Foundation to host Newcomers’ events for R. Roger Rowe School

    Foundation to host Newcomers’ events for R. Roger Rowe School

    The Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation will host its annual Newcomers’ Welcome Pool Parties for new families to the Rancho Santa Fe School District. These parties are an opportunity to meet others and make new friends prior to the beginning of the school year. Parents of current students host...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society event Aug. 12 honors Lilian Rice

    Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society event Aug. 12 honors Lilian Rice

    The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society is hosting “Historic Places – A Celebration of Master Architect Lilian Jeanette Rice” on Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club from 3-5 p.m. Rice’s art and architectural prowess is what made Rancho Santa Fe the special place for which it is...

  • New chapter in Rancho Santa Fe businessman’s career focuses on the silver screen

    New chapter in Rancho Santa Fe businessman’s career focuses on the silver screen

    After working on the East Coast for two decades in global capital markets, John Cappetta and his family moved to Rancho Santa Fe, where he invested in small companies and real estate, and in 2013 formed his own investment company, Andesite Capital, of which he is founder and CEO. The latest chapter...

  • RSF Historical Society event honors Lilian Rice Aug. 12

    RSF Historical Society event honors Lilian Rice Aug. 12

    The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society is hosting “Historic Places – A Celebration of Master Architect Lilian Jeanette Rice” on Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club from 3-5 p.m. Rice’s art and architectural prowess is what made Rancho Santa Fe the special place for which it is...

  • San Dieguito's ATP program to move to La Costa Canyon

    San Dieguito's ATP program to move to La Costa Canyon

    Facing criticism from parents over the decision to house students in the Adult Transition Program (ATP) in two portable classrooms on the new Earl Warren Middle School campus, the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) invited parents to to tour the facility and participate in a special...

  • Ponsaty ousted; Rancho Santa Fe restaurant to close

    Ponsaty ousted; Rancho Santa Fe restaurant to close

    One year after French chef Patrick Ponsaty lent his name and expertise to a new fine-dining restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe, Ponsaty’s is closing. Officials with Grand Restaurant Group, for whom Ponsaty spent the past four years as corporate chef, announced Friday, July 28, that Ponsaty’s will close...

  • July 28: Event briefs

    July 28: Event briefs

    Torrey Pines High School Football will host its annual “Kick Off Party” fundraising golf tournament on Saturday, Aug. 5

  • Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club to hold 5th Annual Taste of Rancho Santa Fe

    Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club to hold 5th Annual Taste of Rancho Santa Fe

    The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club recently announced that Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is this year’s title sponsor of the 5th Annual Taste of Rancho Santa Fe. “We are so pleased that Pacific Sotheby’s has joined us as title sponsor and grateful for their support, “said RSF resident Lauren...

  • Fairbanks Ranch residents win medals in tennis at 20th World Maccabiah Games

    Fairbanks Ranch residents win medals in tennis at 20th World Maccabiah Games

    Fairbanks Ranch residents Judy and Larry Belinsky, along with Andy Harrison, recently returned from Israel where they won medals at the 20th Maccabiah Games. About 9,500 Jewish athletes from over 80 countries gathered at the third largest international sporting competition in the world. Athletes...

  • Rancho Coastal Humane Society to open Wildlife Center in the fall

    Rancho Coastal Humane Society to open Wildlife Center in the fall

    Injured and sick wild squirrels and some types of birds will soon have a place to recover in North County. The Rancho Coastal Humane Society will open the San Diego Wildlife Center in the fall. The center, which will be located in an industrial part of Carlsbad on Camino Vida Robles, will provide...

  • Local offers tips on birdwatching in Rancho Santa Fe

    Local offers tips on birdwatching in Rancho Santa Fe

    The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild’s monthly Coffee and Conversation series attracted a flock of both fledgling and experienced bird watchers on July 20 who were interested in learning more about Rancho Santa Fe’s local feathered friends. Rancho Santa Fe’s Sandy Yayanos, who has a master’s degree...

  • Giving Back: RSF Rotary fills backpacks for military families

    Giving Back: RSF Rotary fills backpacks for military families

    The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary stuffed 74 new backpacks full of school supplies on Wednesday, July 19 for the Exceptional Family Member Program at Camp Pendleton. The program is for military families who have children with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, blindness, cancer, spinal cord injuries...

  • SOUL charter school lands in Solana Beach

    SOUL charter school lands in Solana Beach

    The San Dieguito Union High School District’s first charter school, the School of Universal Learning (SOUL), has finally found its home. SOUL will open for its first day of school on Aug. 29 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Harper Branch in Solana Beach. Securing a facility had been founders...

  • Pop-up art displays appearing in Rancho Santa Fe area

    Pop-up art displays appearing in Rancho Santa Fe area

    Art has been “popping up” for a few days each time recently at various Rancho Santa Fe locations. The artist, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the art pieces are designed as a give-back to the community: “Simply to make someone smile for a brief moment in a hectic world.” The photos above and...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund supports The Elizabeth Hospice Children’s Bereavement Program

    Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund supports The Elizabeth Hospice Children’s Bereavement Program

    The Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund recently awarded The Elizabeth Hospice a grant of $18,042 in support of the Children’s Bereavement Services. The Elizabeth Hospice provides the most comprehensive counseling and grief support services for all ages in the region. Services are available to the community-at-large,...

  • Solana Beach sues Fairgrounds over proposed arena

    Solana Beach sues Fairgrounds over proposed arena

    The $13 million proposal to transform the off-track betting center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds has ground to a halt, with the City of Solana Beach filing suit to force a lengthy environmental review. The 22nd District Agricultural Association (DAA), which owns and operates the fairgrounds, has rebuffed...

  • San Dieguito parents demand solution for ‘unequal’ portable classrooms

    San Dieguito parents demand solution for ‘unequal’ portable classrooms

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board continues to face questions on how it plans to address the issue of the ATP (adult transition program) portables on the Earl Warren Middle School campus. Parents feel that the conditions are “separate and unequal” with two portables on...

  • The Crosby Club thriving under new ownership

    The Crosby Club thriving under new ownership

    There have been a lot of changes at The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe since Bando Group assumed ownership of the club on Jan. 30. Over the last few years, The Crosby went through bankruptcy and litigation between the club and the homeowners association before it was sold at public auction to Bando...

  • Torrey Pines football's fundraising golf tournament on Aug. 5

    Torrey Pines football's fundraising golf tournament on Aug. 5

    Torrey Pines High School Football will host its annual “Kick Off Party” fundraising golf tournament on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. The fundraiser supports more than 150 young athletes in the Falcon football program. The nine-hole golf tournament kicks off at 2:30 p.m....

  • With new and returning favorite events, Del Mar primed for a ‘fantastic’ racing season

    With new and returning favorite events, Del Mar primed for a ‘fantastic’ racing season

    Del Mar is on top of the world. Not only is the seaside oval the site of this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, it will serve as the home of Arrogate, currently the No. 1-ranked racehorse in the universe. The big, gray 4-year-old colt is scheduled to make his next start in...

  • Parents, coaches express support for TPHS Foundation

    Parents, coaches express support for TPHS Foundation

    When Nicole Baril’s children got to Torrey Pines High School, she had no idea what a foundation was. She thought the Torrey Pines High School Foundation had nothing to do with her, it did not impact her kids and it wasn’t something she needed to be a part of. But as her kids moved through the school...

  • RSF School to purchase new iPads to replace Chromebooks

    RSF School to purchase new iPads to replace Chromebooks

    Rancho Santa Fe School students will be making the switch from Chromebooks to iPads next year. At the June 22 school board meeting, the RSF School District board approved $352,174 to purchase 820 iPads. The cost includes trade-ins of current iPads the district owns. Six years ago, the district...

  • Report finds no evidence of 'pay to play' at Torrey Pines

    Report finds no evidence of 'pay to play' at Torrey Pines

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) recently completed its response to allegations that the Torrey Pines High School (TPHS) baseball team was in violation of district policies and state law. After an independent investigation by the Sobel Group, the district sent a response to...

  • Rancho Santa Fe School District's LCAP outlines goals for coming school year

    Rancho Santa Fe School District's LCAP outlines goals for coming school year

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District approved its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and budget for the 2017-18 school year over two special meetings on June 21 and June 22. The LCAP is required by the state for the district to show how it will spend state funding from the Local Control Funding...

  • Thrive in the Ranch launches its Summer Season June 28

    Thrive in the Ranch launches its Summer Season June 28

    Next Wednesday, June 28 will mark the first “Pizza Picnics at The Inn” sponsored by “Thrive in The Ranch!” From 4:30 -7:30 p.m., fun-loving folks from all generations are invited to gather on the front lawns of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe where they can enjoy a cash bar, purchase delicious pizza,...

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