Crazy Weather, Jan 2013

It seems like the weather has gone a bit over the edge this week! If you look at the National Weather Service page, and specifically the local Del Mar Weather Alerts, there's warnings for just about everything: rain, high tides, high surf, coastal flooding, strong winds, cold weather, snow in the local mountains! Note that the high tides will be in the mornings on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, and that the coldest weather will be Friday night (although, they've raised the forecast low a bit, to 37 degrees.)

One Paseo update, Jan 2013

Yes, Kilroy has reduced the size of One Paseo, but it's still out-of-scale with the surrounding community, and the change barely puts a dent in the traffic created by the project (now it's "only" 23,000 additional cars!) Sure, they've added a Trader Joe's (hey, we want a Trader Joe's, too!), but that's not the point. Trader Joe's would still work in a much smaller project, something that would fit in Carmel Valley.

If you're concerned, the project will be presented to the Carmel Valley Planning Board on Thursday, Jan 24 at 7:00 PM at the Canyon Crest Academy, Auditorium, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130. Additionally, I've heard that Kilroy is presenting a One Paseo Open House on Thursday, January 10 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Kilroy Centre Del Mar Campus, 3579 Valley Centre Drive, Suite 150, San Diego, CA 92130. If you have a minute, show up and tell them that the project is still too big.

Harvest Ranch gone, CV Farmers Market gone

Well, the Harvest Ranch Market in the Del Mar Plaza has closed (see the Carmel Valley News Story), as has the Carmel Valley Farmers Market. That means fewer choices in the area and more people driving into Carmel Valley for shopping. Let's hope the opening of the new Whole Foods at Flower Hill Promenade restores some balance, as it looks to be a beautiful facility! On the other hand, getting in and out of Flower Hill could be a challenge. Let's hope it works out for the best!

Pretty Please & Daisy Blue CCA Athletics Fundraiser

Pretty Please Fashion and Daisy Blue Proudly Support CCA Athletics with 20% of each purchase (Sundays during the month of December 2012 only) donated to CCA Athletics… simply mention CCA Athletics at checkout! The stores are located at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, 12925 El Camino Real. See the CCA Foundation Page for more.

2013 Ocean Air Rec Center Winter Program and Registration

Download the new 2013 Ocean Air Recreation Center Winter Program Brochure and check out all the activities available at the Ocean Air location. Program registration begins December 15, 2012. See the program for complete program and registration information.

2013 CV Rec Center Winter Program and Registration

The 2013 Winter Program for the Carmel Valley Recreation Center is now available, complete with online program registration details. Register Online at the SD City Online Registration Portal ( Registration instructions are in the brochure at the top of page 8, with class registration already underway. Note that online registration requires you to create an online account. If you have questions, or if you'd rather deal with a person, you can also register in-person at the CV Rec Center. For additional information, read the brochure or call the Rec Center at 858-552-1616.

Music at the CV Library, December 12, 2012

December’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library and the Del Mar Heights office of the Union Bank will be presented on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s community room. It will feature Semi-Sweet, a group of local musical moms who will present a program of holiday songs. Semi-Sweet was formed 12 years ago and has since performed at a variety of public and private venues in San Diego, including this library. Its members are Linda Bessey, Christine Francis, Elizabeth Ingersoll, Carolyn Johnson, Raquel Lonas, Mary Beth Rane, and Karen Schooley. The program will last 45 minutes. The Library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley, San Diego. For further information call (858) 552-1668 or see the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library website at

SPECIAL CV Planning Board Meeting: Regional Issues on Dec 12, 2012

A special meeting of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board's Regional Issues Subcommitte (RIS) next week to discuss the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. Meeting Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 4:30 to 5:30 PM at the Pardee Homes office, 6025 Edgewood Bend Court, San Diego, CA 92130. There is a single item on the agenda: "Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch - Consider Coast Income Propertiesʼ proposal for the redesign of the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. CIP proposes reducing the planned retail area and increasing the residential units. Applicant: Coast Income Consultant: Randi Coopersmith, Latitude 33." Additional information on the planning board and its subcommittees can be found at the CV Planning Board Page on this site. NOTE: A community web page with additional information on the Village at PHR is available at

San Diego Election Results are Final

Remember the election? Seems like forever ago! Well, the County has finally finished counting the votes, and the site has the final, official results! The San Dieguito school bond (Prop AA) did pass, but the Mira Costa and Del Mar bonds did not. Other results did not change with the final count. Good thing, because the City government officials had already been sworn in! The state results still aren't complete, but all votes must be counted by December 7, with the results certified by December 14. See the California Secretary of State site for complete details.

Teddy Bear Drive to benefit Rady Childrens Hospital

One of my favorite holiday (and beyond!) toy drives, the local Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive! This is a drive to collect stuffed animals for kids at Rady Children's Hospital. My kids have benefitted from this, and for a child, getting a stuffed animal after surgery is very comforting. The local Carmel Valley Police Station on El Camino Real will have a collection box at the front counter for new stuffed animals with tags still attached. Drop off on Mondays or Thursdays, 8am-4pm. The last day to give a bear is December 10th. For more information contact JST Officer Brigitta Belz (858) 523-7027, or see the SDPD Northwestern Division Facebook Page.

Two people hit by cars last week, please be careful!

We live in an area with very busy streets, with the traffic often causing people to try to "beat" the signal or drive faster that they otherwise might. Just last week, there were two incidents in Carmel Valley where people were hit by cars: In Torrey Hills, a man was killed when jaywalking across Carmel Mountain Road, and a nanny pushing a stroller was hit (minor injuries) crossing Carmel Creek Road near Piazza Carmel. As the community development increases (with the build-out of Pacific Highlands Ranch, additional development at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, and the eventual construction of something at the One Paseo site), the traffic will only get worse. If you're driving or walking out there, please try to be careful!

San Diego Women's 1/2 Marathon looking for Volunteers

The San Diego Women's 1/2 Marathon is looking for volunteers. The event, to be held February 24, 2013, has lots of opportunities for volunteers, and with over 500 positions available, there is a spot for everyone, including teams, groups, corporate groups, or just friends and family. See a complete list of days, jobs and shifts, at the Women's 1/2 Marathon website.

CCA's Envision program Festival of the Arts, 12/8/2012

Canyon Crest Academy's Envision Program presents the Festival of the Arts on Saturday, December 8th, 2012 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. This event, held on the CCA campus, highlights and benefits the Vocal Art, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Cinema, Theater and Dance programs at CCA. Come and enjoy food and art with CCA Students! Tickets available at the door, or on the CCA Envision Events/Ticket Page ($6 for students, $10 for adults.) See the CCA Envision Page or the CCA Envision Events/Tickets Page for more.

Interview Tips and Techniques for Teens, Dec 5, 2012

On Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 7:00PM in the CCA Media Center, Canyon Crest Academy Foundation is pleased to host Peggy Wallace of Making Conversation, LLC in, "Present Your Best Self: Interview Tips and Techniques for Teens". Open to the entire community, this talk presents interview strategies for College Admissions, Internships, Jobs and Scholarships. You will learn how to: Create interview opportunities, Craft your personal talking points, Tell memorable strengths stories, and Make the Interviewer YOUR Advocate! Teens (and their parents) will leave with actionable, concrete ideas, preparation tools and a substantive, content-rich handout. Suggested Donation is $5 at the door. Proceeds will benefit CCA's Counseling, College & Career Services. See the CCA Foundation Website for complete information.

Love to Dance Company Dancers Perform During the Holidays

The Company Dancers from the Love to Dance school will perform at Del Mar’s Winter Wonderland on December 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm, and at the 1st annual Carmel Valley 5K and Kid’s Fun Run on December 8, 2012 (around 8:30 am!) The Del Mar Winter Wonderland event is located on the plaza in the Village of Del Mar, Dec 1 at 3:30pm. The Carmel Valley 5K starts at Carmel Del Mar Elementary School, with the performance around 8:30am. Don’t miss these free events to see this wonderful group athletes entertain you this holiday season. For more information and class schedules, see or Phone (858) 229-0120.

Toys for Tots Drop Off Locations, Nov 2012

Dr. Lori Ann Safar's Celebrity Smile Spa at 12750 Carmel Country Rd, #200, is a Toys for Tots drop off location. Bring your new, unwrapped toys, now through December 18. For info, call (858) 481-8688, or Also, the Ocean Air Recreation Center is collecting for San Diego Toys For Tot’s and the San Diego Food Bank this Holiday Season. Bring an unwrapped toy or bag of nonperishable canned food to Ocean Air Recreation Center (through Nov 30, 2012), located at 4770 Fairport Way, 858-552-1687.

CV Library Sale of Extraordinary Books, Dec 1, 2012

A book sale at the CV Library! On Saturday, December 1, Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will present: A Sale of Extraordinary Books! The sale will feature rare & antiquarian books, signed first editions, out-of-print art books, children’s books, history books, and much, much more. Each book will be priced separately at far less than you would pay for a similar book elsewhere. All funds raised from this special sale of extraordinary books will go to support the Carmel Valley Library. The sale runs from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m, at the CV Library, located at 3919 Townsgate Drive. For further information call (858) 552-1668 or see the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library website at

Two Holiday Celebrations at the Town Center, Dec. 2012

The Del Mar Highlands Town Center will kick off the Holidays with a Christmas celebration on Wednesday, December 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. This includes a holiday laser light show, take your own photo opportunities with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elf, sing along with Dickens' Carolers, performances by local schools, complimentary hot chocolate and cookies and a special holiday surprise. Bring a toy to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. On the following weekend, Sunday, December 9, the center will host a Menorah Lighting with Congregation Beth Am, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

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Ocean Air Park Snow Day and Pancake Breakfast, Dec 1, 2012

Join the community for a Snow Day at The Park! The Ocean Air Recreation Council invites you and your family to our Annual Holiday Morning of Giving. Help support San Diego Toys For Tots & San Diego Food Bank! Saturday, December 1st, 8:30am-10:30am at the Ocean Air Recreation Center. Bring an unwrapped toy or bag of nonperishable food to receive 4 tickets to our Holiday Pancake Breakfast! Enjoy the festivities: 50 foot Snow Sled Run, Kid’s Bounce House, Visit from Santa, Arts & Crafts, Music, Fun & Games, Face Painting!! Ocean Air Recreation Center 4770 Fairport Way, San Diego, Ca 92130 - (858) 552-1687. You can download the brochure in two parts: The Snow Day Brochure Front Page and the Snow Day Brochure Back Page. Bring an unwrapped toy or bag of nonperishable canned food to Ocean Air Recreation Center (11/5/12-11/30/12) to receive 4 tickets to our Holiday Pancake Breakfast! Breakfast will be served December 1st, 8:30m -10:30am (Breakfast tickets can be purchased for $5 the day of the event!) For more info contact the Recreation Center staff at 858-552-1687.

Prop AA leaps ahead, good for San Dieguito Schools

For the first time, the Prop AA bond for the San Dieguito Schools has pushed above the required 55% threshold, with 55.16% voting YES. While you may be concerned about the cost of the bonds, this should be good for the public education system in Carmel Valley, which has some very successful and very crowded schools. The Registrar of Voters for San Diego County (see has updated its vote count again, and as of Nov 16 at 4:25 PM, Prop AA is ahead. The count is not complete, but things look good for passage.

SD Police, Northwestern Division Updates

The San Diego Police Department's Northwestern Division (our local station) has a new Community Relations Officer, Natalie Hone, SDPD Northwestern Division, 12592 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130. Her email is, and her phone numbers are: (d) 858-523-7031, or (f) 858-523-7023. Officer Hone will be maintaining the old email contact list (email her to be added), or you can now view the SDPD Northwestern Facebook page, or the new SDPD Northwestern Twitter feed.

Election Update: Prop AA Closer, but not quite (yet)

The Registrar of Voters for San Diego County (see has updated its vote counts twice now, on Thursday and Friday (they've said they'll have updates every day at 5:00 PM, I don't know about weekends...) Update: New results as of Nov 14 at 4:25 PM. If you want to keep up-to-date on the numbers, ignore all the news sites and go straight to and follow the "Election Results" links. Be sure to refresh the results page to get the latest numbers! Currently, all of the results are unchanged, but Prop AA (San Dieguito School Bonds) is getting very close to the 55% required for passage. Immediately after the election, it was at 54.47%, now it's at 54.63% (only 0.37%, or about 200 votes short or passage.) If the trend continues, it could pass by the slightest of margins. Unfortunately, this is too close to call. FWIW, on Wednesday, there were 475,000 ballots to count, then 375,000 on Thursday, and now 325,000 remaining on Friday. It could be another week or more before the counting finishes. As of Nov 12 at 4:35 PM, there are now 260,000 ballots remaining, and Prop AA is 54.74% Yes. As of Nov 13 at 4:39 PM, there are now 210,000 ballots remaining, and Prop AA is 54.87% Yes. As of Nov 14 at 4:25 PM, there are now 160,000 ballots remaining, and Prop AA is 54.94% Yes. For the first time, the count has moved back -- As of Nov 15 at 4:25 PM, there are now 120,000 ballots remaining, and Prop AA is 54.92% Yes (55% required for passage.)

SPECIAL CV Planning Board Regional Issues Meeting for PHR, Nov 14, 2012

A special meeting of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board's Regional Issues Subcommitte (RIS) next week on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 on site in Pacific Highlands Ranch (out at the end of Del Mar Heights Road, near Canyon Crest Academy.) The RIS group will meet at two different locations (see the CV RIS Agenda for details) to discuss the Taylor Morrison Kasai Property and a proposed 177 unit development on 26 acres, then to discuss the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch mixed-use shopping center. Download the CV RIS Agenda here. Additional information on the planning board and its subcommittees can be found at the CV Planning Board Page on this site.

CV Rec Council Meeting, Nov 6, 2012

The Carmel Valley Recreation Council will meet on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Carmel Valley Recreation Center (3777 Townsgate Drive.) The CV Rec Council Meeting Agenda is attached here, or see the CV Parks Page for additional information on parks in the community and their operation. On the agenda are: field renovations, unfunded needs list update, Sunday field use, CVRC Board Officers, and a number of financial items. See the agenda for complete details.

CV Planning Subcommittees: MAD & Regional Issues, Nov 2012

Two of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board's Subcommittes meet this week: MAD on Tuesday, and Regional Issues on Wednesday. The Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) subcommittee will meet on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm at the Carmel Valley Rec Center. Download the CV MAD Agenda here. There is also a CV MAD City Staff Report that you can read. MAD will discuss the 2014 budget, trees at Carmel Country and Del Mar Trails, and a proposal by the City to convert passive parks into active use parks. The Regional Issues Subcommittee (RIS) will meet on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm at the CV LIBRARY. Download the CV RIS Agenda here. The RIS meeting will discuss the St. John Garabed Armenian Church in the river valley, and a proposed expansion of the All Creatures Veterinary Hospital near Mary's Tack. Additional information on the planning board and its subcommittees can be found at the CV Planning Board Page on this site.

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