CARMEL VALLEY NEWS www.delmartimes.net
Volume 30 Number 13
June 12, 2014
Del Mar residents give input on city hall planning
‘Night Under the Stars’
■ TPHS harpist awarded prestigious scholarship. Page 5.
Sage Canyon Elementary School students show their spirit during the ‘Night Under the Stars’ family event held June 5 at the school. See page B21 for more photos. For photos online, visit www.delmartimes.net. PHOTO/JON CLARK
■ CCHS pitcher #1 MLB pick. Page 4
■ For photos of social, school and community events, see pages 1-28, B1-B24.
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BY KRISTINA HOUCK Although there were mixed opinions on some project details, residents who attended a workshop June 9 generally agreed that a 9,250-square-foot city hall, 100-seat town hall and 15,000-square-foot plaza would meet Del Mar’s needs. About 70 people filled the Del Mar Communications Center to discuss the status of the project — a year after the City Council agreed to plan to replace the deteriorating city hall at 1050 Camino del Mar. It was never the city’s plan to permanently remain in the former schoolhouse. In fact, city officials began planning for a new city hall shortly after purchasing the old St. James Academy property in 1975. Originally built
in the 1920s and expanded in 1956, the two school buildings remain in much of the same condition, with 40 percent of city hall unusable due to safety concerns. “I think we all recognize that we need a new city hall,” said Deputy Mayor Al Corti, who opened and closed the workshop. “This one was condemned in 1975, and half of it has not even been used since then. It’s in dire need of improvements.” During the workshop, attendees gathered at six tables where council members and city staff helped facilitate discussion about basic plans, parking needs and additional uses on the site. Staff presented a basic municipal program, which See HALL, page 6
Local high school students talk with Earl Warren middle schoolers about positive influences BY KRISTINA HOUCK Growing up, Spencer attended eight different schools. He had trouble making friends and he experimented with drugs. Now a senior at a local high school, Spencer plans to join the U.S. Navy Reserves and study graphic design after graduation.
“I was pretty lost and alone,” said Spencer during a presentation at Earl Warren Middle School. He talked openly about being arrested for drug possession. “But it doesn’t have to be that rough. I found positive influences.” Spencer was one of several high school students
who visited seventh- and eighth-grade English classrooms and talked about positive influences June 3 and 4 at Earl Warren. Students from Canyon Crest Academy, San Dieguito Academy and Torrey Pines High School participated in the two-day event, which was organized by members of
Earl Warren’s Friends of Rachel Club. “They’re so wonderful and open and genuine,” said English teacher Cheryl Yoshida after one of the presentations. “These kids really do worry about high school, so I think it’s a great bridge to make those connections.”
Groundbreaking held for San Dieguito’s ‘Middle School 5’ BY KAREN BILLING San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) broke ground on its 10th school, the new “Middle School 5” in Pacific Highlands Ranch on June 6, set to open in fall 2015. Superintendent Rick Schmitt said he was “pleased and proud” to lead a celebration of all the people who helped make the groundbreaking happen on the 13.8-acre property on Carmel Valley Road, next to Canyon Crest Academy. Schmitt said he moved
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San Dieguito Union High School District broke ground on the new Middle School 5 in Pacific Highlands Ranch on June 6. At center, Congressman Scott Peters and Superintendent Rick Schmitt, flanked by SDUHSD board members Beth Hergesheimer, left, and Joyce Dalessandro and Amy Herman, right.
his family to Carmel Valley 15 years ago for the fabulous schools and his children benefited immensely from this district. “I’m confident that San Dieguito Union High School District’s 10th school will be just as great as the other nine,” Schmitt said. “Thanks to the community for your trust and support, the passing of Proposition AA (in 2012) was the key element that brings us to break ground on the new
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School counselor Lisa Curry, a handful of teachers and a number of Earl Warren students launched the Friends of Rachel Club after the nonprofit organization, Rachel’s Challenge, hosted a school-wide assembly at the school earlier this year.
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CV planning board regional issues subcommittee reviews Corallina mixed-use project BY KAREN BILLING The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board’s regional issues subcommittee expressed concerns about massing and the modern-contemporary architecture of the proposed Corallina mixed-use project at its June 4 meeting. Randi Coopersmith, senior principal planner of Latitude 33, accepted the comments as plan developments continue and reminded the subcommittee that this is where they will start to see the density and height in Pacific Highlands Ranch, as it is the village center. Corallina’s plan recently changed from featuring 30,000 square feet of medical office space to 30,000 square feet of retail along with 109 residential units. The site sits on 5 acres off Carmel Valley Road, next to the future Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch (the home of the new Trader Joe’s). Along Village Way, a continuation of a road from the next door Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, the project is proposed to be vertical mixed-use with four stories of residential flats above retail. The units will have patios and balconies that look out onto the street and Village Way will feature wide sidewalks, a raised crosswalk and angled parking. Twenty-one affordable housing units will be above retail across the street. In another part of the project, three-story townhomes will face the Carmel Valley Road frontage, behind a soundwall. Subcommittee chair Jan Fuchs said they should avoid creating an “urban tunnel” with a straight-line mass of buildings on the road. Fuchs and other committee members asked for
Solana Beach man crashes car into utility pole BY KRISTINA HOUCK Two Solana Beach homes lost power in the morning on June 5 after a man crashed his car into a utility pole. A 64-year-old resident was reportedly driving south on Granados Avenue when he swerved his car to avoid hitting an unidentified animal in the road just before 9 a.m., said San Diego County Sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Tomaiko. The Solana Beach resident did not sustain any injuries, but he had his 1999 black Kia Sportage towed from the scene. Crews worked on the damaged pole to restore San Diego Gas & Electric, Time Warner Cable and AT&T services, which were down for two nearby houses, Tomaiko said. “It’s going to be a civil issue between his insurance company and them,” Tomaiko said. “We didn’t get any estimates of any damages.” Residents have expressed concerns
about traffic safety on the curved street before. Gerri Retman-Opper, whose home is located directly behind the utility pole, said she and her husband have placed boulders around the pole to protect it from traffic. She recalled one incident where a driver hit a city-owned sign on the street that was once located near the pole. The boulders were moved and tire marks were left behind in the small gravel lot in front of her house. Passing cars have also hit the side-view mirrors of cars parked in the gravel, she added. “It’s real easy to lose control,” she said. “It really is a dangerous curve.” Authorities said there haven’t been any accidents near the site in the last year, but they encouraged community members to contact the city or the sheriff’s department directly if they have any concerns.
Boy critically injured after falling out Del Mar hotel window
Panera and Rite Aid coming to Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch
BY CITY NEWS SERVICE An investigation is under way in Del Mar, where a 7-year-old Korean boy visiting San Diego with his family apparently fell approximately 30 to 35 feet out a third-story hotel window, critically injuring himself. The fall at the Clarion Del Mar Inn at 720 Camino Del Mar was reported at 6:21 p.m. June 5, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Dustin Lopez. The family told investigators that the boy was left alone to play in a hotel room when the fall occurred, Lopez said in a statement, adding family members discovered he had fallen after they went to check on him. “It is unknown if the window was previously open or opened by the child prior to the fall,” he said, adding that the boy landed on an asphalt parking lot. Paramedics airlifted him to Rady Children’s Hospital to treat a broken femur and major head trauma, according to the sergeant, who described the boy’s condition as “critical.”
BY KAREN BILLING As construction moves along on the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, two new signed tenants — Panera Bread and Rite Aid— have been announced to join the previously-announced Trader Joe’s. “We are excited to have signed leases with these initial tenants,” said Dan Curran of Coast Income Properties. “We have more tenant interest on this project than on any other project we’ve been involved in and we are finalizing leases with some tenants who will be new to the Carmel Valley area. We expect our ultimate tenant mix, coupled with all of the amenities we will have on site, to make this a destination for Pacific Highlands Ranch, Carmel Valley, and the surrounding areas as well.” The Village will include a variety of restaurants and retailers, including a possible health club and a proposed day spa. Several of the restaurants will spill out onto a large, almost football field-size Village Square. The project will also include 331 multi-family units surrounding a Village Green.
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Cathedral Catholicâ€™s Brady Aiken Number 1 MLB pick, drafted by the Houston Astros BY ROB LEDONNE Brady Aiken, the Cathedral Catholic High School senior who seemed destined for greatness throughout his young baseball career, hit the national spotlight after getting drafted by the Houston Astros as the number one draft pick in the United States last week. Broadcast live on MLB Television and reported on by sports media worldwide, Aiken instantly became one of the most recognizable names in baseball (and a national trending topic on Twitter), when he was announced as the number one prospect in the country after years of honing his craft and months of rumors about his ranking. Gary Remiker, Aikenâ€™s (now former) baseball coach at Cathedral Catholic, was one of many in North County watching as Aiken suddenly turned from a Southern California sports star to a national one. â€œI was sitting on the couch watching it on TV with my wife and my assistant coach, and when they announced Bradyâ€™s name we all started cheering,â€? Remiker said. â€œThere was a lead up to that moment for weeks; until they announced he was actually number one we were all cautiously optimistic, nervous, and excited all at once. I think itâ€™s pretty safe to say that this will never again happen in my career.â€? Being named number one is a double honor for Aiken, considering only two high school pitchers have been taken first in the entire history of the modern draft (which dates back to 1965). In addition, 17-year-old Aiken is initially set to make upwards of $8 million (which is a bonus â€œslotâ€? payment the number one pick receives). Aiken beat out a nation full of hot baseball prospects to attain the number one ranking, including Tyler Kolek (a Texas-born pitcher whoâ€™s headed for the Miami Marlins) and Carlos Radon (another pitcher headed for the Chicago White Sox from North Carolina). â€œThese past few months for Brady and his family have been chaotic to say the least,â€? Remiker said. â€œThere were 30 MLB teams who wanted to meet him to find out what heâ€™s like and how he handles himself. There were media outlets who were trying to get interviews with him and book photo shoots, and all of it was very taxing on his time. Throughout it all, he did an amazing job handling everything. For me as
scrutiny on the Cathedral Catholic baseball team this year. â€œI had the best seat in the house for all of his starts. Based on natural talent alone, heâ€™d be one of the better pitchers in San Diego. However, that can only get you so far, because what set Brady apart was his work ethic. Heâ€™d get up at 5 a.m. to go to the gym for conditioning, would always take great care of his body, and he constantly avoided many of the temptations a senior in high school may come across.â€? When speaking to ESPN after getting drafted, Aiken was understandably emotional, saying the moment was â€œUnbelievable. Itâ€™s really a dream come true. This is something that Iâ€™ve wanted ever since I was a young kid. Iâ€™m at a loss for words. This is my dream and itâ€™s finally starting to come true.â€?
Brady Aiken celebrates getting drafted by posing with his sister Halle, whoâ€™s proudly donning an Astros shirt. Photo courtesy of Halle Aiken. a coach, there was more demand for my time this year than thereâ€™s ever been before. I tried to treat it as a special opportunity instead of a burden, and I imagine Brady felt the same way. Iâ€™m sure it will be like this for him for years to come.â€? The next step for Brady and his team is to hammer out a contract with the Astros (for now, only a verbal agreement is in place). Once thatâ€™s complete, heâ€™ll join the short-season rookie league, and then itâ€™s into the minors next season. According to Remiker, for a high school pitcher it â€œtypically takes four to five years to go from the minors to majors.â€? With that timeline (which includes a plethora of variables in between), Aiken should be ready for his major league debut by the year 2018, give or take. In a recent interview with ESPN, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said: â€œ(Heâ€™s) the most advanced high school pitcher Iâ€™ve ever seen in my entire career. He has command like Iâ€™ve never seen before of his stuff.â€? â€œThroughout this season, Iâ€™ve tried as much as I can to enjoy everything,â€? said Remiker, who noted the intense
California Chrome finishes fourth at Belmont Stakes California Chrome (No. 2), far left, trained by Rancho Bernardo resident Art Sherman, came up short in his bid for the Triple Crown by finishing in a dead-heat for fourth in the Belmont Stakes (Grade I) on June 7 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The 1 1/2-mile race was won by Tonalist (No. 11). According to media reports, California Chrome suffered a cut to his right front hoof when he clipped heels with Matterhorn (owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, which has a Del Mar office) while leaving the starting gate. Sherman said California Chrome will be given some time to rest after the campaign, with the Pacific Classic (Grade I) at Del Mar in August as a possible target and the Breedersâ€™ Cup at Santa Anita as his long-range goal. Photo by Kelley Carlson
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