San Dieguito Riverpark trail extended to Mary's Tack & Feed

Submitted by ken on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 16:05

Interesting article in the Carmel Valley News by Karen Billing about the opening of the San Dieguito River Park’s Coast to Crest Trail adjacent to the Del Mar Horsepark (to Mary's Tack & Feed.) The section of the trail opened on Jan. 12, completing a two-and-a-half-mile stretch of trail that begins at Jimmy Durante Boulevard, near the Del Mar Fairgrounds. See the Del Mar Horsepark portion of Coast to Crest Trail now open article in the Carmel Valley News for more information, or the San Dieguito River Park website (note: the Lagoon Trail Map shows part of the trail, and will likely be updated with complete information soon.)

Weekend outlook: warm, windy and high surf

Submitted by ken on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 13:02

Watching the weather forecast for the MLK holiday, it looks like a warm 75 degrees for Monday & Tuesday (see NWS Forecast.) However, there are warnings for high winds, high surf and rip currents (see NWS warning.) Of course, if you look at the current water temperatures (see Tides Online at the bottom of the page), the ocean is still a brisk 55 degrees! If you do brave the cold water, be careful of the waves and currents. The rest of us can enjoy a nice day at the beach, watching the big surf and thinking of summer.

One Paseo Hearing by the Planning Board, Jan 24, 2013

Submitted by ken on Tue, 01/15/2013 - 12:39

The CV Planning Board is holding a One Paseo hearing at the CCA Auditorium at 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130 on Thursday January 24th at 7:00 PM. Note the special location, in a large theater to accomodate any crowds. For the developer's information on the project, see For a community group's opposition view, see

Rides & Smiles Celebrates its First Anniversary

Submitted by ken on Tue, 01/15/2013 - 12:31

Rides & Smiles, part of Jewish Family Service’s "On the Go: Transportation Solutions for Older Adults" program, is celebrating its first anniversary of providing free transportation to older adults in the community. In its first year, it has provided 615 rides to senior residents. Rides & Smiles transports riders to necessary medical appointments, grocery shopping, and other life necessities in the North County Inland area, as well as Northern and Eastern San Diego. Rides & Smiles is the largest volunteer-based transportation service in San Diego County. Other components of the JFS On the Go program include shuttle service, organized excursions, and taxi scrip.

Rides & Smiles is open to people over age 60 that are mentally alert and fairly ambulatory. Riders with mobility or memory issues may still enroll if they are accompanied by a caregiver. To enroll as a rider, call (619) 220-0268. Rides are provided by a group of 275 volunteer drivers. Rides & Smiles always needs more volunteer drivers. For more information on the program, or to volunteer as a driver, call (858) 637-3051 or go to

Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Enhancement Plan Workshop, Jan 19, 2013

Submitted by ken on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:55

There will be a Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Enhancement Plan Update – Workshop III, January 19, 2013, 9:00 to 12:00 pm, at the Sumner Auditorium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Assessing Opportunities and Constraints for Improving Public Education/Access & Long-Term Sustainability. The Torrey Pines Association and Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Foundation invite you to participate in the third of a series of workshops designed to solicit input and support as we update the 1985 Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Enhancement Plan and Program. These workshops are open to the public, so please pass this announcement on to anyone whom you think would be interested in attending. Please refer to the attached workshop announcement for more information. You can also visit the Torrey Pines Association website ( to see details, including results from previous workshops.

Crazy Weather, Jan 2013

Submitted by ken on Thu, 01/10/2013 - 11:06

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

Submitted by ken on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 13:21

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

Submitted by ken on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 12:43

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!