Be aware: Julian fire spreading rapidly

Submitted by ken on Thu, 05/24/2012 - 17:37

Update 5/29: Just about contained. Phew! There is a rapidly spreading fire east of Julian. In the last 2 hours, it's gone from "4 or 5 acres" to "1000 acres and spreading rapidly." Updates can be found at the CAL FIRE Web Site, or the @CALFIRESANDIEGO twitter account, or the CAL FIRE Facebook page. Note that the Twitter account has the most up-to-date information.

Rocco's Hair Design: Closing May 31, 2012

Submitted by ken on Tue, 05/22/2012 - 11:10

The Town Center is busy updating it's look, and Rocco's Hair Design is the latest casualty. The Del Mar Highlands location, which has been in operation for 20 years, will be closing its doors on May 31, 2012. Jeanette, one of Rocco's stylists, gave me this message to pass on: "The Rocco's stylists (Hortie, Vanessa, Kim and Martha) will be joining The California Cuts at the Von's/ Souplantation  center on June 1, 2012.  The California Cuts has also been serving the Carmel Valley/Del Mar area for over 20 years!  We are family owned and operated, believe in top stylists charging reasonable prices, we keep a large staff on and make appointments so our clients don't have long waits.  We are looking forward to adding the talented stylists from Rocco's with our exceptional team." So, if you've worked with one of the Rocco's stylists for many years, you'll find them at The California Cuts ( at Piazza Carmel.

Red Robin, we'll miss you.

Submitted by ken on Tue, 05/22/2012 - 10:59

While I'll enjoy having Casa de Bandini at the Town Center (see story here), I'll also miss Red Robin. Over the years, we've enjoyed many meals there, and as one of the few family-oriented restaurants in the community, I'm sorry to see it go. I understand their last day is this Sunday, May 27, 2012. You have one last week to visit before it's gone.

Sign the One Paseo Petition, Vote for a smaller alternative!

Submitted by ken on Thu, 05/17/2012 - 11:28

One PaseoNearly 300 people have signed the One Paseo Petition in the last week because they believe this project is too big for Carmel Valley. We are not against development, but the project should fit into the community, and shouldn't punish existing residents with gridlock, overly tall buildings, park impacts and more. Kilroy has consistently misrepresented this project to the community to gain support, showing images of the limited open space and few low-rise buildings, where the vast majority of the buildings are 5 stories or taller! Join us at, or sign our Online Petition at -- we're working to create a better Carmel Valley.

One Paseo at the Torrey Pines Planning Board, May 10, 2012

Submitted by ken on Wed, 05/09/2012 - 08:51

Torrey Pines Planning BoardThe Torrey Pines Community Planning Board (our neighbors west of I-5) will meet on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm. Meeting at the Del Mar Hills Academy - Performing Arts Center, 14085 Mango Drive, Del Mar, CA 92014. Their meeting will include a discussion of the One Paseo Environmental Report. Here's your chance to hear more firsthand, and speak up about this over-the-top project! You can download the Torrey Pines Agenda here.

New local Farmer's Market opens May 17

Submitted by ken on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 09:46

The Pacific Highlands Farmer's Market is slated to open on Thursday, May 17 out at the east end of Del Mar Heights Road in the Canyon Crest Academy parking lot (5951 Village Center Loop Road). The market will be open Thursday evenings, from 3:30 to 7:00 pm, and I've heard that, in addition to the normal fresh, local fruits and vegetables, they'll have things like high-end beef, sushi and a food truck or two. To make it even more appealing, the market benefits the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation! For additional information or contact information, see their Facebook Page or call (858) 272-7054.

CV Planning Board's Regional Issues, May 2, 2012

Submitted by ken on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 17:59

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board's Regional Issues Subcommitte will meet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm at the Carmel Valley Library. I haven't seen the actual agenda, but I understand that the entire meeting will be to discuss the One Paseo DEIR. Additional information on the planning board and its subcommittees can be found at the CV Planning Board Page on this site. UPDATE: Agenda is now attached.

One Paseo DEIR Index Page

Submitted by ken on Fri, 04/27/2012 - 12:45

Are you looking for a better index page into the One Paseo DEIR Files? Here it is! There is now a One Paseo DEIR and Related Documents page for the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board. This includes links to each of the doucments, as well as information as to what is in each of them. This page includes a link to the One Paseo DEIR Executive Summary, which provides a draft overview of the findings, and is only 29 pages long. Hope this helps!