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Who’s News: 12/18/20


The Animal for Armed Forces Foundation and Helen Woodward Animal Center are offering free military pet adoptions throughout the month of December. Military families must make an appointment for the Santa Salutes the Military sponsored adoptions (throughout the month of December, while supplies last) by filling out the form at


• Alexander Harris Kupin of Carlsbad, a senior majoring in computer science, was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2020 semester at Clarkson University.

• James Burdge of Rancho Santa Fe, Kennady Tracy of Encinitas, James Annibale of Encinitas and Paige Hokunson, Julia Collins, Rachel Rossenfeld and Kendal Cliburn, all of Carlsbad, were named to the Dean’s List at Belmont University for the Fall 2020 semester.

• Charles Hunt of Oceanside was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi collegiate honor society at the University of Kansas.

• Neleh Coleman of Oceanside, achieved the Dean’s List designation for the 2020 fall semester at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

• Biola University awarded the university’s highest scholarships — the President’s or Provost’s scholarship — for the 2020/2021 academic year to Danielle Gmyr of San Marcos, Hannah Larson of San Marcos, Eliana Mihlik of Vista, Hannah Richards of Carlsbad and Jonathan Chan of Carmel Valley.


San Diego County has approved giving out $20 million in grants to small businesses struggling from purple tier restrictions. Determine your eligibility at Check out a how-to video at from Alliance SBDC about this second version of the San Diego County Small Business Stimulus Grant program.


The Board of Directors for Coastal Roots Farm, a nonprofit Jewish community farm and education center in Encinitas, unanimously voted to appoint Javier Guerrero to president and chief executive officer, where he will now be a full voting member of the board. Guerrero was named the first full-time executive director of Coastal Roots Farm in June of 2018. Guerrero is also active in the North County nonprofit sector and the field of Jewish community farming.


SDG&E’s meteorologist Brian D’Agostino offers online updates on the weather and the Public Safety Power shutoffs. Access the reports at Daily Briefing: SDG&E Implements Public Safety Power Shutoffs – YouTube. Real-time updates are also available at and


The city of Solana Beach is seeking volunteers to fill 16 vacancies among its five local Citizen Commissions. The City Council will appoint Solana Beach residents to serve on commissions including Budget & Finance, Climate Action, Parks & Recreation and Public Arts View Assessment. Applications are being accepted until 5:30 p.m. Jan. 19. More information, applications and contacts at, at City Hall, 635 S. Highway 101, Solana Beach, or call (858) 720-2400.


Solana Beach Schools Foundation, a parent-led non-profit, bridges the gap between vital school needs and state funding to enrich the public education of all students in the Solana Beach School District. The SBSF made its first quarter donation of $85,300.52 to the Solana Beach School Board on Dec. 10.