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U-T Community News, LLC to Acquire Mainstreet Communications’ San Diego Publications

U-T Community News, LLC, an affiliate of U-T San Diego, announced on Nov. 1 that it expects to complete the acquisition of Mainstreet Communications’ San Diego publications on Monday, Nov. 4. The transaction includes the acquisition of eight community newspapers and their websites – Del Mar Times, Rancho Santa Fe Review, Carmel Valley News, Solana Beach Sun, La Jolla Light, Poway News Chieftain, Rancho Bernardo & 4S Ranch News Journal, and Ramona Sentinel. The eight weekly publications have a total average net circulation of 99,431 copies, according to Circulation Verification Council and Mainstreet Media. The U-T will create a new division, U-T Community News, to operate these papers.

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Bike or Spin Fundraiser to Fight ALS on Nov. 3 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

In honor of his father who is battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), local resident and Core40 owner Dean Grafos will spin for a cure on a stationary bike during the second annual “Bike 4 Mike” fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Paddock Arena in the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Launched last year, the event continues the mission of Team Godfather and honors the organization’s founder, Mike Ramirez, who died from the disease at age 56 in April 2012. Team Godfather is devoted to finding treatment and a cure for ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).

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New Proposal for a Farmers Market in Rancho Santa Fe Village

A formal application will soon come before the Rancho Santa Fe Association board to test the viability of a farmers market on Saturday afternoons in the village. The new proposal for the market is that it would run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on La Gracia, the street in front of The Inn between Linea del Cielo and La Flecha.

The “high-end” market is meant to match Rancho Santa Fe’s community spirit, according to Janet Lawless Christ, who has been working on the idea of a village farmers market since 2010.

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Four-Year Degrees at Community Colleges? Why Not?

Maybe it’s been just an ego thing or a matter of turf, but administrators and some alumni groups at the University of California and the California State University systems for years have adamantly opposed the notion of community colleges granting anything more than two-year associate of arts degrees. 

But this idea is making more sense than ever, especially amid continuing cutbacks at many existing four-year schools. It’s also an idea that’s allowed in more than 20 other states.

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