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Inside the april 2017 Print Issue

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To BnB or not to BnB: That is the Question
Art Olson

Pooch Protection Passes
Scott MacDonald

EDITORIAL: Constabulatory Considerations

Pouring City Hall
Don Mosier

To Code or Not to Code
Ann Gardner

Campus Ceiling Work
Lily Nilipour

What the Kids are Saying:  A 100-Year Chat
James (9) and
Liam (10)

East Side West Side
Ann Gardner

To Way or Thruway

Bud Emerson

Succulent Success
Julie Hill

SIXTEEN Acres and Whadaya Get?
Bud Emerson

June Strasberg
Ann Gardner

Electric Switch
Don Mosier

Dear Don Diego Clock Tower
Nancy Fisher

Ask Dr. Rich
Rich Simons

Unknown Eater: Those Lamb Chops!

Del Mar Foundation
Bill Morris

Del Mar Community Connections
Jo Morgenthal

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APRIL 2017
To BnB or not to BnB:
That is the Question
Art Olson
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After over two years of dramatic Shakespearian fretting over whether short term rentals are to be or not to be in our little hamlet, the Del Mar City Council has acted decisively to ban them in all but the City’s Commercial Zone. Arguing forcefully for a strict interpretation of the Community Plan, and taking their cues from last month’s Planning Commission interpretation, the Council decided that since short term rentals are not mentioned in the City’s founding document, they are, in fact, illegal. However, in an act of leniency, the Council has granted pre-emptive pardons to those who have had short-term rentals in the past, and said that they will not be subject to prosecution.

In a related action, the City Council has completed an economic impact study of Del Mar’s future -- termed “Del Mar First,” and has decided that the entire city should be re-zoned Commercial. Professor of Economics at Corinthian University and part time Del Mar economic advisor, Peter P. Neverland, has concluded that overlaying a Commercial Zone on the entire city will result in the highest and best use of the Del Mar properties. He estimates that with every home listed as a business, the increase in business licenses, and related business taxes, will result in as much as an additional five million dollars per year in city revenue. Of this universal business coverage policy he states, “We will be able to out-compete neighboring cities like Solana Beach and Encinitas, which are currently eating our lunch.”


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April print issue
Constabulatory Considerations

Our community is about to enter into deliberations about one of the most important strategic considerations in the history of Del Mar, how we handle our law enforcement services.

Much analytical work has been done by citizens, staff, and outside consultants. It is now time for the community at large to weigh in. We owe ourselves deliberate and thoughtful interaction based on facts and analysis. It will be important that we approach this important issue with open minds, diligent study, and respect for varying opinions. We need to take a generous amount of needed time to assess alternatives and build a strong community consensus that will enable our City Council to make a smart decision.

Beginning with incorporation decades ago we have always contracted with the Sheriff’s Office to provide law enforcement services. The cost of those services has risen over time to a little more than $2 million annually, with projections of continued increases each year. An important part of our deliberation will be assessing the benefits we get from that level of expenditure versus other possible alternatives.


April print issue
Pooch Protection Passes
Scott MacDonald


In the most recent legislative session, the State of California passed new legislation called the Canine Protective Services (CPS2) Act. Modeled after the CPS (Children’s Protective Services), the CPS2 requires the State and cities in the State to protect canine residents from abuse. According to Margret Boxer, Director of the Canine Action Group, “Canine mistreatment has increased in recent years to unacceptable levels, and this bill is overdue.”

The legislation includes a provision requiring employers to give employees 30 days paid leave when they adopt a rescue dog. This provision, called “pawternity leave,” encourages adoption of rescue dogs from certified animal shelters and provides for a transition period for dogs, many of whom have been mistreated.

Under the legislation, each city is required to establish a canine protection administrator. At the Del Mar City Council meeting Monday, Feb. 13, the Council agreed to set up an ad hoc committee to formulate rules and regulations. Anyone interested in serving on the new ad hoc committee should apply at City Hall. The Committee will have 7 members, including at least 2 dogs.

According to State Representative Paul Wolf, sponsor of the bill, it is time to recognize our four-legged citizens and protect them. He cited several unacceptable conditions which are now illegal in California:


April print issue

Gift Horse: Del Mar citizen, Bing Bush, has offered to purchase and donate to the city an “Art of The Horse” sculpture as part of the prestigious Breeders Cup Horse Race celebration this November. A permanent home for the Horse has yet to be determined, perhaps at the Plaza?

City Priorities: The City Council continues to review near and long term priorities with information and analysis being provided by city staff based on resources and staff time available. Final decisions will feed into budget workshops beginning in May.

Granny Flats: The Del Mar Housing Corporation is proposing a modest trial program of incentives for up to six new granny flats of up to 550 square feet with an agreement to rent them as affordable units for a period of 30-50 years. The proposal will be presented for Council consideration in April.

April print issue
Ask Dr Rich
Rich Simons

Every month, Rich Simons answers readers’ most perplexing questions.

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Q: What’s the deal here, Doc? The other day I went to do something I haven’t done in a long, long time – gas up our car. My wife has always taken care of that for a number of years. So at the pump I was confronted by a gadget that I guess is a modern gasoline disposal unit. There were no service station attendants about so I tried to operate the thing myself. The instructions came flying at me in a flurry: push this button, lift that lever, insert some card . . .oops, take it back, now enter your social security number and your mother’s maiden name, press the lever you just lifted, grasp the dispensing hose, fling open the flap covering the cap, unscrew the cap, insert hose, squeeze a different lever . . . and now pray you got it right and came in under the time limit. If not, you have drawn the “go back to go” card. No gas for you, buddy, if you can’t get it right.



The nonprofit Friends of the Del Mar Library will hold another huge  book, DVD and CD sale from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 1 at the library.
Curated selection of new and like-new books, hundreds of dvds and  1,000+ cds.

All profits benefit the community through support of events and  activities at the Del Mar Library. Cash only, please.

The library is located at 1309 Camino Del Mar.

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