published by Del Mar Community Alliance. Inc.

Inside the October 2020 Print Issue

Click on cover for the OCTOBER 2020 print issue in pdf format.

COVID-19 articles are marked by a red dot.

Council Endorsements 2020: Phil Blair, Bob Gans, and Glenn Warren

We Also Endorse: Terra Lawson-Remer, Chris Ward, Jane Lea Smith, Mike Levin

Six candidates

Phil Blair

Bob Gans

Glenn Warren

Tracy Martinez

Dave Druker

Dan Quirk

A COVID Vaccine When?
Don Mosier, MD, PhD

Roving Teen Reporter
Police Practices

Neha Pubbi

Slow Trucking Nukes
Don Mosier

Photos: Plaza Creations
Julie Maxey-Allison

Local Control at Risk: Where to Now?
Ann Gardner

Del Mar Diversity
Valerie Dufort-Roy

DMFTalk: Whales Tales
Julie Maxey-Allison

Thanks Kevin
Jeff Barnouw

Thanks Shaun
Don Mosier

Photos: Del Mar Means Business
Julie Maxey-Allison

Photos: Shoring Up our Shore
Julie Maxey-Allison

Remembering Vava

Dine on the Deck
Del Mar Village Association

Sandra Hoyle

Ashley Simpkins

Extra copies of print issue available at the Farmers Market.


Cast Your Ballot Early


Update 09/24/2020
City Council Endorsements 2020:
Phil Blair, Bob Gans, and Glenn Warren

The Sandpiper editors and writers tune in every month to what is going on in our community, informing and analyzing for our readers so you are in the know. Every two years at election time we look back on what we have observed and combine that with an analysis of what candidates are saying. That combination leads us to make judgments about who we think will be effective leaders for our future and we offer it for your consideration.

This year, our conclusion is that three candidates clearly stand out: Bob Gans, Phil Blair and Glenn Warren. Athough they bring quite different but complementary experiences and skill sets to the job, they are similar in respect to their positions on key strategic issues that clearly differentiate them from the other three candidates. And even more importantly they bring an upbeat, positive approach to addressing our issues in a way that could help us achieve unity of purpose that has been missing in recent times.

On key issues, we can expect these three to stand strong on our efforts to block the short term rental industry from overpowering our residential zones—they all support defending the very generous 7/28 compromise. We can expect them to protect local control over land use decisions by working with state housing requirements that are being imposed on all California cities. They have the skills and experience to be disciplined and careful in managing us through extremely difficult financial crises.

It is impressive to review how complementary their backgrounds are to form a dynamic leadership team. Bob Gans has earned a reputation as a unifying community leader, very importantly including his service on the Finance Committee guiding us to a very strong financial position. Phil Blair’s reputation as a top business leader in San Diego will strengthen our leverage in regional decision making on critical issues, not to mention his skillfull management of a big business surviving the great recession of 2008 without the loss of a single employee. Glenn Warren’s experience as a US diplomat can guide us through some tricky negotiation situations, not to mention having a champion from the beach community which is the site of so many neighborhood-disrupting situations.


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Update 09/26/2020
NAS and NAM Presidents
Alarmed By Political Interference
in Science Amid Pandemic

As advisers to the nation on all matters of science, medicine, and public health, we are compelled to underscore the value of science-based decision-making at all levels of government.  Our nation is at a critical time in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic with important decisions ahead of us, especially concerning the efficacy and safety of vaccines.  Policymaking must be informed by the best available evidence without it being distorted, concealed, or otherwise deliberately miscommunicated.

We find ongoing reports and incidents of the politicization of science, particularly the overriding of evidence and advice from public health officials and derision of government scientists, to be alarming.  

It undermines the credibility of public health agencies and the public’s confidence in them when we need it most.  Ending the pandemic will require decision-making that is not only based on science but also sufficiently transparent to ensure public trust in, and adherence to, sound public-health instructions.  Any efforts to discredit the best science and scientists threaten the health and welfare of us all.

Marcia McNutt
President, National Academy of Sciences

Victor J. Dzau
President, National Academy of Medicine
October Print Issue
Where to Vote

Del Mar Hills Academy on Mango Drive in San Diego will be the only polling place for Del Mar residents to vote in person.

Completed and signed mail in ballots can be dropped off at the Del Mar Library as an alternative to mailing them to the Registrar’s Office.

The current recommendation is that mail in ballots, which everyone will receive, be mailed at least 7 days prior to election day, November 3rd.

October Print Issue
We Also Endorse:
Terra Lawson-Remer,
Chris Ward, Jane Lea Smith,
and Mike Levin

Terra Lawson-Remer – Board of Supervisors This race is one of the most important on the ballot, because it will determine control of the Board. Terra has a stellar resume that positions her to hit the ground running on our most complex challenges, including climate change and sustainability, open space protection, housing, jobs, healthcare and transportation. Her opponent is a Trump clone who directed $100,000 in public funds to a questionable charity. For more details, see our endorsement of Terra for the March primary here: Terra’s site:

We endorse Chris Ward for Assembly. As a SD City Councilmember, he’s created a strong record on environment and climate change, economic security, housing, homelessness, and equality, proving his effectiveness and his strong values. His endorsers include Todd Gloria, who currently holds the seat, and Sen. Toni Atkins.

Jane Lea Smith – SDUHSD Trustee Area 4 We recommend Jane Lea Smith, a parent, business owner and former special education teacher and principal committed to collaboration who pledges collaboration and stakeholder engagement, as the best choice to steer the District through the extraordinary challenges our schools face today.

Mike Levin – 49th Congressional District
We have been extraordinarily well-represented in Congress these past two years, with Mike’s high-energy and thoughtful leadership on a wide range of issues, ranging from SONGS nuclear waste and climate change to doing right by our veterans. His town hall meeting at Del Mar’s Town Hall showcased his deep engagement on important issues and his core values. He’s the right leader for us in D.C.

Wearing Masks is the Best Vaccine!
October Print Issue
A COVID Vaccine When?
Don Mosier, MD, PhD | Rimini Road

There has been a global rush to develop a safe and effective vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. Russia has already licensed the “Sputnik 5” vaccine despite just announcing results from phase 1 and 2 early trials. Results of the two trials just published in the September 4th issue of the medical journal Lancet showed that two shots with the coronavirus spike protein (critical for infecting humans) expressed by modified adenoviruses induced good immune responses in 76 adult volunteers. But the level of neutralizing antibodies able to prevent coronavirus infection in tissue culture was low raising doubts about whether or not the vaccine would protect recipients. Enrollment in a much larger phase 3 trial in Russia has just begun, so the safety and efficacy of “Sputnik 5” remains to be established. If this were the first and best vaccine to be developed, it is unlikely that it would be distributed in the United States, which has chosen to go it alone in the vaccine race.



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