published by Del Mar Community Alliance. Inc.
jULY 2015
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Print Issue


Who is Kaaboo?
Jeff Barnouw

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Editorial - Power to the People

Caskets Not End Solution
Don Mosier

Commentary: Speculating in Old Del Mar: The Transformation of Old Del Mar
Anthony Corso

Commentary: Speculating in Old Del Mar: Fraternity Row on Beach
Glenn Warren

Getting to Know You:
Scott MacDonald

Harold Feder

Appreciating Peter Kaye
Carol Mason

Dreams on Track: E is the Ticket
Jeff Barnouw

Dreams on Track: Park Plan Proceeds
Ann Gardner

A More Permanent Park
Jeff Barnouw

Commentary: Scrub Coastal Sage
John Gillies

Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce

Al Tarkington

Locavores’ Delight:
Grilled Vegetable-Stuffed Red Bell Peppers

Valerie Fanning

Roving Teen Reporter:
See You in September!

Leah Gans

MOPping Up Paseo
Diana Scheffler

Lanes or Trains
Ann Gardner

Living in Traffic
Karen Lockwood

Urban Forest Debated
Shirley King

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Book Corner: Summer Book Club
Karen Wilson, Sandra Hoyle, and Jill MacDonald

Water Academy
Robin Crabtree

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Bill Morris and Mike Salt
Parade sponsored by DMF

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Shores Report Phase One
City Council Agenda July 6
City of Del Mar
Phase One of the Shores Park Master Plan process is nearing completion.  The City Council agenda for Monday, July 6, 2015, includes a report on the efforts of Phase One and a review of the key findings.
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Alvarado House
06/03 - Pipe Up: Larry Brooks
Praise for Progress

06/26 - Watkins/Leeger

Print Goes to the Movies
"Being There"
book by Jerzy Kosinski - film with Peter Sellars
2pm, Friday, July 10th
Del Mar Library
Participants are expected to read the books and watch the movies before the discussion group meets under the tutelage of Assistant Branch Manager Pat Selkowitz.  See library staff for copies of the book and/or DVDs. for info call: 858 755 1666
Alvarado House
Pipe Up: Larry Brooks, President DM Historical Society

Last Sunday, a man named Arturo visited the Alvarado House in the garden section of the fairgrounds with his wife and two young children.  They spent many minutes going from room to room with one of the docents, as the docent explained the various rooms and answered questions for the family.  This prompted many lengthy conversations between Arturo and his children.  As the family was leaving the house, Arturo, in broken and halting English, thanked the docents for having the house available for him to share with his family, particularly his young children.  He told of how he grew up in a similar very Spartan environment and how he tried today to give his children a better life than he had experienced.  Soon he had tears running down his cheeks as he thanked the docents yet again, and then he quietly left the house.  

The Alvarado House was the first house sold in Jacob Taylor’s Del Mar in 1885.  It was on the lot that became 144 10th Street and was lived in for 100 years.  The house is known by the name of its first owner, Don Diego de Jesus Alvarado, one of the last “Silver Dons” who ruled the great land grant ranchos that once covered large areas of San Diego County.  As the Del Mar Historical Society works to return Alvarado House to Del Mar, the community is reminded that there is more to Alvarado House than just its age and its contents.

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July Print Issue Who is Kaaboo?
Jeff Barnouw
Main page of the July print issue.
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Scrolling through the website, I was moved to consult my Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, which defines “boodle” as “a collection or lot of persons,” a meaning intensified by the prefix “ca-” as in “the whole kit and caboodle.” So that’s what’s coming to town Sept 18-20, with predicted daily attendance of 40,000.


July Print Issue Urban Forest Debated
Shirley King
Last page of the July print issue

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To rate the potential fire hazard of a stand of Blue Gum Eucalyptus trees along the southern end of Stratford Court, fire officials used urban fuels mapping models developed by scientists at the U.C Berkeley Center for Fire Research and Outreach. Captain Brian Barkley, Fire Captain with CalFire Land Use Planning, along with Fire Marshal Anita Pupping assessed the plant and tree materials of this specific coastal locale at the request of an attorney representing the Del Mar Woods Home Owners Association to our City Manager and City Council.


On Website Only Book Corner - Summer Book Club
Karen Wilson, Sandra Hoyle, and Jill MacDonald

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Saturday, July 25
A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel
host Sandra Hoyle
A riveting read all the way through that blends a real life tragedy, interesting personal histories, and the science behind why technology is so attention-grabbing. This book places at the forefront the dangers technology presents in our day to day life (texting while driving is like drunk driving). The book also offers insight into our own behavior and how we relate to technology. The antagonist finds redemption in the end, but it was at a grave cost - - two rocket scientists lost their lives.

Why I chose the book -- I think it’s self-explanatory, but as the parents to children (ages 2 to teen) who live and breathe all things technology, my husband and I have spent the better part of 2015 debating and discussing the dangers vs. the benefits of technology in our family’s life. This book struck a huge chord with my husband, and he encouraged me to read it also. 

This event is free, but registration required.  Click here to register.
the two other reviews
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Water Academy
Robin Crabtree

A new brush-off station at the beach is
replacing the showers,
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..... After watching for several days I noticed people using the showers for rinsing beach toys, boards, chairs, and themselves, as well as bathing their dogs. I also noticed surfers rinsing themselves with their own containers of water by their cars. All this made me want to learn more about our water; where it comes from, how and where it is treated, and what plans are available for emergencies.
The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) Citizen Water Academy was recommended to me. I attended this Academy and learned all I was looking for and so much more.


July Print Issue

City of Del Mar Population 3 years and over enrolled in school 587
Per Cent in Public School 54.2%
In Private School 45.8%
Nursery school, preschool 67
Kindergarten 26
Elementary: Grade 1 to Grade 4 28
Elementary: Grade 5 to 8 93
High School: Grade 9 to 12 89
July Print Issue
The Sandpiper's DM Calendar Keeper
Thank you, Shelby, from the Editors
We say many thanks and congratulations to Shelby Weaver who graduated with Honors from Torrey Pines High School.  Shelby produced the Sandpiper’s Calendar page each month for the past two years.  She collected the monthly timetables of the 12 Del Mar organizations that have regular announcements of their activities in the Calendar page.  This job is one requiring many hours to assemble the growing number of meetings and events that occur in Del Mar.  She balanced this work with her busy high school schedule that also included Cheer and Associated Student Body - each for four years. Shelby will attend Cal Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo as a Nutrition major.  Her very proud parents are Sandi and Tracey Weaver.  The best of luck Shelby!
July Print Issue
Praise for Progress
We are impressed with the progress that has been made toward creating a dynamic new Civic Center for our Community.  We salute the current and recent Council members and staff members Kathy Garcia and Scott Huth for their persistent, wise leadership in bringing our Community together in support of this worthy endeavor.  My daughter, Kit Leeger and I have spent countless hours creating a design vision for an exciting grand plaza for a variety of community, civic and social events, Del Mar’s own Village Square.  We know that future decisions are yet to be made about other potential uses of the site, perhaps public or private.  We stand ready to continue offering our professional services to help the Community and its leaders in achieving this important goal and we thank all those who have contributed so much to bring us to this point.
Jim Watkins, Camino Del Mar and Kit Leeger, Solana Beach
July Print Issue
Take a Turn
City Advisory Committee Vacancies July
The City of Del Mar
Sea-Level Rise Stakeholder-Technical Advisory Committee (STAC)
One (1) vacancy.
Open until filled
  • Finance Committee Three (3) vacancies

  • Parks & Recreation Committee One (1) vacancy

  • San Dieguito Lagoon Committee One (1) vacancy now

  • Sea-Level Rise Stakeholder-Technical Advisory Committee (STAC)
    One (1) vacancy

  • San Dieguito Lagoon Committee One additional (1) vacancy (September)

  • Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee Two (2) vacancies (September


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