published by Del Mar Community Alliance. Inc.
Inside the december 2019 Print Issue

Click on cover for the DECEMBER print issue in pdf format.


Reserving Trees
Darren Smith


Tree Health Covenant
Dolores Davies Jamison


EDITORIAL: Ellie Takes the Gavel


Fact Check:
Rothnem Housing Attack


Mayoral Fun
David Druker


Roving Teen Reporter:
Senior Obsession

Dhathry Doppalapudi


Zero-Waste Partying!
Valérie Dufort-Roy


Commentary
Who Dat?

John Graybill


Light Heights
Ann Gardner


Welcome Back Joseph
Bud Emerson


Nuke Failure Fears
Don’t scrimp on NUKE safety!

Don Mosier


Ghostly Guns
Rose Ann and Ira Sharp


Street Stuff


Commentary: Good Design?
Wendy Wardlow


Commentary: Flawed Design?
Jill Gartman


MARISOL:
Commentary: Process Hampers Electorate

Claire and Tom McGreal


MARISOL:
Staff Study

Bud Emerson


MARISOL:
Commentary: NO

John Weare


MARISOL:
Commentary: YES

Nate McCay


Managing Costs in a Small City
Tom McGreal


Deer in the Headlights
Julie Maxey-Allison


Plaza Plus
Felise Levine


Farmers Market:
LUM YUM

Jeff Barnouw


Zone Up
Ann Gardner


Lagoon Flush
Betty Wheeler


Tales of Trees & Humans
Dolores Davies Jamison


Bluff Trail
Julie Maxey-Allison


A Moving Memoir:
Part Three – Joining Jitters

Nancy Fisher


Meet Beth
Jeff Barnouw


DMF: December 2019
Giving Season

Sandra Hoyle


DMCC: December 2019
Ashley Simpkins


Extra copies of the Sandpiper are available at: the Del Mar Community Building on 9th Street; the Library; the Powerhouse; the Farmers’ Market; the Carmel Valley Library;the Solana Beach Library and the Solana Beach Community Center.


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Update 12/14/19

Running out of room
photos Nitza Leichtling

On November 30 heavy rain brought another bluff collapse between 4th Street and 19th Street, bringing trains ever closer to the edge.

 
These photos were taken on December 4.

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Update 12/12/19
Remembering DON
1938-2019

Don Coordt.  Photo Virginia Lawrence
We were sorry to learn of Don Coordt’s recent passing and would like to acknowledge some of his many contributions to the vitality of Del Mar, in particular his art, which brightened the covers of First Thursday programs and brought local color to the Del Mar Art Center; his energy as a triathlete, which inspired others to improve their own physical fitness; his long stint on the Lagoon Committee; and his quiet sense of humor, which cheered us up. We regret that our monthly deadline did not permit us to include an earlier tribute.
 
DECEMBER Print Issue
MARISOL
The following articles about MARISOL are included in the December print issue.
COMMENTARY
Process Hampers Electorate
Claire and Tom McGreal | Stratford Court
here
 
STAFF STUDY
Bud Emerson | Klish Way
here
 
COMMENTARY
NO
John Weare | Ocean View Avenue
here
 
COMMENTARY
YES
Nate McCay | Ocean View Avenue
here
 
DECEMBER Print Issue
FACT Check

  Rothnem Housing Attack

Editors’ Note
We are seeing an increase in misinformation and personal attacks in our community. In the interest of informed debate and discussion, we will be printing “Fact Checks” when necessary.

Greg Rothnem previously presented the Woodpecker’s “poll” on affordable housing to City Council, fact-checked in our October issue as a classic “push poll” with no scientific validity. Rothnem appeared again at the Nov. 18 council meeting, with two time donations and a PowerPoint presentation, attacking Council’s actions with respect to SANDAG’s allocation of RHNA housing numbers.

CLAIMS: Rothnem harshly criticized Council, and Ellie Haviland in particular, claiming: Del Mar’s RHNA number (163) is clearly flawed and based on bad data; Council has done nothing to challenge, correct, or dispute the data; and some Councilmembers (Haviland and Worden) actually want an even higher number of affordable units assigned to Del Mar.

FACTS: These issues were fully discussed at the Nov. 4 and Nov. 18 council meetings. The record shows:

• Rothnem’s claim that Haviland and Worden actually want a higher housing number is preposterous and unsupported by any evidence. The record shows all 5 councilmembers and city staff on record as wanting the lowest supportable number.

• All strategies and methodologies for allocating RHNA numbers were investigated over a two-year period, including the methodologies advocated by Rothnem.

• RHNA allocations have to meet state law requirements to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) and vehicle miles traveled (VMT) criteria.

• After a two-year evaluation process, SANDAG selected two criteria to use to allocate RHNA units in compliance with state law: 65% based on proximity to transit, and 35% on location of jobs. Because Del Mar has no qualifying transit, it got a zero allocation on that basis. City staff advised the 163 Del Mar allocation, based on jobs, was the lowest number Del Mar could expect. If the methodology were changed, as advocated by Rothnem, Del Mar’s number would most likely to go up. The Council voted unanimously to support the 65%-35% SANDAG methodology.

• The data used by SANDAG to allocate units were taken from state, regional, and local sources pursuant to state-directed guidelines and methodologies. These data are not “wrong.” They differ from data presented by Rothnem because, unlike his data, they were compiled as required by law.

• Del Mar did challenge the SANDAG job numbers in the Technical Working Group process, and again, in several interactions with SANDAG and its staff. Del Mar’s concerns about jobs data, particularly fairgrounds numbers, were well discussed. SANDAG is reviewing the jobs methodology, pursuant to Council’s request, with a report promised by the end of December.

• The alternate methodology proposed by Solana Beach did not meet state GHG and VMT criteria, was opposed by SANDAG staff and by Housing and Community Development (the state agency with final approval authority), risked resulting in a higher number for Del Mar (LA tried a similar approach and HCD doubled its number instead of lowering it), and had no chance of passage because of SANDAG’s weighted voting procedures.

• Indeed, the Solana Beach proposal was voted down twice at SANDAG: the first time with Del Mar and Imperial Beach voting against it, and with San Diego stating it would call for a weighted vote had it passed; and the second time based on a weighted vote, with Del Mar (Haviland) voting with Solana Beach based on a revised proposal citing constraints on coastal cities from the Coastal Act. Thus, Rothnem’s charge that Solana Beach’s proposal would have passed had Haviland voted for it is demonstrably wrong.

 
DECEMBER Print Issue
Commentary: Who Dat?
John Graybill | 15th

The recent political attacks levied against Councilmember Ellie Haviland are the equivalent to a crime against our community. Anyone who knows her knows that Ellie has only the best interests of Del Mar in mind when she makes decisions. So why the attacks? To understand the motive, follow the money. Some real estate people and short-term rental owners will go to amazing lengths to protect and enhance their income streams, no matter the impact on our community.

Councilmember Haviland will be up for reelection in 2020. She has become a lightning-rod for a systematic campaign to discredit her and replace her with a candidate sympathetic to short-term rental owners. This is not a group that wants to preserve the charm of our town, where neighbors and neighborhoods come first; nor are they those who give of their time to make Del Mar a better place for our residents and future generations.

A local publication called “The Woodpecker,” devoted its entire last issue to what I believe was gross misinformation and absurdly biased commentary on Ellie Haviland. Do you wonder why they don’t identify themselves and their funding sources? ...

Continuation
 
DECEMBER Print Issue
Climate Change in Action
Photo Virginia Lawrence


Uncharacteristic heavy gusts unmoored the top of this Carmel Valley
Road sign on November 20-21.
 
DECEMBER Print Issue
Pinks for Breast Cancer Cure
Photo Nitza Leichtling

 
Update 11/27/19
Toys for Tots

For our 21st holiday season, we’re proud to be an official drop-off station for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s
“Toys for Tots” campaign.

So please help us make the holidays brighter for San Diego area families by dropping off a new, unwrapped children’s toy at my office at 1011 Camino Del Mar,
in downtown Del Mar.

We’re open to accept your holiday donations from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday NOW through December 13th.

So please join in the fun and help us spread the Holiday Spirit to our San Diego area families.

Thanks for your help,
Jim Coleman and Staff, Your State Farm  (858) 755-6794

 
Update 11/27/19
Toys for Tots

For our 21st holiday season, we’re proud to be an official drop-off station for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s
“Toys for Tots” campaign.

So please help us make the holidays brighter for San Diego area families by dropping off a new, unwrapped children’s toy at my office at 1011 Camino Del Mar,
in downtown Del Mar.

We’re open to accept your holiday donations from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday NOW through December 13th.

So please join in the fun and help us spread the Holiday Spirit to our San Diego area families.

Thanks for your help,
Jim Coleman and Staff, Your State Farm  (858) 755-6794

   
DECEMBER Print Issue
Remembering Jerry
1939-2019


Innovator directed Nissan design center in La Jolla.
Del Mar neighbor, Jerry Hirshberg, earned a well deserved reputation as an international auto design leader.
He was an artist, musician, author, management consultant, lecturer, and devoted family man. Jerry and Linda have been longtime supporters of the Sandpiper.
 
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