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Inside the sEPTEMBER 2017 Print Issue

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Bye Bye Bully’s
Art Olson

EDITORIAL: A Difficult Time

Roving Teen Reporter:
Drugs Busted

Sammy Hallal

Short Term Policies Go Long;
Watermark Housing Choices;
Garden Goes Bourtique;
Legal Win for City

Del Mar Congress Watch
Bud Emerson
Lee Haydu

Welcome, Editor Julie!

Resorting to Community
Nancy Fisher

Merry (or not) Go Round
Julie Maxey-Allison

Pedestrian Priority
Ann Gardner

On the Other Hand ...
Dwight Worden | City Council Member

Cop Contract Considered
Dolores Davies

Friendly Fuzz
Bud Emerson

Racket Ratches Up
Don Mosier

Guides Get Going
Dolores Davies

Affordable Accessories
Bertha Leone

Public Works Works
Ellie Haviland | City Council Member

Bike Physics

Art Olson

Wily Coyotes
Dolores Davies

Burning Desires Fullfilled
Nancy Fisher

Viewpoint Brew Point
The Unknown Quaffer

We’ve Been Framed
Don Mosier

Changing Lanes
Ann Gardner

Del Mar Foundation:
Time To Celebrate More Grant Awards

Bob Gans

Del Mar Community Connections
Ashley Simpkins


Changes in “Red Dot” Procedures
Sherryl L. Parks | City Council Member

Rakin It In
Editorial in the December 2013 Issue

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Idaho Stop in Del Mar?
John O'Connell, Coast Boulevard

RE: Commentary: Bike Physics  Art Olson

Should our traffic laws distinguish between cars and bikes?

My answer is an emphatic NO.

Bicycles are held to the same traffic laws as vehicles precisely because of the danger they can present to themselves and the general public just like the danger motor vehicles present.

It's unfortunate that some bicyclists are "averse" to stopping.  I agree that a vehicle operators simple tap on the accelerator vs the physical effort required for a bicyclists to move forward from a full stop are significant.
However, I have seen firsthand the poor behavior of a small percentage of single and group riders who have an aversion to stopping at our myriad of traffic calming measures. 
I've witnessed the 5 year old Rothbaler twins and their grandma Kathy experience a "near hit"  by riders choosing to ignore the stop signs and the fact that there are pedestrians crossing with the right of way.

I try to take the time to thank those that choose to obey the traffic laws.

Please, don't forget the reason many ride in the first place.  Exercise is defined as any activity requiring physical effort, carried out especially to sustain or improve health and fitness.

If it's too much for some riders to stop maybe something less strenuous should be the order of the day?

I hadn't noticed a need for a rolling stop law on the books.  Yet, the suggestion of an "Idaho stop" creates multiple problematic scenarios where bicycle riders may or may not stop, yield, and go at their discretion depending on traffic, visibility and pedestrian presence.  After reviewing rolling stop suggestions I noticed, "at any intersection with pedestrians present.  The bike rider yields".

My 24 years of experience along a major bike lane/route (Coast Blvd) is that too many members of our bicycle riding community fail to stop or yield as it is.  The rolling stop suggestion caters to a minority  of roadway users who have a small percentage of members that already fail to self police, and/or comply with current laws.  Stop means stop. 
My final plea; are you stopping by the post office after a walk on the beach and you parked in the 20 minute spot at Vista Del Mar?
Please, walk the 10 to 20 yards up the street to Stratford Ct and 15th and use the crosswalk.  The same goes for parking in the Seagrove lot and crossing Coast Blvd. to Jakes, Powerhouse Park, the beach, etc.   
Please cross where the city has spend thousands upon thousands of dollars, researching, planning and building a safe place for you to cross with the right of way at the appropriate time.

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EDITORIAL: A Difficult Time
Sandpiper September Editorial

Many inquiries to City based on misinformation
City Press Release: Misinformation

Dan Crabtree, Pat Vergne's Lawyer, Rebuts City
Crabtree Rebuttal: Termination

Community Services Director, Pat Vergne, removed for mismanagement
City Press Release: Termination
September Print Issue
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Bye Bye Bully’s
Art Olson

While Del Mar may be losing one of its landmark institutions, the venerable Bully’s Restaurant, it may be gaining the first new major development in its Central Business District in over 30 years. Bully’s, a fixture in Del Mar since 1968, sited on Camino Del Mar in a structure built in 1928, is slated to be demolished and replaced by a new restaurant with about twice the floor area and three levels of parking, mostly below grade. The new structure would extend further south than the existing building, closing the “Bully’s gap” commercial dead space along CDM. At the July 26th Design Review Board meeting, the Hillstone Restaurant Group presented preliminary plans for the new restaurant. The presentation was meant to introduce the project concept to the DRB and get its feedback, prior to a formal DRB hearing.

The Hillstone Group, established in 1977, is a privately-owned company that develops, owns and runs a variety of restaurants across the U.S. Their largest brand is Houston’s, with over a dozen locations around the country. They also have numerous other restaurants throughout the U.S. representing different styles and themes that reflect the character of their location. Current plans for the restaurant, with the working title “R+D Kitchen,” will offer American cuisine and present an ambience that is “warm, modern with a sense of excitement.” It will accommodate about 120 patrons, with both outdoor patio, and indoor table and bar service. The building will have a modern brick and wood exterior that is pedestrian oriented and context sensitive. Parking spaces for 82 cars accommodating patrons and workers will be built below the restaurant - 10 more spaces than are required under current City development codes. Two openings to the underground parking structure will provide ingress and egress in the alley to the west of the site between CDM and Stratford Court.

September Print Issue Back Page
Changing Lanes
Ann Gardner

While the City has been concentrating on a 9th to 15th Streetscape Project, Public Works and Engineering successfully negotiated an approved plan for roadway and sidewalk improvements on Camino del Mar between 4th Street/Del Mar Heights Road and Carmel Valley Road. Collaboration with nearby Del Mar residents including residents of Los Arboles, Stratford Court, and the Torrey Pines Community Planning Board that represents residents on Carmel Valley Road in the City of San Diego resulted in an agreement that got a unanimous thumbs up by Council on August 7. Public input on an initial plan presented to Council earlier this year was fraught with competing interests over, for example, the number of traffic lanes, bicyclists safety, and a pedestrian path on the west side. The approved plan includes:

September Print Issue Center Spread
Law Enforcement
Dwight Worden | Dolores Davies | Bud Emerson

On the Other Hand ...
Dwight Worden | City Council Member

Pros and Cons: In an effort to stimulate thought and debate, here is a summary of the developing arguments pro and con on a Del Mar PD. They don’t cover everything, but they do summarize what I have gleaned are the major points on both sides that seem to have some merit. Neither the pro nor the con position is “right” or “wrong.”


• All the reports show that a DMPD can be cost competitive while providing a better level of service than what we get from the Sheriff. For about the same cost as Del Mar pays the Sheriff for one full time deputy, a DMPD could provide two full time deputies. This conclusion is a reflection of the high, and ever escalating, cost for a relatively modest level of service from the Sheriff.


Cop Contract Considered
Dolores Davies

The Del Mar City Council appears to be pivoting away from creating a new police department. Council members voted to reach out to the Sheriff to explore possibilities for injecting more “community policing” without adding too much to the $2.14 million annual price tag. The Council is also interested in gathering more community input on various law enforcement scenarios, including a possible citizen’s debate and an opinion survey.

The Council’s July forum queried experts on law enforcement issues and concerns. Panel members were Assistant Sheriff Mike Barnett and North Coastal Captain John Maryon, former Carmel Chief George Rawson, and Del Mar Ranger Adam Chase.


Friendly Fuzz
Bud Emerson

For about two decades during my career as an organization development (OD) specialist I ran a police management program for new lieutenants in departments all over California. I do not know much about policing methodologies, but I did learn quite a bit from police leaders on my faculty about the community policing model. Understanding the difference between traditional policing and community policing should inform our consideration of law enforcement alternatives for Del Mar.

Community policing turns traditional policing on its head by forming a relationship with the community rather than dictating to the community. It involves direct community participation by forming partnerships between the police and the public. These partnerships focus on gathering information from neighborhoods about problems they are experiencing and then working together on strategies and solutions. The goal is to move from a reactive mode to a preventive mode, not just catching the bad guys but improving the safety and quality of life of the good guys, cops moving more toward a service model and away from a para-military, crime fighting model.

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Changes in “Red Dot” Procedures
Sherryl L. Parks

Our City Council is always looking to ways to help improve communication with our constituents.  At the August 7, 2017 meeting I had concerns that last minute red dots, mailed to council on the day of the meeting were not as effective as the writer would want them to be.  As a result of our discussion the Council decided to alter the guidelines for accepting red dots.  The following changes have been made:

  • Red Dots must be submitted no later than 12 p.m. on the day of the meeting.  The reason for this change is to ensure that council has time to red them prior to discussion at the meeting.

(Presently most red dots are emailed directly to all Council Members).

(Presently staff prints up each red dot and places it in front of council to read during the meeting.  It’s obvious to anyone attending the meeting that Council does not have time to read these last minute submissions.)

  • Red Dots submitted after the cut off time of 12 p.m. will be included in the record for that agenda item.
  • These same rules now apply for our Planning Commission, Design Review Board and any other City Advisory Committee.

What if I believe it is urgent for Council to consider my input on an agenda item?

Everyone is welcome to come down to council and speak on any agenda item that is important to you.  If you have already written a red dot you can hand it to City Clerk at the time that you speak before Council.

Where should I send my red dot? (for Council business) (for DRB or Planning Commission business)

If you have any questions about this new guideline for red dots please contact our city clerk, Ashley Jones at (858) 704-3640.

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Rakin It In
Editorial in the December 2013 Issue

“It shall be unlawful for any person to use or operate within the City, any portable machine, powered with a gasoline engine or electric motor, to blow leaves, dirt and other debris off sidewalks, driveways, lawns, and other surfaces. (Ord. 535)” So reads the Del Mar ordinance on noise regulations.

It further states that the purpose of the ordinance is “to secure and promote the public health, comfort, safety and welfare, and to protect the rights of its citizens to privacy and freedom from nuisance... to prohibit unnecessary, excessive, and annoying noises at levels which are detrimental to the health and welfare of the community, and to minimize airborne dust and pollen.”

Leaf blowers have been banned here for about a decade, but they continue to flourish even though they compromise the health of all living organisms. Enforcement is lax and neighbors hesitate to “turn in” violators even though lower income minorities/gardeners ironically are being harmed the most.

We are playing a deadly game here. Starting up a noise-polluting, two stroke leaf blower is much more air polluting than cars. They fire up at more than 100mph and kick up animal fecal matter, allergens, chemicals, molds, and other toxins which travel directly into human breathing channels. This deadly particulate matter is hazardous to human health as well as plant, insect, and animal life.

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