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Inside the july 2020 Print Issue

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COVID-19 articles are marked by a red dot.


Brush for Brunch:
One answer for wildfires, no kidding, is goats.

Julie Maxey-Allison


  EDITORIAL Summer’s Silver Linings


Back to Business
Julie Maxey-Allison


No Easy NUKE Solution:
Task Force Report Released

Don Mosier


Scary NUKE Scene
Cathy Iwane


Pick it Up
Valérie Dufort-Roy


  Virus Vitriol:
Dealing with COVID-19

Don Mosier


Move It
Danica Edelbrock




Roving Teen Reporter:
Grading Grief

Neha Pubbi


Back to the Beach


COVID Cost Cuts
Tom McGreal


FACT CHECK:
Clean Energy Alliance Funding


NIMBY YIMBY
Bud Emerson


Traveling Tomatoes
Linda Chisari


Video Voices:
Design Review Board Meetings

Don Mosier


Let Our People Meet:
Advisory Committees

Jeff Barnouw


Winston Talks End
Councilmembers Dwight Worden and Sherryl Parks


Bluffs Going Going Gone
Photos Julie Maxey-Allison


Housing Blending
Ann Gardner


Fairground Housing Options
Mayor Ellie Haviland and Councilmember Dwight Worden


Sand Dollar$
Julie Maxey-Allison


Blue Carbon Treasure
at the Bottom of Our Lagoon

Geoff Criqui


DMF: JULY 2020


DMCC: JULY 2020
Ashley Simpkins


Extra copies of print issue available at Farmers Market.

 

PROTECT yoURSELF
PROTEct OTHERS


August 2020

Update
08/03/2020

 
City to launch face mask education and
enforcement program

To keep Del Mar as a safe place for all to enjoy, on August 3 the City Council approved a face mask education and enforcement program that is set to begin August 10.  

The program will employ Sheriff’s deputies to work partial shifts two days per week to patrol the beach, Seagrove and Powerhouse parks, Stratford Court, Camino del Mar, and other areas with high foot traffic.

Face covering requirements to be enforced are spelled out in State and County public health orders. As established by the State and County, violations are prosecuted as misdemeanors and can be punishable with fines of up to $1,000 and jail sentences of up to 90 days, as determined by a judge.
Throughout Del Mar, signage and communications of many varieties remind residents and visitors to wear a mask. Notwithstanding, the City continues to receive complaints that members of the public are ignoring public health orders that require face coverings when social distancing is not possible.
The work will be assigned to Sheriff’s deputies -- as opposed to parking enforcement officers, lifeguards or other City staff – because they are appropriately trained and equipped to handle enforcement of matters of this nature.
Efforts will focus on education first, followed by enforcement.
The pilot program includes signs and a public information campaign.

Open the face covering enforcement staff report (PDF)

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July Print Issue
Brush for Brunch:
One answer for wildfires, no kidding, is goats.

Julie Maxey-Allison
The threat of a wildfire sparking is a constant concern and it is always the right time to clear overgrown and dead vegetation. Although neither the City of Del Mar nor the City of San Diego employ goats in land management for fire protection, the cities of Laguna Beach, Anaheim and Lemon Grove do and have for some time. Laguna Beach Fire Marshall James Brown reports “We have been using goats for fuel modification since 1991, and they are a very important component of our wild land fire prevention program. Currently we have three herds working in the city, with a fourth one coming.” Anaheim goats Chewy, Spot, Pokey, and Peggy and others, often named by residents, work to clear vegetation as part of the city’s fire prevention plan. The City of Lemon Grove has hired goats for the last eight years in conjunction with Heartland Fire and Rescue and the Environmental Land Management company to “clear a sizable parcel of land in Lemon Grove that includes a canyon with residential houses at the top, along the ridge line. Around 200 goats are released on the site, divided into smaller sections, to remove the brush fire fuel,” reports Elette Nash, Fire Marshall of Heartland Fire and Rescue. “The goats clear a defensible space against wildfires, protecting the surrounding residential neighborhood. Goats, environmentally friendly, do not disturb the soil, so there is less erosion to pollute the watershed. Goats are able to access parcels of land with steep terrain that would otherwise require hand cutting of fuel zones.”
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Update
07/03/2020

The Sandpiper Regrets
the omission

Due to an editing error, the last paragraph of Tom McGreal's article on page 9 ("Covid Cost Cuts") was omitted from the Sandpiper print version. The full article is available here, and we urge readers to read the full story. We regret our error and hope that our readers understand.

 
Update
07/01/2020

fIREWORKS AND PARADE
CANCELLED FOR jULY 4

but beach and businesses open

The Fourth of July fireworks display at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is cancelled. But our beach will be open throughout the weekend, with plenty of staffing and sanitizing to keep visitors safe.

Del Mar’s Fourth of July parade also is cancelled. But our downtown businesses are open and welcome your visit.
As America celebrates its independence, the City of Del Mar is committed to following public health orders. We ask that our residents and visitors do the same: Wear a face covering, keep six feet of distance from non-household members, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you feel sick.
In observance of the Independence Day holiday, the Del Mar Civic Center will be closed on Friday.

However, the three-day, Fourth of July weekend will have lifeguards, parking enforcement officers and beach maintenance technicians scheduled to start early and work late. The Sheriff’s Department is deploying extra deputies.
The private use of pyrotechnics is against the law.
Portable restrooms are on order for Powerhouse Park and five locations near the beach. All of them are scheduled to receive multiple cleanings and disinfection treatments.

Tow-away zones are planned along segments of Stratford Court and Ocean Avenue. A temporary loading zone is planned at 20th Street.
As the Department of Community Services works to keep visitors safe, visitors are asked above all else to be courteous and respectful of each other.

 
July Print Issue
Virus Vitriol:
Dealing with COVID-19

Don Mosier MD, PhD
 

The virus that causes COVID-19 disease, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), first was transmitted to humans in late 2019. It is a new virus causing a new disease that has now (as of June 28th) infected more than 10 million people worldwide and caused more than 500,000 deaths, including more than 125,000 in the US. There is still a lot we don’t know about the consequences of infection. Why are some infected individuals asymptomatic (as many as 40-50%) while others die from the infection? Do individuals who recover from clinical disease return to normal health or do they suffer long-lasting organ damage? Do individuals who recover from infection develop protective antibodies, and how long do they last? How easily is the virus transmitted by airborne routes? Six months into the pandemic, none of these questions have satisfactory answers. We will have to wait for solid, peer-reviewed scientific studies to understand more about this disease. I respect the attitude of my friend Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is not afraid to say “I don’t know the answer to that question.”

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July Print Issue
Roving Teen Reporter:
Grading Grief

Neha Pubbi | Torrey Pines High School Junior

 

The Sandpiper editors would like to thank its outgoing roving teen reporter, Dhathry Doppalapudi, who will be moving on to the University of California San Diego in September to study computer science. We would also like to welcome Neha Pubbi, our incoming roving teen reporter, who is currently a Junior at Torrey Pines High School.
 
Dhathry Doppalapudi   Neha Pubbi
 

COVID-19 has changed the normal for everyone. Students in San Diego ended the school year through online and distance learning and with an adapted grading policy, including the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD). They announced on April 3, 2020 that the district would be implementing a credit/no credit policy, also known as pass or fail. However, due to students’ and parents’ protests and pushback the district board voted to change the policy to a hybrid grading policy, where students have the option to choose credit/no credit or letter grades for each class of their second semester transcript on May 14, 2020- one month away from the end of the semester.

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July Print Issue

Back to the Beach

Our beach is open. “We experienced the busiest first half of June that I can recall in my 28-year history working on the Del Mar beach,” reports Chief Lifeguard Jon Edelbrock. There was an influx of “out-of-town visitors who came early and stayed late each day, plus locals and tourists, some wearing masks, some not. With the greater number of beach goers there were the usual challenges of a busy beach with ocean rescues, administering first aid, some enforcement contacts. Street traffic was thick with drivers searching the area for elusive parking.”

 
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