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December 2015
Inside the Print Issue


Note:  There will be no print issue in January.

King Tides to Reign
Jon Edelbrock

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EDITORIAL: Unwrap a Local Story

Dead Wood
Shirley King

Civic Center Pole Time

Reflections on Civic Center Planning process
Jeff Barnouw

Sheriff Awaits Verdict
Jim Benedict

Ad Hoc Views
Bud Emerson

In-N-Out Rentals
Ann Gardner

News Updates
Ann Gardner

4th Quarter:
Optimism and Humor

Nancy Fisher

Roving Teen Reporter
Extra Stuff

Leah Gans

Doubling Ospreys
Ed Mirsky

Halloween Stew:
Cauldron on Crest: Book Signing Party for Three Generations

Rosanne Holliday and Suzi Resnik

Beauty and the Brain
Helen Kaufmann

Locavores’ Delight:
Make Room for Shrooms

Di Holker

Garden Artistry
Jill Cary

Dr. Rich
Rich Simons

Good for the Sole
Shannon Hogan Cohen

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Sustainability Fair Focuses on
Climate Action Plan

Dolores Davies

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King Tides to Reign
Jon Edelbrock | Community Services and Lifeguard Lieutenant
Forecasters and climate experts have projected the winter of 2015/16 to be one of the most prolific “El Niño” systems in over a half-century – on par with 1982/83 and the “Grandaddy of El Niños” of 1997/98. With El Niño comes a high probability of extreme Southern California rainfall that, in the past, has caused severe coastal erosion, flooding, and loss of homes along the beach front. A significant increase in rainfall can be challenging enough for our watershed; however the greatest impacts in the beach colony loom during periods of higher-than-normal, or King Tides, and large surf.


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Not Very Welcoming Del Mar!
Gina C. Mattern, Camino del Mar | an "experieced investor in home and rental properties" workiing for Willis Allen in Del Mar

Overwhelmingly Positive
Jonah Mechanic, Bonair Way, La Jolla | manager of short-term rentals on 11th Street, 12th Street, and 27th Street in Del Mar

Being a Good Neighbor
Bruce McDermott and family, 25th Street

Better and Better
Jan McMillan, 12th Street


December Print Issue


EDITORIAL: Unwrap a local story

Holiday shopping patterns have morphed dramatically in the past several years due to online sales. The internet has removed the hassle of crowds, the waiting in line, and, of course, the stress of fighting for that coveted parking spot! However, when purchasing online you miss the hands-on customer service from sales associates and the personalized approach of local business owners. There needs to be an offset between the conveniences of cyber purchases arriving in two days versus the social experience of buying in person.


December Print Issue

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In-N-Out Rentals
Ann Gardner | Via Latina

At its first public review for allowing and regulating short-term rentals, the Del Mar Planning Commission leaned toward current language in the Municipal Code that does not allow rentals of less than 30 days. Commissioner Ellen Haviland, after hearing public input, reacted negatively to comments that short-term rentals were a tradition in Del Mar. She disagreed that it has always been this way. “[The situation] has absolutely changed, and we need to come together as a community to deal with it. The current code that allows residents to earn income by renting a room in their homes or by having long-term rentals is acceptable to me,” she said. “We need to protect residents from the ease of [their neighbor turning their home] into a mini-hotel by just going online, and the adverse impacts.”


December Print Issue
Saluting Two of Del Mar's Giants

On the left: Arthur Wagner - Sandpiper Archives.
On the right: David Pike - courtesy Brooke Eisenberg-Pike.

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Del Mar loses two esteemed citizens with giant reputations beyond our borders. Arthur Wagner and David Pike lived very accomplished lives. David, spouse of community leader Brooke Eisenberg, earned an international reputation as a superb jazz musician. Arthur’s reputation in the theater world included acting, directing, teaching, and founding the highly regarded UCSD Theater Department.

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Toys 4 Tots
Drop-off location for
USMC Reserve's campaign

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For our 17th holiday season Jim Coleman and Staff at your State Farm Insurance Agency are proud to be an official drop-off station for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s“Toys for Tots” campaign.

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
30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday
NOW through Friday, December 11th.

Holiday Baskets Program
City of Del Mar

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Once again the City and the Del Sol Lions have teamed‐up to collect new and gently used blankets and jackets for the annual Holiday Baskets Program.

The Community Resource Center started this program over 30 years ago by distributing baskets of food to 50 low‐income working families. Today, the Holiday Basket Program serves over 1,700 pre‐qualified North County families, and the generic baskets of food have expanded to a dignified shopping experience held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This year, they are explicitly looking to collect 6,500 new and gently used coats and jackets and 1,800 new and used blankets.

If you wish to support this program, please bring unwrapped blankets and jackets to the City Hall during normal business hours (Mon‐Thur, 7:30 to 5:30pm; Fri, 7:30 to 4:30pm). Items will be collected through Fri, Dec 18, 2015.

For further info:
Caroline Matthews: Del Sol Lions, 858‐481‐2499
Melinda Gould: Del Mar City Hall, 858‐755‐9313.

December Print Issue
Only in Your Dreams

Cartoon Harry Cary
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December Print Issue
Quoting the Community Plan
Del Mar’s Core Values

A well-defined community identity: it was felt by the citizens that a well defined community identity should be fostered by providing a centrally-focused downtown area having civic activities as well as commercial services; a residential area of decreasing density from the town center towards the outskirts; and a surrounding belt of natural open space to buffer Del Mar permanently from the sprawling adjacent residential areas.

In addition, recommendations were made to establish a neighborhood parks program providing local recreational needs and a scenic trail system circumscribing the city.

December Print Issue
Public Plaza spaces

Included in the voter-approved Del Mar Plaza Specific Plan were designated public spaces for events and citizen access. Recently Council Member Dwight Worden reminded the public of these provisions. The current managers of the Plaza approached the Council and offered to cooperate with the city to develop strategies for promotion and access to these public spaces.

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City Hall/Town Hall Project
Revised Schedule
City of Del Mar

The purpose of revising the schedule is to provide additional opportunity for the project architect to refine the design, based on recent community feedback. The architect is now scheduled to present their revised design at the November 2, 2015 City Council meeting. If the City Council concurs with the revised design proposal, the project will continue with its entitlement process, including a Citizen’s Participation Program (CPP) meeting and Design Review Board hearing.
Please make note of the updated project schedule: 
  • December 16, 2015: Design Review Board Hearing to consider project design
  • January 4, 2016: City Council Project Entitlement Hearing and Certification of Final Environmental Impact Report


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