Inside The April 2011 Sandpiper

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Extra copies of the Sandpiper are available at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, the TV Station, the Library and the Powerhouse.

Assemblyman Garrick's Fairground Survey Discredited by Expert   Bud Emerson

Dr. Hofstetter’s analysis Discredits Garrick Survey  C. Richard Hofstetter

Del Mar Way Starts Up - EDITORIAL

ASK Dr. RICH!  Rich Simons

Stock up at Harvest Ranch Sam Borgese

Fisher’s Flyers  Gordon Clanton

100-Year Procession Anthony Corso

Olde Del Mar Revisited – Part II  Larry Brooks

Scoop On Sand  Jon Edelbrock

New Views - Part I  Anthony Corso


The Day of the Lagoon - April 17  Jan McMillan

Water Ways  Henry Abarbanel

Dressing Up Del Mar  Del Mar Garden Club and Del Mar Television Foundation

Replacements, Step Up!  Bud Emerson

Fairgrounds Workshop Work  Bud Emerson and Sam Borgese

700 Violations?  Dave Druker

Golf Off Course  Dawn Rawls and Jacqueline Winterer

Del Mar’s Dirty Secret  Bruce Bekkar and Dan Nore

Leadership Lab For Local Lad  Sam Borgese and Bud Emerson

Flower Hill Logjam Loosened  Ann Gardner

Practicing What You Preach  Sherryl Parks

Wiki-leaks Flood Del Mar  Art Olson




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April print issue

Fairgrounds Focus

Assemblyman Garrick's Fairground Survey Discredited by Expert   Bud Emerson

Dr. Hofstetter’s analysis Discredits Garrick Survey  C. Richard Hofstetter

Del Mar Way Starts Up - EDITORIAL

Replacements, Step Up!  Bud Emerson

Fairgrounds Workshop Work  Bud Emerson and Sam Borgese

700 Violations?  Dave Druker

Golf Off Course  Dawn Rawls and Jacqueline Winterer


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posted April 28, 2011

Chasan Corrections

I am requesting the “Sandpiper” alter the letter I sent to you [ on April 8, 2011 ] for publication. The proposed site plan now shows the elevation difference between Starbucks and our clinic to be 16-18” (not 18”) and the height of the fence between these properties is proposed for 2 feet (not 3.5 feet).

Dr. Paul Chasan, Surgery Center, April 25, 2011

Original letter sent on April 8, posted on April 9


posted April 13, 2011

Surgery Center proposed Changes Continued to May 9

Dr. Chasan’s request to modify the previously approved plan for his new surgery center adjacent to Starbuck’s is continued to the May 9, 2011 City Council meeting.  The continuance is the result of Dr. Chasan submitting a new plan at the April 11 meeting before it could be reviewed by staff, or made available to the public.  Feedback given at the meeting from both speakers and the Council was to follow “the spirit” of the original plan, recognizing that the zoning concession granted was in exchange for enhanced pedestrian continuity between the Union Bank Building and the surgery center and additional public seating.


posted April 23

REACH THE BEACH WORKSHOP THIS WEDNESDAY!  April 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m at the City Hall Annex (behind City Hall) on Eleventh St.

Come help the San Dieguito River Park decide the best way for hikers, bicyclists and equestrians coming west on the Park’s extraordinary Coast to Crest trail get to the beach in Del Mar. This Wednesday, April 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the Park wants to get your input, especially if you live in the beach area.  Would a preferred route come along the north or south side of the River?  What are the pros and cons of each option?  The western segment of the trail currently ends at the Boardwalk just east of the Jimmy Durante Bridge, and the Park hopes to complete a segment extending west to the Ocean this year!  Potential routes will be presented and discussed.  Come and have a say in where the trail should go.  We will be meeting at the City Hall Annex (behind City Hall) on Eleventh St.   flyer


posted April 23

May Day Garden Party
May 1 from 10:30am to 3pm at the Powerhouse   more>>


New on April 14

The Fairgrounds seen from Camino Del Mar.  Photo Madeline S   enlargement
New on April 5

Reality Check
Realty Development:

Traffic impacts, inadequate road and parking infrastructure, size and scale of project among concerns

San Diego, CA (April 4, 2011) – Concerned citizens in Carmel Valley have launched the website www.whatpricemainstr to provide community members the opportunity to learn more and share their thoughts about Kilroy Realty Development’s proposed Main Street project.



April print issue

Wiki-leaks Flood Del Mar 
Art Olson

Thanks to the Freedom of Infotainment Act this reporter was able to gain access to the massive wiki-leaks trove of private correspondences. After deep and arduous searches a number or revealing documents are now shining new light on what is really going on around town.  more>>


April print issue

SDGE undergrounding project is underway on Via de la Valle, including removal of unsightly wires along the scenic San Dieguito Lagoon. Hours of operation are 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. to mitigate traffice concerns. The project is expected to be finished by April 22.
Source: Del Mar Conversion Map from SDG&E

April print issue

Dressing Up Del Mar 
Del Mar Garden Club, Del Mar Television Foundation 

Last year the Del Mar Television Foundation realized that Del Mar was in need of some short videos highlighting the different organizations and volunteer opportunities in Del Mar.  more>>

April print issue

Councilmember Launches New Website

It is hard with everyone’s busy schedules to keep abreast of what is going on in the City. The Sandpiper and the Del Mar Times cover many of the issues. But you want to know what your elected representatives are working on for the betterment of Del Mar, and you don’t have the time watch Council meetings on TV.Trying to fill that gap, I have just launched a new website that posts news and issues from my perspective, and a calendar of events, in an effort to keep citizens informed and involved.  more>>

April print issue

Fisher’s Flyers 
Gordon Clanton

Go, Aztecs! Del Mar resident Steve Fisher and Torrey Pines alum James Rahon are enjoying a championship season with the San Diego State University Aztecs basketball team, which ended the regular season 29-2 and # 7 in the country.
Already co-champs in regular-season play, the Aztecs won the Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas, thrashing arch-rival Brigham Young University, 72-54, thus avenging their only two losses. I was there when our guys cut down the net at the Thomas & Mack Arena.   more>>


Meet, Eat, and Greet
Monday, April 11th.
The Hospitality Committee is having a “Meet, Eat and Greet” dutch treat dinner at En Fuego Cantina & Grill, 1342 Camino Del Mar at 6:30 PM. Bring a friend or someone new to our community. Please RSVP to by Wednesday April 6th.

Easter Egg Hunt
The Del Mar Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Seagrove Park at 11 AM on Saturday April 23rd. This is an annual event that is fun for children of all ages. Advance reservations are required as space is limited. Please register through our website at beginning on April 1st.

Sponsored by the Del Mar Foundation

April print issue

The Day of the Lagoon
April 17 

Jan McMillan

Del Mar’s San Dieguito Lagoon Preservation Committee announces an exciting addition to the annual San Dieguito Lagoon Day celebration: the Inaugural San Dieguito Lagoon Day Photo Contest. more>>

April print issue

Leadership Lab For Local Lad 
Sam Borgese

A local lad of 11 emerged from the Del Mar surf one evening in the mid 1980s intent on calling his parents for a ride home. He found that the pay phone at the lifeguard tower had been removed. He managed to find his way home, but a week later he appeared at the City Council podium to alert them to this potential safety problem for young kids. Within the month that pay phone was re-installed.
Josh Groban, now Senior Advisor to California Governor Brown, says that incident and the role modeling of his civic activist parents taught him much about public service and political action.



Public voices needed on Monday April 18 at 9:30am at fairgrounds. Decision on massive expansion is imminent!

posted April 16, 2011

Monday, April 18
9:30am at Fairgrounds
Mission Tower Building
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd

For complete agenda click here

The EIR and Master Plan is scheduled to be certified THIS Monday April 18th at 9:30 AM. Your presence and voice (if you choose to speak) is needed to help stop the proposed $300 million Las Vegas-style resort development from being built on our historic fairgrounds---- which are public lands!!!  The buildings proposed include a four-story, 66-foot-high condominium building including an 86-foot tower; and a three-story, 56-foot-high health club with lighting elements 75 feet tall to illuminate rooftop parking lots and playing fields. Also proposed--- the erection of new exhibit halls and demolition of existing buildings and the famous Don Diego mural. Fair Board members have lost sight of their mandate to protect and preserve this historic resource. Continual master plans, which elevate profit motive over pastoral stewardship, are unacceptable for public assets.


April 15, 2011.  City of Del Mar’s comment letter on the Fairgrounds Master Plan Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR). 


posted March 9, 2011

We urge all Sandpiper readers who care about the future of Del Mar and want to fix the disfunctional relationship we have with the Fair Board to participate in a workshop on this evening, March 9, at 6pm in the Council chambers. We can get a briefing on the proposed purchase AND we can have our voices heard. Bring your questions, your ideas, your advice. This may be the most important meeting ever for Del Mar citizen participation.

Click here to view the agenda and reports.


posted March 6, 2011

Martin Garrick released "survey results" from readers of his newsletter which purport to show little support for Del Mar's proposed acquisition of the fairgrounds, with governance by a board composed of representatives around the County.

An analysis of Garrick's poll  by a  renowned expert in survey research, Dr C. Richard Hofstetter, concluded that "professional probability sampling procedures" were not followed.  He states that Garrick used a "convenience sample...persons who are intensely involved are more likely to respond. In fact, the Fair Board did exactly that in this case, sending an eblast to 170,000 vendors, employees, exhibitors, and event attendees encouraging them to fill out the survey opposing the sale.  He says the results rarely provide accurate views of any population except the minority who choose to respond. 


CC to consider fewer Fairboard seats for DM on Monday, February 7 at 7pm.
posted February 6


City of Del Mar Press Release
posted by the Sandpiper January 13, 2011

Today, the City of Del Mar announced the retirement of David Scherer as its Public Works Director.     details>>


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7readers' comments

04/28 ...  I am requesting the “Sandpiper” alter the letter I sent to you [ on April 8, 2011 ] for publication.   Dr. Paul Chasan  more>>

04/09 ... My intent in the upcoming city council meeting is not to detract from the sense of place or pedestrian flow.   Dr. Paul Chasan  more>>

03/27 ... Read your article “ASSEMBLYMAN GARRICK’S FAIRGROUND SURVEY DISCREDITED BY EXPERT” with interest. I’m shocked to hear that a politician is being deceptive!  Preston Vorlicek  more>>

03/06 ... It was noted in a recent news article that our new Planning Director was gearing up to proceed with the possible change to Form Based Code zoning for the revitalization of the Del Mar commercial district.   Ralph Peck   more>>

03/06 ... I wish she would buy a new iPad and continue writing about her e-reading experience.  Julia Ponomarenko  more>>

02/25 ...  Nice article in the Sandpiper about roofs. However, the photo shown is a composite roof that was installed a year ago or so?  Jill Coughlin  more>>

02/25 ...  I read your "Fair Market Value" article with interest. I wonder if you will have the editorial courage to publish a quick reply?  Preston Vorlicek  more>>

02/11 ...  The picture of the paper bin has “trash” underneath it.  Just to clarify, it is really a picture of our mixed paper collection bin we send to be recycled.  Nancy Strauss  more>>

01/29 ...   It was truly gratifying to have a Council member publicly recognize the value of and show appreciation for the work done by Del Mar volunteers.  Brooke Eisenberg-Pike  more>>

12/20 ...   I’m surprised that no one in the press or City Council has mentioned that the 22nd DAA (Fairgrounds) has been losing money for the past 3 years.
Preston Vorlicek.


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