Inside the April 2012 Sandpiper

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Garden Project Gets Life Art Olson

EDITORIAL Time Is On Our Side

Library Wizardry Works Ann Gardner

Del Mar’s Champion Coach  Bud Emerson

We Have a Bid!  Sherryl L. Parks

Managing to Park  Nancy Fisher

Opening Our Doors  Bud Emerson

Monstrous Manipulation  John Matthews

Super Opening  Anthony Corso

Reality Realty  John Wilcox

Speak Now or...  Ann Gardner

A FAR too Far?  Dave Druker

Rathsam to the Rescue  Sherryl L. Parks

Narrow Still Too Wide  Ann Gardner

Political Scuttlebutt
Dave Druker

Cert in Neighborhoods  Carol Kerridge

Council Retreats  Sherryl L. Parks

 

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Garden Project
Gets Life

Art Olson
 
Rendering of 10th Street Garden Project
on Camino Del Mar. Courtesy Primavera Plans,
Arthur J. Olson, AIA

Good news is coming for the approved, but un-built Garden Project at the old gas station site on CDM at 10th Street. Soon the City will announce a new public-private partnership to revive the moribund project and provide relief for a number of Del Mar’s current woes. A finance committee member, who declined to be identified because he is not authorized to speak on the matter, said that the project would be profitable from day one, bringing a new source of revenue to the city. One council member, speaking off the record because of ongoing negotiations, added that the new partnership will help satisfy unfunded state mandates and bring new life to the south end of the city’s commercial district.

The project, a partnership with the newly created Del Mar Correctional Corporation (DMCC), will house an institution with room for 80 prisoners in a mixed-use facility with commercial and public spaces blended in.  It will become known as the “Guard-Inn” and will be a key anchor for the south end of Camino Del Mar. A DMCC representative claims that with the average cost per inmate in California at about $50,000/year, the facility will bring $4 million into the City on an annual basis. “More important than that,” exclaimed a member of the Del Mar housing committee, “this will finally satisfy our burdensome affordable housing element in one fell swoop --- since we will have 80 new residents whose housing will be fully subsidized by the criminal justice system. ...

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Alert
posted 04/27/12

Fabulous Roses

A stunning display of beautiful roses from the Del Mar Rose Society is not to be missed at the Del Mar Library this Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29.

   
ALERT!
posted 04/24/12

Fair Board returns to East/South Overflow Lots

The Cirque du Soleil has set up at the fairgrounds occupying all, or nearly all, of the main paved parking lot.  Grading and earth moving has also occurred on the East Overflow Lot (EOL) and South Overflow Lot (SOL) in the past few days. Can they be planning to use the EOL for Cirque du Soleil parking? 

These pictures were taken on Friday, April 20th at about 6 pm. It looks like they took the dirt that had been piled in the SOL and spread it around on the EOL in preparation for parking.  They have done significant grading and earth moving, and have once again impeded the ability of the EOL and SOL to return to wetland status. The earth they are moving looks as if it came from barns as it is full of trash and debris.

We understand the Coastal Commission enforcement staff is "looking into" the situation.  These photos show the problem activities are still ongoing.

 
The Cirque du Soleil has set up at the fairgrounds occupying all, or nearly all, of the main paved parking lot. 
 
 
Grading and earth moving has also occurred on the East Overflow Lot (EOL) and South Overflow Lot (SOL) in the past few days.
 
 
The earth they are moving looks as if it came from barns.
 
 
It is full of trash and debris.
 
update
posted 04/20/12

Marilyn Shaw

A Celebration of Life will be held for Marilyn Shaw from 2 to 4 P. M. Sunday, April 29th at St. Peter's Episcopal Parish in Del Mar. A long-time Del Mar resident and community activist, Marilyn started the Del Mar School Library, was a member of the Del Mar Elementary School Board and also worked to bring about the extension of the Torrey Pines Reserve, the preservation of Crest Canyon and the opening of the La Jolla Playhouse.  After her husband Ralph's death 30 years ago she moved to San Francisco to follow her dream of encouraging and aiding the arts, working tirelessly for a variety of art organizations in the Bay area.  She died in San Fransisco on March 29. Her two sons, Ted and Chris, have organized the Celebration for her many friends and associates here. 

   
update
posted 04/08/12

Lagoon Locked In
 
April 8, 2012.  The waters of the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon
are completely locked in.  Photo Virginia Lawrence
 
update


Pipe Up
posted 04/08/12
Revitalization ???

After reading some of the information on the Plan For Village Revitalization, I have the following input:

1. Narrowing Camino Del Mar (Pacific Coast Hwy.) to two lanes for 6 blocks is a     primary enhancement of this plan.  Since Camino Del Mar acts as an alternative bypass when there is an accident or similar  blockage on I-5, how will the increased traffic be handled through Del Mar?

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Don Coordt, Luzon Avenue

 
update


Pipe Up
posted 04/08/12
Reponse to "Character Change"

Mark Stuckelman (Letter to the Editor "Character Change," April
2012) is on point in elaborating the potentially damaging consequences
that would flow from the adoption of the plan presented to the city
council by the planning department.  [ ... ] However as the plan is developing, it seemingly is becoming more and more like a purely commercial venture favoring only the interests of property owners and renters along the commercial zone of
Camino Del Mar. 

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Ralph Reisner, Surfview Court

   
In the Headlines

April Print Issue

Gases Down Taxes Up
Council Member Erects Seasonal Train Platform in Own Driveway

“When the ‘Starbucks Station’ and ‘All-Aboard & Brew’ projects fell apart I knew it was up to me to reduce greenhouse gases while increasing downtown sales tax -- and it’s only for special events,” said Del Mar Council Member ... more>>


Designated Critter
Dog owners and Little Leaguers settle dispute over Shores property by allowing dogs to join teams. 

 “Bosco is a damn good short stop, and Sparky, well he can catch like Varitek. Penny throws like a girl, though,” says first-base coach ... more>>


A Sheep In Wolf’s Clothing
Kilroy Developer Does the Math

“Now that I think about it, maybe four thousand parking spaces and all those new stores will affect traffic after all,” admits a sheepish ...  more>>


Wetlands Whiners
22nd Ag. District Buys City of Del Mar Just to Shut it Up

“Lagoon, shmagoon,” says Fair Board spokesperson, “what a bunch of whiners!”...  more>>


The Sandpiper wishes you a Happy April Fool's Day!
... and now back to business!
 
Wind & Surf

April Print Issue
 
 March 18, 2012.  Huge wind and surf at the entrance to the
Los Peñasquitos Lagoon after Saturday's storm.  Photo Virginia Lawrence
 
Time to talk Turkey
April Print Issue
Now is the time for residents, not developers, to decide. We urge all who care about Del Mar’s future to get involved now and help shape our downtown. What we decide now we will see evolve on our terms over the next 20 years. Waiting until the November vote is too late – then it is only up or down. Now we can have a reasoned conversation and try to reach consensus.
 
 
1100 Block AFTER. Photo courtesy City of Del Mar
     

Speak Now or ...
Ann Gardner

The Draft Specific Plan for Village Revitalization and its required Draft Environmental Impact Report are now available for review at City Hall, the Del Mar Library and Online at www.delmar.ca.us (under public announcements and news). An Executive Summary covering key elements of the Plan is being mailed to all households and businesses.   The Sandpiper urges you to review the documents and send your comments, questions and concerns in writing to the Planning Department at 1050 Camino del Mar, Del Mar 92014 or by email to planning@delmar.ca.us. Your issues will be compiled as they are received and Frequently Asked Questions will be posted on the website to determine “focused topic discussions” at City Council meetings. Comment early and often. A public Specific Plan/EIR Workshop with Council in attendance is set for April 30th.   more>>

 

A FAR too Far?
Dave Druker

A draft of the Downtown Specific Plan was presented to the City Council on Monday, March 19. The elements include:
1) Raising the height of buildings on the west side of Camino del Mar to 26 ft.
2) Allowing for mixed residential and commercial uses in the downtown area (15th to 9th Streets, along Camino Del Mar.)
3) Narrowing Camino del Mar from four lanes to two lanes between 9th and 15th.
4) Replacing stop signs and stop lights with roundabouts.
5) Providing diagonal (town and country) parking along Camino del Mar.
6) Widening the sidewalks.
7) Increased FAR for buildings in the Specific Plan area.
8) A parking garage at the City Hall property on 11th St.  more>>

Key Documents from the City
Land use Constraints and Key Elements in the Specific Plan
  Draft Village Specific Plan,
March 19, 2012

pdf document 500 KB   pdf document, 23 MB, 371 pages
here>>   here>>
(City Website: look under public
announcements and news)
 
Safety Center Soon!

April Print Issue

The Beach Safety center is on track for a Grand Opening in June. You can follow the progress of the construction on the Friends of the Powerhouse website here.

To see photos of the former Lifeguard Center click here

Photo:  Beach Safety Center on March 9, 2010.  Courtesy Pat Vergne
 
The Sandpiper Needs Your Help!

We are now launching our $75,000 campaign for the next three years and invite you to join us as a financial supporter of the Sandpiper. 

Please add your name to the list of citizens who have made a gift or a pledge to support the Sandpiper.   details about our campaign>>

   
Del Mar’s Champion Coach
Bud Emerson

April Print Issue
Del Mar’s Steve Fisher, basketball coach of the San Diego State team earned another well deserved award as Mountain West Coach of The Year. Steve’s star player, Jamaal Franklin pulled down the Conference Player of The Year. The team earned a high seed in the NCAA “Big Dance” playoff and finished with an incredible record of 26 wins and 8 losses.  more>>
 

Ann Gardner

April Print Issue
CALTRANS, the California Department of Transportation, is proposing a Locally Preferred Alternative for its controversial I-5 freeway expansion project. The Alternative, the Express Lanes Only Option, came about largely due to public uproar over wider alternatives described in the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and subsequent signing of Senate Bill 468 limiting freeway expansion and requiring “hand in hand” transit projects.   more>>
 
Pipe Up
posted 03/30/12

April Print Issue

Kudos to the Del Mar Garden Club for donating Frank Mando’s ‘Flock of Birds’ sculpture to the City. This gift will now permanently beautify the garden that was installed by Garden Club members in front of City Hall at 11th Street and Camino Del Mar. Nearly every corner of our city has benefited enormously from the commitment to beautification of our City by our elected officials and the generosity and hard work of our Garden Club.

Virginia Lawrence, Caminito Del Rocio

 
LIBRARY WIZARDRY WORKS
Ann Gardner

April Print Issue
Gretchen Schmidt is our Wizard of Oz, turning knobs behind the scenes to create magic at the Del Mar Library despite a reduced budget for staff and books. The Del Mar branch is one of thirty-three in the County system and, in contrast to San Diego’s branch library in Carmel Valley, has been able to maintain, even increase, their hours while the City’s have cut back drastically. How do they do it?  more>>
 
Cert In Neighborhoods
Carol Kerridge

April Print Issue

Just in case you haven’t heard, the cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, and Ranch Santa Fe Fire Depts. are offering a free program to train residents in basic skills that may be necessary in our own communities in the event of a major disaster if emergency services personnel are not immediately available or are overwhelmed.   more>>

 
Pipe Up
posted 03/30/12

April Print Issue

I recently attended a City Council meeting where the Planning Director made a presentation on the development standards that are being proposed for the Village Specific Plan. I am deeply concerned about what I heard.

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Mark Stuckelman, Luneta Drive

 
Managing to Park
Nancy Fisher

April Print Issue
In an effort to alleviate parking congestion in both the residential and business areas of Del Mar, the Traffic/Parking Advisory Committee (TPAC) will be submitting a proposal to the Planning Commission at their April 10th meeting recommending a combination of solutions that have been successfully implemented in several California beach towns facing similar issues.  more>>
 
Monstrous Manipulation
John Matthews
  
April Print Issue

I live in Del Mar Heights politically in San Diego, yet geographically in Del Mar. I see One Paseo/Main Street as a monstrosity across the freeway. Despite the efforts of Carmel Valley residents to raise community awareness of the impact of such a large project, the developer keeps pounding away at the Development Services staff to approve the Draft Environmental Impact Report. The approval appears to have again been delayed another month (now expected in April). All of this has been done behind closed doors without the nearby communities being made aware of the nature of the discussions taking place.   more>>
 
Rathsam to the Rescue
Sherryl L. Parks

April Print Issue
...  A story about Shelly and me begins on a day that I was involved with the best rescue of my life. A hot air balloon landed a mile off the beach in Del Mar loaded with 11 tourists. It was a cold February night. The sun had just gone down and the water temperature was 55 degrees and dropping. This was very serious, but the funny part was that I had just met my wife-to-be a few days before and that night was going to be our first date! She got to my house on 23rd Street and I was not there because I was at the rescue. I ended up being really late for the date but it all worked out once she saw me on the news rescuing 11 people.  more>>
 
Pipe Up
posted 03/30/12

April Print Issue

Configure Camino del Mar as a one-lane one-way road with the direction changing every two hours:

North to South 6 AM-8 AM, 10 AM-12 PM, 2 PM-4 PM,
6 PM-8 PM
South to North 8 AM-10 AM, 12 PM-2 PM, 4 PM-6 PM, 10 PM-12 AM

12 AM-6 AM Camino del Mar will be closed except for emergency vehicles.

Parking and strolling will be provided in the current Camino del Mar median.

Bruce Astarita, 8th Street

 
Pipe Up
posted 03/30/12

April Print Issue

Dear Sir (or Madam, as the case may be):

I wonder why you keep publishing garbage like that “Ask Dr. Rich” column. Come on, his answers seldom seem to have anything to do with the questions, and he always seems to be trying to poke fun at something or someone. Isn’t that kind of mean-spirited? And have you checked that guy’s credentials? If he’s a “doctor” of anything, I’m Lady Gaga.

Dick Silsby, Calle Once  ( Editor’s note: Dr. Rich will be back next month.)

 
Lagoon Day Photo Contest

April Print Issue

Lagoon Day is coming on April 22nd and you can already gear up to join the 2nd Annual Lagoon Day Photo Contest.

For details about the contest go to:

www.lagoondaydelmar.co

   
PIPE UP !
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readers' comments

04/08 ... Since Camino Del Mar acts as an alternative bypass when there is an accident or similar  blockage on I-5, how will the increased traffic be handled through Del Mar?   Don Coordt   more>>

04/08 ... Ostensibly, the "revitalization" of the commercial area has been relentlessly pushed over the past 10 years by various interests, many of which are not even community residents.  Ralph Reisner  more>>

03/30 ... Configure Camino del Mar as a one-lane one-way road with the direction changing every two hours  Bruce Astarita  more>>

03/30 ... I wonder why you keep publishing garbage like that “Ask Dr. Rich” column. Come on, his answers seldom seem to have anything to do with the questions.   Dick Silsby  more>>

03/30 ... I recently attended a City Council meeting where the Planning Director made a presentation on the development standards that are being proposed for the Village Specific Plan. Mark Stuckelman  more>>

03/30 ... Kudos to the Del Mar Garden Club for donating Frank Mando’s ‘Flock of Birds’ sculpture to the City.  Virginia Lawrence  more>>

02/01 ... In January 2012, the Del Mar School Board shut down a fully parent-funded Spanish program at Del Mar Heights School.  Katherine White more>>

01/14 ... Reading the Sandpiper editorial (here) you probably wonder what in the world Carl Hilliard is thinking. I certainly would from this dispatch except for one thing: The information isn’t true. ... Carl Hilliard   more>>

12/23 ... To borrow words from The Economist editorial writers, the idea is "barking mad" from their standpoint. ... Bob Ringland more>>

 

website by virginia lawrence Ostensibly, the "revitalization"
of the commercial area has been relentlessly pushed over the past 10
years by various interests, many of which are not even community
residents. 

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