Inside the April 2013 Sandpiper

pdf version of the April 2013 print issue


Extra copies of the Sandpiper are available at: City Hall, the Library, the Del Mar Community Buildiing, the Powerhouse, and the Carmel Valley Library; at The Gym at Del Mar and the Vet's Clinic on Jimmy Durante Blvd; at the  Solana Beach Library and the Solana Beach Community Center.


Fairboard Drones On
Art Olson

EDITORIAL: Mobilize Del Mar

Cut Through Del Mar
Ann Gardner

Amending Encinitas
Dave Druker

ASK Dr. RICH!
Rich Simons

Fifty of Shades of Green
Anthony Corso

Fairgrounds Update
Bud Emerson

Baby’s First Gun Show
Photos by a reluctant Nancy Fisher with by her bodyguard, Mike Salt

Council-Manager Model: Revisiting Responsibilities 
Bud Emerson

Sweet Fifteen
Nancy Fisher and Nancy Weare

Happy Trails 
Ann Gardner

Remembering Paul Haydu 1946-2013
Virginia Lawrence

Where the Bonbons Are 
Shirley King

Rainforest Rescued
Luana Karr

Dave Delivers 
Nancy Fisher

Young Masters 
Art Olson

Housing Blueprint 
Bud Emerson

Harnessing Creativity
Bill Michalsky

Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Fairboard Drones On
Art Olson | Avenida Primavera

In a joint announcement made last week by the 22nd Agricultural District Board and Exhibitor, Crosshairs Over the West (COW), a new series of exhibitions will be taking place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Fairboard spokeswoman, Eve Knight, stated that a groundbreaking three-year contract has been inked with Crosshair’s President Skylar Hunter. The contract commits to holding as many as five Drone Shows per year in Del Mar.  Ms. Knight explained that both the Fairboard and Mr. Hunter feel that consumer oriented drones are the wave of the future, and the Fairgrounds is a perfect venue for such a show.

Mr. Hunter stated: “The era of airborne remote-controlled firearms is clearly upon us. The amazing technical advances and growth in production of these devices has dramatically increased their utility and useability and has made them affordable for the masses. Thus we are aggressively promoting their availability for all Americans.

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update
04/18/13
US Senate Filibuster Kills Gun Safety Bill

Even though the bill for gun background checks passed 54-46, the GOP invoked a filibuster rule that requires 60 votes to clear the Senate.

For those 90% of us who favored this bill and want to register your objection, we list below the names of those who voted below.

(FYI, our local Fair Board continues to stiff arm the Del Mar City Council and petition signers who asked for the gunshow contracts not to be renewed.)

Read the statistics below
breakdown of Vote by Senator name, by YEAs and NAYs, and by state.
  here
     
Save the date
04/09/13
Coffee with the Sherrif

Community outreach is a top priority of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Members of the community should feel comfortable bringing problems related to safety and security as well as deputy-community relations to our staff. The Encinitas Sheriff's Station is holding a Coffee with the Community

Wednesday, May 1st
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Del Mar City Hall, Annex
235 11th Street, Del Mar

flyer
  
Update
04/06/13
Councilwoman Haydu Honored for Public Service
From left to right: Majority Leader Toni Atkins, Sara Moser, Diane Rose,
Lesa Heebner, Lee Haydu, Delores Jacobs, Mary Herron
, and Patricia McCoy

(San Diego) In honor of Women's History Month, Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins has recognized eight women from the 78th Assembly District who exemplify commitment to public service. The women were honored at a reception in the Majority Leader's San Diego district office.  more>>

  
Update
04/05/13
Green lights for del mar

The City of Del Mar is saving money and increasing safety, thanks to a recent streetlight upgrade paid for by federal stimulus funds.

Del Mar switched out 32 high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights to energy-efficient induction technology.  Induction lights are longer lasting and use less than half the energy used by traditional HPS lights.  The streetlights replaced are located along Coast Boulevard and Camino Del Mar, and will provide increased illumination for motorists and pedestrians.

Annually, the project is expected to save Del Mar an estimated 13,140 kilowatt hours or the equivalent of $2,600 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5 tons. 

Completed in February, the project was funded by a grant from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Administered by the California Energy Commission

  
Update
04/04/13
DOWNTON REVITALIZATION


Not Too Shabby
click on photo to enlarge

from left: Thomas "Tom" Barrow;
Hugh "Nate" Bonneville, Earl of Grantham; Matthew "Bud" Crawley
Photo Claire McGreal
details
  
April Print Issue

Baby’s First Gun Show
Nancy Fisher with Mike Salt

 

more photos >>
  
April Print Issue

Cut Through Del Mar
Ann Gardner

Stalled traffic generated by the proposed zone-busting One Paseo mixed use development on Del Mar Heights Rd. east of I-5 would end up using residential streets such as Crest Road, 15th Street and Stratford Court in Del Mar, City Manager Scott Huth warns in a letter to the City of San Diego. “Camino del Mar is the only continuous vehicular travel corridor parallel to I-5 and is subject to horrendous congestion when I-5 fails to function at an acceptable level of service. Potential impacts to Camino del Mar, due to significant impact to the Del Mar Heights Road/I-5 ramp meters will result from drivers rerouting to the Camino del Mar/coastal corridor.”   more>>

  
April Print Issue

Pipe Up: Alley oops?
Letter to the Editor:


I read with interest Sam Borgese’s opinion regarding “Revitalization Revisited II A 4-step Program.”  I wanted to correct his statement that “there is an alley that exists from 9th Street to Stratford Square on the west side of Camino Del Mar” suggesting that the city can convert the alley to a landscaped “pedestrian only” walkway. The alley along the commercial property on 9th Street at 240 9th is not a public alley. It is a private easement. There have been two signs on either entry to the alley stating “Private Driveway” for many years. I have allowed people to walk through and park for the Farmers Market (while my office is closed) in the spirit of goodwill. It concerns me when suggestions are made that my property could be public. I just wanted to clarify since public perception and views can at times create a legal precedence.  Thank you for publishing this clarification.

Sincerely, Richard W. Levak, Ph.D., 240 9th Street

  
April Print Issue

Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce

   
An eye-opening documentary on
Israel’s failed policy of occupation
One of Orson Welle’s neglected films is his adaptation of Kafka’s “The Trial.”
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April Print Issue

Plaza Pipe ups

LIKE MANY RESIDENTS I was shocked to see that Harvest Ranch closed. It was great to walk into town and shop for dinner or weekly essentials.
I really hope that Seaside Market takes advantage of this opportunity. I mentioned this to them right after I noticed Harvest Ranch had closed. Even if Seaside Market is not interested I really hope you can convince another market to take that space.

Thanks, Anita Knight | Stratford Court

I GREW UP in Del Mar and come back often with my children. I would like the Plaza to have a Children’s Museum with hands on activities that emphasized art, science and nature. Two children’s museums we have enjoyed are in Pasadena, California and San Antonio, Texas.

Sarah (Hohmeyer) Parra, Huntington Beach

PLEASE WORK toward a new market. We need it.

Dave and Jan Ulrey | 13th Street

  
Update
03/25/13

remembering John Kerridge
1937-2013

On Monday, March 25, 2013, John lost a short, but valiant battle against Mesothelioma. A long-standing Del Mar resident and community leader, John was a well-known outspoken environmental activist. With a twinkle in his eye and a wisp of his wry British humor, he gave many fellow residents the encouragement they needed to be involved in the political process at all levels. He served as an Editor for the Del Mar newsletter, Sandpiper, for 5 years.

John's career as a Geo-chemist, spanned over 50 years mostly working in the field of Space and Planetary Science. He held a position of Associate Professor at London University, UCLA, and UCSD. He was also instrumental in planning future missions to Mars while working as a consultant with NASA in the 90s.

After retirement in 1999, John was able to realize his passion for antique cars by re-building, and racing his 1926 beloved Frazer-Nash.

John's spirit of community and activism will be sorely missed by many. He is survived by his wife, Carol.  

  
April Print Issue

Sweet Fifteen
Nancy Fisher and Nancy Weare

As Del Mar Community Connections (DMCC) approaches its 15th year of providing resources to help our senior residents remain independent, and live in their own homes as long as possible, the Sandpiper asked its founder, Nancy Weare, for her thoughts.

SP: Next year will be the 15th anniversary of DMCC, and it’s hard to remember how we functioned without it. Has it evolved along the lines you expected or has it exceeded your expectations?

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April Print Issue

Happy Trails
Ann Gardner

A kind of spring cleaning at the San Dieguito River Park has been in full swing. Bulldozers grading a site for the new outdoor classroom have left; their deadline was the beginning of the bird nesting season on March 15. The Dust Devils, a dedicated group of weekly volunteers, have spread seeds, put in baby native plants and pulled weeds around the one and two years olds, and the Rangers and volunteers are busting with pride over the newly completed trails. A contract biologist with the Fairgrounds checks daily for signs of least tern mating, and Coastal Commission monitors roam the restored wetlands making sure the California gnatcatcher and Light Footed Clapper Rail are comfortable checking out the area for nesting. It’s Spring in the Park.

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April Print Issue

Fish Switch
Has the San Dieguito Wetlands Restoration Project succeeded in creating at least 150 acres of wetlands as mitigation for losses of fish stocks as a result of the operation of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) units 2 and 3? Come to a Public Workshop conducted by California Coastal Commission staff and contract scientists Tuesday, May 7, at the Del Mar Powerhouse, 1658 Coast Blvd. from 6 to 8 p.m. and find out. Representatives from Southern California Edison and members of the Coast Commission’s Scientific Advisory Panel will also be on hand to provide their viewpoints on the project.
  
April Print Issue

Ask Dr. Rich!
  Rich Simons


Q: What is your favorite way of relaxing? – b.a.

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April Print Issue

Pipe up: HEY Y’ALL

Just a quick note - after reading y’all’s story on ‘Mah Jong’ classes [in the March Sandpiper], I just had to write. Jacquie was such an inspiration for me and others, I miss her dearly! Lucky you’s guys!!

Julie Weldon, Circle JD4 Ranch, WeldonWood, in southeast TX

  
April Print Issue

Where the Bonbons Are
  Shirley King

Del Mar’s Chocolatier, Laura Reyer, has taken the high ground – the second level of the Del Mar Plaza for her Chocolate Bar café relocated from 1416 Camino del Mar and a continuing business commitment to local products and confections hand-made at her Carlsbad store. The Del Mar Chocolate Bar bears a close resemblance to its very successful Carlsbad mother store now with specialty hot and iced coffee and tea drinks and heavenly pastries. Taking up residency in the former Sunset Ice Cream shop and beside the vacant Harvest Ranch Market, this café and confection shop is becoming a new community gathering place – where visitors and residents can drool together and then enjoy their selections at the outdoor seating with its grand ocean view.

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April Print Issue

Young Masters
  Art Olson

On March 3rd a reception and awards ceremony was held at the Del Mar Art Center, the volunteer-based gallery of local artists located at street level in the Plaza. Showing, were the works of an advanced placement art class given at Torrey Pines High School. The young artists featured were all 12th graders and they displayed a wide variety of media and technique. The students found expression in materials ranging from pencil drawings and photography to papercuts and paper cups.

Their art teacher, Julie Limerick was rightfully proud of her students’ work. Julie, a Florida transplant has taught at Torrey Pines for 3 years and obviously enjoys it, showing great enthusiasm and joy at the award ceremony. The awards were based on the vote of the members of the Del Mar Art Center, and included scholarships and other prizes.

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April Print Issue

 Lagoon Day 2013

SUNDAY, APRIL 21 at 11 a.m.

Come to the Powerhouse to enjoy Del Mar’s San Dieguito Lagoon Day 2013.  Our featured presenters are Del Mar residents Howard and Michelle Hall, award winning filmmakers. They will be showing their underwater film, 100 Miles.  Come and see what lurks beneath our sea.

In addition, a River Park Ranger will be present with information on River Park trail improvements and activities.

Light refreshments will be served.
Lagoon Day 2013 is presented by the Del Mar Lagoon Preservation Committee.

Visit the Lagoon Day website at: www.lagoondaydelmar.com
   
April Print Issue

Dave Delivers
  Nancy Fisher

Supervisor Dave Roberts, who promised during his campaign that he would take the time to listen to citizens and City officials in his district, held the first of a series of Open Houses at the Del Mar Community Building on March 15th.

The casual gatherings, which will take place on the third Friday of each month, give community members a chance to speak directly with Roberts, as well as Chief of Staff John Weil, Policy Advisor Adam Kaye, and other staff members. A separate room is available for private conversations and interviews.

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April Print Issue

Remembering Paul Haydu
1946-2013
Virginia Lawrence


Pelican Patrol.  Photo Paul Haydu July 2011
 

Among the many hats worn by Paul Haydu was that of wildlife photographer.  Over the past several years he has tirelessly documented the San Dieguito Lagoon.   A vast number of his bird pictures appear on the website of the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley.  A smaller number have also appeared on the Sandpiper website, as for example the Brown Pelican above.  Two were winners in the Lagoon Day Photo Contest in April 2011.  About 3 weeks after his bone marrow transplant in September 2011, and only hours after he returned home from the hospital, he was back on the job for the Sandpiper, creating a photo essay of the Grand Opening of the San Dieguito Lagoon.  

more of Paul's photos inside>>

   
April Print Issue

Housing Blueprint
Bud Emerson | Klish Way

Del Mar’s draft Housing Element has been reviewed favorably by the state housing agency (HCD). HCD asked for several minor changes and indicated it was prepared to certify the plan. This draft will now be reviewed with public input by Del Mar’s ad hoc housing committee, the Planning Commission, and the City Council. These public meetings will be scheduled in April and May (dates will be posted online by Sandpiper). Certification of this eight year plan by the state will help the city avoid penalties and increase our eligibility for regional, state, and federal grant funds.

   
Update
03/24/13

Laura's Law
Nancy Fisher
County to Weigh Laura’s Law Against Current Mental Health Strategy

 

Supervisor Dave Roberts discusses mental health services with 10 News reporter Jennifer Jensen.
www.supervisordaveroberts.com/
At the urging of supervisors Dianne Jacob and Dave Roberts, the Board of Supervisors agreed unanimously on Tuesday, March 19th, to study Laura’s Law as they look for additional ways to help the severely mentally ill.

Laura’s Law, based on New York’s successful Kendra’s Law, was approved by state lawmakers in 2002 and allows for court-ordered outpatient treatment for the mentally ill who refuse medication and are unable to make rational decisions.  The supervisors plan to weigh the law against the county’s current voluntary approach.

“It is important that the county examine our care options to make certain we are doing all that we can for the mentally ill, their families, and for the protection of the public,” Roberts said in a recent media release.  “We must have the ability to keep someone from harming themselves or others.”

Del Marians who are interested in this issue, and would like to speak directly with Roberts, are invited to attend one of his monthly open houses held at the Del Mar Community Building from 3-5 on the third Friday of each month.

  
Update
03/23/13

DMCC receives Grant from
Del Mar Healthcare

Donald Ambrose, president of Del Mar Healthcare Inc.,
presents $15,000 grant award to Nancy Weare, center,
and Beth Levine, representing DMCC.

A $15,000 grant has been awarded to Del Mar Community Connections (DMCC) through the San Diego Foundation’s Our Aging Society program for a new socialization outreach project.

Beth Levine, chair of DMCC’s new project, named The Lunch Club (TLC)-TOO, said the funds “will enable us to explore for one year the feasibility of offering semi-monthly lunch/interactive programming opportunities at the new Del Mar Community Building location.” She noted that the grant will provide 360-480 meals a year at 24 luncheons, with a program director, van driver and volunteers implementing the activities. The goal, she said, is getting more homebound older adults out of their homes and interacting with others.

The luncheons will be hold  the first and third Tuesdays of the month, with an anticipated April 16 start date, Levine said. For further information call 858 792-7565.   

  
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