inside the August 2008 sandpiper

pdf version of the August 2008 print issue

New Curves in the Garden Path  by Carol Kerridge and Shirley King

YES = Clean Water + Balanced Budget  Editorial

Election Watch: Three Seats  by Bud Emerson

$$ for Shores Remain a Priority  by Wayne Dernetz

Out of the Garden, Into the Heat  by Art Olson

Del Mar City Budget, 2008-2009 

Samantha Experiences Raw Africa  by Susan Miller

How Green Is Del Mar?  by Sam Borgese

Calming the Traffic on Crest  by Harold Feder

Wetlands: Car Park or Sanctuary?  by Liz Dernetz

Remaining in the Groove  by Bill Michalsky

Critical Decisions at City Hall  by Bud Emerson

Cathy's Perspective  by Catherine D.

Planning Pays Off for TP Bridge  by Mark Whitehead

August Community Calendar

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Dude, who stole my city?
by Mark Whitehead, former Mayor

Click here for a web exclusive report on the Council's action concerning the TOT (transient occupancy tax) issue at its Monday, August 11th meeting.  Click here to watch a video of this Council meeting.

TOT Increase?  Council to decide August 11 Web Exclusive | The following article did not appear in the print edition.   by Mark Whitehead

Currently, Del Mar's TOT (transient occupancy tax) is set at 10.5%, generating $1,750,000 for the city annually, a major source of our revenue. This tax rate, paid by visitors to hotels, is lower than fees charged in neighboring San Diego (10.5 % + 2 % Tourist Marketing District fee) and Solana Beach (13% TOT, effective Jan. 1, 2009). By law, Del Mar must obtain voter approval to raise the TOT. Therefore, the city is considering submitting a ballot measure for the Nov. 4, 2008 allowing the city to set a TOT rate of up to 13%.     more>>

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New Curves in the Garden Path
by Shirley King and Carol Kerridge


The Garden Del Mar Project took an unexpected turn after the July 21 City Council discussion [...] In a widely distributed e-mail sent early the next morning, developer Bryn Stroyke announced that he had decided not to move forward with the application, stating that, “the project can no longer proceed as envisioned and that the incredibly tight schedule has been dealt a fatal blow”, attributing this decision to comments made by Site Steering Committee members at the meeting.   more>>

City Council Takes Key Action to Approve Garden Del Mar Project for the Ballot    more>>


Out of the Garden, Into the Heat
by Art Olson

A hastily assembled special meeting of the Gas Station Site Steering Committee on July 24, following City Council's deliberations on the Garden Del Mar Project's Specific Plan, though heated at times, has hopefully brought a more reasoned perspective to the efforts to move the Plan to a November vote.   more>>


How Green Is Del Mar?
by Sam Borgese

Historically Del Mar's reputation in San Diego County has been a leader on environmental issues such as the protection and acquisition of open space and in the forefront of efforts on regional projects such as the revitalization of the San Dieguito Lagoon. Given this reputation it is natural for Del Mar to develop its own green vision and to step up once again to lead and become an example of how communities, especially smaller communities, can participate in areas of environmental sustainability.  more>>


Remaining in the Groove
by Bill Michalsky

Two down and two to go and this isn't about the races. We're talking music.   more>>


Clean Water Vote  

This week the City of Del Mar is distributing a ballot package by mail to all Del Mar property owners and water customers. On this ballot are two important questions.



Del Mar City Budget, 2008-2009  more>>


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