Inside the December 2011 Sandpiper

pdf version of the December 2011 print issue

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


There will be no print issue in January.  However, the website will be kept up-to-date.


We Lagoon: Recreating a Lagoon 
part II
   Nancy Weare & Dawn Rawls

EDITORIAL: Collision Course

This I Believe  Sherryl L. Parks

PHOTOS: In-Home Connections  Nancy Fisher

Ask Dr. Rich  Rich Simons

Pocket Lining  Laura DeMarco

AWOL for Sandpiper ...  but not for Country

Vital Signs  Kathy Garcia

ARTS ALIVE:

Tie a Bow On It!  Nancy Fisher

Standing Ovation  Nancy Fisher

The Good City  Anthony Corso

Vote Now Pay Later?
Ann Gardner

$ilence Needs Gold
Nancy Fisher

Save Our Sol  Ann Gardner

Fair to Good  Don Mosier

Political Scuttlebutt
Dave Druker

Waste Away  Sherryl Parks’ Interview with Mark Delin

PHOTOS: A Little Night Music  Virginia Lawrence

Winston Never Gives Up!  Anthony Corso

Big Big ... Really Big!
Bob Fuchs

Choice Cut  Mark Ochenduszko

Volunteer of the Year
Shirley King

Hooray for Huth!  Bud Emerson

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breaking news
posted 01/23/12 at 5:30 pm

The Sandpiper has learned, just as the print issue goes to press, that the Attorney General and the Sierra Club have both joined the Cleveland National Forest Foundation and the Center for Biological Diversity in a joint lawsuit challenging the SANDAG plan.


Hilliard vote:
Yes or No?

Hilliard says about Sandpiper editorial: "The information is not true."  However, Public Record shows that Hilliard voted YES on San Diego's Regional Transportation Plan.

from Carl Hilliard's letter to Sandpiper in which he states that "the [Sandpiper's] information isn't true":

"Reading the Sandpiper editorial 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.

"I’ll start with the Sandpiper’s statement that I voted yes for SANDAG’s new Regional Transportation Program (RTP), a vote the paper maintains flies in the face of the California attorney general’s objections to the program’s environmental-impact report."

Sandpiper reporting of Hilliard's votes:

Contrary to Hilliard's assertions, the December Sandpiper correctly reported his voting against an earlier 10+4 lanes proposal but that he voted yes to approve the final 8+4 lanes proposal despite the State Attorney General's warning in a letter dated September 16, 2011 that the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 2050 RTP was "legally deficient...setting the region on a course that is inconsistent with the State's climate objective."   here

SANDAG Discussions and Actions Oct 28:

The Sandpiper stands by its editorial and wants to emphasize that the issue, pointed out in the Attorney General's letter, is that the "... suite of strategies relied on by SANDAG, which include a heavy reliance on roadway expansion projects, does not deliver GHG [greenhouse gas] reductions that are sustainable in the long term." 

Further, "...infrastructure and land use decisions made in the early years (of the 2050 RTP) may lock in transporation inefficiencies and preclude any realistic possibility of meeting the...goal of an 80% reduction in GHG emissions."


 

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SAVE THE DATE
posted 01/16/12
A Whale of a Tale

Thursday, February 2
7pm
TV Studio, 240 10th Street

Del Mar Television Foundation’s Oceans Awareness committee is pleased to present a“Whale of a Tale” program on Feb 2nd.  Please join us once more in welcoming Biologist Eddie Kisfaludy as he takes us on a special adventure through his video documenting the largest whale fall know to science and it all happened right off our shores.  You may have seen reports of the large fin whale that beached itself on a San Diego Beach. Eddie gives us a glimpse into the dramatic effort of scientists from Scripps, NOAA, Sea World, Lifeguards and Virgin Oceanic.

As former Field Curator for Scripps Oceanography, his expertise as a
biologist and pilot has sent him all over the world and he is currently working with Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Oceanic in efforts to explore the ocean’s 5 deepest places using a manned submarine.

pictures>>

 
update
posted 01/08/12
posted as an ALERT 01/06/12

No Trains, No Cars, No Bikes

The Torrey Pines Bridge closed for the entire weekend starting, January 6, at 9pm.  Traffic was restored late Sunday afternoon, ahead of schedule.
 
 
Monday 7am
 
 
Sunday 9am
 
more pictures>>
 

Beginning this evening, January 6th at 9:00 PM, final demolition activities on the western half of the bridge will require the full closure of North Torrey Pines Road from the Torrey Pines State Beach parking lot to Carmel Valley Road to pedestrian, vehicular, and bicycle traffic until 6:00 AM on Monday January 9th.   

Detours will divert southbound vehicular traffic to Carmel Valley Road and northbound traffic to Genesee Avenue, via Interstate 5.  Pedestrians and bicyclists will be diverted around the closure via Carmel Valley Road and the Torrey Pines State Beach parking lot.  North County Transit District has arranged for bussing to accommodate Coaster and Amtrak rail passengers as all rail activities in the vicinity of the Torrey Pines Bridge will be halted this weekend to accommodate this construction activity.  

Please visit the City's  Construction and Traffic Updates page for the latest updates.   Photos Virginia Lawrence

 
Pipe up
posted 01/04/12
 

Reading the Sandpiper editorial 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.

I’ll start with the Sandpiper’s statement that I voted yes for SANDAG’s new Regional Transportation Program (RTP), a vote the paper maintains flies in the face of the California attorney general’s objections to the program’s environmental-impact report.  more>>

Carl Hilliard, Mayor of Del Mar

 
update
posted 12/25/11
 

Tying a bow on it at the Auberge

 

 
 

For the thirty-third year in a row the City of Del Mar received a big, shiny, gift from guitarist Peter Sprague’s family and extensive group of musical friends. Their free Christmas concert, a tradition since 1978, took place once again at the outdoor amphitheatre at L’Auberge on Christmas Eve Day (1pm to 4pm) and it was clear that most of the city’s residents, their children, grandchildren, and dogs, attended.  Photos Virginia Lawrence 

 
Pipe up
posted 12/23/11
 

The editor’s note to the "Vital Signs" article (Sandpiper Dec 2011 here) points out that a small minority of survey respondents were owners or employees of businesses along Camino Del Mar. This would seem to explain the distribution of responses to the question of two lanes on Del Mar's main thoroughfare. I've spoken to some of these people and it is clear that some were unaware of the survey and all were negative on the idea of only two lanes of traffic. To borrow words from The Economist editorial writers, the idea is "barking mad" from their standpoint. Mine too, as a nearby resident.

Bob Ringland | Caminito Del Canto

 
update
posted 12/17/11
 

Rainstorm Over!

 

 
Taken on 12/12/11 by Paul Haydu
 
update
posted 12/16/11
 

City of Del Mar Highlighted as Part of
Strong Cities | Strong State Campaign

League of California Cities
1400 K Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dec. 12, 2011                                         

Sacramento - Today the city of Del Mar was profiled as part of the ongoing “Strong Cities | Strong State” campaign highlighting local government success stories across California.  “Strong Cities | Strong State” is a project of the League of California Cities and the California City Management Foundation (CCMF).

“For over 50 years, Del Mar has shown its commitment to community services through innovative approaches and partnerships. Residents of Del Mar, along with City Council and staff, view potential challenges as opportunities for future successes,” Don Mosier, Mayor of Del Mar said. “We are excited to share some of Del Mar’s unique charm and stories of success with our neighbors throughout California and the nation.”   more>>

 
CORRECTION
posted 12/12/11
 

On page 12 of the December print issue in the article Fair to Good it was incorrectly reported that 22nd DAA Board member Ruben Barrales had resigned. Michael Alpert was the Board member who resigned, and Ruben Barrales remains on the board.   Read the corrected article online here.

   
Update
posted 12/10/11
 

Torrey Pines Bridge
eclipsed by Moon

 
The Torrey Pines Bridge barely visible under a lunar eclipse
on December 10 at 6:02am.  Photo Virginia Lawrence
   
We Lagoon
Nancy Weare & Dawn Rawls
December Print Issue
   

Throughout the story of the Lagoon’s restoration runs the undercurrent of engendering community involvement and enthusiasm. In 1986 the Lagoon Committee prepared a traveling slide show that visited communities up and down the floodplain to foster support for restoring the San Dieguito River floodplain both east and west of the freeway.

more>>

 
Arts Alive
December Print Issue
   

Christmas Community Concert
SAVE THE DATE:
December 24
Nancy Fisher

For the thirty-third year in a row the City of Del Mar will receive a big, shiny, gift from guitarist Peter Sprague’s family and extensive group of musical friends. Their free Christmas concert, a tradition since 1978, will take place once again at the outdoor amphitheatre at L’Auberge on Christmas Eve Day (1pm to 4pm) and it’s a pretty good bet that most of the city’s residents, their children, grandchildren, and dogs, will attend.

details and story>>

 
Vote Now Pay Later?
Ann Gardner
December Print Issue
   

Del Mar Deputy Mayor Carl Hilliard, our representative on the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), and Mayor Lesa Heebner, Solana Beach representative, voted to approve SANDAG’s 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) despite the Attorney General’s warning that the Plan’s Draft Environmental Impact Report was “legally deficient… setting the region on a course that is inconsistent with the State’s climate objective.”

more>>

     
A Little Night Music
Virginia Lawrence
December Print Issue
 

Demolition work on the Torrey Pines Bridge is being carried out at night under the glare of klieg lights, percussion by world-class jack-hammer operators.

 
The west side of the Torrey Pines Bridge on November 25,
2011 viewed from the beach. The railing and outer roadway
already were half gone. 
 
The Torrey Pines Bridge from almost the same perspective
in February, 2011. 
 
more bridge photos>>
 
 
December Print Issue  

Saluting Del Mar Vets

Below are Del Mar veterans who were AWOL to the October Sandpiper request for veteran names, but they were certainly not AWOL when it was time to serve our country. We salute them!

 

Jim Eckmann, Howard Gad, Judd Halenza, Dick Herzberg, Roger W. Hillbrook, Carl Hilliard, Don Instone, Ken Olson, Joe Sullivan

more about these vets inside>>

 
December Print Issue Save Our Sol
   
SDG&E’s proposes surcharge on solar and
renewable users

Ann Gardner
 

At its November 9 meeting, the Solana Beach City Council unanimously (5-0) agreed to oppose SDG&E’s proposed surcharge on solar and renewable users. The council will draft a resolution in opposition to SDG&E’s plan, and send letters of opposition to the California Public Utilities Commission, Governor Jerry Brown, and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

more>>

 
Winston Never Gives Up!
Anthony Corso
December Print Issue
   

Despite the fact that the school has been in Del Mar, located at the intersection of 9th street and Stratford Court, since 1988 it remains a relative unknown to many residents.

more>>

 
Silence Needs Gold
Nancy Fisher
December Print Issue
   

The Del Mar Quiet Zone Committee has raised approximately $175,000 of the $378,317 it needs to install a directional, or wayside, horn that would greatly reduce the noise in and around our crossing. As he prepares for another fundraising push, we sat down with Hershell Price, the chairman of the DMQZ Committee, to better understand the project.

more>>

 
December Print Issue Ask Dr. Rich!
   

With considerable trepidation my significant other agreed to accompany me. The Cinepolis Luxury Cinema exists on the site of the old Ultrastar theatre, just adjacent to the afore-mentioned anomaly. Our first task as to select a movie. The theatre boasts six screens, and the fare offered on most of them was the sort of thing that The New Yorker does not review: blow ‘em ups aimed at the “tennis shoes full of hormones” crowd. We went high end, basically choosing Paul Giamatti over Jack Black.

more>>

 

HOORAY FOR Huth!
Bud Emerson

December Print Issue
   

Beginning January 1 Del Mar will have a new City Manager, Scott Huth. He brings a 28-year background working in local coastal communities, including the position of Coronado’s Public Services Director since 1995. Mayor Don Mosier, reflecting a unanimous City Council choice, says “He is an accomplished executive with a strong record of working with residents, businesses and staff to serve the community. Scott will be a perfect fit for Del Mar.”

more>>

 
December Print Issue Volunteer of the Year
Shirley King
   

Chris Engelbrecht is the kind of accomplished community volunteer who is able to fulfill so many diverse duties that her name is the first on everyone’s list. And when called, Chris answers. Very fortunate for our community Chris has devoted untold hours through many consecutive years to develop and expand the services of Del Mar Community Connections.

more>>

 
This I Believe
Sherryl Parks
December Print Issue
   

I feel most alive when I’m living in a small town. I’m happiest when I know my neighbors, can walk to my hairdresser, church and the library. The post office lady knows me by name, as does the parking-ticket guy. Daily life is predictable and safe so I can focus my energy not in self protection and preservation but in far more interesting and exciting opportunities.

more>>

 
Fetch or Catch December Print Issue
   

Heated contentions continue about interim shared use of the Shores School by dog lovers, kids, families, Little Leaguers, and Winston School soccer players. Assistant City Manager Mark Delin has been spending a considerable number of hours trying to fashion a workable compromise among these factions. None of these uses are guaranteed to continue for long because a master planning process for the property, involving all members of the community, is scheduled to begin in 2013.

 
Historical Books & Photos December Print Issue
 

Give a little history for the holidays!

Shop online at:

www.delmarmainstreet.com/
books-photos.php

 
    
PIPE UP !
full archive going back to December 2007

readers' comments

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>>

10/29 ... The park was “barefoot friendly.” Babies played on the grass, toddlers and adults ran playfully and barefoot on the grass. ... Rich Ehrenfeld  more>>

10/29 ... The Del Mar Quiet Zone Committee members are very happy to announce that they have raised $173,000 in written pledges toward their goal of $378,000, ...  Hershell Price more>>

08/23 ... At first, I thought it was a neighbor throwing a raging party ... Piper Underwood  more>>

08/23 ...  On the hill where views are good and the neighborhood tranquil, we have been – almost literally – stunned by the noise levels of the amplified entertainment at the Fairgrounds this year... Roger Reynolds   more>>

07/12 ...  I certainly agree with Sam Borgese’s comments that now is the time to move on to implementation, not more studies.  Hershell Price  more>>

07/06 ...  KUDOS!  Congratulations on yet another great edition of the Sandpiper. You consistently put out a quality journal, with well-written, accurate and timely articles.  Adam Birnbaum  more>>

07/01 ...  We should not rush into building a new city hall while in the next few years the post office building will be available, a perfect location.  Marcel Van Boxtel   more>>

07/01 ... [My neighbor], like some others, feels that with the arrival of summer they are confronted with the clamor, din, and roar of what seems to be “unending noise.”   Anthony Corso  more>>

05/09 ...   The following comments are not about Pot.  They're about the reckless use of computer technology in the name of creativity.   David Arnold  more>>

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>>

 

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