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Traffic Jam Scam
Ann Gardner

EDITORIAL: Rakin’ It In

Letter To The Editor: Process Patience
Mayor Terry Sinnott

Dr. Rich
Rich Simons

Dmtv PRESENTS
Better Brain, Better Life

Luana Karr

Locavore’s Delight
Currying the Flavor

Leslie Robson

Close to Getting There
Ann Gardner

Herons or Hondas?
Ten-Year Tenure

Ann Gardner

Short Takes On Film
Ben Nyce

Hello Officer?
Dave Druker

Making Main Street
Richard Earnest

Greenery in the Scenery
Freda Reid

Birdwing Takes Wing
Jeffrey Barnouw

Rosy Thanksgiving: Collaboration in Full Bloom
Kristen Druker

Viva Le Bambou!
Anthony Corso

Support Endangered Species
Ann Gardner

Doctor Del Mar
Nancy Fisher and
Deacon Al Graff

Book Corner: Reading on the Run
Brooke Eisenberg-Pike

No Idle Idling
Dr. Bruce Bekkar MD

Roving Teen Reporter: College App Zapped
Leila Zein-Phillipson

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Lou Terrell
 
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Traffic Jam Scam
Ann Gardner | Via Latina

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Speakers at the November 14 Torrey Pines Community Planning Board meeting, including San Diego City Mayoral candidate Michael Aguirre, reflected the escalating gulf between the City of San Diego and community groups over the controversial One Paseo project proposed for just east of I-5 on Del Mar Heights Road.

Planning Board Chair Dennis Ridz and Board member and former School Board member Dee Rich focused on the failure of the DEIR to analyze the impact of the Project’s traffic on response time for Emergency Medical Service providers from Station 24, just east of the proposed development. Ridz said the DEIR considers EMS response time from the Station to the proposed development which is just blocks away, only. There is no analysis of the impact on response time to residents and schools west of I-5 that are in the same service area, he said. He quoted former Station 24 Fire Captain Stacy Silverwood, “The DEIR seems to address only the needs of One Paseo to the exclusion of every other business, resident and visitor to Carmel Valley.”

UPDATE 12/02/13:
Statement of Overriding Considerations - comments from Dennis Ridz, Chair Torrey Pines Community Planning Board  here

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Pipe Up
01/23/14
Letter to the Editor
from Linda Holland

The current survey should have started with two questions 1) should Del Mar build a new city hall and
2) should Del Mar build a new civic center.

Dear Editor,

    The survey being conducted by the city of Del Mar in regard to a new city hall and civic center is based on the premise that the citizens of Del Mar have already agreed that Del Mar should have both a new city hall and civic center. This is a false premise as a few years ago, the voters of Del Mar decided Del Mar did not need a new city hall. The current survey should have started with two questions 1) should Del Mar build a new city hall and 2) should Del Mar build a new civic center.  If both answers were "yes", the survey could proceed as is. If the answer to the first were "no", then the survey could have asked whether the current city hall should be expanded to obviate the need for portable buildings (the earthquake unsafe building adjacent the city hall could be razed to accommodate an expansion) or whether the city should rent additional space or keep the status quo. If the answer to the second were "no", the survey could ask whether Del Mar already has adequate community space in the shores school occupied by Community Connections and in the power house community center or whether additional space for a civic center should be considered in the future. 
    I am reminded that in 2012, the citizens of Del Mar voted not to raise the height limit of buildings on the west side of Camino Del Mar, but even so, the city council tried to raise the height limit anyway until faced with strong opposition from the citizens of Del Mar.  The current push and lopsided survey by the city council for a new city hall and civic center seems to be yet another attempt to strong-arm the citizenry. If the city council wants a new city hall and civic center, these buildings should be put to a binding vote on the November ballot.
Sincerely yours,

Linda Holland, Coast Blvd

Pipe Up
01/22/14
Letter to the Editor
from Jim Benedict

How about building our new city hall for FREE?
Hard to fathom, but yes an option that should be considered

Fact – our new city hall will cost approximately $8 million + $3-4 million for the meeting rooms that the community wants.  A total cost of $11 – 12 million.

Fact – the property where the current city hall is today has a resale value of anywhere from $7 – 12 million.
                                                                       
Fact – the public works property has little to no resale value because it is designated in a floodplain

What if we turned lemons into lemonade?

What if we were able to get FEMA to re-designate the public works property to a buildable site?  Poof – instantly we find a $12 million asset!

And the floodplain designation, itself, is old news.  This site has not been      reassessed since SC Edison spent $122 million on flood control.  Time to take      a fresh look at this site.  Lot’s of hurdles but well worth the investment of time and a small amount of funds.

Our city cannot afford a $12 million new city hall.  But we could build one for    free!!!!!

Next steps – the Del Mar city council needs to add this option to the list for the
community to consider.

Jim Benedict, Christy Lane

   
Update
01/04/14
Remembering Lou Terrell
Lou Terrell front and center
left to right standing: Dave Druker, Jacqueline Winterer, Rick Hendlin, Dave Roberts, Pam Slater-Price, Tom Golich, Tom Campbell.  left to right seated: Lou Terrell, Lesa Heebner.
Photo Susan Schelling

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A Leader for All Seasons
Lou and Abe.  Courtesy DMCC
With heavy hearts, we share news of the passing of our friend Lou Terrell who died yesterday, January 3, in Del Mar while walking his faithful companion, Abe. 

Lou Terrell, a widely respected and beloved former Mayor, City Council Member, and community activist was tragically killed in a train accident on the Del Mar bluffs on Friday, January 3. He is survived by his wife, Judge Carol Isackson. Terrell was a retired professor at San Diego State University, where he chaired the Political Science Department for 12 years.  His many contributions to civic life included service as Mayor, City Council Member, a founder and early President of the Del Mar Foundation, President of Planned Parenthood of San Diego & Riverside Counties, Board Member, ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and both board member and President of the Foundation for Change.

At an early Board meeting of the Del Mar Foundation, held more than 30 years ago, Lou Terrell and other board members envisioned a future for Del Mar that included an outdoor concert series, a rich and diverse program of cultural arts programming, and an endowment for Del Mar, among other goals. Today, the results of this visionary session are richly woven into Del Mar's culture, with Twilight Concerts at Powerhouse Park, First Thursdays and other cultural arts programs at the Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center, and a community endowment to to provide long term funding for community needs, launched to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Del Mar Foundation. Remarkably, these visionary goals were set before either Powerhouse Park or Powerhouse Community Center even existed. 

An article in the February Sandpiper will delve into Terrell's enormous contributions in greater detail, along with an exploration of his current ideas for making Del Mar an even better place. For now, we simply note that a Del Mar without Lou Terrell would be a far different place than the one we enjoy today.

Celebrate a life well-lived on Sunday, January 5

A Celebration of Life for Lou Terrell
Sunday, January 5
10 am
Powerhouse Community Center
1658 Coast Blvd, DM 

 

Comments by Mayor Lee Haydu reported by Angie Lee on CBS news, Saturday, December 4, at 5pm
here


Tribute from Manek and Harriet Wadia
here
Tribute from County Supervisor Dave Roberts
here


    
Pipe Up
01/09/14
Letter to the Editor
from
Dr. Maneck & harriet Wadia
So Many Citizens Who Owe Him So Much

Dear Editor:

The sad and untimely passing of former Del Mar Mayor, Lou Terrell, will have a personal impact on many of us.  His great contributions will have a further impact on his students, the city of Del Mar and for his dedication to so many causes dear to all of us.  

We extend to his family our sincere condolences.

Maneck and Harriet Wadia, Luneta Drive

   
Pipe Up
01/09/14
Letter to the Editor
from County Supervisor dave Roberts

You Made Our Lives So Much Richer

Dear Editor:

Last week, Del Mar resident Lou Terrell was killed in an awful accident by an Amtrak train while he was trying to save his canine companion Abe from an oncoming train along the coastal bluffs.  This was terrible news for everyone, including me.

Lou was a great leader and a true friend. I am one of many friends who join family members in sympathy over his untimely passing.

Even though I am sad that Lou will no longer physically be present in our lives, I was so pleased that a standing room of family and friends overflowed the Del Mar Powerhouse this past Sunday less than 45 hours after his death to celebrate his life and his many accomplishments.

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Save the Date
01/07/14
Del Mar Recycles
For Del Mar Residents and Businesses Only

Saturday, January 18th
9am to 12 noon
Upper City Hall Parking Lot


  • Document shredding
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Sharps
  • non-controlled Medications
  • used batteries
 
Pipe Up
01/06/14
A Letter to the Editor from
Jim Watkins
Thank You Peter Sprague
Christmas Eve concert 2013 at L'Auberge. 
Peter Sprague in hat next to tree. 
Photo Mike Salt.  Click on image to enlarge.

Dear Editor:

It was over 35 years ago on Christmas Eve that a talented young musician strummed his guitar on the corner of 15th street and Camino Del Mar to the delight of residents and visitors to our community.  At the time, outside the corner shop in Stratford Square where he played was the Sugar Plum Bakery, then Carlos & Annie’s and now the Americana.  That young man was and is the internationally renowned guitarist, Peter Sprague.  It was Peter’s gift to Del Mar and what a wonderful gift it has been for our community every Christmas Eve for the past 35 years.  This Christmas Eve 2013 was the best ever as hundreds of residents and visitors gathered in the L’Auberge semi-public park across the street from the Stratford Square to listen to the wonderful music of Peter Sprague and his ensemble.  It was of particular joy to me because when I designed and built the L’Auberge I dedicated the prime commercial corner of all Del Mar as a semi-public park and a gathering place for community events.   This Christmas Eve the gathering of so many Del Mar residents to listen to Peter’s music was a fulfillment of what I envisioned the semi public park to be for our community -  

Thank you Peter for your wonderful gift over the years.

                                                                                    Jim Watkins
                                                                                    Camino Del Mar

 
Update
01/03/14
More Penguins Plunging
Bill Morris
 
The Del Mar Lifeguards ready for action.

More penguin plungers here
 
Update
01/01/14
hAPPY nEW yEAR!
28th Annual Penguin Plunge
ON nEW yEAR'S DAY 2014

Photos Bill Morris.  Click on the images to enlarge.
 
 
 
 
Update
01/01/14
High Tide Low Tide
ON nEW yEAR'S DAY 2014
     

High Tide 8am
The tides were exceptionally high at 8am and exceptionally low at 3pm.  Photos Virginia Lawrence.  Click on the images to enlarge .
 
Low Tide 3PM
 
 

 

 
Update
12/30/13
Short Takes on Film:
Catch "Nebraska" Before It Leaves
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Now Showing At Only two cinemas in San Diego:  ArcLight La Jolla and Landmark Hillcrest

Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” is shot in wide screen, black and white – a good strategy to capture the flat, vacant spaces of his home state.  The film is an affectionate tribute to the area but also a corrosive treatment of some of its people.   Woody (Bruce Dern) believes that he has won a million dollars in the Publishers Weekly Sweepstakes.  He’s suffering from dementia and a life of hard drinking.  He insists that he must collect his money though his son David (Will Forte) tries to convince him he’s won nothing.  The local citizens of their small agricultural town give heartfelt congratulations to Woody on his winnings but some also try to get a piece of it.  The most aggressive of these charlatans is Ed, played with cheerful menace by the great Stacy Keach.  In fact, Woody has lent most of them money in his younger years.  “Nebraska” follows Woody and David’s trek from Montana, where he has relocated, to his home town.  The journey is full of doleful comedy.  The recently dumped by his girlfriend, depressed David lovingly tries to keep his dad alive by pursuing his fantasy.  Woody, by now a crusty angry old codger, hardly recognizes his son’s devotion.  If this all sounds like a bleak “downer,” it omits the humor with which Payne presents his slice of Americana.  Yes, Bruce Dern is very good (he won best actor at Cannes) but so are a number of other actors, so authentic they seem plucked right off the streets of Nebraska.

Ben Nyce | Via Latina

 
Update
12/27/13
Free Del Mar Holiday Tree Drop-Off and Collection Program

Starting today, you can drop off your holiday tree at the Public Works yard at 2240 Jimmy Durante - a large bin has been provided by Coast Waste Management for this purpose.  Please ensure that it is free of ornaments and tinsel.  Curbside collection is also offered - if your tree is taller than four feet, please cut it in half, and place it out on the curb on your regular collection day.  This free collection is offered through January 11th.

 
Update
12/19/13
Del Mar Historical Society
Courtesy Del Mar Historical Society.  Click on image to enlarge.

The Del Mar Historical Society is once again an independent 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and is continuing its long tradition of collecting and preserving the unique history of Del Mar.  Three major projects are underway.  

  • Returning the Alvarado House from the fairgrounds to Del Mar
  • recording more of the oral histories of prominent and longtime Del Mar citizens
  • encouraging any and all members of the community to participate in achieving these goals.
  • To get involved, contact:                                                 info@delmarhistoricalsociety.org
    www.delmarhistoricalsociety.org
 
Pipe Up
12/14/13
RE: lEAFBL0WER oRDINANCE
Brooke Eisenberg-Pike

Dear Editor:

Thanks for your excellent editorial supporting Del Mar's leafblower ordinance.  What a coincidence that Brooke Eisenberg-Pike's "Book Corner" appeared in the same issue because it was Mayor Eisenberg who led the Del Mar City Council to create the ordinance in 1989!  Once again, Del Mar was (and still is) ahead of the game.

Jan McMillan, 12th St.

 

 

 
Pipe Up
12/14/13
Town Wasting away

Dear Editor:

With all the happy talk about Del Mar being so wonderful, and I live here and agree, in part, but with all the energy seemingly spent on stopping things i.e. traffic circles, new parking angles , new proposed projected, the town seems to be slowly wasting away. The plaza is practically empty and although I used to go there to visit a book store or go to the market, these places are no longer there and  we are left with either crazy tourist clothing stores or restaurants who last three months because no one wants to go there anymore, and the rest of the town is virtually empty, there is no where to park no handicapped parking to speak of. And even though I live here I NEVER shop in Del Mar, preferring to go to a vital town like Solana Beach, Encinitas or Leucadia, where  you can park and have a great selection of different kinds of stores and moderately priced, varied restaurants. We are so afraid of change that we have reduced this town to one where few ever go to shop, especially from outside the community, even when parking is free for a few weeks! Wake up Del Mar, before it is too late. One Paseo will be another reason why no one will shop here, they will probably have stores people want to go to and parking! Traffic circles work in Rome, Paris, Encinitas, Leucadia, lajolla, but for some reason they won't work in Del Mar, why is it not addressed that Del Mar has no market, pharmacy, or small, takeout food places. Is no one concerned that the Plaza is mostly vacant?

Melanie Gradinger, 8th Street

 
Update
12/09/13
December 9 - Swearing In at City Hall
Mayor Lee Haydu accepts the Gavel
Mayor Lee Haydu on the job minutes after accepting the gavel from Former Mayor Terry Sinnott.  Photo Virginia Lawrence. 
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Update
12/06/13
Del Mar Art Center Gallery
Opening Reception - Sun, Dec 15th 5-8 pm
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Update
12/04/13
Sandpiper A Go-Go
Mike Salt at Rockefeller Center.  Photo Nancy Fisher.
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Update
12/02/13
Overriding Traffic
Paseo shrouding true impact

Statement of Overriding Considerations
comments from Dennis Ridz, Chair Torrey Pines Community Planning Board

As I put the finished touches to the Torrey Pines Community Planning Board’s response to Kilroy’s DEIR Alternatives several issues have surfaced.  Kilroy’s insistence that only Carmel Valley’s Planning Board has a vote on the One Paseo project to the exclusion of all other impacted residents outside Carmel Valley.  This is true but shrouds the true nature of One Paseo’s impact upon regional traffic congestion especially as it relates to emergency response time from Fire Station 24 on Del Mar Heights Road.

Development Services Department (DSD) has clearly indicated that the One Paseo project is tied to specific roadway improvements called mitigation measures.  These mitigation measures must be in place before building permits are issued. The I-5/SR-56 Connector project is on the listed of mitigation measures and includes the removal of the Del mar Heights Bridge and the construction of a new bridge and connector ramps from I-5 to SR-56.  As a side note, Caltrans plans construction on this project to start in the year 2020 and finish by 2030 but this project remains unfunded.

Now the rub, DSD indicates that building permits would not be deferred in the event that the City Council adopts a Statement of Overriding Considerations relative to impacts to traffic, since these mitigations are beyond the control of the project applicant and the City of San Diego . Therefore, the reality of the situation is that the nine City Council members can chose to ignore the facts about traffic and approve One Paseo.  Remember that only Councilmember Sherri Lightner lives in District 1 and at that in La Jolla.  San Diego’s Mayor and County Supervisor get no vote.  Carmel Valley Board’s vote is only advisory as is the City’s Planning Commission. 

Therefore, none of the City Council members actually lives in and around Carmel Valley or Torrey Pines but can by their vote affect our lives and safety for the next 15 years!  “Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.”

Dennis Ridz, Chair Torrey Pines Community Plannng Board
 
Update
11/22/13
Severe Beach erosion at the Beach Safety center Overnight
Overnight storm Thur, Nov 21 and Fri, Nov 22

Slight malfunction of storm channel between Beach Safety Center and Del Mar Motel flooded the parking lot leaving mud and debris behind, damaged the BSC front barrier, and carved a huge channel in the beach.

 

 
 
Friday, November 22, at 7:30 am.  Photos by Bill Morris.

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December Print Issue
Roving Teen Reporter:
College App Zapped
Leila Zein-Phillipson
 

“If I could describe my mix of emotions about applying to college I’d say “nerve-wracking’.” I am applying to a place where I might spend the next 4 years of my life; supposedly the best 4 years. It’s like an end of a chapter with a cliff hanger where the unknown is discovered in the next chapter,” said Max.

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December Print Issue
Sandpiper Due To Hibernate
Please note that there will be no print issue of the Sandpiper in January. The next print issue will appear in February 2014. The Sandpiper website, however, will be updated regularly, so please check it often.
Happy Holidays!
 
December Print Issue
Dr. Rich
Rich Simons

Q: Christmas is coming right up. Do you have any hot shopping tips for us?
Do I ever! Here are just a few:

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December Print Issue
Holiday Insurance
Toys for Tots
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For our 15th holiday season, we’re proud to be an official drop-off station for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ “Toys for Tots” campaign.

So please help us make the holidays brighter for San Diego area families by dropping off a new, unwrapped children’s toy at my office at 1011 Camino Del Mar, in downtown Del Mar.

We’re open to accept your holiday donations from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday NOW through December 20th. So please join in the fun and help us spread the Holiday Spirit to our San Diego area families.

Jim Coleman and Staff
Your State Farm Insurance Agency
(858) 755-6794

 
December Print Issue
Doctor del Mar
Nancy Fisher and Deacon Al Graff
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Several Sandpiper readers have informed us that the Del Mar Medical Clinic, established by Dr. G. Richard Wheelock in 1955, will be moving to a new location in Solana Beach in November. The clinic, now known as Scripps Coastal Medical Center, is a part of Del Mar history that many long-time residents remember as once being “the only game in town.”

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December Print Issue
EDITORIAL: Rakin’ It In

“It shall be unlawful for any person to use or operate within the City, any portable machine, powered with a gasoline engine or electric motor, to blow leaves, dirt and other debris off sidewalks, driveways, lawns, and other surfaces. (Ord. 535)” So reads the Del Mar ordinance on noise regulations.

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December Print Issue
Herons or Hondas?
Ten-Year Tenure
Ann Gardne
r

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Will there be restored wetlands or parked cars on a portion of the Fairgrounds East Overflow Lot next to the San Dieguito River? On November 13, the California Coastal Commission (7-3) chose parking, for now, allowing the 22nd Agricultural Association District (Ag District) to park cars for ten more years on 4.8 acres targeted by the environmental community for a conservation easement. At the end of ten years, the Ag District must complete an analysis of alternative parking locations and return to the Commission for permission to continue using the wetlands as a parking lot. The Commission also approved a second annual race meet at the Fairgrounds from November 5 to December 7.

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December Print Issue
Greenery in the Scenery
Freda Reid
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“Keep Greenery in the Scenery!” is a catchy slogan coined by Payne Johnson in the 1970s. It launched an ambitious campaign to raise funds to plan and landscape two prime parcels of ocean view land in the city, one as a traditional park the other as a natural fully protected preserve.

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December Print Issue
Close to Getting There
Ann Gardner
I-5 Northbound, Just North of Del Mar Heights Road Bicycle/Pedestrian Enhancement.  Courtesy Keep San Diego moving.  Click on image to enlarge.
The Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Public Works Plan/Transportation and Resource Enhancement Program (PWP/TREP) for the North Coast Corridor Project to widen I-5 between La Jolla Village Drive and Oceanside were released last month and are expected to go before the California Coastal Commission for approval next spring with construction beginning in 2015. The Final EIR, according to CALTRANS, completes the planning process for the highway component of a $6.5 billion North Coast Corridor Program that also includes a number of projects intended to provide environmental and public transit balance to the highway widening. For instance, there is funding for an environmental review of the proposed San Dieguito Double Track/Platform project that would replace the bridge at Del Mar and construct a seasonal train platform at the Fairgrounds, and for the purchase of lagoon highlands as mitigation for impact on the Coast to Crest Trail.

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December Print Issue
Viva Le Bambou!
Anthony Corso
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Tucked away in the nearby Del Mar Heights Village Shopping Center there is a distinguished restauranteur who is also a devoted amateur tennis player, a former Vietnamese military air force pilot, father of six, and grandfather of seven. His name is Andrew Do and as many readers know, he and his wife, Cuc Nguyen, are the owners of Le Bambou Restaurant.

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December Print Issue
Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce
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December Print Issue
PIPE UP: Watermark
Terry Sinnott, Mayor of Del Mar

re: Current Status of Watermark

Dear Editor:

There have been concerns expressed in the community regarding a proposed multi-family project at the corner of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive.   The underlying message has been that the City is moving forward, disregarding the values of the community.  That is not correct.

Here is the current status:

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December Print Issue
BOOK CORNER:
Reading on the Run
Brooke Eisenberg-Pike

I do love books. Just thinking about “curling up with a good book” makes me feel all cozy and warm. But I must admit that I have become lazy, too lazy to curl up. What with Netflix, Sirius Radio and my DVR I have been getting an entertainment overload. My reading has suffered. I heard a commercial for Audible.com and I thought that if I could listen to a book while I walk my dogs, do housework or garden I might enjoy a new kind of “reading” experience.

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December Print Issue
Birdwing Takes Wing
Jeffrey Barnouw
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You read about its coming in the Sandpiper of June 2012, the “Birdwing” open-air classroom by the Lagoon Trail in the San Dieguito River Park. A grant from a San Diego County discretionary fund, $112,600 of our tax dollars, was provided by Supervisor Pam Slater-Price to launch the project. A second contribution of $227,000 was added in October 2013. The first phase of construction, completed March 15, 2013, included excavation and grading and the creation of a dry streambed-arroyo for drainage.

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December Print Issue
LOCAVORES DELIGHT:
Currying the Flavor
Leslie Robson
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Coconut Red Curry

This is a quick and easy recipe that can be modified infinitely as desired. It can be vegan or non-veg. Any vegetables that you find at the Del Mar Farmers Market will work. Only a select few have been listed. Vegetables like bok choi should be added only at the end, as they need very little cooking.

 

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December Print Issue
No Idle Idling
Dr. Bruce Bekkar MD
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The Del Mar Sustainability Advisory Board recently took a decisive step to impede vehicle idling in the City of Del Mar. It managed, via an existing ordinance, to have the City adopt anti-vehicle idling regulations and designate appropriate signs forbidding prolonged vehicle idling. The Board successfully lobbied for signs at locations where idling is excessive: at Powerhouse Park and taxi stands on 15th street- and requested further signage in the beach area at the end of west-facing streets.

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December Print Issue
Rosy Thanksgiving:
Collaboration in Full Bloom
Kristen Druker

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The Del Mar Rose Society, working together with Community Connections and The Winston School will be making and delivering beautiful and fragrant rose bouquets for local residents this Thanksgiving.

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December Print Issue
Tree Trashing
Your trash pick-up service from Waste Management schedule changes due to the holidays.
Christmas Day - and New Years Day
Both Christmas Day and New Years Day fall on Wednesday.
Monday and Tuesday of that week trash will be picked up as usual, however, the rest of the week will be delayed by one day.
Holiday Trees are collected curbside for the first two weeks following Christmas on your regular collection day. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half. Please remove all decorations including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands. Flocked trees cannot be recycled so they will be collected with your trash. A tree drop off location will also be provided at the city’s public works yard the first three weeks following the holiday.
Next “Drop Off Event” will be January 18, 2014, 9 am - 12:00 pm at City Hall Upper parking lot. Check the city’s website for details about what you can drop off that morning.
 
December Print Issue
Making Main Street
Richard Earnest
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Del Mar has joined a growing national movement, California Main Street Alliance, that works with communities to improve the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of traditional commercial districts. For decades, downtowns have served as the social, cultural and financial lifeblood of communities across America. However, in recent years Main Street’s shops and restaurants, once filled with familiar faces, have been competing with big box stores and increasing development in sprawling bedroom communities. Here in Del Mar, we’re not ready to let downtown become a memory.

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December Print Issue
Get A Load Off
Thanks to the City’s recently opened passenger loading zones at 26th and 24th streets, it is now easier to load and unload your car for a trip to our beautiful beach. At the west end of 26th there is room for three or four cars and on 24th street at Oceanfront room for one car. Both loading zones provide safe, easy, convenient access to the beach close to the lifeguard tower at 25th where there are public restrooms and showers. However, the only parking at 25th street is the blue zone for people with disabilities. Please notice the signs at 26th and 24th reminding the drivers that these spaces are for “active loading” and are not parking spaces. For questions regarding these loading zones or any other parking inquiries please call the Beach Safety HQ at 858-755-1556.
 
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