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Inside the DECEMBER 2016 Print Issue

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2016 Election by the Numbers

How We Voted

Perplexing Parking
Nancy Fisher

Rich Simons

Roving Teen Reporter:
Casting Out Stereotypes

Lily Nilipour

Safety Advocates Shot Down

Rose Ann Sharp

Our Cup Runneth Over
Shirley King

Remembering Tony
Shirley King

David Druker
Dave Druker

Ellen Haviland
Ellen Haviland

Sherryl Parks
Sherryl Parks

T. Pat Stubbs
T. Pat Stubbs

Seriously Affordable Housing
Del Mar Steps Up

Tom McGreal

Boutique Garden?
Bud Emerson

Straining Our Open Space
Ann Gardner

Lagoon Monster Resurfaces
Jeff Barnouw

Tails From the Library
Barley Gaylord

STRing The Pot
Can Coastal Commission Decide?

Dwight Worden

What the Kids Are Saying
Priceless Gifts

James 9 yrs and Liam 10 yrs

Our Guardian Angels

Tom Sohn

Servicing Potholes
Sherryl L. Parks

Support the Sandpiper
And its Diverse Community Talent

Pipe Up
Watermark Listens

Don Glatthorn

New Head at Winston
Dena Arrives With Vision
Ann Gardner

DMF Column
Bob Gans

DMCC Column
Jo Morgenthal

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Ad-Hoc Development
Review Process
Citizens’ Advisory Committee

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: City Hall (Temporary) at Southfair
Address: 2010 Jimmy Durante Blvd Suite 120
Del Mar, CA 92014

Shores Park Master Plan
There will an item on the City Council agenda for Tuesday, January 17th to discuss the idea of partnering with the Winston School to look more comprehensively at the overall Shores Park site in developing the Park Master Plan, including the potential for shared-use facilities, such as parking, an outdoor sport court, and a portion of the proposed activity building.    

Here is a link to the full City Council staff report (see item 11) which provides background and explanation on how the partnership with Winston School would work and what the vision and goals are for this approach.  

It is expected that the next round of public workshops and input opportunities will be in late spring 2017.

For more information on the project, visit or contact Assistant City Manager Kristen Crane at (858) 755-9313, x1132
Closures Next three Weekends
on Coastal Ra
il for Infrastructure Improvements
January 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29

The San Diego coastal rail corridor will have three major weekend closures in January for infrastructure improvements. The COASTER or Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service will be suspended in San Diego County on January 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29.

The coastal rail service will re-open for regularly scheduled service in time for the Monday morning commute after each weekend. The trains may be delayed up to 15 minutes on each Monday.

For more information, please visit the NCTD News Center.

Penguins Set 
to Plunge on New Year's Day

  Plunge into the New Year during Del Mar’s annual Penguin Plunge on Jan. 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  at Del Mar's Lifeguard Tower.


Photo January 1, 2014, Bill Morris.
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December Print Issue 2016
Free Holiday Parking where holiday signs are posted

The City of Del Mar is offering free parking and extended hours for parking at downtown parking spaces marked with a holiday bag sign on the following dates - on December 3-4, December 10-11, December 17-18, and from December 24, 2016 through January 1, 2017. Spaces where parking is limited to 20 minutes will continue to be enforced.

Additionally, the parking spaces along Camino del Mar included in the holiday parking program will not have the normal two-hour restriction, as long as customers park in spaces that are marked with a holiday bag sign. Free holiday parking includes the meters under the L’Auberge Hotel. Parking spaces in the 200 Block of 15th Street and on Camino del Mar between 15th Street and 10th Street will have no time limit.

December Print Issue 2016
DMVA Holiday Voucher Program
November 24th – December 31st

Spend $75 at any participating Del Mar Village retail shop:

Annmarie D’Ercole Jewelry & Apparel
Banana Republic
Carolyn’s Designer Resale Clothing
Del Mar Art Center
Del Mar Gifts
Del Mar Hat Company
Details Dancewear
Dexter’s Deli
Dinosaur Gallery
Erik Skoldberg Gallery
Fair Trade Decor
Frustrated Cowboy
Garys Studio
Jolie Fleur
La Boutique Les Deux
Loghman Jewelers
Lorna Jane Del Mar
Made in Earth
Marquis Fine Jewelers
Matuse, Inc.
Michael Seewald Galleries
Molly M. O’Neil
Peaches en Regalia
Pebbles by the Beach
Rusty Del Mar Surf Shop

and receive $15 toward dining at any of the participating Del Mar Village restaurants:

American Restaurant
Beesalt Balcony
En Fuego
Pacifica Breeze Café
Prep Kitchen
Stratford Court Cafe
Tasting Room Del Mar
Zel’s Del Mar
Receipts may be redeemed at Union Bank, Willis Allen, DMVA office or online by emailing them to
Free Christmas Concert
venue changed

Peter Sprague will not be playing in Del Mar at L'Auberge this Christmas Eve
due to the prediction of rain.


Peter Sprague Christmas Eve Concert


Saturday, December 24, 2016
1:00pm - Free! - All Ages


Seaside Center for Spiritual Living (map)
1613 Lake Dr.
Encinitas, CA, U.S.A. 92024

North Beach Area
Paid Parking and the
Coastal Commission Permit Process

Perplexing Parking
Nancy Fisher
TPAC (Traffic Advisory and Parking Committee) will be meeting on Tuesday, December 20th at 5 pm at City Hall to discuss the paid parking plan
with Scott Huth.
Chronicle of
a Del Mar Beach House

The 1885 Victorian cottage at 227 10th Street
By Juliana Maxey-Allison
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The Del Mar Historical Society is pleased to announce a new book.  Del Mar’s own Julie Maxey-Allison has thoroughly researched the history of Edelweiss, the 1885 Victorian cottage at 227 10th Street.  She has identified each owner of the house and written about their lives in Del Mar. The book is handsomely illustrated with photographs and drawings.  Julie’s writing style makes for easy and enjoyable reading. 

Available online at, and on Amazon for $12.95.
Swearing In
of new City Councilmembers
Monday, December 12th - 6pm - New City Hall on JDB

from left: Sherryl Parks, Ellie Haviland, and Dave Druker are sworn in.
Photo Lee Haydu.
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On December 12th, 2016 Mayor Parks was recognized as her term as Mayor ended, and Councilmembers Don Mosier and Al Corti stepped down. Then newly elected Councilmembers Dave Druker, Ellie Haviland, and Sherryl Parks were sworn in.  The ceremony had been delayed for a week because City had been waiting for the official results from Registrar of Voters and that didn't happen until 12/8.

Terry Sinnott  and Dwight Worden, who are both in the middle of a four-year terms, were installed as Mayor and Deputy Mayor.  

A public recepton followed the ceremonies.

Del Mar Voter Participation 2016
DM Voter Turnout 2016
Source: online certified RoV results
December Print Issue 2016 December 2016
Election by the numbers

As the Sandpiper went to press, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters (ROV) had counted over 1,285,000 general election ballots county-wide, with an estimated 2,000 mail and provisional ballots still to be counted. Here are the numbers reported by the ROV as of Dec. 3.

√ = winner 

Del Mar City Council
3 seats
√ Dave Druker 1365 21.11%
√ Ellie Haviland  1243 19.23%
√ Sherryl Parks   1198 18.53%
    T. Pat Stubbs     1072 16.58%
    Jim Benedict       865 13.38%
    Al Corti   722 11.17%

County Supervisor, District 3
√ Kristen Gaspar  115,009 50.27%
    Dave Roberts   113,754 49.73%

County Board of Education (5th District)
√ Rick Shea 113,313 50.17%
    Mark Wyland 112,554 49.83%
Del Mar Union School District
(2 seats)
√ Erica Halpern 10,596 44.53%
√ Stephen Cochrane 6,699 28.16%
     Darren Gretle 6,498 27.31%
San Dieguito Union High School District
(2 seats)
√ Beth Hergesheimer 40,258 32.19%
√ Joyce Dalessandro  39,040 31.22%
      Lucile Hooton Lynch 18,916 15.13%
      Randy Berholtz 17,621 14.09%
      Bob Nascenzi 9,215 7.37%  
Measure Q
(1% Sales Tax)
Yes 1727 66.53%
     No  869 33.47%
Measure R
(Voter approval required for certain developments)
     Yes 1252 48.83%
 √  No  1312  51.17%
State Senate, 39th District
Toni Atkins 257,824 (62.50%)
     John Renison 154,704 (37.50%)
State Assembly, 78th District
Todd Gloria  145,271 (69.11%)
    Kevin Melton 64,937  (30.89%)
U.S. Representative, 49th District

District-wide votes (combined reports by San Diego and Orange Counties as of 12/4):

Darrell Issa 155,683  (50.31%)
Doug Applegate* 153,741 (49.69%)

San Diego County Portion Only:                 

    Issa 108,011 (46.81%)
   Applegate 122,741 (53.19%)
December Print Issue 2016
Climate Change in Washington

Frog Haiku
Susan Morrison - Stratford Court

We frogs get warmer
as the pot begins to boil
but we don’t notice

December Print Issue 2016

Del Mar voters delivered some very decisive messages about the character of our town on election day.

The three victorious candidates, Dave Druker, Ellen Haviland, and Sherryl Parks, were very straightforward in advocating for preservation of the unique residential character of Del Mar. Clearly the “old guard,” as well as newer voters, recognize what differentiates Del Mar from most other communities. It does not matter whether we moved here 40 years ago or last year. We moved here because we recognized that Del Mar does not want to become another Mission Beach or Fairbanks Ranch. The vision in our Community Plan clearly describes a small scale, residential community. Our deliberate review processes are in place to carefully implement that vision.

The vote evidences a strong determination to protect neighborhoods from development over-reach, to give neighbors a legitimate voice in decisions about new pro-jects, to prevent unwarranted view blockages, and to resist commercial business incursions into residential areas. The vote expresses support for the work of the citizens ad hoc committee to update our design review process.
Voters affirmed our concern that short term rental businesses are undermining neighborhoods and must be stopped. Voters want better law enforcement service but are wary of moving too fast to create our own police department. Voters want downtown to be revitalized but appear to understand that “less regulation” is not a magic bullet and that commercial property owners hold the key to how that can happen.

Voter approval of Measure Q to increase sales tax by 1% voices our belief that visitors should be asked to help fund the costs of the community they enjoy with us. There was considerable support for the new tax revenues to be used for utility undergrounding, Shores Park development, and downtown streetscape improvements. All candidates promised that citizen voices would be important in deciding final spending priorities for these funds.

Voters narrowly rejected Measure R which would have required a city-wide vote on the Watermark housing proposal and many other city decisions. Voters support voting on major changes but this initiative went too far.

We applaud Del Mar voters for their high turnout and for giving our elected Council Members clear mandates.

December Print Issue 2016
Remembering Tony
Shirley King | Avenida Primavera

Photo Benedict (Benjo) Masilungan.
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Our dearly esteemed and adored friend and Sandpiper editor Tony Corso died at home cared for by loving partner Benjo, family and beloved cat on November 20, 2016.

His contributions to our community cannot be captured in number because his affection for Del Mar, his neighbors, friends, the environment, the animals and the essence of living with respect for all was boundless. His response to our invitation to join our editorial board was “I thought you would never ask, of course I want to work for the Sandpiper.” He brought tremendous philosophical depth to our discussions that were also infused with his self-effacing humor and ever-present optimism. He wrote with particular care of the fascinating but little known details of those he interviewed. No doubt his mile-wide smile and his sartorial flair could charm to the surface more facts. He was equally generous with all of us - especially with his unconditional encouragement of our work and admiration for our lives. To Tony everything had an upside.

With his multi-faceted professional and religious education and throughout his dynamic career in City planning, Tony was known as a bottom up urban planner, starting the process with grassroots groups in underserved communities. He knew the importance of gaining the support of residents and those who were disenfranchised. He appreciated the amount of time that should be devoted to a community’s constituents, and he logged many hours organizing those voices. Most recently in his retired years he joined in some pioneer organizing work south of the border, one project with a group of nuns working on the challenges of poverty in barrios. He always brought a wonderful combination of distant caring and interpersonal caring. The challenges in these neglected communities was never too much for Tony to find an approach.

Tony was an devoted advocate for taking good care of everything living and growing in our world. He was terribly grieved about the destruction to our planet through climate change, and he would be the first to encourage us to take every mindful step we can to intervene. He has left us with many insights and convictions about how to live a caring life. We miss Tony deeply.

This photo illustrated Tony’s article “Home Run vs Dog Run”
published in the November 2011 issue of the Sandpiper. Tony
joined the Sandpiper Board in February 2009. In all he wrote
about 80 articles for the Sandpiper. To see his articles go
to the archives page and scroll down.
Photo Tony Corso.
December Print Issue 2016
And its Diverse Community Talent

What a year! Your Sandpiper covered more than 300 topics written and photographed by 119 volunteers from our Del Mar community.

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Seventy-two Sandpiper Writers in 2016

Jeff Barnouw • Bruce Bekkar • Jim Benedict • Drew Cady • Linda and Frank Chisari • Shannon Hogan Cohen • Anthony Corso • Al Corti • Kristen Crane • Mark Delin • Wayne Dernetz • Jim Donovan • Dave Druker • Jon Edelbrock • Bud Emerson • Barry Entous • Valerie Fanning • Nancy Fisher • Mary Friestedt • Leah Gans • Robert Gans • Ann Gardner • Barley Gaylord • Lynn Gaylord • Deborah Isackson Groban • Zach Groban • Ellen Haviland • Di Holker • Will Holliday • Scott Huth • Pat JaCoby • James (8 yrs) • Helen Kaufmann • Carol Kerridge • Shirley King • Terry Kopanski • Virginia Lawrence • Liam (9 years) • Arlene Lighthall • Mercedes Martin • Tracy Martinez • Julie Maxey-Allison • Claire McGreal • Tom McGreal • Jan McMillan • Rita Meier • Jo Morgenthal • Bill Morris • Susan Morrison • Don Mosier • Ana Nieto • Lily Nilipour • Art Olson • Sherryl Parks • Charles Pinney • Hershell Price • Dan Quirk • Freda Reid • Scott Renner • Leslie Robson • Alan Rubin • Eugene Schwartz • Joanne Sharp • Rose Ann Sharp • D.B. Shelton • Rich Simons • Terry Sinnott • T. Pat Stubbs • KC Vafiadis • Wade Walker • Arnold Weisel • Betty Wheeler • Dwight Worden

Forty-seven Artists and Photographers in 2016

Buck Abell • Anna’s Mom • Cathy Asciutto • Jeff Barnouw • Nick Chisari • Don Coordt • Robin Crabtree • Gale Darling • Richard Earnest • Valerie Fanning • Mary Friestedt • Ann Gardner • Lynn Gaylord • Harlan’s Mom • Shannon Hogan-Cohen • Di Holker • Nathan Hunter • Ian’s Mom • Joan Luber Jacobs • James’s Mom • Helen Kaufmann • Carol Kerridge • Terry Kopanski • Larry Kull • Virginia Lawrence • Nitza Leichtling • Liam’s Mom • Arlene Lighthall • Karolen Linderman • Marlee’s Mom • Mercedes Martin • Bruce McDermott • Claire McGreal • Bill Morris • Laura Murphy • Tom Nelson • Ana Nieto • Art Olson • Darrin Pudgil • Mark Rathsam • Freda Reid • Mike Salt • Joanne Sharp • Stu Smith • Becky Walker • Betty Wheeler • Will’s Mom • Jacqueline Winterer


Toys for Tots

For our 18th holiday season, we’re proud to be an official drop-off station for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s“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 15th.

So please join in the fun and help us spread the Holiday Spirit to our San Diego area families.

Thanks for your help!
Jim Coleman and Staff
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