published by Del Mar Community Alliance. Inc.
Inside the DECEMBER 2017 Print Issue

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Thank you!  It takes a Community
- Polly Cipparrone

EDITORIAL: The Fire Next Time

Roving Teen Reporter: Governing Guns
- Sammy Hallal

Retreat on Remove
- Don Mosier

Q Moves
- Dan Quirk

Hacienda Del Mar
- Jeff Barnouw


Commentary: Preserve Public Preserve
- Jan McMillan

Response from Zephyr - Brad Termini

Show Me the Money!
- Tom McGreal

Adopting Design Guidelines
- Dolores Davies

Finally! 20-Year-Old Plan to Begin
- Ann Gardner

- Dwight Worden

Farmers Market: Certified and Non-Profit
- Jeff Barnouw

Shores Synergy
- Ann Gardner

Plaza’s New Personality
- Betty Wheeler

Short Term Rentals: Community Voices
- Nancy Fisher

Short Term Rentals: Council Voices
- Ann Gardner

Turn Green Light To Red
- Ann Gardner

Cycling Sense
- Julie Maxey-Allison

Final Quarter: Only a Few Months Left
- Don Mosier

Misfit, Fitbit, Apple Hit - Virginia Lawrence

Commentary: Ruminating on Roundabouts
- Dan Quirk

Another SONGS Lawsuit: NO to Nuclear Dump
- Don Mosier

The Butterfly Effect: DMFTalk: Bill Toone
- Julie Maxey-Allison

New City Staff: Welcome, Rachel!
- Jeff Barnouw

New City Staff: Welcome, Clem!
- Julie Maxey-Allison

DMF: Please Give
- Bob Gans

DMCC: December 2017
- Ashley Simpkins

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Watermark Transparency Request

I am responding to the Watermark update in your December 2017 Community newspaper titled “Watermark Down”.

Watermark developers are proposing a 38-unit multifamily residential building on the corner of Jimmy Durante Blvd. & San Dieguito Drive under a “specific plan”. I want to point out that the 48-unit proposal was 62,941 square foot and the 38-unit proposal is 60,660 square feet. That is a difference of only 2,281 square feet.

This does not substantially decrease the footprint!

38-unit proposal is 60,660 square foot!!! This is not downsizing, and I believe misleading to the public. It scantily reduces the mass and potentially no decrease in density at all.  I believe that true transparency and honest reporting by the Sandpiper would let the community know this misleading “downsizing” is only 2,281 square feet smaller than the 48-unit proposal. The setbacks, height and density are much, much more than the Del Mar building ordinance codes that Del Mar adopted for development in our town.  Story poles have been requested by dozens of concerned residences. We have yet to see any.

Concerned resident,
Tracy Martinez
David Way

Rail Service and Construction Notice

Night and Weekend Rail Work Planned

This weekend, all COASTER and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner services along the San Diego segment of the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) coastal rail corridor will be suspended due to a planned Absolute Work Window (AWW). AWWs are select weekends that allow for crews to meet significant construction milestones and work unimpeded while all rail services are halted. Regular passenger rail service is scheduled to resume in time for the morning commute on Monday. Riders are encouraged to allow for more travel time, as trains could be delayed in arriving at their final destination.

Dates: Saturday, January 6 - Monday, January 8

Hours: 24 hours a day beginning Saturday morning at 12:30 a.m. to Monday morning at 3:00 a.m.

ALMOST finished?
Work begun in August 2015 to replace the wooden trestle over the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon appears to be nearing completion.
All that clearly remains to be done is grading and landscaping next to the tracks. 
Photo Virginia Lawrence.
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In the background the Torrey Pines Reserve.
Photo Virginia Lawrence.
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Holiday Happenings in the Vllage
from the Del Mar Village Association

Del Mar Village Association announces Holiday Happenings in the Village including Free Parking Days, Santa by the Sea Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Passport Program with Complimentary Dining Vouchers.

full press release

December Print Issue Main Page
Thank you! 
It takes a Community
- Polly Cipparrone | Branch Manager, Del Mar Branch Library

With the Del Mar Library beginning its 104th year of service to this community, it’s a great to time to share with you some of the Library’s milestones and accomplishments from the past year.

• All-time Branch Record: 226,543 items were checked out by Del Mar Library customers in fiscal year 2016-2017. This is the highest number of check-outs on record for this library.

• Highest Level of Teen Volunteer Participation: Twenty-five high school students volunteered at Del Mar Library during June, July, and August 2017, one of the highest levels of teen participation during the summer.

• Volunteer-led Library Programs: 17 of the Del Mar Library’s ongoing library programs were led by volunteers during the fiscal year.
In and of themselves, these numbers are tremendous. They indicate a vibrant, active, engaged library and customers. However, what makes this branch vibrant, active, engaged is you!


December Print Issue
We Appreciate Your Support

For more than two decades, hundreds of Sandpiper editors and writers have worked diligently to give voice to our community conversations about how best to preserve and enhance our quality of life. We are committed to continuing our support as our community faces new environmental challenges.

Imagine, as the holidays approach, if there were no Powerhouse or Shores parks to spend time with your family. Imagine sitting in traffic as cars exiting from 100+ condominiums in Crest Canyon clog Del Mar Heights Road. Imagine ocean wildlife washing ashore because they fed on discarded plastic bags from our beach. As a community we can be proud that over the years we have been able to convert the Community Plan into reality, all of us working hard to protect our environment and to make Del Mar the beautiful village that we are proud to call our home.

The Sandpiper is an all-volunteer undertaking but we depend on donations to pay our printing and mailing costs, about $30k per year. We ask for your financial support in whatever amount you can donate to help us continue to be your community neighborhood paper.

We wish you happy holidays and a safe and healthy New Year.
Donate by credit card or PayPal (top right corner of this page), or mail your check to Sandpiper, P.O. Box 2177, Del Mar, CA 92014. Thank you for your support through the last 20 years.

December Print Issue Editorial
The Fire Next Time

For years, we have watched our California neighborhoods, near and far, go up in flames. We have watched wildfires, started with a spark, turn houses to ashes in a flash. We have seen the sky turn dark. We have smelled the smoke, breathed in the ash.

The latest 2017 wildfires in Northern California have been the deadliest in state history. They traveled fast, some 12 miles in 3 hours. The loss is many lives, homes, businesses. The cost is in the billions of dollars. With global warming generating more frequent, more severe droughts, wildfires are already more common. The danger is intensifying. With this “season” possibly past, now is the time to educate ourselves, take stock and prepare.

It can happen here and did in 1889. The luxurious hotel Jacob Taylor built on 10th Street, the Casa Del Mar, burned down. The rest of the town might have too but for a lucky twist in the direction of the wind. It almost happened again in 2007 when the Witch Creek fires came close. Residents in many Del Mar neighborhoods evacuated, but no houses were touched.

Others were not so fortunate. The Witch Creek, Guejito, and Rice Canyon fires destroyed over 1,300 homes in southern California, killed two people, caused massive evacuations and burned more than 200,000 acres. The fires started from a dead tree falling on a San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) power line. Whether SDG&E’s shareholders or its customers will pay for the $379 million in damages has been strongly contested; the California Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 on November 30 to deny SDG&E’s request to charge its ratepayers (customers) for the damages, because it had not operated its electrical system in a “reasonable and prudent” manner leading up to the fires. This fight may well continue in the courts.

After the devastating 2007 wildfires, San Diego County added new incentives to the protocol to aid in preventing and combating regional wildfires. A Fire Authority was formed to coordinate the communication system between the 16 stations covering more than 1.5 million acres. As to equipment, the number of “brush rigs” adapted for wildfires is up from 2 to 13 and a few fire fighting helicopters and air tankers have been added. SDG&E has replaced some wooden poles with steel poles, trimmed more trees near power lines, and added more than 100 weather monitoring stations. The utility also initiated a controversial program to turn off power when weather conditions could endanger power lines and now more closely monitors extreme fire danger areas.

However, as we have witnessed, fire departments can’t do it all. Prevention is everyone’s community responsibility. It is immediately important that we all think through the various precautions available to limit the probability of fire and learn how to be ready, if necessary, to evacuate.

Simple first steps can help. A few: Define a defensible space around your house. Clear it. Remove dead plants, grass, dry wood, debris. Fall is the perfect time to trim trees of dead material and away from structures. Choose fire retardant materials when remodeling. Keep your smoke detectors updated. Be ready for the worst. Make a wildfire evacuation plan for your family and pets, including a communication plan. Put together an emergency supply kit. Coordinate with neighbors via a group text on smart phones. Of course, if you see smoke, report it. We are all vulnerable.

This is a start. More articles will follow in future Sandpiper issues.
The following links are useful to understand how to move forward implementing your plans.

Useful websites:
• Evacuation Tips.
• Animal Evacuation Tips.
• Homeowners Checklist – How to make your home fire safe.
• Before, During and After a Wildfire.

December Print Issue Back Page
New City Staff:
Welcome, Rachel!
- Jeff Barnouw

Since February, Rachel Beld has been Del Mar’s Senior Management Analyst. “Analyst” suggests that she works on the number- and data-crunching side of the projects she’s involved with, like the Downtown Streetscape (pre-construction project manager) and staff liaison to the DMVA, to our many non-profits, and to the new City Arts Advisory Committee appointed by the Council at its December 4 meeting. The seven new members (plus one ex officio) will meet for the first time in January. One early bit of business: find a new corral for the Breeders’ Cup horse that’s still roaming (when no one is looking) in Seagrove Park.

The “analyst” aspect of her job is more than balanced by her dedication to outreach, to communicating with the City’s citizens. She declares her passion for local government and public service, and is the contact person for connecting individuals with City government if they don’t know where to start. Her direct line is 858 704-3646. She promises she will point you in the right direction.


December Print Issue Back Page
New City Staff:
Welcome, Clem!
- Julie Maxey-Allison

He has plans for our future! Clem Brown, in the new position of Environmental Sustainability/Special Project Manager for Del Mar, is working toward significant goals, exploring strategies for guiding and implementing Del Mar’s compliance with the new initiatives adopted by the City Council. These are the Climate Action Plan (CAP), a package of policies that will benefit our environment, approved June 6, 2016, and Complete Streets, approved October 16, 2017, as well as many other sustainability programs. He is the staff liaison to the city’s Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB).

Prior to joining Del Mar, Clem worked for the City of San Diego as a Program Manager in its Transportation & Storm Water Department. His background is in natural resource management, CEQA and environmental policy. He earned his BS in Forestry from Virginia Polytechnic State University and an MPA in Public Administration from George Washington University.


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Toys for Tots
Drop-off at State Farm 1011 Camino Del Mar until December 15

For our 19th 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
Your State Farm Insurance Agency
(858) 755-6794

Holiday Baskets Program
Drop-off at City Hall
2010 Jimmy Durante
November 13-December 12
The Community Resource Center is holding its 35th Annual Holiday Baskets Drive and donations are being sought for unwrapped, gently-used or new blankets (Queen, Double and Twin sizes), as well as jackets/coats of all sizes, especially children’s sizes. 
DMCc's Toy Drive
to support Community Resource Centers Holiday Baskets

Between Monday, November 27th and Wednesday, December 13th, DMCC will collect toys to support Community Resource Center's Holiday Baskets program and help local families in need. Stop by the Del Mar Community Building between 9am and 4pm to drop off new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages

You may donate:
Stuffed Animals
Sports Equipment
Teen Items
Any toy that is new

Drop off location:
 Del Mar Community Building at 225 9th St

Call us at (858) 792-7565 or send an email to if you have any questions about DMCC's toy drive.
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