Inside the February 2013 Sandpiper

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Suburgatory
Diana Scheffler

Guns, guns, guns!

EDITORIAL: Lethal Weapons Die Hard

 

Who’s Holding the Gun?

Nancy Fisher

 

Dueling Amendments
Shirley King

ASK Dr. RICH!
Rich Simons

OPINION: Revitalization Revisited part I
Sam Borgese

Harvesting a New Market

The Price of Peace
Jim Benedict

If the Suit Fits
Dwight Worden

Good For The SOL
Jacqueline Winterer

ROVING TEEN REPORTER: Taking the Bullies by the Horns
Leila Zein-Phillipson

Downtown Digs
Virginia Lawrence

OPINION: Kilroy's Claim
Diana Scheffler

Fun in the Fifties
Chris Hillman

Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce

Tracking the Tracks
Nancy Fisher

Sustainable Tourists
Anthony Corso

Stifle SONGS
Don Mosier

Coast to Crest
Ann Gardner

Bucks Up
Teresa McBroome

ElectoFacts
Dave Druker

Help Wanted!!!
Anthony Corso

L’Auberge Vendue
Dave Druker

Affordable Del Mar
Bud Emerson

Harvest Market Fermé
Ann Gardner

 

 

 

 

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Suburgatory
Diana Scheffler

One Paseo

a Standing room only crowd of over 500 people attended the January 24 meeting of the Carmel Valley Planning Board to see a “reduced” version of the controversial One Paseo Project proposed at Del Mar Heights Rd. and El Camino Real, just east of I-5. The project is still three times the allowed zoning, and Planning Board members, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, 3rd District County Supervisor Dave Roberts and many in the audience voiced their continuing concerns. “It’s still too big,” was the message.

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UPDATE

The following press release was received by the Sandpiper on January 30, 6 hours after the print issue went to press.

One Paseo violates the law of the land
Dave Roberts | County Supervisor

I am not against development. I am against over-development. That’s why my vote on the currently-proposed One Paseo project, if I had one, would be a NO.

But as a county supervisor representing much of the north coast, I have no authority over plans to intensely develop 23 acres in the heart of Carmel Valley.  This is for the San Diego City Council to decide.

And though there is much to like about a project with anchor tenants that appeal to families, it is way too big. For that reason, I joined hundreds of residents in opposition at a planning board meeting last week.

complete press release in pdf format


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Update
02/27/13

Remembering Paul Haydu
d. February 26, 2013

Pelican Patrol.  Photo Paul Haydu July 2011
 

Among the many hats worn by Paul Haydu was that of wildlife photographer.  Over the past several years he has tirelessly documented the San Dieguito Lagoon.   A vast number of his bird pictures appear on the website of the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley.  A smaller number have also appeared on the Sandpiper website, as for example the Brown Pelican above.  Two were winners in the Lagoon Day Photo Contest in April 2011.  About 3 weeks after his bone marrow transplant in September 2011, and only hours after he returned home from the hospital, he was back on the job for the Sandpiper, creating a photo essay of the Grand Opening of the San Dieguito Lagoon.  

more of Paul's photos inside>>

 
Save the Date
02/27/13

March 10th Reception
At the Del Mar

Join Us As We Explore "Season One"

Journey with us in discovering the new collection of art by all 36 members of the Del Mar Art Center.  Travel on Bruce Stewarts' "Luminous Waves," enjoying "A Day at the Beach" by Libbie McMahon.  Then Mark Shermans' amazingly detailed watercolors will whisk you away via "Torry Pines Three Times" to the exotic landscapes of wood carver Malsu Paparisto where you will find "Peace".  
"Tranquility" comes through the mixed media images of Pamela Fox Linton, leading the way to the fluid "Pure Dreams" of oil painter and mosaic artist Donna Klipstein.
The show runs through April 28th.   Free 2 hour parking and refreshments served.

 
Alert
02/22/13

One Paseo traffic impact
Public Meeting to be rescheduled

THE SCHEDULED MEETING FOR ONE PASEO ON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2013 HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO A DATE UNCERTAIN.

 
Alert
02/20/13

One Paseo traffic impact
Public Meeting in a week

Wednesday, February 27 at 7 pm

"A public meeting to discuss the traffic impact of the controversial One Paseo Project on Del Mar Heights Rd east of I-5 is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Wednesday, February 27 at Canyon Crest Academy Theater located at 5951 Village Center Loop Road. 

The Carmel Valley Planning Board agenda includes reports by traffic engineers from both the Project and City of San Diego with time allowed for questions from the audience.

The meeting is part of the City's review process for projects that require Community Plan amendments, rezoning and an Environmental Impact Report.  One Paseo is a proposed 1.4 million sq. ft. mixed use project on a site zoned for .5 million sq. ft. of office space."

 
Save the Date
02/15/13

Face time with
Dave Roberts

March 15, 3-5pm

Supervisor Dave Roberts will host an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. March 15 at the Del Mar Community Building, 225 9th Street. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Starting in March, the Supervisor or a member of his staff will receive constituents and schedule meetings from 3 to 5 p.m. on the third Friday of every month at the Del Mar location.

“District Three is a big place,” Roberts said, “so I want to make it easier for constituents to schedule face time with me.”

To RSVP for the March 15 gathering, call (619) 531-5533.

 
Photo scoop
02/11/13

Oof!

Photo Tom Nelson
   
SAVE THE DATES
02/08/13

Del Mar Art Center
RECEPTION:
February 24, 3-5pm

EXHIBITION DATES:
February 15th to March 2nd

For more information on Scholarship Program, please use the following email address.

 
SAVE THE DATE
02/08/13

Winston School's
25th Anniversary

March 9, from 12:00-3:00 at the Del Mar Shores Park

The Winston School will begin its 25th Anniversary celebrations with an outdoor band performance and picnic at the school, located at the Del Mar Shores Park.  March 9, from 12:00-3:00, three bands will be performing.  The first two bands will be the high school and middle school student bands from Winston.  Following the students will be the Big Band sound of the “American Fly Boys,” a new organization made up of professional, semi professional and amateur musicians.  Winston families and neighboring Del Martians are encouraged to bring a picnic and beach chair and enjoy this new venue!  Winston students will be holding a bake sale, as well - everything will be $1.00!

   
UPDATE
02/06/13

design flaws at San onofre
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and
Public Works Chairman Boxer and Rep. Markey Call on NRC to Investigate New Safety Concerns at Southern California Nuclear Plant

Washington, DC – Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), and Representative Ed Markey (D-MA), Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, sent a letter today to Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman, Dr. Allison M. Macfarlane, urging the NRC to immediately investigate new information that indicates Southern California Edison (SCE) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) were aware of problems with the design of the San Onofre nuclear power plant’s replacement steam generators before they were installed.  The new information also raises concerns that SCE and MHI rejected enhanced safety modifications and avoided triggering a more rigorous license amendment and safety review process.

The full text of the letter here
   
February Print Issue

Harvest Market FermÉ
Ann Gardner

Harvest Ranch, the only market in town and a key to voters approving the Del Mar Plaza development in 1986, closed on December 31. The move took everyone by surprise. Just last summer Kelly Maher, leasing representative for the Plaza, assured the Sandpiper that the Market had signed a new five year lease. There was a sigh of relief. Although the 25-year requirement to keep a market at the Plaza was running out, the Plaza would continue to have a grocery store, keeping up at least the appearance of resident-serving businesses in the Plaza as promised.  more>>

 
February Print Issue

Dueling Amendments
Shirley King
While waiting outside of the January 8th 22nd Agricultural District Board meeting, the Crossroads of the West Gun Show owner Bob Templeton, 74 years-old, without any hesitation encouraged the Stop the Del Mar Gun Show advocates to exert their First Amendment rights in their advocacy to reject his business – a thriving business that resides every weekend in large public venues throughout four western states. Though he was quick to claim entitlement for his customers to their Second Amendment rights to bear arms – he made no mention of their serving in a state-regulated militia.   more>>
 
February Print Issue

Stifle SONGS
Don Mosier

A number of elected officials representing coastal cities from Los Angeles to Del Mar met with newly appointed Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chair Allison M. Macfarlane on Monday, Jan. 14th to discuss their concerns about the restart of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Unit 2. I attended the meeting representing Del Mar. Other attendees were Mayor Teresa Barth from Encinitas, Councilmember Toni Iseman from Laguna Beach, Andy Schrader from Councilmember Paul Koretz’s office in Los Angeles, Mayor Rhonda Reardon from Mission Viejo, Mayor Miguel Pulido from Santa Ana, and Councilmember Peter Zahn from Solana Beach. Each of the cities represented (except for Los Angeles) have submitted letters or resolutions to the NRC expressing concern about the plans to restart SONGS.  more>>

 
February Print Issue

1927 Flood of
the San Dieguito Lagoon

The bridge in the foreground is the old Camino del Mar bridge, since replaced by a concrete span (route 101). The bridge in the background is the present RR bridge, recently proposed by SANDAG to be replaced by a concrete span. The photo was taken from the bluffs on the north side of Dog Beach looking southeast.  Photo from the San Diego Historical Society.

 
February Print Issue

ASK Dr. RICH!
Rich Simons

Every month, Rich Simons answers readers’ most perplexing questions.  
Q: Last fall I noted a plethora of signs about town proclaiming something about “Olde Del Mar.” Can you tell me please, just when did Del Mar become “Olde”?
– d.k.   
Q: What do you make of that humoungus red barn that has sprouted down at the fairgrounds? – g.m.

more>>

 
February Print Issue

If the Suit Fits
Dwight Worden

Lawsuits challenging the Fair Board’s expansionist master plan have been settled. The cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach, the San Dieguito River Park JPA, and the Sierra Club all filed suits challenging the Master Plan and its EIR.

The status of these three cases leaves the Fair Board in an interesting situation: They have to redo parts of their Master Plan and EIR to comply with the court ruling in the Sierra Club case, including re-opening traffic and mitigation, green house gas, and water issues.  more>>

Note:  The Sandpiper article is a collection of excerpts from Worden’s more detailed analysis.  For Worden's complete analysis in pdf format, click here.)

 
February Print Issue

Good For The SOL
Jacqueline Winterer

In March, the Coastal Commission adopted Cease and Desist Orders directing the 22nd DAA to remedy long-standing violations. Among these is the restoration of the South Overflow Lot (SOL), a disturbed historic wetland at the southern tip of the Fairgrounds property, to a fully tidal marsh. The SOL has been used by the District during the last 36 years, legally during the Fair and the racing seasons and illegally for the rest of the year. The lot was also subjected to unpermitted grading and stockpiling of soil.

more>>

 
February Print Issue

Downtown Digs
Virginia Lawrence
If you walk downtown, you will see them in front of the Del Mar Library - a team of grubby volunteers working on the mosaic wall. Designed in 2003 by garden designers Betsy Schultz and Pat Welsh in collaboration, the wall has suffered water damage and now needs major repairs. The volunteers you see have been cleaning off each individual piece of mosaic using toothbrushes and pumice stones, as if they were archaeologisits at a dig. Once all is ready, the mosaics can be reinstalled with fresh mortar. The current project, spearheaded by Pat Welsh, began on December 1, 2012 and should be completed in March, 2013 - in plenty of time for the wall’s 10th birthday celebration.  more>>
 
February Print Issue

OPINION: Kilroy's Claim
Diana Scheffler

Kilroy Realty bills its proposed project, One Paseo, as a mixed use, pedestrian oriented community, and points out that it is endorsed by LEED and MoveSanDiego. So it must be green, right? (Or to use the more formal term, sustainable.)

NO!

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February Print Issue

Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce
This new column will refer to films currently playing or available on DVD.Ben Nyce taught literature and film at USD. He is the author of “Satyajit Ray, A Study of His Films” and “Scorcese Up Close.”
 
February Print Issue

Tracking the Tracks
Nancy Fisher
Del Mar residents attended a project scoping meeting on Tuesday, January 22, at the Del Mar Hills Academy to learn more about a new rail project near the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The open house, hosted by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) introduced members of the community to the “San Dieguito Double Track and Special Events Platform” project and offered them the opportunity to provide input on what should be studied under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).   more>>
 
February Print Issue

L’Auberge Vendue
Dave Druker

Recently the L’Auberge Hotel in Del Mar was sold to LaSalle Hotel Properties. LaSalle also owns Hotel Solamar in downtown San Diego and Paradise Point Resort (the old Vacation Village) on Mission Bay.

The price was $76.9 million or $640,000 per room. This price was the most paid for any California hotel in 2012.  more>>

     
Update
01/16/13


The Del Mar Library mosaic wall Needs Your Help

Our beautiful Del Mar Library wall mural needs your help. Are you wondering what to get that special person who has everything and loves Del Mar! How about a commemorative brick to help restore the Library Wall. Due to water damage, the wall needs to be waterproofed in the back and repaired on the front. Work began December 1 and should be completed March 2013.

Please return this form with your check or credit card information to: Del Mar Foundation, P.O. Box 2913, Del Mar, CA 92014

 
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