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DRINKING RESPONSIBLY:
The Underground

Shirley King

EDITORIAL: Grass Roots Routes

CITY HALL: A Three Way
Bud Emerson

Ask Dr. Rich
Rich Simons

Fuzz Buzz
Jim Benedict

GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Penny Abell
Harold Feder, Cub Reporter

Spaced Out
Tom McGreal

Parking Puzzle Pieces
Tom McGreal

MUM'S NOT THE WORD: Brown Act Opening up in DM
Dwight Worden

DMTV PRESENTS: Meet Market | Hitting It Off in San Diego
Luana Karr

Not-So-Happy Hour
Louise Keeling

YOU FIRST, NO YOU! Polite Park Planning
Ann Gardner

BOOK CORNER: The Great Ringtail Garbage Caper by Timothy Foote
Virginia Lawrence

RUSTY’S Ride
Anthony Corso

ROVING TEEN REPORTER: Selfies of Substance
Leah Gans

Feathered Census
Ed Mirsky

SATISFACTION SUMMARY SOON: Reaching Out for Feedback and Input
Jeffrey Barnouw

DOWN TO THE WIRE: Stop THIS Paseo!
Ann Gardner

Over the Fence
Anthony Corso

LOCAVORES' DELIGHT: Fritto Misto di Mare ‘n More
Di Holker

Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce

News Updates
Bud Emerson

Owls on the Prowl
Shirley King

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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DRINKING RESPONSIBLY:
The Underground

Shirley King

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Two previous columns in November and December illustrated how Del Mar Garden Club members conserve outdoor water use by forcing lawns into an abstinence program or removing turf altogether. Another active conservationist, resident Jim Kennedy, explains his storage system to collect rainwater - an in-ground catchment.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
The Del Mar Garden Club will host a FREE workshop “Reusing, Capturing and Conserving Water with Candace Vanderhoff, Monday February 23rd at 9:30 am at the Powerhouse. Light refreshments will be served.

The workshop will cover rainwater harvesting and how to calculate the amount of water you can capture and store on your site as well as rain tanks, rain gardens and how to install both.

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Pipe Up
02/10/15
Concern: Parking alternatives
to CC's a, b, or c
From Randy Stoke, Ocean Front

The Cart Before the Horse

We are asked by the City Council to vote on A, B or C.  The Sandpiper’s edition of 2/15 contains articles regarding “Parking”, thanks particularly to Tom Mc Greal.  The Staff presented to the Council a long “Parking Management” plan which contains little meat.  They assumed a forth coming effort to reintroduce angle parking, plus mixing cars and bicycles in the same lane, which was a big reason for the defeat of Proposition J.  It also assumed parking would be provided for employees on the City Hall site.

Before voting on A, B or C let us know what can be done about “Parking” and  for the four categories of concern.  It will not be necessary to provide parking for the City employees on the City Hall site.  Who and how many employees have not been identified.  That assumed space can be made available to shoppers, beach goers and the general public.  How?

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Pipe Up
02/09/15
Concern: traffic on planned One Paseo
From Terry Gaasterland, Stratford Court
to Sherri Lightner, President San Diego City Council


Current traffic Del Mar Heights Rd and El Camino Real.
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... Public transportation is absent to serve the One Paseo site.  There is no bus along Del Mar Heights Road from 101 (with the 101 bus) east past the renovated Beachside Plaza (Vons, CVS) and on past I-5, the intended One Paseo, Del Mar Heights Plaza, and toward Torrey Pines High School. There are no plans to add public transportation. ...

... the One Paseo plan will introduce an additional 23,854 new car trips daily in and out along the roads in our area. 
...

... I urge the San Diego City Council to reject the current One Paseo plan on February 23rd, 2015, and use a rejection vote as an opportunity to re-think the future of traffic and energy use in the Del Mar / Carmel Valley region.

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update
02/06/15
Gustavo Romero
Masterpieces for the Piano at Saint Peter's

The CULTURAL ARTS COMMITTEE of the Del Mar Foundation
brings Beethoven, Chopin, and Mussorgsky
to St. Peter's on February 5, 2015.
Photo Bill Morris.
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update
02/03/15
Pipe up from the Author
of the Great Ringtail Garbage Caper


Dear Editors,

What a fine showing for Ringtail!  

Always impressed by work, skill, care involved in the Sandpiper.  And envy its apparent useful connection with real life.  Your environmental values seem natural to the journal.

Long live newts and wetlands,

          Timothy Foote
   
January Print Issue
Ask Dr. Rich
Rich Simons

 
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Q – In last month’s Sandpiper, it was mentioned that you were on special assgnment. Are you ready now to file a “report?”

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January Print Issue
CITY HALL: A Three Way
Bud Emerson

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A community consensus is clearly in sight for a badly-needed new civic center. The City Council has signed off on a “poll” for the voters of Del Mar to weigh in on three options outlined below. The poll will be conducted mostly on line but there will be convenient paper/pencil opportunities for those who prefer to vote off line.

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January Print Issue
DOWN TO THE WIRE:
Stop THIS Paseo!
Ann Gardner

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We are down to the wire in the battle between the proposed One Paseo project and the Carmel Valley community; the San Diego City Council is scheduled to make a decision on February 23 at a hearing downtown. The downtown location was a disappointment to many in North County but What Price Main Street, a coalition of over 5,000 community residents opposing the project size, has set the tone: “While we are disappointed that the City Council meeting is being held downtown, we sincerely appreciate the efforts of Council President Lightner and her staff to locate it in Carmel Valley. At this point, we are focused on turning out as many WPMS members as possible.”

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January Print Issue
GETTING TO KNOW YOU:
Penny Abell
Harold Feder, Cub Reporter

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Penny Abell is, among other things, a long time Dodgers baseball fan. For me, as a Giants’ fan, the words “Dodgers fan” connotes only the negative characteristics that one would associate with the uneducated, the uninformed or the irrational. I know Penny is the polar opposite of such terms. So what drives her to this fandom? I tried to find out.

Q: Let’s get the preliminary questions out of the way. When did you first come to Del Mar and why?


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January Print Issue

Bud Emerson

San Dieguito River Park
Councilmember Don Mosier is the new Chair of the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority.

SDRP Boardwalk Trail
The fate of the SDRP boardwalk trail at the San Dieguito Lagoon was scheduled to be considered by the Coastal Commission at their January meeting in Santa Monica. The JPA sent a letter requesting that the agenda item be continued to the March Commission meeting in San Diego.

You can read the Coastal staff report for the boardwalk trail (staff recommendation is that the boardwalk trail be removed) at the link to the January Commission meeting (scroll down to item #30. a): www.coastal.ca.gov/mtgcurr.html

Beachside Del Mar Shopping Center
The remodeled Beachside Del Mar shopping center on Del Mar Heights Road and Mango Drive will add a Jersey Mike’s fast-food casual sub sandwich franchise. The franchise will be owned and operated by Cathy and Mike Brown of Carmel Valley. They will celebrate the opening soon with a fundraiser for a local charity.
Also planned at the site of the previous credit union site across from the Auto Club will be a full-size Starbucks store including drive-in service.
 

 
January Print Issue
MUM'S NOT THE WORD:
Brown Act Opening up in DM
Dwight Worden

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The Brown Act is what is called a “sunshine act,” meaning it opens government business to sunshine and the public eye. It is the Brown Act that requires Del Mar City Council meetings to be open to the public, calling for agendas to be posted in advance, and ensuring that citizens have the right to speak and be heard even on “items not on the posted agenda.” To protect against government decision-making by surprise, the Brown Act also prohibits City Council discussion or action on items not on a posted agenda. And, there we encounter a bit of a rub.

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January Print Issue
SATISFACTION SUMMARY SOON:
Reaching Out for Feedback and Input
Jeffrey Barnouw

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to go directly to the
online survey,
The City Council and Staff have launched two programs to find out what Del Mar citizens are thinking. In December an online Citizen Satisfaction Survey asked the public to assess the performance and relative importance of a wide variety of services the City provides. Then, to open the New Year (in fact in mid-January) an “online community engagement tool” called Engage Del Mar made its debut, an open-ended project to develop more and better lines of communication between citizens and with the City Council, committees and staff.

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January Print Issue
Not-So-Happy Hour:
The mailman cometh LATE
Louise Keeling

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There was a time when my elderly good neighbors down the street looked forward to the five o’clock hour (pm). They’d kick off their shoes, pour the chardonnay, and enjoy looking at what was left of their ocean view.

Now it’s more complicated. The U.S. Post Office delivers the daily mail and it’s just come......so time for the man of the house to bend over slowly to put on his sturdy walking shoes, stretch his stiff arms into his sweater (because it’s chilly outside by now) and search for the necessary items: the basket to carry the mail, the head-lamp given to him by his son...so he doesn’t have to use a flash-light, and his sturdy walking stick that helps him get out his door, down the driveway, and approach the dome-shaped box. It’s pitch dark by now.

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January Print Issue
Spaced Out:
Parking Puzzle Pieces
Tom McGreal

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Del Mar is at a critical stage in defining the parking requirements for the City Hall project. The ballot alternatives are now being drafted for the community vote on the type of City Hall / Town Hall and how much parking should be included.
The discussion at the recent Council meeting was a clear reminder that there is a significant parking requirement for the downtown employees and a large commitment by the City to provide parking spaces for the in-lieu parking fee program (paying fees instead of providing parking).


Spaced Out    Parking Puzzle Pieces
 
January Print Issue
ROVING TEEN REPORTER:
Selfies of Substance
Leah Gans

A selfie is a photo of oneself, with or without others, taken by a person that is also in the photo. Contrary to the common misconception, a selfie is not simply a photo of someone alone. “I can’t count the number of #selfiesundays I see on Instagram that are not actually selfies,” complained Sarah from TPHS.

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January Print Issue
YOU FIRST, NO YOU!
Polite Park Planning
Ann Gardner

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The Shores Advisory Committee has agreed to delay their survey until the City Hall poll is conducted but is still taking input at their monthly meetings, and their consultant is currently interviewing community interest groups. Del Mar resident Joe Curtis took advantage of the monthly meeting to ask that his group – parents with young children – be added to the list of groups helping to identify what uses to include in the Shores Park Master Plan. The Committee and the consultant agreed and the group was added to the January-February interview schedule.

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January Print Issue
Over the Fence
Anthony Corso

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The Art of Neighboring is at the forefront of a national movement to renew local communities through “neighboring.” The book reminds us of the value of pursuing relationships with people who are neighbors and suggests that citizen participation as practiced in many communities seems ineffectual beyond reacting to a single issue that unites some neighbors at a point in time.
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January Print Issue
Fuzz Buzz
Jim Benedict

 
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The city council approved, at their 1/20 meeting, to move forward with the finance committee’s recommendation, to investigate costs and opportunities to develop our citiy's own small police department This department would be an overlay to the existing Sheriff contract.

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January Print Issue
BOOK CORNER:
The Great Ringtail Garbage Caper by Timothy Foote
Virginia Lawrence

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A group of desperate and daring raccoons organizes a bold hijacking scheme when their lush food supply is threatened by a pair of efficient young garbage collectors.

Year after year the raccoons on Martha’s Vineyard had “lived off the fat leavings of summer folk … savory cheese rinds, lamb chop bones and greasy bacon wrappers, sardine cans with tasty bits left in the corners.” But then Nip Jordan and Tuck Taylor were hired for the garbage job. “Bound for Yale, and bristling with ambition, they felt that a garbage truck was as good a vehicle as any to put them on the road to success.”

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January
Print Issue

DMTV PRESENTS:
Meet Market | Hitting It Off in San Diego
Luana Karr

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One-on-one interactions and dating, especially in the San Diego area seem to take determination and ingenuity. Well, two of Del Mar TV’s producers took different approaches to the problem with two shows that may give some insight to those who are looking for closer relationships.

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January Print Issue
RUSTY’S Ride
Anthony Corso

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Inhabitants of Del Mar frequently allude to living “adjacent to the ocean.” Interestingly, there are a number of other residents, perhaps as high as 300, who envision “living in the ocean.” These ocean dwellers are known as “surfers.” And as “surfers” they have a culture, language and life-style unique to one another. Briefly, consider: “snaking,” “aggro,” “ gnarly,” “da bomb,” “blown out,” “ face,” “tube,” “snap,” etc. Definitions of such surfing terminology can be found in the Riptionary, an on-line lexicon of surfing terminology. But that’s another story!

Most of the surfers “hang-out” at Rusty’s - a local surf shop across from the Post Office on 15th Street.

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January Print Issue

Del Mar

Bud Emerson

• 2,200 Del Mar residents are in the labor force. This figure was used to calculate how much mass transit ridership will increase. Source: SANDAG
• The median household income of Del Mar in 2005 was $169,348 (not adjusted for inflation). When adjusted for inflation (1999 dollars; comparable to Census data), the median household income was $100,982. Source: SANDAG
• Del Mar became an incorporated city of California on July 15, 1959.

 
January Print Issue
Feathered Census
Ed Mirsky

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The San Dieguito Lagoon Area Monthly Bird Survey began in January 2010 as the inspiration of two local birders, Jayne Lesley and Mona Baumgartel. The final count for 2014 was conducted on Sunday, 7 December. It marked the end of five years of data collection at the lagoon. Over the five-year period the eighty-eight volunteers who participated in the survey observed a total of 223 bird species. Fourteen of those species were observed on or flying over the ocean at the mouth of the lagoon. The remaining 209 species were seen on the beach, in the lagoon, and on the San Dieguito River and adjacent upland habitats as it meanders east to Helen Woodward Way in Fairbanks Ranch, CA.

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January Print Issue
Cal and Lulu
Hedonism
Cartoon Steve Cruthers.  Click on image to enlarge.
 
 
January Print Issue
Owls on the Prowl
Shirley King

 
 
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Having teeth that never stop growing and powerful forearms and paws with pick-ax claws make the pocket gopher an unstoppable tunnel-borer. Pocket gophers may move earth more reliably than tunnel-boring machines such as Bertha that is stalled in downtown Seattle’s Highway 99 Tunnel project. But pocket gophers are sinking their teeth deep into the turf at Del Mar’s public parks and many of our back yards.

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January Print Issue
LOCAVORES' DELIGHT:
Fritto Misto di Mare ‘n More
Di Holker

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recipe
 
January Print Issue
Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce

   
the “sacred monster,” the image breaker   a roller coaster ride full of surprises and depths   a tasty depiction of cooking for the president of France
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reviews
 
January Print Issue
Shot in Del Mar
Penguin Plunge January 1, 2015

Lunch time.  Neptune heading for Poseidon.
Photo Bill Morris.
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January Print Issue
Help Shelter Animals
February 14 - 5 to 8pm

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update
01/24/15
DMF BRINGS DJango Jazz
TO Powerhouse


The John Jorgenson Quintet
special performance January 22, 2015
Photo Bill Morris
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December Print Issue
Take a Turn
City Advisory Committee Vacancies October

Take a Turn
City Advisory Committee Vacancies

Interested in volunteering in your City? The City of Del Mar invites its residents to volunteer on a board or commission to provide input in a variety of areas. The City is currently soliciting for interested persons to fill the following committee vacancies:

Business Support Advisory Committee
Two (2) Vacancies – (1) Retail Establishment Representative and (1) Hotel Owner/Operator Representative

Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee
One (1) Vacancy - Commercial Retail Member

Interested citizens should complete a Citizen Interest Form and submit it to the City of Del Mar’s Administrative Services Department. Visit www.delmar.ca.us/volunteer to complete the form and see the deadlines. Forms should be submitted to the City of Del Mar, Administrative Services Department, 1050 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014.

Additionally, the City has the following upcoming opportunities in the next 60 days:

Design Review Board - Three (3) vacancies - see last page

San Dieguito Lagoon Committee

Subscribe online at www.delmar.ca.us/volunteer to receive email notifications to find out when new openings are posted.

 
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