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Inside the FEBRUARY 2020 Print Issue

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No Stone Unturned
Ann Gardner


Welcome, Christa
Bud Emerson


EDITORIAL: Fact-Based Voting


Roving Teen Reporter:
Impeachment: Abuse and Obstruction?

Dhathry Doppalapud


Sandpiper Endorsement:
Terra is Tops

The Sandpiper Board


Commentary:
Short Term Cases

Ellie Haviland


Remembering Cozette


How Long Until It’s Gone?
Valerie Dufort-Roy


Our Precious Earth
Julie Maxey-Allison


NUKES Catch 22
NO Bucks for NUKES
Fair Housing
941 Launch


Marisol Measure G: Commentary:
YES on G

Bud Emerson


Marisol Measure G: Commentary:
NO on G

Felise Levine


Marisol Measure G: Draft EIR Summary
Lee Haydu


Marisol Measure G: Financial Analysis
Keyser Marston Associates


From the Underground
Kristen M. Crane


Bluff Protection
Ann Gardner


Free Flight
Julie Maxey-Allison


Get Your Licks In
Julie Maxey-Allison


Sun Sets on Gallery
Jeff Barnouw


DMAC: Looking Back:
Arts Alive Again in Plaza (2009)

Robert McMillian
Diane Uke


Commentary:
Child’s Play

Nicole Pentheroudakis


Kudos for Kids:
Del Mar Canyon Preserve aka Anderson Canyon

Tyden Chinowsky


DMF:
Sandra Hoyle


DMCC:
Ashley Simpkins


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Update 2/1/2020
MARISOL measure G
Comments on Marisol Specific Plan Draft EIR

From the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority to Matt Bator, Senior Planner, City of Del Mar on January 27, 2020

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Marisol Draft EIR. On January 17, 2020. the San Dieguito River Park JPA Board took action to approve the DEIR comments included in this letter. Our comments are as follows:

complete 3-page doc in pdf format

 
Update 1/31/2020


MARISOL measure G
Pro & Con

Members of the Finance Committee Speak Up
Update 1/31/2020

MARISOL measure G
Pro & Con
 

Judd Halenza: Member Finance Committee - Pro

There has been some confusion about the Keyser Marston financial study which the City of Del Mar commissioned. The sole purpose of the study was to compare the financial benefits of the proposed Marisol project with the development of 16 to 23 mega mansions already allowed by the current residential zoning over the entire site. The results are stunning. After taking into account the estimated cash to the City from real estate taxes, transit occupancy taxes and other inflows to the City and subtracting out outflows such as increased police protection and fire protection the Marisol  delivers an estimated $5,468,900 of positive cash flow annually compared to an estimated $354,000 from the mega mansion project.

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Tom McGreal: Member Finance Committee - Con

Marisol Economic Report raises serious doubts

The Updated Marisol Economic Impact and Financial Analysis Report prepared for the City by Keyser Marston Associates, Inc and Maurice Robinson Associates was released in December 2019.

While the City’s “gag order” prevents the Finance Committee from reviewing the Report, the developer is vigorously campaigning on the City Revenue projections shown in the Report.
 In the absence of a formal Finance Committee review, I have conducted a personal review of the Report. My conclusion is that the City Revenues of $5.96 million per year are highly speculative and are not a reliable estimate of future revenues for the City.

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Bob Gans: Member Finance Committee - Pro

I support Measure G for many reasons:  It will result in the creation of a beautiful community gathering place on a site to which we currently have no access and, unless the measure passes, we will continue to have no access (except for a possible narrow goat trail stitched together between 18 private mansions that will all be developed separately).  It will require the implementation of various environmental measures designed to preserve and stabilize the bluff.  It will provide extraordinary public benefits to Del Mar, including the funding of a sand replenishment endowment, construction of permanent bathrooms on dog beach, and implementation of various measures to improve traffic flow.  It will result in the creation of 22 affordable housing units – units that are needed to ensure that Del Mar is able to retain control over its own zoning and not fall under state control.  It will remain subject to the same design review process that has kept our community so special. 

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February print issue
EDITORIAL: Fact-Based Voting

The Marisol Initiative (Measure G on the March ballot) is a big decision for Del Mar, worthy of your close study and careful, fact-based analysis. One thing is clear: this Initiative proves that reasonable people can disagree about what is good for Del Mar. The Sandpiper editors do not share a common opinion on Measure G, but we do share the view that much of the discussion on both sides of this important issue has been factually inaccurate. This issue is too important to have the vote based on “alternative facts” and superficial analysis. We are calling on everyone to dig deep and study hard before making your decision. In that spirit, here is our take on a few examples of misleading claims and arguments we’ve been hearing or seeing in our mailboxes.

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February print issue
Marisol Measure G

Marisol Measure G Commentary:
YES on G

Bud Emerson

Voters are being misled into voting NO on Measure G without knowing the whole story. If G fails, the existing zoning for those 16 acres on the bluff allows the owners a right to build gated mansions with limited access by the public.  more


Marisol Measure G Commentary:
NO on G

Felise Levine

When I review the Marisol Initiative, the benefits of affordable housing, increased tax revenue to the city, and the developer’s “conceptual plans” for a loop trail, environmentally sensitive buildings, increased public access to coastal views and bluff protection, I find my brain spinning about all of the promised amenities to our city.   more


Marisol Measure G Draft EIR Summary
Lee Haydu

In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) the city contracted with an independent environmental planning company, HELIX, to study and prepare a draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on the Marisol Initiative conceptual plan. more


Marisol Measure G Financial Analysis
Keyser Marston Associates

Del Mar contracted with Keyser Marston Associates to produce an economic impact and fiscal analysis study of the proposed zoning change in Marisol Initiative Specific Plan as well as the existing zoning allowing single family residence development. more


Bluff Protection
Ann Gardner

In 1976, Del Mar voters approved the Bluff, Slopes and Canyons (BSC) Precise Plan “in order to preserve the scenic sandstone bluffs … which characterize the area within the Zone; ” it was enacted as one of Del Mar’s five Overlay Zones the same year. ...  The BSC Overlay Zone currently covers the entire property of the proposed Marisol Specific Plan on the March 3 ballot as Proposition G. Adoption of the Marisol Plan would replace the BSC zone as well as the underlying zones R1-14, R1-40 and a sliver of BC with the Marisol Specific Plan. What is the difference? more

 
February print issue
Welcome, Christa
Bud Emerson
Christa L. Johnson, Assistant City Manager for the City of Laguna Beach, is set to become Del Mar’s City Manager next month after the City Council’s unanimous approval of her employment contract on Monday. She replaces Scott Huth.
Her first day in Del Mar will be February 12.

Johnson has more than 22 years of local government experience in Laguna Beach, the Town of Windsor in Sonoma County, the City of Alameda and the County of Alameda.

The Sandpiper reached out to Christa and asked her why she chose to apply for the Del Mar position. more

 
February print issue
Sandpiper Endorsement:
Terra is Tops

The Sandpiper Board

The Sandpiper urges a vote in the March 3 Primary for Terra Lawson-Remer for County Supervisor, District 3. Though the ballot includes two candidates we consider qualified (Lawson-Remer and Escondido Councilmember Olga Diaz), the priority of voters should be to rally behind the stronger of those two candidates in order to defeat the incumbent Supervisor, who has proven herself to be out of step with the values of District 3 and Del Mar.

Supervisor Kristin Gaspar is in lock-step with the harshest of Trump’s immigration policies, and she was the lone vote opposing the County’s 4-1 bipartisan decision to challenge the Administration’s policy on asylum-seeking families because of its adverse impact on public health and safety in San Diego. She directed $100K in public funds to a questionable charity while she served on its board, and a decision to select that charity to run a $2 million shelter for sex trafficking victims, based on her recommendation, was later reversed and put to bid based on the county’s “due diligence” efforts. 

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February print issue
Kudos for Kids: Del Mar Canyon Preserve aka Anderson Canyon
Tyden Chinowsky

About a year ago, my family and I noticed that the bluffs above Anderson Canyon in Del Mar were looking more barren than usual. Due to the recent construction of the multi-use pathway that cuts through the bluff, the soil had become so hard-packed that nothing was growing through. I asked my Dad if we could help restore the bluffs as part of a community project I was planning to do in honor of my Bar Mitzvah. With the encouragement and financial support of my family, we approached the city of Del Mar. While everyone at the city was super supportive, the process still ended up taking a year before we were able to obtain all the required permits from the city and the Coastal Commission.

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February print issue
Get Your Licks In
Julie Maxey-Allison

The motto is “Ice Cream Solves Everything” at Nice Cream, just opening at 1202 Camino Del Mar between 12th and 13th Streets where Clone used to be, complementing the new streetscape. Young entrepreneur Mustafa Saadat from nearby Carmel Mountain is behind the shop that will serve some 16 exotic flavors—including vegan—churned by local San Diego vendors plus a variety of toppings. Choose from cones, cups, cookies and/or waffle sandwiches. Enjoy!

  
February print issue
Remembering Cozette

Cozette Shirts passed on January 2nd.

Una Cozette Williams Shirts moved to Del Mar in the mid-sixties with her husband, Garry, and her three young children, Matthew, Phillip and Mitchell. The family, originally from Utah, loved the town and made a point of participating in community and school events. Cozette and Garry started and ran a simulation gaming business (Simile II, now called STS), as well as the Global Travel agency, in downtown Del Mar. Cozette was known as a great friend, a loving mother and grandmother (and great-grandmother), a gifted and dedicated gardener, who worked at the family business right up until her death. Her kindness and generosity will be sorely missed by the friends and family that sought out her sage advice and loved her dearly.
   
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