Inside the Summer 2013 Sandpiper

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Note:  There will be no print issue in August. However, the website will continue to be updated throughout the summer.

Extra copies of the Sandpiper are available at: City Hall, the Library, the Del Mar Community Buildiing, the Powerhouse, and the Carmel Valley Library; at The Gym at Del Mar and the Vet's Clinic on Jimmy Durante Blvd; at the  Solana Beach Library and the Solana Beach Community Center.

Wrong Way Walkable
Ann Gardner

EDITORIAL: Fair Share

COMMENTARY:
Stretching the Home Stretch
 
Carl Hilliard

Ask Dr. Rich 
Rich Simons

Board Games
Bud Emerson

Trashing Trash Traffic
Shirley King

Low Bid
Dave Druker

Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce

ROVING TEEN REPORTER:
Good-bye, High!

Leila Zein-Phillipson

A Wins
Dave Druker

Safety in Numbers
Shirley King

It’s Elemental!
Bud Emerson

HAPPY TRAILS II:
Devils in the Dust

Ann Gardner

Ridoplasty on Jimmy Durante
Ann Gardner

Summer Sun Sand Surf Safety
Jon Edelbrock

Mobile Books
Ann Gardner

Viable Vons
Ann Gardner

Sharrow Streetscape
Ann Gardner

LOCAVORES DELIGHT:
Ceviche

Nicole Holliday

Another Big Secret
Anthony Corso

Sayonara SONGS
Don Mosier

Mother Rules
Bruce Bekkar, MD

BOOK CORNER:
Book Babes (and Dudes)

Joanne Sharp

DMTV PRESENTS:
A Life Well Read

Luana Karr

Canine Campers
Nancy Fisher

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Wrong Way Walkable
Ann Gardner

risky crossing above
walkable crossing below

“Walkable” as used by proponents of the One Paseo Project needs to be exposed for what it is, a sustainability buzz word used to sell an oversized (1.4 million square feet on a site zoned for 500,00 square feet) project that provides parking for 3600 cars. Sure, One Paseo is walkable within its boundaries - after you get out of your car - but so are UTC, Fashion Valley and Horton Plaza. That does not mean we want a UTC, Fashion Valley or Horton Plaza-like development with 8 to 10 story buildings in a low scale neighborhood with homes, schools, community centers and one and two story retailers.    more>>


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UPDATE
08/22/19

Alert from SDGE

ALERT: BEWARE OF SCARE CALLS CONCERNING SDGE RATES

We want you to be informed about recent telephone calls to Del Mar residents which claim that all residents in town will be experiencing increases in S.D.G.E. monthly billing.  The caller will scare you into thinking your rates will increase anywhere from 11%-59%.

These calls are initiated by private businesses that are hoping to take advantage of the rate increases by getting residents to switch their energy suppliers.

It is true that SDG&E is planning to implement an increase for some residents.  However, not all rates will go up.    

The Public Utilities Commission will announce rate increases on September 1.    

If you want to know whether your own rates will increase, please call SDGE customer service:  1-800-411-7343.  

 
UPDATE
08/13/19

Letter to the Editor
Arthur Olson

RE: “Trashing Trash Traffic” by Shirley King in the summer edition of the Sandpiper

Dear Editor,

You would have counted me as a skeptic if, a few years ago, you had you proposed the “carry in – carry out” mode of visitor trash control.  A family reunion at Maumee Bay State Park in Ohio in 2011 changed my attitude.  About 100 members of our Vexler Family Club gathered in an expansive green park on the shores of Lake Erie, where many other groups, both large and small, were enjoying the day.  I hadn’t noticed, until I tried to throw a used paper plate away, that there wasn’t a trash receptacle in sight.  The situation was brought closer to home when I realized that there wasn’t even one in a conveniently located men’s restroom.  That’s when it was explained to me that the park was a “carry-in, carry-out” public facility – you must take with you, what you bring in to the park.

With all of the groups using this park, my surprised realization was that the park was spotless – not a bit of trash lying around anywhere. Some of the more well informed members of our group had brought along large trash bags, and the Vexler Family Club with it’s 100 well-fed and well exercised members took in stride the task of packing up and carrying out all of our trash, leaving our picnic site as we had found it. I guess it can work!

Arthur Olson, Avenida Primavera, posted on 08/19/13

(Full disclosure, Shirley King, the author of the original article is my lovely, caring wife – but I wrote this letter of my own free will).

 

UPDATE
08/14/13

Remembering
Helen Montgomery-Drysdale 1930-2013
Louis Armstrong.  Photo Helen Montgomery-Drysdale.
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Remembrance by Eugene G. Schwartz

My dear friend Helen Montgomery-Drysdale, renowned photographer, passed away of terminal illness at home on Orchid Lane, June 24, 2013. With her were her life partner of 47 years, Dayna Carroll, immediate extended family – and not far from reach in their patio kennel, the tribe of cats that she and Dayna loved and cared for so dearly.
Surrounding her on the walls of their gallery and beyond in their library, were some of the many images that won her the affection of her subjects – both celebrity and among the marginalized and excluded – and artistic recognition during the course of a career lasting more than six decades.

continuation in pdf format here

The public is invited to a memorial celebration and exhibit of Helen’s photography on Saturday, August 17th, 5-7 PM at the Artist’s Space, Southfair, Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.

 
UPDATE
08/13/13

Letter to the Editor
aRNOLD WEISEL

RE: Plan for Watermark on Jimmy Durante

Dear Editor,

Del Mar government with developers now planning to house 54 families on the southeast corner property at the intersection of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Road.  Same intersection which is Del Mars north portal entry.  A crucial designation location of significance. Residents have long stood strong to insure our city entry would be symbolic of Del Mar life: ecologically sensitive to lagoon, bluffs, residential neighborhood, etc., in other words, exemplify an environmentally sensitive land use.   

continued in pdf format here

 
Save the date
08/13/13
San Diego Blood Bank
THURSDAY  SEPTEMBER 12TH
 FROM 8:30-2PM

REMINDER- San Diego Bloodmobile is coming to Del Mar for a blood drive! We NEED every eligible donor to help meet the needs of the hospitals and save lives in San Diego County.

We want to collect 28 pints, but we cannot do this without YOU!

details>>

 
Update
08/11/13

Del Mar Art Center Gallery
Season 3

Through October 27th

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Update
07/26/13

North Torrey Pines Bridge Continuous Three-day Closure

Beginning Sunday, July 28th

The City of Del Mar’s bridge contractor, Flatiron West, Inc. will conduct post-tensioning of the steel strands embedded within the bridge’s concrete deck beginning Sunday evening, July 28th. The work will require one continuous three-day full road closure of North Torrey Pines Road from the Torrey Pines State Beach parking lot to Carmel Valley Road from Sunday, July 28th 9:00 PM through Wednesday, July 31st 6:00 AM. Detours will divert southbound traffic to Carmel Valley Road and northbound traffic to Genesee Avenue, via Interstate 5. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be diverted around the closure via Carmel Valley Road and the Torrey Pines State Beach parking lot.

Traffic controls and flagmen are in place, warning drivers of the impending work and reminding all to “Slow for the Cone Zone.” Please follow the posted detour route and observe all warning devices and traffic controls for the duration of the project. Pedestrians are not to use the North Torrey Pines Bridge or cross the railroad tracks in the area of the bridge.

If you have any questions regarding this notice, or you note a safety concern, contact the City of Del Mar Public Works Department at GroupPublicWorks@delmar.ca.us, or contact Public Works Deputy Director, Joe Bride, at 858-755-3294.

 
Update
07/23/13

Two Torreys to Go

The City of Del Mar will remove two Torrey Pine trees from Seagrove Park. The unfortunate tree removals are required due to the trees' declining physical condition and their subsequent hazard presented to park visitors. Public Works is collaborating with the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Del Mar Garden Club to select appropriate replacement trees. Additional recent park enhancements include a Seagrove Park planting area and a new cable fence adjacent to the Tot-Lot.

Complete press release with pictures here

 
Update
07/22/13

Watermark Del Mar
on Jimmy Durante

IMPORTANT CITIZEN PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY

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Workshop at Powerhouse  Monday July 29, 5-7pm
A new entrance to Del Mar is being planned near the bridge on Jimmy Durante Boulevard, a specific plan to convert the existing dirt parking lot to a new residential neighborhood. The proposal is to convert the approved permit for a commercial office building to residential use that would reduce traffic by 30 percent. Included will be several affordable units, four of which will be deeded outright to a Del Mar non-profit organization. Delmarians need to give our input before the final plans are submitted for formal review by city entities.

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Update
07/19/13

Helen Montgomery Drysdale
1930-2013
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Helen Montgomery Drysdale, 83, world renowned photographer, born February 27, 1930, died at home at 10:40 AM June 24, 2013, surrounded by friends and her photographs.  In 1985, Helen, a long-time resident of Del Mar, California, was appointed "official photographer" for  her community’s centennial celebration.  Contributions in her memory can be sent to the Drysdale Legacy Fund, 693 Orchid Lane, Del Mar, CA 92014 for the purpose of archiving Helen’s extensive volume of work.

A memorial service and tribute showing of her work will be held on August 17, 5-7 PM at the Artist’s Space, Southfair, Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar. She is survived by her dear friend and life partner, Dayna Carroll. 

Visit www.hmdfoto.net
Helen Mongomery Drysdale bio

 
Update
07/17/13

Equine Art by Local Artists

DM Art Center Reception Season 3
August 4, 4-6 pm

Bob Cradic
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Racing season is here along with a whole new batch of art from the Del Mar Art Center.  In honor of racing season we have several equine featured paintings. Enjoy the new work of all members including our featured artists:  Bob Cradic, Robert Glick, Gabriel Benot, Donna Klipstein, Diane Uke, and Don Coordt.   Please join us for the opening reception of Season 3, August 4th from 4-6 PM. Refreshments and free 2 hour parking.  Bring your friends and enjoy the local summer scene at the DMAC. 


 
Update
07/15/13

Recycling on Saturday
Saturday, July 20, 9-12

City of Del Mar Parking Lot recycling will happen with Waste Management from 9-12 this Saturday, July 20.

Items to recycle:

  • document shredding
  • compact fluorescent bulbs
  • sharps (syringes, lancets or needles)...these must be brought in puncture resistent sealed container
    *sharps are for residents ONLY, businesses are excluded
  • used batteries
  • Medication:  non-controlled medications only, No Codeine, Vicodin or other pain killers
 
Update
07/05/13

Letter to the Editor
Drew Cady

Though there may be some wisdom in Carl's comments re.the Solana Beach 'upgrade' of the 101 corridor;  as a local bike rider who frequently rides the coastline, I can tell you that this new arrangement of diagonal parking that must 'push out' into a lane of traffic with little or no visibility, presents a harrowing situation for us two-wheel human-propelled vehicles.  I have had three near misses already and usually bypass the 101 in SB altogether now as a result. It is laughable that the signage designation suggests that bikers are allowed to ride in the full lane closest to the shoulder.  With the volume of auto traffic and speed these vehicles are usually traveling, nothing could be more  absurd!  This whole plan was obviously designed and approved for the benefit of local businesses with little or no regard for pedestrians and bicycles.  And to think, Del Mar nearly made the same mistake!
Drew Cady, Stratford Court

   
July Print Issue

Another Big Secret
Anthony Corso
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An additional “Secret to Explore” opened in the Village this week! It might not be a “Big Secret” but it’s a small and notable one. Introducing the Secret Pantry!!!
In many respects, Café Secret gave birth to Peruvian culture and cuisine in Del Mar when it opened on Camino Del Mar four years ago. It seems that so many people were entranced with its culinary offerings that they begged to know what ingredients, spices and herbs were inspirationally used and lent a special and distinguished flavor.
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July Print Issue

Canine Campers
Nancy Fisher

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It’s summer, and time for Del Mar residents to head to Yosemite or to ship out on a Mediterranean cruise - but who’s going to take care of the dog? In a city like Del Mar, where residents are practically issued a dog upon arrival, pet care is a big concern and options are available for those who don’t have a friend or neighbor who can petsit.   more>>

 
July Print Issue

Del Mar Community Connections
Golden Age Retrievers
Del Mar Community Connections would like to help seniors in adopting an older dog or cat. In cooperation with the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and with generous support from the Purina Company, seniors (60 & over) can adopt a senior dog or cat (3 & over) for free. These pets have been vaccinated, micro chipped, spayed/neutered and licensed.

Trained volunteers and staff will help seniors select a pet that is compatible with their life style. Adopters will also be provided start-up food, bowls, leashes, collars, and follow up assistance for any adjustment issues. For details call (858) 792-7565 or go to www.dmcc.cc/offerServices.html#adoption.

 
July Print Issue

Ask Dr. Rich
Rich Simons
 
July Print Issue

Letter to the Editor
Dog Clues
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June’s editorial “Get a Clue” – gets it! The businesses that have succeeded in our city for more than 15 years have all the clues to satisfy the needs of the frequent repeat customers. As mentioned in the editorial, Dexter’s Deli is one robust example of a retail business that has had vigorous business in Del Mar, from which generated a second Dexter’s in a Carlsbad shopping center. Dexter’s commands the loyalty of customers like me who depend upon quality, fresh pet food products and especially the keen knowledge of its staff. My dog, Lexis ate Dexter’s whole raw fresh foods for the entire15 years of her life. My weekly shopping trips and our daily stops at the fire hydrant treat station conditioned both my dogs to the value of Dexter’s. Lexis had an independent shopping trip when she ran away from ball-playing at Winston School. I ran after her but quickly lost sight of her. Upon thinking where she might go, I pursued my hunch – Dexter’s. There she was waiting at the door of Dexter’s. As she spotted me, she headed into the store. I was relieved that she crossed Camino del Mar without incident and that she had not ravaged the floor-level boxes of dried treats. Dexter’s business model is a matter of having many feet through the door – with or without wallets.

Shirley King, Avenida Primavera

     
July Print Issue

Roving Teen Reporter:
Good-Bye, high!

Leila Zein-Phillipson

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Commencement ceremonies were held June 14th as friends and families gathered at the SDUHSD schools to watch their senior students receive their diplomas and graduate high school. At the conclusion of the graduation ceremonies, the graduates threw their colorfully decorated caps into the air and ended their high school journeys.   more>>

 
July Print Issue

COMMENTARY:
Stretching the Home Stretch
Carl Hilliard

The question is what will be the impact on Del Mar given an additional five-week fall meet of horse racing, tentatively scheduled by the California Horse Racing Board to begin November 5, 2014?   more>>

 
July Print Issue

Trashing Trash Traffic
Shirley King
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Perennially on the front lines, local coastal communities combat and clean up this plastic trash, much of which otherwise ends up as marine debris – and until extended producer responsibility laws are adopted here as exist in France, the responsibility for the plastic products especially those taken to such sensitive areas as beaches and surrounding parks are in the consumers’ hands – or should never leave their hands.

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July Print Issue

Viable Vons
Ann Gardner
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Community input solicited by Donahue Schriber Realty Group, new owners of the Del Mar Heights Village Shopping Center on Mango Drive, centered on wanting a greater variety of stores, more places to socialize and improved landscaping according to Russ Monroe, Project Manager. He said that many clarified they would like more grocery offerings with either an expanded Von’s or the addition of a specialty grocer.   more>>
 
July Print Issue

Safety in Numbers
Shirley King

47, 53, 140, 374, 396, 567, 683, 755 – not Powerball numbers nor new area code prefixes - but rather a package of proposed firearm bills awaiting approval in the California legislature – several will render existing gun legislation “precision sharp.”   more>>

 
July Print Issue

HAPPY TRAILS II:
Devils in the Dust

Ann Gardner

Looking south from the San Dieguito River Park Lagoon Trail at San Andres, you can sometimes see the outline of a trail looping around a distant hillside and small figures nearby. The figures are part of a Friday morning cadre of volunteers who plant, weed and mulch new plants at the Western end of the Park, and the trail, the Dust Devil Trail, is named in their honor.    more>>

 
July Print Issue

Summer Sun Sand Surf Safety
Jon Edelbrock
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Wow, it’s difficult to believe that summer is already here! Our seaside village has once again managed to timelessly maintain its small town charm despite the continual growth and sprawl of San Diego County. While fortunate residents and a few trusty year-round Lifeguards have certainly enjoyed another off-season, it’s time to welcome back visitors and our seasonal lifeguard staff for yet another beautiful summer in paradise. With that, however, comes a coordinated effort and patience from the City and residents to ensure an enjoyable time for all.   more>>
 
July Print Issue

DMTV PRESENTS:
A Life Well Read

Luana Karr
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The idea of a Life Story Writing Class was first brought to Community Connections back in 1999 by Ann Silber. The first teacher for the class was Mac Hartley who taught until 2004. Under the tutelage of Mai Lon Gittelsohn it has now developed Into “Readings of Our Lives,” videotaped by Del Mar Television Foundation and aired on Del Mar’s public access channel.    more>>
 
July Print Issue

Ridoplasty on Jimmy Durante
Ann Gardner
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Asked by City Council to recommend a location where a roundabout might improve traffic flow, Del Mar’s Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee (TPAC) selected the intersection at San Dieguito Drive and Jimmy Durante Blvd.          more>>
 
July Print Issue

Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce
a very talky film, full of wit, affection, cruelty, solipsism.
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a fascinating examination of the darker sides of human sexuality.  Click to enlarge.   a wonderful example of
documentary film at its best. 
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July Print Issue

Locavores Delight:
Shrimp Ceviche
Nicole Holliday
You can get most of the ingredients (except the serrano chile) at our Farmers Market.    more>>
 
July Print Issue

BOOK CORNER:
Book Babes (and Dudes)

Joanne Sharp

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We enjoy talking about the books we disliked as much as those we loved!    more>>

 
July Print Issue

Sayonara SONGS
Don Mosier

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On Friday, June 7th, Southern California Edison (SCE) announced its decision to permanently close San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), thus ending a push to restart the poorly designed Unit 2 reactor at 70% power.    more>>

 
update
06/26/13

Redesign of City of Del Mar Website
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