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Inside the July/August 2016 Print Issue

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Del Mar Takes a Stand for Gun Safety
Rose Ann Sharp

EDITORIAL: The Sandpiper Story

The 1% Solution
Claire McGreal

Pipe Up
Our Taxing Visitors

Jim Benedict

Dr Rich
Rich Simons

Short Term Division
Ann Gardner

City Hall
The Key to the City

Nancy Fisher

Farmers At The Shores
Rita Meier and Leslie Robson

Judgement Day For PASEO
Ann Gardner

Project Approved 8 to 1 Monday, June 28

Ann Gardner

Dogging Del Mar Crime
Shirley King

Sterling Staff Standards
Jeff Barnouw

Our First Responders
Don’t Miss a Beat

Sherryl L. Parks

Fur Four Legs & Fun
Dog Meets Dog

Lynn Gaylord

Cinema by the Sea
Shores Showings

Julie Maxey-Allison

Guarding Our Finest Treasure
Retaining Rookies

Jon Edelbrock

What the Kids are Saying
Ian (9) and Liam (9)

Destination Dexter’s
Where the Dogs Go

Shirley King

DMCC Column
Jo Morgentha

DMF Column
Bill Morris


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Inside the September 2016 Print Issue

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Affordable Housing
Cracking the Conundrum:
Two-part article by Dwight Worden
Part One: Where We Stand
Page 10 in the print issue above.
Part Two: What To Do
Part Two will appear in the October print issue.
Preview Part Two here.

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Grand Opening Celebration
August 26th and 27th
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Brick15, a coffeehouse and 80-seat acoustic music venue at the corner of Ninth Street and Camino del Mar, holds great promise as a commercial and cultural anchor for the once-subdued end of our village.
Access to the Bluff
Drew Cady | Stratford Court

The question is whether enforcing no trespassing on the bluff will reduce the deaths by train.  Since NCTD started commuter service in 1996, there has been about one death per month along the 30 mile corridor. Most of these deaths are suicide. Up until recently there have been only a few deaths along the Del Mar segment. In total there are no more deaths in Del Mar than any other segment, even though the bluff in Del Mar is well used. Enforcement is not going to stop people from committing suicide as the corridor is too long and train travel is regular but sporadic in comparison to freeway traffic.


Memoir Writing
with Mai-Lon Gittelsohn

Co-sponsored with DMCC
Please RSVP to Mai-Lon at

Del Mar Library will host a memoir writing seminar taught by Del Marian poet/writer Mai-Lon Gittelsohn on Tuesday, August 16 at 1:30pm.  Students at this 1 ½ hour FREE seminar, will explore ways to write about their lives.

Students often come to writing classes for the sole purpose of recording family history, and then find their true bliss in writing memoir. 

Memoir captures a life in moments and chunks of time. Most people only ever write one autobiography, but you may write many memoirs.

Starting this fall DMCC is proud to announce collaboration with Mai-Lon Gittelsohn to offer her Memoir with Mai-Lon, 7-week writing course. 

Session 1: September 2 - October 14
Session 2: October 21- December 9 (no class on November 25th)

Date: Every Friday
Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
Location: DMCB - 225 9th Street, Del Mar
For more information please contact Mai-Lon at 

Balloon at the Beach
23rd Street

Photo Tom Nelson. 
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Rail Trespassing Enforcement to Ramp Up in North County
Officers will begin enhanced enforcement on Monday, August 1.
Photo North County Transit District.
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Oceanside, CA—The North County Transit District (NCTD) is significantly increasing enforcement activities against trespassers along both the Oceanside to San Diego and Oceanside to Escondido rail corridors. Those crossing the track illegally or trespassing on the railroad right-of-way will face criminal penalties for their violation of the law by NCTD’s Transit Enforcement Division Officers, or the San Diego County Sheriff’s Transit Enforcement Services Unit. The penalties for trespassing on the railroad right-of-way can result in fines up to $500 and/or 6-months in jail.


Going, Going,
Bye Bye City Hall

Tuesday, July 26, 2016.  The former City Hall seen from the corner of 11th Street and Camino Del Mar.  Photo Mike Salt.
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Sustainability Advisory Board
Volunteer Opportunity

The Sustainability Advisory Board was established to assist the City Council in promoting clean and reliable energy and in taking a leadership position in educating its residents and businesses about energy savings programs. It works with other regional and municipal groups to seek combined efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources; advises the council on any bills before the California Legislature that the city should take a position to support or oppose as they affect Del Mar and the San Diego region; and reviews the Del Mar Municipal Code (DMMC) sections relevant to energy consumption and savings in the city and works with the Planning Commission and planning staff to propose revised DMMC language as required. The committee consists of seven voting members selected by the council for four-year terms and an EX-Officio member for a two year term.

The deadline to apply is August 26, 2016.


going, Going, Almost Gone!
Bye Bye City Hall
Tuesday, July 19, 2016.  The former City Hall seen from the corner of 11th Street and Camino Del Mar.  Photo Mike Salt.
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Drought Response Reduced

On July 5, 2016, the Del Mar City Council adopted a resolution which reduced the drought response level to stage 1 in Del Mar while also permanently maintaining some water waste prohibitions as required by State of California law and encouraging continued voluntary adherence to stage 2 water restrictions.

The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) recently certified that its 24 member agencies have sufficient supplies to meet water demands even if there were to be three additional dry years. This led to their lifting the regional level 2 drought response and allowing individual water retailers to determine their own drought response level.


Behind the construction Fence
City Hall Demolition
Wednesday, July 13
Demolition site taken from 10th Street.  Photo Bill Morris.
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TV Studio taken from 10th Street. 
Photo Bill Morris.
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  Former City Hall. 
Photo Bill Morris.
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morning cliff collapse
at 10th Street ON July 13th

Lifeguards Respond
Lifeguards leaving the scene of an early morning cliff collapse at 10th Street in Del Mar on Wednesday, July 13th, after ensuring that no one was trapped.  Photo Mike Salt.
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Protesters Attract Press
Coastal Anti-Gun Violence Group
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On Saturday July 9th from 10:30 to noon, 21 members of the Coastal Anti-Gun Violence Group stood in a line opposite the Main Gate to the Gun Show.  In addition, 5 press reporters showed up, covering 6 outlets: UT, Del Mar Times, NBC 7, WC6, 10 News KGTV, and Coast News.  Wayne Dernetz acted as spokeman for the group.  The protesters received lots of thumbs up from people coming out of downtown Del Mar and those coming out of the Gun Show.

Newcomers are welcome.  The Group's next meeting will take place on July 25 at 3:30pm at the Del Mar Community Center on 9th Street.  If you would like to attend, please contact

West Nile Virus
Precautionary Warning from the County
This warning has been sent to residents of Del Mar Terrace, located next to the the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon.
full letter from County
The County also sent a Mosquito Prevention Checklist.
Aim for Gun Safety
Demonstation at Gun Show

July 9 from 10:30 to noon
outside the gun show at the Fairgrounds

If you want to stand in a line for Del Mar, join our town’s group standing in line on July 9 from 10:30 to noon outside the gun show at the Fairgrounds with signs naming all the cities where there have been mass shootings. Send your contact information to our website above or just show up.


Happy 4th of July!
Uncle Sam, aka Tom McGreal and poodle friend.
Photo Diane Belanger.
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  Mayor Sherryl Parks at left, Councilmembers Terry Sinnott and Dwight Worden at right.
Photo Mike Salt.
Photo Mike Salt.   Photo Mike Salt.
Amateur Radio Field Day
Del Mar CERT Participation
Cap Pinney | Kalamath Drive

On June 25 and 26 amateur radio operators across the nation held a field day in which the object was to operate in simulated emergency conditions and contact as many radio stations as possible in a 24-hour period.

Led by enthusiast Gene Swiech, the Del Mar CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) set up operations from a dirt patch just west of the Public Works yard in Del Mar.  During the contest from 11 am Saturday until 11 am Sunday, the team contacted over 1,150 stations from Maine to Hawaii, including Red Cross stations in San Diego and Los Angeles, using six different frequency bands.


Lagoon Watch
Los Peñasquitos Blocked Yet Again

In the middle of June a massive dredging operation was completed to open the previously blocked Los Peñasquitos Lagoon.

The new channel remained open for a couple of weeks.  In the week of June 20th the water flowed freely in and out, even when the tide was at its lowest

By the week of June 27th the ocean had brought back enough sand to block the lagoon once again, even when the tide was at its highest.

Please don’t hang up!
Do you want the 1% Sales Tax Increase
On the Ballot ??

The City has hired consultants to poll the community by phone to find out if you want the City to move the tax initiative to the ballot for November. 

Current Sales Tax in Del Mar 8 %
First 7% goes to State and County.
Only 1% stays in Del Mar.

Pop-Up Book Sale
Del Mar Library

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 9

Join the Friends of the Del Mar Library at their July sale of 300-plus quality new and previously owned books. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 9, in the Community Room of the Del Mar Library at 1309 Camino Del Mar.

The book sale includes new and contemporary fiction, best sellers, cookbooks, mysteries, children’s books, collectibles, out-of-print editions, nonfiction in a wide variety of genres and audiobooks and DVDs.

All proceeds benefit the community through book purchases and program support at the Del Mar Library. Cash only, please

KAABOO Community Meeting
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
In the Del Mar Fairgrounds Board Room, located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
In preparation for KAABOO Del Mar 2016, an entertainment event, scheduled for September 16-18, 2016, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the KAABOO Del Mar event organizers, in conjunction with the 22nd District Agricultural Association (San Diego County Fairgrounds), are hosting a community meeting on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, to address community questions and concerns about the event.
Breaking News
Project Approved 8 to 1 Monday, June 28

Ann Gardner | Via Latina

The New One Paseo project was approved by a vote of 8 to 1, with Sherri Lightner the one member voting against it.

Many members of the public spoke in opposition to a project that is still much larger than allowed by the original community plan. Many more favored approval, in some cases requesting a greater percentage of housing to be affordable, or for monitoring by City staff to guarantee emergency services that meet City standards.
Sherri Lightner had some pointed questions for Kilroy. Kilroy committed to work with the Torrey Pines Community Planning Board on the 10-intersection synchronized traffic signal system beginning in that community. However, they declined to restore the larger system originally proposed covering 45 intersections and similarly declined to increase the affordable housing level above10%.


July/August Print Issue
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Del Mar Takes a Stand
for Gun Safety

Rose Ann Sharp

Standing at the intersection of CDM and DMH on June 2nd, National Gun Violence Awareness Day from 7 am until 8 am, dressed in orange waving a sign at traffic is much easier than standing in line to give blood after the Orlando mass killing of 49 people. Standing in line to pay your respects to a friend or relative at a memorial is even harder. Watching the U.S. Senate stand and vote in Party lines and vote down gun violence prevention bills is unbelievable when 90% of the population desires common sense protection from gun violence.
After the killings in San Bernadino last December, a group of Del Mar leaders met to say ENOUGH! We met with our local government officials, gathered information from national organizations and the local police, and now we are organizing a grass roots effort to vote out those politicians who do not share our concern for gun violence protection and to take action at the local level to bring gun safety to Del Mar.


July/August Print Issue

The Sandpiper Story

Periodically we remind ourselves and new readers about the Sandpiper story, why and how it was created and what we are trying to accomplish. So here’s the story as we know it.

About two decades ago a group of residents who had been involved in the formative stages of our town were concerned that Del Mar’s reputation was being harmed by divisive anti-city hall attacks. Instead of being defensive and reactive, the group decided to start telling the real Del Mar story in a positive way. The Sandpiper was created to tell that story as reflected in our Community Plan, our “constitution.”




July/August Print Issue
Last Page

Destination Dexter’s
Where the Dogs Go
Shirley King

Dexter’s Deli, our local health food store for dogs and cats, opened its door in July, 1996. Twenty years later Dexter’s Del Mar has birthed Dexter’s Carlsbad and Dexter’s North Park, employing over 19 staff members - five core staffers have over ten years of service. More than a retail shop, it is a runaway’s haven - loyal canine customers seeking its treasures lovingly given by its remarkable staff.

Tori Rosay, Dexter’s owner designed a business model for her inaugural store - one of the first of ten stores in the country that started a movement emphasizing the care for pets with natural products and high quality, fresh foods. She derived her entrepreneurial passion from her business background in publishing, work history in the field of nutrition and lifestyle medicine and caring for her dog, Teddy who suffered with debilitating allergies. Living in St. Louis, the home of Purina, she knew first hand what the press had uncovered about the substandard waste by-products found in their pet foods. Tori networked with holistic veterinarians and other pioneers in the pet health food industry to assemble her product choices. At the outset Tori was confronted with curious customers who saw her store as cute and would wish her well saying “we hope you make it.”


July/August Print Issue

City Councilmember at Work
June 11, 2016. Councilmember Dwight Worden swings into
action at former City Hall on CDM. Photo Bill Morris.
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July/August Print Issue
political Scuttlebutt

Candidates for City Council must file a petition with City Hall between July 18th and August 11th.

Incumbent Don Mosier says he will not run. Mayor Sherryl Parks intends to run. Incumbent Al Corti seems to be sending mixed signals about his intentions. Planning Commissioner Ellie Haviland is intending to run. Former Council Member Dave Druker is intending to run. Three other citizens have signaled their possible candidacy: Richard Levak, Jim Benedict, Barry Entous.

The Sandpiper will give all candidates equal space to describe their qualifications and intentions.

July Print Issue

Del Mar is High on Electric Vehicles

Del Mar has the highest number of Electric Vehicles and Electric Charging Stations (not individual connections) per 10,000 per capita in San Diego County (five times higher than the next highest Solana Beach) according to the 2016 Equinox Project San Diego Regional Annual Quality of Life Report. The data was derived from the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.

July Print Issue
Poet's Corner
Susan Morrison | Stratford Court

Leave Be

In just a little while
we’ll walk the beach
and gather stones,
translucent in the foam
shined on by the sun,
alive in the wet sand.

But like a crazy blooming wildflower
when plucked and brought home,
they’ll soon lie dead and dry
on the windowsill.



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