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Inside the July 2018 Print Issue

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Del Mar Ways
Claire McGreal and
John Henry Lain

EDITORIAL: Residential Character

Humane Transfer
941 Specifics
Ad Hoc Advice
Beach Too FAR

Roving Teen Reporter:
Fear on Campus

Sammy Hallal

Saving Sand
Julie Maxey-Allison

Review Resort Plans
Bud Emerson

Perplexing Plan

Tom Sohn

STR Magic Number?
Bud Emerson

New Numbers
Tom McGreal

Civic Center Shines
Don Mosier

Civic Center Chimes
Linda Chisari

R.I.P. for Measure B
Betty Wheeler

New Pathway
Ann Gardner

Good Energy in Solana Beach: First Program in County
Don Mosier

Coyotes in Canyon
Julie Maxey-Allison

Beesalt Barred
Virginia Lawrence

22 In 5
Bud Emerson

Net Zero: Building Code Is Coming
Don Mosier

Asking for Accidents
Diana Scheffler

Wheel Woes
Julie Maxey-Allison

Turtle’s Teens
Sherryl Parks

Randy Reboots: New Menu at Americana
Don Mosier

DMF: Inaugural Concert
at Town Hall

Bob Gans

DMCC: July/August 2018
Ashley Simpkins

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Bluff Collapses
The collapse of a roughly 50-foot-wide section of sandstone cliff onto the beach near the western terminus of 11th Street
in Del Mar shortly before 3 p.m. on
Wednesday, August 22,
Photo Tom McGreal.

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Del Mar Resort
Story Poles Are Up and Citizen Participation Workshop
      Set For Monday, August 27
Story poles for The Del Mar Resort.
Photo Ann Gardner.
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Artist's rendering of the same story poles.
Courtesy The Del Mar Resort.
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Story poles for the proposed Del Mar Resort have been installed at Camino del Mar and Border Ave. (extension of Via de la Valle), and the project's second Citizen Participation Program (CPP#2) workshop will be held on August 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to review the project design, ask questions and provide feedback to the developers. On June 19, 2017 City Council authorized a Specific Plan process for the project, meaning benefits to the community from the proposed development justify an exception from the height and mass limitations of the residential zone that currently covers the 16-acre bluff site. Additional informational sessions are being held at Powerhouse Park through September 13 and plans and exhibits will also be posted at the site before the CPP#2.

Go to for details.


Grown-ups play Junior Lifeguard during
Parent Day

Flanked by his sons, Dr. Jake Hollingsworth of Del Mar prepares to sprint during Del Mar Junior Lifeguard Parent Day on July 20. Waylon Hollingsworth, 12, and his brother Wyatt, 10, led their father through a course of sprints, swimming, push-ups, sand crawls and ball tossing. The senior Hollingsworth and sons also practiced mock rescues, learned about ocean and beach safety, worked hard and had fun together. Learn more at

Photo courtesy of Del Mar Junior Lifeguards.
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Due to opening day at the races the information and review meeting scheduled for July 18th
has been CANCELLED.
meetings at the Powerhouse
from 6pm to 7:30 pm

19, 23, 24, 25
August 6, 8, 9, 13, 15
September 5, 10, 12, 13

meetings at Pacifica Del Mar Banquet Room
from 10am to 12pm

July 28 at 10am-12pm
August 11 at 10am-12pm
July Print Issue
Del Mar Ways
Claire McGreal and John Henry Lain

Click here for full version of map.
Click here for list of the 20 paths and their ingress/egress points.
Del Mar’s Parks and Rec Committee walks the twenty public paths each year to maintain the City’s public easement rights as well as to check path conditions. With several new committee members it was determined that it would be so much easier if we had actual street addresses for the ingress and egress points, rather than just a line on a map. But who was going to make that compilation of addresses?

About the same time, our 14 year old grandson, John Henry, was looking for some volunteer work. I suggested walking the paths and writing down the addresses at each ingress and egress. He said it sounded like fun, so for three weekend mornings, John Henry and his grandmother (moi) rode around town, walked the paths, and made the notes. We hope you enjoy using the compilation while exploring our network of public paths.

July Print Issue
As writers for a community newspaper, whose editors and contributors have received many vindictive letters and troubling messages, our hearts go out to the family and friends of the five journalists of the Capital Gazette who lost their lives on Thursday, June 28th, in Annapolis, Maryland.
July Print Issue
Roving Teen Reporter:
Fear on Campus

Sammy Hallal | Torrey Pines High School New Graduate

On November 20, 2014, about a month into my freshman year at Torrey Pines High School, the entire campus was put on lockdown due to an online threat to shoot up the school. For over four hours we huddled in the corners of our classrooms awaiting clearance from the police to leave campus. This type of situation, sadly, is no longer an unusual one for most kids in schools across the U.S. This year alone, Torrey Pines was threatened three times, and one of the threats resulted in school being cancelled for an entire day.

“There’s definitely a growing sense that we aren’t safe while on campus,” Hannah, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy said. “Especially over the past four years, it’s really not that surprising anymore when we hear about shooting threats.”

The pervading fear on campus is almost, in a way, becoming normalized. It is no longer questioned when the principal’s voice comes onto the speaker to let us know we’re conducting an active shooter drill, it has just become routine.

“Fear of [school shootings] is not something high schoolers have had to deal with in the past,” Joseph, a senior at Torrey Pines High School said. “Being in the class of 2018, I feel like we’ve kind of watched this fear come into schools over the past four years because of all the shootings we hear about in the news.”

Torrey Pines High School was threatened three times in just the 2017-18 school year. Though all of the threats turned out to be nothing, they did have an impact on the student body and teachers. On the days the threats were made there was substantially lower attendance and visible anxiety. Last year alone, 110 students in San Diego County were expelled after making threats against their schools, according to the California Department of Education.

“When I walk into a room for the first time I’m always checking for the exits,” John, a senior at Torrey Pines High School said. “I wouldn’t say I’m scared while I’m at school, but the idea that someone could come shoot up the school is always in the back of your head.”

As the “Roving Teen Reporter” for the Sandpiper, it has been my job to bring the perspectives of teenagers on issues in our area to the table. I chose this topic for my last story since it may be the one topic where we all agree. No matter where you stand on gun control or helping those with mental illness, no one wants to see kids afraid at school.

In the short few years since November 20, however, this constant uneasiness about the safety of our campus has become a normal occurrence. Just a few years ago high schoolers were concerned about their grades, clothes and friendships. Today, they are also concerned about their lives.

July Print Issue
The Sandpiper Editors would like to salute this year’s
Roving Teen Reporter, Sammy Hallal,
who has just graduated from Torrey Pines High School and will be moving on. Thank you, Sammy. You’ve done yourself and all of us proud!
July Print Issue
EDITORIAL: Residential Character

Our Community Plan celebrates our character as a small community with a residential core and small resident-serving businesses. It has guided us over the decades to become a unique and desirable town with a strong base of community values. Our ethic of vigorous citizen participation and careful planning processes are vital requirements for realizing our vision.

To achieve these goals with a population of less than 5,000 we all need to chip in with our energy and voices. We are fortunate to have a highly educated citizenry whose experience, skills and creativity guide us to desirable achievements. Our experience has shown that every issue we tackle is better resolved when we take the time to harvest our rich citizen input.


July Print Issue
Over the Top!
Jeff Barnouw’s $6,000
Challenge Grant Goal Smashed

Generous donors have met (and exceeded) the challenge set by Jeff Barnouw, who is matching dollar for dollar all new Sandpiper donations this year up to $6,000.


July Print Issue Back Page
Randy Reboots:
New Menu at Americana

Don Mosier

The popular Americana restaurant at 15th and Camino del Mar held an introductory gathering on June 6th to celebrate outside patio upgrades and a new dinner menu. Chef Randy Gruber said that the restaurant does great business for breakfast and lunch, but dinner has been more challenging.


NICK 'n Beau
  In March 2016 Nick Chisari (16-year-old grandson of Linda and Frank Chisari) and Beau (Linda and Frank's golden retriever) spent an entire day finding and walking all the public paths described in this month's front page article, Del Mar Ways.
Click the Image to view the video which
Nick made and set to music!

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