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Sixty Good Years
Dave Druker | Mayor of Del Mar

Over the Top!
Jeff Barnouw’s $6,000 Challenge Grant Goal Smashed for Third Time

Soldier Pile $$$
Betty Wheeler

EDITORIAL: Celebrating Citizen Power: Del Mar's 60th

Thank You, Scott: A Personal Perspective
Don Mosier

Good Notes
Betty Wheeler

Overhead Down
Terry Gaasterland | City Councilmember

Incoming Roving Teen Reporter: Thanks, Eve. Hello, Dhathry.
Dhathry Doppalapudi

Planning & Design Talent: David Doyle, John Farrell, Jason Dempsey, Philip Szymanski
John Graybill

Planning & Design Talent: Julie Maxey-Allison
Sheila Sharpe

Winston Options
Bud Emerson

City Response to Winston

At the Ready:
May 27-June 1, 2019

Charles (Cap) Pinney

Wildfire Preparation
Sherryl L. Parks

Nukes Safe ?!
Don Mosier

Committed Women Give Grants
Julie Maxey-Allison

The Way We Were

Our Fair Share
Ann Gardner

Big Five
Dune Demo
Good Job, Ashley

Energy Choices
Don Mosier

Rachel Rocks
Nancy Fisher

Good Old Days
Drew Keeling

Guns at a Draw
Ira Sharp

All I Want is a Bus
Ann Gardner

Humane Humans
Julie Maxey-Allison

Young Talent
Julie Maxey-Allison

The Latest Scoop
Ann Gardner

Summer Fun for Families
Valérie Dufort-Roy

Connecting Lots of Things

Sudeepto Roy

It’s a Public Beach!
Betty Wheeler

Nice Neighborhoods
Lynn Gaylord

DMF: May 2019
Bill Morris

DMCC: May 2019
Ashley Simpkins

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Update 07/17/19
Traffic relief planned for Opening Day

Traffic flaggers, ride share zones and an early workday for Downtown Streetscape crews are among the traffic congestion relief measures planned for Wednesday during Opening Day of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s summer race meet.

Opening Day draws great numbers of visitors, many of them for a see-and-be-seen hat contest at the racetrack and for after parties later in downtown Del Mar. Post time for the first race is 2 p.m.

Inbound traffic, however, begins to back up much earlier. From 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., the City has contracted traffic flaggers to wave vehicles through the traffic signals at 15th and Plaza streets. During that time, the flaggers, City enforcement officers and Sheriff’s deputies also will provide traffic control as needed at 13th and 11th streets.

To facilitate traffic flow and emergency vehicle access, portions of parking lanes on Stratford Court, Luneta Drive, 15th Street, Via Alta and other streets are scheduled for closure.

At the Downtown Streetscape Project, two northbound lanes of Camino del Mar will remain open all day Wednesday. Construction workers are scheduled to start early and finish by 2 p.m. Parking in the town center is expected to be clear and free of work zones.

Two parking areas will be reserved for ride share loading zones, one on westbound 15th Street just west of Camino del Mar and another on northbound Camino del Mar just north of 15th Street.

This year, summer horse racing runs through Sept. 2 with weekend concerts and dark days on Mondays and Tuesdays, except for Sept. 2.

Update 07/11/19
Kaaboo hosting community meeting
from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Hilton Del Mar, 15575 Jimmy Durante Boulevard.

Organizers of the three-day Kaaboo Del Mar music festival are hosting a community meeting (PDF) to discuss sound mitigation, parking and other topics from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Hilton Del Mar, 15575 Jimmy Durante Boulevard. 

The festival is expected to draw large crowds during its three-day run at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Sept. 13, 14 and 15. 

To RSVP for the community meeting, email:
July Print Issue
Del Mar's 60th Birthday
Sixty Good Years
Dave Druker, Mayor of Del Mar

July 15, 1959 is the official birth date for Del Mar as an independent city. Of course the original founding date goes back to the 1880s.

On Monday, July 15, 2019, we will celebrate the 60th anniversary as part of our City Council meeting. We have invited past city council members to join us to enjoy birthday cake and wax nostalgic about the days since our founding.

The establishment of Del Mar as a separate, independent city was a contentious event. Battle lines formed. The visionaries who wanted a city were concerned about the City and County of San Diego “over-developing” our fair city by the sea.

he opposition was concerned about the future fiscal viability of the city. These concerns continue as does the ability of issues to quickly become contentious.
Fortunately, today the finances of the city are in solid shape. There are still concerns about the City of San Diego allowing their traffic problems caused by development to affect Del Mar. Yet Del Mar continues to be the envy of the county.
Del Mar is blessed to continue to have an engaged community. With our fully filled citizen advisory committees and non-profit organizations, the city has a large percentage of active citizens.

Also as part of the celebration, the Del Mar Foundation will be holding a jazz concert on Sunday, July 14 at the Town Hall.

We look forward to seeing everyone as part of this celebration.

July Print Issue

July Print Issue
Soldier Pile $$$
Betty Wheeler | Seaview Avenue

Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins announced on June 14th that she has secured an additional $6.1 million to help stabilize the bluffs in Del Mar that experienced unprecedented erosion this past winter. This money will be added to the $3 million already budgeted by SANDAG to install additional soldier piles to stabilize the railroad roadbed. Work is expected to begin this fall.
An additional $1.5 million will go to research on beach erosion and bluff destabilization.
Update 07/03/19
Eric Sandy retiring after 47 years
Beach Enforcement Officer
Eric Sandy, 72, was hired as an Animal Regulation/Beach Enforcement Officer in 1972 and is retiring as a Lieutenant for the City’s Community Services Department, where he oversees three full-time and 12 part-time enforcement officers.
Read about Eric Sandy on the City website,
July Print Issue
Celebrating Citizen Power:

Del Mar's 60th
The Editorial Board

Del Mar is a self-governing City? “Of course — ho-hum,” you might say, but only if you are oblivious to our history. The decision to incorporate was not a given — it was made by a razor-thin margin after a hard-fought campaign. If 38 people had voted “no” instead of “yes” on the May 26, 1959 ballot, Del Mar would have remained under the governance of the County Board of Supervisors, and we would not be celebrating 60 years of self-rule on July 15, the date incorporation became official.

The voices opposing incorporation included the Del Mar Chamber of Commerce, the Del Mar Property Owners Committee, and the Citizens Committee to Vote No on Del Mar Incorporation. Their position: “Del Mar simply cannot afford to incorporate, from the water, tax and higher cost viewpoints, every resident would regret it.” Nancy Ewing’s history records that the campaign was marked by rampant charges, counter-charges, denials, newspaper ads, flyers and meetings. In the end, 555 Del Marians voted to incorporate; 479 voted no.

Just two years later, the anti-incorporation forces regrouped, headed by the president of the Chamber, and began a campaign to have Del Mar consolidated with (annexed to) the City of San Diego. But public sentiment had consolidated. A robust Committee for Del Mar defended incorporation. Its 10-page campaign piece stated, “if you are considering marking your ballot “For Consolidation,” be sure you are willing to give up the home rule and opportunity for orderly and consistent growth that Del Mar offers. Consolidation is an irrevocable step, and it could mean the end of the Del Mar we know.” On election day in April 1962, Del Mar strongly rejected consolidation by a 999-383 vote.

We don’t take self-governance or good governance for granted. In Del Mar, key decisions have often reflected an extraordinary level of citizen activism. The incorporation vote itself came shortly after an arduous 10-year citizens’ campaign to defeat the proposal to locate I-5 along Camino del Mar (or alternately, on the beach!). Our Community Plan was crafted and shepherded to adoption by a citizen Task Force of over 100 volunteers led by Charles Keeling. Hard-fought elections ending in close votes have brought us key projects, or defined the values of our Council. The City’s acquisition of the Powerhouse property in the face of an effort to turn it into a Restaurant Row is a good example. Almost 200 residents, including the first six mayors of Del Mar, signed a 1983 newspaper ad opposing the Powerhouse acquisition proposal, urging voters to “STOP TAX WASTE – Vote NO Feb. 15th!” But a vigorous campaign by citizen activists produced a vote of 1029 in favor, and 791 opposed. Del Mar thus acquired what is now universally seen as a crown jewel. (Read more here:

As the Committee for Del Mar wrote back in 1962, “If Del Mar shall continue to exist in its present character [rather than consolidate with San Diego], each citizen will have both the opportunity and the obligation to help Del Mar become an even better place in which to live.” On this 60th Anniversary of Del Mar’s incorporation, we celebrate the many Del Marians who have accepted that obligation and taken advantage of key opportunities to make Del Mar an even better place. From our inception, citizen activism has powered our civic life. May it always be so!

July Print Issue
Ann Gardner | Via Latina

As the Downtown Streetscape project moves toward completion, the City is holding a rocky road-themed ice cream social on Tuesday, July 16, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center courtyard to thank “residents, business owners and visitors for their patience while dealing with the inconvenience of heavy construction.” Due partly to a historically rainy winter and corroded drainage pipes, the project has been delayed over 70 days but is expected to be completed by late summer with contractors often working 12 hour days.

As we go to press irrigation systems are expected to be completed and planting of medians started, according to Shaun McMahon, City Analyst, who has been holding meetings throughout the project for the City to get feedback and answer questions from the community. In the latest update he noted that “the project has added new sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, medians, crosswalks and streetlights to Camino del Mar between the Plaza and 9th Street” with roadway reconstruction and striping and installation of sidewalk furnishings estimated for August.

The $7.2 million project is one of three, including Undergrounding and Shores Park, financed in part by Measure Q funds. The Downtown Streetscape project was first envisioned in 1996 and its implementation had become an increasingly important priority for the local businesses in recent years. Expecting that the Rocky Road is worth it, go get the latest scoop on the 16th.

July Print Issue
Summer Fun for Families
Valérie Dufort-Roy | Klish Way

What are your family’s summer plans? Discovering a new country? Summer camps? Or a relaxed summer staycation? If so, are you planning to visit the zoo, Birch aquarium, Legoland, Boomers, the beach…? Have you wondered what you could do in your own backyard or just a few minutes’ walk from your home, right here in Del Mar?

Here are a few ideas, from my family to yours!

1. Go on a treasure hunt and discover Del Mar’s Little Free Libraries, housed in small outdoor bookcases, and find the hidden gems in these four micro-libraries. My daughter is enjoying Bad Kitty’s stories, my mother-in-law found a DIY greeting cards book, and I am happily reading a biography of marathon winner and Olympic medalist Meb Keflezighi. You can locate the Little Free Libraries where you can also trade or donate your finest readings on Ours are on Luneta Drive (near Avenida Primavera), on La Amatista (near Nob Avenue), on Stratford Court (near Stratford Park Circle), and on Mango Drive (near Calais Drive).

2. Embrace the family offerings from the Del Mar Branch Library. Beyond the baby and toddler story times, let your child discover his or her inner Yogi, enjoy music time and a Hullabaloo concert, meet a raptor… There is even a Bubble Mania event! Elementary grade children can attend the science class “Matter Minds” led by high school students from Canyon Crest Academy. Check the calendar on page 19 for a partial list of Del Mar Library Kids activities.


Update 07/03/19
Remembering Kim Fletcher

Kim Fletcher, long-time Del Mar resident, grandson of "Colonel" Ed Fletcher, San Diego business leader, Republican fundraiser, and philanthropist.
Read about Kim Fletcher in the Union Tribune
Update 06/21/19
reduce fire risk
free vegetation pickup offered

The City is encouraging residents to remove overgrown vegetation and dead limbs from their property and is offering free pickup between July 22 and Aug. 5.

The annual Fuel Reduction Program (PDF) provides residents with up to two, three-yard bins to fill with vegetation to create defensible space around homes. The deadline to order bins is July 19. Order today by calling 800-386-7783.

July Print Issue
What Lifts You
Art work in the Plaza by Kelsey Montague.
Photo Julie Maxey-Allison.
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