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Inside the June 2019 Print Issue

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Run, Swim, Paddle…
Glenn Warren

EDITORIAL: Transportation Transition

Bold New Vision
Ellie Haviland

Summer Parking Lot
Ellie Haviland

Roving Teen Reporter:
Job Jitters

Eve Gross

Budget Ready for Approval
Tom McGreal

Sands of Time
Dwight Worden

Barnouw Challenge
$6,000 Goal = $12,000

Shores Revives
Ann Gardner

Nuke Gouging:
Risk Needs Proactive Oversight

Don Mosier

The Sandpiper Editors

Six Feet Under
Don Mosier

Skin Safe
Valerie Dufort-Roy

Honor Our History
Nancy Fisher

IOT Part II: Living Spaces
Sudeepto Roy

Light Up The Town
Ann Gardner

Ocean Friendly Restaurants
Ashley Mazanec

Thanks, Jo!
Jeff Barnouw

Guns Going

On the Road

A Half % for Housing

We’ve Got Water

Free Energy?

STRB: Thirty-day Max?

Osprey Offspring
Ed Mirsky

Affordable Bird Housing
Julie Maxey-Allison

Gallery Gala
Jeff Barnouw

DMF: May 2019
Sandra Hoyle

DMCC: May 2019
Ashley Simpkins

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Update 06/21/19
To 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.

Mark Robillard, 7th Street
Hello. I have two comments regarding Ann Gardner's ’s article in the May 2019 newsletter: Zero Waste is Up To You: New York Times Wrapper?

1 - Why is she not reading the New York Times online?

The plastic wrap is trivial compared to the total carbon footprint for a hand-delivered newspaper — not to mention to energy required to recycle her old newspapers.

2 - Why isn’t the Sandpiper (which is a wonderful resource for Del Mar) 100% online?

In this day and age, printing and mailing dead trees seems needlessly resource-intensive and wasteful. You could duplicate all of the content in an standard Wordpress template. It would be a lot easier for residents to access, as well as enabling community discussions via its message boards.

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Update 05/29/19
June 10 to 21: Complete closure of 11th St.
Street and utility work related to the Downtown Streetscape Project will require the complete closure of 11th Street just east of Camino del Mar from June 10 through June 21. About 50 feet of the road surface is scheduled to be removed entirely and lowered about 18 inches to align with newly-built curbs, sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian ramps.

After the road is regraded, the transition from Camino del Mar will be smoother and vehicles will be less likely to scrape their tail ends on the steep incline.

As the road surface must be lowered so must manholes and water valves. Because its depth with be reduced, a water mainline must be encased in concrete to protect it from the weight of vehicles above.
June Print Issue
Run, Swim, Paddle…
Glenn Warren | 27th Street

When Eric Sandy joined the City of Del Mar as a parking and animal enforcement officer in 1972 (working alongside lifeguards), the only requirements to become a lifeguard were filling out an application and passing a swimming test at the Torrey Pines Lodge. Nowadays, the process is a bit more rigorous. Applicants must pass a run, swim, run and paddleboard test, and then be interviewed. Chief lifeguard Jon Edelbrock says Del Mar is also looking for individuals with self-confidence and strong interpersonal skills, who can function well as part of a team.

Del Mar has 50 lifeguards: five permanent and forty-five part-time. Each May, Edelbrock and senior personnel conduct a training “academy” for new hires. Depending on need, there are 8-12 individuals selected from an applicant pool of 30-40. Not surprisingly, they generally come from a water-oriented background, e.g., surfing, swimming, and water polo. Most are from 16-20 years of age, although there may be 40-50 year-olds; the oldest this year is 36.


Update 05/29/19
Jimmy Durante Boulevard reopens at landslide site

Northbound lanes of Jimmy Durante Boulevard reopened Wednesday after a bluff slide closed the roadway for more than five weeks.  The busy road reopened just in time for Day 1 of the San Diego County Fair on Friday.

The April 21 bluff failure buried about 100 feet of sidewalk, bike lane and a traffic lane beneath a three- to five-foot layer of soil and vegetation. The slope failure involved City-owned property and private property on Seaview Avenue.

Upon the recommendation of geotechnical engineers, the City built a temporary, 120-foot-long retaining wall adjacent to the steep slope. A permanent retaining wall, most likely made of wood, has yet to be designed. It will employ the same I-beam pilings that support steel plating installed over the weekend.

June Print Issue
Transportation Transition

More cars clogging our roadways or more public transit? Hasan Ikhrata, the new SANDAG Executive Director, is leading the effort to modernize the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) to achieve the state’s goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing more options for transportation in the San Diego County focused planning area. This makes him an outspoken proponent of more public transit. Although this view is supported by most of the SANDAG Board and particularly the heavy hitters (read weighted vote majority) of San Diego and Chula Vista, there has been pushback from the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors. They voted 3-2 to oppose the new RTP (Supervisors Gaspar, Desmond and Jacobs against; Supervisors Fletcher and Cox for). The opponents cited voter approval of the 0.5% Transnet sales tax extension in 2004 that promised funding for freeway expansion as if nothing had changed in the last 15 years.

The transportation plan is updated every 5 years, and the current discussion is focused on the proposed changes to the 2021 plan. The draft 2021 document proposes 5 new strategies to be implemented over the next 30 years.

These include: 1) complete corridors (also known as “smart streets”) that accommodate bus, car, bicycle and pedestrian travel; 2) transit leap, high speed rail or bus options with frequent service intervals; 3) mobility hubs that connect where people live, work and play; 4) flexible fleets of new mobility modes consisting of shared electric vehicles with transition to autonomous operation as technology improves; 5) and a central operations system that will monitor and integrate transportation services to ensure safety, reliability and efficiency. This is a bold vision for the future that moves beyond the history of SANDAG prioritizing freeway widening (as in the current I-5 corridor project) over other transportation modes. The simple fact is that we need to change the way we travel to have any hope of combatting climate change driven by the use of petroleum-based fuels, and each year we delay makes the challenge exponentially more difficult.

Change in personal transportation options will help, but expensive regional transportation changes will be essential to meeting the challenge. The average gas-powered car emits more than 6 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, and trucks emit much more. That is why we are in the midst of a transition to electric vehicles (EVs), with 18 different models currently available and 24 available next year. If you charge your EV battery with clean energy (e.g., residential solar panels), your carbon dioxide emissions drop to zero and you save the money you would have spent on gas and maintenance. At the regional level, we urge you to support the vision of the new draft RTP to invest in solutions to climate change. Future generations will look back on this time as a tipping point where we could have made wise decisions that preserved the way of life we currently enjoy, or to continue with business as usual and leave them limited options for adaptation and survival. The Board of Supervisors needs to understand this. We urge the city council to support the goals of the draft transportation plan and refute the lack of vision evident in the county supervisors vote.

June Print Issue
Jeff Barnouw’s Sandpiper
Challenge Grant Goal for 2019

A. New money donations
B. Matched grant
In 2017 one of our own Sandpiper editors, Jeff Barnouw, offered us a matching grant for “new” money of up to $6,000 per year for three years to help pay for the production and distribution of the Sandpiper. A 16-page issue, for example, costs about $3,000 – that is, about $30,000 per year for our ten issues. Since we don’t accept advertisements, these costs can put a considerable strain on our purse strings.

Last year, for a second time, Jeff matched “new” money from from new donors in any amount, or from existing donors who contributed more than they did in 2016.

Last year we reached our Challenge Grant Goal in July, and we are aiming to do as well in 2019.

Please make checks payable to the Del Mar Community Alliance and mail to Del Mar Sandpiper, P.O. Box 2177, Del Mar, CA 92014. OR, donate here.

June Print Issue
The Sandpiper Editors

Sometimes history comes close to repeating itself, especially so here in Del Mar. Back in the ‘80s there was an anonymous anti-Del Mar newsletter that began appearing in our mailboxes. No authors were cited. Sources of financial support were not cited. Opinions were stated as facts. Facts about city actions were misrepresented or skewed in a negative direction. City leaders were attacked. Hurtful personal attacks were frequent. Their mantra, directed at the City Council, was “you are not listening to the people,” conveniently ignoring majority voter support at election time.

There was rampant speculation about who was behind the paper and what their true motives were, and whether there were outside interests involved. It created an ugly atmosphere of hateful behavior undermining civil discourse, increasing distrust among neighbors, and denigrating Del Mar’s image in the region. Many newcomers were misled into believing that the city was not to be trusted. Because the authors refused to identify themselves, they exercised little restraint in their attacks, and it was not possible to hold them accountable.

It was in this caustic environment that the Sandpiper was born. A number of active members of the community, frustrated by the hatefulness of this anonymous paper, decided to create a vehicle for a more balanced representation of what was going on in the city and what leaders and citizen groups were trying to accomplish. The intent was not to directly counter-attack but to focus on our Community Plan, its vision and its values, and the constructive processes for achieving community consensus. All writers would be identified and the norms of civil civic discourse would be observed. Differing points of view would be covered within the bounds of rational, factual, and respectful deliberation. It would be an all volunteer undertaking with sources of financial support for printing and mailing that would be transparent. The offending paper eventually failed and twenty years later, the Sandpiper continues, striving to achieve those standards laid out by the original founders.

What we are now witnessing in town is another anonymous publication, the Woodpecker, which is employing some of the same tactics we found offensive decades ago. We worry that the relentless negativity and questionable facts will undermine trust in Del Mar institutions and leaders and degrade our civic discourse. Unscientific “push poll” results and a steady barrage of complaints against the city seem to be intended to represent a so-called “silent majority” which has been clearly rejected by voters in official election results. Certainly, differing points of view deserve to be heard and respectfully considered. But the authors need to have the courage to publish their names and sources of financial support so they can be accountable to the community, and citizens have the opportunity to interact with them and their ideas.

If we are all fair and above board, the entire community benefits.

June Print Issue
FREE composting class

Want to learn how you can improve the quality of your soil, and reduce waste and air pollution while saving energy, money, and water? Learn how to compost in your own back yard! The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation is offering a free composting class

on Saturday June 22 from 9:00-11:00 AM
in the Civic Center plaza.

Registration is required for the free composting workshop. For info about how to register:

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