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COVID-19 articles are marked by a red dot.

Farmers Market Now Open
Leslie Robson

EDITORIAL: Local Government Works

Don Mosier, MD, PhD

Crest Canyon Repipes
Jeff Barnouw

COVID Chronicles

Roving Teen Reporter:
Social Media Activism

Dhathry Doppalapudi

Fair Broke!?
Betty Wheeler

Sheila Sharpe, Ph.D.

Woe Whoa
Jeffrey Barnouw

Belt Tightening:
City forecasts revenue loss of $5.5 million for next fiscal year.

Tom McGreal

Housing EIR Input Needed
North Commercial Zone Update No Park-ing
Off the Bluff in Ten?

Hidden Critters
Julie Maxey-Allison

Ann Gardner

Community Plan
Housing Update

Jill Gartman

CJ’s Job:
Interview with City Manager CJ Johnson

Don Mosier

No Field of Dreams:
School Design Update

John Gartman

Business Blues:
Interview with Zach Groban

Julie Maxey-Allison

Hunger Helping
the Eco Way

Valérie Dufort-Roy

Track Trouble:
Rail Relocation When?

Dwight Worden

Bouquet of Scents
Linda Chisari

Virtual Volunteers Needed

Heavy NUKE Load:
A Bridge Too Far

Don Mosier

Ranger Station At Last
Jeff Barnouw

Lifeguard Challenges: Interview with Chief Lifeguard Jon Edelbrock Julie Maxey-Allison

DMF: JUNE 2020
Sandra Hoyle

Ashley Simpkins

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but beach and businesses open

The Fourth of July fireworks display at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is cancelled. But our beach will be open throughout the weekend, with plenty of staffing and sanitizing to keep visitors safe.
Del Mar’s Fourth of July parade also is cancelled. But our downtown businesses are open and welcome your visit.
As America celebrates its independence, the City of Del Mar is committed to following public health orders. We ask that our residents and visitors do the same: Wear a face covering, keep six feet of distance from non-household members, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you feel sick.
In observance of the Independence Day holiday, the Del Mar Civic Center will be closed on Friday.
However, the three-day, Fourth of July weekend will have lifeguards, parking enforcement officers and beach maintenance technicians scheduled to start early and work late. The Sheriff’s Department is deploying extra deputies.
The private use of pyrotechnics is against the law.
Portable restrooms are on order for Powerhouse Park and five locations near the beach. All of them are scheduled to receive multiple cleanings and disinfection treatments.
Tow-away zones are planned along segments of Stratford Court and Ocean Avenue. A temporary loading zone is planned at 20th Street.
As the Department of Community Services works to keep visitors safe, visitors are asked above all else to be courteous and respectful of each other.


Public comment improvements begin July 1
The City of Del Mar is happy to announce an improved process for public participation during City Council, Planning Commission and Design Review Board meetings.

Starting July 1, members of the public who wish to provide input during public oral communications or speak to a specific agenda item can arrange to call in during the meeting to deliver their remarks aloud.

As with meetings held in person, comments will be limited to three minutes per person.  Donations of time will not be permitted during this time.

To provide comment, callers must complete an on-line tele-comment form before noon on the day of the meeting. After receiving the request to speak, City staff will respond with an email that includes call-in information and other instructions.
The tele-comment form and other instructions are posted on the Public Comment During COVID-19 webpage:

To submit written communications on City Council agenda items, email the City Clerk:

For Planning Commission or Design Review Board items, email:
To ensure timely delivery of written communications, correspondence must be received no later than noon on the day of the meeting. All communications will be included in the record.  

Latest science says masks are essential
Almost half of infections are asymptomatic, so wearing a mask is essential.

LA JOLLA, CA — An extraordinary percentage of people infected by the virus behind the ongoing deadly COVID-19 pandemic—up to 45 percent—are people who never show symptoms of the disease, according to the results of a Scripps Research analysis of public datasets on asymptomatic infections. 
The findings, recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine, suggest that asymptomatic infections may have played a significant role in the early and ongoing spread of COVID-19 and highlight the need for expansive testing and contact tracing to mitigate the pandemic.    

“The silent spread of the virus makes it all the more challenging to control,” says Eric Topol, MD, founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute and professor of Molecular Medicine at Scripps Research. “Our review really highlights the importance of testing. It’s clear that with such a high asymptomatic rate, we need to cast a very wide net, otherwise the virus will continue to evade us.”   ~ from Scripps Research

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"Our estimate of 40 to 45 percent asymptomatic means that, if you’re unlucky enough to get infected, the probability is almost a flip of a coin on whether you’re going to have symptoms. So to protect others, we think that wearing a mask makes a lot of sense."

City Statement Regarding
Winston School

winston school 525x375The Winston School first approached the City of Del Mar in June 2018 requesting changes to its 55-year lease for its school site at the Shores Park.  That lease was signed with the City in 2010 and made retroactive to 2008. For the first time, in 2018, Winston contended the lease was unfair and requested a rent reduction from $197,245 per year to $1 per year; a doubling of the term from 55 to 99 years, and two additional 25-year extension options. The City and Winston engaged in discussions, off and on, to address these requests. The City expressed agreement to some Winston requests and offered suggestions or counterproposals as to others.

In the fall of 2019, Winston committed to secure an appraisal of the value of its leasehold and to share it with the City. Winston was sure the appraisal would back its claim that the rent was too high. The City agreed an appraisal was a good idea as an outside appraisal could bring objectivity to discussions about what the lease amount should be. Winston was to share the appraisal by the end of 2019. In exchange, the City agreed to a four-month extension of Winston’s December 2019 deadline to submit to the City “complete redevelopment plans” for its school site. This extension was to allow time for the appraisal to be prepared and reviewed.

In March 2020, Winston confirmed it had the appraisal, but in spite of its prior commitment to share the appraisal, was declining to share it with the City. The reasonable inference is that the appraisal did not support Winston’s claim that the rent was too high. It is noted that the rent charged to Winston under its lease with the City had not changed in more than 12 years and remained as set by Del Mar Union School District. Winston also received rent credits towards future rent due for its contributions to the Shores property purchase, meaning Winston has not, and will not, pay any new money rent to the City until 2023. The City then gave notice June 2, 2020 that the negotiation period was concluded and that Winston’s new deadline for submitting a complete redevelopment application to the City is October 2, 2020. This new date reflects the agreed upon four-month extension from the point that either party notifies the other that the lease amendment discussion has concluded. The existing 55-year Winston lease running to 2063 remains in place, unchanged.

Attached is a detailed document prepared by Councilmembers Sherryl Parks and Dwight Worden, the two City Council liaisons related to the topic of The Winston School lease, correcting the record as to the history of the Shores property acquisition, the fundraising campaign, the involvement of Friends of the Park and The Winston School, and the negotiations leading to Winston’s 55-year lease

Full City Statement on Winston School

June Print Issue
Farmers Market Now Open
Leslie Robso

The City of Del Mar granted permission for the Del Mar Farmers Market to reopen after two months of temporary closure due to the COVID-19 preventive protocols. Saturday, May 9, was the beginning of a new chapter for the market under San Diego County and municipal guidelines.

Even with meticulous planning, there was some low level anxiety about how all the new rules would play out with vendors and shoppers alike. Would people feel comfortable coming to shop? While parks were still closed, there was a steady stream of guests seemingly looking for a new venue of activity of some sort, and the farmers were definitely happy to be considered essential and be back selling their produce and getting caught up with their longtime customers. The prepared food vendors provided take-away of their usual fare, and one of the vendors successfully pivoted from the sale of yoga togs to selling fabric face masks of all sizes and styles.


Thank you for wearing a mask in public!
June Print Issue
COVID Chronicles

History is what we remember - Spanish Flu, Bird Flu, and now the COVID-19 virus. We recall what we record. Our writings and photos help us make sense of what is happening while sending guidance for the next generation. In dramatic times, reflection on what has come before helps to guide us as we encounter similar human dramas.

It is time to reflect upon and record your experiences. Here are some ideas to inspire your writing:

• Describe how the pandemic is affecting you and/or your family?
• What “temporary” lifestyle changes will become permanent?
• What new hobbies have you taken up, or, restarted?
• Describe your greatest challenge as a result of the “stay at home” requirement?

Please send us your reflections. The Del Mar Historical Society will chronicle our times and thus inform another generation in 2120:

Snail-mail to DMHS, 225 9th St, Del Mar, CA 92014, or email to

June Print Issue
Local Government Works

A "drain the swamp” approach to government has its fans, even now, but there’s nothing like a pandemic to itemize the price we pay for weak leadership in government and the hollowing-out of core government operations. And there’s nothing like a pandemic to underscore the benefits of competent governmental leadership supported by robust scientific, administrative, and regulatory services—in fact, a bureaucracy—with deep expertise and experience to help us steer a steady course through this crisis. We use the word “bureaucracy” deliberately: we hear it mostly as a derogatory epithet, but at its best, as Merriam Webster tells us, it is “government characterized by specialization of functions, adherence to fixed rules, and a hierarchy of authority.”

For a growing majority of Americans, it has become clear that we suffer real harm from rambling, stream-of-consciousness-style, factually-detached leadership. It has become painfully clear, at the national level, that the Trump Administration’s 3+ years of devaluation of expertise and hollowing-out of key agencies and functions has come with a high price tag. It turns out that “deconstruction of the administrative state,” Steve Bannon’s rallying cry against a perceived evil “deep state,” is in fact destructive to our collective good.


June Print Issue
Hidden Critters
Julie Maxey-Allison
Keep a look out for surprising neighbors, some shown here,
living along your walkabout paths.
June Print Issue
Don Mosier, MD, PhD

Wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus when you are less than 6 feet from someone not in your family is a uniform recommendation of health professionals. It is also important for the reopening of essential retail establishments, but enforcement of the mask rule by retail employees has had unfortunate consequences including being shot to death and suffering a broken arm (reported in the New York Times, May 16th edition). Freedom to spread a deadly virus (or expose yourself and your family to the disease) is a right, just like your right to carry a gun? Public health recommendations are now a political issue instead of good advice that should benefit all of us? What gives and what’s happening in Del Mar?`


June Print Issue
Woe Whoa
Jeffrey Barnouw

If and when our world should wane,
I’ll not be won to wine.
Whim ‘n’ whine have worn me wan,
But one must wean to win.

June Print Issue
Lifeguard Challenges: Interview with Chief Lifeguard Jon Edelbrock
Julie Maxey-Allison

Sandpiper (SP): The beach is opened: how is it going?

JE: The beach opening has gone fairly well. As expected, many are quite pleased getting back to the beach despite the limitations on activities. Most are respectful of the open space, the community, and the allowed movement-based rules in place to preserve public health. That said, the opening hasn’t been without its challenges: some visitors have been upset because they cannot participate in the experience as they wish. Late afternoon and into the early evening continue to pose the biggest challenge to gain compliance.

SP: Are lifeguards having any issues with defiance, if so how is it being handled?

JE: The closure and now limited opening both brought challenges and some defiance. First and foremost, our staff is working diligently each day to proactively educate, warn, and encourage behaviors within the current rules. We have had multiple issues daily that require more stern warnings and, on a few occasions, have needed assistance from the Sheriff’s Department.


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