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Bulk & Mass Defined
Ann Gardner

EDITORIAL: Three Challenges

Sinking in the Rain
Jeff Barnouw

SONGS: Nuclear Fix?
Don Mosier

Roving Teen Reporter:
Hair Havoc

Eve Gross

Q Watch
Tom McGreal

Julie Maxey-Allison

Trees Us
Tyden Chinowsky

Clean Energy Coming
Don Mosier


Tunnel Vision
Ellie Haviland


Rail Routing
Greg Beckham


Beckham’s 1997 Maps


Kicking on Down the Tracks
Julie Maxey-Allison


Creative Perspective
Bud Emerson



Tracks in the Surf
Al Tarkington

Preserve Preserved
Ann Gardner

Dawning of The Age of 5G
Sudeepto Roy

Happy Endings
Polly Cipparrone

Design Diplomat
Don Mosier

Jeff Barnouw

Streetscape Progress

Open Pastries

Gloria and Guns

A Quarter and a Dime

Lights On

Eat Lite

Salute to Sandra
Bob Gans

DMF: March 2019
Sandra Hoyle

DMCC: March 2019
Ashley Simpkins

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Update 03/10/19

First Thursdays Concerts
for the 2019-2020 Season

if you would like to subscribe for the 10-month season (2019-2020), add your name to the wait list. You will have an early opportunity to buy tickets in mid-April.  The tickets will not become available to the public until mid-May.Please note that we maintain a wait-list for 92014 residents only.

To be added to the wait list, send an email to, and be sure to include your: name, email, phone, postal mailing address including zip code. 

Update 03/10/19

Savoring Year Round Bounty from your Garden
Del Mar Garden Club
Linda Chisari
Please join the Del Mar Garden Club on Wednesday, March 27 @ 9:30 AM for the Club’s annual FREE community outreach program, "Savoring Year Round Bounty from your Garden” discussion and plant sale featuring seedlings and edible plants that all thrive in Del Mar’s coastal climate. Expert and life long gardener Linda Chisari will be the featured presenter (

This will be the first time the Del Mar Garden Club will host this anticipated annual program in the new Del Mar Town Hall at 1050 Camino Del Mar.  Free parking is located in front of the building and in the underground lot. Admission is free and open to the public. Proceeds from the plant sale will be used to support new and ongoing beautification projects in Del Mar.

About Linda Chisari:

Linda grew up on the East Coast in a family of ardent gardeners. After pursuing a short career in nursing, and a longer career as a piano teacher, she returned to school in 1977 to study ornamental horticulture and landscape design.

In 1981, she designed an ornamental edible garden for the San Diego County Fair and won the Grand Prize in the Landscape Division. Over the ensuing 35 years, Linda designed over 800 mostly residential gardens of all sizes, from condominium gardens to estates, in coastal San Diego County. She has also written many articles for local and national publications and has lectured locally about gardening in this special climate.

Linda’s hobbies, besides gardening, include playing the piano and singing as well as cooking and writing. Linda and her husband, Frank, have lived in the same house in the hills of Del Mar for 43 years. Several years ago, they purchased a vacation home on 40 acres in Woodstock, Vermont where they spend Spring and Fall and garden with a completely different palette of plants.


March 2019 Print Issue

Bulk & Mass Defined
Ann Gardner

Those of us traveling east on Del Mar Heights Rd. over I-5 to the Highlands Shopping Center stare at the wooden scaffolding of the One Paseo construction and wonder: “When is it going to stop?” Viewed from El Camino Real, the furthermost buildings backing up to I-5 seem to literally touch the sky. We recall an earlier cartoon in the Sandpiper titled: “It’s a bird, it’s a plane. No it’s One Paseo.” This was before the controversy over the development’s height and density led to a successful referendum drive causing the San Diego City Council to withdraw its earlier approval and support a smaller project.



March 2019 Print Issue

Three Challenges

At the top of our priority list should be three extraordinary challenges to life and property facing our community. The first is the perilous condition of the railroad tracks on bluffs whose stability is in serious question. The second is the inevitability of sea level rise threatening our beach community. The third is the high-risk threat from 3.6 million pounds of radioactive nuclear waste stored near the ocean at the site of the closed San Onofre nuclear power plant.

View from train tracks to Dog Beach.
Courtesy Del Mar Historical Society.

There are no easy solutions to any of these challenges and we applaud the start that our current and former councils have made in addressing each. We spend a lot of thought and energy working on improving our town and the quality of our lives. We citizens and our leaders need to ratchet up the time and attention we devote to these existential threats. All of these challenges require more action than Del Mar can handle alone, but it is vitally important to continue to take what action we can and to use our influence to stimulate action beyond our borders.
Storing nuclear waste near rising sea levels and near earthquake fault lines increases our vulnerability exponentially. Congressman Mike Levin has formed a task force of experts to devise a safe way to transfer the waste to secure sites away from this dangerous location. We should support this task force and urge our local, regional, and national leaders to take decisive action, including financial wherewithal, when the recommendations are presented.

The train tracks on our unstable bluffs are a disaster waiting to happen. In our interview with expert geologist Dr. Pat Abbott, he states the bluffs “in the area between 9th and 11th streets could go at any time.” San Diego’s regional planning agency, SANDAG, recently outlined five possible routes for tunneling the tracks away from their current dangerous location. They are all costly alternatives, but interruption of human and freight transportation will also be costly. Rerouting the tracks is essential. We should get SANDAG to do an economic full cost accounting of a track failure. Another action step Del Mar could take would be to investigate the recent tunneling project in Los Angeles sponsored by Elon Musk.

Sea level rise estimates are becoming more alarming. Our sea level rise plan is currently being reviewed by the Coastal Commission, but we should continue our efforts to make sand replenishment an important first step. Property owners should be looking into engineering technology now to elevate their homes to avoid high tides.

These are difficult challenges that will require continued effort over the coming years. We need everyone to support the local and regional plans to arrive at solutions, and we trust that Del Mar will be a leader in bringing the needed general funds to accomplish these important goals.

The Editorial Board


March 2019 Print Issue

Beckham’s 1997 vision
Greg Beckham

North End of Del Mar. 
1997 Map by Greg Beckham.
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March 2019 Print Issue

Sinking in the Rain
Jeff Barnouw

Crest Canyon sinkhole on Valentines' Day 2019.
Note two people on path.
Photo Joe Bride with a drone.

Valentine’s Day brought whipping winds, torrential rain and a very large hole in Crest Canyon, 35 ft in diameter and 20 ft deep. It opened up on the other side of Oribia Road opposite the home of Ann and Gill Williamson, who knew better than anyone where it had come from. (Gill corrected my lax usage in calling it a “sinkhole,” which is peculiar to karst formations.) He had witnessed and recorded on film (now video) the great erosion down through Crest Canyon from the heavy rains of the winters of 1979-80 and 1980-81 and the work of restoration that was completed only in 1983 with the installation of underground drainage pipes, which, along with replanting, have kept the canyon free of serious erosion until now.


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