Inside the May 2013 Sandpiper

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Do Not Resuscitate
Don Mosier

EDITORIAL: Del Mar is You

Over-seasoning the Master Plan?:  A Second Racing Season and the 2009 Fairgrounds Master Plan
Jacqueline Winterer

ASK Dr. RICH!
Rich Simons

No Seat for You
Bud Emerson

Fish ‘N’ Chicks
Ann Gardner

Remembering John Kerridge
Bud Emerson

Man of the Universe
Larry Brooks with help from Kurt Marti and Kevin McKeegan

Tall Tales of North City West
Diana Scheffler

Fund Folks Found
Dave Druker

Roving Teen Reporter: Teens on the Town
Leila Zein-Phillipson

Better Brain, Better Life
Luana Karr | DMTV

A Toil of Two Cities
Virginia Lawrence

The Good News About Crime
Dave Druker

Market Stocks Up
Nicole Holliday

Follow the Money
Dave Druker

Let’s Do Lunch
Nancy Fisher

OPINION: Gun Sales for Gun Control?
Henry Abarbanel

OPINION: The 49th Peril
Shirley King

Book Corner: What are DEL MARIANS reading?
Virginia Lawrence

Short Takes On Film
Ben Nyce

Sweet Fifteen: II
Nancy Fisher

Going Native
Ed Mirsky

Pacific Pup Protection
Jon Edelbrock

Keep on Truckin’
Ann Gardner

Parking People Person
Nancy Fisher

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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EDITORIAL: Del Mar is You

Yes, Del Mar is a very special place to live, but the secret sauce is how it got to be special. It did not just happen. And it did not happen over night.

Fifty-some years ago this town was gasoline alley lined with gas stations. It was an attractive piece of topography overlooking the ocean, with a race track. Its character was yet to be defined. It was an unincorporated section of the county with little or no capacity for how it was to grow. San Diego was expanding northward and intended to add it to its collection. So, how did we get from there to here?

Del Mar’s secret sauce was the human element.

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update
05/17/13
PIPE UP

Dear Editor:

Del Mar’s Finance Committee Pension Sub-CommitteeHats off to the members of the City of Del Mar’s Finance Committee Pension Sub-Committee for the 18+ months they spent learning the ins and outs of the City’s $23,000,000+ pension obligation. They really have a well-researched understanding of the issues and the politics and the challenges of the City’s pension liability, and as we approach the next round of budget discussions we need to lean on them and their knowledge to help guide the decisions we make as a City.

The learning curve for the rest of us is huge; we are fortunate that the Committee has done the hard work for us. I admittedly don’t begin to understand it all, but the bottom line I do understand is that we have terrific City Staff working for us who help make Del Mar a wonderful place to live, and we citizens already have $3 Million in side fund debt + $23 Million in pension debt for the work they have done (plus we continue to incur pension expenses as we go forward). 

We can’t let these numbers get any larger, we can’t leave the debt unpaid, and we can’t diddle with making minimum payments that end up being 10 times the cost (as Poway has chosen to do). We have some tough decisions ahead of us, and they need to include the commitment to pay our past debts now so that we can move forward on the other projects we desire.

Nancy Stoke, Coast Boulevard

   
update
05/19/13
Los Peñasquitos Channel
Blocked yet again

The channel under the causeway was breached on Monday, May 13. 
Less that a week later, on Sunday, May 19 it is once again filled with sand. 
The 3 bulldozers are still in the vicinity, but the giant scoop is gone.
These pictures were taken at 7am, only 2 hours after high tide, which
occurred at about 5am.  The ranger on duty has no idea if the dredging
will continue into next week.  Photos Virginia Lawrence. 
Click on photos to enlarge.
 
 
update
05/14/13
Uncorking the Lagoon:
15 hours later
Virginia Lawrence
This morning at 6 am the lagoon looked as if it had never been blocked.  Yesterday afternoon's raging waters had been replaced overnight by a placid stream emplyting into the ocean in an orderly way. 
 
Photo Virginia Lawrence.  Click on picture to enlarge.

 

 
update
05/13/13
Uncorking the Lagoon:
Time to Celebrate!
Virginia Lawrence

This morning at 7am the big equipment, scheduled to reopen the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Channel to the ocean, finally roared into action.

The dredgers are digging a channel parallel to the hand-dug channel created by residents of Del Mar Terrace last week.  The new channel will be much deeper, and for that reason, when it is breached this afternoon at about 2, it is expected to "flush" the lagoon.

According to Robin Greene, Sector Superintendent for California State Park's North Sector in the San Diego Coast District, this job could have started last week.  However, because the machines would only have been available for three days last week, she decided to wait for this week's 5-day window.

The channel was opened at 3:15 pm on Monday, May 13. 
By 3:30 it was a raging current..

 

 
Update
05/11/13
Diggers Jump the Gun
Photos Virginia Lawrence
Big equipment is scheduled to reopen the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Channel to the ocean on
Monday, May 13. 

However, sometime between May 8 and May 11 unknown diggers succeeded in opening a tidy but narrow channel under the causeway. Unhappily, this mini-channel is not sufficiently deep to drain the lagoon, so the gnats and the mosquitoes will be granted a reprieve until the arrival of the big earthmovers on Monday.

Click on images to enlarge.
Saturday, May 11, 6:30 am

 

 
scoop
05/07/13
The Mouth That Poured
Peter Jensen, President of the Torrey Pines Association

 

Lagoon mouth due to reopen May 13

Why do water levels in the lagoon look like they’re always high tide? The lagoon mouth has been closed for some time by a natural sand dam or “sill” formed via wave action.

State Parks tells us that the lagoon mouth has been scheduled to be opened with State operated heavy earth-moving equipment on May 13.  This is great news for all life in the lagoon threatened by eutrophication*—the nasty end result of what most of us would call stagnation.

Supervising Ranger Dylan Hardenbrook reports on a few details and FAQs:

“State Parks, the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Foundation, City of San Diego, and County of San Diego Vector Control are doing everything we can.  We have all permits in place. Tentative plans for an emergency opening May 13.  This opening will drain the lagoon but will not restore tidal flows very far upstream.

more from Peter Jensen>>      message from Sherri Lightner>>

 
save the dates
05/02/13
Season II Show Opening at
Del Mar Art Center
Mixed Media Stool
by David Begent
Join us in celebrating the opening of "Season II" at the Del Mar Art Center, Sunday May 19th from 4-6PM.  We are pleased to present new work by all 36 members including featured artists Diane Hall, Linda Melvin, Terry Scott Allen, David Begent, Bob Coletti and Ed Eginton.  The Del Mar Art Center features all local artists working in many different mediums including, painting, photography, mixed media, glass, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and upcycled sculpture.  The show runs through July 28th.
 
Save the date
05/02/13
San Diego Blood Bank

Our next blood drive with the City of Del Mar and the Rotary is June 13th, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, City Hall parking lot, 1050 Camino Del Mar

The SD Blood bank hosts 135+  blood drives a month in the community 360 days a year, and is challenged with meeting the needs for local area hospitals.   details>>

 
UPDATE
04/29/13
Gnats a nuisance over the
Los Peñasquitos Lagoon

The Los Peñasquitos Lagoon
Photo Virginia Lawrence

The channel from the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon to the ocean has been blocked for two or three weeks now due to the buildup of sand in the channel under the Coastal Highway.  The lagoon waters have risen and are stagnating.  (The picture above shows the Lagoon when the channel is clear.)   Mosquitoes and gnats have begun to swarm inland creating an environmental and health issue for local residents. 

Keeping this channel clear is the responsibility of the State.  However, due to budget constraints, the State has been unable to maintain a clear channel.

Click below to learn how San Diego City Staff and the County of San Diego are addressing the problem.

email from Sherri Lightner to residents of Del Mar Terrace

 
UPDATE
04/29/13
Regional Award for
Beach Safety center

Beach Safety center
Watercolor Don Coordt

The City of Del Mar will receive a regional award next week for its 17th Street Beach Safety Center.  The lifeguard station is being recognized as one of several projects of the year by the local chapter of the American Public Works Association at an awards program May 9.  The two-story building cost about $2 million and replaced a dilapidated lifeguard tower. It opened last summer. As part of the project, the city also replaced bathrooms and added a seawall.

Stacy Brandt in the Union Tribune on Apr 22, 2013 here

   
May Print Issue

Do Not Resuscitate
Don Mosier

Just when you thought that Southern California Edison (SCE) couldn’t rise to any more blatant disregard for public safety, they did. On April 5th, SCE submitted a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for an expedited license amendment hearing to restart unit 2 at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Stations (SONGS). The letter proposed to “add a footnote” indicating that 70% power was the same as 100% power, and that the expedited hearing can take place without public input because the requested change involves “No Significant Hazards.” This bureaucratic end run is not the full, adjudicated public license amendment hearing that Del Mar and many other cities have called for, but a private ruling by the NRC with a requested restart date of June 1st.   more>>

 
May Print Issue

Tall Tales of North City West
Diana Scheffler

The original 1975 lan for North City West (now Carmel Valley) is quite amazing by today’s standards. It describes a town center serving the entire community, as well as neighboring Del Mar Heights - our current Ralphs Shopping Center, or Del Mar Highlands Town Center. Additionally the plan shows four small neighborhood centers for local neighborhood shopping which were never built. Most amazing of all, the plan called for a transportation system: collector streets were to serve the various neighborhoods, with separate systems for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. On these streets would be an intra-community bus system connecting with the transit systems operating on major streets and on the freeways beyond. This was all in recognition that community development to date (1975) had resulted in almost total reliance on the automobile and the result was congestion.    more>>

 
May Print Issue

remembering John Kerridge
1937-2013

John was a true Del Mar original. Others in the scientific and vintage auto communities laud his many contributions, but in Del Mar we know the extraordinary contributions he made to building our community. He was an environmentalist in the best sense of the word, walking his talk.

He understood and articulated the delicate balance of the relationship between man-made structures and the gifts of nature. His voice, with its courtly British accent, informed many of our public discussions and decisions. How many times have we heard him comment “essentially, it is all about land use--if we get that right, everything else falls into place”?   more>>

 
May Print Issue

Man of the Universe
Larry Brooks with help from Kurt Marti and Kevin McKeegan

John had a stellar (pardon the pun) career in the research of extra terrestrial materials – fragments of asteroids and meteorites and the Apollo mission moon rocks. In 1968, he obtained his PhD in crystallography from the University of London in England and with a budding reputation in the field he brought his research to the U.S. Shortly thereafter, he received a NASA fellowship to conduct research at Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, and there garnered more attention for his research.    more>>

 
May Print Issue
Lauding Lee
Deputy Mayor Honored
From left to right: Majority Leader Toni Atkins, Sara Moser, Diane Rose,
Lesa Heebner, Lee Haydu, Delores Jacobs, Mary Herron
, and Patricia McCoy

In honor of Women’s History Month, Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins has recognized eight women from the 78th Assembly District who exemplify commitment to public service. The women were honored at a reception in the Majority Leader’s San Diego district office.    more>>

 
May Print Issue

ASK Dr. RICH!
Rich Simons

Q: I understand that the City is having a problem complying with the Affordable Housing Act. Do you have any thoughts on this that might help them? _ e.w    more>>

     
May Print Issue

second Annual Home Tour

SAVE THE dATE
On Saturday, May 4th, the PTA of Del Mar Heights School will host their 2nd Annual Home Tour. Come and take a peek inside six local houses showcasing the different home styles Del Mar has to offer – coastal, traditional, modern, and more. Homes designed by local architects will also be featured. The Home Tour will be from 1pm to 4pm. The price is $40. For more information, visit delmarheirghtspta.com. All of the proceeds from these events will go directly to support and enhance the learning of the children in our community.

  
May Print Issue

Chief William H. Tripp
1924-2013

In memory of Del Mar’s Fire Chief from 1963-1985
Chief William H. Tripp (on the right)
February 16, 1924- March 1, 2013
  
May Print Issue

Fish ‘N’ CHICKS
Ann Gardner

Endangered California Least Tens and threatened Western Snowy Plovers are beginning to look for potential nesting sites, according to Brian Foster, the contract biologist monitoring four mitigation breeding sites managed by the 22nd District Agricultural Association. The sites, visible from I-5 as large white patches on either side of the freeway, have been replenished with new sand and oyster shells and meticulously weeded to produce what is hoped to be the most ideal nesting surface for the birds. Tern decoys are also used to show the Terns the sites are for them and ceramic roof tiles are provided as shelters from sun and predators for the chicks.   more>>

  
May Print Issue

OPINION: The 49th Peril
Shirley King

The 49th Congressional District redrawn after the 2010 census added Del Mar – now a District which spans northern coastal areas of San Diego County including cities such as Encinitas, Oceanside, Vista, and Carlsbad, as well as smaller portions of Orange County.

Since 2003 Congressman Darryl Issa, formerly of the 48th has represented the 49th whose Republican party in the recent election had a1.5% decline of registered voters in its longstanding advantage in this District.    more>>

 
May Print Issue

Book Corner: What are
DEL MARIANS reading?

Virginia Lawrence

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May Print Issue

Fund Folks Found
Dave Druker

Each County Supervisor has the ability to grant over $500,000 in taxpayer money to non-profit organizations. The supervisors have various ways to allocate these funds. Our supervisor – Dave Roberts has created a citizens panel to determine the awards.

Roberts asked the mayors of the cities of Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, and Solana Beach to each nominate two residents for the panel. He also asked San Diego City Council Members with portions of their district in District 3 to recommend names.   more>>

  
May Print Issue

Parking People Person
Nancy Fisher

Parking Enforcement Officer Ulises Rodriguez loves his job. And, yes, you heard that right. “I know people think we deal with angry people yelling at us all the time, but that’s only about 1% of the job.” The rest, he says, is regular interaction with residents and non-residents of Del Mar who appreciate the public service performed by Ulises and the rest of the Parking Enforcement staff.   more>>

 
May Print Issue

Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce

   
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May Print Issue

A Toil of Two Cities
Virginia Lawrence

By some standards the Sandpiper’s run of 2,600 copies might seem small; but when you consider that these copies are assembled by hand, the task acquires a Herculean dimension. Every month Lucie Walther and her husband, Bob, assemble the Sandpiper page by page and deliver it to the post office for distribution. Because the task is so physical. Lucie, who plays tennis regularly, says she needs no other activities to keep in shape.  more>>

  
May Print Issue

Let’s Do Lunch
Nancy Fisher

On April 16th about twenty Del Mar residents attended the first of a new series of lunch programs at the Del Mar Community Building that will be hosted twice a month by Del Mar Community Connections (DMCC).

The lunches, made possible by a $15,000 grant to DMCC through the San Diego Foundation, are designed to encourage homebound older adults to get out of their homes and socialize, and will be held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Van rides will be provided to and from the Community Building, and along with a healthy lunch provided by local restaurants, each event will include an interactive program of some kind.

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May Print Issue

Market Stocks Up
Nicole Holliday

In an ongoing effort to be kind to the environment,the Del Mar Farmers Market is now selling reusable shopping bags for only $1! They are high quality and distinctive.

They can be found at the manager’s table in front of the TV station. “Bring a Bag, Borrow a Bag” program is still in effect, as well. No need to worry if you forget your reusable bags!

In other market news, please come and try some of our newest vendors: Italian Pastry, Ice Pops – made from fresh fruit, Greek yogurt and homemade granola and Goat Cheese. Vegan & Gluten Free prepared foods will be offered mid-May.

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May Print Issue

Sweet Fifteen: II
Nancy Fisher

As Del Mar Community Connections (DMCC) approaches its fifteenth year of serving our city’s senior population, the Sandpiper looks back at its origins with Ann Silber, one of the founding members.

SP: You were one of the founding organizers of DMCC. What was your vision then of the most crucial community need, and how is that different almost 15 years later?

AS: The social activities were most crucial then. This community, as you know, is rich with interesting people - and if we found people who wanted to exercise, well, then we started an exercise class! At that time you had to go to the Presbyterian Church in Solana Beach to exercise! So we worked with Linda Stetson from Adult Education and Pat Vergne at the City and put together the classes that are still held at the Powerhouse today.    more>>

 
May Print Issue

Going Native
Ed Mirsky

Now is the time to start planning your drought tolerant native California plant based garden. That is what I did last year, and although my garden is a work in progress, I’m well on my way to a drought tolerant garden with year-round color. Here is my approach to creating the garden.

The first step is to choose an area for the new garden. I chose the east border of our property. It’s a sandy slope, the north end of which receives about eight hours of sun per day during the summer, and it receives progressively less sun to the south due to trees.   more>>

  
May Print Issue

Pacific Pup Protection
Jon Edelbrock

It’s well-known that the Del Mar beach is an immensely popular destination for enjoying the surf and sun. Locals and visitors flock to our beach daily in pursuit of leisure and relaxation. Another visitor, however, has been making its way to our shores this year in greater numbers than in the recent past and their presence has caused quite a stir – both locally and beyond. That well-documented phenomena is the large number California Sea Lion pups stranding themselves on local beaches.   more>>

    
Save the date
04/09/13
Coffee with the Sherrif

Community outreach is a top priority of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Members of the community should feel comfortable bringing problems related to safety and security as well as deputy-community relations to our staff. The Encinitas Sheriff's Station is holding a Coffee with the Community

Wednesday, May 1st
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Del Mar City Hall, Annex
235 11th Street, Del Mar

flyer
 
update
04/18/13
US Senate Filibuster
Kills Gun Safety Bill

Even though the bill for gun background checks passed 54-46, the GOP invoked a filibuster rule that requires 60 votes to clear the Senate.

For those 90% of us who favored this bill and want to register your objection, we list below the names of those who voted below.

(FYI, our local Fair Board continues to stiff arm the Del Mar City Council and petition signers who asked for the gunshow contracts not to be renewed.)

Read the statistics below
breakdown of Vote by Senator name, by YEAs and NAYs, and by state.
  here
  
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