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Inside the JUNE 2017 Print Issue

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Inside the may 2017 Print Issue

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Decoding the Code
Ann Gardner

EDITORIAL: Get Real About the Climate

Double Your Money
Nancy Fisher

City Waiting for Cure
Don Mosier

Deciphering Design
Draft Moves Forward

Dolores Davies

Law Enforcement: Rent or Buy
Dolores Davies

Law Enforcement: Random Excerpts from Study

Walk This Way
Ann Gardner

Shores Sharing
Tom Sohn

Unknown Eater:
Seating Zones with Ocean Views

Rich Simons

Breeders’ Barn
Tom Sohn

Elixir: Sustainable Smoothies and More
Don Mosier

Compromising my Generation: Climate Deniers
Lily Nilipour

Del Mar Foundation

Del Mar Community Connections
Jo Morgenthal

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May 2017

Barnouw Challenge Grant
Double Your Dollars!
Virginia Lawrence
Sandpiper editors volunteer their time. Still, we incur hefty expenses for the production of the print issue. Jeff Barnouw, fellow editor and Del Mar resident, has pledged to double all “new” money donated to the Sandpiper up to a limit of $6,000 for each of the next three years.

“New” money comes from two sources: new donors, and current donors who up their previous gift.

So far in 2017 we have taken in $2,500 in “new” money. At the same time, Jeff has doubled the “new” money making it possible for the Sandpiper to deposit $5,000 into our account.
Thank you, Jeff!


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Lagoon Day
Saturday, May 20 from 8:30am to 2pm
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Come for a day of family-friendly events! On Saturday, May 20 from 8:30 am to 2 pm, the Del Mar Lagoon Committee is planning a day of fun for all ages at the Birdwing located east of San Andreas and just below Via de la Valle.  At 8:30 am, a San Dieguito River Park Ranger will lead interested participants on a birdwalk.  At 10am Wild Wonders will present live native birds, reptiles and mammals. This will be followed  by three hours of events including art projects, hands-on science and animal identification games.  Admission is free and  participants may drop in at any time.
The Winston School
12th Annual Festival of the Arts

student art, poetry, music, photography and dramaSaturday, May 20 2-5pm
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The Winston School, a school for students grades in 6 through 12 with learning differences, is hosting its annual Festival of the Arts celebration and Open House from 2 - 5 pm, Saturday, May 20. at 215 9th Street in Del Mar. The event features student art, poetry, music, photography and drama. 

The campus will be open for those who wish to preview the school to determine if it would benefit their families.

“We provide a full program in the arts because we use art, imagery and creative expression as a tool to foster literacy and learning,” said Dena Harris, Head of School. “It’s an important learning modality for us. All friends, neighbors and interested families are welcome to join our event.”

About The Winston School
The Winston School offers a college preparatory program offering University of California a-g classes for students who struggle with a variety of learning differences. Winston offers students differentiated instructional modalities in a positive, supportive environment. The school's learning solutions help students meet their academic, artistic, social and emotional potential with small size classes, multi-sensory teaching methods and individual attention. More than 90 percent of students go on to college. For more information about The Winston School, visit The Winston School.

City Hall Progress
Council Member Sherryl Parks and Mayor Terry Sinnott touring the City Hall site.
Photo Kathy Garcia.
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Pipe Up
Re: Mayor Sinnott's op ed piece about an independent police department
Ralph Reisner | Surfview Court

In his op ed piece  in the April 13 issue of the DMT, Mayor Terry Sinnott  makes the case for the establishment by DM of an independent police department (hereinafter DMPD).
Regretfully his advocacy article omits salient facts including the following: 

(1)The claim is made that the city would save circa $300,000 per year by establishing a DMPD instead of contracting with SD County’s Sheriff office. However the consultant’s cost estimates submitted to the City Council  on April 18, 2016 are by now out of date.  The cost projections of the  report are based on 2015 data.  These projections ignore  the  significant  increases of police  salaries, pension  contributions and  the inflation of building costs in the  two years since the report was drafted.   For instance,  pension contributions alone from 2016 to 2017 are projected  to increase by 20%. Thus, to compare  DMPD 2015 cost estimates with  current contract costs with the S.D. County Sheriff results in a highly distorted conclusion. (see, S.D. Police Officer Shortage  Gets Worse, S.D. Union Tribune, April 28, 2017).

Further, neither the consultants report or the  analysis prepared by the City Staff  addresses the added administrative costs associated  with the city manager and staff supervision of the DMPD that is implied  by both the consultants report and the City Staff Report of April 18, 2016. Such supervision and back office operations for payroll and such would be for a department  of 30 personnel or circa 40% additional personal from the city’s  current roster  of 55 FTEs.

(2) The Mayor’s  op ed article states: “The staffing increase (associated with a  DMPD) would be from 15.8 FTE to 19.0 FTE, an addition of 4 people.” The  factual basis for this assertion  is unclear since it is  puzzling  how the addition of 30 FTEs  - 29 officers and  one non officer administrative  assistant -  would lead to a net gain of  only 4 FTEs to the city payroll. 

(3) The estimated annual savings  claimed for  the establishment of a DMPD  totally ignores two  major cost factors.  The 2015 consultants report projects that a functional D.M.  police department would need to be housed in a physical  structure  of  circa 4300 s.f. —  roughly 50% of the  space devoted to administrative services in the city hall currently under construction. The $2.2—$3.2 million  2015 consultant’s estimate would appear to be in need of updating and revision notwithstanding the City Manager’s 2017 report that more of less adopts the consultants 2115 low end assessment of $2.4 million — without any backup data.  

Construction costs must be considered as well as  another  major cost factor — namely, the land acquisition costs that a structure of 4300 s.f. plus parking would require.  While estimates of land costs, at this point may be a futile exercise, it is certain  that land acquisition in Del Mar would be a major hurdle both financially and even in terms of availability.

Many Del Mar residents, such as ourselves, would welcome a more accurate presentation of facts and less advocacy based on questionable  facts.

May Print Issue
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Decoding the Code
Ann Gardner

As this Sandpiper is being delivered to your mailbox, City Council is moving forward to resolve the controversial short term rental issue. On April 17 the Council voted 4 to 1 that their interpretation of Del Mar’s Municipal Code does not allow short term rentals in the City’s residential zones, with the exemption of the residential commercial zone. The vote followed conscientious public input that generally focused on interpretation of the Municipal Code and the 1976 Community Plan (as a guiding document), not the pros and cons of rentals of less than 30 days.

The interpretation vote was described as a “baseline” from which the Council will take the next step at their May 1st meeting. At that meeting the Council will begin to decide if they want to maintain the current “baseline” or if the Council wants to amend the Code and General Plan to allow some form of short term rentals in some residential zones. The Council seemed to agree that it is not their intention to “ban” short term rentals altogether but to see if there are ways to “participate in the sharing economy” that not only does not negatively impact the City’s primary residential character, but preserves it.


May print issue

Get Real About the Climate

California has been a leader in adopting strategies to combat climate change and to reduce air pollution. Attacking pollution from cars and trucks powered by fossil fuels has led to major improvements in air quality and the strict emission standards pioneered by California have been adopted by 13 states and the District of Columbia. Nonetheless, continuing progress requires shifting from petroleum to electricity or alternative energy sources to power vehicles. What will happen to these plans if federal subsidies for electric vehicles disappear and corporate average fuel standards are relaxed? Del Mar may already have the answer. Over 7% of Del Mar residents own electric vehicles, making us regional leaders in adopting clean transportation by a wide margin.

If federal tax credits are removed, we do have state incentives for electric vehicles. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is using these incentives to accelerate development and deployment of the cleanest feasible vehicle technologies for all vehicle and equipment sectors, from light-duty passenger cars to heavy-duty trucks and off-road equipment to meet California’s mandated goals.


May print issue last page
Compromising my Generation
Climate Deniers
Lily Nilipour

Climate change has been a constant topic of concern in both the world and our local community. From rising temperatures and greenhouse gases to California’s past prolonged drought, environmental issues are an essential part of conversation throughout all demographics. Even just in the past few weeks, a worrying crack was discovered in the Peterman Glacier — one of the biggest in Greenland — which, if soon separated, could contribute to the growing trend of melting land ice increasing sea levels.

However, the current political rhetoric surrounding these environmental topics seems to undermine their importance. President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order asking the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend or reevaluate many measures taken by the department under former president Barack Obama.

“Scientific evidence overwhelmingly suggests that climate change is caused in large part by human behaviors,” classmate Joyce L. said. “Although I don’t expect global industries to forfeit profit in order to preserve the environment, the government must take a stronger stance in favor of research and reform. It should not be a liberal or conservative agenda, but a human responsibility to protect future generations.”


May print issue
This Dazzling Day
Susan Morrison | Stratford Court

Pay attention to the thousand suns
dancing on the water,
the sail on the horizon,
the osprey’s plunge,
sea dahlias on the bluff.
For this is life,
this is now,
despite the grief
we may bear.

From the Guy Fleming Trail in
the Torrey Pines Reserve.
Photo Virginia Lawrence.
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May print issue
Parcel Planning Begins
Community Meetings to Discuss 16-Acre Del Mar Parcel Set for May 6 and 13 between 10am and 2pm
Courtesy Robert Green Company and Zephyr.
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The Robert Green Company and Zephyr will hold community events about the parcel of land overlooking North Beach in Del Mar at the corner of Camino Del Mar and Border Avenue on two consecutive Saturdays, May 6 and May 13, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Residents and community members are invited to attend any time between those hours to visit one-on-one with developers, architects, planning experts and others to learn about the project possibilities and provide ideas and input.

Onsite parking will be provided for the event. Attendees are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear and look for event parking signs and monitors.

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