Inside the November 2011 Sandpiper

pdf version of the November 2011 print issue

Extra copies of the Sandpiper are available at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, the TV Station, the Library and the Powerhouse.

Home Run VS Dog Run  Anthony Corso

Coming Clean

This I Believe 2nd in series  Art Olson

Ask Dr. Rich  Rich Simons

Engineering Good Design  Anthony Corso

Congressional Congestion  Dave Druker

Saluting Del Mar Vets

Sparks Fly in Del Mar
Kelley Huggett

SANDPIPER EXCLUSIVE Fair Board Faces Serious Audit and Management Reports  Bud Emerson & Sherryl L. Parks

Pushing Poison Pill
Jacqueline Winterer


We Lagoon: Recreating a Lagoon 
part 1
Nancy Weare

International Flavors
Anthony Corso

Channel Changer
Nancy Fisher

Gifts  Jeanne Carney

Residents Rating Revitalization  Ann Gardner

Finding Fido  Nancy Fisher

Justice Hits the Brakes  Ann Gardner

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Home Run VS Dog Run
Anthony Corso

On October 17th community people filled the City Council Chambers, flowing into the parking lot. They came to address the future of Shores Park, particularly its accommodation of off-leash dog owners versus Little Leaguers and families.


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UPDATE posted 11/23/11

New City Manager Named by Council
Bud Emerson

Beginning January 1 Del Mar will have a new City Manager, Scott Huth. He brings a 28-year background working in local coastal communities, Coronado’s Public Services Director since 1995. Mayor Don Mosier, reflecting a unanimous City Council choice, says “He is an accomplished executive with a strong record of working with residents, businesses and staff to serve the community. Scott will be a perfect fit for Del Mar.”

Asked by the Sandpiper what he thinks about Del Mar’s long and strong tradition of citizen involvement, Huth says “this is right up my alley.” After studying Del Mar, including videos of six months of our Council meetings, he says “Del Mar’s level of citizen involvement is double or triple what other communities experience. I like that. I intend to be very active working with residents, businesses, and community organizations...after gettng to know staff and Council members I will be getting out meeting people, listening, and looking for ways I can help implement what this community wants to see happen. Citizen invovement is a good thing. I am not just a desk guy. I like to get out where the action is.”

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UPDATE posted 11/02/11

Tour the Del Mar Farmers Market with Nicole Holliday!


Del Mar Farmer's Market from Del Mar TV on Vimeo.

November Print Issue  

Saluting Del Mar Vets

The Sandpiper would like to pay tribute to some of those who have served our country.





Buck Abell,  Jack Batzler, Larry Brooks,  Richard Earnest,  Bud Emerson,  Willson J. Fahlberg, Paul Haydu, Michael A. Kaplan,Wayne Otchis, Charles Pinney,  Hershell Price,  Richard Raack,  Terry Sinnott,  William F. Watts,  and Eugene P. “Dennis” Wilkinson.

Note: The veterans listed above responded to our request for names in the October issue and online.

more about these vets inside>>

Jeanne Carney | Serpentine Drive

Thanks be....

for awakening to this clear Del Mar morning after the benevolence of long-awaited rain falling all day scouring months of dust and lerp psyllid from eucalyptus.

Thanks be for leaves drinking this rare nectar of nitrogen

for the raven that quoth to me from a telephone pole

for the sun flashing neon on the wings of our scrub jay

for a shy finch with butter-yellow crown and plumage that drank from a rain puddle, fearful of the raucous jay

for the pungent scent of canyon sage and soapweed

for wet beach sand yielding underneath my bare feet-- footprints forging a path to follow

for this glorious day.

November Print Issue  

Pushing Poison Pill
Jacqueline Winterer

At its September 13 meeting, the 22nd DAA Board of Directors adopted a plan for the Restoration, Maintenance and Monitoring of the Salt Marsh south of Jimmy Durante Boulevard across from the Del Mar fire station.



November Print Issue  


Coming Clean  EDITORIAL

November 8th’s Fair Board meeting will tell us much about whether to expect any change in the scofflaw culture that has characterized this unaccountable body for decades.


November Print Issue Save the Dates
Arts Alive

DMCC presents
“Art Gallery for a Day”
Wednesday, November 9, 2 to 5 pm
236 24th St.


Art Center Holiday Party
Sunday, December 4, 5-8PM
Del Mar Art Center
1555 Camino Del Mar, Suite 112

November Print Issue  

Residents Rating Revitalization 
Ann Gardner



Del Mar residents, some downtown property owners and business operators participated in a Workshop and attended Open Houses last month to help City staff draft a Specific Plan for Village Revitalization.


November Print Issue  


Finding Fido 
Nancy Fisher

Who are you going to call when your pet parrot was “last seen flying south”? Del Mar Community Connections, of course, which reunites pets with their owners through its Lost Pet Email Alerts program.


November Print Issue  


The story of the San Dieguito Lagoon and River Park is an amazing example of environmental protection against incredible odds. We bring you that story in three installments through the words of the leaders themselves.

Nancy Weare

The Role of the Del Mar San Dieguito Lagoon Committee in Preserving and Restoring the Lagoon: Early History

Phase 1 Getting Organized and Shaping the Vision

Coastal lagoons, including San Dieguito, are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world. Their special attributes include: high biological productivity, flood absorption and water filtering capacities, aesthetic and recreational opportunities, open space, and the ability to act as fire breaks. Rapid growth has lead to the destruction of more than 90% of California’s historic wetlands and the extinction of many species of plants and animals.


November Print Issue  

International Flavors
Anthony Corso

I suspect that many of you, like I, live in fear with Thanksgiving and the arrival of the dreaded “turkey dinner production” approaching - especially since many of my friends and relatives have “dropped out” to become vegetarians. Good Bye, Turkey!!



Note:  The web edition contains a number of photos which were not included in the print issue.

November Print Issue  


Channel Changer
Nancy Fisher

Del Mar residents, and especially those who live in the Beach Colony have enjoyed a long and ambivalent relationship with the drainage ditch that runs between 21st and 28th Street just west of the railroad tracks.


November Print Issue  
Judy Woodhead, Sunana Batra, and Theo Russell. Courtesy DMTV

Dinner at Your House?

That question is answered in a new series on Del Mar TV. Hosted by Sunana Batra and Jeff Pistana the program combines Sunana’s love of cooking and Jeff’s curiosity about art and unique architecture. The first episode, already aired in October, featured local residents Jim and Judy Woodhead and their grandson Theo Russell, who joined in the cooking and discovered Indian cooking can be fun and tasty.
Tune in Thursdays at 8:30pm and Fridays at 12:30pm.

November Print Issue  

Justice Hits the Brakes
Ann Gardner

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris is warning the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) that the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for its 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is “legally deficient…and seems to be setting the region on a course that is inconsistent with the State’s climate objective.”


November Print Issue  

Barefoot in the Park?
Rich Ehrenfeld in Pipe Up

How many of us have returned to Del Mar after a weekend in Los Angeles, and reflected on why we live here – and not there!!! I actually had the opposite reaction the other day.... yes, I thought, “If this was LA, the problem would be solved.”


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readers' comments

10/29 ... The park was “barefoot friendly.” Babies played on the grass, toddlers and adults ran playfully and barefoot on the grass. ... Rich Ehrenfeld  more>>

10/29 ... The Del Mar Quiet Zone Committee members are very happy to announce that they have raised $173,000 in written pledges toward their goal of $378,000, ...  Hershell Price more>>

08/23 ... At first, I thought it was a neighbor throwing a raging party ... Piper Underwood  more>>

08/23 ...  On the hill where views are good and the neighborhood tranquil, we have been – almost literally – stunned by the noise levels of the amplified entertainment at the Fairgrounds this year... Roger Reynolds   more>>

07/12 ...  I certainly agree with Sam Borgese’s comments that now is the time to move on to implementation, not more studies.  Hershell Price  more>>

07/06 ...  KUDOS!  Congratulations on yet another great edition of the Sandpiper. You consistently put out a quality journal, with well-written, accurate and timely articles.  Adam Birnbaum  more>>

07/01 ...  We should not rush into building a new city hall while in the next few years the post office building will be available, a perfect location.  Marcel Van Boxtel   more>>

07/01 ... [My neighbor], like some others, feels that with the arrival of summer they are confronted with the clamor, din, and roar of what seems to be “unending noise.”   Anthony Corso  more>>

05/09 ...   The following comments are not about Pot.  They're about the reckless use of computer technology in the name of creativity.   David Arnold  more>>

04/28 ...  I am requesting the “Sandpiper” alter the letter I sent to you [ on April 8, 2011 ] for publication.   Dr. Paul Chasan  more>>

04/09 ... My intent in the upcoming city council meeting is not to detract from the sense of place or pedestrian flow.   Dr. Paul Chasan  more>>


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