November 2013
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Volunteer of the Year
Mary King

Nancy Fisher

EDITORIAL: Local Lucre

Chapeaux to Go
Shirley King

Del Mar Shops
Shirley King

Ask Dr. Rich
Rich Simons

Races Raise Revenue
Dave Druker

Opportunity Knocks
Al Corti

Cop Shopping
Jim Benedict

Shake, Rattle, and Roll
Sherryl L. Parks

Nurturing Natives
Ed Mirsky

Pick a PASEO
Ann Gardner

Poseidon Prayer
at Torrey Pines Beach

Therese Graf

SOL EOL GDR: Board Bargaining
Jacqueline Winterer

SOL EOL GDR: Local Market Support
Nicole Holliday

DEL MAR VOICES: A City is Born
Suzi Resnik

Artistic Differences
Nancy Fisher

Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce

Self-Service Startup
Dave Druker

LOCAVORES DELIGHT: Thai Lettuce Wraps
Nicole Holliday

BOOK CORNER: More About Guys and Book Groups
Joe Sullivan

PET PEEVES: Bumper Cars
Anthony Corso

DMTV PRESENTS: Herb Turner
Luana Karr

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Volunteer of the Year:
Mary King

Nancy Fisher

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Behind the scenes at Del Mar Community Connections a small army of volunteers is in constant motion. Committees plan social events. “Ride Buddies” drive local seniors to doctor appointments, exercise classes, and hair salons. The DMCC van picks up a small group of seniors from their doorsteps and takes them on half-day shopping excursions to Encinitas, Fashion Valley, or University Town Center. And others lead classes ranging from Brain Fitness to T’ai Chi by the Sea at the Community Building and the Powerhouse.

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Update
11/22/13
Severe Beach erosion at the Beach Safety center Overnight
Overnight storm Thur, Nov 21 and Fri, Nov 22

Slight malfunction of storm channel between Beach Safety Center and Del Mar Motel flooded the parking lot leaving mud and debris behind, damaged the BSC front barrier, and carved a huge channel in the beach.

 

 
 
Friday, November 22, at 7:30 am.  Photos by Bill Morris.

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Update
11/16/13
Holiday shopping in Del Mar
Red Tag Sale
Saturday and Sunday December 7 and 8
11:00 to 6:00 at the Del Mar Art Center
   

The artists of the Del Mar Art Center are having their first annual  "Red Tag" Sale. Come and get some great finds at great prices right in time for the holidays!
We have artwork in numerous mediums including, Paintings, Fused Glass, Photography, Jewelry and Sculpture.   

 
Update
11/12/13
PIPE UP: Watermark
Terry Sinnott, Mayor of Del Mar

re: Current Status of Watermark

Dear Editor:

There have been concerns expressed in the community regarding a proposed multi-family project at the corner of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive.   The underlying message has been that the City is moving forward, disregarding the values of the community.  That is not correct.

Here is the current status:

An application has been submitted by a private development company for a Specific Plan for the property at the corner of Jimmy Durante and San Dieguito Drive, and it does propose multi-family housing.  However, the application was only submitted late last week and is just now undergoing an initial review by staff.   Because the application has just been filed, there have not yet been any public hearings nor any review or action by the Planning Commission or the City Council.

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Update
11/11/13
Citizen voices can cut Paseo
down to Size
Torrey Pines Community Planning Board Meeting
Thur, Nov 14 - 7:00pm
Del Mar Hills Academy, 14085 Mango Drive


1.5 Times
Reduced Mixed-use Alternative about 1.5X zoning
1 time
Square
footage allowed
by zoning
Residents are encouraged to attend the November 14th meeting of the Torrey Pines Community Planning Board meeting this Thursday to learn about three alternative plans just released by the City of San Diego for the controversial One Paseo Project at Del Mar Heights Rd. and El Camino Real just east of I-5.   Beginning at 7 p.m. at the Del Mar Hills Academy, 14085 Mango Drive, the meeting will be devoted to discussion of the proposed project, key points of the reduced plans and related impacts on nearby neighborhoods including traffic jams at I-5, out of scale building heights and response time from Fire Station 24, east of El Camino Real.  This is the only scheduled public meeting on the Alternative Plans and a critical opportunity to provide feedback to the City of San Diego’s Department of Development Services.   Written feedback on the alternative plans must be submitted to the City by December 10. Attend and help the community make a difference.

see article: Pick a Paseo

Recirculated Alternatives

Torrey Pines Agenda

 

Update
11/08/13
Panga appears
My father-in-law and I were out at 5:45 yesterday (November 8) for our daily run and saw a white HumVee speeding up the beach.  We figured that meant a panga on the beach, and there it was, right at the border of the DM beach and Torrey Pines State Beach. 

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November Print Issue
CORRECTION
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In the October 2013 Edition, “Udder Disarmament” announced that Governor Brown had signed SB 475. In fact, Governor Brown withheld his signature while awaiting the cluster of bills in the LIFE (Lifesaving Intelligent Firearms Enforcement) Act to reach his desk that same week. Governor Brown vetoed SB 475 in addition to 374 and 567.
 
November Print Issue
tURN YOUR gUNS IN

If you have an unwanted gun,
you can turn it in to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, no questions asked.  In exchange, you will receive a $100 gift card
for a returned handgun, and a $150 gift card
for a returned rifle.

All weapons collected will be destroyed.

When: Saturday, November 30th, from 7am to 9pm
Where: At Mira Costa Community College, San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff.
Questions? Call 760 966 3526

   
November Print Issue
Chapeaux to Go
Shirley King
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The Del Mar Hat Company, at the intersection of Jimmy Durante Blvd and San Dieguito Drive, joins couture hat production with a vibrant network of interstate commerce. From its less than obvious showroom Carol Bader Hat Designs is just across the San Dieguito River from the Fairgrounds where it prevails in the local Derby Couture during Del Mar’s racing season. Two decades of online sales have created demand for these custom designed hats well beyond Del Mar to the winner’s circles of the Kentucky Oaks and Belmont Racetracks. But, it is likely that if the Breeder’s Cup comes to Del Mar in 2014, Carol Bader may have to borrow more than a few feathers from her neighbor, Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary, to handle the crowd at her door.

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November Print Issue
Ask Dr. Rich
Rich Simons

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Q: Do you maintain regular office hours? If so, how can I contact you?

At my age (don’t ask) I am retired from regular practice, but I am available for emergencies and other extemporaneous events.

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November Print Issue
Races Raise Revenue
Dave Druker

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Beginning in 2014, the racetrack will have a horse meet during the month of November through early December. The expected attendance during the meet will not match the daily attendance of the summer meet, but this new season should have a positive impact on the finances of Del Mar.

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November Print Issue
Shake, Rattle, and Roll
Sherryl L. Parks
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Practice makes perfect” is frequently used to motivate kids to repeat a task they already have been taught. This is the same reasoning given for the October 17th Emergency Preparedness Drill, known as the “Great California Shake Out,” which took place all over California. Del Mar showed up in full force for the exercise.

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November Print Issue
Nurturing Natives
Ed Mirsky
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Plant species native to coastal southern California will require little or no supplemental water within two years. The rules for planting Southern California native plants are not the same as the rules for plants introduced from exotic lands because native plants are adapted to our seasonal rainfall (about 10”) and sandy soils. Below is a step-by-step planting guide.

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November Print Issue
Pick a PASEO
Ann Gardner
1.5 Times
Reduced Mixed-use Alternative about 1.5X zoning
1 time
Square
footage allowed
by zoning
San Diego Development Services is circulating three new smaller project alternatives to the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) issued last March for the controversial One Paseo Project. The new alternatives, according to the City’s Notice, are in response to concerns that the March DEIR did not consider smaller versions of the project, originally proposed by Kilroy Realty at almost four times the size allowed in the Community Plan. According to the City, the Recirculated Alternatives section of the DEIR contains reduced projects and significant new information that requires additional public review and comment by December 10, 2013.

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November Print Issue
Board Bargaining
Jacqueline Winterer

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The 22nd Agricultural District and environmentalists clashed at the October 11th Coastal Commission hearing in San Diego over whether a 2012 Cease and Desist Order gave the District carte blanche to park on recently discovered wetlands. The District claimed they had a deal that gave them the authority to use the wetlands for parking while the environmentalists (including San Dieguito River Park staff, County Supervisor Dave Roberts and Former Supervisor Pam Slater-Price) claimed this wasn’t ‘the deal.’

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November Print Issue
Artistic Differences
Nancy Fisher

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Many residents have asked us about the large storage container that has been on the property next door to the Les Artistes Inn (not owned by the Inn) for over a month. Although we have yet to get to the bottom of why and how long it will be there, we did find out from the City that it’s there legally. According to current municipal code standards, structures that are “not attached to the ground or attached to something attached to the ground” are exempt from design review. Written to eliminate the need to review items such as swing sets or landscape boulders, it sounds like it might be time for the City Council to review this ordinance.

 
November Print Issue
DEL MAR VOICES: A City is Born
Suzi Resnik
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DEL MAR LOOKING BACK describes Del Mar in 1958 as “the village along the highway ready to emerge from all that neon.” During the post-war years, in addition to the beautiful beach and charming roads winding through the tree-covered hillsides, Del Mar was marred by many gas stations, motels, billboards, and glaring neon signs along the road.

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November Print Issue
PIPE UP: Platform Push
Don Coordt | Luzon Avenue
Dear Editor,

 


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About ten years ago
the Fairboard (22nd. Agricultural District governing Board) started talking about a Platform stop to serve the Fairgrounds. By 2010 the NCTD (North County Transit District) came on board with the Fairboard to propose building a minimal train “Event Platform” stop north of tennis courts and south of the San Dieguito Lagoon channel. Estimated cost of project $ 1.5 million.
The Del Mar City Council, along with a petition of 400 signatures of citizens opposing this project, helped convince NTCD and the Fairboard to cancel this project. The NTCD and the Fairboard could also not afford it!

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November Print Issue
Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce
Gravity is a mixed bag. ...
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What does a visit to an art
museum do to the eye?  ...

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November Print Issue
Self-Service Startup
Dave Druker
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Not quite Silicon Valley but Asteres Inc. was started in a Del Mar garage…literally. This is where Linda Pinney, Founder & CEO, who lives in the Village and also owns one of the mixed use buildings on Stratford Court, started Asteres Inc. Asteres Inc. develops secure self-service kiosks for the storage and delivery of prescriptions and consumer products worldwide.

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November Print Issue
LOCAVORES DELIGHT: Thai Lettuce Wraps
Nicole Holliday
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Most of the ingredients may be found in the Del Mar Farmers Market.

Ingredients - Serves 4
Wraps:
1 head of Lettuce, Butter, Bib, or Romaine:
Blue Heron Farm
1 1/2 cups almonds: Hopkins AG, Smit Orchard

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November Print Issue
BOOK CORNER: More About Guys Books
Joe Sullivan
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Judd Halenza’s article in the October issue on men in book groups raised questions about how such a group is organized. I participate in a book discussion group formed by Tom McGreal about five years ago. The eight members are all men and all technically senior citizens, though not necessarily retired. The group reflects the diversity of Del Mar --- all white, with political differences running from moderate Democrat to moderate Republican.


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November Print Issue
PET PEEVES: Bumper Cars
Anthony Corso
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Michael Turko (KUSI News) is well-known for his hard-nosed approach to solving public problems, particularly those that are left half-finished, are overly expensive, or seem to serve no purpose. In many respects he is the patron saint of local residents. He often advocates on their behalf especially when needed public projects are ignored despite public pleas.
This Halloween I decided to become “the Del Mar Turko,” to think like him, although not dress like him. I don’t have the costume!! Mentally I began to compose a list of issues and situations for which I felt annoyance. To avoid being a “disgruntled commentator” I’ve limited them this time to just one.

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November Print Issue
PIPE UP: Arrival of the Freeway
Tensia Moriel Trejo, Cuchara Drive

re: our October article about the arrival of the freeway in the series Del Mar Voices

Dear Editor,

I find it important that I make the following corrections from the Oct newsletter: #1. Del Mar was known as “Gasoline Alley” because of all the stations and yes it did have auto-accidents. #2. The city-hall building was original built by San Diego County Schools Dept in 1921, sold to Father Gillfillan,St James, 1950.after the students were moved to the new school on 9th/Stradford.My older brothers attendend that school. Than St. James sold it to the city . #3 “Slaughter Alley” was in Leucadia, on Hywy101 from south of La CostaBlvd to 2-blocks north of Encinitas Blvd. The Hywy Dept planted Eucalyptus trees on both sides of the road and also in the center in early ‘30s. They grew huge in no time. By the late ‘30s they were tall, and beautiful to drive between. But soon they became killers to everyone who chose to drive carelessly at high speed. When WW11 started & many millitary camps were built in the area, it truly became the most dangerous section of road to drive, specially at night. I got to see several accidents.

Tensia Moriel Trejo, Cuchara Drive, posted 11/02/13

 
November Print Issue
DMTV PRESENTS: Herb Turner
Luana Karr
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With the inaugural opening of the Oceanside Museum of Art‘s satellite at the Herb B. Turner Gallery in Southfair, it seems only fitting that we air a program produced by Edward Kramer profiling the artistic side of Herb Turner. Herb first settled in Del Mar about 60 years ago. He apprenticed withJohn Lloyd Wright for 3 years, before moving on and eventually opening his own successful family owned design-build business. Herb founded The West Point Art Club in 1945, the first and only such group in the academy’s 150-year history.

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