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November 2015
Inside the Print Issue


Del Mar's
Community Plan

No Vacation
Art Olson


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Cozette’s Castle
Virginia Lawrence



The Wright Stuff
Ann Gardner



Gentle Remodel
Shannon Hogan Cohen



Milking the Cash Cow
Ann Gardner




News Updates
Bud Emerson

Take Time to Smell the Roses
Kristen Druker

Dr. Rich
Rich Simons

Kudos for the Kommittee
Dwight Worden

DRO Prescription
Carl Hilliard

Park Planning Comes to Play
Kristen Crane

Sea Level Committee Rises to the Occasion
Anthony Corso and
Shirley King

Roving Teen Reporter:
Dressing Down the Dress Code

Leah Gans

Kaaboo Kaabucks
Nancy Fisher

Shake Rattle and Roles
Sherryl L. Parks

Locavores’ Delight:
Feast at Farmers’ Market

Lisa Renner

Faces of Affordable Housing
Carol Mason

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Sustainability Fair Focuses on
Climate Action Plan

Dolores Davies

Extra copies of the Sandpiper are available at: City Hall, the Library, the Del Mar Community Buildiing, the Powerhouse, and the Carmel Valley Library; at The Gym in Del Mar on Jimmy Durante Blvd; at the  Solana Beach Library and the Solana Beach Community Center.


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Painting Downtown Pink
Race for the Cure

Photo Shannon Hogan Cohen.
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On November 20th, the 3-Day Susan G. Komen Walk for Breast Cancer in San Diego once again swept through Del Mar Village on the first leg of their 60-mile journey. The Del Mar Village Association hosted an official cheering station with En Fuego Cantina & Grill in support of the nearly 4,000 people who participate in this amazing event.

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Ban Short Short-term Rentals
Hershell Price, Grand Avenue

Not Very Welcoming Del Mar!
Gina C. Mattern, Camino del Mar | an "experieced investor in home and rental properties" workiing for Willis Allen in Del Mar

Overwhelmingly Positive
Jonah Mechanic, Bonair Way, La Jolla | manager of short-term rentals on 11th Street, 12th Street, and 27th Street in Del Mar

Being a Good Neighbor
Bruce McDermott and family, 25th Street

Better and Better
Jan McMillan, 12th Street



Holiday Baskets Program
City of Del Mar

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Once again the City and the Del Sol Lions have teamed‐up to collect new and gently used blankets and jackets for the annual Holiday Baskets Program.

The Community Resource Center started this program over 30 years ago by distributing baskets of food to 50 low‐income working families. Today, the Holiday Basket Program serves over 1,700 pre‐qualified North County families, and the generic baskets of food have expanded to a dignified shopping experience held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This year, they are explicitly looking to collect 6,500 new and gently used coats and jackets and 1,800 new and used blankets.

If you wish to support this program, please bring unwrapped blankets and jackets to the City Hall during normal business hours (Mon‐Thur, 7:30 to 5:30pm; Fri, 7:30 to 4:30pm). Items will be collected through Fri, Dec 18, 2015.

For further info:
Caroline Matthews: Del Sol Lions, 858‐481‐2499
Melinda Gould: Del Mar City Hall, 858‐755‐9313.

Ban Short Short-term Rentals
Hershell Price, former Planning Commissioner, Grand Avenue

I am in support of a ban on rentals of less than 30 days in all Residential Zones.  The Del Mar Municipal Code should NOT be amended to allow short term rentals of less than 30 days. ...

I would be in support of a Municipal Code amendment stating the following:

Rentals of less than 30 days are not permitted in any residential zone throughout the City of Del Mar ...

The Vacation Rental Industry has invaded our tiny community and it is detrimentally affecting all of our neighborhoods in the beach areas and up on the hillside too, and it is getting worse each year.

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Video Workshop for Non-Profits
Saturday, December 5
from 9am to 1pm at the TV Studio
Fee: $75.00
Luana Karr, DMTV

The Del Mar Television Foundation is offering a special video class just for Del Mar’s non-profits.  The class will be held December 5th at the Del Mar Television Studio from 9a.m. to 1p.m.

Attendees will learn why every non-profit needs to be using video to make that personal connection with their members and donors. You will learn to create and implement video into your fundraising and the difference between result and intent.  The instructor for this class will be Tracy Phillips, content producer for a San Diego production company with 15 years experience in Commercial, educational, medical and corporate markets including an Emmy nomination.

The cost for this exclusive workshop is only $75.00 and you can sign up by emailing  As a bonus, one nonprofit will be randomly chosen on December 5th and will win a fully produced and edited 1-2 minute video for your organization. 

Questions: 858-224-3688.
Toys 4 Tots
Drop-off location for
USMC Reserve's campaign

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For our 17th holiday season Jim Coleman and Staff at your State Farm Insurance Agency are proud to be an official drop-off station for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s“Toys for Tots” campaign.

Please help us make the holidays brighter for San Diego area families by dropping off a new, unwrapped children’s toy at my office at 1011 Camino Del Mar, in downtown Del Mar.

We’re open to accept your holiday donations from
30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday
NOW through Friday, December 11th.
Not very welcoming Del Mar!
Short-term Rentals

Gina C. Mattern, Camino del Mar | an "experieced investor in home and rental properties" working for Willis Allen in Del Mar

Disappointed to see such slanted journalism in Ann Gardner's story "Milking the Cash Cow".  I write to you sitting on the pile of rental income -- not!

Never once does she mention the impact that tourism has on Del Mar's economy, or the long and extended rental history of Del Mar.  Tourism is THE economy in Del Mar, we, as a community should do every thing we can to bring tourists to our city.  They eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores and purchase our real estate. ...

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Planning Commission Meeting
City of Del Mar
Tuesday, November 10
6-9 at the DM Communications Center
The Planning Commission: Concern: Short-Term Rentals
Comments on
Short-Term Rentals

(submitted by Betty Wheeler on 11/8/2015 for the Planning Commission meeting on 11/10/2015)
Betty Wheeler, Seaview Avenue
Conducting Business in Residential Zones
Some short-term rentals may be occasional (e.g., only during race season), or occurring in a home used primarily as the owner's residence and taking place when the owner is present (i.e., a spare bedroom is rented), or temporarily away (e.g., on vacation). However, an increasing number of short-term rentals in Del Mar involve year-round rental of the entire house, frequently for very short periods with a high turnover rate, and with the owner permanently off-site. In these cases, the house is really no longer a residence at all, but rather, a business operation. ...

The only differences between a B&B or small boutique hotel, neither of which is allowed in residential zones in Del Mar, and a short-term rental, are essentially negative -- there is no staff on site to monitor inappropriate guest conduct, to deal with complaints from neighboring properties, or to ensure compliance with occupancy limits or parking rules.

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Pipe Up
Overwhelmingly positive Impact
Short-Term Rentals
Jonah Mechanic, Bonair Way, La Jolla | manager of short-term rentals on 11th Street, 12th Street, and 27th Street in Del Mar

Short term rentals provide alternative accommodations to visitors who spend money in the city of Del Mar. They also allow homeowners to supplement their income which in turn leads to them investing this money back into their homes, which leads to nicer houses and a better community. ...

The overwhelming majority of short term rental owners and guests have a positive impact on the community. Yes, there probably are a few bad owners and bad guests. but there is no reason to punish the majority because of the minority.

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Pipe Up
Bruce McDermott and family, 25th Street

...  As a Short Term Vacation Rental owner, my family and I understand the issues (noise, trash, community) and we're very mindful and sensitive to not being the host of a party house.

We rent to people that are respectful of our home, pay a substantial deposit to provide us a sense of their commitment to our terms and abide by our Good Neighbor rules we post and are included in the agreement. Paramount to those rules are "respect for neighbors".  ...

The City Council Members and Planning Commission Members will be hearing from all sides and all we ask is for fairness and to take steps that help us evolve to the best solutions for all and not a swift move for the sake of moving on.

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Sewer, Water and Arterial Paving (SWAP)
City of Del Mar

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A public Open House on the SWAP project will be held on November 10, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Powerhouse Community Center, 1658 Coast Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014. Residents can learn about the project, the timeline, and the benefits.

The Sewer, Water and Arterial Paving (SWAP) project work will occur primarily along Via de la Valle from Jimmy Durante Boulevard to Camino del Mar, Camino del Mar from 22nd Street to Via del la Valle, and a small portion of Coast Boulevard near the Powerhouse Community Center.  The construction will begin in December 2015 and will be completed by Memorial Day, 2016. The project includes approximately 25,000 square feet of sidewalks; additional parking spaces; expansion of local, recycled water infrastructure as well as re-routing City of Del Mar's waste-water flows.


First Thursdays: Kevyn Lettau
Jazz Vocalist
Thursday, November 5
DMF Cultural Arts Committee

 Vocalist: Kevyn Lettau
Keyboard: John Opferkuch
Bass: Glen Fisher
Photo Bill Morris.  Click on image to enlarge.
Pipe Up
Better and Better
Jan McMillan, 12th Street
The Sandpiper gets better and better!  Keep it up!   
City Hall/Town Hall
Revised Design Approved
City of Del Mar
Updated rendering of proposed CityTown Hall.
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On Monday evening November 2 Del Mar's City Council voted unanimously to accept the latest revised design from the architects. 
A Citizen’s Participation Program (CPP) meeting will be held on Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 pm at the Del Mar Communications Center.  The meeting will be another opportunity for community members to express concerns and ask questions about the City Hall/Town Hall project.    more information here

Modern Del Mar: Presentation to the City Council at the Town Hall/City Hall discussion
Ann Gardner

Ad Hoc DRB Workshop
Tuesday, November 3
6pm - 7:30pm
City of Del Mar
~ Open Workshop for Applicants and Neighbors Who Have Gone Through DRB
City Hall/Town Hall Project:
Architects to present revised plan

Monday, November 2
City of Del Mar
  ~ City Council review of project design updates
A message from the architects:
At the September 28 workshop you asked us to move away from the very boxy, modern "school" look and develop a civic center that instead spoke to the residential scale and Del Mar's character. You asked us to rethink the flat roofs, to provide more of a foundation to the buildings at the ground, to address your concerns on massing, light, glare and noise, to look at the plaza in relationship to future expansion areas, and to show you how the plaza can be used for a variety of community activities. 

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November Print Issue

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No Vacation
Art Olson

Should the City Council be giving away land when adjacent property owners request a “vacation” of City controlled property such as “paper alleys” and extended road rights of way? Some argue that the property is “unnecessary for present or prospective public use.” and thus should be released to the adjacent neighbors. Another viewpoint is that the property is absolutely necessary to provide much needed open space, including greenery that benefits the neighborhood and community as a whole.


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Why Del Mar?
Most of us have made a deliberate decision to live in this community. For some it is the beach, maybe the schools, maybe proximity to a major scientific research community, maybe access to a top university, maybe the rich cultural choices of San Diego. 

We believe most of us are attracted to the unique small town character of Del Mar that is ultimately like no other place in the world.

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Center Spread

Preserving Del Mar's
Community Plan

Cozette's Castle
Virginia Lawrence

Born in Utah, named for Victor Hugo’s Cosette in Les Misérables, Cozette Shirts reigns over a “castle” on Avenida Primavera. This castle – as the Shirts have always called it - is a seven-foot-high screened enclosure built by her late husband, Garry, when it became clear that Cozette’s flutters of butterflies had become prey to the neighborhood cats, and their own.    more

The Wright Stuff
Ann Gardner

In the midst of all the hullabaloo over the “modern” design proposed for our new City Hall my mind kept wandering uphill; uphill to the homes designed by then new and now renowned architects who broke away from traditional styles to design homes that “respected the environment, satisfied the client and fit the budget.”     more

Gentle Remodel
Shannon Hogan Cohen

Many of you may be familiar with the Anne Hathaway Cottage, a storybook style home on Luneta Drive and a symbol of bygone days. The labyrinth garden, rolled roof, beveled glass and window boxes exude charm. It has been featured in numerous publications showcasing its distinctive cottage ambience and architecture.    more

Milking the Cask Cow
Ann Garner

The pitch is the same. But some are more blatant than others. KellerWilliams advertises a property at 2034 Santa Fe Ave. in Del Mar as a “VRBO cash cow potential!” The short term rental phenomenon has hit beach communities throughout California, and Del Mar is no exception. Cities are crying foul and reviewing their options.    more

November Print Issue

Quoting the Community Plan
Strict building restrictions are in Del Mar’s DNA

The Sandpiper’s core mission is to defend the vision of the Community Plan. To promote familiarity with its contents in each issue we excerpt direct quotes:

“Strict building restrictions are in Del Mar’s DNA: “In 1905, the South Coast Land Company bought all of Colonel Taylor’s land . . . and planned a residential community ‘of distinctive class,…free from the noise, confusion and ugly cheap details of the average beach resort . . .Building restrictions will be enforced and everything will be done to make Del Mar what nature designed it to be, the most beautiful and pleasing place on the Pacific.’ What the Company promised in advertising it delivered in fact and in writing. The first roads on the hill were made by four horses pulling a scraper, not a standard bulldozer. The engineer was told to wind around as much as possible. Lots were intentionally irregular to assure everyone individuality and a view.” The land contract that went with each sale required a setback, including porches, of at least 25 feet from the lot line.”

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Faces of Affordable Housing
Carol Mason | Serpentine Drive
It’s trite but true that you learn to share in Kindergarten, but that was many years ago. Now, by sharing my house and my life in Del Mar with a series of interesting people, I’ve enjoyed a richness and diversity I could hardly imagine before.    more
November Print Issue

Fair Fattoids
These numbers reflect the
San Diego County Fair Vendor Food Sales

• Dixie’s Donuts fried more than 40,000 mini donuts
• Bacon-A-Fair used more than 18,500 pounds of bacon
• Chicken Charlie sold more than 3,000 Deep-Fried SlimFast Bars and 5,000 Peanut Butter Pickles
• Pink’s sold more than 4,160 pounds of hot dogs (20,800 hot dogs)
• Juicy’s sold more than 50,000 Turkey Legs
• Corn Star grilled up 50,000 ears of corn
• Country Fair Cinnamon used more 2,000 pounds of whole wheat cinnamon roll mix, 4 tons of cinnamon and sugar and 500 gallons of cream cheese frosting

Source: Manager’s Report 22nd Agricultural District Board of Directors Minutes July 15, 2015.

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City Hall/Town Hall Project
Revised Schedule
City of Del Mar

The purpose of revising the schedule is to provide additional opportunity for the project architect to refine the design, based on recent community feedback. The architect is now scheduled to present their revised design at the November 2, 2015 City Council meeting. If the City Council concurs with the revised design proposal, the project will continue with its entitlement process, including a Citizen’s Participation Program (CPP) meeting and Design Review Board hearing.
Please make note of the updated project schedule: 
  • November 2, 2015: City Council review of project design
  • November 19, 2015: Citizens Participation Program (CPP) meeting at
    6:30 p.m. in the Del Mar Communications Center,
  • December 16, 2015: Design Review Board Hearing to consider project design
  • January 4, 2016: City Council Project Entitlement Hearing and Certification of Final Environmental Impact Report
Ad Hoc Workshop
Ad Hoc Development Review Process Citizens' Advisory Committee

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 6pm to 7:30pm
Del Mar City Hall Annex, 235 11th Street
~ Open Workshop for Applicants and Neighbors Who Have Gone Through DRB

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 6pm
Del Mar Communications Center
~ Public Workshop. An opportunity to share your experiences with the Ad Hoc Committee as they gather public input and comment about the design review process in Del Mar.

2015 Paving Project
City of Del Mar
Construction will begin in November on the 2015 Paving Project. The work consists of asphalt and concrete surface repairs on residential streets and alleys throughout the City of Del Mar. Staff distributed letters to affected residents. Please contact Del Mar Public Works at 858-755-3294 with any questions.

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