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Inside the NOVEMBER 2018 Print Issue

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EDITORIAL: Hit Pieces Unacceptable

What the Candidates Say

Sandpiper Endorses Worden for City Council

Civic Center Blossoms:
Orchid for Outstanding Architecture

Roving Teen Reporter:
Kavanaugh Confirmation

Eve Gross

Chomp Champs
Julie Maxey-Allison

No Retreat!
Don Mosier

Salt Spray
Julie Maxey-Allison

Troubled Torrey
Julie Maxey-Allison

Paws Laws
Barley Gaylord

Garden Giving
Claire McGreal

Resort Response
Ann Gardner

Resort Fiscal Fitness
Bud Emerson

DM Resort: Solana Beach Responses: NO
Lesa Heebner

DM Resort: Solana Beach Responses: YES
Jeff Cameron

Serving Seniors
Julie Maxey-Allison

Local Blood Suckers
Julie Maxey-Allison

Don’t Fence Me Out
Don Mosier

Bluff Bluff

Al Tarkington

Our Bluffs and Beaches
Photos courtesy Del Mar Historical Society

Julie Maxey-Allison

Sweat ...... Shop
Stuart Fish

Follow the Money:
Candidate’s Filing: Form 460

Bud Emerson

Shaded Tots
Julie Maxey-Allison

DMF Announces New Officers
Bob Gans

DMCC: November 2018
Ashley Simpkins

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Update 12/04/18
NPR story about Sea Level in Del Mar
"Retreat" Is Not An Option
As A California Beach Town Plans For Rising Seas
Click here for full story on NPR
Update 11/26/18

Throughout November DMCC and the Del Mar Foundation will be collecting toys for the North County Community Resource Center Holiday Baskets program. The CRC provides a dignified and free shopping experience to over 6,000 individuals, including children, seniors, veteran families, and survivors of domestic violence, providing them with food and gifts for the holidays. 

Drop off your new, unwrapped toy, stuffed animal, children's book, or item of sports equipment at our office in the Del Mar Community Building on 225 9th St during business hours

Update 10/25/18
4th Del Mar Bluff Collapse
between 9th and 11th Streets
Monday, October 22

Details here
Update 10/25/18
Hit Pieces Unacceptable

Until recent days we could be proud that our election season in Del Mar was staying within the bounds of civil, civic behavior. Kudos to our four candidates for staying on the issues and avoiding personal attacks.

It is more than disappointing that a “newsletter” email “hit piece” from writers, too cowardly to identify themselves, hit our computers targeting candidate Dwight Worden with blatant misrepresentations about his actions and positions. The anonymist charged Worden with “selling out the soul of the city” on our efforts to plan for the impact of sea level rise on our community. It also charges that Measure P was devised by Worden to give local power away to the state. The attacks are now arriving in print in our mailboxes, still unsigned! The actual facts disprove these anonymous charges.

Fact checks:
Sea Level Rise

• Worden wrote the Beach Protection Initiative and defended it in court.
• Worden voted with the Council to get funding for study of the science and facts involved in sea level rise.
• Worden wrote the Del Mar plan rejecting “managed retreat” as infeasible for Del Mar.
• Worden voted for a plan that includes sand replenishment, river dredging, and a living levee.
• Worden voted for a process which will allow local control and help us get funding for sand deposits.

Measure P
Worden joined a unanimous City Council, after two public hearings, to approve the Measure so that Del Mar will be able to exercise more local control over land use matters.

Deliberate misrepresentations, personal attacks, and fear mongering are not acceptable in Del Mar elections. Unsigned hit pieces are not acceptable. We cannot let dirty politics degrade our municipal election. We trust that voters and the candidates will reject such practices.

October and November Print Issues
EDITORIAL: Sandpiper Endorses Worden for City Council

Few have done as much as Dwight Worden to bring to fruition the small town vision laid out in our Community Plan. Recognized throughout the state as an expert in environmental and municipal law, Dwight has been using his know-how for Del Mar’s benefit for more than four decades. During that time he has served our community in many capacities as our City Attorney, as a legal counsel defending our interests in court, as legal counsel for several regional organizations, as a legal advisor for environmental and grassroots citizen groups, as the author of the Beach Protection Initiative (BPI) and Measure B, as a community advocate, as a contributing volunteer on numerous city advisory committees, as a Council Member and our current Mayor.


November print issue
What the Candidates say


Question: Some issues in the community that come before the Council generate strong opinions on all sides and can sometimes lead to discord within the community. As a Council Member what role would you take to encourage respect and discourage discord? What role should the entire Council take?”

Dwight Worden
I am proud to have co-sponsored our first-in-the-region Code of Civil Discourse, which promotes inclusion, listening to understand, respect, fairness, and a focus on issues, not personal attack.

I know civility works, having spent decades dealing with contentious issues and bringing divergent viewpoints to a common position. In some controversial matters, we have seen instances in Del Mar mirroring the coarsened discourse that occurs all too often at the federal level -- anonymous personal attacks, misrepresentation of facts. This discourages public participation and impedes good decision-making. On Council my priority is to be respectful to everyone, to listen closely, to reach out for diverse perspectives, to remain calm when I believe I am unfairly attacked, and to encourage civility in our civic discussions.

Dan Quirk
Data analytics and city-run electronic surveys can fundamentally improve the way we as a community make decisions, and thus decrease frustration. The primary way we make decisions is through many town hall meetings and gatherings in people’s homes. These are essential, but they can be difficult to quantify. Two prominent achievements in Del Mar have benefited from surveys: the new City Hall and Measure Q. They were not without conflict, but the surveys clearly showed the direction the broad community desired, which minimized conflict. By contrast, managed retreat and short-term rentals had no survey, and the process has been frustrating for many. Different survey designs can be used, but surveys with pro and con arguments (to counteract bias) should be used for some issues.

Terry Gaasterland
Most city council meetings I have attended are mannerly. The residents listen quietly and provide their remarks in turn, although there are exceptions from time to time. From my experience, discord happens when there are contentious issues being discussed and the public believes that the Council is not listening to the views and testimony of the great majority in attendance. If elected to our city council and if this were to happen, I would politely ask everyone to be respectful of others who may have a different opinion and to please refrain from disrupting the meeting. Even so, no matter how hard we try, we cannot control human emotion in every situation, especially when real property issues are being discussed. We can only try. Sometimes, that emotion is important for opening eyes and fostering unanticipated but productive discussion.

Brian Fletcher
It is this very situation of discord within our community that has led me to run for council. For the last two years I have watched a series of issues come before the Council that divided the community. But the discord has not been between opposing groups of citizens but towards the council majority who are failing to heed residents’ concerns. For example, on the sea level rise planning issue, it has been the STAC committee and residents who have had to relentlessly fight each action taken by the City Council that undermines the future of the North Beach neighborhood.

As a Council Member I would encourage respect and discourage discord by not only listening to residents, but also by acting upon what they say.

November print issue
Follow the Money
Candidate’s Filings: Form 460
Bud Emerson | Klish Way

Here are the interesting stats from the first City Council candidates’ filings (Form 460), covering campaign contributions and expenses through 9/22/2018:

Brian Fletcher reported the most contributions, at $13,680 from 71 donors, with 54% of the money and 52% of donors from non-Del Mar addresses.

Dwight Worden reported $12,830 in contributions from 67 donors, with 97% of both money and donors from Del Mar addresses. The 3% from non-Del Mar addresses came from two former Del Mar mayors (Crystal Crawford, Lee Haydu).

Terry Gaasterland reported $10,130 in contributions (plus a $1,100 loan she made to her campaign), with 13.8% of the money and 11.9% of donors reported from non-Del Mar addresses.

Dan Quirk lagged far behind, with $2,430 in contributions ($600 from himself), with 53.5% of the money and 75% of the donors from non-Del Mar addresses.
Measure R


Our political season is very similar to previous years with one glaring exception regarding, the initiative trying to change the methodology for determining lot size on the beachfront which likely causes significant unintended consequences. The stakes must be high for those for and against based on the campaign funds been reported.

  • Form 460 for “Del Mar Residents for Fairness, No on Measure R” shows $135,000 in contributions and expenditures of $39,062. This represents 9 contributors who each contributed $15,000. This includes corporate donors like Investors Leasing Corporation and Warren Properties Inc.; individuals like Doug Allred, Thomas C. Hays, Henrick Jorst, Sandra Naftzger, Jenny Craig, and Natalie N. Davis, and an LLC: C4 Sandy Lane LLC.
  • Form 460 for “Yes on Measure R” shows $111,733 in contributions, and $160,424 in expenditures. All of the contributions were from Rick Thompson except for $500 from Diane P. Cox.


November print issue
Troubled Torrey
Julie Maxey-Allison
May   October   November
Photos Julie Maxey-Allison.
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November print issue
Shaded Tots
Julie Maxey-Allison
Finally, 13 years after a request to the City for a sunshade at the Tot Lot, a large custom “sail” was installed on the south side of the sandbox. It is an unobtrusive welcome addition.
Photo Julie Maxey-Allison.
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