Inside The September 2011 Sandpiper

pdf version of the September 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.

Seeking Squeaky Clean  Mikhail Ogawa

Editorial: Del Mar Talent Bank

Citizen Voices  Terry Sinnot

ASK Dr. RICH!  Rich Simons

Fabriqué en France 
Virginia Lawrence

Let's Get Specific  Kathy Garcia

Southern Anchor  Dave Druker

Make Del Mar Better at Being Del Mar  Bud Emerson

The Wide Wide World of I-5  Dennis E. Ridz

Beach Watch  Jon Edelbrock

25 Years OLD!

Lines of Power
Dave Druker

Money Talk 101
Teresa McBroome

Big Plans Big Price  Bud Emerson

Not That Daughter!
Bill Michalsky

Resident Bridge Bats  Anthony Corso

Beginning Twilights  Mary Hale, for the Del Mar Spectator in 1983

Last of the Twilights   Bill Michalsky

Covering Its Bases  Ann Gardner


ROMEO  Nancy Fisher




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Description: fork_brushSave the Date!
posted 9/20/11

Taste and Art Stroll 
Sunday, October 2nd 
Art Stroll - Live Music - Kids’ Art - Pet Stroll 10am–5pm
Taste of Del Mar 1pm–4pm

Presented by the Del Mar Village Association
With the support of the City of Del Mar

Save the Date!
posted 9/13/11

Groundbreaking for the
Del Mar Beach Safety Center

will be held at the lifeguard tower on Monday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. and all the public is invited to come down to view the renderings.  The ‘boardwalk’ will be an improvement, covering the old drainage ditch which has long deterred easy access to our beach as well as become quite an eyesore for our visitors.  The Friends of the Powerhouse have pledged 1/3 of the total price for this $1, 300, 000 project yet further fund-raising needs to be done.  Our November issue will detail how you might help.

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Press release DMTV - posted 09/30/11

To Better Serve

Premiere of the video:
Thur, Sept  15th at 7p.m.
Del Mar Communication Center, 240 10th Street, Del Mar. 

Serving their community for over 25 years, former Del Mar City Council Members Crystal Crawford and Richard Earnest are subjects of a new video “In Order To Better Serve."  Sponsored by the Del Mar Television Foundation and directed by Emmy award winner Edward Kramer, the video takes you on a journey of discovery and volunteerism of two community members and how it’s possible to make a contribution through public service.

Edward commented: "It was a great honor to put together a collection of reflections and wisdoms from more than 25 years’ experience of local governance in Del Mar. In an age of extreme cynicism in politics Richard and Crystal marked a very productive era in Del Mar's development and their testimonials are a real guide book and tribute to the ideals of Public Service."

Join the Del Mar Television Foundation at the premiere of the video September 8th, 7p.m. It will be held at the Del Mar Communication Center, 240 10th Street, Del Mar.  There will be a reception and after the video the principals will be available for comments or questions.

The video will also be airing on Del Mar Television Channel 130 digital, AT & T 99 in September on Thursdays at 8:30pm.  Check the schedule on the website for further airings at


Breaking News

5 appointed to Del Mar Fairboard

August 26, 2011

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Lisa Barkett, 52, of La Jolla, has been appointed to the 22nd District Agricultural Association, San Diego County Fair Board. She has been vice president of Merjan Financial Corporation since 1989. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Barkett is a Democrat.

Tom Chino, 62, of Del Mar, has been appointed to the 22nd District Agricultural Association, San Diego County Fair Board. He has been president of Chino Nojo, Inc. since 1982. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Chino is registered decline-to-state.

David Lizerbram, 35, of San Diego, has been appointed to the 22nd District Agricultural Association, San Diego County Fair Board. He has been principal at David Lizerbram & Associates since 2005. Lizerbram was an attorney at McColloch and Campitiello LLP from 2004 to 2005 and was an attorney at the Law Offices of Roslyn Soudry from 2002 to 2004. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Lizerbram is registered decline-to-state.

Frederick Schenk, 57, of San Diego, has been appointed to the 22nd District Agricultural Association, San Diego County Fair Board. He has been a partner at Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt and Penfield since 1983. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Schenk is a Democrat.

David Watson, 54, of Chula Vista, has been appointed to the 22nd District Agricultural Association, San Diego County Fair Board. He has been a partner at Duane Morris since 2010. Watson was a partner at Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg and Bagley from 2008 to 2010 and from 2002 to 2006. He was vice president of Yokohl Ranch Company LLC from 2006 to 2008 and he was an attorney at Gray Cary Ware and Freidenrich from 1988 to 2002. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Watson is a Democrat.

September Print Issue  

Seeking Squeaky Clean
Mikhail Ogawa

The Clean Water Program is both a requirement and pro-active approach to limiting pollutants in our lagoons and Pacific Ocean. The program is a requirement of Federal and State laws that address municipal, construction, business and residential activities.  more>>


September Print Issue  

Beach Watch  Jon Edelbrock

The summer of 2011 has been a stark contrast to the gloomy summer of 2010. Let’s take a look at the periods between June 1 and August 15.


September Print Issue
Cliff Swallows on the Grand Avenue Bridge, July 26, 2011.  Photo Paul Haydu
September Print Issue

Resident Bridge Bats  Anthony Corso

Most of us are aware that the North Torrey Pines Bridge, considered one of Del Mar’s Historic landmarks, is undergoing a sizeable rehabilitation including replacing the entire upper deck.   more>>

  September Print Issue
Fabriqué en France
Virginia Lawrence

For the September issue of the Sandpiper the layout was outsourced to a little-known firm in the French Alps.   more>>

September Print Issue PIPE UP


Weezer's Pork and Beans 
Piper Underwood 

... somewhat muddled music blasting through our open windows.  more>>

Roger Reynolds

... stunned by the noise levels of the amplified entertainment.   more>>

September Print Issue

Redistricting Changes Crawford’s Plans

Redistricting has put Del Mar in the new 78th AD, which will be represented by Assembly Member Toni Atkins, who was elected to the Assembly just last November. I supported Toni while she served on the San Diego City Council, and I worked with her on a number of issues when we each served at SANDAG. I respect Toni’s work on education, transportation, and housing. She is in a leadership position in the State Assembly, and I am proud to support her reelection.

I enjoyed my many years of public service on the Del Mar City Council and the spirited exchanges that our community provides. We should be proud of how, even though we are a small city with limited resources, we continue to protect our natural environment and provide reliable public safety services for not only the residents of Del Mar but for our many visitors.
I look forward to another opportunity to serve the residents of Del Mar in the future.

Crystal Crawford, former City Council Member

September Print Issue

ASK Dr. RICH!  Rich Simons

Q- A recent article in the Sandpiper reported that there is an increase in the number of pelicans on our shoreline this year. What is your explanation for this? - s.p.


September Print Issue

Beginning Twilights
Mary Hale, for the Del Mar Spectator in 1983

Imagine rolling lawns, a sea breeze, and a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Families and groups gather with blankets and picnic hampers while musicians tune their instruments. An evening concert begins in the special setting of Seagrove Park as the sun begins its descent.  more>>

September Print Issue
Last of the Twilights
Bill Michalsky

2011 Summer Twilight Concert Series, sponsored by the Del Mar Foundation, will soon come to an end. The first three concerts have been well received by the community and attendance has filled Powerhouse Park. At the August concert Mrs. Robinson put on a great show. One more concert remains. more>>

September Print Issue

Shores Cinema Series to return Sept 10 and 24 for two free, family, outdoor Saturday movie nights at Del Mar Shores Park.

This year, the Cinema Series kicks off September 10th at sunset (around 7:30 p.m.) with a trio of award winning films that put a new twist on the traditional surf flick, from Dear and Yonder (Woodshed) to The Physics of Surfing by San Diego’s Passmore Labs, to The Board Meeting, with a special guest appearance by San Clemente filmmaker Maggie Franks. details:

September Print Issue  

Covering Its Bases 
Ann Gardner

Protea Properties, the developer renovating the Flower Hill shopping mall on Via de la Valle, has now filed a Coastal Development Permit, stepping away from the ‘whose jurisdiction is it’ dispute and leaving the City of San Diego and the California Coastal Commission (CCC) to slug it out.  more>

September Print Issue

Make Del Mar Better at Being Del Mar
Bud Emerson

Fifty-six year old interim Del Mar City Manager Mark Ochenduzko is “in the saddle” again after retiring from 20 years of managing in quite a number of California cities, most recently in Coronado.  more>>

September Print Issue

Big Plans Big Price  Bud Emerson

Citizen awareness and involvement is urgently needed to consider the impact on the quality of our lives from a giant development near our borders. A citizen-sponsored website describes what is planned and suggests how we can get involved. Check out to see for yourself.


  September Print Issue

Not That Daughter!
Bill Michalsky

DAR… NOT Daughters of the American Revolution, but Direct Access Ramp. Add this to your list of little used acronyms. You are forgiven if you don’t know what this is; think CALTRANS, the freeway guys and SANDAG, the regional planning agency, and then add in the recent CALTRANS Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for building out I-5 over the next 40 years.  Mix in ongoing traffic growth, add a dash of Flower Hill Promenade build-out and some spice in the proposed intensification of use at the Fairgrounds and you get .........   more>>

September Print Issue

ROMEO  Nancy Fisher

On the last Tuesday of every month the staff of Sbicca has a table waiting for ROMEO, an acronym for Retired Old Men Eating Out. Just before noon they start arriving -- a half dozen or so Del Mar men, retired from careers in law, insurance, manufacturing, aviation, the priesthood, and more -- coming together for camaraderie and a great meal.  more>>

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readers' comments

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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