Inside the September 2012 Sandpiper

pdf version of the Sept 2012 print issue

Extra copies of the Sandpiper are available at City Hall, the Library, and the Powerhouse.

Watch Out  Shirley King

EDITORIAL: Voter Homework

The Other REVI  Anthony Corso

Political Scuttlebutt
Dave Druker

ASK Dr. RICH!  Rich Simons

Fair Board: Stay Tuned  Bud Emerson

VSP: Facts & Opinions

Survey Split  Bud Emerson


VSP Evolution  Don Mosier


It Will Work  Wayne Dernetz


It Won’t Work  Dave Druker


Need To Know  Art Olson


Parking Perplexes
Tom McGreal

Solana PLACE Making
Ann Gardner

Shores Cinema

Mile Markers: 3 Up, 57 to Go  Jacqueline Winterer and Bill Farrell

Monster in the Lagoon

This I Believe  Nancy Fisher

CALTRANS Confidential  Ann Gardner

Community Building
Betty Wheeler

Del Mar Roots  Sam Borgese

One Huge Paseo  Bob Fuchs

Safe Summer Waves  Jon Edelbrock

Roving Teen Reporter
Leila Zein-Phillipson




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VSP: Facts & Opinions
Voters will decide on November 6 if the Village Specific Plan(VSP) is adopted. On these pages we have invited a variety of points of view
to help clarify voter choices.

Survey Split | VSP Evolution | It Will Work
It Won’t Work | Need To Know
Parking Perplexes


The Other REVI 
Anthony Corso

What’s going to happen to the Vons shopping center on Del Mar Heights Road now that it has been purchased by the company that owns the Del Mar Highlands Town Center across I-5 on El Camino Real in Carmel Valley? One rumor has it that a Ralph’s Grocery Store will replace Vons. Another is that the Heights shopping center will be upgraded in the same manner as the Highlands shopping center.  more>>

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Save the Date
posted 09/13/12
Staying alive: cpr
Are you able to recognize when someone needs life-saving help? …and then do you feel comfortable taking the steps to reach out and help them?

Once again, the approved procedure for giving CPR has been changed to make it easier and more effective. 

Del Mar Community Connections with Del Mar CERT is sponsoring the second class in the series “Staying Alive” which will review the most recent CPR changes, teach us how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), and give us hands on time to practice.

This class is free and will be taught by the Del Mar Firemen on Oct 24th from 1:00- 4:00, at the Del Mar Annex

Please RSVP with Heather at DMCC, 858 792-7565

posted 09/12/12

2012: Sept | July | June | May | April | March | Feb
2011: Dec | Nov | Oct | Sept | July | June | May | March

September Print Issue

Jazz on 24th Street
DMCC presents
“Jazz on 24th Street: The Great American Songbook”

Saturday, September 22nd,

1 to3 pm

236 24th Street

Join our friends to listen to the classic jazz standards of Cole Porter, Jerome Kerns, Hoagy Carmichael, Rogers and Hart, and more, performed by Amber Whitlock and a surprise group of local musicians. Refreshments and light food served. No reservations required. A donation to DMCC of $20 (at the party) is encouraged.

Save the Date
posted 09/10/12
Shot Shindig Shortly
Virginia Lawrence


Chuck Newton getting his DMCC flu shot in 2001. 
Courtesy Bud Emerson.
Wednesday, October 3
9 am  to 1 pm
City Hall Annex, 235 11th Street

  • No reservations!
  • Flu - $30; Pneumonia - $75; No charge for Medicare Part B.  (bring your card)
  • Free juice and cookies served while you socialize with friends and neighbors.
  • Questions - 858-792-7565
How this program started here
posted 08/25/12
DMVA and old DMHS seek to go separate ways

At the August 23rd meeting of the Del Mar Village Association (DMVA) Board of Directors, a motion was made and passed to form an ad hoc committee to facilitate the "un-merging" of DMVA and the old Del Mar Historical Society (DMHS).

These two entities merged in July 2010.  Apparently, the old guard members from DMHS do not believe the merger has lived up to their expectations and are seeking more autonomy.  This ad hoc committee will hammer out the details of a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure that the "un-merging" satisfies the IRS's requirements for non-profits.  contributed by Virgnia Lawrence

September Print Issue

Watch Out 
Shirley King

The North Hills area of Avenida Primavera, Forest Way, Upper Serpentine, Zuni and mid 15h Street has an actively cohesive Neighborhood Watch program – 42 residences and growing. Originally spearheaded and diligently managed by Dorothy and Chuck Newton, the new captains, Shirley King and Art Olson, are carrying on the tasks of updating the neighborhood map and directory and sending out notifications primarily by e-mail when there is any criminal activity observed or reported in this area and within a one-mile radius through Crime Alerts with the San Diego Sheriff’s Dept. Crime Mapping service (


September Print Issue

Fair Board: Stay Tuned
Bud Emerson

The Governor has not appointed new members to fill the four Board vacancies. It has been a challenge to achieve a quorum for meetings. His office has been contacted repeatedly by Del Mar and Solana Beach officials, as well as other interested parties. No answers have been forthcoming. At least six Del Mar applicants have been interviewed and several from Solana Beach. Reportedly, one Del Mar applicant was offered an appointment but decided to withdraw her appliction. One source says they would like to appoint a Del Mar female with no record of criticism of the Fair Board over the years. But no action as of mid-August. Stay tuned.  more>>

September Print Issue

This I Believe
Nancy Fisher
About two years ago, when we moved back to my home town of Del Mar from Boston, we were afraid we’d miss the stunning seasonal changes. And by “we” I mean my husband, Mike, a hardy native New Englander. After twenty years, I was through with the seasons.  more>>
September Print Issue

Shores Cinema
Friday, September 7 - around sunset
Saturday, September 8 - around sunset

With emphasis on ocean-oriented and family-centric films, the third annual Del Mar Shores Cinema Series will be held Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8, at the Del Mar Shores Park, Ninth Street and Stratford Court. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and beach chairs to join in viewing a number of award-winning films on the outdoor big screen.  more>>

September Print Issue

Solana PLACE Making
Ann Gardner

Solana Beach is creating a new streetscape that by Fall 2013 will provide new public gathering places and 27 new diagonal parking spaces for pedestrians and shoppers along the west side of 101, from Dahlia Street at the southern end to Cliff Street at the northern end, with Plaza Street in the middle.  more>>

September Print Issue

Monster in the Lagoon

Elevations of the proposed Rancho Del Mar project featured in our last edition
as “Monster Of the Lagoon.”  more>>
September Print Issue

Mile Markers: 3 Up, 57 to Go
Jacqueline Winterer and Bill Farrell

On August 18th a happy crowd broke into smaller groups to inaugurate a new bilingual information system on the San Dieguito Coast to Crest Trail using their smart phones to read the first three of what will eventually be fifty-seven “mile markers.” Initiated, designed and funded partially by The Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley, the project was carried out in cooperation with the San Dieguito River Park and with additional funding from the Conservancy.


September Print Issue

Community Building
Betty Wheeler

The newly-minted Del Mar Community Building, located at 225 9th Street, was slated for its grand opening on August 28, giving community members an opportunity to tour the facility, learn about the spaces available for community use, and enjoyed a wine and cheese gathering with other residents.


September Print Issue

Roving Teen Reporter
Leila Zein-Phillipson

“I have lived in Del Mar my whole life, this is my home” said Alessandro (15). Alessandro and his local teenage friends are aware of a swarm of new faces that come to Del Mar each year from other California locations, out of state, and from foreign countries.

The warm weather, with a light sea breeze, and ocean water at 70 degrees are just some of the many factors visitors consider when choosing Del Mar as their summer vacation destination.   more>>

September Print Issue

Safe Summer Waves
Jon Edelbrock
By all accounts our Lifeguard staff has had an amazing summer. For starters the Community Services staff moved into the new Beach Safety Center at the end of June. The transition to our new digs couldn’t have come at a busier time and presented such a stark contrast to our former home. Lifeguards have a renewed sense of pride, achievement, and the feeling that we’re at the center of beach life as Ambassadors of the City.   more>>
September Print Issue


Our Del Mar Fire Department is warning residents to get busy and cut back all dry vegetation and remove all dead plants and tree material to avoid brush fires. To help residents Waste Management is again offering residents of the City of Del Mar free curbside vegetation pickup the week of September 10 through September 24 (on your regularly scheduled pick up day.

Permits are not needed to prune trees or branches overhanging roofs or chimneys, regardless of species. For trees near power lines, the fire department recommends using a professional tree trimmer.

If you have any questions please contact Waste Management at (800) 368-7783.

September Print Issue

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris,” a gala to benefit the work of Del Mar Community Connections, will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Del Mar Hilton.

“Don your flapper dresses, boas, pearls, fedoras and spats and join us for a fun evening of socializing and dancing,” urges Kathy Reed McCarthy, general chair, in announcing details for the event, which will include an auction and dancing to Randy Fontaine and the Swingers.

Reservations may be made at or 858 792-7565.

The annual Gala is the single largest fund-raiser for Del Mar Community Connections, a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to enriching community life in Del Mar by promoting independence and well-being among seniors and those with special needs; making connections through social, health, educational, cultural and intergenerational programs.

September Print Issue

Save the Date
Art Fire
Saturday, September 8th, 6-9 pm
at the Del Mar Art Center Gallery,
Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Suite 122

Fire is a central element in many of the works on view at the Del Mar Art Center. Libbie McMahon “paints” with powdered and crushed glass which is then fired. Ed Eginton uses fire to create his whimsical ceramic ocean life wall tiles. Robert Glick harnesses fire in addition to paint to construct his 7’ tall human portrait “Carol-Ann On Fire."

Also featured: Don Coordt, Pamela Fox Linton and Bruce Stewart.

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readers' comments

08/08 ... a demonstration project was not planned, no questions were asked about the cost of the planDennis Mulligan  more>>

07/19 ... I appreciate the work and effort done by the planners bringing forth the proposed Village Plan, but the plan is an overreach.  William D. Daniel  more>>

07/08 ... Call it revitalization or redevelopment; our main street may soon be transformed in ways that will redefine the character of Del Mar.   Justin Kulongoski  more>>

06/24 ... We, are so proud of each one of you lifeguards, and you Pat Vergne ...  Chiquita Abbott  more>>

05/01 ... Just curious ... Is the article by Art Olson published on April 1, 2012 an April Fool’s Day joke or is it real?  Claudia Job Kennedy    more>>

05/01 ... Such a manifestation of a “Del Mar Correctional Center” is certainly a “brain #@*&” of huge proportions... simply ghastly!  Richard White.  more>>

04/08 ... Since Camino Del Mar acts as an alternative bypass when there is an accident or similar  blockage on I-5, how will the increased traffic be handled through Del Mar?   Don Coordt   more>>

04/08 ... Ostensibly, the "revitalization" of the commercial area has been relentlessly pushed over the past 10 years by various interests, many of which are not even community residents.  Ralph Reisner  more>>

03/30 ... Configure Camino del Mar as a one-lane one-way road with the direction changing every two hours  Bruce Astarita  more>>

03/30 ... I wonder why you keep publishing garbage like that “Ask Dr. Rich” column. Come on, his answers seldom seem to have anything to do with the questions.   Dick Silsby  more>>

03/30 ... I recently attended a City Council meeting where the Planning Director made a presentation on the development standards that are being proposed for the Village Specific Plan. Mark Stuckelman  more>>

03/30 ... Kudos to the Del Mar Garden Club for donating Frank Mando’s ‘Flock of Birds’ sculpture to the City.  Virginia Lawrence  more>>

02/01 ... In January 2012, the Del Mar School Board shut down a fully parent-funded Spanish program at Del Mar Heights School.  Katherine White more>>

01/14 ... Reading the Sandpiper editorial (here) you probably wonder what in the world Carl Hilliard is thinking. I certainly would from this dispatch except for one thing: The information isn’t true. ... Carl Hilliard   more>>

12/23 ... To borrow words from The Economist editorial writers, the idea is "barking mad" from their standpoint. ... Bob Ringland more>>

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