Inside the September 2013 Sandpiper

pdf version of the September 2013 print issue

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Seasonal, Not Marginal
Jonathan Edelbrock

EDITORIAL:
Funding the Future

Revenue Resources
Dave Druker

Ask Dr. RICH!
Rich Simons

Paying the Piper (Sand)

New Cop Shop?
Jim Benedict

Pension Perspectives
Bud Emerson

Mail Satisfaction
Shirley King

BOOK CORNER:
The Russians Are Coming
Ann Gardner

PASEO Del Mar
Diana Scheffler

Appreciating Charlotte 1928 - 2013
Nancy Fisher

ROVING TEEN REPORTER:
Home Sweet Del Mar
Leila Zein-Phillipson

Citizen Del Mar
Bud Emerson

McLeader
Suzi Resnik

Laura’s Law
Nancy Fisher

Garden Guzzlers Gone
Ed Mirsky

1,000-Foot Platform?
Bill Michalsky

City Hall Stall
Ann Gardner

Crustaceans Denied
Shirley King

Eucalyptus Under Fire
Ann Gardner

LOCAVORES DELIGHT:
Summer Fresh
Lisa Renner

NeFAIRious!
Jacqeline Winterer

Watermark Housing
Bud Emerson

DMTV PRESENTS:
Del Mar Shorts
Luana Karr

Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce

Easy Rider
Art Olson

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Seasonal, Not Marginal
Jonathan Edelbrock
 

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With another summer season having come and gone, most of our Lifeguard department’s dedicated group of Seasonal Lifeguards part ways with their summer commitment. The talented and diverse group of part-time community servants includes amongst its ranks high school students, law and medical school students, teachers, and other working professionals. They provide the backbone of safety and service for our bustling beach of nearly 2.5 million annual visitors.

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Letter to the Editor from the Mayor of Del Mar Re: Seasonal, Not Marginal
posted 09/10/10

Re: Seasonal, Definitely Not Marginal

Dear Editor,

The City of Del Mar has over two miles of sandy beaches that entice thousands of summer visitors from near and far to the area. Protecting those visitors and residents is principal to the mission of the City and the staff responsible for beach and lifeguarding safety. Our Permanent Career Lifeguards and Seasonal Lifeguards make up one of the most well-trained, experienced
Lifeguarding Teams in the County. The City Council and I feel very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of employees.

When I read the recent article, “Seasonal, Not Marginal,” I was somewhat surprised to see such an article when we (the City) are right in the middle of negotiating with the Union that represents the Seasonal Lifeguards. The City’s labor relations policies and procedures are governed by the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, California legislation that provides reasonable methods to resolve disputes regarding wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment between public employers and public employee organizations. Our Seasonal Lifeguards chose to form a bargaining group in the fall of last year. Our City has been meeting with their representatives to negotiate a new agreement.

While it is not appropriate for me to discuss current negotiations with the Union in public, I would like to reinforce the fact that the City values all of our employees, and we are committed to providing fair compensation to all of them. Like any employer we are always trying to find the balance in what we pay our staff to be fair and competitive in the market place while accomplishing all of the needs of our Community. In the case of our Seasonal Lifeguards that is
what we are trying to do through our negotiations with their Union. Let’s give the process a chance before we pass judgment.

Sincerely,
Terry Sinnott
Mayor of Del Mar

 

CC: Scott W. Huth, City Manager (shuth@DelMar.ca.us)

 

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Letters to the Editor
Re: Seasonal, Not Marginal

Please note:  We are posting all the letters to the editor about our September article "Seasonal, Not Marginal" on a separate page here.

   
Update
09/24/13

North Torrey Pines Bridge
97% done
Removal of the temporary bridge structure on the North Torrey Pines Bridge on Saturday, September 21. Photo Bill Morris

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Update
09/19/13

North Torrey Pines Bridge Closure
Overnight between Thursday and Friday, Oct 19-20,
and again for the whole weekend, Oct 20-23

The temporary bridge structure along North Torrey Pines Road will be removed from Thursday, September 19 through Monday, September 23.  The work will require one full road closure of North Torrey Pines Road from the Torrey Pines State Beach parking lot to Carmel Valley Road from 9:00 PM on Thursday, September 19 to 6:00 AM on Friday, September 20.  Another continuous full road closure is scheduled from 9:00 PM on Friday, September 20 through 6:00 AM on Monday, September 23.  Detours will divert southbound traffic to Carmel Valley Road and northbound traffic to Genesee Avenue, via Interstate 5.  Pedestrians and bicyclists will be diverted around the closure via Carmel Valley Road and the Torrey Pines State Beach parking lot

              
Update
09/14/13

Energy Upgrade workshop
Home Energy Upgrade Workshop
Del Mar City Hall, Annex Building
1050 Camino Del Mar
Wednesday, September 25
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Is your home hot and stuffy in the fall?  Cold and drafty in winter?  Looking for ways to lower your energy bills?  Hear from experts at the California Center for Sustainable Energy on how to prioritize home energy upgrades and access rebates.  This workshop is designed for owners of single-family homes in the Del Mar/Solana Beach area.  Register for this free event at www.energycenter.org/delmar.

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Update
09/12/13

Silent Tribute in Memory of 9/11
"Silent Tribute" in Powerhouse Park
Volunteers planted 3000 small flags in Powerhouse Park on September 11. 
Photo Tom Nelson.
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Photo Joe Azzinaro.
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Update
09/11/13

Letter to the editor
Re: Citizen del Mar

Dear Editor,

Bud Emerson's article [Citizen Del Mar] was a terrific summary of our history here and brought back memories.  I hope it is helpful to the newer-comers and may encourage them to get involved.

Arlene Lighthall, Luzon Avenue

      
September Print Issue

More Bucks Need to Stop Here!

The Editorial Board of the Sandpiper wants to remind you that we couldn’t publish without the support of readers like you. Although our writers are unpaid volunteers (see this month’s article by Dr. Rich for a fun take on that), our printing, assembling, and mailing costs have grown to about $30,000 per year and we rely on donations to cover these expenses.

If you enjoy reading the Sandpiper, or even enjoy disagreeing with it, please consider joining one of our categories of long-range support, which allow us to plan for the future. The generosity of the donors in these categories covers more than half of our annual expenses each year.

Please become a financial supporter of the Sandpiper by joining one of the circles below, or by donating at any level you can.

• Chuck Newton Circle $2500 per year for three years
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• Writer’s Circle $100-$499 for one year

Please make your donation payable to Sandpiper, and mail to Sandpiper, Box 2177, Del Mar, CA 92014.

 
September Print Issue

McLeader
Suzi Resnik


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Beginning in 1995 the Del Mar Historical Society (DMHS) launched “Del Mar Voices,” a project to record the oral histories of community leaders. You can listen to their voices, read their stories, and view their photos and memorabilia by going to the collection housed at the Del Mar Library. The DMHS is working to have these available online as well.

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September Print Issue

9/11 Flags
"Silent Tribute" in Powerhouse Park

Volunteers needed to plant 3000 small flags in Powerhouse Park.. Open to the public starting at 8 AM. Mayor speaks at 6 PM. Taps played at 6:30 PM. No response necessary

 
September Print Issue

Del Mar Art Center Gallery
Season 3
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Through October 27th

 

   
September Print Issue

Ask Dr. RICH!
Rich Simons

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Q: Recently I became distraught when I realized I had not received my August edition of the Sandpiper. I always look forward to it arriving early each month (and of course I turn immediately to your column!) Can you please tell me why my August edition didn’t arrive? Was I supposed to send someone some money? – d.c.

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September Print Issue

New Cop Shop?
Jim Benedict
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The City of Del Mar is close to getting the “Evaluation of our Law Enforcement Services” report from the hired consultant. The City of Del Mar contracted with Ralph Anderson & Associates in May and the final report should be ready for City Council presentation in October.

The stimulus for this review of our contract with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is the spiraling cost of services and a concern that our level of public safety service is not satisfactory.

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September Print Issue

Appreciating Charlotte
1928 - 2013

Nancy Fisher

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Del Mar resident Charlotte Aladjem, who passed away on August 13th, was a shining example of the concept of “paying it forward.” The elegant Bostonian, transplanted to Del Mar in 2000 to be near her family, quickly became a community asset, making new friends and doing volunteer work for Del Mar Community Connections (DMCC), the Del Mar Foundation, the Del Mar Historical Society, and even judging radishes at the San Diego County Fair.

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September Print Issue

Mail Satisfaction
Shirley King
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The Del Mar Post Office on 15th Street serves as our unofficial community center. Its stunning garden beds tended by The Garden Club’s volunteers and the welcoming entry-way benches for conversations between friends and neighbors - belie the USPS commitment to the weighty purpose of guaranteeing the security and privacy of our personal lives through correspondence and packages. Under the leadership of Postmaster Edward Culver whose USPS career spans 35 years, 33 employees move through the daily responsibility of a heavily regulated process

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September Print Issue

BOOK CORNER:
The Russians Are Coming

Ann Gardner

Theme reading has become one of our book group’s most rewarding ways of selecting, reading and discussing books. We have just finished a quintet of Russian reading - if it counts that we included Nabokov’s writing after he came to our country in 1941.

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September Print Issue

Laura’s Law
Nancy Fisher

In the lulls between horrific incidents such as the Columbine and Sandy Hook shootings, and the Boston Marathon bombings, the work quietly goes on. Gun control advocates attend meetings and write to their elected officials. The National Football League bans large handbags from stadiums and requires personal items to be carried, TSA style, in clear plastic bags. And closer to home, our own San Diego Board of Supervisors is honoring their promise to expand mental health services.

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September Print Issue

ROVING TEEN REPORTER:
Home Sweet Del Mar

Leila Zein-Phillipson
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Stuck in the middle of a surplus of unknown bodies I cling to my purse. My other hand grips a silver pole for balance. The doors of the Parisian subway open again, like floodgates on a dam, allowing yet another wave of people to come crashing into the subway car. I push through the crowd to exit at my stop of the day, the Champs-Élysées. I have been immersed in the hustle and bustle of the famous city for a week now,

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September Print Issue

Easy Rider
Art Olson

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Bicycling as a mode of transportation has a lot of appeal. It is a highly efficient, eco-friendly and a healthy way to travel while still feeling part of the surrounding world. Why should it take 3000 lbs of metal and ever more expensive fossil fuel to get from point A to point B? However, not all of us want to arrive at point B sweaty and fatigued – especially if the trip involves significant hills like those we have in the Del Mar area.

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September Print Issue

Garden Guzzlers Gone
Ed Mirsky
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Successful drought resistant gardens do not have to depend on just succulents in their landscape, according to Ed Mirsky, an avid birder and gardener who is concerned that the loss of native plants that need little water, will result in fewer birds and other wildlife. This month Ed is sharing the first of three articles on Water Wise and Kind Environments.

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September Print Issue

1,000-Foot Platform?
Bill Michalsky
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The San Dieguito Double Track and Fairgrounds Platform Committee (SDDT), was formed in February by the City Council to ensure that Del Mar’s concerns with SANDAG’s San Dieguito Double Track and Fairgrounds Platform project are adequately disclosed, understood, assessed, and mitigated to the extent possible. Since then the SDDT has met regularly with project teams from SANDAG and NCTD , with Council liaisons, and with other stakeholders to understand what may work best for Del Mar’s impacted residents.

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September Print Issue

Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce

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September Print Issue

Crustaceans Denied
Shirley King

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The County’s 2013-14 Community Enhancement Program received 350 applications, 78 from District Three, of which three Del Mar organizations were awarded funds – the Del Mar Foundation, the Del Mar Village Association and the Del Mar Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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September Print Issue

Watermark Housing
Bud Emerson
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The Del Mar Housing Corporation has been advising the owners of the large dirt parking lot on the corner of Jimmy Durante and San Dieguito Road.They will be proposing to build a new residential community, called “Watermark,” where there is now a permit for a commercial office building.

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September Print Issue

Eucalyptus Under Fire
Ann Gardner

One of our readers sent informationbout Berkeley’s plans, using Federal grant funds, to cut down 20,000 nonnative Eucalyptus trees in nearby open space canyons in order to reduce fire hazard. She wondered if Del Mar shouldn’t consider something similar given the number of Eucalyptus trees in our community. 

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September Print Issue

DMTV PRESENTS:Del Mar Shorts
Luana Karr

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The first “Reel Focus” is regarding our newly renovated Library. If you haven’t visited yet, check out the video. Kim Fuller an NYU intern did a great job highlighting the changes and the many individuals that made them happen.

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September Print Issue

LOCAVORES DELIGHt:Summer Fresh
Lisa Renner
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TO CELEBRATE OUR GROWING NUMBERS OF LOCAVORES, Del Mar’s Farmers’ Market Board of Directors will take turns each month to feature a recipe with primary ingredients available at the Saturday market. This month’s recipe is compliments of Lisa Renner, Director of Scholarships. In addition to many of the ingredients for the recipe below, the Del Mar Farmers’ Market also has a variety of prepared appetizers and desserts that compliment any meal.

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