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Candidates Q&A

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Question 2
Current predictions are that global warming will contribute to more frequent and intense wildfires in California and sea level rise that could be as high as 12 feet by 2100.

Will you support priority funding for planning and adaptation strategies (including sand replenishment) to prepare for these impacts ?

• FLETCHER: Q2 The STAC committee worked hard for three years to develop several adaptation strategies to save our eroding beaches and bluffs. I support priority funding to implement these strategies which should not include “managed retreat” that removes the shoreline and beach protection contained in Del Mar’s voter-approved Beach Protection Initiative.
Del Mar’s adopted Adaptation Plan should remain part of Del Mar’s Community Plan as recommended by the STAC committee, rather than be submitted to the Coastal Commission as part of the LCP, which would result in the Commission trying to control local decisions which should be decided by Del Mar.

• GAASTERLAND: Q2 Yes. As funds are available, I strongly support planning AND adapting to minimize risks from wildfires and flooding - this is a high priority for me. I chaired Del Mar’s Sea Level Rise committee (STAC). Our Adaptation Plan identified sand replenishment as a highest priority. Sand protects neighborhoods against flooding and against bluff erosion. We need a plan for regular replenishment and retention. Let’s evaluate how “living levees” along the San Dieguito River would work to protect beach level homes. Let’s work with Oceanside to help trapped sand move around the jetties to our north. Let’s study how to release sediment trapped behind Lake Hodges Dam and help replenish our beaches.

In a fire, downed wires can cut off a home from urgent rescue. Undergrounding must move forward with Measure Q funds. We need to give high priority to put wires underground, especially near trees. Also, clearing as much brush as allowed in and near Crest Canyon is imperative. We need a proactive fire safety plan for Del Mar.

• QUIRK: Q2 I support priority funding. Del Mar should investigate joining the Solana Beach-Encinitas 50-year $165 million sand replenishment agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers. Del Mar should install sensors offshore to measure sand flow trends. With such data, Del Mar may be able to devise solutions to divert sand to our beaches. Burying powerlines will reduce fire risks.

• WORDEN: Q2 Yes. Sand replenishment, sand retention, river dredging, and a living levee on the south side of the river are the preferred strategies identified in our Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan (AP). I support incorporating the AP into our Local Coastal Program (LCP). This gives us maximum local control over how we respond to sea level rise – the Coastal Commission must use our LCP as its standard of review. It will also make it more likely we can obtain grants and the required coastal permits for sand replenishment and other preferred strategies.
The AP, adopted by Council on 5/21/18, is science-based and tailored to Del Mar. The AP rejects managed retreat as a strategy for Del Mar; rather, it documents why it does not work in Del Mar. I wrote the AP language explaining why managed retreat is not feasible for Del Mar (and also wrote the Beach Preservation Initiative that has protected our beach and homeowners, including their right to build properly-designed seawalls, for the last 30 years). The AP was endorsed by key stakeholders, including STAC members, beachfront owners, their lawyers, and environmental groups. I do not and have never supported managed retreat for private property in Del Mar, though my position has been widely misrepresented.
Our Countywide Hazard Management Plan addresses wildfire risks, and I support funding to protect us from those risks as high priority. I also support incorporating these two Plans by reference into our Community Plan.



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