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Inside the June 2017 Print Issue

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CERTain Prep
Cap Pinney


EDITORIAL: Little Big City


Go Sidewalking
Ann Gardner



Adieu, DR. RICH!
Rich Simons


Fair Housing Facts
Julie Maxey-Allison


QUEUing Up
Tom McGreal


Redefining Rental Rules
Ann Gardner


DRB Clarity
Dolores Davies


So Many Projects…
Tom McGreal


Nuclear Refugee
Don Mosier


Positive Plaza Plans
Betty Wheeler


Hall Monitoring
Don Mosier


Cop Talk: Reisner-NO
Ralph Reisner


Cop Talk: Sharp-NO
Ira Sharp


Cop Talk: Entous-YES
Barry Entous


Dr. Todd’s Talk
Julie Maxey-Allison


Pick from Six
Tom Sohn


Roving Teen Reporter:
Final Bell

Lily Nilipour


PIPE UP: Let's Face It!
Freda Reid


Mother Nature’s Message
Don Mosier


Commentary:
Neighborhood Thanks You

Scott Renner & Family


Barnouw’s Challenge
Virginia Lawrence


Del Mar Foundation


Del Mar Community Connections
Ashley Simpkins


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June Print Issue
CERTain Prep
Cap Pinney

 
Your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) prepares for the most likely mass casualty events in Del Mar by conducting drills in the Spring and Fall months. The latest drills involved a county-wide exercise held at Cuyamaca College in Spring Valley on April 22 and a graduation exercise at the CERT Academy in Rancho Santa Fe on May 13.

After graduation from the 25-hour Academy program, volunteers are assigned to neighborhood teams which can be activated by the Fire Department or City Manager to assess damage, render first aid, suppress small fires, and communicate with the Emergency Operations Center located at City Hall. The newest graduates from the Academy are Paul and Wynne Spadafora who live on Hoska.

Whether triggered by a disruption of the electrical grid, a major earthquake, fire, tsunami, or nuclear or biological attack, CERT is designed to assist the Fire Department to bring a semblance of order from the initial chaos of such an event.
The county-wide drill involved a simulated terrorist bomb exploding in the campus cafeteria. The scene was made more realistic by victims dressed out in Halloween style make up in a smoke-filled environment. CERT teams suppressed the simulated fire, organized the evacuation of victims, and set up a temporary medical aid station to treat the injuries. After the exercise concluded, the teams joined in an extensive debriefing to share in the lessons learned.

Participants from Del Mar and Solana Beach CERT included Wendy Tayer, Larry Brooks, Frank Johns, George Schneider, and Cap Pinney. They emphasize that emergency response capabilities are enhanced with practice, and encourage all who might be interested in joining CERT to contact Cap Pinney at 858-354-5319.
CERT also conducts a ham radio net for the coastal communities of Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, and Rancho Santa Fe on the second and fourth Thursday evenings at 7 pm at the Del Mar City Hall. All interested individuals are welcome. The next CERT Academy will be held in October, and a county-wide drill in November.
 
June Print Issue
EDITORIAL: Little Big City

We may be the smallest city in the region but our large visitor population moves us to plan and operate as a much larger entity. It is a critical challenge to balance our core residential quality of life with visitor expectations to enjoy it with us. Most of what we have done to fulfill the Community Plan vision of small town life is exactly what has made us an appealing destination for visitors and new residents alike. Most of our community conversations involve us taking care to preserve that balance for now and well into the future.

Del Mar is very busy these days working on a number of change efforts that reflect our careful balancing of growth and preservation.

The biggest change is our new civic center complex, now on time and on budget, which promises to energize the southern end of town. Soon after we will settle on a new design for Shores Park nearby at 9th street which will likely balance green open space, recreational uses, and expanded or new indoor multipurpose spaces, along with some shared uses with the Winston School when it is redeveloped.
On the east side of the street at the old gas station site on 10th street, a private development plan for a small hotel and restaurant is in the works and because of Measure B will be on a ballot in the near future.

At the southern entrance of town we are working on some new traffic calming strategies in combination with enhancements for bike and pedestrian uses, all envisioned in the Community Plan.

Our newly enacted sales tax will likely be used for utility undergrounding, Shores Park development, and downtown streetscape plans.
The Plaza at 15th street has new owners who are expressing interest in some upgrades and revisiting some of the community-serving uses originally envisioned decades ago. The Watermark housing planners are making some significant changes in response to community feedback. The new owners of the 16-acre North Bluffs property are in the early stages of soliciting community input on a lodge complex and community park plan.

One of our biggest challenges in the near future will be to decide if we should develop our own police department instead of continuing our contract with the County Sheriff.

Two of our most important preservation efforts are the newly passed restriction on short term rental businesses in residential areas and new proposals from the design review citizens committee to protect neighborhoods from out of scale residential structures. The goal in both is to build a protective rim around our residential core. Residents who live here full time and participate are absolutely critical to building community and fidelity to our Community Plan.

Certainly not to be overlooked are public works pro-jects that are paving our streets, calming Jimmy Durante Boulevard with sidewalks and a roundabout, and keeping our infrastructure in working order.

All of this plus action on climate change, sea level rise, and affordable housing.
Let there be no doubt — we move with careful deliberation but this city is on the move.

 
June Print Issue
Commentary:
Neighborhood Thanks You

Scott Renner & Family

An individual new to our city viewing the May 1st city council meeting would have concluded that most residents of Del Mar support STRs in our neighborhoods because many speakers spoke in support of STRs. However, I believe that the majority of citizens in Del Mar are against STRs in our residential zones, and that The Del Mar City Council acted in the interest of long-term Del Mar residents in finding that STRs are not an allowable use in Del Mar’s residential zones. The recent election supports this fact in that all five candidates clearly stated their stance regarding STRs in Del Mar residential zones while campaigning. To say that the election was a referendum on STRs, while an exaggeration, is not a complete stretch of this word. Drucker, Haviland, and Parks garnered approximately 60% of the overall vote. A clear majority. I believe our community spoke out against STRs in electing the winning candidates, who combined with incumbent Worden, created a council clearly pro-community plan and against STRs in our residential zones.

Several speakers during the May 1st council meeting additionally stressed that owners should be able to operate a STR on their private property because it is private and their right to do so. However, how I use my private property is constantly being regulated within society. Living in a residential zone requires that I comply with laws restricting my property rights, especially when those rights conflict with the stated zoning focus of a given area. STRs in a residential zone conflict with the stated intent of single family zoning as defined by our community plan, and I applaud the council recognizing this fact.

I own the fact that I am completely bias against STRs because of my families’ negative experience living next door to one for approximately four years. Now that the home has reverted back to a single family residence in a single family residential zone, our community experience has absolutely improved. It is not too much to want a community comprised of individuals and families, who are vested members of this community living in an amazing place that offers a respite from the stresses and strains of life. It is not too much to want to know one’s neighbors, to wave as they walk or drive by, to pick up their paper when they are out of town and keep an eye on things. In the coming years, Del Mar may indeed transition to a community where the majority of homes are second and third homes used as investments. The world is certainly changing, and our next election might just be another “referendum” on STRs in Del Mar. However, during our recent election the majority of long term residents made a strong statement that Del Mar’s residential zones are protected by our community plan, and should be for long-term residents free from the disruption and intensity of use STRs create in an otherwise tranquil and beautiful place to live.

Thank you Del Mar City Council and the many residents, who are working to continue to keep Del Mar a wonderful place to live. In my humble opinion, you made the right decision.

 
June Print Issue
PIPE UP
Let's Face It!
Freda Reid | Cuchara Drive

Let’s face it! Del Mar is NOT primarily a resident-serving community any more.

In fact, we are a tourist town with fine, well-guarded beaches and well-kept parks for all. We have a small population of fortunate citizens with interesting homes and an elegant city hall complex underway.

We do however favor the commercial side of town by efforts to bolster business with many incentives: priority for utility undergrounding on Camino del Mar, help with frontage vegetation, lenient sign ordinances, banner permits, street closures for tent sales, plans for “street improvements,” city financial contributions to the DMVA. Not to forget continuous work on parking management.

Add to this, acquiescence to large crowd and auto-inducing fairground and park events. Extra race days in the fall, Kaaboo, gun shows, race track concerts, summer Powerhouse concerts, a promised new concert venue, and recently a cannabis festival and the Breeder’s Cup. And most important, the several-week San Diego County Fair. Some of these items can benefit the residents of the city, but we put up with a lot to host them.

In our downtown I can buy gold, dog delights, vacation clothes, body makeovers, multiple haircuts, multiple nail fixes, multiple real estate options and, of course, an eclectic selection of meals.

But I cannot buy a toothbrush, a battery, a pencil, a light bulb or a loaf of bread. I have no sympathy when merchants complain. They are obviously not resident-oriented.

Give me a good bakery and I will personally keep it in business.

      
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