Hope for NOP

The NOP:  What Is It? Why Does It Matter? SANDAG’s proposed rail relocation project, moving the tracks off the bluff into a tunnel, must undergo detailed environmental review before proceeding. On June 4, SANDAG released its proposed “Notice of Preparation” (NOP), identifying the project alternatives and environmental issues it will study.  The final NOP will govern what will be studied during the two-year environmental review process. If the alignments and topics of importance to Del Mar are included in the NOP, they will be studied. If they are not, they won’t be.


STR Crazy

Years of controversy between residential neighborhoods and short term rental (STR) operators appear to be ending in a compromise which does not completely satisfy either side.   Short term rentals (less than 30 days)


San Dieguito Drive Going Public

Owners of property adjacent to San Dieguito Drive, a private road extending from Racetrack View Drive to Oribia Road, achieved a long-sought-after goal at the June 17, 2024 Council meeting: approval of a plan


Gun Sales Shot Down

On June 11, 2024, the Federal Court of Appeals (9th Circuit) rejected a challenge to a ban on firearm sales at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.   B & L Productions, which produced “Crossroads of


A Worm’s Eye View

Whenever you embark on an archeological dig in your back yard in a search for notable fossils, on the way down there will be earthworms. They may not spark excitement but know that lowly


Garden Toxins

Your garden could be damaged by toxic products you don’t know about.   Clearly you can still buy harmful products in stores, but that does not mean it’s the wisest choice. You might not


DMF: Civic-Minded Scouts

For Your (Succulent, Sustainable) Garden: Throughout the year, the Del Mar Foundation makes grants to benefit our community – and while we are inspired by the work of all of our grant recipients, we


Del Mar Community Connections

Volunteer of the Year 2024 DMCC’s Volunteer of the Year for 2024 was announced as the Sandpiper’s own Jeff Barnouw! Nominated by Tuesday Lunch Connections team captain Phyllis Mirsky, Jeff has served DMCC since


In Brief

Fair Master Plan Reboot

At the May meeting of the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors, the board tasked Southwest Strategies with implementing a public outreach program to help shape the Master Plan under development. The adopted resolution stated (in part):


“The District’s Master Site Plan initiative must be guided by an extensive community input process. This input process should encompass solicitation of opinions from a broad range of parties. These parties include, but are not limited to, San Diego County Fair and other event attendees and participants; the District’s neighbors; community thought leaders; elected officials; regional planning and industry organizations; and environmental advocates.”


Ribbon Cutting at the Post Office garden celebrating the Garden Club’s new display kiosk constructed by Ron Prater. Photo by Julie Maxey-Allison
Gone: Starbucks. Coming in August: Better Buzz Coffee Roasters—an expanding franchise that started in a coffee cart, now in various locations in North County and beyond. Photo by Julie Maxey-Allison