Commentary: Collegiality Crisis

I was elected to serve on the Del Mar City Council for two terms, from 2008 until 2016. During my tenure, I was able to work with my fellow council members on many issues and respect their views even when they differed from mine.


Commentary: Off the Rails

The City Council’s censure of Council member Dan Quirk on December 4, 2023 “for failing to provide proper disclosure and transparency in public communications and for inappropriate use of public resources” has apparently failed to deter or moderate Quirk’s unvarnished attacks

The City Council selects the 2024 Mayor (image from the official video of the Dec. 18, 2023 meeting).

Recent News

Rail Realignment

February 19, 2024
Fair Board Pushes Back on Fairgrounds Option, Linking It to Affordable Housing;
Councilmember Proposes Study of an Option with Portals on Public Property

The Fairgrounds’ governing body (22nd DAA Board) is expected to push back on Tuesday against a Fairgrounds rail realignment, linking it to the City’s affordable housing proposal for fairgrounds property.


Happy Hours in Del Mar

The horses have left the racetrack; the tourists are gone; holiday festivities are over and college-aged students have packed up their cleanly washed clothes (courtesy of Mom)


STR Carefully

In an impressive display of civic responsibility, the City Council is systematically working its way toward a resolution of one of our most complicated challenges: how and


Call the Gleaners

Del Mar’s home garden citrus trees are now weighing heavy with ready-to-pick fruit. Making a donation of this high impact nutrition is as easy as calling Senior


Who Cares?

Workers in the senior caregiver field face many consequences – physically, emotionally and financially – a workforce essential to Del Mar’s senior and disabled community. In our


Del Mar Foundation

The Del Mar Foundation’s new year is off to a fantastic start. Our 2023-24 season of First Thursdays continued in January with a spectacular “California Dreamin’: From


In Brief

Behind the Scenes on CDM
Photos by Julie Maxey-Allison

Starbucks to vanish in May. See In Brief below.
Former Bully's Site

Starbucks Exit

A Starbucks employee confirmed that the downtown store will be closing at the end of May—the rent is going up by $5000—unless… It is not clear unless what, but residents are trying to figure out how to keep Starbucks in town. Really, the question is how will that closing, if it happens, affect the downtown business community. Starbucks can be profitable inland because of lower rents. The employee said many come to the Del Mar location to be near the beach. And probably, those who come for coffee add to the economy shopping at local stores. Other city store fronts are up for lease, including a store front at the plaza on the lower level.



  • Certificate of Excellence awarded to the city of Del Mar for financial reporting. This is the highest level of recognition in government


  • Off-leash dog hours for Shores Park have been approved by the City Council.


  • Project Clean Water challenge: redirect rain gutters and downspouts to your landscape:

Photo taken from the bridge getting to dog beach, looking
east to the lagoon. Photo by Julie Maxey-Allison.

Homeless Destination: California

In December, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual report on homelessness. California has the most homeless individuals in the U.S. (181,399/653,100 or 28% of the U.S. total) and the most unsheltered individuals (123,423/256,610 or 48% of the U.S. total). Recent news reports that “half of the homeless live in California” miss this distinction, but neither figure is anything to be proud about.


COVID vs. FLU Death Rate

The CDC Report for deaths due to COVID infection versus Influenza during 2023 shows that for most of the year, COVID infections were 10-20x more lethal than the flu. This gap in lethality narrowed during flu outbreaks in late December and early January, when lethality due to both infections increased and deaths due to COVID were 4-6x higher than those due to flu. These data should put to rest the common notion that COVID is no more dangerous than the flu.



Talk to SANDAG

SANDAG has added another way for citizens to get information and make comments regarding realignment of rail tracks away from the bluffs. Virtual office hours to interact with project planners can be accessed on their website:



Metal Mining

Discoveries vary. The range is from bicycle part bits to fancy rings. What comes up when depends on the whims of the currents.