On March 4 Deputy Mayor Gaasterland and Mayor Druker presented council with a Resolution to create a Task Force to advise council on the Notice of Preparation (NOP) “scoping” process for the SANDAG tunnel project. Three council members (Worden, Martinez, and Quirk) rejected the Task Force and the accompanying Resolution. Unfortunately, the sound system was terrible and most people couldn’t understand the discussion and reasons for this action. So, here is a recap of why the council majority rejected the proposal.  


Recent News

Remembering Mayor Al Tarkington

Al Tarkington, long time Del Mar resident, activist, councilmember, and Mayor from 1979 to 1980, died on March 13, 2024. Al was active in many pivotal programs and causes in Del Mar, including the acquisition of Powerhouse Park.


Phil Blair Named to 22nd DAA Board

Governor Newsom has appointed Del Mar resident Phil Blair to the Fair Board (formally the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors).   Blair, an executive officer and co-owner with Mel Katz of Manpower San Diego since 1977,


Roving Teen Reporter: AI vs Teen I

Since its inception, Chat GPT has been at the forefront of many conversations — from brilliant medical researchers to high school students looking for an easy A on their chemistry homework. While artificial intelligence is not a new


Covid Update: “Booster” Boost

On February 28th, the CDC recommended that adults over 65 get a second shot of the COVID vaccines released last fall. The viral sequence in the Moderna or Pfizer/BioNtek vaccines in the 2023-2024 “updated” versions matched the Omicron


Ethical Wearables

With the April opening of Commers Custom Jewelers Sara Commers offers her specialty: creating unique designs with precious metals and ethically sourced gemstones. Commers uses cutting edge (literally) technology in concert with old world techniques at her on-site



“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is often interred with their bones,” declared Marc Antony, in Shakespeare’s tragedy, Julius Caesar. Fortunately, this is not the case for local playwright and Shakespeare aficionado Gary Seger,


…Rattle and Roll

My wife Kathe and I love live music, and the Belly Up has long been one of our favorite venues. We’ve seen some amazing performances there – from young artists on their way to breaking through to those


Springing to Life

Birds do it, bees do it. So do lots of our local animal species. It’s Spring!   Look around. Attention is being paid to potential partnering and nest building by many, some close to home.   Birds, of


Bluff Bracing

As SANDAG is examining alternatives to relocate the railway off our narrowing bluffs by 2035, phase 5 of the Del Mar Bluffs Stabilization Project is starting construction of an at least $78 million attempt to stabilize them. The


Monarch Garden Birthday Party

It has been a good first year for the Monarch Butterfly Demonstration Garden. Designed by the Garden Club’s Gale Darling, the collaborative effort between the Del Mar Garden Club and the Del Mar Foundation is blossoming at the


DMF: First Thursdays, 25 Years Strong!

In January 2000, shortly after the December 1999 Grand Opening of the newly renovated Powerhouse Community Center, I had the great pleasure of convening the first-ever meeting of DMF’s Cultural Arts Committee at the Powerhouse. Our goal: to


Del Mar Community Connections

Free Medicare and Insurance Counseling Get personalized help with Medicare at DMCC’s HQ from the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP). On the fourth Thursday of each month, a certified HICAP counselor from the nonprofit law firm


Quotable Del Mar: Art Olson

On facing our just desserts: “Hopes tend toward pies in the sky. Facts bring them down to Earth So, when time lets Fate’s hand fly We face our just Dessert.” While a graduate student at Berkeley, Art Olson


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In Brief

Shores Park Still Paused

At its March 11 goal-setting workshop, the City Manager committed to bringing forward a recap of master planning to date for the park, and to seek Council direction on next steps by the end of the calendar year.


Housing Window Open

The City of Del Mar and 22nd DAA have entered an agreement that has initiated an exclusive two year negotiating window to determine if affordable housing can be sited at a yet-to-be determined location within the Fairgrounds. More details:



North Bluff Lawsuit

Sponsors of the proposed 259-unit Seaside Ridge complex on a North Bluff parcel are suing the City of Del Mar. The City has returned the application three times for lack of compliance with zoning regulations. The lawsuit argues that California’s “Builders’ Remedy” law allows the project to proceed with minimal regulation because it was submitted during a time before the state certified our housing element.

New Trees Planted at Civic Center

Transplants: African Sumac trees, just planted at the Del Mar Civic Center plaza in the central planter and the planter on 10th Street east of the parking lot, replace the Monterey Cypresses that died. 

Photo by Julie Maxie-Allison