Your new green cart, with its contents headed for EDCO’s Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Facility, is an easy way to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions – especially by diverting methane, which is 25x more potentMore
What makes a satisfying bean burger? I went to the specialists at Viewpoint Brewing Co. and asked the question. Mike Patula, Executive Chef, says that a bean burger needs the perfect binder (here, sweet potatoes,More
Canyon Crest Academy student Sydney Chan delivered a powerful speech at a July 9 abortion rights march and rally in Del Mar. Her speech excerpted below. I would like to thank you allMore
July 10, 2022 - How Do Guns Have More Rights Than Women? Young Activists Lead a March in Del Mar for Abortion RightsMore
Pipe Up! Recent Letters to the Editor
I, too, have a response to council member Quirk’s request for comments regarding his July 15, 2022 email correspondence assigning his recommendations to solve homelessness to one set of data collection…
Dan Quirk’s “rumination” on homelessness, widely distributed by email last Friday, is pretty enraging and stupid…
Growing up, Jasmine Criqui and her parents sat at the dinner table every Monday to share and exchange their opinions on the latest local events and world news. Over the years, these weekly discussions have helped her develop a strong passion for exploring and understanding politics – now taking her talents to Georgetown University, where she plans to pursue political science and a minor in journalism.More
On June 8, 2022, sitting in session at the Del Mar Hilton, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) voted unanimously to approve SANDAG’s $68 million Del Mar bluff stabilization project called “DMB5.” Important mitigation measures required by the approval include removal of theMore
Sometimes short-term damage is unavoidable to achieve long term benefit. When someone has a heart attack, it may be necessary to cut open their chest — a damaging process — to save their life. To restore our beautiful lagoon, heavy construction equipmentMore
The Tewa Street neighborhood undergrounding project has begun just as the drought-plagued fire season begins. Council Member Gaasterland, working with political allies in the neighborhood, convinced the Council majority (Gaasterland, Druker, Martinez, Quirk) to move this project to the head of theMore
George was a wine connoisseur and a political activist who helped pass the Community Plan, elect “green” Council Members, acquire open space (Seagrove Park, Anderson Canyon, Crest Canyon). As a financial advisor and early Qualcomm investor he helped create numerous multimillionaires. HeMore
Heal The Bay’s annual report grades 500 beaches throughout California, giving Del Mar a perfect water score along with fourteen other San Diego County beaches. The nonprofit bases its scoring on the levels of fecal-indicator bacterial pollution in the ocean measured by county health agencies. Our county trailed only Orange County in the number of beaches on the Honor Roll.
Del Mar has received 93 applications for Accessory Development Units (ADU), sometimes known as “granny flats.” So far 49 building permits have been approved. By state law, ADUs are not subject to local review or zoning limits. The city cannot track whether these units are actually used for rentals, but the state does count them as new units.
When the City was in the process of awarding the new contract for collection of trash, recycling, and organics, many residents provided comments to the City Council offering high praise for Waste Management’s trash collectors. EDCO offered to hire all WM trash collectors assigned to Del Mar, including full credit for the seniority accruing from their WM employment. Of the three WM drivers/collectors who worked in Del Mar, one, who worked in commercial collection, decided to retire, but has a short-term contract with EDCO to train the new driver. The two who worked in residential collection are expected to accept EDCO’s offer. So Del Mar residents can expect to see the same friendly and professional drivers/collectors after July 1, when EDCO’s Del Mar service begins. EDCO’s service will use two-axle trucks for Del Mar, though one of those is not expected to arrive until the end of July.
Those interested in the North County Transit District’s (NCTD’s) plan to install fencing its right-of-way on the Del Mar bluffs may need a law degree to follow the convoluted legal proceedings seeking to uphold or challenge NCTD’s right to install the fence. Originally, NCTD filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) seeking a ruling that state law obligations asserted by the City of Del Mar and the California Coastal Commission (CCC), such as State law-based environmental requirements, are preempted by federal law, with respect to NCTD’s fencing plan. More recently, two separate additional legal actions were filed in state court against NCTD: one by Friends of Del Mar Bluffs and Laura DeMarco, and another by CCC. Both cases were removed by NCTD to federal court. On June 2, 2022, the federal judge issued a stay in both of those cases, noting that “the orderly course of justice measured in terms of simplifying issues is served by allowing the STB to determine the preemption issues.” CCC has moved to set aside that stay. Meanwhile, there is no indication when the STB is likely to decide the case pending before it. NCTD’s Matt Tucker stated in a recent STB filing that NCTD will not act to install the fence until after STB rules on the petition pending there.
— Sandpiper Commentary, “Gun Violence is Predictable and Preventable: You Can Help Stop the Violence”
Del Mar resident Rose Ann Sharp, founder of NeverAgainCA, has been at the forefront of political activism to support gun safety measures, calling on public officials at all levels “to stop playing politics with peoples’ lives and address our epidemic of gun violence.” She is “fearless” in her work to make “our community a safer place for all of us,” according to San Diego Mayor and former 78th District Assemblymember Todd Gloria.