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may Sandpiper Factoid

Our youngest writer this month is 8.
Our oldest is 90.

Congrats to Connie!
Mercedes Martin

EDITORIAL: Little Engine that Could

A Civil City
Sherryl L. Parks

KAABOO Kontinues
Nancy FIsher

Rich Simons

Roving Kid Reporters
James, age 8

Pardon Our Dust
Kristen Crane

Short-Term Rental For City Hall
Ann Gardner

Lagoon Day Lives
Terry Kopanski

Getting on Top of Undergrounding

Dan Quirk

Viewpoint Watermark:
Wade Walker

Viewpoint Watermark:
Jim Benedict

Viewpoint Watermark:
Tracy Martinez

Watermark FAQS: Interview with Kathleen Garcia
Shirley King

Flower Power
Nancy Fisher

Runaway Beach
Shirley King

Locavores’ Delight
Alliums Shine
Di Holker

Beat the Beetles!
Mark Delin

Crime Seen Investigation
Jim Benedict

Ocean Views
Freda Reid

Lagoon Restoration Workshop
California Coastal Commission

Short-Term Time Out
Ann Gardner

DMF May 2016

DMCC May 2016

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Public Safety Tips

from the Joint San Diego Sheriff/San Diego Police Department Public Safety Meeting

On Tuesday, May 31st representatives from the North Coast Station of the San Diego County Sheriff and the San Diego Police Department presented a joint public safety meeting at the Del Mar Television Studio.

Summary of the meeting
in PDF Format

prepared by Ira Sharp with Sherryl Parks


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National Gun Safety
Awareness Day

Del Mar Gun Safety demonstration Thursday, June 2, 2016, for National Gun Safety Awareness Day, which took place at the intersection of Camino Del Mar and Del Mar Heights Road.
Photos Art Olson.
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at City Hall

Saturday, June 11, 10am
Photo Bill Morris.
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details from City about demolition
Alvarado HOUSE
needs Docents for the Del Mar Fair 

Anyone interested in working a shift in the Del Mar Historical Society's Alvarado House at the Fair, please contact Martha Brooks at   
for more information. 
PASEO: June 27
San Diego City Council 

The New One Paseo Project is scheduled to go before the San Diego City Council at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 27.   The meeting will be held at the San Diego Concourse Golden Hall adjacent to City Hall at 202 C St.  According to City Council Chair Sherri Lightner it is "highly unusual that a project of this magnitude" will be reviewed by the Council before going first to the City Planning Commission for an advisory vote.  The Commission is reportedly unable to review the project because four of its seven members have declared a conflict of interest resulting in the lack of a quorum.



The Sheriff's Department and SDPD will discuss the causes of the rumored upsurge of crime in our neighborhoods as well as their own responses to each incident.  They will detail the many things which neighbors acting together can do to reduce the incidence of crime. After their presentations, they will take as many questions as time allows.

Rose Weekend
at the Del Mar Library
Starts TODAY

Del Mar Rose Society offerings in the library
at the 2015 Rose Weekend.
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Rose Weekend begins Thursday afternoon, May 26, as Del Mar Rose Society members display their cultivars in the Library Community Room.
In celebration of Rose Weekend, Temecula-based Nathan and Jesse (Nathan Rivera and Jesse Andra Smith), accompanied by their National Reso-Phonic guitars, bring their jazzy folk and blues to the library from 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, May 27.
Los Peñasquitos Lagoon
Another channel to the ocean

Once again steamshovels have opened a channel to the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon.  The last time this happened (in the month of April) the channel remained open for only a week.  This picture was taken at mid-tide on Saturday, May 21.  It remains to be seen how long the new channel will last.  Photo Virgnia Lawrence.

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Photo Roger Isaacson, 10th Street

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Photo Bill Morris. 
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The Hausmann Quartet with guest soprano Ann Moss appeared at the Powerhouse on May 5th to present an eclectic mix of chamber music starting with Haydn, followed by John Cage and Jake Heggie, and finishing with selections by Joni Mitchell.
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Others (outside of 92014) can subscribe starting May 20.
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Congrats to Connie!
Mercedes Martin | Retired City Clerk

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Deputy City Clerk Connie Smith-Ball will retire on May 2nd after 25 years with the City. After working with Connie for so many years, I wanted to share her story with Del Mar.


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Little Engine that Could

As a small community of 4,000 plus we have much to be proud of.
After decades of fear mongering that little Del Mar could not succeed financially, we enjoy one of the highest financial ratings of any city in California. Guided by our Community Plan we have created a small town with character that we enjoy and has produced property values that are much higher than most other cities.
Our work continues. We utilize a very broad and open network of volunteers on numerous committees, all funneling recommendations to our City Council for debate, hearings, workshops, staff review, and final adoption. Our agendas are always full. Our debates are vigorous. Our accomplishments are many.


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Short-Term Time out
Ann Gardner | Via Latina

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On April 4 City Council unanimously (Councilmember Corti absent) passed an urgency moratorium on any new short-term rentals (STR) in Del Mar, but voiced different opinions on whether or not the Municipal Code should be amended to allow them in residential areas. The 45-day moratorium does not affect existing short-term rentals as long as owners have evidence that they were operating before the temporary moratorium was enacted. Short-term is generally defined by 28 nights or less and longer term rentals are not affected. The moratorium may be extended by Council for up to six months.

Some speakers questioned the “urgency.” Councilmember Mosier cited multiple reports from residents on the negative impact of short term rentals as a reason; Worden supported the moratorium to “protect the integrity of neighborhoods and to push the discussion as a priority;” Sinnott saw it as a mechanism to “get a reasoned result,” and Mayor Parks said “We get the message (that something has to be done) and we are going to get going.”


Ann Gardner | Via Latina

After the City Council approved an urgency moratorium on NEW Short Term Rentals (STR) in Del Mar they were asked to respond to a list of issues to provide staff with some preliminary policy direction. Councilmembers had mixed opinions on whether or not to allow STRs and under what circumstances but tended to agree on related issues.  Short term rentals were defined as 28 nights or less; the moratorium does not impact longer term rentals.

The Sandpiper is providing our readers with the same list reviewed by City Council on April 4 when they approved the moratorium 4-0 with Councilmember Al Corti absent.  The moratorium triggers a focused community wide discussion on how the City might best handle the differing opinions over rentals of 28 nights or less in our residential neighborhoods.  

The discussion will most certainly be continued at city-sponsored community workshops and surveys very soon since the moratorium has a 45 day time frame unless extended by Council.  We hope the list, compiled by Planning Manager Adam Birnbaum who has been collecting community input and researching other city policies, will inform residents and serve as a “warm-up” for the upcoming community dialogue.
                                                                PARTIAL LIST OF ISSUES

  • Should the Municipal Code be amended to allow and regulate short term rentals?
  • If short term rentals are NOT to be allowed, should there be a “grandfathering” of existing uses.
  • Should short term rentals be allowed in: Any residential zone? Only certain geographic areas of the community? At commercially zoned properties?
  • Should there be a limit or “cap” on the number of short-term rentals allowed?
  • Should there be a limit on the number of days per week, month or year that a structure may be used as a short-term rental?
  • Should there be a minimum duration for the lease of a short-term rental?
  • Should a short-term rental be subject to prior receipt of a City permit or other form of authorization?

The complete list of issues put before the City Council along with detailed staff notes can be found here.  For additional information video-on-demand of the November 10, 2015 Planning Commission and the April 4, 2016 City Council meetings are available at along with comprehensive staff reports.

May Print Issue
City Applauds Rachel Reed
At the April 18th meeting of Del Mar’s City Council, longtime 24th Street resident Rachel Reed, 97, was honored by Mayor Sherryl Parks and the City for 30 years of delivering food and customized birthday cards to local seniors for Meals-on-Wheels. Photo Mike Salt.
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Wayne Dernetz, City Manager 1973-1978

When I first began as city manager, Gloria Curry was an account clerk at City Hall, located then in the space occupied now by Rusty’s Surf Shop. Gloria quickly brought me up to speed on Del Mar’s finances and budgeting; she impressed me with her knowledge and skill in municipal finance. Gloria was soon elevated to finance director and city treasurer, a position in which she excelled. Under her leadership, Del Mar earned its first certificated Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, a nationally recognized standard of excellence in municipal accounting and financial reporting. Gloria helped secure Del Mar’s reputation for careful financial stewardship. She shared her skills, knowledge and ethical standards as president of the California Municipal Treasurers Association, volunteering on many of its committees and boards. Eventually Gloria became Del Mar’s city manager. Gloria always represented the highest standards of commitment and public service.

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REMEMBERING William “Bill” Healy
Wayne Dernetz, City Manager 1973-1978

Following voters’ approval of Del Mar’s Community Plan in April 1976, the Plan’s principal architect, Gary Binger, was hired away to become Walnut Creek’s community development director. State law now required the City to conform its zoning ordinances to the new Community Plan. Bill Healy was hired to undertake this complex and important task. Bill completed drafting a new zoning ordinance quickly and professionally. Within a year, the new zoning ordinance was approved by the City Council without protest -- and it remains essentially in place today. Following on this success, Bill shepherded through to completion Del Mar’s Lagoon Enhancement Plan and its Local Coastal Plan. Bill was the perfect successor to Gary Binger; he maintained high standards of environmental sensitivity and excellence in Del Mar’s community planning efforts, and fairness in its procedures, until 1985.

May Print Issue
DMF's Event Photographer
Bill Morris shares a few favorites.

Summer Twilight Concert which featured the band Mrs. Robinson fronted by the identical
twins Paula and Pamela Mattioli.



The Del Mar Foundation's Event Photographer, Bill Morris, has compiled a slideshow of some of his favorites: Concerts, kids, dogs, people, and sunsets.



Ed note:  Bill Morris regularly contributes photos to the Sandpiper.

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