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Inside the NOVEMBER 2017 Print Issue

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Strong Stand
Ann Gardner

EDITORIAL Think Globally, Act Locally

Resort Response

Healthy Opening

22 or more in 5

KAABOO Kalming

38 Magic Number

Fair Board Tunes


Del Mar Resort
Comment from developers on feedback from outreach activities.

Roving Teen Reporter:
Carbon Choices

Sammy Hallal

Appetite Control:
Making Sausage

Dwight Worden

Shifting Sands:
Mandated Changes At SANDAG

Terry Sinnott

Beach Bo Bonanza
Jeff Barnouw

DM Painted by Numbers

Decisive Design Due
Dolores Davies

Bully’s Pole Vaulting
Art Olson

DMF’s Déjeuner sur l’Herbe
Juliana Maxey-Allison

Arcing I-5
Dolores Davies

Overpass Overhaul
Ann Gardner

Del Mar Congress Watch
Bud Emerson and
Lee Haydu

Summing Up
Tom McGreal

Henry The Refugee:
Henry Abarbane
Karen Lockwood

Juliana Maxey-Allison

Remembering Lorraine

Unknown Walker:
A visit to Zel’s in Del Mar

Town Hall On Time
Don Mosier

The Good Seed
Juliana Maxey-Allison

Del Mar Foundation: 2nd Annual Picnic
Bill Morris

Del Mar Community Connections: La La Land Gala
Ashley Simpkins

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Holiday Happenings in the Vllage
from the Del Mar Village Association

Del Mar Village Association announces Holiday Happenings in the Village including Free Parking Days, Santa by the Sea Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Passport Program with Complimentary Dining Vouchers.

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Toys for Tots
Drop-off at State Farm 1011 Camino Del Mar until December 15

For our 19th holiday season, we’re proud to be an official drop-off station for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s“Toys for Tots” campaign.

So please help us make the holidays brighter for San Diego area families by dropping off a new, unwrapped children’s toy at my office at 1011 Camino Del Mar, in downtown Del Mar.

We’re open to accept your holiday donations from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday NOW through December 15th. So please join in the fun and help us spread the Holiday Spirit to our San Diego area families.

Thanks for your help,
Jim Coleman and Staff
Your State Farm Insurance Agency
(858) 755-6794

update  11/15/17
Holiday Baskets Program
Drop-off at City Hall
2010 Jimmy Durante
November 13-December 12
The Community Resource Center is holding its 35th Annual Holiday Baskets Drive and donations are being sought for unwrapped, gently-used or new blankets (Queen, Double and Twin sizes), as well as jackets/coats of all sizes, especially children’s sizes. 
DMCc's Toy Drive
to support Community Resource Centers Holiday Baskets

Between Monday, November 27th and Wednesday, December 13th, DMCC will collect toys to support Community Resource Center's Holiday Baskets program and help local families in need. Stop by the Del Mar Community Building between 9am and 4pm to drop off new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages

You may donate:
Stuffed Animals
Sports Equipment
Teen Items
Any toy that is new

Drop off location:
 Del Mar Community Building at 225 9th St

Call us at (858) 792-7565 or send an email to dmcc@dmcc.cc if you have any questions about DMCC's toy drive.
Comments from Jan McMillan on the Del Mar Resort Specific Plan Notice of Preparation of an
Environmental Impact Report

Attn. Matt Bator, AICP, Senior Planner

Dear Matt:

My comments address only one part of the Del Mar Resort Notice of Preparation, namely the suggestion that the Del Mar Bluff Preserve may become part of this specific plan, either now or sometime in the future. (Please see page 2.) Del Mar must not allow this to happen.  The Specific Plan must be evaluated as a stand-alone project, without including public preserve land in the design.

Why?  Because when James Scripps donated bluff land to the City of Del Mar, he intended it to be left in its natural state as a reminder of what ancient bluffs were like before urbanization began.  The City subsequently designated the land as the James Scripps Bluff Preserve, to be used for quiet walks and observation of the ocean and river valley below.  The preserve was not to be used as a park, which encourages activities such as picnics and sports, suitable uses elsewhere but ones that damage terrain and would diminish the view of a beautiful sandstone bluff rising above the ocean.

When the owner of a parcel next to the preserve wanted to build a house on this private land, The City Council entered into an agreement with the owner that limited the height of any structures on the property and required that these structures be shielded by vegetation so as to make them “disappear.”  The landowners also paid a yearly fee to the City to be deposited into an open space fund.  There is a record of this agreement in City files.

Recent articles remind us of what the Del Mar Bluff Preserve was intended to be and how Del Mar tries to preserve what is irreplaceable in nature, so I find it puzzling that the draft NOP raises the possibility that the City “may” approve park-like elements and additional access trails on preserve land. I don’t know where this suggestion came from, but please leave a potential change to the Bluff Preserve out of your analysis.

Respectfully submitted,
Jan McMillan
10th Street

November Print Issue Front Page
Strong Stand
Ann Gardner

On Monday October 16, after over two years of controversy, the preservation of Del Mar’s core residential character won out over the “ramped up” proliferation of short term rentals (under 30 days) taking root in neighborhoods zoned for one-family dwelling units. On a 4 to 1 (Sinnott) vote the Council approved the introduction of an ordinance that limits short term rentals to a maximum of 28 days total per year, with a seven-day minimum per rental, in all residential neighborhoods. In the end, the decision turned more on the irreplaceable contribution of residents to neighborhood and community life and the loss of long term housing, rather than issues of noise, trash and parking sometimes associated with short term rentals. “Regulating behavior does not solve the problem,” Councilmember Druker commented before the vote. “It is a zoning issue.”

November Print Issue
Think Globally, Act Locally

“Think globally, act locally” (David Brower, Friends of the Earth Founder). The federal government has spent more than $350 billion over the last ten years on losses from floods and other extreme weather incidents. This sum, however, does not include the hefty price tag associated with this year’s significant hurricanes and wildfires. These costs will multiply in the future as extreme weather events become more common, and the federal government needs to more effectively plan for and manage the havoc that climate change will bring.


November Print Issue Back Page
The Good Seed
Juliana Maxey-Allison

Pat Welsh, well known locally for her horticultural expertise, did not speak about plants at the DMCC Salon at the home of Howard Appel and Loreen Collins. Instead, she focused on her own exotic beginnings. Turns out that this Del Mar resident of 40 years is a transplant from England.

With her flair for the dramatic, Patricia Ruth Fisher-Smith Welsh talked about life at Hoyle Court, in Yorkshire, England— “like Downton Abbey, but smaller”— where she was born in 1929 to a well-to-do manufacturing family. She reminisced about “a time, place, and way of life that we will never see again,” describing the many rooms, many gardens, servants, even a zoo. Her first memory from babyhood was looking out from her buggy at beautiful Virginia Creeper growing up one of the garden walls. She attributes her lifelong pursuit of greenery and nature to this experience.


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Resort Response Online
developers comment on feedback from outreach activities

The Facts about our Proposed Plan for the Del Mar Resort
By Brad Termini, CEO, Zephyr
As we continue our plans to develop the parcel overlooking North Beach in Del Mar at Camino Del Mar and Border Avenue, we have heard from many of our neighbors, personally and at our public meetings, with their questions and concerns. We want to make the process as efficient as possible, so I wanted to address directly and provide some clarifications:

“The developer has eliminated restaurants for the public from the plan.”
Four restaurants open to the public are proposed in our plan:  

  • Fine dining (with ocean views toward the south and west)
  • Casual dining (also with expansive views)
  • Poolside restaurant and bar
  • Café (coffee and casual)

“There are no amenities available to the public.”
As most know, this is the first time in 100 years that the public will have access to this amazing piece of property and we are planning for significant public amenities, including trail and blufftop outlooks, view sites and sitting areas. New public restrooms would replace the “porta-potties” at North Beach.
“Developers have designed architecture that is cheap-looking and not in character with the area.”  

We are at the beginning stages of the design process. Current renderings are not indicative of an architectural style, and we continue to listen to feedback and suggestions.

Robert Glazier and Gensler’s design will be high quality, timeless and lasting, a true asset to the surrounding communities of Del Mar and Solana Beach. Robert has specialized in world-class destinations for 30 years and has achieved national and international recognition for his unique response to both local architectural traditions and natural site features. Gensler is one of the largest architecture firms in the world and has an unparalleled scope of experience.


November Print Issue
Remembering Lorraine

A founding member of DMCC, Lorraine Rouse died on September 28, 2017 in Princeton, NJ where she had moved when her two daughters became professors at Princeton University.

The Rouses lived in the City of Del Mar in the 1960s and ‘70s on upper 15th Street. Carl Rouse, her husband, predeceased her by several years. He held a Ph.D. in astrophysics from CalTech. Lorraine had three master’s degrees. Their three children, Carolyn Rouse, Cici Rouse, and Forest Rouse, all have Ph.Ds.

Public Meeting on
Community Choice Energy

The Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB) invites you to attend an informational session to learn about Community Choice Energy (CCE). The event will take place from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at the Powerhouse Community Center (1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014). SAB will moderate a program that will include two guest speakers: Erika Morgan, Executive Director of the San Diego Energy District and Sachu Constantine, Managing Director - Regulatory with Vote Solar. Their talks will be followed by a question & answer panel discussion. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome to attend to learn what CCE is, and what it could mean for Del Mar. For more information call 858-755-9313 or cbrown@delmar.ca.us.

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