About the Sandpiper

The Sandpiper is published by the Del Mar Community Alliance, a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit corporation. Its purpose is to advocate the Del Mar Community Plan, to foster informed public and government decision-making regarding issues affecting the community of the City of Del Mar, and to encourage a social and political climate favorable to the protection of the community character of the City of Del Mar and its environs.

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This publication depends upon the contributions of readers like you. Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated. Donations are not tax deductible.


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To donate by check, make check payable to “Sandpiper” and mail to:
Del Mar Sandpiper
P.O. Box 2177
Del Mar, CA 92014

$2500 per year for 3 years – Chuck Newton Circle
$1,000 per year for 3 years – Publishers’ Circle
$500-$999 per year for 3 years – John Kerridge Circle
$250-$499 – Subscribers
$100-$249 – Readers

Thank you to our major donors:

Founders’ Circle
Jeff Barnouw remembering Dagmar Barnouw

Chuck Newton Circle
Rosanne & Joel Holliday
Diana Marquard & Rod Franklin

Publishers’ Circle
Mary Ann & Bud Emerson
Lynn & Charlie Gaylord
Maryka & George Hoover
Louise Keeling in memory of Dave Keeling

John Kerridge Circle
Penny & Buck Abell
Patty & Marc Brutten
Linda & Frank Chisari
Anne & John Farrell
Melissa & Bob Gans
Ann Feeney & Don Mosier
Mary & Jeffrey Friestedt
Nancy Fisher & Mike Salt
Susan & Judd Halenza
Ellie & Tim Haviland
Lee Haydu & Bill Sims
Pat JaCoby
Shirley King & Art Olsen
Deborah Lawson & Paul Cleveland
Sherryl Parks
Karen & Phil Posner
Suzi Resnik & Stan Marks
Gloria Sandvik & Harold Feder
Rose Ann & Ira Sharp
Betty Wheeler
Dwight Worden

Editorial Board
Jeff Barnouw
Bud Emerson
Valérie Dufort-Roy
Lee Haydu
Virginia Lawrence
Hylton Lonstein
Julie Maxey-Allison
Don Mosier
Betty Wheeler


All editors, writers, and photographers are unpaid volunteers. 

Del  Mar Community Alliance
Ellie Haviland, President

Bud Emerson
Anne Farrell
Lee Haydu
Rosanne Holliday
Don Mosier
Gloria Sandvik
Rose Ann Sharp

The Sandpiper: A Historical Perspective

by John Kerridge (Sandpiper Editor, 1999-2003)


The Sandpiper was created in 1997 because a group of Del Marians became concerned about the fate of our community’s General Plan.


That plan, known locally as the Community Plan, has been spectacularly successful at both preserving the ambience of our village and also enhancing our property values. However, not only has the Plan been under constant pressure from would-be developers, but inevitable changes in Del Mar’s population have resulted in many residents being unaware of the role that the Plan has played in fostering the environment that attracted them here. Furthermore, the local media, heavily subsidized by real-estate and development interests, showed little interest in objective coverage of land-use issues.


It therefore seemed desirable to produce a newspaper that would present the facts pertaining to the issues confronting our community and to interpret those facts within the context of the Community Plan. The first Sandpiper appeared in March 1997 and, with an occasional lapse, has appeared monthly (except for each January and August) since then.


We hope that the Sandpiper, in both its print and online formats, will help Del Marians become more acquainted with our community, how it functions, and how to get involved in carrying out the vision of the Community Plan.