March 2023

Upside-Down Undergrounding?

Via Alta is a thoroughfare that dissects a central part of the Hillside neighborhood that dominates Del Mar’s landscape. No doubt you and your neighbors experienced the recent rogue storm


Editorial: Citizens Sidelined

The City of Del Mar historically has made good use of its talented citizenry by including them on their advisory committees and listening to their input. The longstanding Lagoon Committee,


Evil Weevils

Have you noticed droopy dried fronds dangling on our palm trees? They are under attack by deadly threats. One strikes from the top down, one from the bottom up.  


Covid Update: Long Covid

A recent review by Scripps Research scientist Eric Topol and colleagues (Nature Reviews Microbiology, 21:133-146, 2023) highlighted what we know and don’t know about “Long COVID,” a constellation of long-term


Welcome Wildcoast!

WILDCOAST—an environmental nonprofit that works to protect and conserve coastal and marine ecosystems in California and Mexico—is now headquartered in Del Mar. Founded in 2000 by Dr. Serge Dedina—who now


Commentary: Honor Our Promises

Del Mar’s long term deplorable record of resistance to providing our share of affordable housing is rearing its ugly head again.   This time it involves a threat to evict


Commentary: Hershell Price Rewrites

On January 24, 2023 the Union-Tribune staff writer Luke Harold published a column in the Del Mar Times about the abrupt departure from the SANDAG regional board meeting on January


Critters: Talk to the Animals

Some of us converse better than others not only with fellow humans but also with animals. As to animals, they speak their own language, and though we can interpret and


Dogs of Del Mar: Lexie Likes

H: How did you choose her name? L&D: Before Lexie, we had two Wheaten Terriers, Casey and Lacey. While we were waiting for Lexie’s arrival, we were thinking of names


DMF – Art: Your Cup of Tea?

It’s been fun for the past 18 months to walk through downtown and enjoy the five sculptures displayed as part of the Arts Advisory Committee’s (AAC) outdoor sculpture program. With


Del Mar Community Connections

Champagne and Chocolate Wrap-up The Champagne and Chocolate Community Celebration held on Friday February 10 was a sweet return to a DMCC favorite that has been on hold since the


Business As Usual

Originally published in the June/July 1984 issue of The Del Mar Spectator (Jan McMillan, Editor and Publisher); reprinted by The Sandpiper in March 2023 with permission of Jan McMillan. A


In Brief

Rational Representation After Councilmember Gaasterland and a group of Republican SANDAG board members staged a walkout at the January 13 SANDAG meeting in a protest over weighted voting, Gaasterland obtained

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Quotable Del Mar

Jeanne Carney

When one considers the matter, the desirable natural and architectural charms of a community, and the lives lived in these surroundings, are actually composed of fragile elements, difficult to maintain, difficult to balance. A restaurant chain was planning—and came close, very close, to achieving—a restaurant and bar of more than one story on the land which became, thanks to community efforts and Council resistance, the first portion of Seagrove Park. How many recall the elaborate developments once planned for Crest Canyon? Another irony is that many of the talented university professional people drawn to live here in the ‘60s and ‘70s were startled to realize that they would probably no longer qualify for a mortgage loan to purchase their own houses.


“And perhaps the ultimate irony would be to fail through too much success—too many attractions to tourism, development, speculation. Such possibilities are no more remote than a few “simple” changes here and there in the [Community] Plan, a few innocuous-seeming alterations to zoning ordinances and Floor Area Ratio restrictions. No amount of money will buy what is essentially unpurchasable—that is, a natural environment harmonious with the business of living. ‘Community’ can be created only out of dedication and belief.


The elderly lady—she must be in her eighties—who walks the hills and byways of Del Mar for hours at a stretch is engaged in serious purposeful activity in Del Mar, and I believe that she daily earns the right to natural beauty, to greenery, to sea-views and breathable air. She deserves the power of Torrey pines to cool and shelter with their five-fingered fans, to filter and absorb noises from the freeway. I hope she’s still around to enjoy this lovely city of the sea, by the sea, for the people.”

Jeanne Carney, performing Appalachian music at the first First Thursdays performance at the Del Mar Powerhouse on May 4, 2000.

Editors note: The above is excerpted from an exceptional long-form essay, “Business As Usual,” written by Del Mar resident Jeanne Carney (d. June 29, 2021), and published by The Del Mar Spectator (Jan McMillan, Editor), in its June/July 1984 issue. The full essay is published on the Sandpiper’s website with the permission of Jan McMillan. 


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