April 2023

Canopy Care

This winter’s atmospheric rivers, and the often violent winds that accompany them, have taken a toll on Del Mar’s trees. In the last month, three large Torrey Pines have fallen,


Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Del Mar needs a comprehensive review and update of its tree policies. Instead, we’re getting only review of the Trees Scenic Views and Sunlight Ordinance (TSVS). Updating the TSVS is


Editorial: Trees of Del Mar

Since its inception, the mission of the Sandpiper has been to defend our unique Community Plan, that has guided city policies and procedures since its adoption in 1976. Protecting our


Torrey Treasures

In the 1500s Spanish sailors used the Torrey pine trees on the cliffs as a navigational aid, calling it Punta de los Arboles. Our local Kumeyaay knew the trees as


Roving Teen Reporter: Learning on the Job

Identified by its trademarked green mermaid and perfume of freshly brewed coffee, the Starbucks drive-thru is where Karina Levinson greets her everyday customers. The Del Norte High School senior pulls


Pat Schroeder: Stellar Role Model

Editors note: Pat Schroeder died on March 11, 2023.   In 1973, I rode a Greyhound bus from the Texas Panhandle to Washington, D.C. to participate in a program called


Intelligently Artificial

In recent months, I have spoken about the advances in Artificial Intelligence, including a Nov 2020 Sandpiper article on GPT (Generative Pretrained Transformer, a technology that is trained on millions


Remembering Ann Silber

Along with her sweet disposition and razor sharp wit, Ann, who passed away on March 15, 2023 at the age of 99, will be remembered as one of the founders


Good Girls

While classified as a beetle, finessing the factoid that half are not all female, this ruby red beetle, Coccinellidae, from the Latin coccineus, meaning scarlet, does identify as a ladybug.


Power Down

Recently a large Torrey Pine on Via Alta fell onto a power line and many houses on Crest Road lost power for about 20 hours. What can you do to


Dogs of Del Mar: Brinkley

Sandpiper: What have you learned about your family? (Betsy & Bradd Milove – Kalamath Drive)   Brinkley: When I first came to my new house, I thought every family member


Young Voices: Lifeguard Leadership

The Sandpiper happily introduces our new intern, Issie Barrett.   We’ve all seen the movies. Tan, shirtless lifeguards dressed in red, running in slow motion before diving off the motorboat


Photo Essay: Lunar Sandscape

First two photos: Space sand, rocky walking. Last three photos:Gravity grinds down drenched cliffs. March Issue Upside-Down Undergrounding? by Rosanne Rennie Holliday and Anne Farrell Editorial: Citizens Sidelined by Sandpiper


40 Trees to Celebrate 40 Years!

Last year, DMF launched a plan to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a program to plant 40 trees in Del Mar.   After collaborating with the City and its Parks


Del Mar Community Connections

I Scream, You Scream! Are you a fan of DMCC’s Social and Good Times events? You won’t want to miss the 2023 Ice Cream Social on April 28! The committee


In Brief

Solar Success The 212 solar panels on the roof of the Del Mar City Hall started producing energy in November 2018. Since then, the positive environmental impacts of the 35

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Quotable Del Mar

“I look at my father’s work as a beautiful piece of work…a signal that reflects the whole world…[and] a ringing alarm bell. The only light at the end of the tunnel is weaning ourselves of fossil fuels – a huge challenge, but one that isn’t impossible.”


Ralph Keeling, professor of geochemistry and Principal Investigator for the Atmospheric Oxygen Research Group at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, developed techniques to precisely measure changes in atmospheric oxygen levels. He is also the director of the Scripps CO2 Program, the measurement program behind the Keeling Curve, a daily record of global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration begun in 1958 by his father, Charles David “Dave” Keeling. Dave and Louise Keeling raised their five children in Del Mar, where Louise still resides. The quotation above is from a March 2017 Sandpiper article, “A Signal That Reflects the Whole World: The Keelings, Del Mar & Climate Change.”


 Click here to view the full article from the March 2007 issue of the Sandpiper.

The Keeling Family in 1968 - Ralph at left in plaid shirt. Photo courtesy of Louise Keeling.