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Editorial – Quirk: Habitual Offender

It is truly unfortunate that our City Council had to resort again to the only disciplinary measure available, censuring Member Dan Quirk for the second time in five months. The report by an independent investigator was devastatingly precise and concluded that “Quirk’s self-centered behavior not only poses immediate legal risks but also has the potential to compromise the city’s strategic objectives and erode the public’s trust in its leadership.” Councilmember Martinez said, “If this was a major corporation, someone who committed the acts detailed in this investigation would likely immediately have been

Terry Gaasterland
Stephen Quirk
Dwight Worden

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Commentary: Watermark Politics

Watermark: Approved for 50 Units. On April 19, Watermark received City approval of a Coastal Development Permit to construct a new 50-unit, 132,894 square-foot residential development with a 10-unit affordable


Editorial: Leadership Lost

Climate change is accelerating faster than predicted, and meaningful action cannot be delayed any longer without dire consequences. Two recent publications, one international (Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel


Roving Teen Reporter: Superintendent Slip-Up

San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Cheryl James-Ward was placed on administrative leave on Apr. 20 following her controversial comments regarding Chinese-American students.   During an Apr. 11 SDUHSD


Covid Update: Ouch! Another Shot

The CDC has recommended that adults over 50 years of age receive a second booster shot of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) if 4 months have elapsed since their


Critters: Unearthed in Oceanside

Hello Kitty! Our kitty, known as Diegoaelurus (San Diego’s cat) recently introduced by the San Diego Natural History Museum, is a breed of saber tooth cat-like mammals who once roamed


Broken Promises

Rental Assistance, March 7, 2022   Dear Mayor Worden and Councilors Gaasterland, Martinez, Druker and Quirk:   I am writing because I am concerned about circumstances affecting one of my


A Moral Dilemma for Our Community

Last September our City Council voted to phase out the City’s Rental Assistance Program that has helped four long time Del Mar residents for many years. These four tenants pay


Good News: City Financial Update

On March 7th the City Council reviewed the City’s mid-year financial results, which show that the recovery from the pandemic is ahead of plan. Revenues for the fiscal year ending


SCOUPing the Sand

Retaining sand on Del Mar beaches is a complicated process. Many agencies are involved. A sought after commodity internationally, disappearing sand will only get more valuable with sea level rise


Dog Mar!

Could there be any better place on earth to live as a dog than Del Mar?  I don’t think so and here is why:   I can go for a


Down the Drain

Don’t let the morning dew or drizzle deceive you. The stark fact is that we in Southern California live in continuing drought conditions. The sources we depend on are dwindling


$+$+$ for Bluffs

Our bluffs will get additional funding support from the recently passed state Assembly Bill 66 with $2.5 million over a three year period to further study how ground deformations are


DMF: Ten Thousand Words

“One picture is worth ten thousand words.” Fred Barnard, a national ad agency guru, coined that phrase in the 1920s—though he called it a “Chinese proverb” to give it more


Del Mar Community Connections

Annual Volunteer Appreciation CelebrationDMCC Has the Sweetest Volunteers! DMCC’s volunteers drive seniors to medical appointments, create and lead engaging programs, serve meals, and so much more. This year, we are


In Brief

Fighting Fencing The California Coastal Commission filed a lawsuit against NCTD and Exbon Development, Inc. in Superior Court on April 19, asserting that NCTD improperly awarded a contract to Exbon

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