Summer News Updates

Pipe Up! Letter to the Editor: Dan Quirk’s Rumination on Homelessness by Anne Farrell


Dear Editors,


Dan Quirk’s “rumination” on homelessness, widely distributed by email last Friday, is pretty enraging and stupid. A commentary in the LA Times on Saturday tells a compelling story of how deeply complex homelessness is, all the failures of government, and the many layers of humanity it takes to get someone off the streets…

July 2022 Print Issue

Jasmine Criqui, departing Roving Teen Reporter. Thank you and best wishes, Jasmine!
Jasmine Criqui, Departing Roving Teen Reporter


On March 4 Deputy Mayor Gaasterland and Mayor Druker presented council with a Resolution to create a Task Force to advise council on the Notice of Preparation (NOP) “scoping” process for the SANDAG tunnel project. Three council members (Worden, Martinez, and Quirk) rejected the Task Force and the accompanying Resolution. Unfortunately, the sound system was terrible and most people couldn’t understand the discussion and reasons for this


Editorial: Un”Fortune”ate

Del Mar made the national news earlier this year, for better or worse. The February 14th edition of Fortune Magazine had an article by Alena Botros with the catchy title of “The comfort of 4,000 people in one of California’s wealthiest towns


Remembering Mayor Al Tarkington

Al Tarkington, long time Del Mar resident, activist, councilmember, and Mayor from 1979 to 1980, died on March 13, 2024. Al was active in many pivotal programs and causes in Del Mar, including the acquisition of Powerhouse Park. He served as a


Phil Blair Named to 22nd DAA Board

Governor Newsom has appointed Del Mar resident Phil Blair to the Fair Board (formally the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors).   Blair, an executive officer and co-owner with Mel Katz of Manpower San Diego since 1977, has served the region


Roving Teen Reporter: AI vs Teen I

Since its inception, Chat GPT has been at the forefront of many conversations — from brilliant medical researchers to high school students looking for an easy A on their chemistry homework. While artificial intelligence is not a new concept, other platforms have


Covid Update: “Booster” Boost

On February 28th, the CDC recommended that adults over 65 get a second shot of the COVID vaccines released last fall. The viral sequence in the Moderna or Pfizer/BioNtek vaccines in the 2023-2024 “updated” versions matched the Omicron variant prevalent in early


Ethical Wearables

With the April opening of Commers Custom Jewelers Sara Commers offers her specialty: creating unique designs with precious metals and ethically sourced gemstones. Commers uses cutting edge (literally) technology in concert with old world techniques at her on-site workshop. She repairs, restores and



“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is often interred with their bones,” declared Marc Antony, in Shakespeare’s tragedy, Julius Caesar. Fortunately, this is not the case for local playwright and Shakespeare aficionado Gary Seger, who passed away in


…Rattle and Roll

My wife Kathe and I love live music, and the Belly Up has long been one of our favorite venues. We’ve seen some amazing performances there – from young artists on their way to breaking through to those deep into storied careers


Springing to Life

Birds do it, bees do it. So do lots of our local animal species. It’s Spring!   Look around. Attention is being paid to potential partnering and nest building by many, some close to home.   Birds, of course. Overhead they are


Bluff Bracing

As SANDAG is examining alternatives to relocate the railway off our narrowing bluffs by 2035, phase 5 of the Del Mar Bluffs Stabilization Project is starting construction of an at least $78 million attempt to stabilize them. The three year construction project


Monarch Garden Birthday Party

It has been a good first year for the Monarch Butterfly Demonstration Garden. Designed by the Garden Club’s Gale Darling, the collaborative effort between the Del Mar Garden Club and the Del Mar Foundation is blossoming at the north end of the


DMF: First Thursdays, 25 Years Strong!

In January 2000, shortly after the December 1999 Grand Opening of the newly renovated Powerhouse Community Center, I had the great pleasure of convening the first-ever meeting of DMF’s Cultural Arts Committee at the Powerhouse. Our goal: to organize a diverse series


Del Mar Community Connections

Free Medicare and Insurance Counseling Get personalized help with Medicare at DMCC’s HQ from the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP). On the fourth Thursday of each month, a certified HICAP counselor from the nonprofit law firm Elder Law & Advocacy


Quotable Del Mar: Art Olson

On facing our just desserts: “Hopes tend toward pies in the sky. Facts bring them down to Earth So, when time lets Fate’s hand fly We face our just Dessert.” While a graduate student at Berkeley, Art Olson created a series of


Del Mar Beaches Make Honor Roll

Heal The Bay’s annual report grades 500 beaches throughout California, giving Del Mar a perfect water score along with fourteen other San Diego County beaches. The nonprofit bases its scoring on the levels of fecal-indicator bacterial pollution in the ocean measured by county health agencies. Our county trailed only Orange County in the number of beaches on the Honor Roll.

Grannies Growth

Del Mar has received 93 applications for Accessory Development Units (ADU), sometimes known as “granny flats.” So far 49 building permits have been approved. By state law, ADUs are not subject to local review or zoning limits. The city cannot track whether these units are actually used for rentals, but the state does count them as new units.

Collectors Covered

When the City was in the process of awarding the new contract for collection of trash, recycling, and organics, many residents provided comments to the City Council offering high praise for Waste Management’s trash collectors. EDCO offered to hire all WM trash collectors assigned to Del Mar, including full credit for the seniority accruing from their WM employment. Of the three WM drivers/collectors who worked in Del Mar, one, who worked in commercial collection, decided to retire, but has a short-term contract with EDCO to train the new driver. The two who worked in residential collection are expected to accept EDCO’s offer. So Del Mar residents can expect to see the same friendly and professional drivers/collectors after July 1, when EDCO’s Del Mar service begins. EDCO’s service will use two-axle trucks for Del Mar, though one of those is not expected to arrive until the end of July.

Fencing Match on the Bluffs

Those interested in the North County Transit District’s (NCTD’s) plan to install fencing its right-of-way on the Del Mar bluffs may need a law degree to follow the convoluted legal proceedings seeking to uphold or challenge NCTD’s right to install the fence. Originally, NCTD filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) seeking a ruling that state law obligations asserted by the City of Del Mar and the California Coastal Commission (CCC), such as State law-based environmental requirements, are preempted by federal law, with respect to NCTD’s fencing plan. More recently, two separate additional legal actions were filed in state court against NCTD: one by Friends of Del Mar Bluffs and Laura DeMarco, and another by CCC. Both cases were removed by NCTD to federal court. On June 2, 2022, the federal judge issued a stay in both of those cases, noting that “the orderly course of justice measured in terms of simplifying issues is served by allowing the STB to determine the preemption issues.” CCC has moved to set aside that stay. Meanwhile, there is no indication when the STB is likely to decide the case pending before it. NCTD’s Matt Tucker stated in a recent STB filing that NCTD will not act to install the fence until after STB rules on the petition pending there.

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Clementine “pretends” to read and goes A A A O O O for each letter she sees. She loves looking at each picture in great detail. Photo by Sasha.

Quotable Del Mar


“The Second Amendment is not a license to kill. Gun violence is predictable and preventable. A proven way is to regulate access to military-style assault weapons that have been used in almost every mass murder in America. The 1994 Assault Weapons Ban reduced gun violence by 43%, and its expiration in 2004 increased the number of deaths by 239%.”

— Sandpiper Commentary, “Gun Violence is Predictable and Preventable: You Can Help Stop the Violence

Rose Ann Sharp, left, with Todd Gloria and other public officials. Photo courtesy of Ira Sharp.

Del Mar resident Rose Ann Sharp, founder of NeverAgainCA, has been at the forefront of political activism to support gun safety measures, calling on public officials at all levels “to stop playing politics with peoples’ lives and address our epidemic of gun violence.” She is “fearless” in her work to make “our community a safer place for all of us,” according to San Diego Mayor and former 78th District Assemblymember Todd Gloria.