published by Del Mar Community Alliance. Inc.
Inside the February 2018 Print Issue

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It’s Easy Being Green
with Bruce Bekkar

- Dolores Davies


EDITORIAL: Agenda 2018


Resort Report
- Nancy Fisher




Roving Teen Reporter:
Weed Wise

- Sammy Hallal


Alvarado: The Little House that Wants to Come Home
- Suzi Resnik


Commentary: Critical Crossings
- Lisa LaScola Martin


Delayed Choice
- Don Mosier


Calmer Streets
- Ann Gardner


Outsmarting Wildfires
- Dolores Davies


Outruninning Wildfires
- Julie Maxey Allison


Wildfires: Clean Crest Crew: Reduces Fire Potential
- Jeff Barnouw


Heights in Half
- Ann Gardner


Kid-Friendly Kitchens
- Natalia and Hollis


DMF Talks: Engineers for Exploration
- Sandra Hoyle


Residential Hospitality
- Bud Emerson


Jimmy Joe’s Garden
- Jeff Barnouw


Dear Bully’s
- Nancy Fisher


Watermark Evolves
- Bud Emerson


Civic Home Stretch
- Don Mosier


Welcome Back, Amanda Lee!
- Jeff Barnouw


DMF: A Watershed Year for Grants
- Judd Halenza


DMCC: February 2018
- Ashley Simpkins


Extra copies of the Sandpiper are available at: City Hall Southfair, the Del Mar Community Building the Library, Jelley Properties, the Powerhouse the Farmers’ Market; the Carmel Valley Library; The Gym in Del Mar on Jimmy Durante Blvd; the Solana Beach Library and the Solana Beach Community Center.


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DM Calendar

DMCC Calendar

DMF Calendar

DM Library Calendar

DM Village Association

Public Meetings

City Council

Design Review Board

Planning Commission

 

 
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February
2018

A Fitting Farewell
Larry Brooks | 9th Street

Photo Larry Brooks.
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A large, eclectic group gathered at the Powerhouse in Del Mar January 26 to celebrate the life of Rear Admiral John R. “Jack” Batzler, USN (ret.) December 9, 1932 - December 20, 2017. Jack lived in Del Mar for more than 40 years and is survived by his wife Carolyn, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and brother Dave.

Many were Naval Aviators, friends during Jack’s 32-year US Navy career, including his three-year tour as Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz. Richard Earnest, ex-Del Mar Councilman and Mayor, recalled his days as Jack's wingman in combat missions over Vietnam. Others remembered Jack surfing, kayaking, and paddle boarding.  A US Coast Guard helicopter hovered over the surf off the Powerhouse, an inter-service recognition of Jack's service, and, in conclusion,  bowed to the crowd.

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Update
02/05/18

It’s Easy Being Green
with Bruce Bekkar
- Dolores Davies

 
It’s Easy Being Green is the first in a series of profiles of Del Mar residents who have embraced a sustainable lifestyle, demonstrating how easy it really is to tread more lightly on the earth, reducing waste and pollution levels and conserving precious resources.

Until recently, Bruce Bekkar was a practicing Ob-Gyn doctor in San Diego, working to preserve human life and helping to get new lives started. About four years ago, he jettisoned his white coat while remaining dedicated to preserving human health by working to preserve our natural world, which as a physician he sees is essential to our happiness and survival as a species.

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February Print Issue
Editorial


EDITORIAL: Agenda 2018

Del Mar will continue to tackle important issues and opportunities in this new year as it did in 2017. Continued controversy, count on it. We did not become the most desirable community in the region because we shied away from vigorous debate about how to manage our Community Plan into the future. We are a highly engaged community and we hope that continues, hopefully honoring the boundaries of civility along the way.

Our priority list is long. Some highlights:

• opening our new civic center, on time, on budget, and energy wise.
• implementing a carefully balanced short-term rental compromise plan, hopefully with Coastal Commission endorsement.
• formulating a plan to use Measure Q tax funds to fund undergrounding, streetscape, and Shores Park.
• finalizing revised design guidelines to make our DRB process more transparent and functional.
• adopting phased strategies for dealing with inevitable sea level rise impacts on our beach neighborhood.
• activating our adopted Climate Action Plan to achieve challenging sustainability goals.
• carefully reviewing new development proposals including the Del Mar Resort, Watermark housing, 10th street boutique hotel, and Bully’s replacement.
• considering new Sheriff proposals for enhanced community service.
• diligently servicing our basic water, sewer, and streets infrastructure.
• carefully managing our budgetary resources including strong reserves and pension protections.
• Monitoring our regional leadership at SANDAG.
• Carefully overseeing the performance of and manage staff leadership.
• managing the lawsuits from citizens / organizations who do not agree with Council.

This would be a big enough agenda for any business corporation, but it gets way more complicated when you add a very active citizenry and political moves during an election year. The Sandpiper’s goal is to advocate for our Community Plan, to do our best to keep you informed and to offer a forum for different points of view. Welcome to Del Mar 2018.

 
February Print Issue
Center fold


Outsmarting Wildfires
- Dolores Davies

While fire surveillance drones and virtual reality simulators have yet to be added to the firefighter’s arsenal, local residents should find comfort in the fact that the San Diego region is ahead of the curve when it comes to harnessing technology to predict where wildfires might start and prevent those that start from growing.
Although Santa Ana winds and wildfires have long been a part of the California landscape, it wasn’t until the 1990s, according to San Diego’s fire chief, Brian Fennesy, that wildfires became “mega fires.” San Diegans have experienced some of the state’s largest fires ever— in 2003 with the Cedar Fire, which burned more than 273,000 acres and killed 15 people, and then in 2007 with the Witch Creek-Guejito fires (which subsequently merged with other fires) which burned 247,800 acres and caused two fatalities.


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February Print Issue
Center fold

Outruninning Wildfires
- Julie Maxey Allison

Outruninning Wildfires
Julie Maxey Allison | 10th Street

Our California wildfires of 2017 made history. They destroyed more acreage and will cost more, estimated at $180 billion, than any previously recorded. The reality is more wildfires will flare up in 2018. As a follow up to the Sandpiper editorial of December 2017, here is more information on how to prevent, prepare, and if necessary, evacuate.

Clem Brown of the City of Del Mar, Captain Giovanni Maniscalco of the Del Mar Fire Department and Cap Pinney of CERT provided key facts and advice.

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February Print Issue
Center fold



Wildfires: Clean Crest Crew:
Reduces Fire Potential
- Jeff Barnouw

Del Mar is surrounded by wonders of nature. The ocean borders us to the west, San Dieguito River and Lagoon to the north, Torrey Pines Reserve Extension to the south, and Crest Canyon to the east. It’s not Grand Canyon, but it is in its own way grand. All people in Del Mar are aware of the ocean, many the lagoon, but too few our canyon.

I volunteer with a group called Friends of the Crest Canyon. It was created by the non-profit San Diego Canyonlands (SDCL), which has given rise to over 40 such Friends groups. SDCL started in 1998 as a grass-roots effort between a local branch of the Sierra Club and community members near Switzer Canyon in North Park to push (successfully) for less invasive sewer maintenance routes through San Diego’s urban canyons. Around 2008 it assumed its current name and form, dedicated to restoring and maintaining canyon open space, with paid full-time and part-time staff along with dozens of student and professional interns reducing fire potential.

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February Print Issue
Back Page


Welcome Back, Amanda Lee!
- Jeff Barnouw

Beginning her first full year as Principal Planner, Amanda Lee has a long-standing connection with Del Mar. She lived here while studying for her BA at UCSD in Urban Studies and Planning, 1992-97. Her M.A. in City Planning is from SDSU in 2000. (A classmate in that program was Dustin Fuller, now with the 22nd District Agricultural Association.) She was a Planning Intern and then Assistant Planner in Del Mar 1998-2001, before going to the City of San Diego as Associate Planner, 2001-16.

Now back on the Del Mar City staff, she is responsible for long-range planning (and that can mean keeping the year 2100 in mind!), while Matt Bator, the other Principal Planner, is more focused on current projects. So Amanda is staff liaison for the Planning Commission, Matt for the Design Review Board.

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February Print Issue

Dust Devils and Docents
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Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to volunteer more? What about getting outdoors more? The San Dieguito River Park is recruiting and holding a training session for long-term volunteers on Saturday, March 31. The volunteers will become part of the Park’s Dust Devil crew, Trail Patrol Program or educational programs such as a docent. Find out more by going to the River Park website at www.sdrp.org and checking out the details.
              
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