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ELECTION SETTLED: WORDEN AND SINNOTT APPOINTED

Dwight speaks

Terry speaks

EDITORIAL: Door to Door

Voter Affiliation 2012 vs 2014

Election Cancelled
Dave Druker

Water Down - Rates Up
Anthony Corso

Ask Dr. Rich
Rich Simons

Whither Watermark
Bud Emerson

PASEO “Overriding” Community
Ann Gardner

City Hall plus ... ?
Kathy Garcia

Historical House Hunting
Lynn Gaylord

Beach Scores As Across Board
Mark Corcoran

BOZO Beach Rescue Part I
Bud Emerson

DMTV PRESENTS:
Ice Detective

Luana Karr

BOOK CORNER:
Del Mar Foundation Summer Book Club

Bill Morris, Betty Wheeler, Jill Weitzen MacDonald, and Steve Lutz

Librarian on the Loose
Ann Gardner

The Big Clean
Bill Michalsky

Wastewater Changes Course
Scott Huth

Big Picture Park
Reaching Out - Not Narrowing Down

Ann Gardner

Fair Pay
Scott Huth and Pat Vergne

SHORT TAKES ON FILM
Ben Nyce

Drought Watch
Jeff Barnouw

LOCAVORES DELIGHT:
Peach and Blackberry Granola Crisp

Valerie Fanning

Vanilla Squid and Friends
Shirley King

NEIGHBORS FOR NEIGHBORS:
Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker

Carol Kerridge

GETTING TO KNOW YOU:
Marnie Mahoney

Harold Feder

The Ten Commandments
Carol Kerridge

Local ZMapp Zaps Ebola
Art Olson

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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ELECTION SETTLED
WORDEN AND SINNOTT APPOINTED

Dwight Speaks


I am excited to be your councilmember elect, but this will be the third election cycle in a row in Del Mar without a contested election and that’s not healthy for keeping elected officials in touch with constituents, so I plan to address that by reaching out to you as though there were a contested election.   more

Terry Speaks


Now, instead of your vote, I ask that you provide your input to the Council. It is so important that all our residents get involved in shaping how these improvements will be implemented. That way Del Mar can move forward together.   more

EDITORIAL: Door to Door

Election season is arriving in Del Mar and as in the past three elections there will be no campaign because there are only two candidates running for two open seats on the City Council. The City Council voted to cancel the election to save money. Incumbent Terry Sinnott and community leader Dwight Worden will be installed in the two seats in December.  more


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Update
09/18/14
ranger Right

Ranger's vehicle shown in video. Click on image to enlarge.


Recently rumors and concerns have arisen in the community about a traffic incident between Del Mar’s Ranger and a Sheriff reserve deputy. The deputy was stopped by the Ranger for the illegal use of a cell phone while driving. The deputy’s rude, abusive reaction was videotaped by the Ranger.

The incident happened in March but was recently made public because of a California Public Records Act request filed by news organizations.

In an attempt to sort out the facts, the Sandpiper contacted both incoming Council Member Dwight Worden and City Manager Scott Huth. See the complete texts of these statements below

Dwight Worden: statement sent to City Council on September 26, 2014
Today I have seen the video captured by the body camera worn by our Del Mar Ranger when he made a stop on an off-duty deputy sheriff. Many members of our community have sent me links to the video, have expressed their outrage at the deputy sheriff’s conduct, and have shared their frustration that they have not heard from their city as to what actions are being taken in response. Are we backing up our employee who, judging from the video, acted courteously and professionally?   complete text

Scott Huth: statement issued by City September 27, 2014
On March 10, 2014, while driving to and from City of Del Mar parks, the City’s Park Ranger observed an individual using a handheld cell phone while driving. In an effort to ensure public safety, the individual, (who later turned out to be an off-duty Sheriff Reserve Deputy), was pulled over by the Park Ranger. During the incident, the volunteer Reserve Deputy was visibly frustrated, rude, and inappropriately challenged the Ranger’s authority. The City commends Park Ranger Adam Chase for his professional and calm response to the individual’s allegations and statements. The individual was provided a warning, but no citation was given to the individual.   complete text

 
Update
09/18/14
Bringing Alvarado hOME
Seagrove Park or Elsewhere?
Larry Brooks | Del Mar Historical Society
The Del Mar Historical Society has a collection of more than 3000 photos, from 1885 to the present, and numerous collections of papers, including Nancy Ewing’s notes for Del Mar Looking Back, Gene Schwartz’s notes from 20 years of newspaper columns, and background info, written, visual and audio, for our more than twenty oral histories.  These materials belong to the people of Del Mar, and DMHS is the custodian.

A primary mission of DMHS is to bring Del Mar’s history to the public in a place where they can view artifacts, writings, photos, and listen to voices in a facility that represents the life Del Mar residents lived more than 100 years ago. That place must meet the mission of preservation and education.  DMHS has owned Alvarado House since 1985, and it has resided on the fairgrounds since 1989, where it can fulfill our mission only three weeks of the year.

The Del Mar Historical Society believes that by placing the Alvarado House in southern end of Seagrove Park, nestled among the existing trees, the public would enjoy the easy access to an important link with Del Mar’s past. 

Please tell us what you think:   info@delmarhistoricalsociety.org

 
Update
09/15/14
SDG&E proposes fixed charge
SDG&E would like you to pay a fixed charge of $120 per year that can’t be erased no matter how much energy you conserve, how many energy efficiency upgrades you make, and how much solar you put on your roof. 

They would also like to change the way we pay for electricity so that those who consume the least will pay more than they do now and those who consume the most will pay less.

The California Public Utilities Commission is hosting public hearings in San Diego and El Cajon so you can tell them if you think these proposals should be approved.  Speak up for clean energy in San Diego!

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pipe up
09/11/14
Thank you, Marnie!
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The "Getting to Know You" article by Harold Feder about Marnie Mahoney was a perfect choice for a neighbor everyone should know.  She has been one of the most unheralded contributing citizens in our community for years. Two things people may not know about Marnie besides her starting the Garden Club, which has been beautifying our town for many years, she still volunteers at many events and was the driving force behind the the creation of the history wall now at the new Lifeguard Center.

Thank you for writing about a true lady and Del Mar treasure, 
 Barbara Harper,  Ocean Front

  

Update
09/07/14
Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon
sponsored by Helen Woodward Animal Center
Photo Mike Salt.  Click on image to enlarge.
 
Update
09/03/14
interim Executive director
for San dieguito river park
Supervisor Dave Roberts, Mark Ochenduszko and Del Mar City Councilman Don Mosier.
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Directors of the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority voted on Tuesday to hire Mark Ochenduszko as interim executive director of the agency.  The 55-mile-long park stretches from the beach at Del Mar to the river’s headwaters on Volcan Mountain near Julian.  Ochenduzsco will replace Dick Bobertz, who is retiring after many years of service to the river park.

Ochenduzco served as interim city manager for the city of Del Mar in 2010 and previously held the city manager’s post in Coronado, Cypress and Campbell.
His first day as interim executive director of the river park is Oct. 1.

     
Correction
09/01/14
NRDC:
Natural Resources Defense Council

In the article Beach Scores: As Across the Board in the September print issue the NRDC was incorrectly identified as the "National Resources Defense Council."  NRDC actually stands for "Natural Resources Defense Council."

 
UPDATE
09/01/14
Amazing PASEO Turnout
Carmel Valley Planning Board
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Aug 29, 2014 — I was blown away at the amazing turnout last night [August 28] at the [Carmel Valley] Planning Board meeting. So many of you took the time to show Kilroy that the community does NOT support their plans! Thank you, thank you so very much! We could never have been this successful without your support and passion. And it was great to have our elected representatives Sherri Lightner and Dave Roberts there to hear you so clearly.

Channel 10 news had great coverage at 11:00 last night, showing a blundering Kilroy team, deep community concerns, and massive opposition to THIS One Paseo.

The Planning Board will meet next on September 11 to make their decision.         

Ken Farinsky What Price Main Street Community Coalition

    
September Print Issue
Fair Pay
Scott Huth and Pat Vergne
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On July 21, 2014, the City Council adopted changes to the compensation plan for part-time, temporary, and hourly employees. These changes were meant to aid the City inretaining and recruiting qualified staff that consistently provides high levels of service to residents and visitors by offering financially reasonable, competitive, and fair compensation.   more

  
September Print Issue
PASEO “Overriding” Community
Ann Gardner

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Opposition to the One Paseo Final Environmental Report (FEIR) issued by the City of San Diego on August 8 is gaining steam as the Carmel Planning Board prepares to vote on the project September 11. ...  Residents and community spokespersons are outraged that the FEIR prepared by the San Diego Department of Development Services (DDS) dismisses out of hand a smaller alternative even after the FEIR and hundreds of comments, many with detailed analyses, highlighted that traffic gridlock and loss of neighborhood character cannot be mitigated. DDS simply went ahead and issued a “Statement of Overriding Considerations” claiming that the project has benefits that outweigh or “override” the negative environmental consequences.

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September Print Issue
Local ZMapp Zaps Ebola
Art Olson

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Del Mar appears to be worlds apart from the urgent public health crisis in West Africa caused by the worst-ever, still-spreading Ebola virus outbreak. Perhaps surprisingly, we in Del Mar happen to be in the midst of the evolving story of this terrible disease, whose fatality rate can approach 90%. ZMapp, the antibody cocktail that has been given to treat the two infected American healthcare workers recently flown back to the U.S. as well as several West African health care workers, was developed by two scientists with close ties to our community. Drs. Kevin Whaley and Larry Zeitlin are the CEO and President, respectively, of Mapp Biopharmaceutical (MappBio), the small biotech company that has produced ZMapp.   more
 
September Print Issue
BOOK CORNER:
Del Mar Foundation Summer Book Club
Bill Morris, Betty Wheeler, Jill Weitzen MacDonald, and Steve Lutz

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From the stated mission of “promoting civic cohesiveness” by “sponsoring diverse cultural programs and community events” sprang the idea of an event series that would reach out to and connect summer residents with year-round Del Marians who share a passion for reading. Thus began the “Summer Book Club,” co-hosted by the Del Mar Foundation and the Del Mar Library. With the byline of “Three Books. Three Months. Three Meetings” the events consisted of monthly meetings in the Del Mar Library Community Room where discussions of Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and After Dark by Haruki Murakami were hosted by current and former Del Mar Foundation board members.   more

 
September Print Issue
Librarian on the Loose
Ann Gardner

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Our new librarian sees libraries as places for discovering information, connecting with people and exchanging ideas, a place of intellectual freedom representing all points of view. “We are like Sherpas,” Polly Cipparrone says sitting happily at her new assignment in Del Mar, “helping people get to the next place. At one time, before the popularity of the internet,” she explains, “we were taught that the best librarian always asked an enquiring visitor ‘Does this completely answer your question?’ Now we help people use the internet, not only to find more information but how to check out free E books from the library.”  more
 
September Print Issue
Neighbors for Neighbors
Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker
Carol Kerridge

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What do you think a soccer mom, yacht builder, musician, doctor, contractor, TV personality and realtor have in common? These caring residents, along with many more (45, to be exact), all with varied backgrounds, are stepping up to learn how they can help their neighbors who might need help during a disaster.

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September Print Issue
Ask Dr. Rich 
Rich Simons
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Q – My husband and I have just recently moved here from a small town in Iowa. We didn’t have horses there and we certainly didn’t have a racetrack. Can you tell us what all the excitement is about? – g.r.

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September Print Issue
City Hall plus ... ?
Kathy Garcia

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Save the date! Join your neighbors for a lively discussion at the next City Hall Community Workshop. It will be held on October 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers and address various conceptual options developed for the property.   more

    
September Print Issue Take a Turn
City Advisory Committee Vacancies

Interested in volunteering in your City? The City of Del Mar invites its residents to volunteer on a board or commission to provide input in a variety of areas. The City is currently soliciting for interested persons to fill the following committee vacancies:

Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee
One (1) Vacancy - Commercial Retail Member

Interested citizens should complete a Citizen Interest Form and submit it to the City of Del Mar’s Administrative Services Department. Visit www.delmar.ca.us/volunteer to complete the form and see the deadlines. Forms should be submitted to the City of Del Mar, Administrative Services Department, 1050 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014.

 
September Print Issue
Historical House Hunting
Lynn Gaylord
Proposed Seagrove Park location.
Photo courtesy DMHS. 
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For the last umpteen years, the Alvarado House has been temporarily stored at the Fairgrounds and open to the public only during the 3 weeks of the Fair. This wonderful old piece of Del Mar history needs a permanent home. It’s time to bring it back to Del Mar! 

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September Print Issue
Vanilla Squid and Friends
Shirley King
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Finding products that have not been mass-produced requires time and persistence. It is even tougher, but all the more important when choosing children’s clothing and toys made with sustainable materials, natural colors and quality construction – especially for those precious babies and young children in our lives. Now we can turn off our search engines. A recently opened baby, maternity and children’s boutique, Vanilla Squid and Friends, Ink at1150 Camino del Mar (beside Café Secret) is committed to the small manufacturer especially ‘mom and pop’ entrepreneurs who design and build their products that are meant to last.    more
   
September Print Issue
The Ten Commandments
Carol Kerridge

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Only the brave and strong can admit that they are not really ready should a disaster strike!        more

  
September Print Issue
Wastewater Changes Course
Scott Huth
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In 2016 Del Mar will be hooking up with Solana Beach to send its wastewater north to the San Elijo Water Reclamation Facility in Cardiff rather than sending it to San Diego for treatment and disposal through the Point Loma Wastewater Plant. The new hook up will save money all around for Del Mar, Solana Beach and other San Elijo Joint Powers Agency (SEJPA) cities including Encinitas and probably increase the production of recycled water in the region as well.

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September Print Issue
SHORT TAKES ON FILM
Ben Nyce
dramatizes the life force with deep-breathing naturalness   a riotous satire of American funeral practices
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September Print Issue
Getting to Know You:
Marnie Mahoney
Harold Feder
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I believe that all of us have a story to tell. So every once in a while, I am going to try and tell the story of one of our neighbors. There is no agenda in this pursuit other than that of human interest and maybe to allow us to better know, understand and enjoy each other. So I hope you will help by letting me learn your story if asked.

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September Print Issue
DMTV PRESENTS:
Ice Detective
Luana Karr

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Severe Drought, flash floods, cold snowy winters, signs of a changing climate are all around us. But what is causing this seemingly rapid change? Is it just a sign of our evolving planet or is it “global warming” and what part does mankind play in this? If you watch Ice Detective on Del Mar TV, you might gain some insight to this growing problem.  more
 
September Print Issue
Vons Goes Beachside


Renovations continue at Del Mar Heights and Mango Drive with posted renderings (see above) giving customers a glimpse of a completed “before the holidays Beachside Del Mar.” The store names in rendering are imaginary place-markers only; new tenants for vacant storefronts are expected to be announced soon. In the meantime, the parking lot is being redone to meet new lighting and landscaping required by the City of San Diego. The building footprint will remain the same; Von’s and CVS own their buildings thereby remaining the two biggest anchors.

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What the little Vons Plaza looks like right now. Photo Ann Gardner.

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