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Del Mar Chargers
Art Olson

EDITORIAL: Full Plate Indigestion

Lagoon Love-In
Sunday, April 19th

Lucy Zizka

Dr. Rich
Rich Simons

Civic Consensus
Bud Emerson

News Updates: Jimmy Durante, Budget, Watermark
Bud Emerson

Hosting History
Jeff Barnouw

Fair Lee
Shirley King

Kilroy Aftershocks 
Ann Garnder

Boardwalk Blues
Jacqueline Winterer

Hawk Watch
Art Olson and David Arnold

Know Your Neighbor: Paul Thomas
Harold Feder

Book Corner: Adam's College Capers
Letter to the editor from Adam Birnbaum

Roving Teen Reporter: To Vax or Not to Vax
Leah Gans

Wising Up to Water Waste
Shannon Hogan Cohen

Sea Change
Shirley King

Shot in Del Mar:
Rare Rain

Bill Morris

Neighborly Development:
Property Rights vs Community Rights

Letter to the editor from Nate McCay

DMTV Presents:
A Walk in the Park

Luana Karr

Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce

Locavore's Delight: Spring Frittata
Valerie Fanning

KAABOOM!
Bud Emerson

Number Dump: Bonanza for DMPD
April Fish

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Stadium conceptual rendering,
Seymour House, AIA
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It looks like the City of Del Mar has again been blindsided by the 22nd Agricultural District Fair Board’s actions. The Sandpiper has recently discovered that an ongoing, and until now, secret 3-way negotiation has been underway between the Fair Board, the San Diego Chargers, and the Killjoy Development Corporation. In an effort to retain the Chargers locally, and in the absence of support from the city of San Diego, the Chargers management has approached the Fair Board with a proposition to build a new, one of a kind NFL football stadium on the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

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NUMBER DUMP:
Bonanza for DMPD
April Fish | Klish Way
 

City Council approves naming rights for all numbered streets in Del Mar. A recommendation from the Finance Committee estimates that selling naming rights could yield as much as $1million toward the funding of our new police department building scheduled to break ground by the first of this...

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Pipe up
04/07/15
Watermark Follow-up

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Pipe up
04/04/15
April Fools Follow-up
Dean and Monica Meredith, Seaview Ave

In response to last month’s article "Roundabout of Dread,"  the City is setting up practice roundabouts in the Del Mar Fairgrounds parking lot . The course will train drivers to go in a circle without running into one another. The course will be on a donation basis, and will be available every Tuesday and Thursday from 3PM to 5PM whenever the parking lot is not otherwise in use. After completion of the 30 minute course, volunteers will assess the driver’s ability to go in a circle, and residents will receive a "‘pass" or "no pass" certificate. Residents who do not pass will be asked to take Crest Road for future travel through Del Mar.  All donations will go towards future roundabouts in Del Mar.

 
UPDATE
04/04/15
www.delmarsandpiper.org
re-acquired



GoDaddy did not make it easy for the Sandpiper to reacquire its original domain name which had expired on February 20.  The person who had registered it at GoDaddy in 2005 passed away two years ago, and no one knew how to access the GoDaddy account to pay for a renewal.  GoDaddy kept the doors tightly locked.

GoDaddy finally released the domain name yesterday, that is, 42 days after it had expired. 

We now have two domain names pointed at the website:
www.delmarsandpiper.org and www.sandpiperdelmar.org

We also have two email contacts:
editor@delmarsandpiper.org and editor@sandpiperdelmar.org

 
ONE PASEO UPDATE
03/28/15
61,000+ Signatures
Submitted to San Diego County


San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner (center) and Joe LaCava, chair of the San Diego Community Planners Committee (left), joined Ken Farinsky of What Price Main Street (right) to submit the referendum petitions on Wednesday afternoon.
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On Wednesday, March 25,  Protect Our San Diego Neighborhoods submitted to the San Diego  County Registrar of Voters more than 61,000 signatures for the petition to overturn the San Diego City Council's approval of One Paseo. But One Paseo supporters launched a drive they claim has gotten over 29,000 voters to rescind their signatures. 

The petitions were accepted as filed, which means the Clerk now has 30 days to verify the signatures. The deadline for verification is Friday, April 24. If found to be sufficient - 34,000 are needed after the validated rescinded signatures are subtracted  - the Clerk will certify the petition for presentation to the City Council, which is expected to occur at the Council hearing on Monday, April 27.

After the presentation, the Council will then have 20 business days either to withdraw its approval of One Paseo or to place the item on the ballot to be decided by voters. 

    
April Print Issue
KAABOOM!
Bud Emerson
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If you want to know why the fairgrounds gets at odds with its neighbors, get a load of this.

Just about the time we all settle down after the the races and summer crowds to enjoy some relaxed community time, KAABOO lands on us. We will get 40,000 drinking and dancing revelers in our backyard starting Thursday night September 17 and continuing around the clock through Sunday, September 20. If you know anything about festivals like Coachella or Stage Coach, imagine that scene crammed into our neighborhood. More than one hundred bands and performances on seven stages.

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April Print Issue
Kilroy Aftershocks
Ann Garnder

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“We the undersigned registered voters of the City of San Diego, California, hereby present this petition to the City Council of the City of San Diego, California and ask that the City Council repeal, or submit to the registered voters of the City for their adoption or rejection that legislative act adopted by the City Council on the 23rd day of February, 2015 as Resolution No. R-309505.”

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April Print Issue
Boardwalk Blues
Jacqueline Winterer


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In a tie vote on March 11 the California Coastal Commission recommended that the San Dieguito Lagoon Boardwalk be removed and relocated at the northern edge of the lot, along Jimmy Durante Boulevard because it caused the loss of one acre of wetland and disturbed the wildlife.

The Boardwalk south east of the Fairgrounds, along the San Dieguito River was built with various grants worth $500,000 and through the efforts of members of the Del Mar Rotary Club who helped build it. The Boardwalk has become very popular with members of the public who enjoy walking along the river watching birds, ducks drifting along the river and occasional fish jumping out of the water. Earlier action from the Coastal Commission had determined that the Boardwalk was an interim use.

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April Print Issue
BOOK CORNER
Adam's College Capers
Letter to the editor from Adam Birnbaum

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To the editor:
I thoroughly enjoyed the review of “The Great Ringtail Garbage Caper” in the Book Corner segment of your February edition. I knew of the book because before embarking on a number of other careers, including that as a planner, I was of one of the duo of garbage men for Menemsha and the rest of “Up-Island” Martha’s Vineyard at the time Timothy Foote wrote The Caper.

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April Print Issue
LAGOON Love-In
SUNDAY, APRIL 19th
Lucy Zizka

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The Lagoon Committee was established by the City of Del Mar in 1974 by a group of concerned citizens who recognized that the time to prevent the Lagoon from being more developed would soon be upon them. Their efforts and those that followed have helped in restoring the remaining wetlands to the health we view today. As mitigation for the damage caused by the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Southern California Edison and their partners, at the direction of the Coastal Commission, began the journey to bring the Lagoon back to a functioning estuary. The results are evident, many birds, marine specimens and native plants have returned. But it is still a work in progress. Once again the opportunity to learn about the San Dieguito Lagoon is here. Our annual celebration will occur on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

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April Print Issue
Read Me If you Can!


The newly-named shopping Center on Mango has erected two monuments. BEACHSIDE DEL MAR stands out from a background field of stones. Unfortunately, as you drive south on Mango, the letter B is lost against the trees.   You see only
EACHSIDE DEL MAR.  Photo Bill Morris.
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Driving north, although all the letters are visible, reading the text in broad sunlight is tricky because of the shadows BEACHSIDE casts against the patterned background of stones.  
Photo Bill Morris.
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April Print Issue
Fair Lee
Shirley King

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At its monthly meeting on March 10th, Fred Schenk, President of the Board of Directors of the 22nd Agricultural District (DAA) welcomed two new Directors, Lee Hadyu and Pierre Sleiman, Jr. President Schenk praised Lee Haydu for her generous commitment to the community as Del Mar’s former mayor in addition to a succession of her many public advisory roles.  Recommended by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins who represents the 78th District, four new DAA Directors were added by Governor Brown within this past year. At long last the State’s Governor has made a place for a Del Mar representative - especially one who comes with a keen understanding of the community’s values and the civic structures that preserve those values.

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April Print Issue
Dr. Rich
Rich Simons
GRRRRidlock! Photo illustration Art Olson.
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Q – It seems that City Hall is suddenly all “atwitter” over the matter of parking. They’ve got special staff dedicated to preparing what they call a Parking Management Plan. They’ve got the city cut up into a bunch of different sectors, and have identified four different groups of parkers. Two City Council members have rolled up their sleeves to join in. What’s your take on all this? – j.m.

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April Print Issue
SHORT TAKES ON FILM
Ben Nyce

 

... No wonder the characters drink vodka like water...

...the sweeping images of dune landscape show what endures despite the destruction...

 
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April Print Issue
ROVING TEEN REPORTER
To Vax or Not to Vax
Leah Gans

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An increasing number of parents in recent years have been withholding permission for their children to be vaccinated out of fear that vaccines cause autism. While autism diagnoses have become more common, there is no knowing for certain whether the actual number of incidents of autism has increased, or if, with the increasing advances in technology and science, autism has become more easily detected and therefore more frequently diagnosed.

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April Print Issue
Hawk Watch
Art Olson and David Arnold
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In December of this past year Del Mar resident and retired graphic designer, David Arnold saw a diseased Torrey Pine being cut down on City property just across highway 101 from his home on Ocean View Avenue. The location of that tree was very special to Arnold, as it is to the thousands of others that look to the Pacific as they descend along the 101 toward the Torrey Pines State Beach driving south from Del Mar. Arnold saw not only the tragedy of an iconic tree dying from beetle infestation, but the possibility to repurpose what was left of it as art that will retain the aesthetics of the view that it occupied.

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April Print Issue
KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR
Paul Thomas
Harold Feder

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In full disclosure, I am a huge fan of the Public Works Department. I strongly believe that we Del Martians are lucky to have this crew help us navigate through some of the travails of our everyday life. One of the veterans of this group is Paul Thomas.

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April Print Issue
Sea Change
Shirley King
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Soon we will confront just how impermanent our beaches are when the City pursues its Sea-Level Rise studies. Our coastal education will expand to include the most precise understanding of the Mean High Tide Levels expected through this century. And going forward many of the City’s standard operating procedures will adjust forever to the specific considerations for these sea-level changes.

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April Print Issue
SHOT IN DEL MAR
Rare Rain
Bill Morris

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more photos for a rainy day

 
April Print Issue
Wising Up
to Water Waste

Shannon Hogan Cohen

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As part of the Del Mar Garden Club’s water conservation series, a workshop was held on Monday, February 23rd with Candace Vanderhoff of RainThanks. It was a well-attended gathering of water-minded residents from Del Mar and surrounding cities.

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April Print Issue
Park Preferences
Plan Your Park Celebration


Shores Park.  Photo Kristen Crane.
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Shores Park – 215 9th Street
Saturday, May 2
10:00 – 11:30
• Gather with your neighbors
• Activities for kids
• Refreshments will be served

The City of Del Mar is developing a long-term plan for the future redesign of Shores Park. Come discover the site and share your vision for the park’s future.
Learn more at www.delmar.ca.us/ShoresPark

 
April Print Issue
NEIGHBORLY DEVELOPMENT
Property Rights vs Community Rights
Letter to the editor from Nate McCay

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To the Editor:
Your recent Sandpiper indicated there was a “grass roots” group with ideas for altering the Design Review Ordinance (DRO), specifically: valuing privacy, protecting neighborhood character, following the community plan, protecting property values, expanding neighbor’s “rights” and concern with the Design Review Board (DRB) confirming projects because there were no objections. Much of this is unnecessary.

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April Print Issue
Countdown
Zero Waste 2020

Google Images
Each month CalRecycle will provide resources for getting closer to Zero Waste.
Household Hazardous Waste
Products labeled with words such as “danger, warning, poison, caution, flammable and corrosive,” are household hazardous waste.

Call 800-714-1195 for disposal site information. Free curbside pickup for those 65 years and older.

 

 
April Print Issue

Del Mar

Bud Emerson

• Del Mar’s annual waste per person per day (PPD) in 2013 12.6; in 2014 11.4 PPD.
(Del Mar’s trash volume includes the 22nd Agricultural District and the the trash from the beaches and parks.) Source: Equinox Center

• In 2014 the Fairgrounds achieved a 92% diversion from the landfill, with 1888 tons of trash and 24,037 tons of recycled materials, either composted or recycled. Source: 22nd DAA Minutes February 10, 2015

• The median household income of Del Mar in 2005 was $169,348 (not adjusted for inflation). When adjusted for inflation (1999 dollars; comparable to Census data), the median household income was $100,982. Source: San Diego Association of Governments.

• Del Mar became an incorporated city of California on July 15, 1959.

 
April Print Issue
DMTV PRESENTS
A Walk in the Park
Luana Karr

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April is a month filled with days recognizing a variety of endeavors. One most of us are aware of is Earth Day, but it’s also National Walking Day.  The Del Mar Television Foundation is airing two shows throughout the month recognizing these days.

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April Print Issue
LOCAVORES’ DELIGHT
Spring Frittata
Valerie Fanning


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recipe

 
April Print Issue
CAL AND LULU
Steve Crothers



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December Print Issue
Take a Turn
City Advisory Committee Vacancies April

The City is currently soliciting for interested persons to fill the following committee vacancies:

Design Review Board
   One (1) Vacancy
Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee
   One (1) Vacancy
Business Support Advisory Committee
   Two (2) Vacancies –
       (1) Retail Establishment Representative and
       (1) Hotel Owner/Operator Representative
Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee
   One (1) Vacancy - Commercial Retail Member
Sea-Level Rise Stakeholder-Technical Advisory
Committee(STAC)

   Nine (9) Vacancies

Additionally, the City has the following upcoming opportunities in the next 60 days:

Parks and Recreation Committee (two opportunities)

If you wish to volunteer, please contact City Hall:
(858) 755-9313



 
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