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Art Olson

EDITORIAL: Norm Nudging

PIPE UP: Above and Beyond 
Karen Lockwood

Dr. Rich
Richard Simons

Lawn be Gone:
Water Conservation Rebates and Discounts

BOOK CORNER:
Road Reading

Bud Emerson

AIR QUALITY:
Car Culture Casualties

Ann Gardner

AIR QUALITY:
CAPing Carbon

Don Mosier, City Council

AIR QUALITY:
Blowing Smoke
ONE PASEO

Diana Scheffler

Return of the Lagoon
Bill Michalsky

Weare Year

Planning Practitioners
Anthony Corso

MOM’S BIRTHDAY (HIC!) RUM CAKE
Richard (Dr. Rich) Simons

Project Progress
Courtesy Mayor Lee Haydu

Confident CAFR: Good Results
Tom McGreal

Blue Button Benefits
Dave Druker

Survey Says
Dave Druker

DMTV PRESENTS:
Saving Mother Earth

Luana Karr

Shore Master
Ann Gardner

Boardwalk May Take A Hike
Jacqueline Winterer

Big Fish
Bud Emerson

SHORT TAKES ON FILM
Ben Nyce

Designing Women
Shirley King

Social Services & Good Times Committee: Mary Ann Emerson
Nancy Fisher

LOCAVORES DELIGHT: Traditional Fish Stock
Di Holker

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Art Olson

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The City of Del Mar has announced significant progress on plans for a new City Hall and Civic Center. The “where, what, and how” to move the project forward has been a perennial stumbling block to replacing our current decrepit facility. So, the city made the bold move of contracting a number of consultants to help plan the path forward. After months of research and analysis their reports are now in the City’s hands, and will be released to the public shortly. The Sandpiper received an early copy of the 825 pages of documents provided by the four selected consulting groups. In a Sandpiper exclusive we give a brief summary here.

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scoop
04/22/14
Shores Committee named

The Shores Master Plan Advisory Committee.
Front row: Sissy Alsabrook, Cathy Asciutto, Gerry Coleman,
Art Olson, Judd Halenza, Piper Underwood. Back row: Nate McKay, Tom Sohn. Photo Roger Alsabrook.

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On Monday evening, April 21 the City Council selected eight residents to serve on the Shores Park Master Plan Advisory Committee: Sissy Alsabrook, Cathy Asciutto, Nate McCay, Tom Sohn, Piper Underwood, Judd Halenza, Gerry Coleman, and Art Olson. Their community involvements range from Design Review Board, Del Mar Foundation, Del Mar Community Connections and Del Mar Village Association and include children’s after school activities; one served as a mediator for a School Association. Most have lived in Del Mar for more than 15 years. Council members expressed their appreciation to all 23 original applicants (according to Planning Director Kathy Garcia the largest number to apply for a single City committee) and hoped everyone would stay involved. The Council also expressed confidence that the committee could be objective and unbiased in its weighing of competing uses for the 5.3 acre Shores Park that was purchased by the City in 2008.

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scoop
04/15/14
NORTH Torrey Pines Bridge
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Mayor Lee Haydu cutting the ribbon at the close of the ceremony.
Photo Virginia Lawrence.  Click on picture to enlarge.
 

Tuesday, April 15 at 11 am

The City of Del Mar has just celebrated the completed rehabilitation of the historic North Torrey Pines Bridge. Reconstruction of this nationally recognized historic structure, originally built in 1933, began in November 2010, and is now complete.

The bridge, which handles an average of 20,000 vehicles each day, was reconstructed to maintain its historic architecture, while retrofitting it to better withstand earthquakes due to age and salt air from the nearby ocean which had corroded the original pillars that support the bridge span. The improvements
strengthen the bridge to last at least 50 years, while preserving and restoring its aesthetic charm, character, and historical features.

comments by Mayor Lee Haydu here
 
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petition
04/14/14
Do not remove the Boardwalk Trail at the San Dieguito Lagoon.
 

Petition by
San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy

The San Dieguito Boardwalk Trail was built by volunteers to protect wetlands while providing people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to enjoy and study nature. The San Dieguito Boardwalk Trail is a valuable community asset that promotes environmental education and appreciation of our unique lagoon wetland environment.

This petition will be delivered to:
California Coastal Commission, Charles Lester

Click here to fill out the online petition.

 
update
04/12/14
Contrails over Birdwing
Volumetric Shadow

 

Photo Bill Morris. Click on photo to enlarge.
At first this looked like some sort of smoke plume that just coincidentally lined up with the contrail but I happened to look up and noticed that the contrail was directly between the sun and my eye. It had to be something like a shadow!

For the the explanation, see number 3: "Volumetric Shadows." 
http://contrailscience.com/contrails-dark-lines-chemtrails/

 

 
update
04/12/14
Sidewalk progress along CDM

 

Sidewalk, Street, and Drainage Project
on Camino del Mar between 22nd Street and the bridge.
Photo Bill Morris
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Click here for a description of the project.
 
SCOOP
04/09/14
NEW MODEL FOR
FAIRGROUNDS GOVERNANCE

Del Mar and Solana Beach will have seats
 

The 22nd District Agricultural Association (DAA) Board has approved the exploration of alternative governance models for fair operations that would include representation for Del Mar and Solana Beach. The models under consideration would not replace the current Board appointed by the governor, but would add another entity that would be under contract to operate the San Diego County Fair and other special events.  The process is in the early stages of review by the Attorney General's office, and it is anticipated that more details will be available in the next few months.

Mayor Lee Haydu and councilmember Don Mosier are Del Mar's representatives to the 22nd DAA Community Relations Committee, and have worked with Fair Board members David Watson and Lisa Barkett as well as Solana Beach representatives to advance a model that will give local cities more input into 22nd DAA operations. This is the first step in a process that will require approval by the state and possibly legislative action, but it is an important starting point that reflects the spirit of cooperation between the 22nd DAA Board and Del Mar and Solana Beach.

   
UPDATE
04/09/14
NORTH Torrey Pines Bridge
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

North Torrey Pines Bridge. Courtesy City of Del Mar.
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The City of Del Mar is celebrating the completed rehabilitation of the historic North Torrey Pines Bridge. Reconstruction of this nationally recognized historic structure, originally built in 1933, began in November 2010, and is now essentially complete.

The bridge, which handles an average of 20,000 vehicles each day, was reconstructed to maintain its historic architecture, while retrofitting it to better withstand earthquakes due to age and salt air from the nearby ocean which had corroded the original pillars that support the bridge span. The improvements
strengthen the bridge to last at least 50 years, while preserving and restoring its aesthetic charm, character, and historical features.  press release

 
Save the Date
04/09/14
Double-Header at Powerhouse
on April 13
 
Beach Clean-up Party at 1pm

Come to the Powerhouse at 1 p.m. when the afternoon Lagoon Day activities open with a beach clean-up party sponsored by the Del Mar Foundation. The clean-up begins with a presentation by Julianne Markow, CEO and Executive Director of the New Children’s Museum in San Diego. Her topic for family audiences is “Trash.” Following her presentation participants will clean the beach. Clean up gear and light refreshments will be provided afterwards. See www.delmarfoundation.com for more information.

Lagoon Day Celebration at 4pm

The San Dieguito Lagoon Committee is celebrating 40 years of action.   Photo Stu Smith
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Join in celebrating the ongoing wonder of the San Dieguito Lagoon Restoration
Come to the Powerhouse to enjoy Del Mar’s San Dieguito Lagoon Day 2014. Our featured presenters starting at 5 p.m. are: John A. Hildebrand, Ph.D. at SIO – “Coastal Dredging Archaeology” Steve Schroeter, Ph.D. at UCSB – “SONGS Mitigation Project Update”

New information on the San Dieguito River Park will be available.  Light refreshments will be served.

Lagoon Day 2014 is presented by the Del Mar Lagoon Preservation Committee. www.lagoondaydelmar.com.

 
UPDATE
04/08/14
Open !!
The Los Peñasquitos Lagoon unblocked

The lagoon may be OPEN again, but TPSB lifeguards are warning the public not to go anywhere near the outflow! Bacteria, petroleum, you name it. Photo Bill Morris.

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UPDATE
04/06/14
Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Blocked again
In theory, dredging to begin on April 7
Los Peñasquitos Lagoon seen from the Terrace of the Lodge in the Torrey Pines Reserve on April 6.   The railroad line is about all that remains above water.  Photo Virginia Lawrence.
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Update
04/01/14
Subscriptions for Newcomers
First Thursdays

September 2014 Program: Charles McPherson.  An original voice of the mainstream jazz community.
Each year since 2000, the Cultural Arts Committee of the Del Mar Foundation has produced ten monthly arts programs running from September through June, which are sold each spring for $175 per person on a subscription basis.

Subscriptions sell out within weeks. Subscription letters with a flyer describing the upcoming season are MAILED SIMULTANEOUSLY to present subscribers and to people on the Wait List.
The flyers will arrive in mail boxes mid-April.

If you are interested in becoming a subscriber, you must join the Wait List to receive the subscription letter and flyer for the season beginning September 2014.

To join the Wait List, please send an email to CA@delmarfoundation.org, or a note to: Del Mar Foundation, Attn: CAC, Box 2913, Del Mar CA 92014.

 
UPDATE
03/25/14
Torrey Pines Bridge March 25
Green Light for Bridge Completion!

March 25 at 6:15 am.  Photo Bill Morris
Click on photo to enlarge.

After having been closed to traffic for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, the Torrey Pines Bridge reopened this morning at 6am.  The K-rails have been removed and the lanes painted in, one-lane each direction with a bike lane and a sidewalk on each side. 

Ribbon-cutting on April 15 at 11 am.

 
UPDATE
03/25/14
Plant Sale and Lecture March 24
Del Mar Garden Club


Pat Welsh’s popular gardening book.  Photo Nancy Fisher. 
Click on photo to enlarge.
The Del Mar Garden Club drew a standing room only crowd to their Plant Sale and Garden Lecture at the Powerhouse on March 24th.  Pat Welsh, author of Southern California Organic Gardening Month by Month, was the guest speaker and brought the crowd to its feet with her straightforward and hilarious approach to gardening (think Julia Child) – which included dividing a stubborn Cymbidium Orchid with an axe.

After the lecture attendees spilled onto the patio where unique plants, many from the members’ own gardens, were for sale to benefit the Garden Club and the Farmer’s Market.  Summer bulbs, unusual varieties of Alstroemeria , succulents, annuals, and perennials filled the seaside venue with color.

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April Print Issue
Mom's Birthday (Hic!) Rum Cake
Richard (Dr. Rich) Simons

Photo illustration Art Olson.
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Whenever I think about Mom’s cooking a tear comes to my eye. And if you had ever been treated to one of her Salmonella Tuna Sandwiches, you’d have done a lot of crying too. Legal considerations prevent me from publishing her recipe for those little gastronomic hand grenades, but here is something that packs about the same wallop - the cake she made for my seventh birthday.

recipe

 
April Print Issue
AIR Quality

Car Culture Casualties - Ann Garnder
CAPing Carbon - Don Mosier
Blowing Smoke: ONE PASEO - Diana Scheffler

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From www.inkcinct.com.au
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April Print Issue
DMTV PRESENTS:
Saving Mother Earth
Luana Karr

Del Mar Community Producer Larry Jones interviews special guest
Dr. Jeffrey Severinghaus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Courtesy Del Mar TV.  Click on picture to enlarge.

April is the month known for Earth Day, Beach Clean-ups and conservation.  To help celebrate the ideals of conservation awareness the Del Mar Television Foundation decided to air its shows relating to the conservation of the resources of our planet Earth.

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April Print Issue
WEARE yEAR


The Birth of A Park.  February 11, 1991.
Nancy Weare and Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley celebrate the acquisition of the first parcel for the San Dieguito River Valley Joint Powers Authority.  Click on picture to enlarge.
Photo courtesy Jacqueline Winterer.

Toni Atkins, Majority Leader of the California State Assembly, has chosen Del Mar’s own Nancy Weare as one of her “Women of the Year” for the 78th Assembly District.

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April Print Issue
Boardwalk May Take a Hike
Jacqueline Winterer
Photo Jacqueline Winterer, Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley.  Click on photo to enlarge.

The Fairgrounds south lot is currently being converted to a new wetland by the 22nd DAA. The phase 1 restoration of 3 acres started in February 2014 and is scheduled to be completed by this April. Phase 2, the remainder of the parking area, will be completed by 2015. Of great concern to the local community is a requirement of the Coastal Commission that the 22nd DAA prepare a new plan for phase 2 without a boardwalk trail. The boardwalk trail, along the edge of the south lot has become very popular with local hikers who enjoy walking across the wetland and catching the sights of fish leaping out of the river, ducks sailing serenely along the river, herons wading in the water. Every effort will be made to persuade the Coastal Commission to reverse that decision and preserve the boardwalk. 

 
April Print Issue
Pipe Up
Above and Beyond
Karen Lockwood, Crest Road

Dear Editor,

Del Mar employees know every inch of our city and care about it. Many times we residents aren’t aware of the initiative, problem solving skills, innovation and concern for preservation of funds that these women and men employ improving our city.

Here’s one recent outstanding example.

Del Mar has had parking meters for about 25 years. Five years ago solar powered meters were first marketed. The city is now in the midst of replacing the old nickel/cadmium ones with the new ones. Solar charges a storage battery that powers the meter clock, credit card processor and cell phone type communicator. These new meters last longer and allow credit card use which is expected to increase usage that in turn in time will pay for the new technology.
The solar parking meters are not designed for two coin collection boxes that our existing meters have. This means that the parking enforcement employee must unlock two separate boxes to retrieve the coins. This would double the time of collection.

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April Print Issue
Dr. Rich
Richard Simons
Photo illustration Art Olson.  Click on image to enlarge.

Q. How did you and your family manage to make it through this past winter, which many have said was the worst experienced in the United States in over 200 years?  

A: I think I can explain it as having the discipline to look both inward and backward.

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April Print Issue
Project Progress
Mayor Lee Haydu

Torrey Pines Bridge Project
The Bridge was closed on Saturday, March 15 for paving.
Photo Bill Morris.  Click on photo to enlarge.
 
Sidewalk, Street, and Drainage Project
on Camino del Mar between 22nd Street and the bridge.
Photo Bill Morris
Click on photo to enlarge.

As reported last month, the City is nearing completion of the North Torrey Pines Bridge project. The bridge contractor is completing the remaining surface and roadway improvements in March.

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April Print Issue
Shore Master
Ann Gardner
Click on Map to enlarge.
Twenty-three people applied for seven positions on the Shores Master Plan Advisory Committee established by the Council to represent the community’s broad spectrum of interests in the City’s 5.3 acre park property on Ninth Street. Committee selection is expected to be completed this month. A Request for Proposal (RFP) to hire a professional to prepare a Master Plan that will include a blue print for future uses, cost estimates and an implementation plan that builds community consensus was released March 3. Responses are due April 11. Two members of the Plan Advisory Committee will be part of that selection process anticipated to be completed this summer. A copy of the RFP on the City’s website (www.delmar.ca.us/Government/Pages/BidResults.aspx) provides complete details including interesting historical information about the site. Check Del Mar Sandpiper website for Committee selection updates.

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April Print Issue
Book Corner
Road Reading
Bud Emerson

Membership in my book club is limited to me, my spouse and occasional fellow travelers. We meet to listen to books in our Camry Hybrid on long road trips.

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April Print Issue
BiG Fish
Bud Emerson
Coach Fisher and team. Photo  ESPN - February 11, 2014. 
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Del Mar’s Coach Steve Fisher has done it again! Against all pre-season odds he has coached the San Diego State men’s basketball team to the championship of the Mountain West Conference.

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April Print Issue
Planning Practitioners
Anthony Corso

Del Mar’s Planning Department.
from left to right, back row: Matt Bator, Adam Birnbaum,
Joseph Smith; front row: Kathy Garcia, Katie Benson, Patty Malik. Photo Tony Corso. 
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Recall the famous African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” -- frequently interpreted as raising a child is a communal effort. Community planning is a similar communal enterprise - one that demands a community of practitioners led by a person who can integrate different contributions to achieve a set of coherent plans and objectives.

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April Print Issue
Blue Button Benefits
Dave Druker

UN Official interviews Dr. Bettina Experton.
Google Images.  Click on photo to enlarge.


Del Mar’s Bettina Experton, MD was born in France and received her medical degree from the University Pierre Mendes – Grenoble, France. She moved in San Diego in the 1990’s where she studied at UCSD Medical School and received a Masters in Public Health. Bettina is a long time resident of Del Mar and served on the Finance Committee as a member and chair. She was also very involved with the Garden Del Mar project. Bettina has been an advisor to the White House on medical issues.

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April Print Issue
Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce
Dramatizes a single individual’s battle against stultifying authority.
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A delightful and subtle take on our computer-saturated age.
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April Print Issue
Designing Women
Shirley King

Brittany Runyan, store manager, MMP Home.
Photo Shirley King.  Click on image to enlarge.

“I can do that,” the words that rush to our lips when we are teased by Martha Stewart, Pinterest and HGTV with images of easy home improvement projects. But more likely the outcome of our DIY spirit is an unproductive expenditure of CO2 back and forth to Home Depot and the specialty décor shops. And often what we have left is frustration - ‘more than 10,000 ways that won’t work.’ Now in our midst, a neighbor to Board and Brew and Charnholm Real Estate is a new home décor and interior design boutique, MMP Home at1228 Camino del Mar that has everything AND the kitchen sink.

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April Print Issue
Social Services
& Good Times Committee
Mary Ann Emerson
Nancy Fisher

The 2011 DMCC Board. Mary Ann left front in long skirt.
Courtesy DMCC.  Click on photo to enlarge.

Del Mar Community Connections (DMCC) was incorporated fifteen years ago with the goal of providing services that would help seniors in Del Mar maintain healthy, safe, and dignified living in their own homes. Providing transportation and socialization were two critical ways to achieve this goal, and DMCC has stayed the course.

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April Print Issue
Locavores Delight
Traditional Fish Stock
Di Holker

Photo Di Holker.  Click photo to enlarge.

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