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Slimming Carbon Diet
Shirley King

EDITORIAL: Small Is Good

CITY HALL: Voice your Choice
Kathy Garcia

Ask Dr. Rich
Rich Simons

Hello, Mate!
Lorna Jane

Shirley King

Community Protectors
Nancy Fisher

Peak Performers
Nancy Fisher

Ranger Right
Dwight Worden and Scott Huth

DMTV PRESENTS:
Ready Ready?

Luana Karr

Del Mar’s 350 Volunteers: The Best of the Best
Virginia Lawrence

Dwight Soundings
Dwight Worden

Terry Soundings
Terry Sinnott

Candid Camera Seeing Red
Dave Druker

Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce

BOZO 2: Free the Beach
Dwight Worden

BOOK CORNER:
eBorrow from the eBranch

Virginia Lawrence

RISING WATER:
Water, Sewer and Clean Water Rates

Dave Druker

Village Protection
Anthony Corso

Pick Perfect
Ann Gardner

Del Mar Does PASEO
Ann Gardner

Tree City USA
Anthony Corso

Double Centennial
Jeff Barnouw

Story Poles
Debbie Hall

LOCAVORES DELIGHT:
Mushroom Risotto

Di Holker

PASEO: No No No No No!
Ann Gardner

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Slimming Carbon Diet
Shirley King

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Del Mar’s draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) will be previewed by the City Council in the early new year. What bold measures, if any, will be recommended? Will there be ones that can measurably narrow the distance to the State-mandated goals of 1) reducing our energy consumption from nonrenewable sources, 2) diverting our waste from the landfill (zero waste) and 3) recycling or beneficially reusing our wastewater – all to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

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Update
10/29/14
Library Centennial
Garden Club Pitches in for the Preparations

The Del Mar Garden Club prepares the Plantings in front of the
Del Mar Library for Saturday's Double Centennial. 
Read about the Centennial here
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Photo Bill Morris.
 
Public Notice
10/28/14
Torrey Pines Reserve
Wednesday, October 29

The Torrey Pines Reserve will be closed to all on foot, bikes, and vehicles on Wednesday, October 29th all day for road resurfacing.  The beach will be open.

 
Pipe Up
10/28/14
Jimmy Durante Roundabout
from Annette Weisel, Heather Lane

Is the city of Del Mar is giving the residents the roundabout concerning the Sidewalk Improvement Project.

A Public Workshop was held Oct 22, 2014 for the residents to express their concerns about the sidewalk improvement  project.   Many residents participated in what was billed as a public workshop but turned into a promotional opportunity for the city to refute and defend every concern raised by the residents.  Of the  20+ residents that expressed concerns about the roundabout not one note was taken by any of the staff from the city managers department, public works, nor the planing department. The residents concerns are considered so insignificant that not one was noted as pen worthy. The goal of a Public Workshop is to obtain  public input!!

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Update
10/27/14
Doggies dress Up for Parade
Sunday, October 26, in Powerhouse Park
Photos Bill Morris

Del Mar's Pope.
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At last a Sheriff for Del Mar! 
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Pipe Up
10/11/14
Saving Seagrove
No to Alvarado

I as a resident of Del Mar and many of my fellow residents are voicing our objection to the placement of Alvarado House in Seagrove Park.  A petition is in process. There are other locations available to locate the house, that we as residents feel will not impact our park not take away our open space which is not only valued by us as residents but the community on a whole.  It opens for the future other structure to be placed on our parks with further impact.

I note a wonderful piece by Tony Corso on" Village Protections" which clearly states with the decision in 1968 with the adoption Quote "protection of environmentally sensitive open space, provision of public parks and access to open spaces" which confirms that we need to do this.

I am in support of preserving our heritage but not to losing our public open space which is so rare on our coast line with other options available for this house to be placed.

We are dedicated and will strongly try to preserve our park.

Kay Hansen, 15th Street

 
Update
10/11/14
"Hands Only" CPR on 15th

Del Mar's Lifeguards and Firefighters conducting a sidewalk demonstration of "hands only" CPR on October 10
at the corner of 15th and Stratford. 
Photos Mike Salt.  Click on images to enlarge. 
 
  
Update
10/09/14
Blood Moon over Del Mar

Blood Moon at 3:30 am from Mango Drive on October 8.
Photo Bill Morris.
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Update
10/06/14
Taste and Art stroll
Del Mar Village October 5

 
Taste and Art Stroll in the center of Del Mar.
Photo Bill Morris.  Click on photo to enlarge.
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Update
10/03/14
Intrepid Shakespeare
brings Macbeth to Powerhouse on October 2

The Cultural Arts Committee of the Del Mar Foundation hosts the Intrepid Shakespeare Company on October 2 at the Powerhouse for its production of Macbeth.  Photo Bill Morris.
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October Print Issue
ranger Right
Dwight Worden and Scott Huth

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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

   
October Print Issue
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

 
October Print Issue
Thank you, Sandpiper
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October Print Issue Del Mar's 350 Volunteers:
The Best of the Best
Virginia Lawrence

On Thursday, September 18 Mayor Lee Haydu and City Council Members Al Corti, Don Mosier, Sherryl Parks, and Terry Sinnott honored Del Mar Volunteers at the Powerhouse. As stated in their invitation “the City of Del Mar is blessed with talented, involved residents who contribute their time, talents, and skills in making Del Mar a wonderful place to live, work, and play.” The City partnered with Del Mar Rendezvous restaurant to cater the event.

Is your name on the list of volunteers?  Click here


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October Print Issue
Howbout You Take a Turn
City Advisory Committee Vacancies October

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:

Business Support Advisory Committee
Two (2) Vacancies – Committee Members

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 http://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.

 
October Print Issue
DMTV PRESENTS:
Ready Ready?
Luana Karr

Staying Alive class. Photo DMTV.
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Dry hot weather, no rain in sight, fire and floods are all around us. All of this has brought to the foreground the need to conserve, to plan and be prepared for any type of emergency. The Del Mar Television Foundation has been collaborating with other Del Mar non-profit organizations to help bring the information you need to your fingertips. You can either view these programs on our Del Mar Television channel or online on our Vimeo Channel or by checking out the DVDs at the Del Mar Library.   more

 
October Print Issue
Can’t Get No Satisfaction
Anthony Corso


The City Council continues its discussion regarding the design and conduct of a citizen satisfaction survey. Of concern is the value of such an inquiry in terms evaluating current city services and programs, as well as improvements offered to better meet the needs of local residents.

Questions are being raised regarding the design of the questionnaire, how the survey might be conducted and the manner in which public concerns would be given priority of attention. City staff will offer recommendations addressed to these, and other issues, at the City Council meeting of October 20th. The agenda will include thoughts and opinions regarding survey design, questions to be included and how the completed survey might be implemented.

 
October Print Issue
CITY HALL: Voice your Choice
Kathy Garcia

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The Del Mar community is invited to an interactive workshop on Monday evening October 27, 2014 to discuss options for City Hall and the potential for other uses of the current City Hall site at 1050 Camino del Mar. The workshop, the third in a series of City Hall workshops, will be held in the City Council Chambers. The 6:00 PM workshop will be preceded by a reception and social starting at 5:30 PM, featuring refreshments and displays of some of the possible City Hall site concepts.

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October Print Issue
Welcome Back, Mark
Jacqueline Winterer


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Mark Ochenduszko was hired by the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority as interim Director for the River Park. Mark Ochenduszko will replace Dick Bobertz and Susan Carter.

Dick Bobertz has served as Director since 1998. Susan Carter is the Park present Deputy Director and has served since 1988. She has held that position soon after the formation of the River Park.

The new interim director will take his job on October 1st.

The people in Del Mar will remember that Ochenduszko was interim manager of the City of Del Mar in 2010.

 
October Print Issue
Fire Department Profile:
Community Protectors

Nancy Fisher


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Del Mar residents might be surprised to hear that our firefighters spend only 10% of their time fighting fires. The rest is devoted to preventing fires from starting in the first place, responding to calls for medical aid, maintaining equipment, and educating themselves and the public. That doesn’t leave much time for thumbing through chili recipes, as some might imagine.

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October Print Issue
Fire Department Profile:
Peak Performers
Nancy Fisher

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The Sandpiper spoke with Captain Pat O’Neil to learn a little more about the personalities behind the job descriptions of our talented Del Mar Firefighters. ...

NF: And now, the answer we’ve all been waiting for…who’s the best cook?

PO: That’s a tough one, but I’d have to say ...

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October Print Issue
Ask Dr. Rich 
Rich Simons
Photo illustration Art Olson
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Q – Just a few months back you were carrying on about some utopia back east which closely resembled Del Mar but with the exception that they had for years supported a grocery store and a hardware store. You attributed it to “customer loyalty.” Does this place really exist, or is it some Shangri-La that you invented?

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October Print Issue
BOOK CORNER:
eBorrow from the eBranch
Virginia Lawrence

When asked if the advent of eBooks has had any effect on the bricks and mortar branch library at 13th Street in Del Mar, Librarian Polly Cipparrone says NO. The checkout rate of physical library materials (e.g. books, DVDs, CDs) by the Library’s approximately 13,000 library card holders seems to be holding steady.On the other hand, the popularity of the San Diego County Library’s 5-year-old eBook collection with Del Mar Library customers is burgeoning. The checkout rate for eBooks in 2013 rose by 51%, and in 2014 by 91%. The appeal of this program may hinge on the fact that one can check out eBooks from home or while travelling. For those who have spent a bundle buying eBooks, the idea of borrowing them could be enticing, if not compelling.

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October Print Issue
Double Centennial
Jeff Barnouw


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By happy coincidence Del Mar acquired a branch of the San Diego County Library and a new building for its Church, St James Catholic, in the same year 100 years ago. As the library has occupied that building since 1996, the two trajectories have merged. A double Centennial.

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October Print Issue
PASEO: No No No No No!
Ann Gardner

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With an 11 to 2 vote the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board rejected the proposed 1.45 million sq. ft One Paseo project at Del Mar Heights and El Camino Real and recommended that the City of San Diego ask the applicant to submit a smaller mixed-use project more in keeping with the Community Plan which allows only 500,000 sq, feet. ...  DSD staff has prepared the One Paseo Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) which recommends, based on economic benefits, approving the massive project despite impacts on traffic (a 370% increase) and community character (some nine-story buildings) that cannot be mitigated. The Board questioned staff about their recommendation.

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October Print Issue
Del Mar Does PASEO
Ann Gardner


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Highlights from Del Mar City Council’s September 15 letter to the San Diego Planning Commission on the One Paseo development and its Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) include: TRAFFIC, EMERGENCY RESPONSE, NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTER, and SUMMARY.

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October Print Issue
SHORT TAKES ON FILM
Ben Nyce
a touching examination of the fate of two gay men of advanced years   Magic in the Moonlight by Woody Allen.
very complicated and full of twists
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October Print Issue
Hello, Mate! Lorna Jane
Shirley King

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No acquired taste is needed for Lorna Jane, an Aussie homegrown health and lifestyle import that is moving through California at an impressive speed. Dominating the fitness fashion market in Australia, Lorna Jane Activewear has opened 25 stores within two years in California. And two months ago Lorna Jane opened its Active Living Room Del Mar – its sportswear retail and “move studio” on the street level of the Del Mar Plaza. That block is now buzzing with movers and shakers.

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October Print Issue
Listen Up City Council:
Dwight Soundings
Dwight Worden

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All you Sandpiper readers know the council canceled the November election, so Terry Sinnott and I will be appointed to the council on December 2nd. I am committed, however, to engage the community as if there were an election.
I’ve been out walking neighborhoods (on my bike actually), chatting with folks.

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October Print Issue
Listen Up City Council:
Terry Soundings
Terry Sinnott

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I am not running for office. But I am working as if there were an election. Thanks to the generosity of local residents, I am participating in a series of neighborhood “wine and cheese” early evening meetings throughout Del Mar. Usually there are 20 to 30 people; local neighbors wanting to talk about Del Mar issues.

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October Print Issue
Pick Perfect
Ann Gardner


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Last month the Shores Advisory Committee (SAC) met with a finalist for the City’s Park Master Plan Consultant and left their early morning meeting excited about the possibilities for encouraging community input and developing a sustainable, fulfilling vision for the five-acre site. The Committee is looking for a consultant/team that will optimize identification of uses, reflect local needs and character and envision long term desirability.

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