NOVEMBER 2014
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PASEO: Hung Out to Dry
Ann Gardner

EDITORIAL:
OUTRAGEOUS!

Seeding Science:
Growing STEM Locally

Art Olson

Ask Dr. Rich
Rich Simons

Are You Being Served?
Anthony Corso

Drinking Responsibly:
Del Mar’s Garden Pros Weigh in on Lawns

Linda Chisari

Dwight Soundings
Dwight Worden

Terry Soundings
Terry Sinnott

Final Four?
Community Choices

Kathy Garcia

Getting to Know You
Harold Feder, Cub Reporter

Ring of Fire:
The Circle of Support

Carol Kerridge

Rod Removal
Don Mosier

Put a CAP on It
Anthony Corso

Put a COP On It
Jim Benedict

They’re Off - Again !
Will the hordes follow the horses?

Carl Hilliard

All About Schmidt
Ann Gardner

TRACKING:
News Updates

Bud Emerson

Man Of Action
Nancy Fisher

BOOK CORNER:
Too Hot to Touch

Virginia Lawrence

Hot Topic
Anthony Corso

What’s Your Viewpoint?
Jeff Barnouw

DMTV PRESENTS:
Look Back

Luana Karr

Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce

SHOT IN DEL MAR:
Doggies Decked Out for Halloween

Bill Morris

LOCAVORES' DELIGHT:
Fried Cheese-Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

Di Holker

ROVING TEEN REPORTER: Future Fever
Leah Gans

 


 

 

 

 

 

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PASEO:
Hung Out to Dry
Ann Gardner

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On October 16 the San Diego Planning Commission seemed unwilling to decide if the 1.4 million square foot One Paseo Project justified hanging Carmel Valley out to dry. Instead, it sent a laundry list of “considerations” to the City Council without taking a position on the project’s size and unresolved impacts on Carmel Valley’s traffic and community character. One Paseo’s three times allowed square footage was addressed only once by Commission Chair Golba and then got lost in a three-hour discussion of secondary issues that ended with a motion that the developer has misrepresented as an approval.

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San Diego Planning Commissioner at October 16 hearing after seeing new rendering above of One Paseo: “I disagree with the community’s concern. It is the perfect place to implement the city’s plans for infill projects with large, tall buildings.”
Photo by Ann Gardner.
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UpDate
11/21/14
No Skates.  No Scooters.
You're walking for UR Hooters.
Go Walkers!  You can do this!

Komen San Diego is dedicated to educating about breast cancer.
Join us for this years Race for the Cure
and our 3-Day breast cancer walk.


Photo Mike Salt.
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Photos Bill Morris.
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UpDate
11/20/14
Toys 4 Tots
Drop-off location for USMC Reserve's campaign
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For our 16th holiday season Jim Coleman and Staff at your State Farm Insurance Agency are proud to be an official drop-off station for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s“Toys for Tots” campaign.
So please help us make the holidays brighter for San Diego area families by dropping off a new, unwrapped children’s toy at my office at 1011 Camino Del Mar, in downtown Del Mar.

We’re open to accept your holiday donations from
8:
30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday NOW through December 19th.
 
UpDate
11/18/14
Holiday Baskets Program
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The Del Sol Lions and the City of Del Mar are proud supporters of Holiday Baskets, the largest holiday distirbution of its kind in San Diego County.  more
 
UpDate
11/11/14
Son et LumiÈre
on Coast Boulevard
Light Show next to Powerhouse Park on November 4, 2014.
Photo Bill Morris. 
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UpDate
11/10/14
Village Dining Vouchers
Starting Monday,November 24
 Click on image for details in pdf format.
 
UpDate
11/09/14
Beachside Facelift
for Little Vons Plaza on Mango
  Photo panorama Bill Morris.
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UpDate
11/09/14
WestWind Brass
Brass Music Through the Ages

DMF First Thursdays Series at the Powerhouse November 6, 2014. 
Photo Bill Morris.
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Pipe Up
11/03/14
THanks from Cal and Lulu


I just read the article by Harold Feder which was, in my view, very well written and obviously made my day.  In scrolling down on your website I also found one of Melissa and my favorites, "Opening Day at the Track," which accompanied Carl Hilliard's Article about the Fall Meeting at The Del Mar Track.
What a nice surprise! 
         Steve Crothers, Van Dyke Avenue
 
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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November Print Issue
Rod Removal
Don Mosier

Cartoon from www.sanonofresafety.org/nuclear-waste/
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Closing nuclear power plants after electricity generation ceases is a long process called decommissioning. San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has begun the process by removing the nuclear fuel rods from reactors 2 and 3 and placing them in spent fuel pools to keep them cool until they are less radioactive and can be moved into stainless steel canisters and be entombed in concrete, a procedure known as dry cask storage. The decommissioning plan submitted by SONGS operator Southern California Edison (SCE) proposes to transfer the 3460 fuel rod assemblies to 118 dry casks by 2019 and maintain them on a concrete pad until 2049. Then the plan encounters a major obstacle.

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November Print Issue
ROVING TEEN REPORTER:
Future Fever
Leah Gans


The Sandpiper welcomes its new Roving Teen Reporter, Leah Gans.
Photo Art Olson
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“Where do you want to go to college” --the dreaded question every high school student is relentlessly being asked. While Freshmen have brainwashed themselves into giving an impeccably unrealistic reply, Sophomores are beginning to show signs of severe self-doubt. Beware of Juniors as they rant about GPAs, acceptance rates, and SAT/ACT scores, while Seniors recite the list of schools they have already applied to, or plan to apply to, including their chances of actually getting in. “No one really does seem to have a clear answer,” said TPHS Junior Melanie.
When asked this question, SDA Junior Maria shares “I’m not going to get in anywhere because of my ACT scores, and the fact that I have not experienced any major hardships in my life, which means I don’t have a good essay topic about overcoming outrageous obstacles.”

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November Print Issue
Little Vons
Old and new neighbors
Jersey Mike’s Subs (black arrow in photo), a franchise owned by Carmel Valley residents, is the first new tenant to be announced at Beachside Del Mar, the under renovation while still open shopping center on Mango Drive at Del Mar Heights. The casual fast food sub sandwich shop will be located next to Vons in the former Frames location. The remaining new tenants will be announced as leases are signed. The renovation is expected to be completed this month! Le Bambou (white arrow) is well hidden in the corner, but is open for business even though it is currently
accessible only by an enclosed walkway.
Photo Ann Gardner. Click on photo to enlarge.
 
November
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Doggies Decked Out
DMF Halloween Parade in Powerhouse Park
Photos Bill Morris

Del Mar's Pope Spouts Dogma
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A dozen more doggies.

 
November Print Issue
Getting to Know You
Harold Feder, Cub Reporter


 
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Many Del Martians have achieved occupational success in life. What is more interesting to me is how many of our neighbors have been willing to go in a completely different direction after such success. A prime example of this phenomena is Steve Crothers, an experienced and successful businessman, now pursuing a new life venture as the author of the cartoon strip, Cal and Lulu, involving dog characters. As a disclosure of bias, our dog Mo has made an occasional appearance in the strip.

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November Print Issue
Del Mar Factoids
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• Del Mar has 1.8 square miles
• The Torrey Pine is the rarest pine in the US, found in only two locations (Wikipedia)
2010 Census

- population 4,161 (4389 in 2000)
-14% under 18
-5% 18-24
-26% 25-44
-35% 45-64
-21% 65+ (866)
-2064 households
-1098 families, average size 2.6
-54% owner occupied homes
-46% renter occupied
 
November Print Issue
All About Schmidt
Ann Gardner


Landscape Architect Man (LAM)
Landscape Architect Glen Schmidt dons a Superman T-shirt whenever he talks about his award-winning craft. He says smart, sustainable, engaging design can help save the world. Caption and photo from San Diego Metro Magazine, 2012.
Last month Schmidt Design Group got unanimous approval from the Del Mar City Council to engage the community in developing a master plan for the Shores Park at Ninth and Stratford. “It is a milestone,” commented Councilmember Terry Sinnott, and Councilmember Sherryl Parks added “our park design will probably make an even dozen (Orchid awards for the group that had recently won its eleventh).” All the while Glen Schmidt, the principal-in-charge, kept his jacket on never revealing that underneath his Clark Kent appearance was the garb of a superhero.

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November Print Issue
Not About the House

I came to Del Mar from someplace else. I brought my life to this beautiful land and I was changed. I came to cherish Torrey Pine trees thanks to the preservation efforts of John Torrey and Ellen Scripps. The astounding treasure of an endless stream of gentle weather led me to become active in the climate work that was started by Del Mar resident Professor Charles Keeling. The ocean drew me in to its depths with a degree of safety thanks to Bob Smith and the other 1934 lifeguards who began the Del Mar Hotel sponsored ocean safety program. Bing Crosby and his Hollywood gang of actors who began the racetrack left a grand summer event to celebrate the horse. The parks that abound because of the work of dedicated citizens to preserve the beauty of this place have given me a view and a bench. There are so many, in the past that have given so we may at this very moment, have “another day in paradise.”History is this intergenerational weaving. It is our turn to extend this tapestry for the emerging generations of Del Martians. Let’s honor our growing tapestry in the house of Alvarado.

Brad Allison, Del Mar Historical Society Member, 10th Street

 
November Print Issue
Ask Dr. Rich 
Rich Simons
Photo illustration Art Olson.  Click on image to enlarge. 

Q – I recently heard a rumor that there were some changes being planned for the intersection of Camino Del Mar and 15th Street. Do you know anything about this? – s.b.

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November Print Issue
Seeding Science:
Growing STEM Locally
Art Olson


Dr. Sandra Encalada explains her research into brain
degeneration at the first Science Saturday lecture.
Photo courtesy The Scripps Research Institute.
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Recently The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) premiered “Science Saturdays,” a new educational STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiative, dreamed up by the Sandpiper’s own Shirley King (full disclosure –also my wife) and funded through a generous gift from an anonymous Del Mar donor. Shirley’s idea was to impact middle and early high school students by showing them who scientists are, what scientists do, and how they might imagine pursuing science and technology career goals for themselves.   more
 
November Print Issue
Man Of Action
Nancy Fisher


City Manager Scott Huth and a portion of the recently-completely sidewalk project in the Beach Colony. Photo Nancy Fisher.
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City Manager Scott Huth came to Del Mar almost three years ago with a reputation for getting things done, and has lived up to the promise. “Scott’s not a talker, he’s a doer,” says Mayor Lee Haydu. “He’s a progressive thinker who finds the funds and grants to get things done right now instead of talking about them for years.”
To understand the many responsibilities of a City Manager, residents can read the intimidating four-page job description on the City’s website, or, in terms of management structure, they can simply think of him as the CEO of a business corporation. Huth agrees. “If you use that model, the citizens of Del Mar would be considered the stockholders, the City Council would be the Board of Directors, I’d be the CEO, and the heads of each City Department would be the Vice Presidents.

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November
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Drinking Responsibly:
Del Mar’s Garden Pros Weigh in on Lawns
Linda Chisari
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1. If one already has a Bermuda grass lawn, or one of its hybrids, it can go completely without water for, at least two YEARS (personal experience). It will become dormant and brown, but the roots do not die. Within a week of resuming watering it will quickly green up.
2. There have been huge improvements in the look of synthetic turf grasses. For small areas and for folks from greener places who just have to have that touch of green, they may provide an acceptable solution. They do not provide soft play surfaces but neither does dormant Bermuda.

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November Print Issue
What’s Your Viewpoint?
Jeff Barnouw


Lagoon Viewpoint at the Grand Avenue Bridge. Photo Stu Smith
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On October 20 the Del Mar City Council was to consider “Adoption of a Resolution to Revise the Name of the San Dieguito Lagoon Preservation Committee” and Recommend that the City Council Rename the Lagoon Viewpoint at the Grand Avenue Bridge as the Riverpath Pier. This was proposed by Council liaisons to the Lagoon Preservation Committee, Mayor Lee Haydu and Councilman Don Mosier. At the urging of Jacqueline Winterer, representing the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley, which was instrumental in preserving that part of the Bridge that is now a viewpoint or, according to some, a pier, the Council decided to table the motion for consideration at its December 1 meeting. The Lagoon Committee has intermittently been called just that, without ‘preservation’, and the change seems innocent enough. But the back story of naming the Grand Avenue Bridge Viewpoint is more complicated.

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

Photo Betty Wheeler.
Hello all! I’m still out walking, holding office hours, attending advisory committee meetings, neighborhood coffees, and the like to get to better know my constituents. ...
I’m still pursuing the facts about the sheriff incident with our ranger and Community Services Director, but am pleased to report that, per our City Manager, the body camera will be back in use soon (it may be in use by the time you read this). I’ll be looking for policy input on key issues: who should wear these? The ranger? The lifeguards? The parking enforcement officers? What policies should we have on when they are to be turned on and off, who has access to the recordings, how long will we keep the recordings, what can be erased, when, by whom, and how?

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


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During this “non-election campaign” we have been meeting with many Del Mar residents to get a feel for what is on your mind. It has been a very worthwhile investment in time. There are some strong messages that I am hearing from the community. A brief recap:

• Improve safety for pedestrians at crosswalks.
• Address the impact of the increasing number of dogs on our beaches.
• There are concerns that the new sidewalk improvements along Jimmy Durante must help, not slow the flow of traffic.
• Our City employees are working hard to help our residents along the beaches.
• The Plaza needs to attract tenants and become economically prosperous.
• Continue with efforts to build City Hall.
• Improve police presence and traffic enforcement.

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November Print Issue
Final Four?
Community Choices

Kathy Garcia


DRAFT PLAN: Civic Center development.  An option where the emphasis is on civic Use.  Courtesy City of Del Mar.
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The Del Mar community and the City Council are assessing options for a new Civic Center development at the City Hall site, 1050 Camino del Mar. In previous workshops and Council meetings, the City Council and community have expressed a desire to move forward with replacing the antiquated City Hall and providing for a truly multi-purpose Town Hall, which could accommodate City Council and other governmental meetings, community meetings, Del Mar TV, and have the flexibility for cultural uses as well.

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November Print Issue
Ring of Fire:
The Circle of Support
Carol Kerridge


CERT volunteers, midtown, preparing sign describing
damage done to residence. Photo Bill Morris
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Perhaps, like many other people who are lucky enough to enjoy the pleasures of living near the Pacific Ocean, you cringe when hearing of yet another catastrophic disaster somewhere along the “Ring of Fire.” Whether you live in a westernized culture or a developing country around this gorgeous Pacific Rim, you might wonder what could happen if a major disaster were to occur in your own community.

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November Print Issue
BOOK CORNER:
Too Hot to Touch
Virginia Lawrence


Banned books in a flaming display at the Del Mar Library.
Photo Jorgina Soto.  Click on image to enlarge.

During Banned Book Week, observed nation-wide from September 21 to 27, publicity campaigns informed the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools. To mark the event the Del Mar Library set up a banned book display table with cutout flames. Although the display came down after September 27, visitors can always get information about banned or censored books from the librarians.

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November Print Issue
They’re Off - Again !
Will the hordes follow the horses?
Carl Hilliard


Forty-six years after a lack of interest pulled up the reins on fall horse racing, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) is willing to give it another go. When they open the track for the month of November, will racing fans come?

A lot has changed since the track discontinued fall racing in 1968. Our population has nearly tripled. The beach communities close by the track no longer shutter at the end of summer. And Del Mar has fresh and appealing amenities, including a new grandstand and a newly widened turf track.

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Cartoon Steve Crothers.  Click on image to enlarge.



   
November Print Issue
Short Takes on Film
Ben Nyce


a splendid recounting of a torturous journey under the harshest conditions.
 
the exquisite depiction of the breaking up of a family patrimony
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November Print Issue
DMTV PRESENTS:
Look Back
Luana Karr


Del Mar Train Station. Courtesy Del Mar Historical Society.
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If you are interested in learning more about the history of Del Mar consider taking a moment to “look back.” Del Mar Television Foundation’s “Look Back” short series gives viewers interesting glimpses into Del Mar’s history. For instance, did you know the original train station was built at the turn of the century in a different location? It was then moved to its current location when the hotel was built.  Did you know that east of the Fairgrounds was Del Mar’s Airport, which originally served as a landing site for blimps? How about the Powerhouse, did you know it was once a nightclub that featured Jazz and Dixieland music?

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November
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LOCAVORES' DELIGHT:
Fried Cheese-Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms
Di Holker
Photo Di Holker.  Click on image to enlarge.

Recipe

 
November Print Issue

Part-Time Manager Needed

Del Mar Farmers Market is looking for a part time market manager for the Saturday market. Candidates should have Farmers Market experience, knowledge of rules and regulation, managerial skills and Excel knowledge. Hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays with an additional 2-3 hours during non-market time for administrative duties. Resumes must be submitted by Friday November 21 to Valerie@Delmarfarmersmarket.org. Go to www.delmarfarmersmarket.org for more information.

    
November Print Issue
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 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.

 
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