published by Del Mar Community Alliance. Inc.

September 2015
Inside the Print Issue


We Can Step Up!
Shirley King

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EDITORIAL: DRB Quality Control

Keep It
Dolores Davies Jamison

Start Over
Linda Rock

Dr. Rich
Rich Simons

Changing Spaces: Del Mar Community Building Park Site in Crossfire
Art Olson

4th Quarter Independence:  Changing Places 
Nancy Fisher

Bye Bye OMA 
Jeff Barnouw

News Updates
Bud Emerson

Coastal Commission Creator Honored 
Jeff Barnouw

Countdown to Civic Center Construction 
Bud Emerson

The Pole Story 
Jeff Barnouw

Abandon Ship Drill: Jumping Into History  Christopher Marsh and Larry Brooks

Locavores’ Delight: You say tomato, I say ..... Valerie Fanning

Mary Ruth Cox

DMTV Presents: Being Waterwise 
Luana Karr

Winston’s 20-20 Vision 
Dave Druker

Lightning Action Saves Cres
Carol Kerridge

Back to the Drawing Board: Too Little About Too Much 
Ann Gardner

Extra copies of the Sandpiper are available at: City Hall, the Library, the Del Mar Community Buildiing, the Powerhouse, and the Carmel Valley Library; at The Gym in Del Mar on Jimmy Durante Blvd; at the  Solana Beach Library and the Solana Beach Community Center.


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Rip Rap for
Timber Trestle
Backfilling at San Dieguito Lagoon
Photo Bill Morris.  Click on image to enlarge.

The North County Transit District (NCTD) began work on July 27 to repair a timber train trestle that crosses the San Dieguito Lagoon and is adjacent to the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The work generally involves excavating portions of the channel and backfilling it with larger rocks (riprap) in order to armor the bottom of the channel surrounding the bridge pilings.  Once the riprap has been installed, native sand and silt will be used to cover the rocks and void spaces

Torrey Trestle
Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Bridges Replacement Project
Photos Bill Morris.  Click on images to enlarge.

The Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Bridges Replacement Project, part of an effort to improve rail infrastructure along the Los Angeles San Diego (LOSSAN) coastal rail corridor, began 24/7 about two weeks ago.

The $31 million project will replace four aging, wooden trestle bridges that cross the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon with modern, single-track, concrete structures.

Right now they're building a truck trail with orange plastic fencing where brush has been cleared on the east side of the railroad elevation that starts at the entrance to Torrey Pines State Beach. It looks as if the TPSB access to the trestle road is going to have K-rails on its eastern edge for the entire length.

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Final Summer Twilight Concert
09/13 - The DMF
Plan Your Park Save the Date
10/18 - The City of Del Mar
Beach Cleanup after Kaaboo
09/20 DMF Special Events

Final Summer Twilight Concert
The Soul Persuaders
sponsored by the DMF

The Soul Persuaders
Sun, September 13, 4:00PM

The Zel’s Opening Act,
the Nate Donnis Trio
starts at 3:00PM

September Print Issue


Possible New Look for Print Issue
The Story Behind the Cover

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The Editorial board decided to test out a different format with a redesigned cover for the print issue that highlights a featured story inside its pages.

What do you think?

Is this a welcome change?  Or should we revert to the more familiar format? Send us your feedback.

September Print Issue

Top Story

Climate Action Plan
We Can Step Up!
Shirley King
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Can the people in such a small city as Del Mar have any effect on something as large as our climate? Is a Del Mar Climate Action Plan a futile gesture with no perceptible impact? Or, can Del Mar, through the individual and collective actions of its residents and businesses have influence on the broader region? While we are a small community, we have a high density of people and businesses whose words and actions reverberate widely – a CEO who uses public transportation to commute to work, or a University Professor who has a solar water heater in her home or bikes to campus, or a restaurant that recycles food waste, can have significant impact on a large number of people.
September Print Issue


DRB Quality Control
+ Ad Hoc Redo - Pro and Con

It is important to know why so many citizens are aroused about the potential revision of Del Mar’s Design Review Ordinance (DRO). The DRO has been the most important quality control process in the development of our town’s character since the adoption of the Community Plan in the ‘70s. These quality controls not only result in our enjoyment of a unique quality of living but increasing property values that validate our careful review process.  more

Some pros and cons for the Ad Hoc redo:

Keep It - Dolores Davies Jamison
Start Over - Linda Rock

September Print Issue

Back Page

Back to the Drawing Board
Too Little About Too Much
Ann Gardner

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Draft plans for “The New One Paseo” got angry feedback from the almost 200 residents attending the August 19 Carmel Valley Planning Board workshop.
“I left my red (No On This One Paseo) shirt in the car. I wish I had worn it,” one said. Most expressed their frustration that the project was still “too large” (1.1 million square feet scaled back from 1.4 million) and still generated burdensome traffic (14,000 daily trips compared to 26,000 in the original) and no public transit. The successful referendum drive that derailed the San Diego City Council’s February 23 approval of the controversial development went unacknowledged in the swelling criticism. Only comments by Board members seemed to bring the dialogue back to providing input on what residents want.  more
September Print Issue
City of Del Mar
Means of Transportation to Work
   Number of Workers 16 years and over 2,340
   Car, truck, or van 71.4%
   Drove alone 66.0%
   Carpooled 5.4%
   In 2-person carpool 5.4%
   In 3-person carpool 0.0%
   Workers per car, truck or van 1.04%
   Public transportation (excluding taxi) 1.3%
   Walked 2.7%
   Bicycle 0.9%
   Taxicab, motorcycle, or other 0.0%
   Worked at home 23.6%

              American Community Survey 2013 U.S.Census

September Print Issue
Del Mar’s Sustainable Lifestyle
Resource Fair and Climate Action Plan
Open House

Thursday, September 24, 2015 at the Powerhouse - Resource Fair 6 to 8 p.m. - Presentation 6:30 p.m. - Light Refreshments Served

Resource Fair Participants: City of Del Mar - Coast Waste Management - San Diego Water Authority - San Diego Gas and Electric - Center for Sustainable Energy - The San Diego Foundation - Climate Action

Financing Energy & Water Efficiency Investments

September Print Issue
City of Del Mar
Recipient of Bronze Tier Award
in the 2015 iCommute Diamond Award

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The iCommute Diamond Awards recognize employers in the San Diego region who have made strides to promote alternative commute choices in the workplace. The program is based on a points system tied to employer involvement and shifts in employee commute choices.

Congratulations Del Mar
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Save the Date
Beach Cleanup
Scheduled for KAABOO Closing Day
DMF Special Events Committee

Sunday, September 20
1 to 3pm, Powerhouse
DM Foundation - Special Events Beach Cleanup with
the Del Mar Rotary, and L'Auberge

Kaaboo had also planned to partifcipate, but due to their other work schedules
has dropped out.
Save the date

"Plan Your Park” workshop
Sunday, October 18 from 2-4 pm
City of Del Mar
The second phase of the Shores Park Master Plan process will get underway with a “Plan Your Park” workshop on Sunday October 18 from 2-4 p.m.  The event will be held at the Winston School Auditorium at 215 Ninth Street.
Residents are encouraged to review the summary of public input gathered in phase one by going to the City’s website at  The website also has information about the Shores Advisory Committee (SAC), its agendas and minutes and an opportunity to sign up for all future notices regarding planning for the 5.3 acre site purchased by the City in 2008.  At the Workshop residents will get together to envision how and where potential park amenities could fit on the site.  Sample park designs that feature concepts favored in Phase One will be provided.  Preferences will be complied by the City’s Park Consultant Schmidt Design to develop three concepts for the next step.  The Master Plan is expected to be completed in winter 2016. 


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