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Inside the Masrch 2020 Print Issue

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Ghosts at Fairgrounds
Ira Sharp

GUEST EDITORIAL: Complete Streets Now
Kristine Schindler

Breaking Bad
Julie Maxey-Allison

Sea Level Rise Protection
Dwight Worden

Neighborhood Businesses

Harold Feder

Zone Up
Ann Gardner

Heights’ Elementary School: Savvy Grass Rescue
John Gartman

Winston Ways
Ann Gardner

City’s Financial Update
Tom McGreal

Marisol: NO on G
Frank Chisari

Marisol: YES on G
Robb Dalton

Marisol: Commentary:
Hope and Fear

Jeff Barnouw

Scott Thanks
letter from Scott Huth


Short Term Rental



Sea Level Rise


Housing and Jobs Data

FACTOIDS: Top 25 Sales Tax Producers
City of Del Mar Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), June 30, 2019

Improvement Milestones

City of Del Mar Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), June 30, 2019

Farmers Market:
Viva le Boeuf!

Leslie Robson

~Housing Hunt

~Safer Streets

Clean and Plain
Valérie Dufort-Roy

Sea to Sierra
Ed Mirsky

Poets Corner:

Linda Chisari

Roving Teen Reporter:
March for Our Lives

Dhathry Doppalapudi

DMF: March 2020
Sandra Hoyle

DMCC: March 2020
Ashley Simpkins

Extra copies of the Sandpiper are available at: the Del Mar Community Building on 9th Street; the Library; the Powerhouse; the Farmers’ Market; the Carmel Valley Library;the Solana Beach Library and the Solana Beach Community Center.


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MARCH 2020

Update 2/26/2020

Ghosts at Fairgrounds
Ira Sharp

Ghost guns are un-serialized, untraceable firearms assembled from unregulated firearm parts and components requiring some assembly by the purchaser. Like real ghosts, they cannot be traced by law enforcement without a serial number; they are instantly available because there is no 10-day waiting period. There is no background check, no age limit, no trace of taxes and no certificate of firearm training when a ghost gun is purchased. All the gun laws that have made California one of the safest states in USA are ghosted away.

Despite the fact that the Del Mar Fair board suspended gun shows and Todd Gloria led a successful effort to pass legislation to end the sale of firearms and ammunition on the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds effective in 2021, Crossroads of the West obtained a preliminary injunction to permit Crossroads to hold gun shows during the pendency of the lawsuit under the same terms as before. Those contractual terms did not prevent the Fair Board from determining who was a fit vendor.

In July, 2018 when the first acknowledged ghost guns showed up for sale at the Crossroads gun show in Del Mar, the Fair Board President directed Crossroads immediately to expel the vendor, Firearms Unknown, from the show. NeverAgainCA is protesting the current Fair Board’s inaction on ghost gun vendors because public safety is at risk. More than 80% of the Crossroads vendors now sell ghost guns, not guns on the state registry. Ghost gun sales are robust and an observer at a recent Southern California gun show counted a single vendor selling as many as 21 guns in one hour.

Besides the obvious reasons that a felon, a teenager, or a mentally ill person desiring to purchase a gun would want to evade the laws and purchase a ghost gun, there are immediacy and financial reasons for buying ghost guns, which look like a 9mm Glock or an AR15. A ghost gun fires like a gun and kills like a gun and costs about $200 less than a factory manufactured 9mm Glock. In less than 3 minutes you can buy a complete ghost gun kit at a Crossroads gun show and in less than 15 minutes, you can put the parts together. In the past it took skill and perseverance to find and purchase all the parts to make a rifle or handgun. Now you open up a box the size of a VHS videotape, snap off five plastic parts, file down any rough edges with the abrasive stone provided; drill three holes into the frame with the provided drill bits and you have a $400 gun that is as capable of inflicting death as a 9 mm Glock manufactured in a factory and which costs over $600.


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Roving Teen Reporter:
March for Our Lives

Dhathry Doppalapudi

February 14th is a day that, for most people, signifies love and happiness. For others, though, it brings back traumatic memories of a horrible, heartbreaking event in which many young lives were lost to gun violence: the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This tragedy ignited the student-led March for Our Lives movement against gun violence and for increased gun legislation, most notably universal background checks, bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and red flag laws. The movement started with a nationwide protest on March 24, 2018, which became the largest youth-led protest to occur since the Vietnam War. Now, two years later, the movement’s momentum has slowed but not disappeared.

Jasmine, a sophomore at Torrey Pines High School, was a student organizer for the San Diego march in 2018. “I remember being horrified when I first heard the news [about the Parkland shooting], then I heard a few days later about how the Parkland kids were organizing and I thought it was really inspiring,” Jasmine said. “I think Parkland was different because there was a general feeling that people were done and demanded change.”

Another reason that students paid more attention to the March for Our Lives movement was that it was led by fellow students. “The fact that it’s student-led is very important because school shootings obviously affect us the most directly and impact our daily lives, even here at Torrey Pines,” said Bea, a senior. “Knowing that this could happen at any moment is kind of this cloud that hangs over all the students.”

Since the tragedy in Parkland, many states have improved their gun laws, some by banning bump stocks and expanding background check legislation. Although she appreciates the changes that have been made, Jasmine says, she insists that this is not enough. “I would like to see changes being made at a federal level. I want universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons, better mental health resources for students, and red flag laws.”

March for Our Lives has now turned away from protests and towards a plan that they call “A Peace Plan for a Safer America.” Among other things in this plan, the group intends to implement a gun buy-back program to reduce the number of guns in circulation, declare a state of national emergency for gun violence, and initiate government investigations into the National Rifle Association.

“The youngest ones in any generation have been the biggest advocates for change because they are going to be the ones to live with these laws for decades to come,” Jasmine said. This issue hits hard for the teenagers in our generation because in our increasingly complex and interconnected world, even if we have not experienced this violence firsthand, we have seen and heard from others like us who have. We understand the impacts of these tragedies that occur far too often and we do not want to be next.


This John Dempsey cartoon appeared in April 1997 in the very first issue of the Sandpiper.

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Marisol: NO on G
Frank Chisari

I believe there are valid, community-oriented, arguments on both sides of this issue; however, I come down against Measure G because I revere our beloved Community Plan and I want to preserve it intact for future generations, especially the very first of its enduring Goals. Unfortunately, I have concluded that, on balance, the Marisol project is irreparably antithetical to the first Goal’s objectives.
Goal 1 reads as follows:


The heart and soul of Goal 1 of our Community Plan is preservation of open space by adhering to the following objectives and policies:

• “Preserve, as City-owned open space, areas desirable as City parks and preserves.”
• “Preserve and where necessary acquire easements for the protection of access to the beach and other public open space.”
• “Ensure that future development results in a minimum disturbance of existing or natural terrain and vegetation and does not create soil erosion, silting of lower slopes, slide damage, flooding problems and/or severe cutting or scarring.”

Despite all the potential benefits of the Marisol evelopment for Del Mar’s coffers and low-income housing obligations, there is no way that I can square the objectives of our Community Plan with the extent to which this gargantuan resort will:

(a) destroy the natural environment of the bluff;
(b) disembowel millions of cubic yards of bluff sandstone;
(c) cover many acres of currently open ground with impervious material that will prevent absorption of surface water and (d) ultimately pollute our lagoon and kill its precious life-forms;
(e) block sunlight from nurturing native plant growth;
(f) prevent ocean breezes from cooling a warming village; and
(g) attract hundreds or thousands of fossil fuel-dripping vehicles a day that will pollute the air and soil and, ultimately, the lagoon.

That’s why I’m voting NO on measure G.

I may be a dreamer but I think, if we all put our heads and our hearts and our wallets together, our community can come up with a better idea that preserves the spirit and the integrity of our Community Plan and serves the best interests of the citizens of Del Mar.


Marisol: YES on G
Robb Dalton

Emotions are running high on Measure G and the proposed Marisol Resort. Fueling some of those emotions are some exaggerations and sadly, some lies. Here are the incontestable, indisputable facts:

FACT #1 DOG BEACH IS NOT BEING ELIMINATED, IT WOULD BE IMPROVED with new permanent rest rooms, sand replacement and stairs to the new hiking trail.

FACT #2 THE BLUFF WILL NOT BECOME A PARK. It is private land that will be developed (Del Mar could never afford the millions of dollars to build & maintain a park). So McMansions or a Boutique Resort?

FACT #3 THE RESORT WILL ENHANCE BLUFF ACCESS with access to the lion’s share of the bluff that has long been off limits. The chain link fence barring bluff access will finally come down.

FACT #4 SOLANA BEACH WILL BENEFIT FROM THE RESORT with new customers for Solana Beach businesses and restaurants. Solana Beach condos & homes will go up in value the day the Resort opens.

FACT #5 DEVELOPERS ARE NEEDED TO MAKE LIFE POSSIBLE. Shopping, housing, dining, medical, retirement, and educational facilities are made possible by Developers willing to invest.

FACT #6 THE PROCESS IS NOT BEING RUSHED. For over a year the developers have been meeting with the community, sharing plans, renderings and studies. Now they are asking for a vote of the people.

FACT #7 THE RESORT WOULD NOT BE MASSIVE, but small compared to area Resorts like La Costa, Aviara & Grand Del Mar Resorts that average over 400 rooms compared to Marisol’s approximately 125 rooms.

FACT #8 THE MARISOL RESORT WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST VETTED RESORTS EVER BUILT with every necessary local, state and federal agency that is appropriate weighing in. The bluff will be protected.

So folks, let’s try to stick to the facts, stop the name calling and accusations and have a rational conversation about Del Mar’s real options—Resort or McMansions? Thanks for listening….

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