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Inside the june 2020 Print Issue

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COVID-19 articles are marked by a red dot.


Farmers Market Now Open
Leslie Robson


EDITORIAL: Local Government Works


Unmasked
Don Mosier, MD, PhD


Crest Canyon Repipes
Jeff Barnouw


COVID Chronicles


Roving Teen Reporter:
Social Media Activism

Dhathry Doppalapudi


Fair Broke!?
Betty Wheeler


LOCKDOWN Lessons
Sheila Sharpe, Ph.D.


Woe Whoa
Jeffrey Barnouw


Belt Tightening:
City forecasts revenue loss of $5.5 million for next fiscal year.

Tom McGreal


DMF ZOOM Talks
Housing EIR Input Needed
North Commercial Zone Update No Park-ing
Off the Bluff in Ten?


Hidden Critters
Julie Maxey-Allison


HOUSING HOW?
Ann Gardner


Community Plan
Housing Update

Jill Gartman


CJ’s Job:
Interview with City Manager CJ Johnson

Don Mosier


No Field of Dreams:
School Design Update

John Gartman


Business Blues:
Interview with Zach Groban

Julie Maxey-Allison


Hunger Helping
the Eco Way

Valérie Dufort-Roy


Track Trouble:
Rail Relocation When?

Dwight Worden


Bouquet of Scents
Linda Chisari


Virtual Volunteers Needed


Heavy NUKE Load:
A Bridge Too Far

Don Mosier


Ranger Station At Last
Jeff Barnouw


Lifeguard Challenges: Interview with Chief Lifeguard Jon Edelbrock Julie Maxey-Allison


DMF: JUNE 2020
Sandra Hoyle


DMCC: JUNE 2020
Ashley Simpkins


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JUNE 2020

Update
06/02/2022

 
City Statement Regarding
Winston School
 
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The Winston School first approached the City of Del Mar in June 2018 requesting changes to its 55-year lease for its school site at the Shores Park.  That lease was signed with the City in 2010 and made retroactive to 2008. For the first time, in 2018, Winston contended the lease was unfair and requested a rent reduction from $197,245 per year to $1 per year; a doubling of the term from 55 to 99 years, and two additional 25-year extension options. The City and Winston engaged in discussions, off and on, to address these requests. The City expressed agreement to some Winston requests and offered suggestions or counterproposals as to others.

In the fall of 2019, Winston committed to secure an appraisal of the value of its leasehold and to share it with the City. Winston was sure the appraisal would back its claim that the rent was too high. The City agreed an appraisal was a good idea as an outside appraisal could bring objectivity to discussions about what the lease amount should be. Winston was to share the appraisal by the end of 2019. In exchange, the City agreed to a four-month extension of Winston’s December 2019 deadline to submit to the City “complete redevelopment plans” for its school site. This extension was to allow time for the appraisal to be prepared and reviewed.

In March 2020, Winston confirmed it had the appraisal, but in spite of its prior commitment to share the appraisal, was declining to share it with the City. The reasonable inference is that the appraisal did not support Winston’s claim that the rent was too high. It is noted that the rent charged to Winston under its lease with the City had not changed in more than 12 years and remained as set by Del Mar Union School District. Winston also received rent credits towards future rent due for its contributions to the Shores property purchase, meaning Winston has not, and will not, pay any new money rent to the City until 2023. The City then gave notice June 2, 2020 that the negotiation period was concluded and that Winston’s new deadline for submitting a complete redevelopment application to the City is October 2, 2020. This new date reflects the agreed upon four-month extension from the point that either party notifies the other that the lease amendment discussion has concluded. The existing 55-year Winston lease running to 2063 remains in place, unchanged.

Attached is a detailed document prepared by Councilmembers Sherryl Parks and Dwight Worden, the two City Council liaisons related to the topic of The Winston School lease, correcting the record as to the history of the Shores property acquisition, the fundraising campaign, the involvement of Friends of the Park and The Winston School, and the negotiations leading to Winston’s 55-year lease

Full City Statement on Winston School

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June Print Issue
Farmers Market Now Open
Leslie Robso
 

The City of Del Mar granted permission for the Del Mar Farmers Market to reopen after two months of temporary closure due to the COVID-19 preventive protocols. Saturday, May 9, was the beginning of a new chapter for the market under San Diego County and municipal guidelines.

Even with meticulous planning, there was some low level anxiety about how all the new rules would play out with vendors and shoppers alike. Would people feel comfortable coming to shop? While parks were still closed, there was a steady stream of guests seemingly looking for a new venue of activity of some sort, and the farmers were definitely happy to be considered essential and be back selling their produce and getting caught up with their longtime customers. The prepared food vendors provided take-away of their usual fare, and one of the vendors successfully pivoted from the sale of yoga togs to selling fabric face masks of all sizes and styles.

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Thank you for wearing a mask in public!
  
June Print Issue
COVID Chronicles

History is what we remember - Spanish Flu, Bird Flu, and now the COVID-19 virus. We recall what we record. Our writings and photos help us make sense of what is happening while sending guidance for the next generation. In dramatic times, reflection on what has come before helps to guide us as we encounter similar human dramas.

It is time to reflect upon and record your experiences. Here are some ideas to inspire your writing:

• Describe how the pandemic is affecting you and/or your family?
• What “temporary” lifestyle changes will become permanent?
• What new hobbies have you taken up, or, restarted?
• Describe your greatest challenge as a result of the “stay at home” requirement?

Please send us your reflections. The Del Mar Historical Society will chronicle our times and thus inform another generation in 2120:

Snail-mail to DMHS, 225 9th St, Del Mar, CA 92014, or email to info@delmarhistoricalsociety.org

  
June Print Issue
EDITORIAL:
Local Government Works

A "drain the swamp” approach to government has its fans, even now, but there’s nothing like a pandemic to itemize the price we pay for weak leadership in government and the hollowing-out of core government operations. And there’s nothing like a pandemic to underscore the benefits of competent governmental leadership supported by robust scientific, administrative, and regulatory services—in fact, a bureaucracy—with deep expertise and experience to help us steer a steady course through this crisis. We use the word “bureaucracy” deliberately: we hear it mostly as a derogatory epithet, but at its best, as Merriam Webster tells us, it is “government characterized by specialization of functions, adherence to fixed rules, and a hierarchy of authority.”

For a growing majority of Americans, it has become clear that we suffer real harm from rambling, stream-of-consciousness-style, factually-detached leadership. It has become painfully clear, at the national level, that the Trump Administration’s 3+ years of devaluation of expertise and hollowing-out of key agencies and functions has come with a high price tag. It turns out that “deconstruction of the administrative state,” Steve Bannon’s rallying cry against a perceived evil “deep state,” is in fact destructive to our collective good.

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June Print Issue
Hidden Critters
Julie Maxey-Allison
Keep a look out for surprising neighbors, some shown here,
living along your walkabout paths.
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June Print Issue
Unmasked
Don Mosier, MD, PhD

Wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus when you are less than 6 feet from someone not in your family is a uniform recommendation of health professionals. It is also important for the reopening of essential retail establishments, but enforcement of the mask rule by retail employees has had unfortunate consequences including being shot to death and suffering a broken arm (reported in the New York Times, May 16th edition). Freedom to spread a deadly virus (or expose yourself and your family to the disease) is a right, just like your right to carry a gun? Public health recommendations are now a political issue instead of good advice that should benefit all of us? What gives and what’s happening in Del Mar?`

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June Print Issue
Woe Whoa
Jeffrey Barnouw

If and when our world should wane,
I’ll not be won to wine.
Whim ‘n’ whine have worn me wan,
But one must wean to win.

 
June Print Issue
Lifeguard Challenges: Interview with Chief Lifeguard Jon Edelbrock
Julie Maxey-Allison

Sandpiper (SP): The beach is opened: how is it going?

JE: The beach opening has gone fairly well. As expected, many are quite pleased getting back to the beach despite the limitations on activities. Most are respectful of the open space, the community, and the allowed movement-based rules in place to preserve public health. That said, the opening hasn’t been without its challenges: some visitors have been upset because they cannot participate in the experience as they wish. Late afternoon and into the early evening continue to pose the biggest challenge to gain compliance.

SP: Are lifeguards having any issues with defiance, if so how is it being handled?

JE: The closure and now limited opening both brought challenges and some defiance. First and foremost, our staff is working diligently each day to proactively educate, warn, and encourage behaviors within the current rules. We have had multiple issues daily that require more stern warnings and, on a few occasions, have needed assistance from the Sheriff’s Department.

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