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COVID-19 articles are marked by a red dot.

Staying Apart Sticking Together

Stay Healthy
Mayor Ellie Haviland

DM Beaches and Parks Closed
City of Del Mar

Financial impact of

Tom McGreal

Roving Teen Reporter: Teen Dreams On Hold
Dhathry Doppalapudi

Shelter in Place:
A Lesson in Resilience

Linda Chisari

Don Mosier Sandpiper Interview

Frank Chisari
Virginia Lawrence

Public Health Emergency
Don Mosier

C-19 History Lessons: Keep Away from Camels.
Don Mosier

Stay Home
CERT Contacts
Business Takeout
Blood Need
Pole Postponement

Del Mar FARMERS Market Closed
Leslie Robson

Gender Bias: Why are males more susceptible?
Don Mosier

COMMENTARY: The Hotel Next Door
Anne Farrell

Backyard Harvesting
Valerie Dufort-Roy

Wild Ones
Julie Maxey-Allison

Crest Canyon Closed:
What’s going on?

Jeff Barnouw

Ocean Rescue:
Interview with Chief Lifeguard

Julie Maxey-Allison

Commentary: Del Mar Heights School: Current Plan
Frank Stonebanks and Lena Liu

Commentary: Del Mar Heights School: Alternate Plan
John Gartman

Java JOY: Interview with Drew Jeglinski
Sheila Sharpe

Key Primary Results

Saving Sand
Julie Maxey-Allison

Imagine the Possibilities
Ann Gardner

Restaurants and Retail
Julie Maxey-Allison

COVID Cacophony Call
Linda Chisari

Sandra Hoyle

DMCC: April 2020
Terry Kopanski

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Update 04/14/2020
Del Mar Fair Postponed

DEL MAR, Calif. (April 14, 2020) – The postponement of the San Diego County Fair was announced at today’s monthly 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors meeting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Based on Governor Gavin Newsom’s press conference today where he stated “The prospect of mass gatherings is negligible at best until we get to herd immunity and we get to a vaccine;” mass gatherings are not likely to be allowed for the foreseeable future. Therefore, we believe it is the responsible decision to postpone the San Diego County Fair to 2021.

We encourage all San Diegans to continue adhering to all public health guidelines so that the Fair can return in 2021.

Full press release pdf format

April Print Issue
Staying Apart Sticking Together

The COVID-19 epidemic is the worst epidemic since the 1918 “Spanish Flu.” The coronavirus that causes the disease is highly transmissible and the number of infected individuals in the U.S. now exceeds any other country including China. Even though the mortality rate is currently between 1-2%, the number of deaths in the U.S. now exceeds 2,700 (as of March 30th). The number of new infections per day continues to increase exponentially in the U.S. Cases in California are currently increasing at a slower pace, with an average of 700 new cases per day.

California was the first state to order its residents to stay home and to practice social isolation by staying at least 6 feet away from others. The experience during the COVID-19 epidemic in South Korea proved that these steps led to many fewer new infections after a 2-week lag period. This delay was because the incubation period of the virus is 10-12 days, so people infected prior to home isolation would continue to present with symptoms for up to 2 weeks.


April Print Issue
Imagine the Possibilities
Ann Gardner

Please go to and take the survey asking for your response to specific suggestions on how the City might add more housing in Del Mar. The deadline is April 20. Your online input becomes critical as the bi-weekly public meetings of the Housing Element Ad-Hoc Citizens’ Task Force and scheduled community workshops are temporarily cancelled due to COVID-19 and their work has gone online. If you have already completed the Survey, thanks, and do continue reading. You can also submit your ideas, questions to either a community Task Force member (see list here) or Shaun McMahon at


April Print Issue

Contagion Team Reunites to Create Coronavirus Public Service Announcements (PSAs).  Dr. Ian Lipkin, who heads the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University School of Public Health sent a link to this very timely announcement:

April Print Issue
Del Mar FARMERS Market Closed
Leslie Robson


These vendors are available for pickup/delivery.

Antonio & Guillermo Farms (Vegetables, Strawberries)
Antonio: 951-454-6476
(at the RSF Market on Sunday)

Atkins Nursery (Citrus, Passion Fruit)
Jose: 760-728-1610 or 760-207-8837
(at the RSF Market on Sunday)

Behneman Family Farms (Greens, Avos, Citrus)
Norma: 760-685-6332

MANY more

April Print Issue
Rattlesnake Warning!!!
Do they understand Social Distancing?

In San Diego County rattlesnake season typically runs from April through September. However, when the temperatures are warm, the snakes can still come out to sunbathe.

Please exercise caution when walking near brush and chaparral areas.... It’s also common for rattlesnakes to nestle in the shrubbery that line pathways and sidewalks.

Immediately contact Security- dial 77 from any SR phone or (4-2000) to report any snake sighting near one of our buildings.
DO NOT attempt to capture or contain the snake in any way. Source Scripps Research

April Print Issue
 Public Health Emergency
Don Mosier, MD, PhD | Rimini Road

We are in the midst of a public health emergency because of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus infection and its high mortality in older individuals. Frank Chisari, MD and I presented the current facts about the disease and its spread to the special meeting of the Del Mar City Council on Saturday, March 14th. The city has declared a public health emergency in Del Mar and cancelled all city events until at least April 6th, when the council will hold an online meeting to discuss next steps.

I have updated my presentation from March 14th with some new information and yet another guide on how to take personal steps to protect yourself and others from this infection.

PowerPoint City Counil Presentation here

The first slide shows how the mortality rate from COVID-9 infection increases with age. Individuals over 70 years of age should limit public contact as much as possible to protect themselves, and they should adopt all the protective measures outlined in slide 4. They are the most vulnerable to this virus.

The second slide updates information from the rapidly spreading outbreak in Italy where the medical care system has been overwhelmed by the number of seriously ill individuals with COVID-19 pneumonia. Even though Italy has been on near total lockdown for the past 2 weeks, these steps were taken too late in the spread of the epidemic to reduce the number of infected individuals substantially. In just 2 days, there were over 7,000 new confirmed cases and 543 additional deaths.


April Print Issue
  Stand up to the sniffles
John Dempsey Cartoon
Take the yellow pills if the pink ones make you feel bad. The pink pills are to be taken if you get a bad reaction from the red ones. The red ones are for your cold.
April Print Issue
Java JOY: Interview with Drew Jeglinski
Sheila Sharpe | 15th Stree

Drew Jeglinski is the new owner of Little Joy, the charming coffee cart next to Zel‘s at 1247 Camino Del Mar. He took over the cart from Zumbar on June 1, 2019, after having apprenticed there for two and a half years. This is not just a job to Drew. It’s a passion and has been his life’s dream to have a coffee cart—probably an unusual dream for a man educated at Harvard in both undergraduate and graduate school and with a background of secure, conventional employment as a college history teacher, a manager of ESL courses, and a director of The Adult Special Needs Program at Xcite Steps in Del Mar. Then it was time to give up security and take the bold leap to realize his dream. To learn this challenging business and become a highly skilled barista meant starting at the bottom, as a dishwasher.

Drew’s goals are to provide superb coffee and a warm, friendly place that fosters community gatherings and connections. His Little Joy has received many rave reviews: “Best coffee in Del Mar, hands down…way better than Starbucks ” He’s also a friendly, outgoing personality much liked by his many regular customers: “Drew is awesome.”


April Print Issue
  REmembering Don
Donald Terwilliger, Dec. 9,1930 - Mar. 4, 2020
Don Terwilliger 1959.
Courtesy Del Mar Historical Society.
Don was a true Del Mar native. He was born here, attended school in the old City Hall building, and retired here after working more than 30 years in the entertainment business as a dancer in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and a US tour of the musical “The Music Man.” Following his dancing career, he worked for many years in Hollywood movies and TV sit-coms. His parents, who Don frequently visited, were always residents of Del Mar so this town never stopped being “home.”
Don was an avid horse lover. He was at our track on opening day in 1937 and held the record of never missing a meet, even if it was for only a couple of days fitted into his work schedule. He was a familiar figure around town, and with an extraordinary long-term memory a valuable source of first-hand information on Del Mar in the ‘30s and ‘40s. He passed away peacefully and will be missed by many friends. He is survived by 48-year partner, Brian Capon, and cousin Carole French of Carlsbad.
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