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Inside the February 2017 Print Issue

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Sandpiper Welcomes Three new Editors
Art Olson

EDITORIAL Focus on Our Future

Taking Time on Short Term
Ann Gardner

Short Term Innate Debate: Coastal Commission Checks In
Dwight Worden

Off the Tracks
Nancy Fisher

Afford Ability
Scott MacDonald

Outsmarting Killer Viruses
Juliana Maxey-Allison

Cop Options
Dolores Davies

Guidelines Get Going
Rich Jamison

Concrete Progress:
Make Haste While the Sun Shines

Don Mosier

Minding Our Qs
Jeff Barnouw

Wind In The Sales
John Wilcox & Tracy Weaver

New Bubbles Floated for Shores
Art Olson

Roving Teen Reporter:

Lily Nilipour

New Crop
Jeff Barnouw

Hummingbird Haikus
Susan Morrison

Taste Setter
Tom Sohn

Plaza Lands in Local Hands
Betty Wheeler

Changing Lanes:
Del Mar Heights Road to Carmel Valley Road

Ira Sharp

Taking a Stand
Don Mosier and Dolores Davies

Tails From My Heart

Barley Gaylord

What the Kids are Saying: Teamwork
James, age 9 and Liam, age 10

New Boutique Hotel Plan
Ann Gardner

Del Mar Votes:
November Presidential Election

Dave Druker

Del Mar Foundation
Bill Morris

Del Mar Community Connections
Rose Ann Sharp

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February Print Issue 2017
Front Page

Three New Editors
On Board

New members attend their first Editorial Board meeting in January.
Insets from left: Tom Sohn, Dolores Davies, Don Mosier.
Standing: Jeff Barnouw, Tom Sohn,
Dolores Davies, Nancy Fisher, Don Mosier.
Seated: Art Olson, Bud Emerson, Betty Wheeler, Virginia Lawrence.
(Ann Gardner was not present at the meeting.)
Photo Art Olson.

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Along with the new year the Sandpiper welcomed three new members to its Editorial Board, Dolores Davies, Don Mosier and Tom Sohn. Each brings a fresh perspective along with experience and skills that will help shape the content and impact of our publication.

Dolores Davies has lived in Del Mar for about 25 years, and has worked as a communications director in various capacities at UCSD over this time. Given her profession, she is well steeped in journalism and is eager to put that expertise to work informing and explaining to readers issues of interest and concern to Del Mar residents. A writer by trade she loves digging deep to uncover truths or facts that have been undiscovered or escaped notice. She is currently interested in exploring the issue of policing in Del Mar. As a resident who is increasingly aware of certain types of local crime, she wants to understand all the variables that come into play in the upcoming decisions by the city regarding the proposal to establish its own police force.

Don Mosier is well-known to most of Del Mar, having served as a City Council member for the past eight years, and as Mayor for some of that time. He recently retired from his position as a researcher and professor at The Scripps Research Institute, where his work focused on HIV/AIDS. As a scientist he continues to be interested in problem solving by taking into account all the available data and gathering new information as needed. As applied to City policy he sees this as arriving at the best possible solution with the fewest negative consequences, and then following up to improve the imperfect solution. Don sees the Sandpiper’s role as informing Del Mar citizens of what is happening in Del Mar that impacts their lifestyle and the ongoing implementation of the Community Plan.

Tom Sohn is a native of Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan and is an avid U of M sports fan. He obtained his Law degree from the University of San Diego. Tom moved to Del Mar in 1999, and has been an active Del Mar citizen, having served as a member and Chair of the Design Review Board, and currently serving as Vice Chair of the Shores Park Advisory Committee. Tom sees the role of the Sandpiper as keeping the residents of Del Mar informed and supporting the City of Del Mar residents and businesses in their endeavors. He is particularly interested in following the City Council discussion and actions, as well as contributing to Sandpiper editorials.

When asked about potential changes that they would like to see in the Sandpiper, each had constructive suggestions. Dolores would like the Sandpiper writers to function as “citizen journalists,” reporting in a way that is balanced and evenhanded. She also would like to see more “point - counterpoint” articles, as well as a greater variety of content, including humor, Q&As, and resident profiles. Tom would also like to have more citizen spotlight articles. He sees many Del Mar residents as interesting and accomplished people and would love to see the Sandpiper write more about them. Don would like to see the Sandpiper make a clearer distinction between reporting and editorial opinion.

In the opinion of this reporter, we are fortunate to have these talented and active citizen members “on board.”

Pipe up Joe Sullivan

I was pleased to see the interview with Marc Brutten, the new local owner of the Del Mar Plaza, in your February issue. We all look forward to the revitalization of this property after years of neglect by absentee landlords. One clarification is called for. Mr. Brutten says he has “been told that the last market suffered when the City brought in a farmers market that cut into the Plaza market’s sales.” In fact, I believe the Del Mar Farmers’ Market opened in 1986, while the Plaza market did not open until three years later in 1989. I believe the community and the region would support both our weekly Farmers’ Market and a correctly positioned artisanal market open every day in the Plaza.
    Joe Sullivan, Ocean Front

February Print Issue 2017

Focus on Our Future

Del Mar’s 2017 agenda will address a number of strategic considerations for our future.

• At the top of the list is the festering concern about the impact of short term rental businesses on our residential neighborhoods. It is important that we see this issue in the larger context of what is happening to our diminishing residential core. With more and more part-time residents, we have fewer permanent residents to do the civic work that helps our small town thrive as our Community Plan envisions. We need to take every step we can to keep our town a community and resist efforts to exploit it for business gain.

• Very near the top is a related issue of how we protect the small town character by updating and sharpening our design review tools. Our citizen advisory committee working on the Design Review Ordinance is gathering good ideas from other towns that will help us implement strong “quality control” measures. Central to their mission is how each neighborhood can be legitimized to help shape proposed changes in their built environment. We already know that shared views are important, but are we doing enough to deal with height, depth, width, bulk, space, color, privacy, light, noise, planting, setbacks, and more?
• We need a fresh look at our downtown to assess how we can work toward the Community Plan vision of a vital, resident-serving commercial center. Big changes are in the works with new Plaza ownerhship, Bully’s parking lot ideas, and a new Garden site proposal. Combining those with our new civic center and implementation of the streetscape plan gives us a fresh opportunity to re-envision how all of these parts and more could revitalize our downtown core.

• Another big subject for strategic focus is how our transportation system can be made more pedestrian-friendly. The controversy over the rail crossing reminds us how important it is to replace those dangerous tracks with a bluff top pedestrian trail. We are working on an interesting proposal to slow down traffic on Camino Del Mar at the south end of town and adding a safe pedestrian walkway. We need to stay true to the Community Plan vision of safe pedestrian uses over fast auto uses.

• Never forget the top priority of public safety. Our current Sheriff contract cost is escalating rapidly at the same time that complaints about inadequate service are rising. Neighbors are expressing concerns and fears about feeling vulnerable. We need to tune into the studies that have been done about alternative ways of protecting our community including the addition of community service officers, the possibility of setting up our own police department, or allying with Solana Beach for a joint agency.

• The rest of the agenda is long and no less important. Add Shores Park development, affordable housing, street maintenance, and dealing with our ever nagging relationship with our fairgrounds neighbor.
This long agenda clearly shows how important it is to have a robust permanent resident core of capable caring citizens to help the Council and staff get all of this work done. The Sandpiper will continue its mission to provide a forum for public discussion.

February Print Issue 2017

Free Community Outreach DMGC
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Jeff Moore, owner of Solana Succulents will speak at the Del Mar Garden Club Community Outreach meeting Feb 27, 9:00 am at the Powerhouse, free to the public.  Jeff will be introduced by Pat Welsh, bestselling garden expert and longtime Del Mar resident.

Jeff ‘s talk and powerpoint will follow the flow of his book, Under the Spell of Succulents, which shows how we engage with succulents - growers, collectors, landscaping, container gardening, specialty niches, etc.

The interludes will show the main plant genres—aloes, agaves,cacti,crassulas, e.g.  Many beautiful images will illustrate the talk, and Jeff will bring plants to show and to sell along with his books. We expect a beautiful and educational talk for the entire community. Friends of Del Martians are welcome as well as Del Martians.  There will be refreshments, including homemade items from the Garden club members.

Jeff is owner operator of the successful Solana Succulents, and author of Under the Spell of Succulents and Aloes and Agaves.   He was born and raised in Solana Beach, and was in the second graduating class of Torrey Pines High School. He met his wife at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where his two sons now go to college.


February Print Issue 2017
Chronicle of a Del Mar Beach House
The 1885 Victorian cottage at 227 10th Street
By Juliana Maxey-Allison
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The Del Mar Historical Society is pleased to announce a new book.  Del Mar’s own Julie Maxey-Allison has thoroughly researched the history of Edelweiss, the 1885 Victorian cottage at 227 10th Street.  She has identified each owner of the house and written about their lives in Del Mar. The book is handsomely illustrated with photographs and drawings.  Julie’s writing style makes for easy and enjoyable reading. 

“Anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting the perfectly restored Edelweiss house must wonder about its history. Julie does a great job of telling the story, not only of the house itself, but also how it is inextricably linked to the unique history of Del Mar. It’s a great read, especially for anyone who lives here!” — Bob Gans, President, Del Mar Foundation.

Available online at, and on Amazon for $12.95.
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