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An Affordable First
for the Right Reasons

Bertha Leone

EDITORIAL: Affordable Housing that Fits
the Sandpiper Editors

Affordabilty Factoids

San Diego Housing Commission Income and Rent Calculations

Remembering Joe Lang

Roving Teen Reporter:
College Confidential

Eve Gross

Zero Waste is Up To You: New York Times Wrapper?
Ann Gardner

Gun Shows Going Going ...................
Rose Ann Sharp

Streetscape Squeeze
Ann Gardner

Retail Revi
Jim Watkins

The Earth Moves
FEMA Flood
Undergrounding Issues
Winston Remodel
Books ‘n Bloom

New Nuke Task Force
Don Mosier

STRBs and Ice Cream

Scott Renner & Family

The Internet of Things – Part I
Sudeepto Roy

City Budget Time Again
Tom McGreal

Sunday Salon: Stuart Mendenhall and Julie Park
Julie Maxey-Allison

Tree Time: Tree planting in Anderson Canyon
Tyden Chinowsky

Exotic Diversity
Jeff Barnouw | Amphitheatre Drive

Gen Citizen
Julie Maxey-Allison

As I Pass
Joanne Sharp

Blood Suckers
Julie Maxey-Allison

Tumbledown Bluffs
Julie Maxey-Allison

Jeff Barnouw’s Sandpiper Challenge Grant Goal for 2019
the Sandpiper Editors

DMF: May 2019
Sandra Hoyle

DMCC: May 2019
Ashley Simpkins

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Update 05/22/19
Local Emergency Declaration
What does it involve?
The local emergency declaration allows for rapid repairs (night and weekend work), sole source procurement (contract entered into without a competitive process), and eligibility for state and federal disaster funds.
Update 05/22/19
Bluff Collapse
City Council declares local emergency

City officials aim to reopen northbound Jimmy Durante Boulevard during the first week of June after building a steel structure to retain an unstable bluff. The 120-foot-long wall will take 10 to 12 working days to build, although progress could be delayed by rain, the Memorial Day holiday, and the need to de-energize high-voltage lines crossing the job site. SDG&E is determining how to redistribute power delivery so the lines can be shut off early Thursday without causing outages.

The emergency construction comes in response to an April 21 bluff slide that has closed northbound Jimmy Durante Boulevard between Luzon Avenue and David Way. More than 100 feet of the sidewalk, bike and traffic lanes remain buried under three to five feet of soil. The retaining wall must be finished to clear the soil safely.

To mitigate traffic congestion, the City plans to post flaggers as needed on Camino del Mar at the 22nd and 27th street intersections during Memorial Day weekend as well as June 1 and 2, the opening weekend of the San Diego County Fair. The City will place additional signs on Camino del Mar to alert motorists of the road closure and is asking that CalTrans place signs on Interstate 5 to direct all Fairgrounds traffic to Via de la Valle.

On weekdays, flaggers will continue to direct northbound traffic on Camino del Mar during afternoon rush hours: 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 12:30 to 7 p.m. Friday.

At the site of the bluff slide this week, a drilling rig began boring the first of 25 holes into the bluff face. Into these holes, 35-foot-long I-beam girders will be set to hold steel plating to retain the adjacent slope. The beams will be set five feet apart to support steel plates that later will be replaced with timbers.  Drilling began yesterday after the grading of access roads and delivery of girders from Los Angeles last week.

The bluff slide has involved City-owned property and private property on Seaview Avenue. The retaining wall will be built entirely on City property. Engineers recommended designs for the wall after discovering linear fractures in the bluff formation and claystone and groundwater among the loose material.
Construction of the retaining wall is complicated by overhead power lines. Cal OSHA prohibits heavy equipment from operating within 20 feet of the lines. Once they are powered down, drilling of the holes and placement of the girders can proceed.

On Monday, the City Council voted 5-0 to proclaim a local emergency as a result of the slope failure.

Update 05/19/19
Pipe Up: Streetscape
George L Beatty, 9th Street

With all the hurry and scurry to make the our village look pretty…..

Could you please explain why we have an ugly shipping container permanently parked in front of that pretty little hotel of character before you get to 9th street?

Sandpiper reply:

The Sandpiper has been informed by City Halll that owner refuses to remove the container (based on a dispute with adjacent owner).

Update 05/18/19
Local Assistance Meeting
Video funded by Del Mar Foundaton.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held a meeting at Town Hall on May 15 at 5pm to discuss a new Flood Insurance Rate Map that applies to areas subject to flooding.

Click below to view new flood relief map.

Update 05/18/19
JDB Bluff Stabilization: Construction of Shoring Retaining Structure Underway
Source City of Del Mar
Crews are mobilizing to construct a 120-foot long shoring retaining structure using 25 steel I-beams in response to an April 21 bluff slide that occurred on public and private property along the east side of Jimmy Durante Boulevard, closing northbound lanes between Luzon Avenue and David Way.Construction of the shoring retaining structure is critical to safely reconvene clearing dirt in the roadway.

Drilling for placement of the beams, supplied from Los Angeles, begins Monday.

On Friday, workers are building access roads up the slope to be used by the drill rig for placement of the beams.

The drilling work on Monday and placement of the beams requires careful maneuvering around adjacent power lines along Jimmy Durante Boulevard.  Depending on the depth required for drilling to reach suitable conditions for placement of the beams, a specialized crane may be required to hoist the beams over the power lines. 

The nature of this work and proximity of the utility poles necessitates an emergency power outage by SDG&E.  While the goal is to complete the drilling and beam placement in one day, this may not be achieved based on uncertainty of underground conditions which will affect the required depth and length of time for drilling and placement of each beam.
Once the beams are placed, construction of the retaining structure will begin.  Upon completion of the retaining structure, clearing of the dirt in the roadway can then safely continue.

A second delivery of additional I-beams is scheduled for Monday.

The City’s focus is to stabilize the slope in order to reopen the roadway as quickly as possible, with the goal of reopening the roadway by Memorial Day.

Update 05/15/19
Jimmy Durante Boulevard Bluff Stabilization Postponed

Workers postponed bluff stabilization and debris clearing along Jimmy Durante Boulevard Thursday, May 9 after discovering two fractures and groundwater in the slide area. The work is in response to an April 21 bluff slide that has closed northbound lanes between Luzon Avenue and David Way.

On May 6, the City Council authorized proceeding with emergency repair work, including work in the evenings and on weekends as necessary.  Based on the stability of the soil, it was not conducive to work at night Monday through Wednesday and conditions discovered on Thursday prevented further work on Friday and over the weekend.
Geotechnical engineers have determined that work cannot proceed safely until a shoring system and retaining structure can be engineered, designed and built to prevent further erosion.

A survey of the slide area has identified that the slope failure and debris fall-out zone include portions of City property and private property immediately to the east on 1970 Seaview Avenue.

The City’s focus is to stabilize the slope in order to reopen the roadway as quickly as possible. The goal, although more difficult to achieve, is to open the road by Memorial Day.
Update 05/09/19
Bluff Failure Stabilization Effort Continues

Stabilization Efforts
The City continues to work diligently with the affected property owners and the City’s contractor to stabilize the slope along Jimmy Durante Boulevard, with a goal of reopening the roadway by Memorial Day.  Stabilization activities were postponed on Thursday, as two fractures were identified in the work area.  The City’s geologist collected additional soil samples and is evaluating options to address these fractures.  Addtionally, the contractor is taking extra precautions in anticipation of rainfall this weekend and may need to adjust the scheduled field work depending on weather.  Preventative mechanisms are in place in the work area to prevent run-off and stormwater pollution prevention. 
Traffic Updates
Northbound Jimmy Durante Boulevard (JDB) remains closed to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians.  Northbound traffic continues to be diverted  along Camino del Mar (CDM) from the CDM/JDB merge to Via de la Valle.  Traffic flaggers remain stationed at the 22nd Street/CDM and 27th Street/CDM stop signs to reduce northbound back-ups, according to the following schedule:

Friday, May 10th – 12:30 to 7:00pm
Monday, May 13th, 3:00 to 6:00pm
Tuesday, May 14th, 3:00-6:00pm
Wednesday, May 15th, 3:00-6:00pm
Thursday, May 16th, 2:00-7:00pm
Friday, May 17th, 12:30-7:00pm

Misinformation Regarding Bluff Failure
It is the City’s understanding that there is some misinformation regarding the cause of the bluff failure circulating in the community.

The City wants to make clear that the cause of the bluff failure is unknown at this time.

While the underlying cause of the bluff failure is important and efforts are in progress to determine the cause, the City’s highest priority at this time is to stabilize the slope, while protecting the private and public property involved, and doing so in the most safe and expeditious manner possible

Update 05/09/19
Community Resource Center Food Drive!
Most Requested Food Items: Non-Perishable Foods

· Canned Meat/Fish
· Peanut Butter
· Dry (black) & Canned Beans
 · Rice
· Canned Vegetables
· Evaporated/Condensed Milk
· Condiments (salad dressing, ketchup, mayo, mustard) 
· Canned Fruits
· Dried Fruits & Nuts
· Hearty Canned Soups/ Chili
· Oatmeal
□ Pasta Sauces
· Cooking Oil (24 oz. or smaller)
· Cereal
· Sugar
· Spices (salt, pepper, chili powder

Nutrition Policy:
We strive to provide the healthiest, most nutritious foods possible- help us towards this goal by skipping candy, cookies, cakes and others foods high in sugar and trans fats. Thank you!

Please drop off items from May 13, 2019 – May 30, 2019 (Except May 27 due to the Memorial Day Holiday), (Monday – Thursday, 8:00am-5:00pm) at: 
City of Del Mar City Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, California

If you have a large load please request a truck pick up:

Update 05/08/19
Workers clearing Jimmy Durante Boulevard
bluff slide

Heavy equipment is removing soil from northbound lanes of Jimmy Durante Boulevard, which have been closed to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians since a bluff slide on April 21. The northbound segment of the boulevard between Luzon Avenue and David Way is expected to reopen later this month.

A City contractor has removed vegetation from the slide area and now is removing soil with an excavator. In the coming weeks, temporary repairs will involve the stacking of rectangular, concrete blocks along the eastern roadside.

A detour route for northbound vehicles and bicycles includes Camino del Mar, Via de la Valle and southbound Jimmy Durante Boulevard. To mitigate traffic back-ups, flaggers will be stationed on Camino del Mar at the 22nd and 27th street intersections from 3 to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays; from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, and from 12:30 to 7 p.m. on Fridays

Update 05/07/19

The Arts Advisory Committee is soliciting submissions from artists 18 younger for a children’s art show June 7 and 8.

To submit an entry, e-mail a high-resolution digital scan of one art piece to The deadline for entry is May 25. Read the Del Mar Youth Art Show Requirements (PDF). Download an application (PDF).

During the exhibitions, family and friends are invited to join the young artists and their creations. The June 7 program, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., includes dancers and a lemonade and cookie reception. The June 8 program, from 1 to 4 p.m., includes dance performances and story time with local authors. All activities will take place at the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar. Read the full schedule (PDF).

May Print Issue
Jeff Barnouw’s Sandpiper
Challenge Grant Goal for 2019

the Sandpiper Editors
A. New money donations
B. Matched grant
In 2017 one of our own Sandpiper editors, Jeff Barnouw, offered us a matching grant for “new” money of up to $6,000 per year for three years to help pay for the production and distribution of the Sandpiper. A 16-page issue, for example, costs about $3,000 – that is, about $30,000 per year for our ten issues. Since we don’t accept advertisements, these costs can put a considerable strain on our purse strings.

Last year, for a second time, Jeff matched “new” money from from new donors in any amount, or from existing donors who contributed more than they did in 2016.
Last year we reached our Challenge Grant Goal in July, and we are aiming to do as well in 2019. We hope you will consider making a generous donation to the Sandpiper.

Please make checks payable to the Del Mar Community Alliance and mail to Del Mar Sandpiper, P.O. Box 2177, Del Mar, CA 92014. OR, donate here.

May Print Issue
An Affordable First
for the Right Reasons

Bertha Leone

Del Mar has its first deed-restricted affordable housing accessory dwelling unit! Finally!

The ADU (also known as a “granny flat”) at 423 Luzon Avenue is the first to be counted toward Del Mar’s affordable housing quota assigned by the State of California in its effort to mitigate the housing shortage. The ADU will be a replacement of an existing detached garage with the ADU in a project that involves the demolition of the single-family residence and the construction of a new residence with an attached garage. The project is also the first to qualify for Del Mar’s FAR incentive program, where the city is offering a bonus of 500 square feet (added to the allowed FAR for the property) in return for a 30-year deed-restricted ADU.

Until now, Del Mar has had two permitted ADUs but no deed-restricted ones. The new Luzon ADU will be counted as affordable housing that accommodates renters whose income must not exceed 80% of the San Diego County AMI (Area Median Income). The homeowner(s) must agree to a 30-year deed restriction on the income limit.

Lisa Tam and Everett Love, the owners of the approved project and future residents of the property, live a faith-based life, espousing the words of St. Paul to the Corinthians that Lisa paraphrases: God is the Father of all compassion, who comforts us when we are troubled, so that we can comfort others who are troubled. They support missionary partners in Peru, Kenya and India; Everett leads Bible study groups; and Lisa provides independent living and peer support services for the homeless and at-risk-of-homelessness population.


May Print Issue
Affordable Housing that Fits

the Sandpiper Editors

Meeting Del Mar’s state-mandated 22 unit affordable housing goal is proving to be a difficult challenge. And just around the corner in less than 2 years we will be tasked with creating even more affordable units in the next eight year cycle.

We believe there is a relatively easy path that could make significant progress toward achieving these goals. We should focus on granny flats. Many of these small living spaces already exist in our community and new ones could be developed. The cost is modest and the impact on the character of our town is modest.

Granny flats (accessory dwelling units or ADUs) are additional housing units on an existing property. Typically, they are usually less than 600 square feet but some cities allow up to 1200 square feet on larger parcels. In many jurisdictions they can be deed restricted for rent at officially-established affordable rates for a thirty year period. They are ideal for new college graduates, young people with lower paying jobs, or seniors on fixed incomes. They could also accommodate child care workers, home helpers, or even real grandparents (grannies). In addition to building our housing supply, they produce additional income for homeowner mortgage payments.

The key to success using this strategy is to develop a package of incentives that make granny flat production attractive. Other cities are reducing fees, eliminating parking requirements, and allowing modest density bonuses. Del Mar is now conducting a modest pilot FAR density bonus program for two granny flats. Some cities are moving more aggressively providing easy mortgage loan arrangements and paying design professionals for permit- ready design templates to reduce architectural costs.

May Print Issue
Affordabilty Factoids


1. Our total current state mandate for affordable housing is 76 units; 22 is just the portion that applies to extremely low, very low, and low-income categories; we have an additional mandate for 20 moderate and 34 above moderate, and we haven’t fully achieved any of these obligations. [Source: June 4, 2018 staff report]

2. In Del Mar, ADUs may not exceed 550 square feet, while JrADUs may not exceed 500 square feet.

3. Because of the state mandate that gave rise to the new ordinance, we cannot require that ADUs that comply with the ordinance be deed-restricted for affordability. (This is why we have a pilot program with an FAR bonus incentive for deed-restricted ADUs -- because we can’t require deed restriction.)

4. Parking requirements are already loosened in Del Mar based on our new ordinance: “Most properties will not be required to dedicate a parking space for an ADU, unless located more than 1/2 mile from a public transit stop. No parking is required for a JrADU.”

5. Review is already restricted: “State law requires a streamlined application process that exempts ADUs and JrADUs from all discretionary permits, including design review permits.”

6. Here are the definitions of ADU and JrADU: “ADUs are secondary dwelling units with complete, independent living facilities (kitchen and bathroom) located on the same parcel as an existing single family dwelling. JrADUs are dwelling units developed within the walls of an existing single-family home, which have a bedroom, separate entrance, efficiency kitchen and a bathroom, or access to a bathroom within the main dwelling unit.”

[Source for #2 and #3-#6 above:]

May Print Issue
San Diego Housing Commission Income and Rent Calculations
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May Print Issue
Remembering Joe Lang
Joe Lang, an influential community leader, accomplished scientist, key contributor in developing our Community Plan, and former City Council candidate, passed away recently.
May Print Issue
Tumbledown Bluffs
Julie Maxey-Allison | 10th Street

It is tough to keep track of the total number of times that our cliffs have collapsed. Just this year the count is up to 10, including the incident in February that caused an hours long train delay. This high rate of failures, exacerbated by the increased moisture from the winter rains, keeps our first responders, the lifeguard staff at the Del Mar Beach Safety Center, on alert.

Chief Lifeguard and Community Services Director Jon Edelbrock reports that the lifeguards are usually the first to be notified when portions of a cliff come crumbling down. They in turn are the first line of communication to North County Transit District, relaying information about small and large failures. That triggers the rail road authorities’ safety engineers who then take over to check and rectify the safety issues. There is no news about when the trains will actually be moved off the bluff tracks. The target date has been put off to 2050.

The lifeguards have posted the many warning signs on the cliffs throughout the affected area to keep the public briefed about the potential hazards. They also patrol the area on the look for any new earth erosions and, when appropriate, will remind people of the danger. Given the flurry of past collapses it seems wise to keep your distance from the cliffs. The signage is there. Take care.

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