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Inside the September 2018 Print Issue

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Election Issues
Bud Emerson

Meet the Candidates:

Dwight Worden

Brian Fletcher

Dan Quirk

Terry Gaasterland

EDITORIAL: Grassroots Power

First Notes At Town Hall

Our Vanishing Canopy
Plaza Space Revival
Streetscape Timing
Oven Offerings
Horse Sense
Paws Laws
Scratch Scratch

Gridlock Grief
Clem Brown, Special Project Manager for the City of Del Mar

Gun Show No

Rose Ann Sharp

Del Mar Votes Differently
Dave Druker

Ann Gardner

Bluff Preserve:
Origins and Promises

Claire McGreal

Don Mosier

Nuke Nervousness
Don Mosier

Collapsing Bluff:

Bluff Patch
Julie Maxey-Allison

Collapsing Bluff:

Train Wreck in History
Bill Arballo

Coastal Resiliency
Amanda Lee, Principal Planner City of Del Mar

Roving Teen Reporter:
Sammy’s Footsteps

Eve Gross

Terry Time
Jeff Barnouw

Busting Beach Records
Jon Edelbrock | Community Services Director and Chief Lifeguard

Our Town
David Doyle

Design Directions Saluted
Anne Farrell

In the Q
Ellie Haviland, Del Mar City Council member

Parking CARma
Nancy Fisher

Parent Power
Tom Sohn

UPS ups Its Business
Jeff Barnouw

On the Road
Julie Maxey-Allison

Asking for Accident Alternatives
Diana Scheffler

Snake, Rattle, and Back Off
Julie Maxey-Allison

Farm to Civic Center
Jeff Barnouw

Partisan Patterns
Wayne Dernetz

Larry Schneiderman

DMF: The Picnic Returns!
Bob Gans

Ashley Simpkins

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Update 09/21/18
Del Mar Resort PROs and CONs
The Sandpiper will be continuing
pro and con coverage.

Regarding Sandpiper’s article “Bluff Preserve – Origins and Promises” and “No to Del Mar Bluff & An Alternative to Development – Open Space / Historical Park”
Brad Termini and Robert Green, Del Mar Resort

As part of our commitment to the community, we wanted to provide an update, because we feel it is important to reaffirm our intentions, as we have a vested interest in ensuring our projects are complementary and beneficial to the communities of Del Mar and Solana Beach.

A previous Sandpiper commentary excludes reference to a 1994 document entitled “Covenant Regarding Grant of Easement Concerning City Property (Old Woodward Estate)”. This 1994 document amends and supersedes the 1971 and 1980 documents. The 4+ acre preserve dedication remains intact, except for a significant portion of the preserve property along the bluff. This portion of the property is fenced off from public access today. This blufftop area of the preserve would be re-opened with the development of the Del Mar Resort and its proposed trail amenity, which would also provide access to Dog Beach.

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No to Del Mar Bluff& An Alternative to Development- Open Space/Historical Park
Debbie Hecht, 27th Street

The 16-acre Del Mar Bluff is presently zoned for 16-22 homes in accordance to Community Development Plan standards and values.  The property is located at the southwest corner of Via de La Valle and Camino Del Mar. This is in accordance with the Community Development Plan.  Zephyr and The Robert Green Company have a specific plan that calls for up zoning to dense commercial for a 251-ROOM HOTEL with Convention Facilities, 76 HOMES, 4 RESTAURANTS and a SPA.    This will negatively affect the quality of life in the Beach Colony with a huge increase in traffic on 101 and Via de La Valle.   I believe this also dishonors the donation of James Scripps for the serene 4+-acre natural space park on the south side of the bluff.  It will impact air quality from construction dust and sediment runoff to the lagoon.  How does increasing traffic on our streets support our Climate Action Plan goals? It doesn’t!  

The developers only have an option on the property; they do not own it outright.  They are literally exploring their options.  This is NOT a done deal like so many of my neighbors assumed.

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City of Del Mar Candidate Forum

Presented by the League of Women Voters
on September 13 at Town Hall
Click on the photos for a full-length video of this forum.

Pipe Up: Cyclists and Pedestrians
Dr. Helen Eckmann, West Ocean View Avenue

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My husband Jim and I have lived in Del Mar for the past almost 30 years. We love it here. We have spent thousands of hours walking our beautiful city. We have nine grandchildren and we are often seen walking with some (occasionally all) of them.

I have found on Camino Del Mar that cars generally stop at stop signs, and the motorcycles are almost always polite and stop. However, there have been nine times that I have had to push one of our grandkids to safety; twice that many times I have almost been hit, one time I grabbed the Stop sign itself to steady myself.  Last week our dog was grazed by a bicyclist who failed to stop at a Del Mar stop sign. The bicyclists do not appear to respect our stop signs, signals and they respect our blinking cross walks even less.
One day I decided to sit and count how many bicyclists stopped for pedestrians at the 14th street blinking light (yes, with pedestrians in the crosswalk). Almost 80% of the bicyclists did not stop.

Additionally, the bicyclists often take up almost all of the free parking on 14th street, especially on the weekends, leaving basically no free parking close to downtown for the entire day while the bikers are up the coast. The bikers use the bathroom at Starbucks, but rarely spend any money in town.

I would like to recommend that we post a sign at the north and south entrances of our wonderful city letting bikers know that a complete stop at all crosswalks, stop signs and signals will be required.


Come Meet the 2018 City Council Candidates!
On Thursday, September 13, the League of Women Voters will host a City Council Candidate Forum at the Del Mar Civic Center in the Town Hall at 6 p.m. The event will be sponsored by the Del Mar Foundation, and will be recorded and broadcast. The forum will provide Del Mar residents and voters with an opportunity to ask questions and get a better understanding of where the candidates each stand on issues that are important to the Del Mar community. Additional information about the November 2018 General Election can be found on the City’s website at:
September Print Issue
Election Issues
Bud Emerson

election ballot is set. We have four City Council candidates for two seats:

• Dwight Worden, incumbent mayor, environmental and municipal attorney
• Brian Fletcher, businessman
• Terry Gaasterland, professor, scientist, entrepreneur
• Dan Quirk, businessman, investment advisor

We have asked each of them to author in this issue a short statement introducing themselves to voters. We will ask each of them to give short answers to a series of issue questions in our next issue. The Sandpiper will not publish any additional campaign statements from them or supporters.
There are many important issues to be discussed and debated in this election, hopefully with positive energy and civility. We trust the candidates will address at least the following issues:

• short term rentals
• sea level rise
• design review guidelines
• utility undergrounding
• Shores Park development
• streetscape implementation
• public safety (law enforcement and fire safety)
• beach access and preservation
• fairgrounds activity
• affordable housing
• development proposals (941, Watermark, Del Mar Resort)
• traffic
• downtown revitalization
• city finances
• open space and environmental protection
• sustainability
• San Onofre nuclear waste


911 Flag Ceremony
Tuesday, September 11
8am - 6:30
Powerhouse Park

No reservations needed. The Mayor will speak at 6:00pm. A tape will be played at 6:30 pm.

Volunteers needed to help pack up the flags for next year.
Please call (619) 838 7678 to volunteer.
A Year Ago
Powerhouse Park September 11, 2017.
Photo Tom Nelson.
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September Print Issue
grassroots power

Kudos to the parents and citizens who organized a grassroots movement to challenge the board of the Del Mar Union School District. The primary issue at stake was the proposed closing of the Del Mar Hills school (see page 16 for a full discussion of the issues by Tom Sohn).

What was impressive was the speed and focus of the activists. Numbers matter—they were able to round up petition names and warm bodies in the hundreds in record time. The message matters—they combined hard facts with pedagogical logic. The tenor matters—they articulated rationally as well as passionately. Focus matters—they targeted their audience, they set clear goals, they laid out consequences, and most of all they persisted. They won! It was textbook community activism.

Lets give a little credit to the board members who did not dig in but were able to execute a rather dramatic u-turn to achieve community consensus. And it was a unanimous decision.

Now comes the hard part, how to finance the final decision. which includes some big ticket items such as adding a 9th school in the Pacific Highlands Ranch, rebuilding the Del Mar Heights school, and modernizing the Del Mar Hills school. We trust that the grassroots organization will swing into action to galvanize voter support for the school bond which will appear on our November ballots.

September Print Issue
Meet the Candidates

Dwight Worden

My roots in Del Mar are deep, reflecting decades of work protecting Del Mar as a special place to live. As a Del Mar resident since 1981, former City Attorney, city committee and nonprofit volunteer, lawyer, and most recently as your councilmember and Mayor, I have championed resident priorities: honoring our Community Plan; lagoon restoration; a public vote on major downtown developments; downtown vibrancy; protecting our environment and open space; and removal of stored nuclear waste from San Onofre.  more

Brian Fletcher

As a life-long resident of Del Mar, I am running for City Council to preserve our community and prepare for our future. I want to give voice to our residents and provide common sense solutions for the many challenges we currently face.
I treasure Del Mar. My great-grandfather, Col. Ed Fletcher, developed it over a century ago. He carefully laid out our hillside streets and lots to maximize the views we enjoy today.  more

Terry Gaasterland

I have spent my life trying to improve the lives of people who need it most. I am a scientist and professor of computational genomics. My lab builds computer tools to read DNA and understand disease risk.

I am dedicated to serving the community of Del Mar. As a 15-year resident, I have served as the City’s Finance Committee Chair, the Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee Chair (STAC), and member of the Design Review Board. I understand our city’s dynamics, from lagoon to beach to hillside. I have experience tackling our city’s biggest issues, whether it’s the budget, land development, or fire and safety hazards.  more

Dan Quirk

It’s an honor to be running for City Council. My wife, Brie, and I first moved to Del Mar in 2010 and bought our house on 23rd Street in 2013. We feel blessed to live here and plan to stay for the rest of our lives. This is home. I first became involved in Del Mar civic life through working on the finance committee, and then through leading the successful 2016 campaign for Measure Q, which will generate $2 million per year in revenue to fund key infrastructure projects. Given the enthusiastic community support for the measure, I expected we would be burying utility powerlines by summer 2017.   more

September Print Issue
First Notes At Town Hall
Photos Bill Morris

Inaugural concert Thursday, July 26, 2018,
Presented by the Del Mar Foundation.
Photos Bill Morris.
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The Eve Selis Band. from left: Marc Intravaia,
Larry Grano, Eve Selis, and Rick Nash.
Trey Hensley ( guitar) and Rob Ickes (dobro).


September Print Issue
Partisan Patterns
Wayne Dernetz

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters (ROV) has just released its August 1, 2018 Report of Registration. For the City of Del Mar, the report shows total registered voters now stands at 3,143. Of these, 1,146 are registered Democrats and 993 are registered Republicans. This stands in marked contrast to the voter registration reports when Democrats and Republicans were near parity. I believe this represents the current trends we have seen over the past two years in which Democratic registrations are increasing overall and Republican registrations are declining. The Democrats now have a 15% margin over Republicans in the City of Del Mar.

Some other interesting statistics come from the Vote By Mail (VBM) report. The number of registered voters who have permanent VBM registration has remained steady over the past few years at just under 65%. Nearly two out of three.

In the June 2014 Gubernatorial Primary election, the percent of permanent VBM voters reached 56% vs. 63% in the June 2018 Gubernatorial Primary. In the 2012 Presidential General election, the percent of permanent VBM voters stood at 56%. By the 2016 Presidential General, that percent rose to 64%. (See p. 1 of the VBM report on our website).

Another interesting data point gleaned from the VBM report is the decline in total registered voters (TRV) in Del Mar. The report shows TRV in City of Del Mar stood at 3,673 for the January 1992 special municipal election; 3,605 for the April 1996 municipal election; and as stated above, 3,143 in the June 2018 primary. The decline in TRV is a good avatar for population changes as well. As the residential character of Del Mar continues to evolve, we are seeing fewer permanent residents overall. There are some obvious reasons for that. But, I think you’ll know what they are. (Hint: More out-of-town owners, including AirBnB investors.)


September Print Issue
Larry Schneiderman

Photo courtesy Schneiderman family.
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Lawrence Jerome (Larry) Schneiderman, born New York City 1932, died on August 8, 2018 in Del Mar. He came to Del Mar and the UCSD Medical School in 1970, after Yale (BA 1953) and Harvard Medical School (1953-57). He was an engaged citizen of Del , a long-term supporter of the Del Mar Foundation, the Sandpiper, and Del Mar Community Connections. Larry became an expert in medical ethics, concerned with the topics of “futile treatments” and “end-of-life” problems. He had been suffering from metastasized prostate cancer and took advantage of the Aid in Dying law.

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