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Inside the SEPTEMBER 2020 Print Issue

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COVID-19 articles are marked by a red dot.

Black Lives Matter:
Interview with Nicole Forrest

Sheila Sharpe

EDITORIAL Civil Campaigning

Watch Your Words:
Speak Civilly

Valérie Dufort-Roy

Roving Teen Reporter:Tough Teen Times
Neha Pubbi

5G Coming of Age
Sudeepto Roy

CC Candidates

Phil Blair

Dave Druker

Bob Gans

Tracy Martinez

Dan Quirk

Glenn Warren

It’s Up to Us
Francis V. Chisari, M.D.

Circle the City:
Walking Path Link

Ann Gardner

Amanda Lee

Ann Gardner

Sharon Feierabend

Stingray Summer Scourge
Julie Maxey-Allison

Electrified in 2021 ?
Don Mosier

Valérie Dufort-Roy

Pandemic Learning Curve
Jill Gartman

Say what you mean.

Bud Emerson

Let’s Eat!
Julie Maxey-Allison

Daily Dose of Balance
Danica Edelbrock, M.S.

Sandra Hoyle

Ashley Simpkins

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September Print Issue
Black Lives Matter:
Interview with Nicole Forrest
Sheila Sharpe | 15th Street

The handsome BLACK LIVES MATTER signs you see enhancing the front yards of many Del Mar homes were designed by Nicole Forrest and her children, Justine, (9) William (11), and Katherine (13). This dynamic Del Mar family created these signs to “raise awareness” and foster “open conversations” in a grass roots effort to keep the Black Lives Matter movement alive and central. Too often a shocking event like the murder of George Floyd galvanizes the public in the short term, only to soon lose momentum before structural changes occur.


Nicole Forrest. Photo courtesy Nicole Forrest.

It’s Up to Us
Francis V. Chisari, M.D. | Crest Road

I write this in support of the City Council’s recent decision to enforce the wearing of masks in public. Is it perfect? No. Are opposing arguments understandable? Yes. Is it necessary? Absolutely. Why? Because with it we can defeat this virus in a matter of months, even without a vaccine, if we all follow the rules to wear masks, practice social distancing, and avoid crowded spaces, especially indoors. But, to do so, all of us must do our part … yes, all of us, and we must do it uninterruptedly for a solid 3 to 4 months. Let me explain why this makes sense.

I’m a virologist. I’ve studied deadly virus infections for the past 50 years. If there is one thing all viruses have in common, it’s that they must spread from host to host in order to survive. Spread. That’s what viruses do. And this one will continue to spread unless everyone, yes everyone, does his or her part to shut it down. Unfortunately, given human nature, some of us will refuse. Viruses love that aspect of our species. They absolutely love it. They need it to survive.


September Print Issue
EDITORIAL Civil Campaigning

Let’s have an election campaign that does Del Mar proud.

Our City Council campaign is our opportunity to choose leaders who will be addressing our unprecedented current concerns as well as future challenges. We urge all candidates to forego traditional campaign slogans and gamesmanship. Voters deserve a serious and civil discussion about all of our most important issues. They include:

• Protecting our citizens from the ravages of the pandemic: Are we doing enough to achieve full compliance among ourselves and our large visitor population?

• Strategies for coping with the significant loss of revenue from the economic downturn. Can we expect revival of lucrative sources of revenue from hotel and fairground visitors? If so when?

• How can we protect our residential neighborhoods from the debilitating effects of a powerful, growing short term rental industry?. Even the very generous 7/28 compromise approved by the Council is under fire from the Coastal Commission. Can we count on Council members to defend our residential zoning?

• Will the new Council members support continuing our membership in the Clean Energy Alliance with Solana Beach, Carlsbad, and other prospective members?

• Will the new Council members stand firm behind our sea level rise adaptation plan as an element of our Local Coastal Plan?

• Will new Council members take decisive action to implement our Climate Action Plan?

• What support can we give to the inevitable re-purposing of the fairgrounds operation? Can we achieve greater protection of the lagoon estuary in the process?

• Will new Council members take decisive action to improve our miserable record of achieving our city’s fair share of housing? How can we overcome resistance in the community and on the Council which poses a significant risk of losing local control over development decisions?

• Moving train tracks from the increasingly fragile bluff top cannot be delayed much longer without significant risk. Do new Council members have ideas for gaining funding from military budget and commercial sources to help fund this expensive, but vital undertaking?

Lastly, we have heard from numerous citizens about the increasingly toxic negativity that has invaded our public conversations. Strident voices with no civil restraint undermine efforts to reach consensus on important issues facing us. While issue-based differences among candidates and supporters is important for voters to make choices, personal attacks and intentional falsehoods such as those we witnessed in our last election have no place in our community. We ask all candidates to review Del Mar’s adopted Code of Ethics as a guide for their campaigns. And we ask that all of them to speak out if inappropriate attacks are launched against any of their opponents.

September Print Issue
Sharon Feierabend
Courtesy of her son Jay Broad and her daughter
Kendal Broad-Wright.

Long-time “green” activist and Community Plan task force member Sharon Feierabend passed away on July 18. She was passionately involved in many Del Mar initiatives including Keep Greenery in the Scenery, preserving Seagrove Park, protecting San Dieguito wetlands, and preventing development in Crest Canyon.

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