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  Stop Stopped
Dan Nore | 25th Street



The rapid formation and success of the Neighbors for a Transit Solution clearly illustrates the Del Mar Way. This non-city sponsored group went from an informal neighborhood meeting on September 21 to a highly effective community group gathering facts, organizing neighborhood meetings, soliciting signatures, attending NCTD (North County Transit District) and City Council meetings, and engaging the media. A hastily, less than considered “temporary” train platform was the focus.
Beach Colony and Hill residents believed the planned facility, adjacent to the existing train tracks between 21st and 24th Streets, would degrade local neighborhoods and not achieve the stated environmental goals.

NCTD has apparently listened and responded. With the backdrop of over 300 resident signatures formally opposing the temporary train platform, NCTD announced on November 19th that efforts were to be redirected from the temporary train platform to the permanent platform north of the river and west of the fairgrounds.

So what is the “Del Mar Way?” Many would describe it as a consensus building approach to community decision-making. We hold public meetings, listen to each other, find common ground, leverage the talent and skills of residents to formulate policy, and most important we take action. I propose the Del Mar Way is even more fundamental. A close look at four recent community activities reveals different political processes focused on the same goal. The Del Mar Way is the passion and the actions residents take to preserve and protect our unique community, its neighborhoods, and our Del Mar way of life.

The formation of the Fairgrounds Master Plan Ad Hoc Advisory Committee and the Fairgrounds purchase initiative also illustrate the Del Mar Way. The ad hoc committee was formed in 2000 and reactivated in 2008 to advise on the Fairgrounds Master Plan. The ad hoc committee has worked diligently to solicit input, assess community impacts, and recommend City actions. Committee oversight was extended to a review of the impacts of the proposed I-5 widening. Less inclusive than the ad hoc committee efforts, City representatives also worked with the Governor’s Office and State legislative representatives to formulate a strategy to place the Fairgrounds under local control in order to preserve the Fair and Horse Racing, without jeopardizing the environment with a significant escalation in its commercial development.

Finally, the November election results demonstrate the Del Mar Way. As individuals, residents voted to support State Parks and to retain the State’s commitment to reducing Green House Gas emissions. We voted 57% in favor paying more to fund parks (Proposition 21) versus 39.% for San Diego and 43% statewide.
We voted 67% against the suspending the California Global Warming Solutions Act (Proposition 23) versus 56% for San Diego and 62% statewide.


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