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Shores Field Closed for R & R
From August 15th until September 2, 2016, the Shores Field will be closed to the public for rest, aeration and soil treatment. The Public Works Department’s landscaping service will rehabilitate the soil and its turf with the goal of building an enduring living soil.

Climate Action Plan Unanimous 100%
The June 6th City Council approved unanimously (Worden absent) the final version of the Climate Action Plan with its hallmark goal of achieving 100% renewable energy resources for Del Mar by the year 2035. The central proposed elements for reaching 100% by local measures will be 1) the membership in a Community Choice Energy coalition, possibly in the form of a Joint Powers Authority, 2) a Zero Waste target, 3) a Complete Streets Strategy for transportation, traffic and parking, 4) residential and commercial photo voltaic installations, and 5) urban tree planting.

Sea Level Rise
Thursday, July 21, 2016 will be the final meeting of the Sea Level-Rise Stakeholders-Technical Advisory Committee to review and recommend Adaptation Strategies. Submittal deadline for the draft Adaptation Plan to the Coastal Commission is August 31, 2016.
The Adaptation Plan (AP) will serve as the City’s long-range planning guide for sea-level rise (SLR) management and will be integrated into the City’s planned Local Coastal Program, and will draw from the prior work completed under previously-completed tasks including the draft Coastal Hazards, Vulnerability, and Risk Assessment. Specifically, the AP will identify and require effective shoreline, bluff, and river Accommodation, Protection, and Retreat strategies through a rigorous analysis of SLR and community/stakeholder input.
This meeting is from 4-6pm (Del Mar Temporary City Hall, 2010 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Suite 100, Del Mar).

Annual Beach Report Card - “A” for DM
Heal the Bay, an environmental nonprofit, develops an Annual Beach Report Card for the West Coast that provides an analysis of water quality information collected by local health agencies and dischargers. The 2015-2016 Beach Report Card released this month awards Del Mar beaches listing A grades across the board. www.beachreportcard.org/

The proposal for a new residential neighborhood on the corner of Jimmy Durante and San Dieguito is being revised to accommodate some of the suggestions from the community, neighbors, and the Design Review Board. The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is expected in the next few weeks. The initiative to force a vote on the project is under legal review.

Fairgrounds Fiscal Study
At Monday’s June 20th Del Mar City Council meeting, a Fairgrounds Fiscal Impact Analysis was presented by consultants from Economic & Planning Systems, Inc., and was unanimously rejected by the Council.
Despite collecting and presenting a number of important actual fiscal data related to revenue sources that benefit the City of Del Mar from the Fairgrounds, there was unanimous consensus by council that there were multiple estimates and extrapolations that were unrealistic. These estimates included Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenue correlated to Fairgrounds events determined to be based on severely flawed “intercept surveys” and a significant under allocation of Sheriff and Fire/Medical expenses to the Fairgrounds. Additional concerns related to the under allocation of city staff administrative/overhead costs associated with managing relations and coordinating with the Fairgrounds was another concern expressed by Council.

Political Scuttlebutt
Candidates for City Council must file a petition with City Hall between July 18th and August 11th.

Incumbent Don Mosier says he will not run. Mayor Sherryl Parks intends to run. Incumbent Al Corti seems to be sending mixed signals about his intentions. Planning Commissioner Ellie Haviland is intending to run. Former Council Member Dave Druker is intending to run. Three other citizens have signaled their possible candidacy: Richard Levak, Jim Benedict, Barry Entous.

The Sandpiper will give all candidates equal space to describe their qualifications and intentions.




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