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Police Possibilities

Nothing’s wrong. I just wanted to see how it felt to put my foot on a running board again.   Cartoon John Dempsey.
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City Manager Scott Huth has submitted revisions to the Police Feasibility Report to correct some errors, add some new budget information, and discuss a “leaner” staffing option. Huth reports that “we inadvertently reduced the costs for the Ranger and Parking Enforcement Program from the budget costs estimate for the Police Department). During this time period we also have new budget costs for the Sheriff for the next five years as well as new City budget figures for the next two years now available. Staff has also completed its review of similar size smaller City Police Departments in California...we determined that there is not a need for the Captain position and that many Cities were able to function with a smaller staffing level (than our original proposal) and made very good use of Reserves and Volunteer Programs to help cover many lower priority calls and service requests that do not require a sworn officer. “ The conclusions in the report remain unchanged.

Please see the three Cop Talk articles in the June 2017 Sandpiper (pp10-12) or on the Sandpiper website.

Cop Talk: Reisner-NO  -  Ralph Reisner

Cop Talk: Sharp-NO  -  Ira Sharp

Cop Talk: Entous-YES  -  Barry Entous

Watermark EIR Options
The Draft EIR is currently being prepared for Watermark. The EIR will evaluate both the 48 unit and 38 unit options being submitted to the City for consideration.

Shores Park Design
On June 15th the Shores Park Advisory Committee unanimously supported asking Council to combine the six “bubble” drawings for the Shores Park Master Plan to form three, using a single collaborative site plan with Winston School. The direction to Schmidt Design Group was also to include a separate, stand alone building for the Del Mar Community Center, surface parking in at least one alternative and the ability to have independent construction schedules. Schmidt got the unanimous direction at the June meeting following a two-hour discussion that centered on the most beneficial use of the five acre site. An overarching advantage of the collaborative or shared site plan mentioned by the Committee was keeping as much green/park space as possible, without losing the individuality and uniqueness of the Community Building. Underground parking with green space on top versus surface parking was considered a cost benefit question, i.e. would the extra cost be worth the extra green space?

The Five Q's
The City Council is looking for five (5) resident volunteers to serve on the Measure Q Citizen Oversight Committee, which will consist of two members of the Finance Committee, two at-large members, and one member of the business community. The Committee will monitor the revenue and expenditures related to the 1% transaction and use tax (sales tax) passed by Del Mar voters.

Recycling Drop Off
On Saturday, July 22nd, from 9:00am-12:00pm, Waste Management will be holding a recyclable drop off event for Del Mar residents and businesses. Please drop off any recyclables including: compact fluorescent bulbs; sharp items such as syringes, lancets, or needles; used batteries; and non-controlled medications. The event will take place in the Del Mar Shores, lower parking lot. Entrance off Stratford Ct. For more information please visit

Fuel Reduction
From July 17-28th, residents can receive up to two
three-yard bins for green waste from Waste Management free of charge. To take advantage of this great opportunity, you must call Waste Management no later than July 14th to schedule delivery of your bins. For small loads of plant and tree material, simply place the material out on your normal service day in green waste bins. For more information or to schedule bin delivery, Waste Management can be reached at (800) 386-7783, or you can go to their website at https://www.wm.com/us/local/ca/del-mar/residential/ .

Granny Flats
To encourage more construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) the state is removing review, parking and setback restrictions imposed by local entities. The Del Mar Housing Corporation is working with staff to bring new implementation proposals to the City Council for compliance with state requirements.

STR Legal Action
A group of short term rental operators have retained an attorney to take the city to court objecting to Council decisions on this subject.

North Bluffs Property
The City Council has approved a “Specific Plan” process to guide the development of this 16 acre site intended for a new resort complex on the furthest most northwest corner of Del Mar.


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