Good Job, Ashley
SANDAG officials presented an outline to our City Council on its “Five Big Moves” comprehensive vision for region-wide transportation improvement. This is one of many presentations around the county in preparation for the final development and adoption of the Regional Plan (go to www.sdforward.com for more details). The final plan will be adopted in 2021 providing a state-mandated blueprint for a sustainable future for the San Diego region. Of particular interest to Del Mar will be determining how to double track trains through a trench on the bluffs or a tunnel underneath the town.
Encinitas has completed a new living shorelines dune system south of Cardiff’s restaurant row on Highway 101 with a dedicated walking path and accessible rubberized ramps. The rip-rap, topped with 30,000 cubic yards of erodible sand dredged from the San Elijo Lagoon, safeguards native plant and animal habitat while protecting Highway 101 from storm surges. This is one of many project experiments along the West Coast in anticipation of significant sea level rise in the near and long term future. Such projects can inform Del Mar’s soon to be implemented sea level rise beach replenishment plans.
Del Mar Community Connections has welcomed a new Program Director: Ashley Simpkins. She is a familiar face having served as assistant program director for the past two years. She will continue her good work supporting seniors with a strong Board of Directors and enthusiastic volunteers who help with locally based lectures, lunches, computer training, and other various activities as well as giving senior residents rides to and from medical appointments and to movies and other cultural events. Ashley is looking forward: “I’m inspired by DMCC’s tradition of harnessing the deep resources of the Del Mar community to support seniors as they live vibrant, independent lives. One of the best parts of the job is working with our incredible volunteers, and I hope to expand our programs, services, and therefore connections in the community by adding to our volunteer team.”