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Inside the October 2020 Print Issue

Click on cover for the OCTOBER 2020 print issue in pdf format.

COVID-19 articles are marked by a red dot.

Council Endorsements 2020: Phil Blair, Bob Gans, and Glenn Warren

We Also Endorse: Terra Lawson-Remer, Chris Ward, Jane Lea Smith, Mike Levin

Six candidates

Phil Blair

Bob Gans

Glenn Warren

Tracy Martinez

Dave Druker

Dan Quirk

A COVID Vaccine When?
Don Mosier, MD, PhD

Roving Teen Reporter
Police Practices

Neha Pubbi

Slow Trucking Nukes
Don Mosier

Photos: Plaza Creations
Julie Maxey-Allison

Local Control at Risk: Where to Now?
Ann Gardner

Del Mar Diversity
Valerie Dufort-Roy

DMFTalk: Whales Tales
Julie Maxey-Allison

Thanks Kevin
Jeff Barnouw

Thanks Shaun
Don Mosier

Photos: Del Mar Means Business
Julie Maxey-Allison

Photos: Shoring Up our Shore
Julie Maxey-Allison

Remembering Vava

Dine on the Deck
Del Mar Village Association

Sandra Hoyle

Ashley Simpkins

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Update 10/18/2020
Bigger Watermark
"By Right"

We now see the first tangible consequence of the recent votes by Council Members Druker and Gaasterland to veto the actions necessary to remedy the City’s noncompliance with the Housing Element of our Community Plan: a larger Watermark housing project, developed “by right.” [..........]

“By right” means no discretionary review by the DRB or Planning Commission, no environmental review under CEQA, and no Specific Plan shaping the project to meet community concerns. These are key tools of local control that have long allowed us to protect neighborhood character under the Community Plan.

Under “by right” processing, the Government Code directs that the City “may not disapprove a housing development project, nor require a conditional use permit, planned unit development permit, or other locally imposed discretionary permit, or impose a condition that would render the project infeasible.”

See full text here

See letter from Watermark in pdf format here

Update 10/14/2020
How Well Have Del Mar’s NCTD Representatives, Terry Gaasterland and Dave Druker, Protected Del Mar’s Interests?
The STB Petition, Fencing, and a Safe Crossing

With two recent surprise actions by NCTD  – legal action against Del Mar in the form of an STB petition, and revival of plans to fence 1.4 miles of the tracks in Del Mar, it appears that Del Mar’s relationship with NCTD under the leadership of our representatives on the NCTD Board, Terry Gaasterland and Dave Druker, is in tatters, and our prospect for a safe crossing on the bluffs will be addressed instead by fencing.

STB Petition:
On August 28, NCTD filed a petition against the City of Del Mar and the Coastal Commission, seeking a ruling from the federal Surface Transportation Board exempting NCTD from all Del Mar and Coastal Commission jurisdiction over the rail line through Del Mar: no review of fencing, seawalls, bluff work, no local mitigation for any such work, and no say in relocating the rail line off the bluffs. The NCTD Board authorized the filing of the STB petition. Del Mar’s representatives on the NCTD Board are Terry Gaasterland (primary) and Dave Druker (alternate).
Bottom line:  Councilmember Druker recused himself from an NCTD Board closed session on “initiation of litigation” against Del Mar, and neither he nor Deputy Mayor Gaasterland informed the Council or City staff of this closed session agenda item so that the City could investigate or undertake discussions with NCTD to try to resolve the issues short of litigation. The City did not learn of the STB Petition until August 28, more than 3 months after the closed session.

Full Fact Check Here
Full fact-check in PDF format
Update 10/02/2020
Fact-checking the Woodpecker Spotlight 9/2020 No. 2
Jobs: the Driver to Del Mar's Affordable Housing Pile-Up

On September 30, The Woodpecker recycled a number of claims we previously fact-checked as erroneous, in an effort to blame Mayor Haviland and Councilmember Worden for the number of housing units allocated to Del Mar by SANDAG as part of the State’s affordable housing mandate.

Here are the key factual errors:

CLAIM #1: Del Mar has been dealt a bad hand by neglect from Worden/Haviland who did not correct bad jobs dataFACT:  The jobs data used to allocate housing units to Del Mar are not “bad” or in error. They were determined pursuant to state law by the State Department of Employment Development (EDD), not by Del Mar or by SANDAG. It would require a state-level challenge to take on the legitimacy of the EDD formulas and methodology—something no one, including the Woodpecker, has proposed. Part-time jobs, like at the fairgrounds, are allocated by EDD based on where the worker reports his or her principal place of employment is located. That’s their standard formula used statewide and that’s how Del Mar job numbers were assigned.

Full Fact Check Here
Full fact-check in PDF format
Update 09/28/2020
Woodpeckers Claims on Short-Term Rentals
Spotlight 9.2020

We have fact-checked the Del Mar Woodpecker s Spotlight 9.2020” entitled WE GOT NOTHING FOR THE BIG BUCKS THAT THE CITY SPENT ON LITIGATION: Short Term Vacation Rentals – Wash, Rinse, Repeat.”  Here are the most egregious factual errors.
BOTTOM LINE: The Woodpecker s Spotlight is chock-full of factual inaccuracies – Del Mar in fact does have legal regulations for STRs; it is false to call those regulations a ban” because they allow unlimited STRs in some zones and areas, and some STR use in all residential zones.  7/28 is not dead,” and no court has ruled against 7/28 on the merits. The Woodpecker s claim that the City missed out on the collection of sizable TOT revenues for STRs is baseless;  a 2010 public vote, not a Council decision, precludes collection of this transient occupancy tax. Finally, the Woodpecker’s listed supporters include people responsible for filing three STR-related lawsuits against the City or who are leading operators of STR businesses, so the Woodpecker's complaints about the City’s legal bills are better directed to its own supporters
Full fact-check here
Full fact-check in PDF format
October Print Issue
City Council Endorsements 2020
Phil Blair, Bob Gans, and Glenn Warren

The Sandpiper editors and writers tune in every month to what is going on in our community, informing and analyzing for our readers so you are in the know. Every two years at election time we look back on what we have observed and combine that with an analysis of what candidates are saying. That combination leads us to make judgments about who we think will be effective leaders for our future and we offer it for your consideration.

This year, our conclusion is that three candidates clearly stand out: Bob Gans, Phil Blair and Glenn Warren. Athough they bring quite different but complementary experiences and skill sets to the job, they are similar in respect to their positions on key strategic issues that clearly differentiate them from the other three candidates. And even more importantly they bring an upbeat, positive approach to addressing our issues in a way that could help us achieve unity of purpose that has been missing in recent times.

On key issues, we can expect these three to stand strong on our efforts to block the short term rental industry from overpowering our residential zones—they all support defending the very generous 7/28 compromise. We can expect them to protect local control over land use decisions by working with state housing requirements that are being imposed on all California cities. They have the skills and experience to be disciplined and careful in managing us through extremely difficult financial crises.

It is impressive to review how complementary their backgrounds are to form a dynamic leadership team. Bob Gans has earned a reputation as a unifying community leader, very importantly including his service on the Finance Committee guiding us to a very strong financial position. Phil Blair’s reputation as a top business leader in San Diego will strengthen our leverage in regional decision making on critical issues, not to mention his skillfull management of a big business surviving the great recession of 2008 without the loss of a single employee. Glenn Warren’s experience as a US diplomat can guide us through some tricky negotiation situations, not to mention having a champion from the beach community which is the site of so many neighborhood-disrupting situations.

Update 09/26/2020
NAS and NAM Presidents
Alarmed By Political Interference
in Science Amid Pandemic

As advisers to the nation on all matters of science, medicine, and public health, we are compelled to underscore the value of science-based decision-making at all levels of government.  Our nation is at a critical time in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic with important decisions ahead of us, especially concerning the efficacy and safety of vaccines.  Policymaking must be informed by the best available evidence without it being distorted, concealed, or otherwise deliberately miscommunicated.

We find ongoing reports and incidents of the politicization of science, particularly the overriding of evidence and advice from public health officials and derision of government scientists, to be alarming.  

It undermines the credibility of public health agencies and the public’s confidence in them when we need it most.  Ending the pandemic will require decision-making that is not only based on science but also sufficiently transparent to ensure public trust in, and adherence to, sound public-health instructions.  Any efforts to discredit the best science and scientists threaten the health and welfare of us all.

Marcia McNutt
President, National Academy of Sciences

Victor J. Dzau
President, National Academy of Medicine
October Print Issue
Where to Vote

Del Mar Hills Academy on Mango Drive in San Diego will be the only polling place for Del Mar residents to vote in person.

Completed and signed mail in ballots can be dropped off at the Del Mar Library as an alternative to mailing them to the Registrar’s Office.

The current recommendation is that mail in ballots, which everyone will receive, be mailed at least 7 days prior to election day, November 3rd.

October Print Issue
We Also Endorse:
Terra Lawson-Remer,
Chris Ward, Jane Lea Smith,
and Mike Levin

Terra Lawson-Remer – Board of Supervisors This race is one of the most important on the ballot, because it will determine control of the Board. Terra has a stellar resume that positions her to hit the ground running on our most complex challenges, including climate change and sustainability, open space protection, housing, jobs, healthcare and transportation. Her opponent is a Trump clone who directed $100,000 in public funds to a questionable charity. For more details, see our endorsement of Terra for the March primary here: Terra’s site:

We endorse Chris Ward for Assembly. As a SD City Councilmember, he’s created a strong record on environment and climate change, economic security, housing, homelessness, and equality, proving his effectiveness and his strong values. His endorsers include Todd Gloria, who currently holds the seat, and Sen. Toni Atkins.

Jane Lea Smith – SDUHSD Trustee Area 4 We recommend Jane Lea Smith, a parent, business owner and former special education teacher and principal committed to collaboration who pledges collaboration and stakeholder engagement, as the best choice to steer the District through the extraordinary challenges our schools face today.

Mike Levin – 49th Congressional District
We have been extraordinarily well-represented in Congress these past two years, with Mike’s high-energy and thoughtful leadership on a wide range of issues, ranging from SONGS nuclear waste and climate change to doing right by our veterans. His town hall meeting at Del Mar’s Town Hall showcased his deep engagement on important issues and his core values. He’s the right leader for us in D.C.

Wearing Masks is the Best Vaccine!
October Print Issue
A COVID Vaccine When?
Don Mosier, MD, PhD | Rimini Road

There has been a global rush to develop a safe and effective vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. Russia has already licensed the “Sputnik 5” vaccine despite just announcing results from phase 1 and 2 early trials. Results of the two trials just published in the September 4th issue of the medical journal Lancet showed that two shots with the coronavirus spike protein (critical for infecting humans) expressed by modified adenoviruses induced good immune responses in 76 adult volunteers. But the level of neutralizing antibodies able to prevent coronavirus infection in tissue culture was low raising doubts about whether or not the vaccine would protect recipients. Enrollment in a much larger phase 3 trial in Russia has just begun, so the safety and efficacy of “Sputnik 5” remains to be established. If this were the first and best vaccine to be developed, it is unlikely that it would be distributed in the United States, which has chosen to go it alone in the vaccine race.



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