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Inside the July/August 2021 Print Issue

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Wildfire Threats
Sherryl L. Parks


City Hall Coming Back

Waste Hauler Contract Renewal

Out and About

Sea Level Rise Plan Withdrawn

Budget Approval

EDITORIAL: Mega Droughts


Bud Emerson

Library Art Fix
Julie Maxey-Allison

Roving Teen Reporter
Writer Rotation

Jasmine Criqui

Kid Vax Progress
COVID Vaccine Trials in Young Children

Don Mosier, MD, PhD, Rimini Road

Déjà vu All Over Again

Don Mosier

Monarchs MIA
Julie Maxey-Allison

Electric Switch
Don Mosier

Valérie Dufort-Roy

Summertime Cartoons by Del Mar’s John Dempsey

South of the Border in DM
Julie Maxey-Allison

ADUs for the Birds
Julie Maxey-Allison

Teaching with Torreys
Ariel Renner

DMF Column
So Much to Celebrate

DMCC Column
Ashley Simpkins

Extra copies of print issue available at the Farmers Market.



Update 07/26/2021
City’s Undergrounding Committee in Crisis
While Council Resaumes Undergrounding Without It

UPAC and City Strongly at Odds?  Recent resignations from the City’s Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee (UPAC) have showcased strong disagreement with the City Council’s 4-1 decision to jump the Tewa neighborhood to the front of the line for undergrounding. Committee Chair Jay Thomas resigned on July 11, followed by Dave Sykes and Tom Blakely on July 12.

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July Print Issue
Wildfire Threats
Sherryl L. Parks

Wildfires of a size normally seen in the heat of summer have already occurred in California. Experts are concerned that this summer’s wildfires will be severe and widespread. Reservoirs in California hold about half as much water as usual for this time of year.

Governor Newsom has taken the “severe” threats of wildfire seriously. He proposed recently the single largest investment in wildfire preparedness in our state’s history – $2 billion for emergency preparedness. “With new investments in state-of-the-art firefighting technology and equipment and a focus on building resilience through fuel breaks, forest health projects and home hardening to protect our high-risk communities, the state is more prepared than ever to face wildfire season,” said Governor Newsom.


July Print Issue
Mask-free future on the horizon
if we all get vaxxed.
July Print Issue
EDITORIAL: Mega Droughts

We in San Diego County are one of the fortunate California counties to have a water reserve. Of the 57 others, 41 are living with water restrictions due to the ongoing drought affecting California and much of the West.

Some of us exchanged our green lawns and gardens for drought tolerant plantings and switched to energy efficient appliances during the 2012-2016 drought, a good start. We need to do more. Scientific and research studies report that 2000-2018 were the second driest of the last 1,200 years. As the West heats up, 2021 isn’t looking better as we face a “season” of wildfires.

Our droughts are categorized. The agricultural drought is due to increased evaporation. The meteorological drought is due to less rain (these days concentrated and heavier in winter months, scarce in the spring and fall). The snow drought is due to the majority of participation coming not as snow but rain. The hydrological drought is when water levels drop in streams, rivers and lakes. The underlining reality is climate change: the result of rising temperatures is less water.


July Print Issue
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Photo Virginia Lawrence
Hiding in Plain Sight

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