Inside The December 2010 Sandpiper

pdf version of the Dec 2010 print issue

Please note that there was no print edition in January.

Extra copies of the Sandpiper are available at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, the TV Station, the Library and the Powerhouse.

Stop Stopped  Dan Nore

The Shores is Ours – Now What?  EDITORIAL

Flower Power  Judi Miller

Run, Rookies, Run Kaylee Emerson

Five-Wide  Dwight Worden

Growing Scholars  Lisa Renner

Talk Before You Walk  Adam Birnbaum

Regional Representation  Dave Druker

ASK Dr. RICH!  Rich Simons

Voters Speak  Dave Druker

Faironomics  Wayne Dernetz

Fair Gov  Dwight Worden

Race to Nowhere  Piper Underwood

Tired Teens Talk  Zoey Zobell

Clean Sweep  Sherryl L. Parks

Walk the Line  Jacqueline Winterer

Mike Cowett Dave Druker

Final Say Dished Up  Richard Earnest

DMCC Doctor’s New Digs  Penny Abell

Bird “Mafia”   Ed Mirsky







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The Sandpiper wishes you all
a Happy New Year!

Please note that there was no print edition
in January.

Del Mar Lifeguards: “Penguin Plunge”! New year’s Day,
January 1st, 11:00am


Cartoon John Dempsey


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City of Del Mar Press Release:  January 13, 2011


Today, the City of Del Mar announced the retirement of David Scherer as its Public Works Director.     details>>

Update: January 13, 2011

Two Thousand Dollars Needed for Fourth Printing of Del Mar Looking Back

The DMVA History Committee (née Del Mar Historical Society) is seeking funding for the fourth printing of Del Mar Looking Back, Nancy Ewing's history of Del Mar. Because this is really the only complete history of Del Mar, we feel obligated to the community to continue to make it available.

In that regard the original publisher is prepared to print 400 copies at a cost of just over $6000.

We have an anonymous donor putting forward $2000 with a challenge to the community to match that amount. DMVA History Committee will fund the remainder.

To contribute, please contact Larry Brooks:   For donations greater than $100, the DMVA History Committee will give donor a copy of the book.

Election Wrap-Up

Regional Representation  Dave Druker
Voters Speak  Dave Druker
Clean Sweep  Sherryl L. Parks
Final Say Dished Up  Richard Earnest

December Print Issue
The Shores

The Shores is Ours – Now What?  EDITORIAL!

December Print Issue

Web Exclusive
retrofit of the North Torrey Pines Bridge

The groundbreaking ceremony for the retrofit of the North Torrey Pines Bridge took place on November 9. Cost is $10 million less than original estimate, all federal and state funds, and will be completed in 21/2 years. Photo & panorama Art Olson


December Print Issue
Every month Rich Simons answers readers’ most perplexing questions

Consult Dr. Rich here:  free advice>>

Send your questions to:

Web Exclusive
DMCC's In-Home Connections
posted November 19

Del Mar Community Connections will soon implement a new group of services called In-Home Connections.


Web Exclusive
Western Sandpipers in the San Dieguito Lagoon
posted November 15

Photo Paul Haydu.


December Print Issue
Run, Rookies, Run by Kaylee Emerson

I showed up the first day and the first thing they asked us to do was to run from 17th Street to North Beach, or Dog Beach as most people call it.


December Print Issue
Fairgrounds Focus


Faironomics  by Wayne Dernetz

Many Del Mar residents are asking, “Can Del Mar afford to purchase the Fairgrounds?” and, “Is $120 million a fair price?”Although the details remain confidential or uncertain (pending legislative authorization for the sale), the answers to those questions can at least be framed. Keep in mind, once the Legislature authorizes the sale and the City’s negotiators and the State reach a preliminary agreement, the details will become known and the public can weigh in before any final decision is made.


Fair Gov  by Dwight Worden

There is much that remains to be reviewed, digested, discussed, and debated about the city of Del Mar’s proposal to acquire the fairgrounds from the State of California for $120,000,000. We have yet to have a public airing of the specifics of how the city of Del Mar proposes to finance the acquisition and how it proposes to manage the property if control is obtained. There are open issues regarding how the city of Solana Beach might participate, and with regard to how regional participation by other entities might be accommodated.

more>> more>>

Del Mar praises Kehoe: Reiterates commitment to regional governance
City of Del Mar Press Release
posted by the Sandpiper December 6


I-5 to Go Forward
posted December 19

from the Dec 17 Union Tribune

Del Mar Enemies Fight Back
posted November 21

Fairgrounds Board members, assembly member Martin Garrick, and their friends have launched a campaign to "help us save the fairgrounds from Del Mar control," i.e. Del Mar has "hatched a scheme to steal the cherished fairgrounds from the 3.5 million people of San Diego County." They are urging opponents of the sale to contact County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price at and State legislators through the fair's web site

Of course, supporters can exercise the same option.

Fairgrounds Input Requested
Assemblyman Martin Garrick | 74th District
posted on the Sandpiper, November 14

Garrick Gazette | November, 2010 | Issue 11
Website: | Email:

You may be aware that some local representatives want to allow the City of Del Mar to buy the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds for $120 million to help address California's budget deficit.

Built in 1936, the fairgrounds hosts the beloved San Diego County Fair. The fairgrounds are self-funded, generating more than $400 million annually in economic activity and creating 5,000 jobs. It also serves as an evacuation site for the region, sheltering thousands of residents and animals during recent wildfires.

Unlike the sale of other state property, selling the fairgrounds would be no ordinary transaction as it is one of San Diego County's prime attractions.

I support selling surplus state property that generates no revenue or serves as a drain on the state's budget. In the case of the fairgrounds, the state must ensure that the interests of local residents are protected. With so much at stake, any sale must take into account the region's needs in a transparent and accountable process.

I would like to hear from you. By clicking below and filling out the survey right away, your opinion will help shape the debate on the possible sale of the fairgrounds. Please take a few moments to make your voice heard.

Click the image below to take an important survey.



full archive going back to December 2007

readers' comments

12/20 ...   I’m surprised that no one in the press or City Council has mentioned that the 22nd DAA (Fairgrounds) has been losing money for the past 3 years.
Preston Vorlicek.

12/10 ... The City of Del Mar violated its own zoning codes and the Community Plan regarding abatement of nonconformities, public views, privacy issues, and open space, by granting a huge variance to a new (not a remodel) ~ 5800 square feet residential development across the street from us.  Steve and Lucy Eskeland.   more>>

11/18 ... Del Mar and its neighbors are in the process of trying to get the best possible piece of the pie - i.e. - control of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, as offered by the State.  Ralph Peck.  more>>

11/17 ... The idea that Del Mar is (a) too small, and (b) too poor to be able to oversee operations at the fairgrounds is absurd on its face, and insulting to boot.   Carol & John Kerridge.  more>>

11/14 ... I support the City¹s effort to purchase the Fairgrounds property for the following reasons.   Joe Sullivan.  more>>

full calendar of events for this month
Sat, Jan 1
DML Headquarters
  Penguin Plunge!
Del Mar Lifeguards and Poseidon restaurant!
Sun, Jan 16
1:00pm - 4:30pm.   
Heritage Trailhead
  Guided Nature Hike
San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy
details>>    reservations required
Fri,  Jan 21
7pm and 9pm
  Bluegrass and Beyond, John Jorgenson Quintet.
Del Mar Foundation
details>>  reservations required
Fri, Jan 28
12 noon
15th & CDM
  Unveiling of Helen Glaser Bench
Del Mar Village Association
Sat, Jan 29
8am to 9:30am
Lagoon Trail
  Birdwatching at the San Dieguito Lagoon
San Dieguito River Valley
Sun, Jan 30
1:00pm - 3:30pm. 
Crest Canyon
  Habitat Restoration
San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy
details>>   reservations required
Mon, Jan 31
  Meet and Greet the Del Mar City Council.  
Del Mar Foundation Hospitality Committee
Sun, Feb 6
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Hodges
  Guided Nature Hike to Summit of Bernado Mountain
San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy
details>>  reservations required
Sun, Feb 27
1:00pm - 3:30pm
San Dieguito Lagoon
  Habitat Restoration
San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy
details>>   reservations required
Thur, Mar 10
Del Mar Library
  Robert Fulbright and Gail Meinhold, Fit in North County—make the most of the coast and get the beach body you’ve always wanted!
Thur, Apr 21
Del Mar Library
  Robert Kopfstein, History (and gossip!) of Ruth and Charles Laribee and the San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Botanical Gardens)


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