Inside The July 2011 Sandpiper

pdf version of the July 2011 print issue

The Sandpiper will not be printed in August. The next issue will appear in September. The website, however, will be continue to be updated in August.

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

Sounds of Summer  Tom McGreal

EDITORIAL Taxpayer Checkbook

Three Down, Six to Go  Bud Emerson

ASK Dr. RICH!   Rich Simons

Anthony Corso

Mapping Moves 2012
Dave Druker

Housing Win-Win  Nancy Fisher

Housing For All  Bud Emerson

Crystal Kickoff ... or On  Sherryl L. Parks

Puzzle Pieces  Ann Gardner

Mix It Up!  Brian Church

Will It Work?  Dave Druker

Making It Happen  Sam Borgese and Anthony Corso

Stores Staying  Sam Borgese

Bolt Down the Tube!
Virginia Lawrence

Fair Illegals  Ann Gardner

Vive La Différence!
Bill Michalsky

High Tech Talk 1983
Garry Shirts.   This piece appeared in the first issue of the Del Mar Spectator, February 1983.

Less Trash More Cash  Dan Nore and Fred Duttweiler

GARGANTUA  Jeanne Carney.  This poem appeared in the Del Mar Spectator, May 1983.

Pelican Patrol  Sherryl L. Parks

Clogged Arterials  Dave Druker

Uphill Downhill  Dave Druker

Del Mar’s New Hired Gun  Bud Emerson

Doggie Do-Do and Don’ts  Sherryl L. Parks



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Save the Dates
posted 08/09/11

Del Mar Shores Cinema Series to return Sept 10 and 24 for two free, family, outdoor Saturday movie nights at Del Mar Shores Park.


July Print Issue

Sounds of Summer
Tom McGreal


SANDAG seems determined not to let you get any sleep this summer!  Much to everyone’s surprise SANDAG held an Open House on May 26th to announce that Phase 3 of the Bluff Restoration work would start on June 13th. The project work would be conducted in the evening between 10:30 PM and 5:30 AM five days a week from Sunday through Thursday throughout the summer. The summer start date announcement follows SANDAG’s earlier statement acknowledging that loud construction noise would be less impactful on the residents of Del Mar if the project was not conducted in the summer months when everyone opens their windows overnight.


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posted 08/06/11

Matching Grant for the Beach Safety Center

Power up your contribution with the Del Mar Foundation's matching grant.


posted 07/31/11

Del Mar Village Summer Parking Valet a Real Bargain


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posted 07/13/11

07/01/2011 NEWS RELEASE [City of Del Mar]

(Chicago)--The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to City of Del Mar by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.


Pipe Up!
posted 07/12/11

Time to Act!
Hershell Price, Grand Avenue

I certainly agree with Sam Borgese’s comments that now is the time to move on to implementation, not more studies.  [...]  An excellent example of a project we did implement quickly was the Sidewalk Café ordinance.  More of that kind of action, please.  It saved many of our restaurants and increased the city’s tax revenue.


Pipe Up!
posted 07/06/11


Congratulations on yet another great edition of the Sandpiper. You consistently put out a quality journal, with well-written, accurate and timely articles. The July edition sets the bar even higher. I loved the Garbage Day poem interspersed with the news.

I used to cite the [Martha’s] Vineyard Gazette as the finest local paper I’d ever seen (it helped that it was published by the Reston family of the New York Times fame), but now I consider the Sandpiper the absolute tops. By the way, the Gazette recently sold for $2 million so I’ll watch for a Sandpiper IPO! 

Adam Birnbaum, Del Mar Planning Manager

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posted July 4

Powerhouse Fashion in the Park

The Sandpiper has finally managed to determine what Parade Marshall Tom McGreal wore to the Independence Day Parade this year.   The suspense had been high, for McGreal had been unwilling to divulge his fashion plans ahead of time.


DMF Twilight Concert June 21, 2011, featuring Atomic Groove.
Photo Jill Weitzen MacDonald
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July Print Issue

Anthony Corso

Nick Brumbach is known by many of us as “Nick, the Mailman.” He recently retired after 20 years of delivering mail, door to door, exchanging niceties with everyone along the way and offering encouragement when he discovered individuals or families facing difficult circumstances.   more>>

July Print Issue

Rich Simons

Skinflint zonies who refuse to purchase a lifeguard policy will have to rely upon the kindness of strangers, such as the passing dolphin or surfer.  more>>

July Print Issue

Housing Win-Win
Nancy Fisher

Need some extra income, companionship, or a little help around the house? Since 2004, Del Mar’s Shared Housing Program has been matching senior residents with home seekers, some of whom are willing to offer help with household chores in exchange for a place to live or for reduced rent.  more>>

July Print Issue

Crystal Kickoff ... or On
Sherryl L. Parks

Well-known Del Mar City councilwoman Crystal Crawford, who ran for 74th State Assembly in 2010, held her 2012 campaign kick off event on June 5th in Del Mar.  more>>

The Lofts in Encinitas
July Print Issue

Mix It Up!
Brian Church AIA

What, you may ask, exactly is “mixed use”, and how can it help Del Mar? Traditionally (read: in the old days), downtowns were populated by a lot of mom and pop businesses - the shop was downstairs and the shopkeeper lived upstairs. Indeed, one of Del Mar’s landmark buildings (Stratford Square) used to have apartments upstairs.  more>>

July Print Issue

Wetland Warriors

The Rangers need help with seed harvesting from the Lagoon’s beautiful native wild flowers and plant propogation every Tuesday at the San Dieguito Lagoon and along the Lagoon Trail from 9:00 a.m. till approximately noon.
This program is much like the inland “Dust Devils," a core of volunteers who work with rangers on special projects on a regular basis. “Wetland Warriors” are needed to do nursery based work: plant propagation and transplanting. Seed and cutting collection will be from nearby sources within the Park. This is mostly light labor with some moderate labor from time to time. Contact Ranger Leana Bulay at or (760) 716-1214 for further information, directions, and to become a part of a team working to make our wetlands work!

July Print Issue

Bolt Down the Tube!
Virginia Lawrence

[The TV station] was designed so that it could be moved to a new location at any time at the discretion of the City Council. It is not permanently attached to its foundation; it is only bolted in place.  more>>

July Print Issue

Fair Illegals
Ann Gardner | Via Latina

In a surprise move, the California Coastal Commission turned the 22nd District Agricultural Association (the District) on its ear June 15 when the Commission postponed any decisions on a new Coastal Development Permit at the Fairgrounds until the two staffs could get together and discuss outstanding violations against the 1976 Coastal Act, including the District’s illegal use of the East Overflow Lot (EOL) for unpermitted events and parking.   more>>

July Print Issue

High Tech Talk 1983
Garry Shirts, in the Del Mar Spectator, February 1983.

I can’t believe the number of my friends who’ve bought a computer recently. Here we are in the heart of the most severe recession since the depression and people are spending hundreds and even thousands of dollars on machines they hardly understand. 

It reminds me of the CB fad of just a few years ago. People bought CB radios for their cars just so they could play with them. There’s nothing wrong with that except I wish people would be a little more honest about such things. more>>

July Print Issue

Pelican Patrol
Sherryl L. Parks

The “Sandpiper” heard reports from residents that there seems to be an up-tick in the number of brown pelicans along the coast. In fact, some walkers reported that they had seen quite a few dead pelicans lying on the beach and they asked us to investigate.   more>>

July Print Issue

Del Mar’s New Hired Gun 
Bud Emerson

Expect to hear more from Mark Ochenduszko as he takes the reins of the city of Del Mar. While we search for a permanent replacement for outgoing City Manager Karen Brust, Mark will be providing leadership in our “Council-Manager” form of government.   more>>

July Print Issue

Doggie Do-Do and Don’ts
Sherryl L. Parks

When you take a close look at our small town it is apparent that we welcome visitors by the hundreds including dog owners and their pets. Owners find a welcoming setting at North Beach (a.k.a. Dog Beach), which includes 29th Street to the Solana Beach border. Dogs love to walk the beaches and swim in the ever so gently flowing San Dieguito River mouth. On any weekday you will find over 50 dogs in the area and on the weekends that number triples.  more>>

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readers' comments

07/12 ...  I certainly agree with Sam Borgese’s comments that now is the time to move on to implementation, not more studies.  Hershell Price  more>>

07/06 ...  KUDOS!  Congratulations on yet another great edition of the Sandpiper. You consistently put out a quality journal, with well-written, accurate and timely articles.  Adam Birnbaum  more>>

07/01 ...  We should not rush into building a new city hall while in the next few years the post office building will be available, a perfect location.  Marcel Van Boxtel   more>>

07/01 ... [My neighbor], like some others, feels that with the arrival of summer they are confronted with the clamor, din, and roar of what seems to be “unending noise.”   Anthony Corso  more>>

05/09 ...   The following comments are not about Pot.  They're about the reckless use of computer technology in the name of creativity.   David Arnold  more>>

04/28 ...  I am requesting the “Sandpiper” alter the letter I sent to you [ on April 8, 2011 ] for publication.   Dr. Paul Chasan  more>>

04/09 ... My intent in the upcoming city council meeting is not to detract from the sense of place or pedestrian flow.   Dr. Paul Chasan  more>>


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