inside the June 2008 sandpiper

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Clean Water Isn't Free  by Henry Abarbanel

Change is Seldom Comfortable  a guest editorial by Richard Earnest

Del Mar Election Watch   by Bud Emerson

Wanted: Del Mar Treeminators  by Bettina Experton

Making Peace with the Beach  by Jon Edelbrock

A Vision Challenge for Del Mar  by Sam Borgese

A Rising Ocean Affects Us All  by Betty Wheeler

Conversation Informs Our Community  by Ulla Sweedler

It's Time to Look at Our High-Priced Sheriff's Contract  a reader's letter from Jim Benedict

Clarification on Use of Shores Property  a reader's letter from Joe Sullivan, Chair, Campaign for Del Mar Shores

Revitalization Score: Residents 1, Downtown Landlords 6  a reader's letter from Chuck Newton

Achievements at Canyon Crest  by Susan Miller

Shores Site Secured for Community 

Is It a Rock? No, It's a Bird  by Ed Mirsky

Get in the Twilight Groove  by Bill Michalsky

L'Auberge Now a Boutique Hotel  by John Graybill

Rose Day at the Fair by Kathy Reed

Last Meeting of the Gas Station Steering Committee: It's a Gas Comix  by Art Olson

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Clean Water Isn't Free 
by Henry Abarbanel

The good news? Our regional water quality is improving. The bad news? Progress in this area is not cheap. Continuing improvement will be costly, but at least we can ensure that the financial burden is fairly distributed.       more>>


A Rising Ocean Affects Us All
by Betty Wheeler

Polar bears live far away, but Del Marians share something important with this Arctic species: The prospect of significant habitat change because of global warming.      more>>

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Wanted: Del Mar Treeminators
June 2008 | by Bettina Experton

With the first heat wave of the season on a calm and mildly windy Sunday afternoon on April 27, 100 acres in Los Penasquitos Canyon burst into flames in only two hours. The brush fire led to the evacuation of two hundred and fifty homes and took 180 firefighters, two helicopters and two CalFire tanker planes to put out the fire.    more>>



On April 25, our dearly loved friend and loyal supporter, Jean Ramsay, died at the age of 90. Most recently Jean has been living with her daughter, Carol in her Orange County home. Jean and her husband, Allan had moved to Del Mar in 1974. Born in Nova Scotia , Canada , Jean moved with her family to Long Beach , California . She loved her 15th Street apartment that overlooked Seagrove Park . Her walls were adorned with her husband's magnificent oil paintings. She will be deeply missed by her daughter, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and all of us.


Marti Kaye retired as President of the Farmers' Market Board after 20 years of loyal stewardship. Thank you Marti for working so determinedly to bring quality local foods into our community and giving support to many of Del Mar's non-profit organizations.


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Dagmar Barnouw

Dagmar Barnouw, who moved to Del Mar with her husband Jeff and son Ben in 1970, died May 14 at the age of 72. She was a Professor of German and Comparative Literature at USC and author of 12 books and over 150 articles. She jogged on the beach almost every afternoon.

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