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A CIVIC Accomplishment!
Don Mosier

EDITORIAL: Celebrating Civic Consensus

Gun Show Allegations
Del Mar Resort Sked
Uptick in Break-Ins
858 Required

Feed the Beach:
Del Mar’s Adaptation Plan

Terry Gaasterland

Bike to Work Day
Julie Maxey-Allison

5/22 Makes Room
Bud Emerson

LimeBike Litter
Virginia Lawrence


Julie Maxey-Allison

School Daze:
School Shuffle

Julie Maxey-Allison

School Daze:
Bad Deal

Viktor Nemeth

School Daze:
Community Speaks Up

Ann Gardner

School Daze:
Right-Sizing Schools

Rosanne Holliday

School Daze:
The Decision

Southfair Sale:
Gym Gone

Jeff Barnouw

Jeff Barnouw’s $6,000 Challenge Grant: Goal for 2018  Note: updated since we went to press

Something to Crow About
Julie Maxey-Allison

Roving Teen Reporter:
Juul of Denial

Sammy Hallal

Political Scuttlebutt

Our Vanishing Canopy
Julie Maxey-Allison

New Start for Arts
Julie Maxey-Allison

Market Upswing
Jeff Barnouw

Prepare for Patisserie:
Summer Opening

Dolores Davies

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters:
Open Now

Virginia Lawrence

Do It All!
Ann Gardner

Del Mar Foundation:
Twilight Concerts Are Back

Bob Gans

Del Mar Community Connections June 2018
Ashley Simpkins

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Pipe Up
Re: NRA Propaganda Hoax


The NRA has perpetrated a great propaganda hoax with the statement that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”  The absurdity of this quote is easily understood if one substitutes any other device for guns. 

For example, “cameras don’t take pictures, people take pictures.”  Next time an NRA member wants a beautiful picture of a sunset, let him try to take one without a camera.  Would it work for him or for the millions of people who believe in this slogan? 

Harriet Wadia, Luneta Drive


The 49th Report:
A Hotly-Contested Congressional Primary in the Post-Issa Era

Voters in the June 5th California Primary Election chose Diane Harkey (R) and Mike Levin (D) to face off in the November General Election in the 49th Congressional District. The results for the top eight candidates are reflected below. (Some mail and provisional ballots are still being counted, but the Associated Press, San Diego Union Tribune, and others have called the race.)

The major parties dodged a big bullet:  California’s open, top-two primary system could have resulted in two candidates from the same party advancing to the General Election, shutting out one of the major parties altogether, given the multiplicity of candidates in this race (8 Republicans, 4 Democrats, plus 4 others).   

50.72% voted for one of the four Democratic candidates, while 48.03% voted for one of the eight Republican candidates, in a district where voter registration is 36% Republican, 31% Democratic, and 26% No Party Preference. Of the District’s 380,000+ voters, nearly 95,000 are in Orange County, with the majority in San Diego County.

The 49th race was an expensive one by any standard, with total spending by candidates exceeding $16 million, not including party-related and independent expenditures. rates it as the fourth most expensive Congressional race in the country this year, in terms of both candidate fundraising and candidate expenditures; and the third most expensive race in terms of candidate plus outside group expenditures.

Click here for the article in pdf format.

The 49th Report:
Reported by the Registrar of Voters for Orange and San Diego Counties as of 6/8/18.

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June Print Issue Front Page
A CIVIC Accomplishment!
Don Mosier
The new Civic Center is getting its final touches, and the move in date (May 24th) will have passed by the time you read this. Permeable concrete has been poured over the surface parking lot, planting has been completed, and final details to the sound system in the Town Hall are being completed. Several systems are being tested prior to the move in date to ensure that they perform as designed. The electric vehicle charging stations have been installed. The solar panels and battery storage system will be installed over the summer. The dedication ceremony is Saturday, June 30th from 11 am until 2 pm. Forty-four years after the city purchased the temporary City Hall that previously occupied this site, we finally have a new Town Hall and Civic Plaza for all to enjoy, and a new City Hall that provides a modern workplace for our dedicated city employees and a new spacious lobby to access city services.

June Print Issue Editoral

Celebrating Civic Consensus

The opening of our long-sought Civic Center is a great time to celebrate much that we have achieved as a community over the years and many things we continue to accomplish today.

We live in a community where we citizens involve ourselves in almost every decision, large or small, simple or complicated. Unlike most other towns we help define how we look, how we grow (or not), how we protect our natural assets, how we shape our man-made structures, how we move around, how we deal with change, and how we live together with our neighbors. That involvement creates a feeling of control over our environment which is very motivating.

It also creates a lot of noise when many voices speak up as we converse and debate, earnestly looking for consensus. This can create an incorrect impression that we disagree about many things, when in fact the opposite is true. We believe there is a strong community-wide commitment to a set of core values that are set out in our Community Plan. We want a small town that values the natural environment, that right-sizes the built environment, that protects neighborhood character, that relishes constructive human interaction, and that prioritizes pedestrian movement over auto traffic.

• The Civic Center itself represents a victory over decades of frustration and failure to create a town center that respects our extraordinary city employees and creates a civic space that we can enjoy and be proud of. The decision process was long and sometimes arduous but our leaders guided the process to a conclusion with remarkable community unity.

• We are finally bringing to fruition our many years of streetscape planning for our downtown to make it more attractive and pedestrian-friendly.

• We are now implementing a long term public works strategy to upgrade our streets and infrastructure.

• We have narrowed down to two our plans for creating a wonderful new Shores Park.

• We have made an extraordinarily strong commitment to our beach and bluff neighborhoods to prioritize beach replenishment as a preferred strategy for protecting homes and a walkable public beach as climate change causes sea level rise. Our beautiful beach is a defining characteristic of Del Mar.

• We are putting in place new design and short term rental guidelines for protecting neighborhood character and preserving our residential core.

• We voted in a new sales tax (Measure Q) which will give us the financial wherewithal to underground all utility lines, implement the Shores Park plan, and complete the downtown Streetscape plan.

Of course, we still have many issues to discuss and debate and as we do let’s keep perspective on how much we agree on and how our community unity has achieved so much during that last several decades.


June Print Issue Back Page
Do It All
Ann Gardner

When bids for construction of Phase One of the Downtown Streetscape came in over budget last month, City Council decided unanimously to reject the bids and instead go out to bid for the complete Downtown Streetscape next fall. No more phases. “Let’s bid out the whole project,” the Council said mentioning several possible advantages: economies of scale, further evaluation by the Finance Committee, potential grant funds, and the 2019 budget. The decision was a relief for speakers who feared the higher bids might cause a delay in the downtown plan which has been on the books since 1996. Undoubtedly their concerns contributed to the Council’s decision. Zach Groban, chair of the Business Services Advisory Committee stressed the points he had made in his letter to the Council:

“As the chairman of the BSAC I wanted to reaffirm our position on Streetscape. I understand the bids have come in higher than excepted. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of “Extras” to be removed from this project. Streetscape has been put off for over 20 years and the side effect of that is the increased construction cost. This is a shovel-ready project that is important to the residents and is vital for creating a vibrant Del Mar. We think there is a silver lining in the fact that the bids came in high; it’s a good opportunity to request more money to expand the first phase of Streetscape. Also, we would like to seek full funding of the whole project to make sure all blocks are done. Finally, given the timing of construction and how late in the spring it is, the project needs to be pushed to the fall because starting this in the summer months—our busy season—would be problematic.”

Jim Watkins, long time community entrepreneur, agreed; he emphasized several points:

1. By doing the project all at one time, as soon as possible, there is less overall distraction.
2. By doing it all at one time there can be significant cost savings.
3. The sooner the Streetscape is completed, the sooner the Community will enjoy all of its benefits.

Phase One covered streetscape improvements from ninth to 11th street only, whereas the complete Plan extends to just north of 15th street at the Plaza’s underground parking entrance. The improvements focus on safety for walkers such as enhanced medians and cross walks, bulb outs and landscaping, and consistent sidewalk paving with evening lighting to encourage pedestrian activity along Camino del Mar. The Council asked staff to come back in September with plans for soliciting bids on the complete plan with expectations for construction to begin after the busy summer season, Winter 2018.

In the meantime construction of a new sidewalk and multi use-pathway along the west side of Camino del Mar beginning at Fourth Street is moving forward on schedule with completion expected by June 1.

Click here for the Downtown Streetscape plans.

June Print Issue
Jeff Barnouw’s $6,000
Challenge Grant:
Goal for 2018

Updated on 06/12/18

A. New money donated so far: $5,500
B. Combined total so far: $11,000

A year ago one of our own Sandpiper editors, Jeff Barnouw, offered us a matching grant for “new” money of up to $6,000 per year for three years to help pay for the production and distribution of the Sandpiper. A 16-page issue, for example, costs about $3,000 – that is, about $30,000 per year for our ten issues. Since we don’t accept advertisements, these costs can put a considerable strain on our purse strings.

This year, for a second time, Jeff will match “new” money from from new donors in any amount, or from existing donors who contribute more than they did in 2016.

Won’t you please consider making a generous donation to the Sandpiper.

How to donate: Please make checks payable to the Del Mar Community Alliance and mail to Del Mar Sandpiper, P.O. Box 2177, Del Mar, CA 92014. OR, donate online here.

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