inside the March 2009 sandpiper

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Water Everywhere: But Not a Drop to Drink  by Herschel Price

Where the Salt Meets the Sweet  by Dawn Rawls

Editorial: Real Change by Real Visionaries!

Lose Your Lawn by Mary Friestedt

Promises Made - Promises Delayed: Our Community Plan  by Bud Emerson

Thinking and Acting Anew  by Bettina Experton

Web Exclusive: The full Revitalization Proposal, presented on January 12, 2009 to the City Council by the Finance Committee

Personal Reflections on Revitalization  by Tony Corso

The 2.5 Million Dollar Myth  by Dave Druker

Dining Al Fresco by Crystal Crawford

Newton Lands on Mooney by Chuck Newton

What Exactly is the DMVA?  by Jennifer Grove

Wondering What is Happening?

Are We More Ready? by Carol Kerridge

New Book on the Block by Penny Abell

Horizontal Zoning Ordinance by John Kerridge

March Community Calendar

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Twelve Months Online: Twelve Years in Print
The Sandpiper celebrates 12 years in print and the website celebrates its first anniversary.


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Promises Made - Promises Delayed
Thinking and Acting Anew
Personal Reflections on Revitalization
The 2.5 Million Dollar Myth
Dining Al Fresco
Newton Lands on Mooney
Horizontal Zoning Ordinance

The picture above is of the Hotel Casa Del Mar on 10th Street.  1886.   Courtesy Del Mar Historical Society.

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April 19, 2009

Water Everywhere: But Not a Drop to Drink
by Herschel Price

Water rationing in Del Mar? How could that be? It could happen by July 1st if not sooner due to the worsening dry-weather conditions throughout the Sierras and the entire state of California.



Are We More Ready?  by Carol Kerridge.

Remember the time when most of us had never heard of Witch Creek? Almost a year and a half ago, a small fire ignited in that dry creek. Fanned by voracious Santa Ana winds, it grew into a major firestorm and within 24 hours spread almost 50 miles west. Its flying embers, caught by dry vegetation, combustible roofs, fences and anything else in its path, ignited and destroyed hundreds of homes and was finally contained as the winds subsided only 5 miles from Del Mar’s border.    more>>


Photo Essay: Clearing Brush in Crest Canyon by Leslie Ann Woollenweber, San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy

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Where the Salt Meets the Sweet  by Dawn Rawls

Saltwater meets sweet water in our San Dieguito Lagoon and forms a very rich brew for all kinds of plant and animal life.   Fresh water flowing down the San Dieguito River watershed mixes with tidal flows from the ocean to form a salt marsh in the lagoon.



Photo Essay:

Exploring the Wetlands : the San Dieguito Lagoon by Piper Underwood

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New Book on the Block
by Penny AbellPeter Kaye’s new book, Contrarian, has something for everyone. Of course.




Lose Your Lawn
by Mary Friestedt

A water crisis is looming, friends, with rationing likely. One important thing to do right now: lose your lawn.



The Claire Lynch Band Thursday, March 19 (7:00)  at the Powerhouse

Come out and see why Dolly Parton credits Claire with “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music today.” 


Event: Guided Hike
Date: Sunday, March 22

Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm
Location: Santa Fe Valley Trail, off Del Dios Highway near Rancho Santa Fe
Join the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy as we explore the beautiful Santa Fe Valley Trail in the San Dieguito River Park.  We'll learn why this area is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the U.S. as we look for California quail and early Spring flowers.  This easy hike is 2.5 miles round trip.  For those who want a longer journey, we have the option of continuing another easy 2 miles round trip on the Del Dios Gorge Trail to the east.  This hike is suitable for youngsters, too!  Reservations required - contact or (858) 674-2275 x12 for directions and to reserve a space.


To raise money for construction of a new Lifeguard Tower at 17th Street, commemorative t-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts and ball caps have been produced and are on sale to the public.  

The picture to the left shows two lifeguards in the midst of heli-training.



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