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Inside the MAY 2018 Print Issue

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Green with Energy:
Eco Hall

Don Mosier

Of Primary Importance

Roving Teen Reporter:
Teen Power

Sammy Hallal

Calling Out The Reserves
Tom McGreal

Seawall Construction
Right Turn for 941
Watermark EIR Review
Del Mar Resort
Works Week

 Pulitzer Parents
The Sandpiper

Park Plans Praised
Ann Gardner

People Win
Ann Gardner

Cars Win
Ann Gardner

Business Cycle
Julie Maxey-Allison

Friends with Benefits
Bud Emerson

Let’s Control Ourselves:
Del Mar or the State

Ellen Haviland

Greening Up Our Park
Julie Maxey-Allison

A Letter from the Del Mar Union School District Superintendent
School Closing

Holly McClurg

Lots & Plots Coming Soon
Jeff Barnouw

Save the Sand
Don Mosier

Rat Tales
Gnawing Concerns

Julie Maxey-Allison

Arms Around the Fairgrounds

Rose Ann Sharp

SANDAC Shadowing
Jeff Barnouw

The Barnouw Bonus
Virginia Lawrence

Pat JaCoby
Passion for Action

Dolores Davies

DMF: Cinema by the Sea Gets a Reboot
Sandra Hoyle

DMCC: May 2018
- Ashley Simpkins

Extra copies of the Sandpiper are available at: City Hall Southfair, the Del Mar Community Building the Library, Jelley Properties, the Powerhouse the Farmers’ Market; the Carmel Valley Library; The Gym in Del Mar on Jimmy Durante Blvd; the Solana Beach Library and the Solana Beach Community Center.


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Del Mar's Adaptation Plan and Planned/Managed Retreat

On Monday, May 21, the City Council will vote on Del Mar's Adaptation Plan, an amendment to the City’s Local Coastal Program (LCP) to address sea level rise and coastal flooding impacts to several vulnerable areas of the City. 

Recently, some residents have received flyers making extreme, "fact-free" claims about the Adaptation Plan and managed retreat. One flyer claims, "YOU COULD LOSE YOUR HOME!!!" and says managed retreat will destroy our beach. Another flyer, attributed to "Save Our City, LLC," claims that "the value of your home will plumet" (misspelling in original).

We encourage Del Mar residents to become familiar with the facts.
The Del Mar Coastal Resiliency/Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan ("the Adaptation Plan") is how Del Mar will actively plan for sea level rise to protect local beaches, coastal bluffs, and environmental resources and minimize impacts to residents, businesses, and visitors.

The Adaptation Plan is a science-based policy document. For decades, our city's resident scientists, starting with David Keeling, who first documented the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere with the Keeling Curve, have played an outsized role in scientific work on climate change and sea level rise. Del Mar's decisionmaking on sea level rise should be rooted in science, and not take a head-in-the-sand approach rooted in fearmongering.

  • Comprehensive info, including a link to the full Adaptation Plan, is here.
  • Short on time? Read the city staff summary of post-April 16 revisions in the Adaptation Plan, below.

We encourage you to send in a red dot or attend the meeting and express your support if you believe, as we do, that the revised Adaptation Plan on the agenda for Monday's Council Meeting is a well-crafted, science-based plan to address sea level rise.

  • The full packet for Monday's council meeting is here, with materials for Agenda Item #11, the Adaptation Plan, starting on page 173.
  • Send red dots by email to: no later than noon on Monday (earlier is better).
  • The agenda is here; the Adaptation Plan is Item #11, and is set as a time-certain matter, no earlier than 6:00pm.
City Staff Summary:
How the Revised Adaptation Plan (AP) Treats Planned Retreat (Managed Retreat)

• The AP was revised per City Council direction on April 16 to incorporate clarifying edits in regards to the City’s position on planned retreat.

• The City agrees that planned retreat is not necessary or feasible in Del Mar in the current planning horizon for the AP and it is not one of the City’s proposed adaptation strategies.

• The City’s priorities continue to be sand replenishment/management and flood management.  

• The AP explicitly states that planned retreat is not necessary or feasible in Del Mar and includes eight findings to support this conclusion.

• The detailed policy explanation (why planned retreat is not necessary or feasible in Del Mar) is included in the AP to create greater predictability and certainty, particularly for beachfront property owners who must continue to process coastal development permit applications via the Coastal Commission. Also, without this explanation, the AP is not likely to be certified by the Coastal Commission.

• The AP plans for hazards through the year 2100 and will be updated in the future as needed to adjust to changing science, environmental conditions, and adaptation practices.

Approval of the AP would not approve planned retreat for Del Mar, and would not authorize any additional study of retreat to occur at this time. 

• The AP simply identifies planned retreat is a long-term approach that will be reevaluated and considered with future planning and plan amendment only if it becomes necessary and feasible; and at that time would require public hearings and supporting detailed studies to explain what changes occurred to make it necessary and feasible.


Bike to Work Day
Thursday May 17
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Created by Tom Lawrence.

SEGMENT 5 Consruction on Camino del Mar
Ann Gardner
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Sidewalk construction at the 4th and Camino del Mar intersection will extend the existing sidewalk south, eventually hooking up with a pathway on the bluffs going all the way to Carmel Valley Road.  Plans show a new 6 foot wall will separate the new walkway from the Los Arboles Apartments on the right.

Click here for more.

May Print Issue Front Page
Green with Energy:
Eco Hall

Don Mosier

The new City Hall and Town Hall are almost done. Carpets are laid, indoor and outdoor furniture is being installed, landscaping is being finished, railing is being installed, and final electrical work is underway. The project remains on time and on budget, and most work will have been finished by the time this article appears. Staff will begin moving in on May 24th and the dedication ceremony is June 30th.

Council awarded the contract for the solar panels and battery storage system to Baker Electric at its meeting on April 2nd. Most of the cost of this project will be funded by a grant the city received from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The project was expanded to include an additional 32 solar panels on the raised roof element over the City Hall lobby for a total of 189 high efficiency panels producing 72 kilowatt (kW) of DC power (the average residential solar system is about 5 kW). The power will be stored in a 30 kW Sharp Smart Storage battery system, and AC power supplied to the buildings by 14.4 kW SolarEdge inverter. This system should provide adequate power for activities during the 4-9 pm evening period when power from the grid is at its most expensive. The CEC grant will also support a year-long outreach and monitoring program in cooperation with Center for Sustainable Energy. Many other features of the Civic Center were designed to save energy: e.g., LED lighting, natural ventilation, highly efficient heating and cooling, motion activated lighting, extra insulation, energy efficient windows and doors, and more. These features will allow the Civic Center to meet CalGreen Tier 1 building standards with 15% more energy conservation than required by current building codes.


Los Peñasquitos Lagoon
Blocked A second time on purpose

The Los Peñasquitos Lagoon has been blocked for two or three weeks.  In the week of May 1 heavy dredging equipment opened it up.  Then, for the weekend of May 4, it closed it up again leaving mounds of sand almost as high as the roadway.  Can the plan be to reopen it starting tomorrow, Monday the 7th?
Photo Virginia Lawrence.
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May Print Issue
Civic Center Timeline

Moving Day Coming Soon
Relocation to the New City Hall begins Thursday, May 24
After just under two years, City Hall will soon relocate to the new Civic Center facility! The move will coincide with Memorial Day weekend, starting the afternoon of Thursday, May 24th. The public counter at the SouthFair temporary location will close at noon on Thursday.
The new City Hall will be open for business the afternoon of Tuesday, May 29th, following the Monday Memorial Day holiday. It will be a “soft opening,” as employees unpack and get settled into the new space.

Dedication Event
Saturday, June 30
All are welcome and encouraged to attend a community celebration to dedicate the new Civic Center on Saturday, June 30th. A brief dedication ceremony will take place at 11:00am, followed by an open house of the new facility, refreshments, and activities until 2:00pm. The address is 1050 Camino del Mar, with parking accessible underneath the facility via 10th and 11th Streets.

May Print Issue

Of Primary Importance

Primary elections in California take place in two cycles: the first one has begun with the arrival of absentee ballots at the homes of many voters. Absentee ballots started being mailed out in California on Monday, May 7, 2018. The second cycle of voting is, of course, election day, June 5, 2018.

Since absentee ballots are a significant portion of the votes here, one should be aware that many of you can make your choices for elected officials anytime between now and June 5. Importantly, one can still register to vote until May 21.
We live in the 49th Congressional District which is hotly contested this year after Darryl Issa was forced to retire by very active grassroots groups who objected to his alignment with President Trump.

Those of us who wish to see Congress back in progressive hands have had a hard task in this Congressional District deciding among the, now four, liberal Democratic candidates (Applegate, Levin, Kerr, Jacobs) remaining on the ballot along with several Republicans more aligned with President Trump.

Early polls, influenced heavily by name recognition, show Republican Chavez at 17% followed closely by Democrats Applegate at 12%, Levin 9%, Kerr 8%, Jacobs 7%, and Republicans Harkey 8%, Gaspar 5%.

Thinking about this primary election, we want to emphasize two very important points. Only the two highest vote-getters will move on to the final ballot in November, regardles of party affiliation—this could very well result in an all-Republican or all-Democrat November ballot. Secondly, there is historically a low turnout for primary elections. So the stakes are very high in this primary election.
Don’t wait for November! Get informed and involved now if you want your preferences to count.

Look at their records and select carefully when you vote absentee now or in person on June 5, 2018.

Lets go for a good Congress that represents our interests!

May Print Issue
Back Page

Pat JaCoby
Passion for Action

Dolores Davies
At its April 2 meeting, the Del Mar City Council passed a proclamation honoring longtime resident Pat JaCoby for her many years of volunteer service and her significant contributions to the civic life of the Del Mar community.

The City’s proclamation acknowledged Pat’s 20+ years of service on the Parks & Recreation Committee—she just served her last term as chair—praising her high standards for “running a tight, organized and efficient meeting.” Also recognized were her stints on the Design Review Board and the Planning Commission—both of which she chaired— and her recent collaborations with Mayor Worden and City staff on the event planning and communications for the upcoming dedication of Del Mar’s new Civic Center in June.

When Pat retired from UC San Diego a decade ago, after many years of managing community outreach and writing about university life and programs, she said there were three things she wanted to try: zip lining, hang gliding, and giving back to the town in which she’d lived for 40+ years. By now, she’s taken a zip line over a Mexican forest and hang glided over the cliffs at Torrey Pines. She said she’s still working on the third thing, and we should all be most grateful for that.

Those of us who’ve had the good fortune to know and work with Pat (this writer included), have witnessed her generosity when a critical need emerges. From serving on the board of Planned Parenthood and mentoring students at UCSD’s Preuss School, to pitching in to build houses in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Pat has always given generously of her time, talent, and money.


May Print Issue

A letter from the Del Mar Union School District Superintendent

Dear Parents and Neighbors:

As Superintendent of the Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD), I am proud to report that our schools rank among the best in the State. However, we are facing some big challenges—and we need your input.

All eight of our schools are aging and need attention. Our two schools west of I-5 are old, deteriorating, and costly to operate. Dramatic increases in enrollment are occurring on the east side of our district. If these significant and urgent needs are not addressed, the District’s educational program and local quality of education may suffer.

Our DMUSD Facilities Master Plan outlines significant facilities needs. DMUSD has prepared a proposal for school reconfiguration to address our most pressing issues. As part of meeting the needs for facilities financing, the DMUSD Governing Board may consider placing a local school bond measure on the November ballot.
Accordingly, I want to invite you to attend one of four DMUSD Town Hall Meetings hosted at our neighborhood schools for an important conversation about your schools. As DMUSD parents, residents and taxpayers, you have an interest in these schools. Your opinions are important to us.

Please make time to attend. We are listening! Thank you.

Holly McClurg, Ph.D.
Del Mar Union School District

Town Hall Meetings concerning the Facilities of the DM Union School District. Please attend the meeting that’s most convenient for you.

Monday, May 14. 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Sycamore Ridge School. Multi-Use Room 5333 Old Carmel Valley Rd. San Diego 92130
Monday, May 21. 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Del Mar Heights School. Multi-Use Room. 13555 Boquita Drive. Del Mar 92014
Monday, May 21. 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Sage Canyon School. Multi-Use Room. 5290 Harvest Run Drive. San Diego 92130
Tuesday, May 22. 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Del Mar Hills Academy. Performing Arts Center. 14085 Mango Drive. Del Mar 92014


Solana Center Backyard Composting & Vermicomposting Workshop sAturday, May 12th

Want to learn how you can improve the quality of your soil, reduce waste and air pollution, while saving energy, money, and water?  Learn how to compost! Join Solana Center for a free 2-hour presentation on Saturday, May 12th, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Seagrove Park, where you will learn the basics of backyard composting and vermicomposting (composting with worms). Using trial-tested advice and interactive demonstrations, expert educators will teach you all you need to know to get started with a bin that fits your needs and lifestyle. Solana Center invites you to learn more about composting and how it can benefit your garden, home, and community.

Please register here

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