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Inside the November 2016 Print Issue
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The Sandpiper Endorses

EDITORIAL: Sandpiper’s First Amendment Right

Super Schools
Jeff Barnouw

Design Review Update
Art Olson

Is Del Mar Different?
Bud Emerson

Rich Simons

Roving Teen Reporter:
Election Logic

Lily Nilipour

Del Mar Gun Fight
Wayne Dernetz and Rose Ann Sharp

Climate Nudge
Shirley King

Fact-Check Summary #1-3: The Garden Project; Downtown Revitalization; Railroad Tracks Crossing

Fact-Check #4 Measure R

Measure R Lawsuit Threat
Wayne Dernetz

Measure Q NO
Zach Groban and Deborah Isackson Groban

Measure Q YES
Hard Facts Support “YES” Vote
Claire McGreal

Paving Paradise?
Jan McMillan

Calling Their Bluff
Nancy Fisher

More or Less Moratorium
Ann Gardner

Watermark Downsizes
Nancy Fisher

Temporary Trailhead
Ann Gardner

Tails From Town

Barley Gaylord

Remember When
Eugene Schwartz

Sayings of Six
Bud Emerson

What the Kids are Saying: How To Be a Good Loser
James (9) and Liam (10)

DMF Column

DMCC Column
Jo Morgenthal

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


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Free Holiday Parking (where holiday signs are posted)
The City of Del Mar will offer free parking in downtown Del Mar for customers throughout the holiday season. The all-day parking gift from the City includes complimentary downtown parking where holiday bags are posted.

The free parking takes place from November 24-27, December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-Jan. 1.
Changed Percentages
Del Mar Election Results
Source: Election results as posted 4:42pm (11/28/16)

City Council (three seats)

Dave Druker   1351 21.08%
Ellie Haviland   1234 19.25%
Sherryl Parks 1190 18.57%
T. Pat Stubbs 1063 16.59%
Jim Benedict  857 13.37%
Al Corti  714 11.14%
Note: Dave Roberts sent out a message on November 28th conceding the election.

Ballot Measures (simple majority required)

Measure Q     Yes 1710 66.38%
     No    866 33.62%
Measure R   No 1310 51.47%
    Yes 1235 48.53%
DMVA Holiday Voucher Program
November 24th – December 31st

Spend $75 at any participating Del Mar Village retail shop:

Annmarie D’Ercole Jewelry & Apparel
Banana Republic
Carolyn’s Designer Resale Clothing
Del Mar Art Center
Del Mar Gifts
Del Mar Hat Company
Details Dancewear
Dexter’s Deli
Dinosaur Gallery
Erik Skoldberg Gallery
Fair Trade Decor
Frustrated Cowboy
Garys Studio
Jolie Fleur
La Boutique Les Deux
Loghman Jewelers
Lorna Jane Del Mar
Made in Earth
Marquis Fine Jewelers
Matuse, Inc.
Michael Seewald Galleries
Molly M. O’Neil
Peaches en Regalia
Pebbles by the Beach
Rusty Del Mar Surf Shop

and receive $15 toward dining at any of the participating Del Mar Village restaurants:

American Restaurant
Beesalt Balcony
En Fuego
Pacifica Breeze Café
Prep Kitchen
Stratford Court Cafe
Tasting Room Del Mar
Zel’s Del Mar
Receipts may be redeemed at Union Bank, Willis Allen, DMVA office or online by emailing them to
Suzanne Wellcome

Many people will remember  Suzanne Wellcome, who served as the City of Del Mar's Finance Director from 1994 until her retirement in 2004.   She died earlier this month at her home in Encinitas.  A Memorial Service will be held at the Powerhouse on Saturday, November 26 at 10 a.m.  Everyone who worked with Suzanne is warmly encouraged to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Rancho Coastal Humane Society (where she donated a lot of her time), 389 Requeza Street, Encinitas 92024  OR Hospice of the North Coast, 2525 Pio Pico Dr. Suite 301, Carlsbad, Ca.  92008.

Del Mar Farmers Market Ornaments for Kids
Click on poster for details.
  Saturday, December 3
1-3 pm
The Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Walk in Del Mar

At 15th Street and Camino Del Mar. 
Photo Mike Salt.
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Toys for Tots

For our 18th holiday season, we’re proud to be an official drop-off station for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s“Toys for Tots” campaign.

So please help us make the holidays brighter for San Diego area families by dropping off a new, unwrapped children’s toy at my office at 1011 Camino Del Mar, in downtown Del Mar.

We’re open to accept your holiday donations from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday NOW through December 15th.

So please join in the fun and help us spread the Holiday Spirit to our San Diego area families.

Thanks for your help!
Jim Coleman and Staff
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(858) 755-6794

Anthony Corso
November 20, 2016
Anthony Corso
November 20, 2016
Tony Corso, a man who loved and was loved. Sandpiper Editor Tony Corso passed away on November 20.
Tony’s Memorial Service
will be at St. James Catholic Church in Solana Beach on Saturday, February 4th at 10am.
Changed Percentages
Del Mar Election Results

Druker: 21.49%
Haviland: 19.27%
Parks: 18.94%
Stubbs: 15.95%
Benedict: 13.37%
Corti: 10.98%

Measure Q: 66.48% yes, 33.52% no
Measure R: 51.97% no, 48.03% yes


Pipe Up
T. Pat Stubbs, Forest Way


Well elections are over and the people in Del Mar have spoken.  I want to congratulate Ellen, Dave and Sherryl and wish them well in their role as City Council Members.  This was Del Mar’s first contested election in 10 years.  While there can be negative aspects of contested elections, I think some positive things came out of this election.

The election brought to light a number of issues facing Del Mar - creating a vibrant community, adequate law enforcement, short term rentals, beach and bluff access etc. The issues were thoroughly and publicly discussed.  Residents became aware of these issues and the candidates positons – a very good thing. 

Through Meet & Greets and candidate forums, residents and candidates had the opportunity to discuss issues and outline their positions. We saw candidates who had certain positions at the beginning of the campaign, change their position in response to hearing what residents actually wanted – another very good thing.
As I said in my last email, this was an important election for all of us. I want to thank everyone, whether you supported me or not, for being involved and caring about our community. Now we need to support our new City Council Members and work together to solve the issues facing our community. Please get involved -- attend city council and committee meetings. I look forward to seeing you there, and out and about in Del Mar!

Thank you and Goodbye for now.

Election Results Del Mar

City Council (three seats)
Dave Druker 22%
Ellen Haviland 19%
Sherryl Parks 19%
T. Patrick Stubbs 15%
Jim Benedict 12%
Al Corti 11%

Ballot Measures (simple majority required):
Q: Yes 67%  No 38%
R: Yes 47%  No 53%

Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer
Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors

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An Evening with Diana Lindsay, Managing Editor of:Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors Thursday, November 17th
Del Mar Library
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Empty Neighborhood
Viktor Nemeth | Stratford Court & 7th Street

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My Del Mar neighborhood is empty now.  For whatever reason, the way things are now is that 6 of 13 homes are “almost always” empty.

The little block of houses near the beach at 7th Street has taken on a very different orientatio0n, something that seems to have accelerated with the most recent wave of house transactions.

50% of the neighborhood is empty almost all the time.  Almost all of the vacant properties are permanently short-term rentals (5 of the 6 vacant properties).

40% of the neighborhood is now “commercial” in the sense that the short-term rentals are basically micro-hotels.  Unfortunately, some visitors are bad actors (see photo).

The way 7th Street “feels” now is remarkably different – 5 of the 13 homes are permanently short-term rentals with off-site property managers.  It’s either a ghost town (most of the time) or packed with transient traffic (holidays, etc).

When people in Del Mar talk about the Community Plan, the discussion sort of “assumes” there are people actually living here to form a Community, which is now the exception in this little neighborhood.
November Print Issue
The Sandpiper Endorses

The Sandpiper has carefully reviewed all candidate responses to our questions as well as their track records of involvement in the community. Our mission is to support the values and vision of our Community Plan. Using that as our guide we make the following recommendations for choosing leaders of our community for the next four years. Of course we respect that your choices are ultimately the ones that matter.

Ellen Haviland:
Haviland is rock-solid on key issues including Short Term Rental Businesses (STRB) and the Design Review Board (DRB) Ad Hoc Committee process. Though her tenure on the Planning Commission has been relatively short, her track record there demonstrates her deep, deliberative style, and a solid commitment to the Community Plan. She is energetic, hard-working, and personable, and will bring to the Council important fresh perspectives from a new generation.

Sherryl Parks:
Parks is a solid, reliable champion of neighborhood interests. Her long time volunteer work in the church and community informs her role as Mayor and Council Member. She has an impressive record of accomplishment including big things like our long- promised and false-started civic center and small things like new pedestrian crossings at Powerhouse Park. Her leadership style is to listen respectfully and work toward community unity.

Dave Druker:
Druker is a former 12 year Council Member and an eight years community activist. He can be counted on to make land use decisions that align well with the Community Plan. A supporter of the work of the DRB Ad Hoc Committee, he has a strong position in support of banning short term rentals less than 30 days. However, we are concerned about his leadership role in Measure R which will likely entangle our city in court battles for years to come.

The Sandpiper also endorses:

Erica Halpern, Del Mar Union Elementary School District
Darren Gretler, Del Mar Union Elementary School District
Joyce Dalessandro, San Dieguito Union High School District
Beth Hergesheimer, San Dieguito Union High School District
Rich Shea, County Board of Education
Dave Roberts, County Supervisor
Doug Applegate, US Congress

The Sandpiper recommends:

YES for MEASURE Q - 1% Sales Tax
NO for MEASURE R - Voter approval required for certain developments

November Print Issue

EDITORIAL: Sandpiper’s First Amendment Right

Channel 10 was asked by an anonymous group and City Council Candidate T. Pat Stubbs to investigate the Del Mar Sandpiper for campaign violations, apparently because the Sandpiper did not endorse his candidacy.

As a 501{c}{4} organization it is fully within the rights of the Sandpiper to advocate political positions. The Sandpiper has existed as a monthly journal for almost 20 years with the mission of promoting the values of Del Mar that have made it such a desirable place to live. The Sandpiper covers many aspects of the city and its residents, a small percentage of which are editorials and opinion pieces which promote positions on issues that the editors feel are in line with community values. Not everyone may agree with these positions, so we solicit opposing views, including a “Pipe-up” feature to air differences.

In the current election, the Sandpiper offered space to all candidates to present their qualifications and to answer a set of questions about current issues. The editors decided it would be in the community’s interest to voice the Sandpiper’s views about the six candidates who are running. Of course, under the First Amendment, the Sandpiper has the right to express its views, just as many others in the community are doing.

This is the first contested election for Council in 10 years, and a lot is at stake for the community in who next serves. The editors came to a consensus about which candidates would do the most for Del Mar to promote the Community Plan and keep Del Mar from losing its unique character. The rationale for those choices is given in the paper. Perhaps Stubbs and two other candidates were disappointed not to be endorsed. But making an unfounded accusation against the press, whether in Del Mar or nationally, is a political ploy that gets air time but does not advance civic discourse.

We are encouraged that most of the candidates are focusing on issues important to citizens of Del Mar.

November Print Issue

Fact Check Page
November Print Issue

Sayings of Six
Bud Emerson | Klish Way

To no reader’s surprise, the Del Mar election campaign continues to paper our town with yard signs, flyers, and email chains. All six candidates met in a forum format sponsored by the Del Mar Times on October 20. All six presented themselves well and there were few surprises.

Of course, everyone makes the obligatory vow to abide by the Community Plan. One surprise is that all six agree that the gun shows at the fairgrounds should be discontinued. All support Measure Q calling for a 1% sales tax increase. All agree the community needs to speak up about how the new tax proceeds will be prioritized. Benedict and Corti say they hear support for undergrounding, Shores Park, and downtown streetscape.

All agree that safe rail crossing to the bluffs and beach needs to be accommodated. There is support for relocating the tracks off of the bluffs in the long run. Enforcement challenges were discussed. Candidate Stubbs thinks an unnamed “creative” solution can be found.

Most agree that Short Term Rental Businesses (less than 30 days) are causing more problems in neighborhoods all over town. Haviland, Parks, Druker, and Benedict believe the Community Plan does not allow these businesses except in the commercial districts, but residents should be permitted to rent out their homes or rooms on a limited basis. Stubbs believes bans do not work. Corti leans toward regulation and strong enforcement.

Druker endorses Measure R without reservation. All others said R creates significant legal and implementation problems.

Most agree that downtown needs revitalization, but other than streetscape improvements there were no concrete proposals.

Strong support for improving the Design Review Ordinance came from Haviland, Parks, Druker, and Benedict.

Candidate Corti was very critical of Sandpiper candidate endorsements and urged voters to support a slate of himself, Stubbs, and Benedict.

November Print Issue

What the Kids are Saying:
How To Be a Good Loser
James 9 yrs and Liam 10 yrs

Most of the friends that I play with, know how to be good losers. It’s election time for City Council, and there will definitely be some losers. These are some tips that we have picked up about being a good loser.

We think that he or she should be gracious and applaud the winner. You can celebrate the winner by saying “nice job.” The loser can be gracious by not accusing the other team, or just any opponent, of cheating when they haven’t.

Losers should also know that it’s okay to be sad or frustrated about losing, but you should keep your anger to yourself. The loser should know that a loss is a good learning opportunity, and that it is a chance for success in your next competition. Try to reward yourself in some way and just try to stay happy.

Some people get very sad when they lose. To let out some of the sadness, they should know that they tried hard and did their best, and that’s all you need. Whether it is anything like a simple football game or an election, it’s still important to know how to lose.

Annual Del Mar Foundation
Halloween Dog Parade

Sunday, October 30 - 11:am - Powerhouse Park
Penny Sloan.  Photo Bill Morris.
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