Inside the
October 2009 Sandpiper

pdf version of the October 2009 print issue

Bar Room Survey? by Ann Gardner

Speak Up, Del Mar  EDITORIAL

Sunshine Savings by Nancy Ross

Endless Summer by Jon Edelbrock

Butt Out! by Dave Druker

Whose Beach Is It? by Don Mosier

Information Please! by Art Olson

Big Apple Perspective by Darrese and Sam Borgese

How I Got Into Trouble in Mexico by Rich ("Ricardo") Simons

Trouble Where Surf Meets Turf by Carl Hilliard

Reviewing the DRB by Anthony Corso

Scholastic Attachments by Piper Underwood

Surfin' Canines Raise 50 Grand with photos courtesy of Michael Schrager

Fairground Threatens Lagoon by Mark Whitehead




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Bar Room Survey?
Ann Gardner

Plans to underground utilities for almost 450 homes in Del Mar will continue as planned after the City Council rejected a request signed by 44 residents to replace the assessment engineer and revise the method for assessing costs to individual properties.   more>>

The Library spins a new web!

The Del Mar Library has a new website.  We invite you to check it out. 

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Surfin' Canines Raise 50 Grand
photos courtesy of Michael Schrager



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The North County Transit District is getting $2 million federal dollars to install solar power at various facilities. This money will create jobs in North County. The incumbent Congressman, Brian Bilbray from the 50th District, voted against the bill authorizing these funds. Popular Solana Beach Mayor Dave Roberts has thrown his hat into the race to unseat Bilbray. He and Francine Busby, who lost three times to Bilbray, will compete for the Democratic nomination.

Del Mar Mayor Crystal Crawford is drawing support around the county for her race to unseat incumbent Assemblyman Martin Garrick, one of the Republicans responsible for holding up passage of the state budget for the last few years. Garrick advocates even more cuts on top of the cuts now being felt by schools, colleges, health services, parks, and local government.


Butt Out!
Dave Druker

As the Del Mar City Council debates a modification to the current no-smoking ordinance, it makes sense to look back at the history of no-smoking ordinances in Del Mar. [... Why not] ban smoking while driving through Del Mar. If 20% of the population smokes, then we could cut traffic by 20%.  more>>


Reviewing the DRB
Anthony Corso

The Design Review Ordinance (DRO) was one of the first and most important tools created by the city in the 70s to guide the implementation of the newly adopted Community Plan. It seems appropriate to occasionally “Review Design Review” since the process is vital to guiding future development and critical in terms of implementing the Del Mar Community Plan.



Fairground Threatens Lagoon by Mark Whitehead 

The City of Del Mar anxiously awaits release of the 22nd Agricultural district’s (Fairboard’s) master plan and environmental impact report (EIR), due in September.  more>>


The opinions expressed by individual writers in this journal are not necessarily those of the Sandpiper.  The Sandpiper invites you to send in your own ideas.
Train Horn Noise (2)
Letter to the editor from Hershell Price, September 30.  here>> 
Letter to the editor from Jim and Bernadette Watkins, September 28.  here>>
Cake, and Eat It Too! (3)
Original Article
Letter to the editor from Joe Sullivan.   September 18.  here>> 
Letter to the editor from Bettina Experton.   September 2.  here>>
Letter to the editor from Jan McMilllan.   August 28.  here>>


For more letters to the editor go to the readers' page.

Del Mar and The Romeros celebrate
50 years!

The Cultural Arts Committee of the Del Mar Foundation is presenting a special performance of the world-famous Romeros in the Powerhouse on November 21 at 7 PM. Both the Romeros and the City have a 50th Anniversary to celebrate this year.

Seating is very limited and we encourage you to get tickets early. To buy tickets online go to To purchase tickets by mail, send us your name, address, telephone number, and number of tickets ($75 each) to the Del Mar Foundation, P.O. Box 2913, Del Mar, CA 92014. Tickets will be at the Powerhouse on Nov. 21. For more information, contact or call 635-1363.       info+tickets

Event:  Guided Nature Hike
Date:  Sunday, October 18

Time:  4:45pm - 7:00pm
Location:  Crest Canyon & Torrey Pines Extension, Del Mar  details>>

Event:  Habitat Restoration
Date:  Sunday, October 25

Time:  1:00pm - 3:30pm
Location:  Crest Canyon, Del Mar  details>>

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