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Inside The November 2010 Sandpiper

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Inside The October 2010 Sandpiper

pdf version of the Oct 2010 print issue

Extra copies of the Sandpiper are available at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, the TV Station, the Library and the Powerhouse.

Meet the Candidate: Crystal Crawford for State Assembly  by
Sherryl L. Parks

DEL MAR Way to Go Editorial

Meet the Candidates: A New Beginning for City Council  by Sherryl Parks

Meet the Candidates: Five for School Board  by Sherryl Parks

Follow the Money  by Teresa McBroome

Game Over: Tucker is Out! eBlast sent by the Sandpiper on September 13

Big Oil Spills Money  by Anthony Corso

Coast Watch:
Sand Up, Temp Down, Summer Over
  by Jon Edelbrock

Stop State Stealing
Henry Abarbanel

I-5 Expands, CALTRANS Expounds: A Hornet’s Nest  by Dwight Worden

Let's Reformat FBC  by Richard Earnest

Flower Sifting  by Ann Gardner

UTC Wannabe Unwanted
(continued from July issue) by Ann Gardner

Abatement Sparks Flames  by Art Olson






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New Planning Director for city of Del Mar
posted October 20

Kathleen A. Garcia

"Sensitive infill development, sustainability, community character, natural resource protection, and great open spaces are issues at the forefront of Del Mar’s planning.  And these are the issues I’m most passionate about.  It will be wonderful to work in a city that is committed to its natural environment, concerned about development and intent on maintaining what it values most. 

"I look forward to the challenge.  I appreciate an engaged community and I know Del Mar residents really care about where they live.  That makes this job all the more critical, and all the more interesting to me.  I’ve been very impressed with the team I’ve met to date and quite enthused about working in the community. "

The City of Del Mar will announce tomorrow, October 21, the appointment of Kathleen A. Garcia as Planning and Community Development Director. 

The selection of Ms. Garcia concludes a national recruitment with over 80 applicants. Said Karen Brust, City Manager, "finding an individual with the right fit with the community and the City Council was absolutely essential given the engaged population and the City's advanced planning requirements.  We are fortunate to have found a Planning and Community Development Director with such exceptional credentials, and one who understands the importance of process and has the desire to make real contributions to the future of Del Mar.  We are delighted to welcome Ms. Garcia to our staff and to our City." 

Kathleen Garcia is an experienced planner in public sector projects.  Most recently, Ms. Garcia has practiced with the nationally recognized planning and design firm Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT), where she has worked for 25 years. 

She has been the Director of WRT's San Diego office for the past 22 years and a Principal with the firm since 1998. Managing a staff ranging from ten to eighteen, Ms. Garcia's professional work focused on public sector projects, including planning for urban communities, parks, open spaces, waterfronts, civic spaces, and educational institutions, all with a commitment to sustainability. 

Ms. Garcia holds a master's degree from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley.  Dedicated to green and sustainable building practices, Ms. Garcia is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional, U.S Green Building Council's indicator of the most qualified, educated, and influential green building professionals in the industry. 

Ms. Garcia was actively involved in the City of San Diego's 2008 General Plan Update. The plan included the "City of Villages" smart growth strategy that focused growth into mixed-use villages that are pedestrian-friendly of different scales, and linked to the transit system. The plan addressed protections for industrial lands, provisions for urban parks, and policies to further preserve San Diego's historical resources and open space lands. She began as the citizen's Chair for the Urban Form & Environment subcommittee, then as an active reviewer when Planning Commissioner. 

Ms. Garcia evidences a strong commitment to public service  demonstrated by her involvement in several civic and academic organizations.  She recently completed her 8-year mayoral appointment as Vice Chairperson of the San Diego Planning Commission.  She has served on two Design Review Boards: the University of California Riverside Design Review Board and the City of San Diego's Old Town Design Review Board.  Ms. Garcia also teaches Sustainable Planning in the Urban Studies & Planning program at the University of California San Diego. 

News Flash
City Council to Discuss Fairgrounds Sale
posted October 17

The city council will be providing an update on the purchase of the Fairgrounds on Monday, October 18 around 6:30PM. This is our time to make our voices heard about this important issue.

News Flash 
DM To Purchase Fairgrounds?
posted October 8, 2010

Mayor Richard Earnest announced on October 7 that preliminary agreement has been reached with the Governor's Office for Del Mar to purchase the 400-acre fairgrounds property for $120 million. The pending purchase, supported by Senator Christine Kehoe, County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, and Vista Mayor Morris Vance will not require taxpayer support. The agreement when approved by the Legislature and City Council will give Del Mar controlling interest in the operation of the fair, race track, and other activities. A new board with representation from Del Mar, Solana Beach, San Diego, and the County will replace the board of Gubernatorial appointees who now oversee operations and maintenance.

Earnest emphasized that "the fairgrounds and horseracing are long-standing traditions in our county...this will enable us to protect those traditions, as well as to preserve the jobs they support." He also made it clear that the draft master plan which has aroused so much opposition because of the traffic and environmental impacts will be revised to reduce and eliminate those deleterious impacts. He also indicated that a vigorous process of public involvement and due diligence will begin almost immediately before the Council makes a final decision later this year.

City Press Release
Updated City Press Release

News Flash
City Sells Balboa Lot at Auction

posted September 29, 1:05pm.

City sells Balboa Lot at auction today for $4M + Brokers Fee paid by Buyer which covers the balance due on Shores Property ($3.5M) with some left over for Safety Center.


contributed by Art Olson and Pam Slater-Price


Web Exclusive
1984/Changes: Land Use Decisions
in the Carmel and San Dieguito River Valleys

Jan McMillan, April 1984

posted 10.15.10

On March 20, [1984] the San Diego City Council debated land-use issues which critics claim could have far-reaching impacts on the river valleys both north and south of Del Mar. On the agenda that day, along with highly publicized "threshold hearings" for the La Jolla Valley and adjacent Artesian Trails developments, were threshold hearings for the San Dieguito Community Plan and Carmel Valley Neighborhood 8.


Note: This piece appeared in the monthy column "Changes" of The Del Mar Spectator published by Jan McMillan in 1983 and 1984.

Web Exclusive
Slater-Price recognizes Dee Rich with proclamation

posted 10.14.10

Supervisor Pam Slater-Price shares a smile with San Dieguito Union High School District Trustee Dee Rich and her husband, Michael.   Slater-Price awarded a county proclamation to Rich that recognized her 24 years years of service on the high school district’s board, in addition to her service on Del Mar Union School District’s and Torrey Pines Community Planning Group’s boards. “Dee has dedicated herself to improving her community for decades and I always have admired her hard work,” Slater-Price said.

Web Exclusive
First Thursdays and Special Performances

by Lynn Gaylord for the Cultural Arts Committee of the Del Mar Foundation

posted 10.12.10

On January 26, 2000, the Cultural Arts Committee met for the first time in the newly opened Powerhouse Community Center.  Ideas for lectures and music came from everyone!  We settled on a Series format which would feature eclectic music in the Spring, lectures in the Fall, and classical music during the Winter.  Each series could be subscribed to separately.  A special Holiday Concert at St. Peters could be purchased in addition.  The next year we added special concerts like Mainly Mozart, Night at the Summer Pops, etc.  By 2003, while we realized we had a winner with all three types of First Thursdays, we had a nightmare with bookkeeping and publicity costs. 

Click here for the complete list of programs from 2000 to June 2011.

Web Exclusive
Chuck Newton

founding editor of the Sandpiper and community leader, died early in the afternoon of September 30, 2010.  The Sandpiper would like to celebrate his life by publishing this wonderful memoire, written by Chuck, on December 24th, 2002.

posted 10.07.10

Web Exclusive
Del Mar Foundation Does Night of Gershwin and Rodgers

On October 7 Del Mar resident Steven McFarland teamed up with jazz and Latin singer Coral McFarland Thuet to perform Gershwin and Rodgers hits at the October First Thursdays.  From “My Funny Valentine” to “Summertime,” it was a marvelous night of fun and memories.  First Thursdays is a program of the Del Mar Foundation:

posted 10.09.10


Abatement Sparks Flames  Art Olson

On September 15 the City held a workshop to explain the upcoming proposed fire safety ordinance to remove dangerous rubbish, brush, and weeds, and to authorize inspection and abatement services from Fire Prevention Services (FPS), a private contractor.



UTC Wannabe Unwanted (continued from July issue)  Ann Gardner

We do not want to become another UTC community! That’s the message the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board sent to the City of San Diego in a twelve-page letter outlining what should be covered in the environmental review for the Kilroy Realty Corporation’s proposed 2 million square foot project at the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real.



Pick Name, Win Fifty 

Don’t forget! The City’s Energy Issues Advisory Committee (EIAC) is offering a $50 certificate at any Del Mar restaurant to the person or organization that comes up with the “best” new name for their Committee. Submittals are due October 15 and will be reviewed at the October EAIC meeting.

Recommendations will be forwarded to the Council for action. The Committee is hoping a new, unique, attention getting name (for instance, Solana Beach calls their committee “Clean and Green” and their website “Green Flash”) will stimulate more interest in making changes “toward a truly sustainable community.” Submittals, including your name, address, day-time phone number, can be sent via email to:

or to the Sandpiper c/o Ann Gardner at PO Box 2177, Del Mar 92014.


Meet the Candidates
Both Lee Haydu and Terry Sinnott have scheduled social events to hear ideas and concerns of citizens. You can find out about these events on their websites. and


Follow the Money
Teresa McBroome

The City’s Mid-Term Budget Update for this year and next projects that its top three revenue sources – Property Taxes ,$3.7 million, TOT (hotel visitor tax) ,$1.489 million, and Sales Tax, $1 million along with related in-lieu taxes - will make up 67 percent of total General Fund revenues of $10.1 million for Fiscal Year 2010-2011.


The Hospitality Committee of the Del Mar Foundation will be hosting its first
Newcomer Social

This event has been postponed.

Sunday, October 17
from 4 to 6 pm
at the Powerhouse

These twice-yearly socials introduce newcomers to Del Mar, and to one another. To receive an invitation to the next social, please leave a message on the Del Mar Foundation phone at 858-635-1363 and please pass the word to newcomers to our community!


Flower Sifting
Ann Gardner

Community support for the Flower Hill shopping mall expansion took another step forward September 1 when the Carmel Valley Planning subcommittee gave thumbs up to a new western elevation, terracing the second story above a new Whole Foods building and modifying existing buildings to blend in with the new.



Coast Watch: Sand Up, Temp Down, Summer Over  Jon Edelbrock

The sand levels on our beach are at normal recent levels in the early fall. Thank the back-to- back mid-September long interval swells from the Southern Pacific for this welcome deposit. Lifeguards made an early season decision to work on moving sand up higher on the beach in front of Powerhouse Park and the Lifeguard headquarters earlier than usual this year.


full archive going back to December 2007

readers' comments

10/17 ... "I'm not sure anybody would want to spend time looking at it [purchase of the fairgrounds] one way or the other."  more>>

10/04 ... If I had come to such a place, with one gas station left, I would have filled my car's gas tank and left. more>>

09/29 ... No one would ever know that it was not part of the original plan.  more>>

09/29 ... For some reason, apartment complexes are considered “Commercial” rather than “Residential,” even though they are clearly residences. Why is that?  more>>

09/02 ... Burning the candle at both ends can have potentially disastrous results if one does not pay close attention to one's actions.  more>>

08/29 ... I did not select the headline for the article I wrote about the lack of review of the venting ducts on the wall of the Plaza.  more>>

08/29 ...  I find it ironic that the City claims to have "green goals" (as Waste Management put it in their letter) yet appears to have deregulated trash collection.  more>>

08/28 ...  Why is such a massive vent required for hamburger cooking?  more>>

08/28 ...  I am very unhappy that the council has decided to OK the closing of a city “Land Mark”!   more>>

full calendar of events for this month
Sat, Oct 30
Fire House
  The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Fourth of four training sessions
Fri, Nov 5
6 to 10pm
  Jazzed Up About Our Kids
Del Mar Heights School Fundraiser
Sat, Nov 6
Torrey Pines HS
  2010 HOPE RIDE in the River Park
San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy
details>>  advance registration required
Sun, Nov 28
Crest Canyon
  Habitat Restoration
San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy  
details>>   reservations required
Sun, Dec 12
from 1pm
  Children's Holiday Party
Del Mar Foundation Children's Committee
details coming.  Registration will start on Nov. 15


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