Del Mar Weekly Newsletter
Issue No. 9 - August 23, 2019


Cap Pinney with radio

Volunteers sought for CERT program

Del Mar’s Community Emergency Response Team is looking for volunteers.

In October, a semi-annual CERT training is scheduled at the Del Mar Fire Station. The training covers skills that are important to know during a disaster, when emergency services might not be available: the basics of search and rescue, first aid and the workings of Del Mar’s incident command system.

The CERT program is designed to prepare trainees to help themselves, their families and their neighbors in the event of a wildfire, earthquake or other catastrophic disaster. During a crisis, with emergency responders spread thin, volunteers with CERT training can save lives and protect property.

Read full story.

Cap Pinney with antenna
Cap Pinney with communications equipment
Cap Pinney with handheld radio

house fire

The importance of defensible space

Residents are reminded that state law requires 100 feet of defensible space around homes. To maintain defensible space, keep lawns and weeds trimmed. Prune or remove ignitable trees and shrubs. Stack firewood away from the home and make sure the home's address is visible to emergency responders.

According to the County of San Diego, “Defensible space is the area around a structure where combustible vegetation that can spread fire has been cleared, reduced or replaced. This space acts as a barrier between a structure and an advancing fire.”

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Title, summary published for ballot measure

View the Marisol Specific Plan Ballot Title and Summary, published Monday by City Attorney Leslie Devaney.

art bench books

Wednesday: DRB vote on "art benches"

Plans to install two "art benches" in downtown Del Mar are headed to the Design Review Board for a vote on Wednesday. 

art bench suitcase

The benches are solid stone blocks topped with bronze sculptures. The artwork was subject to more than one month of public review and is the first of its kind to be considered under a newly-adopted process for accepting donated art. 

Find more information in the Design Review Board agenda and on the Public Art webpage.

The DRB meeting is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar.


Streetscape video screen grab

Downtown Streetscape video published 

With voices from City leaders and the project team, Del Mar TV tells the story of the Downtown Streetscape Project in a video rich with images and information.

Watch the video.


harbor police arrest of boaters off of Del Mar
San Diego Harbor Police detain a small vessel off of 8th Street on Sunday. Earlier, Del Mar lifeguards dispatched an inflatable rescue boat to investigate what at first appeared to be an unmanned fishing boat. Once on scene, lifeguards encountered two sleeping occupants who appeared intoxicated and seemed unaware that their boat was about to be swamped by a large set of waves. Lifeguards maintained visual contact with the vessel until Harbor Police arrived to take over the investigation.

Sept. 9 deadline to apply for Citizens Academy

Sheriff Bill Gore and District Attorney Summer Stephan invite the public to gain an inside perspective on law enforcement during the 2019 Citizens Academy. The six-week program examines law enforcement and the criminal justice system during courses scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday in October and Nov. 5 at the County Operations Center, 5520 Overland Ave., San Diego. Space is limited. Apply online at

Sheriff's crime blotter: Aug. 14 through Aug. 21

Assault w/deadly weapon: 2
Drunk in Public: 2
Domestic Violence: 1

See full report (PDF).

Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Fire Department: Trauma training completed

The Del Mar Fire Department this week completed a multi-day exercise covering new methods for responding to trauma. Medical emergencies involving trauma can be wide-ranging and common in active communities such as Del Mar. The training provided important tools to handle different trauma situations as they arise.


salad and veggies
tori morin

Food waste recycling offered

Do you want to keep food waste out of landfills? Limited spaces remain for Del Mar residents to participate in Solana Center's innovative "Food Cycle" composting program

Watch a video.

Read full story.


pancake breakfast flyer

Sunday: Firefighters, lifeguards hosting pancake breakfast

Join in community spirit as Del Mar firefighters and lifeguards host a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at 1700 Coast Blvd. The annual get-together is billed as an "eggcellent" event!

river path cleanup

Cleanup at River Path Del Mar

Coastal Cleanup Day is set for Sept. 21 and San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is seeking volunteers to weed and water along River Path Del Mar from 9 a.m. to noon.

The river path runs between the south shore of the river and San Dieguito Drive. Learn more and register on the Conservancy’s webpage.


Committee vacancies and application closing dates

Learn more about  Committees, Vacancies and Volunteer Requirements.


City of Del Mar job openings

Learn more about Employment Opportunities at the City of Del Mar. 


Location: Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall,1050 Camino del Mar

Tuesday, Aug. 27

  • Business Support Advisory Committee, 9 a.m. AGENDA

Wednesday, Aug. 28

  • Design Review Board, 6 p.m. AGENDA
See full calendar.


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