Del Mar Weekly Newsletter
Issue No. 6 - August 2, 2019


utility poles in ocean view
Overhead utilities are in plain view from the Del Mar Civic Center.

Utility undergrounding on City Council agenda

The City Council on Monday is scheduled to consider boundary maps for utility undergrounding and authorize design work to begin for two project areas.

Bundled with recommendations from the Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee, actions on Monday would initiate a multi-year program estimated to cost up to $42 million to remove utility poles and bury power and communications lines -- area by area -- throughout Del Mar.

Committee and City staff members are recommending that the council authorize SDG&E to design one project along the Crest Canyon urban-wildland interface and a second project along Stratford Court.

Read full story.

Open the utility undergrounding staff report for Aug. 5 (PDF).

Open a map of utility undergrounding project blocks (PDF).

Del Mar Plaza

Council to consider Plaza Specific Plan amendments

Changes to the Del Mar Plaza Specific Plan are headed to the City Council for consideration on Monday.

An ordinance to amend the specific plan would allow the number of restaurants to increase from six to nine, the addition of up to eight retail kiosks, added street-level signage and flexibility on where office tenants could be located.

In addition to action on the ordinance, the City Council is set to consider a parking management plan and a Master Temporary Use Permit Program to facilitate the programming of events while minimizing impacts to the community. 

Read full story.

View the Plaza Specific Plan Amendment staff report (PDF).

railroad on bluff

SANDAG to begin bluff stabilization in September

The San Diego Association of Governments is set to begin a nine-month construction program in September to stabilize Del Mar’s ocean bluffs and protect the nearby railroad tracks.

Some of the work is planned for City-owned property. To gain access to work areas, SANDAG has applied for an encroachment permit that the City Council will consider at its Monday meeting.

Read full story.

Open the SANDAG bluff stabilization staff report (PDF).


new 1100 block sidewalk
New sidewalks along west Camino del Mar at 11th Street include brick accents.

Downtown Streetscape Project update

As part of the Downtown Streetscape Project this week, workers completed the replacement of a badly-corroded storm drain crossing Camino del Mar at 10th Street. Crews also finished building brick paver crosswalks at 11th Street. The construction of a brand new crosswalk, at 10th Street, began this week and is expected to be finished on Tuesday. 

An update on the Downtown Streetscape Project is scheduled for Monday's City Council meeting.

Open the Downtown Streetscape Project Update staff report (PDF).

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lifeguards pilot inflatable rescue boat
Rising water temperature and smaller surf continue to attract swimmers – and sting rays – to Del Mar’s shoreline. Lifeguards this week responded to numerous medical aids for sting ray stings. During high tides, an inflatable rescue boat can help lifeguards reach a victim for transport to headquarters, where a hot water soak helps to release the venom. To avoid stingray stings, lifeguards remind all swimmers and surfers to shuffle their feet. (File photo)

Sheriff's crime blotter: July 24 through July 31

Battery: 1
Drunk in public: 3
Petty Theft: 1

See full report (PDF).

Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department.


composting buckets

Food waste program offered

The Sustainability Advisory Board is recruiting households that, in the name of going green, are willing to bear some cost and inconvenience to keep  food waste out of landfills. Read full story.

composting at Solana Center


Empty Dreams sculpture
Empty Dreams

Deadline extended to comment on sculptures

A review period for the public to comment on bronze sculptures proposed for downtown locations has been extended to Aug. 7. 

Baby Boomers Google sculpture submission
Baby Boomers Google

At its Aug. 28 meeting, the Design Review Board is set to review the application before forwarding it to the City Council. Find details on the Public Art webpage.

KAABOO 2018 concert

Tuesday: Kaaboo hosting community meeting

Organizers of the three-day Kaaboo Del Mar music festival are hosting a community meeting (PDF) to discuss sound mitigation, parking and other topics from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Hilton Del Mar, 15575 Jimmy Durante Boulevard. The festival is expected to draw large crowds during its three-day run at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Sept. 13, 14 and 15. To RSVP for the community meeting, email:

Graphic from SANDAG's 5 big moves

Register for SANDAG webinars

The San Diego Association of Governments is hosting 45-minute webinars on Wednesday and Aug. 21 to explain its 5 Big Moves initiative to improve transportation in the region. Register for the virtual meetings.

On June 3, SANDAG officials described the 5 Big Moves in a presentation to the Del Mar City Council. Watch a video of the presentation.

The moves, SANDAG says, "...will enhance connectivity, increase sustainability, and improve quality of life in the San Diego region." 

View a flyer for the 5 Big Moves webinars (PDF).


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

Monday, Aug. 5

  • Special City Council Closed Session, 2:30 p.m. Agenda
  • City Council, 4:30 p.m. Agenda

Thursday, Aug. 8

  • Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee, 7:30 a.m. Agenda
See full calendar.


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