Del Mar Weekly Newsletter
Issue No. 11 - September 6, 2019


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Recommended Community Choice Energy partnership: Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad 

A subcommittee recommendation to partner with Solana Beach and Carlsbad to launch a Community Choice Energy program in 2021 is headed to the City Council for a vote on Monday.

The recommendation from Deputy Mayor Ellie Haviland and City Council Member Dwight Worden calls for Del Mar to negotiate an agreement with the two cities to form a Community Choice Energy Joint Powers Authority. The JPA would be structured to allow other jurisdictions, such as the County of San Diego and inland North County cities, to also join as members should they decide to do so.

The recommendations are contained in a 147-page agenda report (PDF) that includes a governance analysis, schedules, comparison of JPA partner options and a letter from the subcommittee members recommending partnership with Solana Beach and Carlsbad.

Community Choice Energy, or CCE, enables local governments to purchase power from renewable sources on behalf of their consumers. The program also introduces competition and customer choice into an energy marketplace served almost entirely by San Diego Gas & Electric.

The City Council meets at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar.

Read full story.

On Monday's agenda: Resort ballot measure, City Manager search, Shores Park parking

In addition to action scheduled for Community Choice Energy, a full City Council agenda for Monday includes:

A discussion on the ballot initiative proposed for the Marisol Specific Plan on Del Mar's north bluff with a recommendation that the Council order a report to analyze the initiative (p. 766).

An update on the recruitment to replace City Manager Scott Huth, who is set to retire in February. A recruitment schedule, list of key attributes and community survey are up for discussion (p. 791).

A discussion of parking for the Shores Park Master Plan (p. 784).

Open the Sept. 9, 2019, City Council agenda.

The City Council meets at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar.
kaaboo concert

Sept. 13 -15: Kaaboo Del Mar festival at fairgrounds

The 2019 Kaaboo Del Mar music festival begins its three-day run Sept. 13 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds with up to 40,000 people per day expected to attend. Noise impacts could start during soundchecks on Wednesday, when decibel meters are deployed and tested in surrounding neighborhoods.  

While the State agency that runs the fairgrounds approves and supervises the event, the City of Del Mar works with organizers and fairgrounds officials to address community concerns. 

During event time, extra City staff will be on-hand to provide parking enforcement, traffic control, public works and beach maintenance. Evening patrols of the beach and San Dieguito Lagoon by lifeguards and the Park Ranger are scheduled. 

To speak to a Kaaboo representative about noise, lighting or issues related to activities on the fairgrounds, call 858-794-1104. If a message is left, it will be returned as soon as possible.

Visit the City's Kaaboo Event Information page.


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worker installs irrigation system for tree

Downtown Streetscape update 

As the Downtown Streetscape Project approaches the finish line later this month, workers are completing punch list items such as replacing signs that were taken down during construction. Meanwhile, landscaping crews planted trees and installed irrigation systems between 13th and 11th streets. During the week ahead, tree planting is scheduled to continue between 11th and 9th streets.

Sept. 9 - 13: 8th Street intersection closure

The T intersection at 8th Street and Camino del Mar is scheduled for closure next week so workers can build sidewalk pedestrian ramps and a cross gutter. The closure dates are Sept. 9 through Sept. 13. A detour route will be provided on 9th Street.

The work is part of a program for Camino del Mar between 9th and 4th streets that includes removing unsafe or diseased trees, median repairs, storm drain improvements and landscaping.

Highway construction is scheduled for completion later this month.

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Storm drain cleaning

To prevent floods and protect waterways and beaches, Public Works crews this week began an annual cleansing of the storm drain system using a powerful Vac-Con rig.

vac con rig


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Downtown Streetscape Project

Del Mar TV tells the story of the downtown beautification program with voices from City leaders and members of the project team.

Watch the video.

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NEW! Don't clog the system - Toilet

The toilet is no place for baby wipes, cotton, hair and other materials that damage household plumbing, sewer systems and the environment.

Watch the video.

greasy pan

Don't clog the system - Kitchen Sink

The kitchen sink is no place for grease and other materials that damage household plumbing, sewer systems and the environment. 

Watch the video.


swiftwater rescue training
Del Mar lifeguards Johnny Seiber, Nathan Olar and Laura Liedle traveled to Blythe this week to complete specialized swiftwater rescue training. At the facility on the Colorado River, lifeguards trained for rescues with ropes and other equipment. Trainees must complete a specified number of hours to earn certifications

Monday: 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. 28 through Sept. 3

Assault: 1
Drunk in Public: 
Battery: 1
Burglary (Residential): 1
Sexual Battery: 1
Misc.: 1
Lost Article: 1

See full report (PDF).

Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

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Lifeguards: Off-season rules begin for dogs on beaches

The day after Labor Day marks the start of off-season rules for Del Mar’s dog-friendly beaches. From Sept. 3 through June 15, 2020, the rules are as follows:

  • Between 29th Street and Solana Beach, off-leash dogs are allowed.
  • Between Powerhouse Park and 29th Street, dogs must be leashed. (From dawn to 8 a.m., off-leash dogs are allowed between 25th and 29th streets.)
  • Between Powerhouse Park and 6th Street, dogs must be leashed.

Licenses must be affixed to the dog’s collar. Leashes may not be longer than six feet. Dog owners must pick up after their pet and exchange information after a bite or other injury.

Open Regulations for Del Mar’s Dog Friendly Beaches (PDF).

Questions? Contact the Community Services Department: 858-755-1556.


surf dog

Sunday: Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

The 14th annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon is set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the North Beach. Great numbers of participants -- two- and four-legged -- attend the event, which includes music, food, refreshments, games and contests.

Learn more on the Helen Woodward Animal Center webpage.

river path cleanup

Sept. 21: Cleanup at River Path

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.

sack race at powerhouse park

Sept. 22: Picnic at Powerhouse Park

Mark your calendars: the Del Mar Foundation Picnic at Powerhouse Park is set for Sept. 22, with food and fun on tap from noon to 4 p.m.

house with energy scan

Sept. 19, Oct 4: Home energy savings workshops

Want to save money on your power bill?

The City of Del Mar, in cooperation with Del Mar Community Connections, is hosting energy savings workshops from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and Oct. 4 at the Community Connections offices at 225 9th Street.

Read full story.


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, Sept. 9

  • City Council, 4:30 p.m. AGENDA

Tuesday, Sept. 10

  • Planning Commission, 6 p.m. AGENDA

Thursday, Sept. 12

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


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