Del Mar Weekly Newsletter
Issue No. 12 - September 13, 2019


del mar civic center
Members of the San Diego Architectural Foundation visited the Del Mar Civic Center this week to celebrate the 2018 Orchid Award-winning complex and salute the driving forces behind the project: the City of Del Mar, architects Mike Jobes and Jeffrey Troutman of The Miller Hull Partnership, and Brad Lents of Spurlock Landscape Architects. Photo: Oliver Asis

Opinions sought for City Manager search

The City Council is seeking insight from Del Mar residents about what qualities and attributes they value most as the Council moves forward in the process to select a new City Manager.

A community survey published this week poses four questions:

  • What skills and experience are most critical for a new City Manager to succeed in Del Mar?
  • What management and leadership attributes should he or she have?
  • How would you like the City Manager to interact with the community?
  • What else should the City Council consider during the recruitment?

Residents are encouraged to respond to the survey, which closes at 5 p.m. Oct. 20.

In June, City Manager Scott Huth announced his plans to retire in February after eight years as the city’s top executive.

Last month, the City retained the search firm Bob Murray & Associates to assist with the recruitment of Huth’s replacement.

A schedule presented to the City Council shows that a finalist is expected to be named in December or January. The schedule and a list of key attributes for Del Mar’s City Manager are included in a Sept. 9 City Manager Recruitment Update (PDF).

Del Mar to pursue Community Choice Energy partnership with Solana Beach, Carlsbad

The City Council voted unanimously Sept. 9 to partner with Solana Beach and Carlsbad to launch a Community Choice Energy program in 2021.

The vote calls for Del Mar to negotiate an agreement with the two cities, and other potential partners, to form a Community Choice Energy Joint Powers Authority (JPA). The cities face a Dec. 31 deadline to complete the negotiations, adopt implementing ordinances and submit an implementation plan to State regulators.

During the Sept. 9 hearing, officials from Solana Beach and Carlsbad told the City Council they hoped Del Mar would join their cities as partners.

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.

A governance analysis, draft JPA terms and schedule are contained in a 147-page agenda report (PDF).

Community Choice Energy, or CCE, enables local governments to purchase their own power, often from more 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.

Read full story.

kaaboo concert

Kaaboo Del Mar festival runs through Sunday

The 2019 Kaaboo Del Mar music festival begins its three-day run today at the Del Mar Fairgrounds with up to 40,000 people per day expected to attend. 

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. 

Visit the City's Kaaboo Event Information page.

Report to examine impacts of proposed resort

The City Council on Monday directed its staff to prepare a report examining impacts tied to a proposed ballot initiative seeking voter approval for a resort on Del Mar’s north bluff.

The scope of the Elections Code 9212 Report is outlined in Monday’s Marisol Specific Plan Initiative Update and Call for a 9212 Report (PDF)


mill and pave machine

Week of Sept. 23: Lane and parking closures for paving

As part of the Downtown Streetscape Project, the City has scheduled grinding and resurfacing of Camino del Mar and portions of side streets for the week of Sept. 23.

From Monday, Sept. 23, through Friday, Sept. 27, no parking will be permitted on Camino del Mar between 9th Street and the northern Plaza entrance. Traffic lanes and side streets will be subject to intermittent closure.

Grinding and paving operations are loud and dusty and involve truck traffic and multiple pieces of heavy equipment. Residents and business owners are advised to plan accordingly. During the week of Sept. 23, free parking will be available at the Del Mar Plaza and L’Auberge Del Mar. Parking is always free at the Del Mar Civic Center.

Open the Paving Schedule and Notice of Lane and Parking Closures (PDF).


streetscape tree planting

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.

girl flushing baby wipe

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.


surf dogs event
Great numbers of people and pets kept lifeguards busy on Sunday during Helen Woodward Animal Center's annual Surf Dogs Surf-A-Thon at the North Beach. 

SANDAG publishes crime statistics

The San Diego Association of Governments this week released mid-year crime statistics, which show a slight dip in overall crime for the region.

The report presents annualized FBI index crime rates per 1,000 people by jurisdiction. FBI index crimes include homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft.

Compared with mid-year data from 2015, mid-year totals for 2019 in Del Mar have dropped from 43.46 to 17.12. That’s a 61 percent reduction.

Open Crime in the San Diego Region Mid-Year 2019 Statistics (PDF).

Sheriff's crime blotter: Sept. 4 through Sept. 11 

Found Explosive: 1

See full report (PDF).

Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

woman playing with dog

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.


Coastal Cleanup Day logo

Volunteers sought for Coastal Cleanup Day

I Love a Clean San Diego's 35th annual Coastal Cleanup Day is set for 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 with locations in Del Mar at Powerhouse Park, San Dieguito Lagoon and River Path Del Mar.

Across the region, the event draws thousands of volunteers to more than 100 sites. Cleanups are being organized up and down the State in what is billed as the largest volunteer day to protect our environment.

Local volunteers are asked to cut down on waste by bringing their own reusable water bottle, work gloves and buckets.

Learn more on the Coastal Cleanup Day website.

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.

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Animal Visions Art Show and a call for submissions

The Arts Advisory Committee is organizing an Animal Visions Art Show Oct. 18 and 19 and has issued a call for submissions with an Oct. 11 deadline.

Learn more on the 
Public Art 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. 


Tuesday, Sept. 17

  • Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee, 5 p.m., AGENDA
    Location: Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall,1050 Camino del Mar

Wednesday, Sept. 18

  • San Dieguito Lagoon Committee, 6 p.m. AGENDA
    Location: Del Mar Civic Center Breezeway North Conference Room
See full calendar.


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