Del Mar Weekly Newsletter
Issue No. 16 - October 11, 2019


Lagoon dredging
Heavy equipment dredges the San Dieguito River channel in 2017.

River channel dredging ahead

Biannual dredging of the San Dieguito River channel is set to begin later this month, with two weeks of digging scheduled to clear a buildup of sand and open lagoon basins to tidal flushing.

As an added benefit, the excavated sand – loads upon loads of it – will be unloaded and spread on the beach south of the river mouth.

Up and down north San Diego County, inlets of coastal lagoons are routinely dredged to allow for saltwater exchange that is critical to the wetlands’ fragile ecology, which supports thriving communities of birds, marine life and vegetation.
The San Dieguito Lagoon inlet was last dredged in 2017. 

Read full story.

Don Yoder
Don Yoder

Retired Sheriff’s Captain begins as Del Mar’s Law Enforcement Manager 

A veteran law enforcement professional and retired Sheriff’s Department Captain from San Bernardino has joined the City’s administration to supervise and train Del Mar’s officers and serve as a liaison to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Don Yoder -- a 30-year lawman who rose through the ranks of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and gained experience serving cities such as the cities of Rancho Cucamonga, Chino Hills and Victorville before retiring in 2013 -- says he is determined to strengthen Del Mar’s relationship with the local Sheriff’s office while exploring how best to take full advantage of its contracted services.

Read full story.

solar panels

Del Mar to join Clean Energy Alliance

The City Council on Monday agreed to partner with neighboring cities to form a Community Choice Energy program designed to provide residents and businesses with more renewable energy.

That action, and the adoption of an implementation ordinance, paves the way for Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Carlsbad to join forces as a joint powers authority called the Clean Energy Alliance. The City of Santee and the County of San Diego also are considering membership in the alliance.

The JPA would begin providing cleaner electricity at competitive rates to local consumers in 2021. 

Read full story.

Resort initiative qualifies for ballot

Proponents of the Marisol Specific Plan Initiative have gathered sufficient signatures for the measure to qualify for the Presidential Primary Election March 3, 2020. The number of signatures required was 328, or 10 percent of registered voters in the City. The Registrar of Voters verified that at least 328 of 523 submitted signatures are valid.

On Nov. 4, an analysis of the initiative is scheduled for discussion by the City Council.
Within 10 days after being presented with the report, the Council must approve the land-use proposal or order an election.

Find related documents on the 2020 Initiatives webpage.

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Oct. 14: New deadline for Animal Visions submissions

Attention artists: The Arts Advisory Committee has extended the deadline for submissions of 2D and 3D art for its Animal Visions Art Show.

The new deadline is Oct. 14. The show is scheduled for Oct. 18 and 19.

earn more on the Public Art webpage.

flushing medicine

Don't flush medicines!

A third installation of the City’s “Don’t Flush” series of videos dropped today. Don’t Flush Medications warns against the harm that pharmaceuticals can inflict upon waterways, our environment and our health.

See other videos on the City of Del Mar’s YouTube channel.

What makes a great City Manager?

Please tell us what you feel are the qualities of a great City Manager by completing this community survey before Oct. 20. In June, City Manager Scott Huth announced his plans to retire in February.


new redwood bench

Scouts build bench

Thanks so much to Ishmael Uno of Boy Scout Troop No. 713. Working with the Public Works Department, Ishmael and fellow scouts replaced a decayed bench on 15th Street at Stratford Court for an Eagle Scout project. Great job, Ishmael!

workers plant succulents

Plants for Camino del Mar median

Workers filled the Camino del Mar median with drought-tolerant succulents this week as part of the Downtown Streetscape Project.


lifeguards pink patches
Lifeguards (from left) Laura Liedle, Tyler Grant, Johnny Seiber and Mark Rathsam wear pink patches to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

santa ana winds

Santa Ana winds bring increased fire risks

Santa Ana winds through Saturday -- combined with low relative humidity and dry fuels – are bringing an increased fire risk throughout the region.

The fire service warns that one ember is all it takes to start a major brush fire. 

Read full story.

Watch the National Weather Service’s High Fire Danger Weather Briefing issued Oct. 8.
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Oct. 17: "ShakeOut" earthquake drill

Del Mar’s Community Emergency Response Team is encouraging residents to participate in the Great California ShakeOut drill at 10:17 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar.

CERT volunteers also will explain how the City sets up its Emergency Operations Center.  

Throughout California, the annual earthquake drill is believed to include 8.9 million participants.

Learn about Del Mar CERT.

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Sheriff's crime blotter: Oct. 2 through Oct. 9

Trespassing: 1
Drunk in Public: 1
Lost Property: 1
Recovered Stolen Vehicle: 1

See full report (PDF).

Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department.


railroad crossing

No rail rail service Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27

North County Transit District has announced rail service will be suspended Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27 to allow for infrastructure improvements. 

Open NCTD's October Weekend Rail Closure notice.


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, Oct. 14

  • Sustainability Advisory Board,  5 p.m., AGENDA

Tuesday, Oct. 15

  • Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee, 5 p.m., AGENDA

Wednesday, Oct. 16

  • San Dieguito Lagoon Committee, 3:30 p.m. (Change of Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds administration building, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar), AGENDA
See full calendar.


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