Del Mar

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It’s hard to believe that the home of the Del Mar Fairgrounds is actually the smallest city in San Diego. Doing a little free association, the name Del Mar conjures up images of carnival rides and cotton candy, thoroughbreds and beautiful beaches and the world-class Torrey Pines Golf Course.“Where the surf meets the turf” is the tagline for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s annual meet. But for the rest of the year for residents, it’s just called home. Some amazing chefs slice, dice and sauté in the city’s fine dining establishments. But one sector of the population loves Del Mar for a whole different, furrier reason. It is touted as a very dog-friendly city. Two words: Dog Beach. Where else can doggies and owners go to play in the surf and sand?Population: Approximately 4,540

Housing units: Approximately 2,175

Median income: $120,966

Education: 72.4 percent of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher

Reporter: Bianca Kaplanek


Bianca Kaplanek is a graduate of the University of Southern California with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. She was a writer for BOP, a teen entertainment magazine, in the mid-1980s before moving to Hawaii, where she was editor of Ka Nupepa, a weekly community newspaper for Central Oahu, Hawaii Architect magazine and The Hawaii Realtor Journal.She was copy editor for Coast News Group for two years before she began covering Solana Beach and Del Mar in 2008.

Email: bkaplanek@coastnewsgroup.com

Contact Info:

City Hall
1050 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
858-755-9313 or 858-755-2794
E-mail: CityHall@delmar.ca.us

Encinitas Sheriff’s Station
175 N El Camino Real, Encinitas
760-966-3500

Public Works Department
2240 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
858-755-3294
After Hours Emergency 858-756-1126
E-mail: grouppublicworks@delmar.ca.us

Del Mar Fire Department
2200 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
858-755-1522
E-mail: fireprevention@delmar.ca.us

Council delays survey, opts not to change rules

DEL MAR — A survey to gauge residents’ satisfaction with city services was put on hold at the April 7 meeting after council members deemed it a waste of money that would garner relatively useless information. Council was slated to award a $15,000 contract to Probolsky Research as part of the consent calendar, which is […]

81-year-old bridge gets new lease on life

81-year-old bridge gets new lease on life

DEL MAR — Road closures, corrosion and the inability to survive major seismic activity are issues of the past for the North Torrey Pines Bridge. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held April 15 to celebrate the completion of a $21 million construction project to retrofit and rehabilitate the 81-year-old structure. Funding came primarily from the California […]

Elephant owner thanks fair board

Elephant owner thanks fair board

DEL MAR — Although she and her husband had already sent the governing board of the Del Mar Fairgrounds a letter stating Have Trunk Will Travel will not bring elephants to this year’s San Diego County Fair, company co-owner Kari Johnson attended the April 8 meeting to personally thank the directors, staff and fairgoers for […]

City forgoes advisory committee for City Hall project

City forgoes advisory committee for City Hall project

DEL MAR — As plans move forward to replace Del Mar’s aging City Hall, council members decided at the April 7 meeting to not form an advisory committee to help with the project. To garner input from residents they will instead hold community meetings and public workshops, an effort that will require more on their […]

Council concerned with double-tracking of railway, new train platform

Council concerned with double-tracking of railway, new train platform

DEL MAR — Having not received a response to a letter sent in December, council members voted 3-1-1 at the April 7 meeting to send a follow-up letter to the San Diego Association of Governments that outlines concerns with a proposed project that will add a seasonal train platform at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, double […]

Synthetic out, dirt in at Del Mar track

Synthetic out, dirt in at Del Mar track

DEL MAR — The 22nd District Agricultural Association took the first official step to convert the racetrack at the Del Mar Fairgrounds from a synthetic material to dirt, unanimously approving a coastal development permit application at the April 8 meeting. The project, expected to cost between $4.5 million and $5.5 million, will begin right after […]

Del Mar joins list of cities regulating e-cigs

DEL MAR ­– Electronic cigarettes will be treated like their tobacco counterparts in Del Mar after council members unanimously agreed at the April 7 meeting to regulate the devices. The move puts the seaside community on a growing list of cities such as Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside that have prohibited, or are in […]

Man faces 15 years in prison in connection with deadly hit-and-run

Man faces 15 years in prison in connection with deadly hit-and-run

VISTA — A driver pleaded not guilty on Monday at the Vista courthouse to charges stemming from a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian in Del Mar. Christopher Stockmeyer, 41, had three times the legal blood-alcohol limit when he struck and killed Encinitas resident Rachel Morrison, Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe said in court. On […]

Elephant rides won’t return to 2014 county fair

Elephant rides won’t return to 2014 county fair

DEL MAR — Elephant rides — a mainstay attraction for nearly three decades — will not be offered during the 2014 San Diego County Fair. The owners of Have Trunk Will Travel, which provides the rides, announced March 27 they will not seek to be part of this year’s fair for a variety of reasons, […]

NCTD to step up enforcement for trespassing on tracks

NCTD to step up enforcement for trespassing on tracks

DEL MAR — Those who find themselves on the wrong side of the tracks may also be on the wrong side of the law, and at some time in the near future in Del Mar, that could mean a day in court and a fine. At the request of North County Transit District, and all […]

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