Author Archive for bill.arballo

Commission was formed to protect horse racing

DEL MAR — In the late 1950s there was a press party held at the Del Mar Hotel to announce that John Alessio and a Harbor City group was taking over operation of Surfside summer horse racing. This created a firestorm that was heard from here to Sacramento. The takeover never happened but it later gave […]

Del Mar as SoCal horse racing center?

Some folks favor it Back stretch banter is that horsemen would like to see racing at the Surfside course the year-round. Among them is Del Mar Councilman Carl Hilliard, who owns a stable and races were the Turf Meets the Surf. The scenario goes likes this. Fairplex at Los Angeles County Fairgrounds is ready to […]

Politicos have been on the stump

Now it’s voters’ turn Politicians have been telling folks how well they have represented them while on their junkets to faraway places. Now voters can tell them on Tuesday whether they agree. Locally, there is a mixed bag of choices. No contests for city councils in Surfside and SolBeach communities. There were two seats open […]

Harness horse industry was important to village

DEL MAR — In the early 1960s, villagers held a communitywide beach party to celebrate that the race trackers and tourist had gone elsewhere and things were quiet again. On the other hand merchants counted their revenue and hoped there was enough left in the till to carry them through the lean winter months. The […]

Minor league coming to North County?

Maybe by 2012 More than just talk now. Recently Escondido allocated a pile of dough to have consultants tell them it’s a great idea like the Performing Arts Center. Padres are involved and would like to bring the Portland franchise to the city. It would require a 9,000-seat stadium costing in the neighborhood of $50 […]

Saturday dump runs

DEL MAR — Before incorporation there was an independent rubbish collector who was reliable and only charged a pittance for his service. Nevertheless Joe Rafferty and Ken Reiley did their own hauling Saturday afternoons. They enlisted a neighbor whose name is not important. He had a small pickup truck that was in mint condition but […]

Residents less like I-5 expansion plans

Difficult to fight big bro The more residents learn about the proposed expansion of I-5 from La Jolla to O’side the more convinced they become parts of it izzn’t such a good idea. Like expanding to 14 lanes in some areas and wiping out homes. At this point it’s only ideas on paper that would […]

Community garden coming to Encinitas?

Months in the planning The Flower Capital may soon have a community garden where poinsettias once bloomed. After a year of searching, the city’s Community Garden Committee, headed by Gordon Smith, has reached an agreement with Encinitas Union School District to use a five-acre parcel on the district’s Quail Garden Drive property. It will have […]

San Dieguito park was a Jaycee project

There’s no limit to the daily use of the San Dieguito County Park in Solbeach from a small birthday party attended by a few folks to a reunion that brings together several hundred people. Credit for the creation of the 120-acre park goes to San Dieguito Jaycees in 1956. Members Don Royer of Solbeach and […]

Pension plan draws wide interest

Taking action City electeds throughout the county and all parts are showing lottsa interest in Solbeach’s announced employee pension reform plan that basically has hires contributing more toward their retirement plans and provides less benefits for new hires. As more workers claim benefits and live longer the strain on the budget has reached unprecedented heights. […]