Author Archive for bill.arballo

Talk of fall racing, track surface at Del Mar

Interim events on schedule Lots to stimulate backstretch chatter. According to published reports some owners and trainers are not happy about the Polytrack surface and are threatening to ship east next summer. Management contends track surface is a horse safety issue and will remain in place. Much talk, too, about the Oak Tree fall meeting […]

Golden era of the PTA was observed in 1970

DEL MAR — In 1970 the active PTA observed Founder’s Day by presenting a special program in the Ruth Niemann auditorium at the former Ninth Street school campus. It highlighted the 1930s through the 1960s as the Golden Era of the school. Attendees received a seven-page mimeographed program loaded with tidbits. In 1936 it announced that […]

November elections drawing a heap of interest

Some hot issues on ballot Traditionally, mid-term elections don’t draw gnats but November may be different. Some issues surrounding the vote likely will have an impact. For example two U.S. reps are facing ethics charges. Both say they are innocent, of course. Both will have their day in court, at taxpayers’ expense, about election time. […]

When the PTA ruled

DEL MAR — A long time ago when the city was a village of 350 permanent residents and scads of summer visitors, the PTA was the decision maker besides the school board of trustees. Everybody who was anybody was a PTA member and some from the ranks were school trustees. Ada York, county superintendent of […]

Memorial service held for first Fairest of the Fair

Reigned in 1946 Memorial services were held in San Diego on Aug. 14 for Gloria O’Rear Lakin, who reigned as the first Fairest of the Fair in 1946. Gloria was a San Dieguito High School grad and worked at the Del Mar Drug Store when she was talked into running for the San Diego County […]

Bell’s salary mess best reason for sunshine law

Where was the city attorney? It will be years before the city of Bell’s obscene payouts are resolved and it’s the best reason to have sunshine laws and residents who know what their electeds are up to. City attorneys who are supposed to advise them on what is wrong and what isn’t received equally fat […]

Freeway expansion forums creating plenty of interest

DEL MAR — If attendance at community forums is any indication, the I-5 expansion to 14 lanes through the San Dieguito area will garner its share of pros and cons. However, it won’t be as intense and heated as occurred when historic Highway 101 was projected to slice through the district from Leucadia to Del […]

Cardiff sculpture garners nationwide attention

Cardiff surfin! The bronze surfer sculpture that has been the object of lottsa brickbats is still reaping attention a month after it was encased in the jaws of a papier-mache shark. Unfortunately, city officials saw the need to destroy it when it was attracting a constant flow of onlookers and, yes, admirers. The statue made […]

Sometimes change creates static

Soon forgotten Wild Animal Park is now San Diego Zoo Safari Park and that has created a lotta shouting, media editorials and public disdain. Change is constant and it’s normal that it creates public reaction. Some folks object to change of any kind. They get up in the morning figuring there is something to be […]

The drugstore was the village’s grand central

DEL MAR — Decades ago during the racing season, the drugstore at 15th Street and Highway 101 was like Grand Central Station. There was a constant buzz from opening in the early a.m. until closing sometime around 11 p.m. Owners and trainers were in early for a supply hoof Absorbine Jr., a liniment that was […]