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

Haydu fundraiser to aid Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Haydu fundraiser to aid Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

DEL MAR — An exclusive exhibition of posters by artist and writer David Lance Goines will highlight a fundraiser for former Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu’s Woman of the Year campaign for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 3 at Powerhouse Community Center and […]

Roadwork on Jimmy Durante nears completion next month

Roadwork on Jimmy Durante nears completion next month

DEL MAR — Driving in and out of Del Mar along Jimmy Durante Boulevard will get a whole lot easier in about a month. “We are on schedule for a May 24 substantial completion,” Public Works Director Eric Minicilli said during a project update at the April 20 City Council meeting. By then workers should […]

Council seeks to improve public outreach

DEL MAR – Council members discussed three proposals at the April 20 meeting to improve community engagement and better inform the public and each other, but opted to move forward with only two of the recommendations. Dwight Worden and Sherryl Parks make up a council ad hoc committee tasked with creating ways to better address […]

Council OKs new City Hall schedule

Council OKs new City Hall schedule

DEL MAR — With an architectural firm and environmental consultants on board, physical signs of a project to replace City Hall are visible on the site at 1050 Camino del Mar. And at the April 20 meeting council members approved a revised schedule that includes an opportunity for residents to share with the design team […]

Young artists put visions to music

Young artists put visions to music

REGION — Three works of art created by students from Carmel Del Mar Elementary School are featured in the San Diego Museum of Art’s “Young Art 2015: Visualizing Music” exhibition. Paula Intravaia’s fourth-grade class collaborated to make a multi-disciplinary, stop-motion animation video in December for the “Imagine” project for UNICEF’s commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the […]

Sheriff doesn’t support minidepartment

DEL MAR – Plans to create a small police department that would augment current law enforcement services were shot down by the Sheriff’s Department, Mayor Al Corti reported at the April 20 meeting. “The sheriff feels that that’s not something that they could work with and pretty much shut the door on that as a […]

Kaaboo team presents plans to address traffic, noise

DEL MAR — As part of an ongoing effort to clear up misconceptions about a three-day music festival that will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in September, the event organizers made a presentation during the April 14 meeting of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which governs the state-owned facility. “We are respectful neighbors,” […]

San Dieguito River boardwalk compromise reached

San Dieguito River boardwalk compromise reached

DEL MAR — Efforts to keep a popular boardwalk that runs along the San Dieguito River have at least partially paid off. The San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority board of directors voted 7-0 on April 8 to accept a compromise negotiated with the California Coastal Commission to remove about 680 feet of the […]

River Path Del Mar extension making giant strides

DEL MAR — Plans to extend River Path Del Mar, a quarter-mile stretch of land between San Dieguito Drive and the lagoon, are “moving forward with lightning speed,” Joseph Smith, the city’s associate planner, told council members during a project update at the April 6 meeting. River Path Del Mar is part of the San […]

Council stalls on action to regulate horses on the beach

DEL MAR — Rather than begin a process to regulate horses and other large animals on beaches and in parks, a move they were asked to consider at the April 6 meeting, council members opted to let the San Dieguito Lagoon Committee and San Dieguito River Valley Joint Powers Authority seek feedback. A Del Mar […]

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