Del Mar

City Info


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 responds to Del Mar satisfaction survey results

Council responds to Del Mar satisfaction survey results

DEL MAR — Even though most of the 450 residents who responded to a questionnaire are at least somewhat satisfied, if not more so, with the way the city is being run, council members are not resting on their laurels. They plan to use input from the online survey, conducted from Nov. 20 through Jan. […]

Council responds to survey results

Council responds to survey results

DEL MAR — Even though most of the 450 residents who responded to a questionnaire are at least somewhat satisfied, if not more so, with the way the city is being run, council members are not resting on their laurels. They plan to use input from the online survey, conducted from Nov. 20 through Jan. […]

Marvel heroes land in Del Mar

Marvel heroes land in Del Mar

DEL MAR — It may look as though aliens landed at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, or that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is being reassembled there. Those seven oversized white domes in the fairgrounds’ parking lot are actually home to The Marvel Experience, a 2-acre attraction that allows participants to join forces with Marvel […]

Contract OK’d for street, sidewalk upgrades on Jimmy Durante

Contract OK’d for street, sidewalk upgrades on Jimmy Durante

DEL MAR — Street, sidewalk and drainage improvements along a southeast portion of Jimmy Durante Boulevard are expected to begin in about a week after City Council awarded a $1.6 million contract to PAL General Engineering Inc. at the Feb. 2 meeting. The project starts approximately 150 feet south of San Dieguito Drive and ends […]

Parking management plan drives forward in Del Mar

Parking management plan drives forward in Del Mar

DEL MAR — Councilmen Terry Sinnott and Dwight Worden, tasked at the Jan. 5 meeting to bring back within 30 days an analysis of the parking user groups, presented their summary at the Feb. 2 meeting. Last month city staff provided a draft downtown parking management plan. Council members deemed the 85-page report a bit […]

Tree stump to be carved into public art

Tree stump to be carved into public art

DEL MAR — When Del Mar resident David Arnold was on his way home one day last month he saw a city crew removing a beetle-damaged Torrey pine on the south end of Torrey Pines State Reserve on a patch of land with an ocean view. “I couldn’t help but think that this tree is […]

Survey results are in, Del Marians are satisfied

52 percent of the 450 residents surveyed were ‘somewhat satisfied’ DEL MAR — Del Mar residents are pretty happy with the way the city is being run, but most feel officials are not doing a very good job communicating with them, according to an online survey conducted from Nov. 20 through Jan. 12. Of the […]

Schedule to build city hall adopted

Schedule to build city hall adopted

DEL MAR — With the master planning phase to replace city hall on target to wind up March 2, city officials are ready to begin the design stage. And if all goes as planned, according to a schedule unanimously adopted by council members at the Feb. 2 meeting, a new civic center complex will be […]

Bar patrons top Coffee with the Sheriff meeting

Bar patrons top Coffee with the Sheriff meeting

DEL MAR — Issues related to inebriated people leaving Del Mar’s downtown bars — specifically Jimmy O’s — dominated Coffee with the Sheriff, a Jan. 26 question-and-answer session held at the City Hall annex. About 10 residents attended the informal discussion, including several who live in an apartment complex at the corner of Stratford Court […]

Solana Beach at top of tobacco control class

Solana Beach at top of tobacco control class

REGION — When it comes to tobacco control, Solana Beach makes the grade, but Del Mar does not, at least according to the American Lung Association. Solana Beach earned eight out of a possible 12 points and an overall grade of B — one of only two in the county— in the organization’s 13th annual […]

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