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

Fire department still working on name change

Fire department still working on name change

ENCINITAS — When residents in Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar wake up in the morning, their fire departments will still be named after the cities in which they reside. However, that will change in the next few months, the Encinitas fire chief said. Six years after the cities entered into a cooperative agreement and […]

Brush with Art: ‘Fine Art Divas’ give patrons a look at county’s artists

Brush with Art: ‘Fine Art Divas’ give patrons a look at county’s artists

Each year the San Diego County Fair signals the beginning of summer for thousands of San Diegans. Prior to the opening of the celebrated annual event, hundreds of artists throughout the county anticipate the fair’s Fine Art Exhibition. Housed in an immense space on the first floor of the East Grandstand, the Fine Art Exhibition […]

Del Marians still wary of Kaaboo

Del Marians still wary of Kaaboo

DEL MAR -— A presentation that provided specific details about Kaaboo quelled some fears but didn’t eliminate all the concerns of Del Mar residents, who say their city will be most impacted by the inevitable traffic, noise and security issues from the three-day “music voyage” scheduled to begin Sept. 18 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. […]

Summer gets cooking at DMVA event

Summer gets cooking at DMVA event

DEL MAR — As if on cue hazy, overcast skies cleared at almost exactly 5 p.m. on June 18, bringing sunshine and blue skies to Del Mar Village Association’s 20th annual Summer Solstice at Powerhouse Park. More than 700 people were on hand for the once-again sold-out event to sample food, wine and beer from […]

Author planting seeds for love of reading

DEL MAR — Asked where fruits and vegetables come from, many children will say the supermarket. Some, in fact, have never seen food growing on plants. Brad Zink is hoping to change that with his second children’s book, “It Starts with a Seed,” which teaches youngsters about the different growth stages of plants. The idea […]

Del Mar’s city hall design concept approved

Del Mar’s city hall design concept approved

DEL MAR — A conceptual design for the civic center complex that will replace the existing, deteriorating City Hall has been selected. The preferred layout, unanimously approved at the June 15 meeting, is a hybrid of three “big ideas” presented by the architectural team two weeks earlier. The 9,250-square-foot City Hall building will be located […]

Council OKs path extension permit

Council OKs path extension permit

DEL MAR — With a deadline to spend a county grant only three months away, Del Mar council members at the June 1 meeting certified an environmental study and approved a conditional use permit for the River Path Del Mar extension. The 2,965-foot addition will advance an existing path east from Jimmy Durante Boulevard to […]

Animal rescue series nominated for Emmys

Animal rescue series nominated for Emmys

REGION — A San Diego television series that follows the stories of rescued wild animals has been nominated for three Emmy Awards. “It’s thrilling,” filmmaker and former Del Mar resident Elliott Kennerson said. “The show was a lot of work and it kind of seems like that’s the best possible result.” “Animal R&R,” which debuted […]

Frampton doesn’t live in the past on new tour

Frampton doesn’t live in the past on new tour

Peter Frampton, of course, has an album in “Frampton Comes Alive” that gave him hit songs he will always have to play whenever he steps on stage for a concert. But that iconic album hasn’t forced him to live in the past. Quite the opposite, Frampton insists on moving forward musically, refusing to let that […]

Del Mar gets twelve volunteers and a new boat

DEL MAR — Following somewhat of a drought of volunteers, council members at the June 1 meeting appointed 12 people to three citizen advisory committees. John Campbell and Sally McPartlan were named to the Business Support Advisory Committee on a recommendation from Mayor Al Corti and Councilman Don Mosier, liaisons to the group. The nine-member […]

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