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

Harper of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club talks Old Hollywood

Harper of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club talks Old Hollywood

RANCHO SANTA FE — At a recent “Get Smart” series at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, those in attendance had the opportunity to hear Joe Harper, CEO of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, speak about the upcoming racing season. He also spoke about the Hollywood-era of the Del Mar Racetrack. And Harper knows a […]

Del Mar lifeguards celebrate 50 years of rescues

Del Mar lifeguards celebrate 50 years of rescues

DEL MAR — Lifeguards past and present were joined by about 250 residents to celebrate their department’s 50th anniversary June 27 at Powerhouse Community Center. “Everyone has just gone on about what a great community party it was,” said Jill Coughlin from Friends of the Powerhouse, the group that hosted the fundraising event. Brad Smith, […]

Spinning wheels and a ’64 Mustang all in a day’s fair visit

Spinning wheels and a ’64 Mustang all in a day’s fair visit

DEL MAR — What do spinning wheels, a chili contest, distilled spirits, a Ford Mustang and gospel music have in common? They could all be seen on a recent Saturday at the San Diego County Fair. In its third year, the search for the area’s best chili maker, which is one of about a dozen […]

Del Mar local helps Indian schools gain sustainable energy

Del Mar local helps Indian schools gain sustainable energy

DEL MAR — When Kyle Joyner decided it was time to gain some cross cultural experience — he had never really been outside Southern California — he sought a summer internship in India. To do so the 20-year-old Del Mar native had to fulfill two requirements: fill out an application and convince his parents he […]

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 […]

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