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 upset with Kaaboo planning process

DEL MAR— After receiving an update from the organizers of a three-day music event scheduled for September at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar City Council members are still concerned about noise and traffic impacts, and some remain upset at the way fairgrounds officials handled the planning process. “We weren’t happy with the fact that […]

Supporters walk the planks to save the boardwalk

Supporters walk the planks to save the boardwalk

DEL MAR — More than 150 people attended a March 21 rally in an effort to convince the California Coastal Commission to change a March 11 decision to move a boardwalk currently located on the perimeter of an ongoing wetlands restoration project along the San Dieguito River. “The Coastal Commission, in my humble opinion, got […]

Top chefs team up for  San Diego’s culinary future

Top chefs team up for San Diego’s culinary future

REGION — If you’ve ever dreamed of enjoying a meal, with each course prepared by a different culinary master, then Chef Celebration’s annual spring dinner series is for you. For five consecutive Tuesdays beginning March 31, well-known San Diego chefs will present five-course dinners at five different restaurants throughout the county. The 20th annual event […]

Study of fairgrounds’ impacts kicks off

DEL MAR — A long-awaited study to determine the impacts events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds have on Del Mar and Solana Beach is finally getting underway. At the March 16 meeting Del Mar City Council approved a $90,000 contract with Economic & Planning Systems, a land-economic consulting firm. The study is a requirement of […]

Residents criticize employee parking sub-plan

Residents criticize employee parking sub-plan

DEL MAR — Designate spaces on 11th through 13th streets between Camino del Mar and Stratford Court or Maiden Lane as employee parking. That recommendation in a draft “sub-plan” presented at the March 2 meeting resulted in about two dozen emails from residents expressing their opposition to the proposal and an apology from its author. […]

Fair board, cities learn more about Kaaboo

Fair board, cities learn more about Kaaboo

DEL MAR — A three-day music “voyage” scheduled for September at the Del Mar Fairgrounds seems to have gotten off on a sour note. Initial reports gave the impression Kaaboo would be the next Coahcella or a replacement for Street Scene, at one time the state’s largest music and food festival with more than 80 […]

Council OKs Shores survey

Council OKs Shores survey

DEL MAR — Council members at the March 2 meeting approved a survey – the third in four months – that will help determine possible future uses for the Shores property, a 5.3-acre site bounded by Camino del Mar, Ninth Street and Stratford Court. The online questionnaire, which will begin in mid-March, is one component […]

Study set to review traffic options at busy intersection

Study set to review traffic options at busy intersection

DEL MAR — Plans to improve traffic at the intersection of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive are gearing up. Council members at the March 2 meeting authorized a $64,440 contract with Kleinfelder West Inc. for a focused environmental impact report that will review four traffic control alternatives and determine their impacts. Although the […]

Haydu appointed to 22nd DAA, Day resigns

Haydu appointed to 22nd DAA, Day resigns

DEL MAR — Lee Haydu, a former Del Mar City Council member who served one year as mayor, was one of two people appointed on Feb. 27 by Gov. Jerry Brown to the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors, which governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Haydu and Pierre Sleiman, of San Diego, fill vacancies […]

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. […]

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