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

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 […]

Design firm selected for City Hall project

Design firm selected for City Hall project

DEL MAR — Plans to replace City Hall took a major step forward April 6 when council members approved agreements with a design firm and an environmental consultant. “Tonight is a very exciting milestone,” Planning Director Kathy Garcia said. The Miller Hull Partnership LLC was selected from an applicant pool of more than a dozen […]

Watermark comment period extended

Watermark comment period extended

DEL MAR — Due to a filing glitch the deadline to comment on an environmental document for a proposed multifamily development on the southeast corner of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive has been extended by more than two weeks. Interested parties now have until April 30 to weigh in on a notice of […]

Public address Watermark environmental issues

Public address Watermark environmental issues

DEL MAR — A multifamily complex proposed for the southeast corner of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive was criticized, mostly for its density and lack of sufficient parking, and supported for its potential diversity during a March 26 scoping meeting. As they entered City Hall Annex — and several times throughout the evening […]

Volunteers sought for six advisory committees in Del Mar

DEL MAR — Council members at the March 16 meeting appointed one resident to the Sustainability Advisory Board but deferred naming someone to the Planning Commission. Another 17 volunteers will be needed within the next month to fill vacancies on six of the city’s eight standing committees. Helen Eckmann was appointed to fill Anthony Corso’s […]

Del Mar wins award for transparency

DEL MAR — When Del Mar’s park ranger pulled over an off-duty reserve deputy for using a cell phone while driving, it resulted in the officer’s dismissal from the Sheriff’s Department and the city temporarily suspending its body-camera procedures to ensure they complied with all laws. It also earned Del Mar the San Diego Society […]

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 […]

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